Weekly Update

We have had a great week here in the Grade 5 classroom!  We had a lot of fun skating on Monday morning and I took some cute pictures of the kids having LOTS of fun!  We have a few things coming up so please keep reading!

Spelling Words:  whose, quick, entire, terrible, private, wonderful, calm, smooth, private, property

Mason Jars Needed – On Tuesday we are making snowflake crystals in Science!  We are currently learning the three different ways to separate solutions – evaporation, distillation and crystallization.  I am in need of about 12 wide mouth mason jars for our project.  We will clean and return the jars once we are done using them.

Western Dress Up on Wednesday – Next Wednesday we are having a Western Dress Up Day – wear your favourite plaid shirt, vest and western hat!

Knight’s Day on Friday!

Genius Hour Supplies Needed on Fridays – Students are getting to the point in their genius hour planning that many are ready to begin their first projects next week.  Please have students bring supplies during the week next week (if they need anything from home) so they are prepared to work on their projects next Friday.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, November 19th – Photo Re-take Day

Wednesday, November 20th – Western Dress Up

Friday, November 22nd – Knight’s Day

Friday, November 29th – Pro D Day

Enjoy some skating pictures from our field trip!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Weekly Update

It was a great week here in the grade 5 classroom!  This week students were introduced to Genius Hour!  There is a letter from Mr. Hancock below explaining the how’s and why’s of Genius Hour.  Our class will be doing Genius Hour on Friday afternoons.  Students have begun looking at projects and some are almost ready to begin!  Friday’s will be an exciting time in our classroom, that’s for sure!

Here is some information on what is coming up this next week…

Spelling List: action, measure, position, touch, direction, field, connect, connection, section, importance

Remembrance Day on Monday:  No school

Skating on Tuesday:  We are skating on Tuesday from 10:00 – 11:00.  Just a reminder that students must bring their own helmet.  Students may wear play clothes.  Please send along a warm jacket & gloves as it can be chilly on the ice.

Genius Hour Information:

Dear Parents,

Something exciting is happening in our Intermediate Department! This week we introduced the students to GENIUS HOUR!

What is Genius Hour? 

Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study a new idea or skill that they choose and are passionate about once a week for a set amount of time.

Why is Genius Hour important?

Students take ownership in their own learning. They learn about something they want to learn about. Genius Hour sparks curiosity, and students have an opportunity to become their own Genius. Genius Hour encourages life-long learning, imagination, perseverance, self-awareness, adaptability, as well as other life-lessons.

How will Genius Hour work in my classroom?

Students will participate in Genius Hour once a week for approximately 45min – 1 hr. After mini-lessons on what is appropriate, students will choose a topic to study with Teacher Approval. Students will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a Facilitator. The Facilitator will provide research materials (ie., books, computer, iPads, etc.) for students to explore. As an end project, students must present their topic to an audience. 

How does this fit with the BC Curriculum?

The great thing about Genius Hour is, not only do students get to pick something they are passionate about to work on, the work they do on the project and the presentation of their work also naturally ties in with a whole bunch of curriculum objectives and expectations! 

How Can I Help?

There are many ways to help. As students decide what they want to do, they will need help expanding their ideas and finding resources. Discussing your child’s ideas and helping with where to find some great resources will be extremely important. As well, while we will provide some basic resources and technology, students may need more specific items that we may not be able to provide. Within reason, assisting your child to bring together the materials they need will help your child be more successful with their project. Finally, teachers may need help in the class during the times they are doing Genius Hour. Once your child’s teacher determines the time they will be doing Genius Hour in the week, letting them know if you are available to help would be helpful if you are interested in helping. The students will be very excited and the more help we get, the more we can help students stay focused. Please keep in mind that Genius Hour will be going to the end of the year.

We are excited to share this opportunity with your child as we embark on this new adventure in the Intermediate Department. 

Sincerely,
Mr. Hancock

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, November 11th – Remembrance Day holiday – school closed

Tuesday, November 12th – Skating (field trip forms coming home next week)

Tuesday, November 19th – Photo Re-take Day

Wednesday, November 20th – Western Dress Up

Friday, November 22nd – Knight’s Day

Friday, November 29th – Pro D Day

Enjoy the long weekend!

Weekly Update

We kicked off our week with Pumpkin Math!  The students were busy counting, measuring, estimating, weighing and making patterns with their pumpkins!  They were teamed up with students from Mr. Hancock’s class and had lots of fun exploring Math through pumpkins!  Pictures are below!

It was lovely meeting with parents on Friday!  Thank you for making time in your busy schedules to meet and discuss how your child is doing this year.  The door is always open if you have any questions or want to chat about anything!

Spelling Words: enjoy, awful, wrong, beauty, beneath, family, careful, loss, though, beautiful

New Bible Memory Verse:  Students received a new BMV sheet on Thursday and it will be updated on the blog today!

Remembrance Day Assembly:  You are welcome to join us on Friday at 2pm for our Remembrance Day Assembly.  No school on Monday!

Skating Field Trip:  Please fill out and return forms this week.  Skating is next Tuesday, Nov. 12th

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, November 8th – Remembrance Day Assembly (2:00)

Monday, November 11th – Remembrance Day holiday – school closed

Tuesday, November 12th – Skating (field trip forms coming home next week)

Tuesday, November 19th – Photo Re-take Day

Friday, November 29th – Pro D Day

Pumpkin Math Pictures:

Pumpkin Math & Parent Teacher Reminders

Just a few reminders for you…

Pumpkin Math is Tomorrow!  Please bring a large shirt for your child to wear over their uniforms as well as some gloves – especially if they don’t like the feeling of pumpkin goop on their hands!

Parent Teacher Interviews on Friday, November 1st

This is essentially a more formal version of our September parent night where you have the opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers in regard to your student’s progress so far this year.

This Parent/Teacher Interview day replaces our report cards which were traditionally sent out at the beginning of December. As happened last year, students will not receive a report card until the end of January. Therefore, the parent teacher interview will be an important day to discuss progress, celebrate growth and consider goals for your child. We would love to see all our parents on this day!

On November 1, the school will be open from 10-4 for interviews. Here is some information on how this day will work:

1- Please email me to request a specific appointment time or use the sign-up sheet available near the door of our classroom to sign up for a time slot.

2 – Head to the office if you need directions on where to go.  There will also be free coffee, treats, and school store items available for purchase in the school foyer.

3- Proceed to the room of the teacher you’d like to chat with about your child – Mrs. Goosen is Portable 1. Interviews are 15 minutes.

Have a fantastic week!

Weekly Update

We had a great week this week!  We have a number of things coming up so please keep reading!

Pumpkin Math on Monday – We are excited to have our pumpkin Math morning on Monday.  I am in need of at least one parent who can come and help on Monday from 9:00 – 11:30.  Please come by if you are able!  Kids will be getting dirty on Monday morning – plastic gloves will be helpful if your child does not like getting pumpkin goop on their hands. A large t-shirt to wear over their uniforms will also be great!

Parent Teacher Interviews on Friday – If you haven’t done so already, please email me at pgoosen@highroadacademy.com or stop by early next week to slot in a time to see me.  I have times available between 11:30 – 3:30.   It is important that I meet with each family.  If Friday does not work for you then we will meet at a more convenient time.  Just a reminder that there is no school for students on Friday.

Spelling – share, whisper, guest, answer, correct, approve, reply, commit, with, because

Fall Colour Dress Up Day on October 31st.  Students can wear fall colours on Thursday.

Scholastic Book Fair is Tuesday – Thursday this week .  It will be open between 8:30 – 9:00 and again after school.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 28th – Pumpkin Math

Tues, Oct 29th – Thurs, Oct 31st – Scholastic Book Fair

Thurs, October 31st – Fall Colour Dress Up Day

Friday, November 1st – Parent Teacher Interview (no classes)

Friday, November 8th – Remembrance Day Assembly (2:00)

Monday, November 11th – Remembrance Day holiday – school closed

Tuesday, November 12th – Skating (field trip forms coming home next week)

Tuesday, November 19th – Photo Re-take Day

Friday, November 29th – Pro D Day

Weekly Update

Good afternoon and a happy Friday to you!  We have come to the end of another busy week!  Our classroom has been bustling with activity and the students have been working VERY hard.  We have a few things going on so please keep reading…

You may have spoken with your child and heard that Mrs. Ellis will not be with us next week.  She has been asked to teach in another classroom while a teacher steps away for health reasons.  We are sad Mrs. Ellis is leaving but also happy that she is able to fill in where there is a need.  Mrs. Riley will be joining us starting next week and will be working the alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of the year.  I encourage you to pop by and say hi!

Pumpkin Math – On  Monday, October 29th we are having a Pumpkin Math morning.  I am in need of a couple of parents to help on the 29th.  If you are able, please send an email or write a note in your child’s planner.

No Spelling this week due to a short week

Pro D Day on Friday – no school for students but LOTS of great learning for us teachers!

Picture Day on Tuesday – On Tuesday we will be having both individual and class photos.  Please have students wear either their blue cardigan or zip up hoodie on Tuesday.  Kilts, pants and shorts are all okay to wear on Tuesday.

Upcoming Dates:

Oct. 22 – Individual and Class Photos

Oct. 25 – Pro D Day

Oct 28 – Pumpkin Math Morning

Oct. 29/30/31 – Scholastic Book Fair

Oct. 31 – Fall Colour Day

November 1st – Parent/Teacher Interviews

Last week we used some baking as object lessons.  The first was a hamburger to illustrate the parts of a paragraph.  We talked about our ‘ultimate’ burger and then compared it to writing a paragraph.  We finished the lesson off with ‘hamburger cupcakes’.  In Bible these last two weeks we have looked at the “L” portion of our LEADS program which is Look and Listen.  We have been learning through picture books and the story of Samuel anointing David to be king that we can’t judge people on what’s on the outside, but rather what is in their heart.  We used cookies to illustrate this point – the plain cookie tasted sweet and yummy while the ‘pretty’ cookie had some salt in the icing…looks can be deceiving!  It was a good reminder to us all that EVERYONE needs to be treated with kindness and respect.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Weekly Update

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Just a few announcements below…

Spelling List:  lengthy, loud, hungry, view, entrance, simple, destroy, bottom, spread, strong

Headphones:  I have several students who do not yet have headphones or earbuds at school.  Please send them next week as we are starting to work more on the Chromebook.

Pumpkin Math:  On Monday, October 28th we will be joining Mr. Hancock’s class to have a Pumpkin Math morning!  We will be weighing, measuring, estimating, counting and creating polygons with our pumpkins!  We would love to have some parents join us for this fun morning!  We will start at 9 and should be finished by 11:30.  Please send an email to pgoosen@highroadacademy.com if you are able to join us.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, Oct. 14 – Thanksgiving

Oct. 22 – Individual and Class Photos

Oct. 25 – Pro D Day

Oct 28 – Pumpkin Math Morning

Oct. 29/30/31 – Scholastic Book Fair

Oct. 31 – Fall Colour Day

Pictures – this week we started a new Science Unit on Solutions and Mixtures.  I took some pictures of the students experimenting with mixing solids and liquids.  There are also some pictures of our soup lunch and French puppet conversations!  Enjoy!

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