Friday Update

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We had another great week here in the grade five classroom.  I am so impressed with the students and their passion for Genius Hour!  I took some pictures of the kids at work – such creative ideas and a variety of great projects being started!  I also have seen perseverance through some things that aren’t going exactly as planned!  Keep up the great work, grade five!  I have included a bunch of pictures for you to enjoy!

There are a variety of things coming up:

French Quiz – We are having a French quiz on Monday and a study sheet was completed and sent home on Tuesday.  Please help your child prepare for their upcoming quiz.

Mason Jars Needed – On Wednesday we are learning about crystallization in Science and making snowflake crystals!  Every student needs to bring in a wide mouth quart-sized mason jar by Wednesday.  If you have some extra then please send them along…just in case!

Spelling & Vocabulary – we will have spelling next week but the quiz will be on Thursday, November 23rd, due to a Pro D day next Friday.  Vocabulary will be due the following Monday (November 27th).

Spelling Words:  although, surprise, religion, estate, backward, progress, towel, effort, special, include

New Report Cards – For the 2017 school year, the elementary department will be transitioning to a new report card format.

While the intermediate has been using an online gradebook for a number of years, changes within the primary allowed us an opportunity to move to a standardized reporting program integrated with the province-wide system. This allows our departments to do all our reporting (attendance, grades, report cards) in one space.

However, this move means that we have needed to change our report cards. In December, when our first term reports go home, you will notice a completely different look. The new report cards will allow us to provide a more detailed look at the concept and competencies completed for each subject.

Another change you may notice is the letter grade breakdown. While the primary grades will still be based on a performance scale, the intermediate letter grades system will be broken into the following scale:

A 86 – 100 = Excellent or Outstanding Performance in relation to learning outcomes.

B 73 – 85 = Very Good Performance in relation to learning outcomes.

C+ 67 – 72 = Good Performance in relation to learning outcomes.

C 60 – 66 = Satisfactory Performance in relation to learning outcomes.

C- 50 – 59 = Minimally Acceptable Performance in relation to learning outcomes

I 0 – 49 = No demonstration of minimally acceptance performance in relation to learning outcomes in this reporting period.

We are anticipating that the roll-out of the new report card format will be smooth. However, if there are technical issues, we may need to delay the report cards. We will send out more information if this occurs.

We hope that the new report cards will provide a more comprehensive view of your child’s progress. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mr. Hancock or Ms. Evans.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, November 21st – Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday, November 22nd – 12:15 Dismissal

Friday, November 24th – Pro D Day (no school)

Wednesday, November 27th – Knight’s Day

Friday, December 1st – Report Cards go home

Wednesday, December 6th – Parent Teacher Interviews from 3:30 – 6:30

Genius Hour Pictures:


Friday Update…on a Monday!

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My apologies for not getting this out on Friday!!  I guess I was so excited about the long weekend that I forgot to blog this week!  Oops!  There isn’t a lot to report this week – mostly a list of dates that will take us to the end of the month and beginning of December.  We also won’t have spelling this week – but we will still have Bible Memory Verse on Wednesday.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, November 21st – Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday, November 22nd – 12:15 Dismissal

Friday, November 24th – Pro D Day (no school)

Wednesday, November 27th – Knight’s Day

Friday, December 1st – Report Cards go home

Wednesday, December 6th – Parent Teacher Interviews from 3:30 – 6:30

I think that is about it!  Have a great week!


Scholastic Order forms…just in time for Christmas!

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Scholastic Orders – Christmas Gifts

As Christmas is coming and books make a great gift, I am happy to order and wrap any books you would like to give as Christmas gifts.  I can wrap them together or separately, however you’d wish.  Then I will put them in a stapled paper bag and send them home with your child. If you would like me to do this for you, please put the order forms in an envelope and specify that it is for Christmas.  Please also include any specific instructions in the envelope (wrapped separately, all together etc.)  I will take care of the rest.  Book orders will come home sometime this week and will be due on November 17th.  That will ensure they get here in plenty of time to be wrapped and go home.

Full Dress Uniform this week only – Friday instead of Wednesday.


Friday Update

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Happy Snowy November!!  Having snow this early seems so crazy, doesn’t it?  My boys were so excited to play in the snow yesterday afternoon and were even more excited that it was still on the ground this morning!  Funny how the simple things in life can bring so much joy!

Here is a snapshot of our week and things coming up:

We started our Genius Hour activities this week and will officially begin Genius Hour next Wednesday.  Wednesday from 12:50 – 1:50 will be our regular Genius Hour time.  Some students will still be in the planning stage and others may be ready to begin.  If you child has their plan approved before Wednesday, please help them remember to bring any supplies they need.

Remembrance Day Service:  Friday, November 10th is our Remembrance Day service, held in the gym from 2-3pm.  Students need to wear full dress uniform next Friday.

Just a reminder that Wednesdays are full dress uniform days and students need to have their cardigan with them.  We have also begun our winter uniform so no more shorts please.

November Dates:

Friday, November 10th – Remembrance Day Service from 2-3

Monday, November 13th – Stat Holiday (school closed)

Tuesday, November 21st – Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday, November 22nd – 12:05 Dismissal (this is new – afternoon PD for teachers)

Friday, November 24th – Pro D Day (no school)

Wednesday, November 27th – Knight’s Day

Spelling Words:  publish, manufacture, imprison, present, breathe, employ, serve, brace, magnify, engage

Have a great weekend!

 


Friday Update

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We had an exciting week here in the grade 5 classroom.  Pumpkin Math on Monday and Science World on Wednesday…both so much fun!  I have added some pictures below for you to enjoy.  We have some things coming up so please keep reading!

Fall Dress Up Day & Soup Lunch:  Next Tuesday we have a fall dress up day and a soup and bun lunch.  We are all going to be enjoying some homemade soup that is using fresh ingredients from our Highroad Garden.  Thanks to those who brought in some ingredients!  Pizza will still be sold on Tuesday.

November Dates:

Wednesday, November 1 – Winter Uniform Begins

Friday, November 10th Remembrance Day Service at 2:00

Monday, November 13th  Stat Holiday (no school)

Wednesday, November 29th Knight’s Day

Spelling Words:  president, relative, boundary, thirteen, mice, circus, either, critic, culture, problem

 


Field Trip!

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We are excited to go to Science World tomorrow!  Just a reminder that we need to be at school at 7:45, with the bus leaving at 8am sharp.  Bring lots of snacks and a bag lunch, wear your Knight’s Gear and get ready to have a fantastic day!  No electronics on the bus, please.


Homework Troubles

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I wanted to send a quick note about the high number of incomplete homework assignments we have been having these last couple of weeks.  We try not to burden students with too much homework but there are assignments that are due every week or few weeks.  Vocabulary work is always due on Friday and we have current event maps due once a month.  In addition, daily work that is not finished in class will also be sent home for homework.  Please check your child’s planner and have a daily conversation with them about homework that is due.  As an aim to create responsible students, we have not initiated a planner sign.  If incomplete homework continues then we will be putting students on this.  Students that do not turn in homework will also forfeit their recess in order to get their work completed.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Goosen & Miss Doerksen


Friday Update

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We had a busy week here in the grade five classroom.  There are many things coming up so please read on…end enjoy a few pictures at the end!

Pumpkin Math – We are excited for our Pumpkin Math morning next Monday.  Please make sure your child has a large shirt to put over their uniform and gloves (if they don’t like getting their hands dirty).  So far I don’t have any volunteers and I really need at least two parents to join me.  Please let me know if you are able to join us Monday morning from 9-noon.

BMV will be on Tuesday next week

Field Trip –   We are looking forward to our field trip next Wednesday.  Please have your child here by 7:45 as the bus is leaving at 8am sharp.  We will return at approximately 3:30.  Students will need to pack a bag lunch with extra snacks for the bus.  As it is Knight’s Day, students will be permitted to wear Knight’s Day gear and casual pants on the field trip. For parents who are driving, our plan is to be at Science World by 9:30 as it takes a few minutes to get ourselves organized.  If parents would like to drive with their children, please email me so we are not waiting for them.  On Monday volunteers will be getting a schedule as well as a list of students that they will be supervising.  Please bring this with you on Wednesday.

Scholastic Book Fair – This is happening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.  It takes place in the lobby and is open both before and after school.

Interim Reports – these are coming home today.  If you have any questions or concerns then please send us an email and we would be happy to meet with you.

Fall Fun Dress-Up & Soup Lunch – On Tuesday, October 31st we will have a fall fun dress up day.  This is where students can wear casual clothes in fall colours.  No costumes, please.  We will also be having a soup and bun lunch together.  Pizza will also be available this day.

Dates for October:

Friday, October 20th – Interim Reports Go Home

Monday, October 23rd – Pumpkin Math morning

Tuesday – Thursday, October 24th – 26th – Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, October 25th – Science World Field Trip

Wednesday, October 25th – Knight’s Day

Tuesday, October 31st – Fall Fun Dress-Up Day & Soup Lunch

Spelling Words – Ledge, toss, tender, running, allow, crowd, firm, dew, written, pride

Here are a few photos from Science this week.


Friday Update

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We hope you enjoyed the extra long weekend and had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family.  We had a great short week in the grade five classroom and have a number of things coming up…so keep reading!

Field Trip – please send in your forms for the Science World field trip coming up on October 25th!

Pumpkin Math – we are joining Mr. Hancock’s class for a morning of Pumpkin Math on Monday, October 23rd.  We spend the morning in groups, counting, rounding, estimating, weighing and having a lot of fun working with pumpkins!  We would love to have several parents from each class come and help us for the morning – we promise you will have LOTS of fun with these kiddos!  Please send Mrs. Goosen an email at pgoosen@highroadacademy.com or catch her after school if you are able to help.

New Bible Memory Verse – it is up on the blog and the students have gotten a new sheet in their planner.  The first verse will be tested next Wednesday.

Photo Retakes – if you need your child to have retakes please let the office know or touch base with Mrs. Goosen on the weekend so she can let the office know.

Full Dress Uniform – just a friendly reminder that full dress Wednesdays has begun.  Students need to remember to wear their correct uniform and will have one more week of grace before the dreaded ‘fines’ start getting handed out.  =)

Dates for October:

Friday, October 20th – Interim Reports Go Home

Monday, October 23rd – Pumpkin Math morning

Tuesday – Thursday, October 24th – 26th – Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, October 25th – Science World Field Trip

Wednesday, October 25th – Knight’s Day

Friday, October 27th – Fall Fun Dress-Up Day

Spelling Words:  branch, primary, factory, murder, gentleman, self, calf, command, beggar, property


Weekly Update

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I hope you are enjoying this long weekend!  We had a great week last week and it was jam packed full of fun activities and hands-on learning…and even finished off with a classroom party!

Just a few reminders for you…

No Spelling or BMV this week.

Pro D Day tomorrow.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, October 12th – Full Dress on Wednesdays begins

Friday, October 20th – Interim Reports Go Home

Tuesday – Thursday, October 24th – 26th – Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, October 25th – Science World Field Trip

Wednesday, October 25th – Knight’s Day

Friday, October 27th – Fall Fun Dress-Up Day

 

Here are a few pictures from our week…