Hot Dog Day!

On Oct. 28, one of our fabulous local business’, Fraser Valley Roofing, has graciously agreed to sponsor a Hot Dog Day for our students. At lunch time, the food truck will be here to hand out hot dogs to our entire school! Each child will receive one hot dog and 1 bag of chips free of charge. Students do not need to sign up or send anything to receive the hot dog or chips. If students do not wish to have get a hot dog, they should bring their regular lunch and let their teacher know that they will not be having a hot dog on the day of the event. This should be a fun day as it is also Fall Colour Dress-up Day for our students!

Thanks to Fraser Valley Roofing for putting on this event for our school!

Weekly Update

Happy Friday to you!  We had a great week here in the Grade Five classroom!  Below is a snapshot of what we did in class this week, as well as a few other items for you.

Math:  We have begun reviewing our basic facts and are currently working on large digit subtraction.

Writing:  We continued working on our mentor sentences and finished up our first personal narrative piece.  Next week we will begin our second writing piece on a time your child had to be brave.

Science:  We have just started our Planet Protectors unit, which focuses on creating less garbage.  Students have brought home a booklet for you to sign and they may want to engage in discussions around how much garbage we create in our homes.  Please sign the forms and engage in a discussion with your child this weekend!

French:  We have started working on simple phrases in French – this week was oui and non.

Reading:  we continued to read Wonder. Students focused on making predictions as well as writing reflections.

Social Studies:  We are preparing to do a student vote next Thursday so we’ve spent some time discussing how our democratic system in Canada works and did an overview of the three major political parties in BC. Students are encouraged to discuss the leaders and parties with the adults in their lives and to listen to different perspectives. If you are interested in finding out which political party you most align with for the upcoming provincial election on October 24th you can use this tool to help: https://votecompass.cbc.ca we went through it as a class. You can skip the parts where it asks to fill in personal information.

Art:  We are almost done our elements of art project. Students have been asked to bring in textures for next Thursday so they can complete the final element.

A few other items…

Health Checks:  Please remember to complete your child’s health check each and every morning!

Dressing for the Weather:  We are spending time outside and in the garden this fall and winter – students need to be dressed appropriately for the rainy weather.   Please help your child remember to bring their jackets to school.  On Fridays we will head out to the garden to get rid of our department’s compost.  Rubber boots will be helpful on rainy weeks.

Pro D Day next Friday:  Just a reminder that the teachers will be in workshops all day!  It’s our turn to do some learning!

BMV on Thursday this week!  

Composting:  Our class is the intermediate department’s “Green Team”.  This team collects all of the department’s compost each Friday, washes out the bins and disposes of the compost in the Highroad Garden.  Students will be put into teams and work together to keep this sustainable practice going in our department.

October

Oct. 23 – Pro D Day

Oct 26 – Pumpkin Math Day

Oct. 28 – Fall Colour Day

Oct. 30 – Knights Day

November

Nov. 1 – Daylight Savings Time – Set your clocks back!

Nov. 6 – Knights Day

Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day – School Closed

Nov. 13 – Knights Day

Nov. 16 – Interim Interviews

Nov. 20 – Knights Day

Nov. 25 – Western Dress Up

Nov. 27 – Prof. D Day

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo Retakes & Jackets

Good morning!

Photo retakes are on Thursday.  Please let me know if your child will be having retakes so  I can pass the information on to the office.

Also, please make sure your child brings proper outerwear to school each day.  We will be outside for recess unless it’s a downpour!

Thank you!

Weekly Update

We had a great week here in the Grade Five classroom.  Here is a snapshot of our week:

Math – we finished place value and are beginning to work on basic operations.  A place value quiz is coming home today.  Please sign the front page and return on Tuesday.

Writing – we are beginning personal narratives.  Students have begun writing about themselves.  I look forward to learning more about the wonderful students in this class!  We also continued our mentor sentences program this week – breaking down and rebuilding strong sentences.

Reading – we began our first novel, Wonder.  Both Ms. Miller and I LOVE this novel and we are excited for the students to experience such amazing literature!

Social Studies – we finished up our current events map and have started learning about government.  Students were learning about the Rule of Law and why we elect our leaders.

Bible – last Bible class we looked at who we are – what are the things that make us unique.  This week we worked through different Bible passages and learned all the things that God says we are.

French – we finished up learning the alphabet and had a quiz this week.  Next week we will be learning about basic phrases…oui & non is first up!

Science – we looked at all of the resources that BC has…and we have a lot!  We then turned our focus towards the amount of food that Canadians waste each year!  We watched a CBC marketplace segment on garbage – it was VERY eye opening.  Next week we will be looking at ways to create less garbage and use more sustainable practices in our homes and school.

A Few Things Coming Up…

Pumpkin Math Day on October 26th – On this day we have fun exploring different Math concepts using pumpkins.  Measurement, weight, estimating, counting, graphing and more will take place on this morning!  All students need to bring are gloves (if they don’t like the goop) and a large shirt to wear over their uniform.

October

Oct. 12 – Thanksgiving (school closed)

Oct. 16 – Knights Day

Oct. 23 – Pro D Day

Oct 26 – Pumpkin Math Day

Oct. 28 – Fall Colour Day

Oct. 30 – Knights Day

November

Nov. 1 – Daylight Savings Time – Set your clocks back!

Nov. 6 – Knights Day

Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day – School Closed

Nov. 13 – Knights Day

Nov. 16 – Interim Interviews

Nov. 20 – Knights Day

Nov. 25 – Western Dress Up

Nov. 27 – Prof. D Day

Have a wonderful long weekend!

 

 

French Quiz on Friday

My apologies for not sending a blog post on the weekend – I was waiting for an upgrade to happen!  I wanted to send the French video home to you as this may help your child study for the French quiz we are having on Friday.

For the quiz, I will be saying various alphabet letters in French and they will have to write down the letter that they hear.  The quiz will be out of 10.

Enjoy the video!!

https://youtu.be/_LYy3P2okyw

Weekly Update

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Sunday afternoon!  It is nice to see the sun finally come out!  I am definitely looking forward to the nicer weather this week!  We had a great week in the Grade 5 classroom!  Here’s a rundown of what we did this week.

Math:  continued working on place value – specifically showing numbers up to one million in written, expanded and picture form.  We have been identifying the place and value of digits in large numbers and next week will work at ordering, comparing and rounding numbers.

Language Arts:  We are continuing to work on reading comprehension strategies and are using mentor texts (picture books) to study strong sentences.  We will be using mentor texts throughout the year to learn grammar, strong sentence structure and then building our own  sentences based on the ones we are studying.  Next week we will be working on our first writing unit, personal narrative writing.

Science:  We are finishing up our mini unit on Growth Mindset and beginning to look at BC’s natural resources.  We will be spending time in the garden and learning about sustainable agriculture practices.

Social Studies:  We looked at Canada’s newest Geoparks and started a mapping activity to go with this.  Students filled in a map of Canada and will soon be starting a unit on government.

Bible:  We have started a unit on Our Identity in Christ.  We started talking about what makes us unique.  Our next lesson will look at verses in the Bible to determine  who Christ says we are.

Some other information for you…

Class Economy:  Thank you so much for the class economy donations!  The kids had a very fun time on Friday – paying their rent, collecting their salaries and then listening to a ‘teacher/mom lecture’ on the realities of life – we can’t now spend all of our money at the store.  We have to save for big items (real life), save for unforeseen circumstances (forgetting to do our homework) etc.  They had LOTS of fun shopping and spending ‘some’ of the money in their wallets.

Chapel:  This Wednesday we had our first ‘chapel’ in the classrooms.  I decided to show the class the amazing Kids Church video that City Life has put together.  The theme that is being worked through is The Fruit of the Spirit – and this week it was focusing on peace – letting go of our worries and anxieties.  In this crazy time we are living in, I thought it was the PERFECT lesson for the class.  They really enjoyed it too!

Bible Memory Verse:  In the Bible Memory tab I have the first two Bible Memory Verses that we will be working on.  I will photocopy these and hand them out to the students so they can bring them home to study.  We will say or write our BMV’s on Friday.  The verse below is due on Friday, October 2nd.

Memory verse- Psalm 100:2   Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Candy:  I would like to ask that students not bring candy to school as the added sugar is not conducive to learning. I do occasionally give out sour keys and we have class store once a month.  Other than that, I would like candy to be eaten at home.  Thanks for your understanding.

Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th:   Please make sure your student is wearing an orange shirt in this day to acknowledge the treatment of Indigenous people in Residential Schools in Canada. Wearing orange shows we acknowledge this past wrong and move forward in reconciliation.

Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 30 – Orange Shirt Day

Oct. 2 – Knights Day

Oct. 9 – Knights Day

Oct. 12 – Thanksgiving

Oct. 16 – Knights Day

Oct. 23 – PD Day

October 26th – Pumpkin Math

Oct. 30 – Knights Day

Here are a few photos of chapel and class economy & store for you to enjoy…

 

 

Please Help Us Stock our Classroom Store

This Friday we will be having our first classroom store.  Students will get paid for doing their jobs, pay rent for their desk, and have an opportunity to purchase items from the school store.  I have purchased a few things and have items left over from last year but am in need of small candy-type items.  If you would be able to purchase a bag of small individually wrapped halloween candies (or bring anything else) before Friday it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Weekly Update

Good afternoon!  We have made it though the first full week of school!  It has been a great week and we have certainly gotten into the swing of things here in the Grade 5 classroom.  Below is a quick breakdown of what we have been working on this week.

Math – place value introduction and building numbers with base 10 blocks.

Language Arts – close reading activities that focus on ways to be an effective reader.  We also had Flashlight Friday (pictures below).

Science – reviewing the scientific method through skittle and mnm experiments (pictures below).  We also started learning about the brain.

Current Events – learning about food forests in Canada.  Students spent  time in the school garden (pictures below)

Social Studies – discussed what we know about Canada’s resources and physical features.  Spent time looking at Canada on Google maps to see all the amazing parts of creation that exist in our country.

In addition we spent a lot of time this week practicing essential group work skills as working with others is a lifelong skill that all of us can improve upon.  We took time this week to continue looking at core competencies and will be setting SMART goals this week.

A few things coming up…

Terry Fox Run – our class will be participating in The Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 25th.  We would ask that students bring a ‘toonie for Terry’.  This money will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Gearing up for Rainy Weather – as the rainy season will soon be upon us, we ask that students come prepared to be outside in the rain.  Sending a rain jacket or umbrella will be helpful as we are encouraged to get students outside where possible.  We will continue spending time in the garden this fall so appropriate outerwear will be necessary.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, September 25th Terry Fox Run

Friday, September 25th Knights Day

Monday, September 28th Pro D Day (no school for students)

Wednesday, September 30th Orange Shirt Day

We have lots of pictures for you to enjoy!

 

 

And We’re Off!

We have officially finished the first week of school!  Ms. Miller and I want to let you know how THRILLED we are to be teaching this amazing group of students!  This week was full of get to know you activities, Math (that used candies – say what?), lessons that focused on how to effectively work in a group, fun art projects and reviewing what core competencies are.  Phew!  That’s a lot for the first week of school!

I will be sending weekly posts home, usually on Friday or Saturday.  In these posts I will try my best to add pictures of your kids in action!  I will let you know what we have been learning as well as important information about our classroom or upcoming events.  At the end of each post I will also include the school calendar for next several weeks.

Here we go…

School Supplies – thank you for sending these on the first day of school.  If you didn’t quite get everything in this week, please ensure that you send it next week with your child.  All supplies are kept separate this year so I will notify you when certain supplies are getting low.

Health Check – Ms. Miller and I are asking the students every morning if they have done their health check.  It is really important that health checks are done at home each morning.  Thank you!

After School Pick Up – Just a friendly reminder to pick up your children as close to 2:55 as possible.  As the playground is closed after school, we are waiting outside with the class until all students have gone home.  Thank you for your understanding!

Class Economy – there has been quite a buzz in the classroom about our classroom economy.  Students have applied for, and received their first classroom job.  They will start earning money and hopefully not incur any fines this month.  At the end of the month students will pay $500 rent for their desk as well as receive their monthly salary.  With their profits, students have an opportunity to purchase items from a classroom store.  We would love donations from parents to help run this store.  I have purchased some things to get us started but this will not sustain us through the year.  A couple of chocolate bars, Halloween candy, unwanted toys from home, etc. make excellent store items.

Individual Student Photos – these are happening on Friday, September 18th.  Please have students wear their uniform next Friday (instead of Knight’s wear).

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, September 18th – Student photos

Sept. 18 – Individual Photos

Sept. 25 – Knights Day

Sept. 28 – Pro D Day

Sept. 30 – Orange Shirt Day

Here are a few photos from our week…enjoy!

 

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