Monday, 12 September 2016

Gummi bears

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Monday, 22 February 2016

February update

Hello parents,
A few quick updates...

Math bags went home last week and are due back Tuesday.  Hopefully we can get back to a more regular routine with these.  Please continue to remind your child that these must come back every Tuesday.  They can always bring them back early, as well.

FLA - Students brought home a new French reading activity book.  There are approximately 30 pages left in this book.  The kids will be finishing these booklets by the end of the year.  I will be doing regular check-ins to see how far kids have worked, but they can choose to complete the book early if they wish.  If they want to do regular amounts from now until the end of June they should be completing 1-2 pages per week.  The booklet is meant to correspond with their French reading.  Every time that they read a book, or a chapter if they are reading a longer story, they are to fill out a page of comprehension work.  I have explained some of the comprehension pages, but for the most part I am hoping that kids work towards independent comprehension.  We have gone over some strategies as a class.  Kids know that they can always come to me if they don't understand something, but that they have to be able to express to me what they already understand and what they are stuck on.  While this booklet targets French reading comprehension, it also encourages the kids to work through French instructions on their own.  Kids can take home French books from our class library, but can also use any French books that they might have at home. 

Parents of students attending Ecole Viscount Alexander next year.
There is an open house at EVA on March 2nd.  An email went home last week. 

Report cards will be going home during our last week of March.  Tri-conferences are scheduled for the week prior to that. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

January update and French penpals

Hello Parents,

 Happy New Year!

4Isaac has started some new projects this week that are keeping us motivated and learning. 

ELA/FLA – Students will be receiving penpals!  I have partnered with a class in the south of France that will be our penpals for the remainder of the year.  They are 10/11 years old and have just started learning English.  Students will be corresponding one on one to a student in both French and English.  As a class we will also be sending pictures, videos and perhaps small items to give them an idea of what life in Canada is like.  They have sent us a picture of their school already.  Our students were surprised to see a courtyard rather than a grassy field and a building that looked like a house rather than a school!  Students are currently in the process of writing their introduction letters where they are practicing paragraph writing.  They will be receiving replies to these letters in a few weeks.

Please click on the permission click email that arrived from the school to give your child permission.

 Art – Students are working hard on a weaving project.  The finished product will be a small pouch, similar to a ‘sac à feu’ that you might see at Festival du Voyageur.  These will come home in February.  With this project we have looked a little at colours and how they work together.  We are also practicing the fine motor skills that come with weaving strings and the use of artistic tools, such as the loom that students made from cardboard and yarn.  

Math – We have started our work on Fractions.  Grade 4 students are working towards understanding equivalent fractions (2/6=1/3, 4/8=1/2) and connecting decimal numbers to fractions (25/100 = 0.25).  Math bags are still coming home most every Wednesday.  They are due back the following Tuesday.  Please help remind your child to complete 30 minutes throughout the week and to return the bag on time.

Looking ahead

January 19th - Concert practice during the day - Permission letters to come
January 19th - Evening Winter Concert
January 28th - Parent evening

 A note from the school….

Parent Evening: How to Have Fun and Support Your Children

 Are you looking for fun and new ways to survive the winter months with your kids? Worried about keeping your kids engaged and learning throughout the summer? Interested in how to help your child reach their full potential? Come join us at Bonnycastle to learn about activities and resources available in the community. We can work together to help raise healthy and happy kids.

 Topics that will be discussed:

  • Free or low cost activities for families
  • Summer programming ideas
  • How to help your child reach their full physical, emotional and academic potential
Please join us on January, 28th from 6:30-7:30 in the Bonnycastle Library.

Childcare will be will be provided. Please RSVP your child’s classroom to let us know if you are able to attend.  We look forward to seeing you soon!