Tuesday, 31 May 2016

In grade five science we need to know not just how to make a complete circuit but also how to draw our circuits in a true circuit diagram.  We were practicing this in class today so please ask your child if they remember the symbol for things like lights, motors and resistors.  A fun way to practice this is online at Circuit World!
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Our last set of book orders for the year are due this Friday.  Payment can be made online or you can send a cheque in with your order.  Many great titles including the novel Hatchet (for only $2)  which we have been reading in class.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Coming up this week:

  • Wednesday and Friday we will be becoming research assistants for grade twos as they look up information about insects.  We've talked about Google VS Kiddle, how to scan for information, using key words to search.... Can you think of anything else that a good researcher would need to do?
  • Friday  - math weekly #15 is due

We are also still looking for a few more volunteers to join us for our full day field trip to Kananaskis next Wednesday.  If you haven't yet signed up, but you are available to join us on our wetland exploration, please send me an email or stop in to talk with me. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Sometimes we need time to reflect and consider how we can improve. This morning we spent time discussing our CUBS code, what those words actually mean and how we can each participate and show it.  

Our Zones of regulation also help us with that and are used in each class. Visual like the ones in French class help to show the goals too. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

To all of you wonderful parents that have joined us on field trips, helped out in the classroom or during hot lunches or other school events

Thank you!

In recognition of your support for Banff Elementary Students, you are cordially invited to attend...

Thankful Thursday!

When: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 10:00 - 10:30 Coffee and treats
 10:30-11:30 Musical presentation in the gym

Who: Everyone who supports BES students with their time,expertise
and treasures

Why: We appreciate your support! Please join us for this special
event. It takes a community to raise a child and everyone
of you contribute to our school community!  

Please join us on May 26th!
This week's homework assignment is in Spelling.  As always this is due first thing in the morning.  Please check in with your child to be sure that they are studying their words and have completed assignment #4.

Also this week - tomorrow, Wednesday the 25th, is our division 2 Track and Field day.  Please help us to make this day a success by ensuring your child has appropriate clothing, sunscreen and a hearty lunch.  Due to the construction in our own field, all events will take place at the high school.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Happy May long weekend everyone!  Tomorrow is a full PD day for teachers, and Monday is the holiday, so students don't have classes again until Tuesday of next week.  

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

In LA we are re-creating the setting in our novel Hatchet.  Students have creative licence to create this in anyway that they would like using supplies at the school or from home (online, sketch, diorama...).  This assignment was first discussed early last week, and when completing agendas we have written reminders about supplies, but during our creation time this morning many did not have what they needed.  Please check in with your child tonight and help them to remember to pack any building supplies that they want so that they can make good use of their class time tomorrow.

This assignment will be due next Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today we were designing and creating small DC motors in science. The electricity flowing through the coiled wire creates a small magnetic field which repels or attracts the natural magnet nearby.  When the coil of wire can continue to turn, a simple motor has been made.  

All groups experienced some success and were video recording their experience. Stay tuned for those videos soon, or ask your child for a sneak peek!

Monday, 16 May 2016

We learned a lot about the importance of wetlands, the creatures they support, and saw a lot of interesting things during our final Nature Explorers field trip today. Thanks to Lynx for all of our outdoor learning opportunities this year!

Due our shorter then normal week in the classroom (due to Nature Explorers today and a non-student day Friday for May long weekend) there will be no spelling assignment this week. There are however a number of students that did not complete work due last week which still needs to be done. Please check in with your child to be sure they have finished their novel review and wetland experts assignments. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Monday is a busy day!

Class pictures will be right away in the morning and then we will be heading outside for the day with Lynx for our final Nature Explorer's filed trip.   The area that we will be going to has gotten a bit muddy with our recent rain.  Water-proof hiking boots are recommended but rubber boots or old shoes could also work.

Please send me an email if you are able to join us.  We'd love to have you!
Volunteers needed for Monday.
I'm sorry about the late notice, with our original field trip out to K country I totally forgot about our next Nature Explorers trip which is this Monday. 

We will also be doing some pond dipping and water testing on this trip. Students will need appropriate dress for outside, a bag lunch and older shoes (or waterproof boots for pond dipping). 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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An update from Nature Explorers -
brought to you by our very own Lynx!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Nature Explorers Program is nearing the end of its second year as a full time program.  Nature Explorers is a curriculum enhancing program supported by school council and several local sponsors including ID9, The MacTaggart Third Fund,  and The Banff and Canmore Community Foundation to provide our children with outdoor, experiential education.  The curriculum includes science, social studies, and mathematics topics with hands on, artistic, and physically engaging activities.  Partnerships with local museums, Brewster’s Gondola, Parks Canada, The Banff Centre, and The Biosphere Institute allow for a variety of experiences and added expertise.  The following newsletter is a brief and informative glance at what your child has experienced so far this year on Nature Explorers outings and a glimpse at what is coming up in the next two months.  Thank you for your support and for the many volunteers who have made time to join us!



Grade 5 Nature Explorer activities this year:

September - Weather at Sulphur Mountain.  Measure temperature, wind speed, direction, cloud cover, and precipitation.  Make weather predictions, understand elevation, plant and animal adaptations, and unique mountain weather systems.  We also learn about Norman Sanson, Banff’s weatherman.

October - Signs of animals and weather’s effect on an ecosystem.  Tell a story of what happened here.  What makes an area attractive to wildlife?  How can we tell what the weather is year round in this area? Read the signs left behind to know!

November - Measurement in Nature.  Pretend you are an explorer who has just discovered a new island.  You know nothing about the life there.  Measure, weigh, classify, name, and describe all you see with the awe and wonder of an adventurer!

December - Wildlife Safety and Respect.  We live in a National Park and so we see many different kinds of animals when we are outside.  It is important to know how to act to stay safe and to respect the animals.  The key is to pay attention, be prepared, give animals space, and back away slowly when faced with large mammals.  We also learn the importance of never feeding the animals, cleaning up after ourselves, and following signs and trails.  Thanks to the Biosphere Institute for the use of your Elk, Bear, and Coyote EduKits!

January - Winter Safety and Skills.  Dress like an onion, cover your head, stay active, move fingers and toes, stay hydrated.  These skills help keep us warm and comfortable on winter outings.  Next we build quincy survival shelters in the snow.  What kind of snow do we have?  Wet and sticky? Powder? Sugar? Crystalized? Teamwork and Snow Science.

February - Ecosystem analysis and storytelling.  What parts make up this wetland ecosystem? Why did First Nations choose this area over the past 13000 years? Create a story of disaster and triumph for the first nomads who came upon the Vermillion Lakes.

March/April - Earth Day Preparation: How do humans pollute the air and contribute to climate change and why is it important to care for the Earth?  Songs, art, pledges and a trip outdoors to film our part in the iMovie that was shown at the Earth Day Assembly.  We Care about the Air!

May - Wetlands Discovery.  What species live here? Animals, plants, birds, fish, invertebrates, algae, insects…  Why are wetlands important?

June - Wetlands Comparison.  Compare the Marsh loop and vermillion lakes.  Learn more about wetland species.
Snowfall warning, oh no!

The weather is being extremely uncooperative for our planned field trip tomorrow.  Finding our pond creatures in 20 cm of snow might prove to be a little too difficult, not to mention cold.  Based on the forecast we will be postponing tomorrows wetland trip until June when we can hope for some sunshine.

Please watch for a new consent coming home in the next week or two.  I'd like to sincerely thank all of the wonderful parent volunteers that we had sign up to join us, and I hope that you'll be able to join us once we have a new date arranged.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

* A very important note:  Yesterday a field trip letter and form went home for our Wetland trip next week.  This trip will be happening next THURSDAY, May 12th (not Wednesday which was accidentally written on the page).

We are still looking for a few more parent volunteers to help out with this exciting day, and we would like to have all of the student consents returned by Friday please.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

This week's homework assignment for our spelling words is assignment #3 (using each word in a picture that matches its meaning).

In addition, Right From the Start would like to invite you to a Take 5 outside of the kindy doors (tomorrow) Wednesday morning at 8:15.  Another fun event on Wednesday at BES,  students are encouraged to wear their hats to support mental health through Hats on for Health.