Saturday, 30 December 2017

I hope that you are all enjoying the holidays so far.  If your child needs something super fun, but also greatly educational to do during their time off, have them check out Prodigy and sign up for our classroom account by following the directions below.  These sign in instructions are for our class only (the classroom account is mine) so please limit access to only students in our classroom.

This fun online math game helps students to practice basic and more advanced skills that I can assign to them, while they develop their own characters.  It's free to play and both the time they play, and how they do on questions, are tracked for me to access.  It's another great way to practice and improve! 

When students sign up and create their classroom account they need to use their real name and information so that it is clear.

Have any questions?  Send me an email :)

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Now that's what I call holiday spirit!  (if the video won't play for you from your email, please go to the blog to see our festive rendition of Rudolf sung while the elk herd strolled passed our window this afternoon :)

Want something fun to do over the holidays?  Try these sites:

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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The holidays are almost here! 
This Friday is our final half day of school before Christmas break. 

Friday morning, my Christmas gift to the class will be homemade cinnamon breakfast biscuits.  All students are invited to also bring themselves a special drink and some breakfast add ons like fruit or yogurt for themselves as we celebrate together :)

If your family is leaving early for the holidays, please let me know so that I can plan accordingly.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Scientific process at it's best today in our class.  Testing the properties of this material to determine if it's a solid or a liquid.

(Answer: It's actually a Non-Newtonian fluid which has the properties of both! It's also easy to make with just cornstarch and water  :)




Monday, 18 December 2017

I'm so happy to see snow this week for a white Christmas! 
As the excitement and activities increase in our final week before Christmas please take a few minutes each day to do what you can to help your child continue to succeed this week.  Full and nutritious meals, enough sleep, a hug and a conversation about school... all of these help to keep everyone making good choices and staying in control when events get busy. 

Coming home tonight - please take a look at the tasty new fundraiser info "Food is Fuel". 

  • Tuesday: Gr.4 Christmas concert 6:30-7:30  (grade 4s please arrive by 6:15.  OUr classroom will be open as a homebase for dropping things off if needed.
  • Wednesday - any reading record improvements (redos) are due
  • Friday - final half day of school.  See everyone back here for 2018 on January 8th

Finally - thank you for every things that you do to support your child and their learning here at LGMS.  May you all have a fabulous Christmas break filled with family, fun and relaxing.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Looking for some Christmas helpers...

Is there any chance that there may be at least 4 wonderful parents (grand parents, aunts, uncles...) that would be willing to volunteer themselves (and an electric frying pan, mixing bowl...) for Friday morning Dec.22.  It would be the first part of the day.  9:00 - 10:30 ish. 

I haven't mentioned it to the class yet but I'm hoping to have a Christmas breakfast together the final day before Christmas break.  We can't use the foods room since there are still options that day so I would need some supplies and help for it to work.

If you can come in and help with one cooking group (5-6 kids), please send me an email as soon as possible.  I understand it's a super busy time of year!  If I get enough helpers I'll confirm with you and you can join us to help make, and eat, pancakes.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

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One of the math outcomes for students this year is that they are able to show recall of basic facts.  For grade fours, up to 7x7 and for our grade fives up to 9x9.  Since speed and accuracy of basic facts is directly linked to a person's ability to complete larger, more complex math problems, this is an important outcome that we'll be working on all year. 

Today we completed the first formal assessment of these skills.  Not only did each student answer 20 multiplication questions, but they also recorded the time that they spent working on these questions.  The combination of speed and accuracy is the key!

Thursday I will be sending this page home, please take a look at it and consider if there is anything that you can do at home to help your child to work towards those goals of speed and accuracy. Flash cards, dice games and online games are just some ideas to start.  There are some links on the blog under the math tab to help you get started as well :)

Thank you for all that you do to help support and encourage your child to grow and do their very best!!

Monday, 11 December 2017

What an exciting week we have!

First off - weekly homework assignments are suspended until the new year in consideration of all of the activities and family events taking place leading up to the holidays.  Please take this opportunity to connect and recharge as a family. 
* An additional note.  Though there will be no weekly classroom assignments, students have been given the opportunity to complete a replacement reading record.  This reading record would replace the mark of a lower reading record and needs to be turned in any time before Dec.20th.   We have discussed this in class and I encourage you to take a look through your child's reading records with them and discuss this possibility as well.   It's ok, and normal, to make mistakes but it's important to take the opportunity for improvement whenever possible :)

Tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon we will be cheering on our athletes at the World Cup events taking place at the Nordic Center.  We will be outside from 1:00-3:00 so please help to ensure that warm clothing is worn.  It may not be too cold out, but even enthusiastic clapping doesn't create a lot of warmth :)    Students are also invited to bring a small thermos with a hot drink with them if they would like.    If you are out and about town tomorrow and you'd like to stop by the Nordic Center we'd be happy to have you join in our cheering!
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Thursday - Grade 5 Christmas concert at 7:00.  Students are asked to arrive early.  Mme. Santerre's classroom will be open and available for students to meet in or drop off items.

Friday - half day

* Please let me (and the school) know if you are planning to take your family holidays early.  We will be learning and completing assignments in class up until Dec. 22.  Advance notice helps to make sure there aren't outstanding assignments to complete over the break.

Thank you


Friday, 8 December 2017

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It's that time of year!  LGMS Christmas concerts are starting next week.  
  • Grade 5 concert (along with the 7 & 8 band) is Thursday, Dec.14.  Students are asked to arrive at 6:30 to prepare for a 7:00 start and wear a onesie and Christmas hat.

  • Grade 4 concert is  Tuesday Dec.19.  Students are asked to arrive by 6:15 for a 6:30 start and are asked to dress nicely in green, white or reds to show their Christmas spirit :)

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

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Please watch for permission forms coming home tonight related to our assembly tomorrow and our field trip up to the Nordic Center to watch part of the Para-Nordic World Cup races next Tuesday afternoon.

If you are able to join us, please let me know :)

Thursday, December 7 - Inspiring Hope Assembly at 10:45am - Para-Athlete coming to speak with the students.

Tuesday, December 12 - Canmore Nordic Centre for the Para-Nordic World Cup races in the afternoon. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

Today is a busy week and things will continue to get busier as we move towards Christmas!  Thank you in advance for your patience, and please ask if there's anything that I've missed.


  • science presentations need to be complete and ready to present
  • Book orders are due.  These need to be ordered tomorrow to assure that they arrive before the holiday break so please send them in right away.
  • Grade 5 inoculations in the morning

  • Reading Records are due
  • 10:45  Inspiring Hope Assembly
  • We Day bake sale ($1 treats)  * A huge thank you to the lovely grade 6 ladies that presented to our classroom today about the We Walk for Water that the bake sale will be supporting.
  • Poinsettias are available for pick up
  • Spelling assignment #5 due

Friday, 1 December 2017

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The last book orders of 2017 are coming home tonight.  Maybe another gift or stocking stuffer idea?
If you want to make a sneaky gift order you can pay for it online and then send me an email with the item name, number and price.  Don't forget to tell me how to get it to you when it arrives :)

A couple highlights for ideas that have become very popular in class:

  • Wings of Fire series (1-8 available)
  • Raina Telgemeier - graphic novels set
  • I survived (1-15)  This one has become popular with the boys especially
  • There's even one choose your own adventure style book (#59A4), now called "pick the plot"

The turn around is quite short this time so that that orders have time to arrive before the Christmas break.  Tuesday is the deadline for any orders.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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Newest reading records were handed out in class yesterday and are due to be completed by next Thursday, Dec.7th.

Also - in class we have been researching and working hard on our science projects related to how humans impact weather.  Presentations for these need to be complete and ready to go for next Tuesday.

One more thing to start thinking about and collecting.  For a Christmas art project each student needs one small, clean glass jar with the label removed. 
A baby food jar, or other small glass jar is ideal

Monday, 27 November 2017

Classroom updates for this week:
This week we will be starting two separate projects that may involve group work.  In Social studies students will be working in a group of 4 - 5 to research, collect and present information about a specific physical region in Canada.  The links to the information for this work can all be found on our classroom blog on the Social page underneath The Canadian Regions.  At the end of this project all students will be asked to self reflect on their group work skills, as well as to confidentially peer assess their group members using the following group work rubric.

In addition, our final weather project relates to how humans have an impact on weather.  This is an individual project, or can be completed with one other partner.

We have talked extensively at school about being positive, contributing members during group work, and I'm so proud to see some young leaders developing in the classroom that work well with everyone and make an effort to stay focused and positive.  A short conversation at home to reaffirm these ideas would be greatly appreciated to help everyone to succeed!

Finally - Reading records will be handed out tomorrow and due back next week.  This week's homework assignment is Math Weekly #6 and is due on Friday as always.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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Just a reminder that poinsettia orders are due to the office by tomorrow.  This fabulous fundraiser can help to spread holiday cheer in your home and it helps to support our music program too!

Monday, 20 November 2017

This week is Bullying Awareness week.  At LGMS we take the time to reflect on how behaviours affect others and we focus on proactive ways to help everyone feel welcome.  Today we had two wonderful grade 8 students come to share ideas of "power" and what gives a person power.  They also left our students with a kindness challenge.  Complete a poster with planned kind activities to complete this week that will help to make everyone at LGMS feel welcome.  Submissions will be placed up around the school and will also get placed into a draw.

Important due dates this week:

- reading records that were handed out last week are due completed (there have already been 6 periods in class to complete these 5 boxes so thanks to those students that have already finished and handed them in)
-weather quiz - please see the page handed out in class, and the questions posted last week to help guide studying

-Poinsettia orders are due back to the office

 - Spelling with assignment #4 is due

Friday, 17 November 2017

We have finished up our Weather unit in Science so next Wednesday students will have a short quiz to show their understanding.  They have some review questions to help them study and we'll also be doing some studying in class.  Parent help with studying is strongly appreciated :)

Here are the main topics (all information is part of the notes and labs that we completed in class - using Google to search up topics will often give information much more advanced then what we need to know in grade 4 and 5 so it's not recommended)

Monday, 13 November 2017

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope that you were all able to spend some quality family time over our past long weekend.

This week we are returning to our regular schedule after some busy and shortened weeks.  Expect to see math weekly assignment #5 coming home tonight to be completed by Friday. New Reading Records were also handed out today after our daily DEAR time.   Their due date is next Wednesday the 22nd.  As always, there will be time in class to complete these but one reading record box can also be completed in the evening for any fiction story reading of over 10 mins.

Extra school information:

  • The first science fair meeting was today.  These student directed projects are a great way to dig deeper into an interesting subject.  Ms. Richards is the contact teacher for the program this year.
  • Poinsettia order forms went home last week and are due back by Nov. 23rd
  • Legion Remembrance day contest information was also shared with students last week.  Completed entries need to be turned in before Dec.6th 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Thank you to everyone that made the effort to stop by and support your child in their learning and goal setting the last few days.  It was great to have a chance to talk with each of you and to celebrate all of the wonderful things that your children are achieving!

Just a quick note that I will be away next week.  Expert teacher Ms. Margie Seto will be in the classroom and can be contacted through the office or by a note in agendas.

For next week (Nov. 6-8)
Monday - please return portfolios once you have had a chance for your child to show you through them and explain the work that they have been doing so far.  
Tuesday - Novel Reviews are due (there will be a final classroom period Monday to work on these as well)
Wednesday - Remembrance day ceremony from 9:30 - 10:30.  Poppies will be available for students, if possible, please send some change as a donation.

Also - because of this very short, three day school week, there will be no homework assignments this week. The next spelling and reading records will be handed out Nov.13th.   Try to get out and enjoy the snow instead! :)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

This morning we were creating Halloween creatures to use for a writing assignment.  Take a look at all of these imaginative creations!





Monday, 30 October 2017

Thank you to everyone that placed Scholastic Book Orders.  Using some points from last year, plus the points that we earned on the last order, I was able to buy all of these books to add to our classroom library. 
Happy Monday -  I hope that all of you enjoyed the nice weather that we had over the weekend, it looks like we're in for real winter type weather this week!

This week's homework is Math weekly #4 and will be due Thursday since there are no regular classes for students Friday.

Also a reminder that Parent-Teacher-Student interviews are this Wednesday and Thursday evening as well as Friday morning.  Please help us all to keep on time and be courteous of each other by knocking at the beginning of your appointment time if the appointment before you hasn't yet wrapped up.

Also - Tuesday is Halloween.  Students are invited to dress up for the afternoon so please send costumes in backpacks for the morning.  Please also be mindful that we are a safe and caring school, costumes should reflect that belief and weapons should be left at home. 

There will be a parade in the gym starting near 1:00 and a 4/5 dance after that going until 2:00. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Tomorrow is PJ day in our classroom!

Earned by working as a team to read to the roof, every person in our classroom helped to build our giant stack of books so everyone can wear PJs tomorrow if they would like :)  I will also be bringing a homemade cookie treat to add to the celebration.  I'm so proud of all of our readers!!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Our big classroom news for this week is our technology update.  Our older model SmartBoard had been getting dimmer and fuzzier so over the weekend it was replaced with a wide (TV) screen instead! Though it's not quite ready to use it will sure make seeing projects, documents and our science videos much clearer!

This week's homework assignment is the third assignment in spelling along with studying this week's words.

Also a reminder that that Novel reviews were handed out last week.  Students have until Nov.7th to complete them.  They can be worked on both at home and at school so please help your child to make sure that they are here in class each day.  

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Please help your child to be prepared.  Today I handed out, and we discussed, an upcoming Novel Review assignment (like a book report).  The due date is Nov.7th but it's important to have an appropriate reading level novel in mind for completing the assignment. If it's a book that has recently been finished some re-reading might be needed to focus on the main events for example.

Follow this link to AR book finder which is needed to find the GE (Grade equivalent)/BL(book level)
And here is a link to the Novel Review assignment (paper copies were handed out in class)

Our LGMS Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon. 
Nov 1-3, 2017
This is a wonderful way to fill your home library as well as our schools. 
We can not do this without you. 

Please help by volunteering your time to make this a success. 
Thank you to those that have already signed up.
Volunteer opportunities for "LGMS Scholastic Book Fair" are now open.
Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:
To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!

Alanna McLeod
LGMS Library Tech

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Such Smart Cookies!  Look at these big numbers that we are comparing in class using Greater Than/ Less than symbols (crocodiles eat the big number - chomp, chomp!)