Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Want to see what we were doing today in class?  For science the challenge was to find a way to separate two liquids after they had been mixed.  Unless they make layers, this is very difficult or impossible! 
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Please help!

Feb. 16 is our annual gr.4-6 LGMS Carnaval!  
Following the Quebecois tradition there will be winter events, hot drinks and lots of fun.

How you can help

- if you have any balls of yarn that you can donate to our braiding activity (especially in the Carnaval colours of white, yellow, blues, greens or reds) please send them in to me as soon as possible.

- volunteer - I need at least two volunteers to help at the braiding activity station.  You would be helping students to create winter themed posters and helping students to make braids that will turn into Bonhomme Carnaval's sash.

Monday, 29 January 2018

I took lots of pictures during gymnastics today.  If you'd like to take a look, please follow the link.

One important change - PJ day has been delayed until Friday because we actually have our class pictures this Wednesday.

Tuesday: as a consolation for moving PJ day, students can wear special slippers tomorrow instead :)

Wednesday: Report cards and class picture day

Thursday: Book orders are due.  I'm planning to order these right away so that they will (hopefully) arrive before students have a week off in February.  Reading over the break is great for the brain!

Friday: Math weekly #8 is due.  PJ day earned for reading to the roof!

Also - a final reminder - there are still a half dozen portfolios that haven't made their way back into the classroom.  If you still have your child's portfolio at home could you please send it back tomorrow?

Thank you!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Want a sneak peek into Flashlight Friday?  Take a look at all of the little reading nooks that we found in our classroom :)




Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Help us to celebrate!  Once again our fabulous readers in 4/5D have Read to the Roof! 

Our second pile of books has grown up to the rooftop so our class has earned a PJ day next Wednesday, January 31st.  What a fun way to end the month of January.

Thanks for all of the reading that you do at home with your kids too.  Great reading leads to improved writing and even understanding in all subject areas, not to mention it's a fun way to relax and imagine!

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This Friday is Flashlight Friday in our classroom!  For LA we are going to have a cozy period of reading by the glow of many flashlights.  We'll turn down the lights, snuggle into a blanket or pillow and turn on our flashlights for an extra long DEAR time. 

Students are each invited to bring: a healthy snack, a small pillow or blanket, a small stuffy to share their reading with and of course, a flashlight and good book!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Report cards will be ready for you to see, online through parent portal, on Jan.31. 

In class we have been working to finish up a last few projects towards our first term report cards.  Now that everything is completed and up to date I plan to add everything to Student Portfolios tomorrow.

Expect to see your child's portfolio coming home to you tomorrow (Wednesday).  Please take the time to look through this with your child.  Ask questions about their learning and celebrate their achievements :)  These portfolios contain the "for marks" pages and evidence towards their learning that you will see reflected in report card marks.  Consider them a sneak peek, but unlike a report card they also include the assignment and any comments that relate. 

Once you have had a chance to go through the portfolio, please return it to the classroom (by Monday at the latest) as we will continue to document our learning and growth in them all year.  And don't forget, these binders are always available in the classroom.  Stop by or send me a note if you'd like to see it at home at any point this year.

As always - thank you for all that you do to encourage and support your
 child in their learning journey!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Please take a look at some more great (and sometimes a little blurry because of the zooming movements) pictures from gymnastics today by following this link to the folder of pictures.

Dates this week:

Wednesday - Friday students will be presenting their Logging Opinion speeches in front of the class.  They are invited to also dress the part as they speak as the Environment Minister of Canada.  We will sign up for days tomorrow so please check in with your child to find out which day they need to be prepared for.

Friday - Spelling and assignment number 7 are due

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Here is a short drumming video from our health day today.  And follow this link to see some more pictures too.

4/5 D feed back for health day:

Grace: I liked the drumming and the part when you listened to the sound of the drumming
Beni: the running was really fun!
Marlo: it was really fun because my friend and I had a race
Matt: It was great weather for the trail running
Hayden: I enjoyed how we partnered up and did activities for crossfit
Fiona: seeing the pig lungs (to show effects of smoking) was kinds gross
Emma and Remi: when we learned about smoking and what's in it it was pretty shocking!
Isabelle: it's crazy how much chemicals they put into cigarettes (there are 7000!)
Easton: I liked how intense the Crossfit was
Addi: I liked how the Crossfit was challenging
Manuel: I was surprised that cigarettes have a product from hairspray in it!
Emma - I liked how with the drumming we are all working together to make the sound

Monday, 15 January 2018

This week in 4/5D:

Monday - we started gymnastics today!  Please follow the link to take a look at some of the great action photos from this morning.  Gymnastics Jan 15

Tuesday - tomorrow is out health day.  Students have been given their assigned afternoon activity spaces (see agenda's please). 

  • Those in crossfit need indoor shoes and clothes similar to gym (their gym strip is fine) 
  • trail runners need running shoes, a light jacket or long sleeve and a toque
  • those in yoga need some moveable clothing (mats will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own if they have one)

Wednesday - last class period to work on book talks (due Thursday)

Thursday - book talks and reading records are due

Friday (full day) - math weekly #7 is due

Friday, 12 January 2018

Next week starts off with a bang!

Monday - first thing we will be heading to our first class of gymnastics.  Please make sure that your child comes prepares with appropriate clothing (yoga pants, leggings, sweats or shorts) and then keep an eye out for the great pictures, on Twitter and our Blog, that I'm sure will come!

Tuesday - 4/5 Health day at LGMS.  Please see the letter attached below for all of the details.  And remember, if you are interested in volunteering for some or all of the day, please send me a note.

Health day letter

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow Spelling assignment #6 is due. 
There have been a few students chronically "forgetting" to bring their duotangs with their assignments done on Friday mornings so if possible, please give a gentle reminder tonight.

Students have also started writing scripts for a book talk presentation next Thursday.  If you'd like to see what information is needed in this script please follow the book talk link.  Students can choose to present live in front of the class, or video themselves to be played on the TV.  (Videos need to be in Google drive ahead of time, in the correct folder.  Each student has a folder called 4/5 Their Name, then it needs to go in their LA inside there.    Ex: 4/5 Blackwell - LA)

Finally - thank you all so much for helping to get gymnastics forms returned so quickly.  We start Monday morning, first thing :) 

Also next week on Tuesday our grade fours and fives will be participating in a health day with three morning session related to body image, drumming and healthy choices surrounding tobacco.  Plus a choice of three physical activities after lunch (yoga, trail running and crossfit).  If you are available and interested in helping out, please let me know :)

Monday, 8 January 2018

Welcome back to everyone!  We are getting started right away with some super exciting and important things this month- from health days to gymnastics to report cards, January has a lot to offer at LGMS :)

This week we start back on our regular homework schedule.  You should see spelling word lists, and duotangs to complete homework in, coming home tonight.  As always, this is due back by Friday morning for our test.

Also this week student group projects in Social are to be completed and we will start presenting these Thursday.  Each student will be marked on their individual presentation skills so having an audience at home to practice in front of would be helpful!

* Keep an eye out tomorrow for the gymnastics forms coming home, to be returned by Thursday.  We start our 5 weeks of gymnastics next Monday!  I'm attaching links to the 2 forms here if you'd prefer to print them out yourself*

Both of these are needed to participate in our gymnastics program:
LGMS form
Gymnastics club waiver