Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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Typing skills are useful especially as students begin to use technology for learning more in each grade.  LGMS has a subscription to TypingPal which is a great BrainSmart activity to develop these skills.  It can be used at home (from a Chromebook that your child is signed in to, or from a laptop if your child is signed into the Chrome web browser).

If you are interested in using it, here are the instructions on How to Access TypingPal

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Week of Sept.16

I apologize for getting this post out late - with our staff meeting after school yesterday I did not get finished before the publish deadline that forwards these updates to your email.

Monday you should have seen the first spelling assignment come home.  As well as studying the words, students have a short brain assignment which is explained right on their white assignment page.  It looks like this:
and is due first thing Friday morning when we have our quiz.  Please help to support your child to do all of the steps in the assignment, as well as to study those words they don't yet know.

Tuesday: fire drill
Friday:   Pizza orders are due and spelling is due.   1:00 Terry Fox Run

Volunteering this year:  To ensure a safe environment for all of our students here at LGMS all volunteers are required to have a free criminal record check completed and on file at the school.  These checks expire after one year so September is a great time to complete them so that they are good for the whole school year.  If you plan to join us for any activities or trips this year, please pick up a criminal records check form at the front office, or go to our school webpage to print off a copy to complete.  Please get yours done as soon as possible, often just before a field trip is too late since the RCMP require processing time to get these done.


Monday, 9 September 2019

Week of September 9th

Update - though we did have a student with a severe nut allergy expected in our classroom, that student has since moved so sending small amounts of nuts to school is ok but please talk to your child about being careful. Nut products shouldn't go outside at recess and students that eat them in our classroom are asked to spray their desk and wash their hands with soap afterwards to help keep all of our students safe.

There will be no homework yet this week, but  you'll probably hear at home about a few pre-tests that we'll be completing this week.  These are tests that we use in school before teaching the subject matter to get an idea of overall strengths and areas for improvement.

Today students did a spelling pretest that helps me to determine a spelling group for them to start in that should be challenging without being too difficult.  Students (and parents) are encouraged to talk to me about these groups since they can change throughout the year.

Finally - a very important note.    Thursday from  6:30 - 7:30  we have our LGMS open house.  Please come with your child to have the opportunity to explore our classroom and learning so far, and to have a chance to meet me and ask any questions.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!

Friday, 6 September 2019

Thursday afternoon was perfect for introducing our first Science unit - Weather Watch. 
Here are a few pictures of our class outside observing and sketching weather components like clouds and evidence of sun and wind.





Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Some great photos and slideshows of our last two days.  Follow the links to see the folder of pictures, or go to the blog to watch the short slideshows created.

Cave & Basin
Smart Cookie Baking

Monday, 24 June 2019

It's the last week of the school year - is that possible ?!?

Here is your final weekly updates.  There might be a few more pictures posted this week, but at the end of the week, feel free to follow the link at the bottom of the update to unsubscribe.


It's been a great year - but we're not quite done yet.  Here's what's in store this week:

Monday: Finishing Social presentations and everything else :)  Take a look at the pictures in this folder of all of the beautiful brochures, models and presenters!

Tuesday: 9:20 - Leaving for Cave and Basin.  Spending the day in Banff.  Students need a bag lunch, plenty of water and clothing appropriate for the weather. Shoes (not sandals) are recommended.

Wednesday: Locker and desk cleaning - expect to see most of the rest of the school supplies coming home.   Also our Smart cookies will be baking their own cookies in the school kitchen in the morning (I will be providing the basic supplies but students are welcome to bring extra cookie add ins), followed by the movie "Into the Wild" during the afternoon which is the story of Brian, the character from our class novel Hatchet.

Thursday: LGMS BBQ at noon, grade 4 swimming in the afternoon.

Friday:  Awards assembly 9:00-10:00.  School is done at noon.  Have a great summer!!

Check out some of these great water colour flowers.  Our final art project of the year!


Friday, 21 June 2019

Here are the first few Social - small town Alberta projects presented from this morning.  Beautiful brochures and magnificent models for our final social projects of the year!

Monday, 17 June 2019

June 17-21 Updates

Monday: We've begun clearing out some supplies and work that we no longer need in class in an effort to stop the giant pile of things all arriving the last day of school.  Please help your child to sort through items and send them back with an empty backpack to continue refilling this week :)
 - Thanks to Christian at our LGMS garden some students chose to bring home young organic  basil plants after our visit today.  These are ready for the garden and will be super tasty once they have had a bit more time to grow. 

Tuesday: Grade 4 iRide


Thursday: Final Reading records of the year are due. And all Social - Towns of Alberta assignments (along with their model) need to be completed and ready to present starting Friday.
 - Grade 4 iRide period 1
 - Grade 5 special iRide make up time will be from 1:00-2:30.  Please be sure that your child has a bike and helmet (or can borrow one) to participate.  And a HUGE thank you to Mme. Amirault for helping to find a way to include our grade 5s in this awesome program. 

Friday:  Final Spelling is due (since it is the last one, students can choose from any of the 8 assignments for their spelling homework)

Friday, 14 June 2019

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Math finals are complete - and a huge round of applause goes out to all of the hard working students for their studying.  Every student has shown improvement since we began in September! Also a big thank you to all of the amazing parent study partners that helped your child to feel confident and prepared!

All students received their final test and the outcomes sheet that goes with it.  Please take time tonight to look through it with your child to celebrate their successes and to identify areas for continued practice.

Monday, 10 June 2019

During our LGMS award assembly 1 student in each class is honored with a Citizenship Award.  This award goes to a student that demonstrates our great traits here at Lawrence Grassi, including things like respect, kindness and  helpfulness.
In our classroom we nominated people last week.  Though at different times this year I have seen these traits demonstrated in each and every one of the students in our classroom, these four students really stand apart and their peers chose to recognize them for it.  On the final day of school we will be honoring one LGMS Citizen per classroom, but today we honored these 4 fabulous students!

Week of June 10th

Monday: Please return field trip forms ASAP and don't forget the math Final on Thursday.  Keep studying!

  • Also, very important - If you know that your family will be travelling or not attending any part of June please let me know in writing right away.  We need to be able to provide accurate student counts to the swimming pool and I need to make arrangements for students to bring home all of their supplies and clean out their lockers and desks ahead of time.
Tuesday: iRide - all students need a bike and helmet at school please

Wednesday: Please remember that I am still looking for parent volunteers for our field trip to Cave and Basin on June 25th.  As well as any parents that would like to swim in the pool with their kids on June 27th

Thursday: Math Final Exam
 iRide - all students need a bike and helmet at school please

Friday: Math weekly (the last one of the year) due.  Half day for students.

Writer's Workshop - information for students involved in this club:
Dear parents and students,
Please note that the evening Publishing Party for students who took part in the Writers Workshop has been cancelled.
The participation level was lower this year and didn't warrant the cost of hosting a party at Arts Place.
Ruth Kerr, the generous author who ran the club on her own time, sends her best wishes and want to congratulate everyone who completed their writing project this year. 
Students' printed books will be available at the LGMS library next year.
Mme Sophi

Thursday, 6 June 2019

A request please:

As we move towards the end of the year it is still very important that students have all of the necessary supplies with them in the classroom every day.  Please check with your child and see if there is anything they need  to get them through June.  (I had 10 pencils to "borrow" on my desk Monday, the last of them disappeared first period this morning)

Students need each day:

  • agendas
  • pencils, erasers, etc...
  • safe running shoes for gym (not sandals or slip-ons)
  • hats and jacket for gym too (most gym classes are outside this time of year)
And please don't forget that next week we begin iRide so everyone needs both a bike and a helmet at school each Tuesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

What an awesome day at Bow Valley Provincial Park with our interpreter and amazing parent volunteers!  Below is a slide show of pictures from our day.  This will be playing in a loop on our blog, but since it's too big of a file for the forwarding program it probably won't come through on your email.

So instead, just follow the link to take a look at it live on the blog!

Monday, 3 June 2019

June has started with some wonderful weather for us all, I hope that you were able to enjoy some of it with your family this past weekend!

Monday: New spelling words handed out.

Tuesday: Please remember that next Thursday all students will have their math final for the year.  A practice final to help with studying has already been sent home, and is also posted on our blog.  Please help your child to do their best by helping them to practice and study a little bit each night.  Night before "cramming" is rarely successful and doesn't help students to retain these important skills.

Wednesday: Bow Valley Plants field trip.  We will be leaving at 8:45 so please help to ensure that students are in the classroom and on time with everything that they will need.  More then one water bottle is strongly recommended since there is nowhere to get water on site.
Thank you to all parent volunteers.  Even if you are driving, please check in with me in the morning so I can give you your student group (and so I know that you are here :)

Thursday: Reading Records are due

Friday: Full day Friday.
Spelling is due.
Mountain Maker Madness is happening in the morning!

i Ride starts next week:  All students need a functional bike and helmet at school to participate in these hands on sessions.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Our grade 4 and 5 math final test has been set for Thursday, June 13th.  Yesterday in class I handed out practice finals.  Like all of the other practice tests this year, these are the same length and have the same types of questions as the actual final exam.  These are only one tool to help your child to study.  Please help to support them in developing these skills by being a study buddy for them :)

If there are questions on the test that they struggle with, these would be areas to work on more practice at home to be prepared.

Thanks for all that you do at home to help your child to do the best that they can!

Grade 4 practice final
Grade 4 answer key

Grade 5 practice final
Grade 5 answer key

Monday, 27 May 2019

Week of May 27th

We are all set for our field trip next Wednesday the 5th.  Thank you very much to my 5 volunteers who will each be helping a group!

Though we have enough volunteers now for the 5th we also need about 6 volunteers for our trip to Cave and Basin, plus outdoor fun in Banff on Tuesday, June 25th.  Please check in at work for yourselves and let me know if you can join us as a group leader as soon as possible.

Monday - new Reading records were handed out and are due finished next Thursday.

Tuesday - all Bow Valley field trip permission forms are due.  There are still 3 that haven't been returned. Please check in with your child to make sure it's been handed in.



Friday - half day.  Math weekly #13 due

Friday, 24 May 2019

Dear Parents,

Thanks to Mrs. Amirault, our grade four students will take part in the Grassi iRide Bike Program again this year. She will run the lessons with volunteer support. The program’s goal is to increase student’s knowledge about bike safety and smart decision-making skills when on the bike. Most of all, we want the program to inspire children and youth to develop their riding skills and increase their fitness level.  At the core of the program is the desire to provide cycling physical literacy skills to enable kids to be active for life!

Dates for our class:
Four lessons of 45 minutes.
June 11th and 18th at 10:30 (period 3)
June 13th and 20th 8:45 (period 1)

Each of these four days, students will be required to have:
  • their own helmet
  • bike in good working condition (ABCs need to be checked - Air / Brakes / Chain (oiled))

Students who are unable to get their bike to school will either be able to ask a friend to borrow their bike for the 45 minutes class or sit out and take notes.

Where does it take place?
  • Outside on the LGMS soccer field
  • Millennium Park
  • Trail Ride along Bow River (last day)

Thank you for encouraging your child to ride their bike!

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Wow - June is coming fast and it's looking busy.  Here's how things stand right now, please keep an eye out for agenda and Blog updates for changes or additions too.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Week of May 21st updates

I hope that you all enjoyed your long weekend despite the cool weather.  This afternoon we were fortunate to act as hosts for our upcoming students that are currently in grade 3 at ERS.  Our 4s and 5s did a fabulous job as role models and positive ambassadors for our school!

Tuesday: Please see our Bow Valley field trip permission forms.  I have 1 lovely parent volunteer so far but we are required to have 5 so please take a look at your schedule as soon as possible and see if you can join us outside for the whole day.

Wednesday: Grade 5 Shape and Space test


Friday: Spelling assignment is due, and test in the morning, French snacks (see the letter sent home last week for details

Can you help us to fill in these important volunteer opportunities??  
If so, please email me directly, or stop by after school to say hi and let me know in person as soon as possible since I need to plan for alternatives if we don't have volunteers.  

  • 4 volunteers still needed  for Wednesday, June 5th.  All day in Bow Valley Provincial Park
  • 5+ volunteers needed for our Banff Cave and Basin field trip.  This is also all day and will be the last week of school June. Date to be determined soon.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

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We are looking for 5 parent volunteers to help supervise small groups during our Bow Valley Provincial Park plant field trip on Wednesday, June 5th.

This will be a full day of outdoor activities.  Our guides will teach us the skills that we need, and then your group will be moving and exploring together while measuring different elements that affect plant growth.

If you can join us, please email me directly (don't reply to this update since it originates from our blog).

Monday, 13 May 2019

Updates for the week of May 13th

First - happy Mother's day to all of the wonderful moms, and a huge thank you to all of the wonderful dads, grandparents and other helpers that worked to get us recipes for our surprise!

Monday: Today we officially started our final Science unit on plants.  Students were asked for homework to talk with you and find the name of 2 new plants.



Thursday: Plants presentation in the morning and activity in the afternoon "Ugly Bugly"

Friday: No school for students, staff PD all day
            No weekly homework assignment this week.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Updates for the week of May 6th

Energy Cube challenge continues all of this month! Don't forget to keep track of all of the great activities that your child does, and the ones that you do together as a family.  Every 15 mins of physical activity = 1 cube.  If a child does it with family members its one cube per person!  So count them up and help us reach our LGMS goal of 100 000 cubes this month.

Tuesday: Novels - Vocabulary BINGO assignment due.   We've worked on these most periods next week and they are now due

Thursday: Reading records are due

Friday: Math Weekly due

Coming soon: we have a field trip coming up in early June related to our growing things unit.  The date isn't set yet but it will be a full day outdoor field trip and we'll need at least 4 volunteers to join us.  If you may be interested, please let me know (don't reply to this update since it's a forward from the blog so it doesn't come to me, please email me directly at

Friday, 26 April 2019

Image result for energy cube challenge clipartEnergy Cube Challenge!  at LGMS
You child should have a tracking booklet coming home with them tonight. Think of all of the points a family ski day in the fresh snow this weekend would earn our school!

We would love it if you would join in the energy challenge with us! It's all about being active and doing things as a family.

Our school goal is 100 000 cubes with grades 4/5/6 students being involved.  

Basics = 15 minutes of exercise = 1 cube (do it with a family member you get to x by amount of family members involved - 15 minute bike ride with 3 other family members = 4 cubes!) 

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A call out for a few supplies that are needed:

Next week in Science we are going to be making kaleidoscopes as we near the end of our Light and Shadows unit.  Each student will need the following supplies:

  • a paper towel tube
  • shiny/reflective material - this makes the inside and creates the fancy shapes using reflection.  Tinfoil can be used, or there is mirrored craft paper, or even the (clean) inside of a chip bag is quite reflective.  The more mirror-like, the better it should work.
  • coloured plastic (translucent) film, or small coloured translucent beads (I have some as well)

Image result for secret clipartFinally - this is for the dads (or grand parents, or... basically anyone but mom please). Please follow this link for something else that we need your help with.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Welcome back!  We are on the final stretch of this school year.  At this time of year in math we work through smaller outcomes at a quicker speed so please check in with your child often about what they are working in in class and don't forget those big skills too.  Add, subtract, multiply and divide skills are perpetually important!

Monday  Today we began our novel unit in LA - We will be doing Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry which are both fabulous novels!. We will be working on questions and projects related to it until the end of the school year. After discussing the vocabulary and topics for the two novels, and having time to explore them students chose the one that they want to work on. Please check in with them about their choice and ask them to explain to you why they chose that novel.


Friday-  Math weekly 11 due
           -  Chocolate orders due

Thursday, 4 April 2019

It's almost Spring Break!  Classes are over for students at noon tomorrow and we restart together for the last part of the year on April 22nd. 

Here's something fun which shows great improvement in everyone's reading level from when we first tried this near the beginning of the year.  Each group chose their own script (you'll notice the lengths are all quite different) for our April Reader's Theater Presentation.  Enjoy watching each one by following the link to the folder.

And I wish you all a wonderful break!

Monday, 1 April 2019

March is over - but if you didn't see the fabulous Light Painting Photo Challenge submissions by the creative students and family in our class, make sure to take a look through this folder of images and videos.

Spring break is just around the corner.  I hope that you all have plans that involve family, fun and relaxation!  Leading up to Spring break there will not be a weekly homework assignment this week, the only thing you should see coming home for completion is the Reading Record due Wednesday.

Monday: For science tomorrow everyone is asked to bring at least 2 small things to test for reflective properties.  If you need some ideas, check out the great brainstorming we did in class!

Tuesday:   10:30 Energy Cube Challenge - Bilingual presentation

Wednesday: RR are due

Thursday:  Desk and locker clean out for spring break (check backpacks - there will likely be some extra supplies, containers or food coming home)

Friday: No weekly homework.  Spring break for students starts at noon today!  See everyone back in class on April 22nd :)

Monday, 25 March 2019

We're in the last week of March - how did that happen?

I really enjoyed meeting with all of you last week.  It's so rare that we have a chance to all get together and I appreciate you all taking the time to help celebrate all of the hard work and learning that your child has been doing this year!

Don't miss out - this week is the final week of March and I would LOVE everyone to have tried out light painting challenge.  The items so far have been so much fun!!

Monday:  Don't forget about the chocolate fundraiser happening at LGMS for Mother's day.  Information was emailed home from the office last week for you.
 - New RR handed out.  Due back next Wednesday April 3
- We've started out first batch of seeds for the LGMS garden today with the help of Christian Wright.  Stayed tuned for exciting growing pictures :)




Friday:  Full day.  Spelling list 11 and assignment #2 due
 - earned by reading to the roof:  Flashlight Friday, with PJs and treats!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

For our next big Science project we will be creating stop motion shadow animations.

Since this is a tricky business we started yesterday by becoming familiar with the app "stop motion animator", then today we were building short stop motion videos using clay, playdoh or figurines.  For the first day of trials these turned out great!  Check out these little videos by following the link to our folder Stop motion animation trials.  Stay tuned for the shadow version of these videos over the next couple of weeks :)

Apologies for getting this out later than normal this week.  I wish I could say it was because I was out playing in the sun, but unfortunately it's just a busy week!

For the whole month of March we are continuing with our Light Painting Challenge.  If your child hasn't yet tried their hand at a unique light project, please help them to remember this goal.  To see other projects so far, follow this link.

Tuesday:  No weekly homework assignment due to the short week, but Reading Records are due Thursday.  Please be sure as parents to read your child's answers.  Do they give details?  Do they show understanding of the book?  Then sign them and return them to school.

Wednesday:  Book orders are due

  • Parent- teacher-student interviews from 5:00-8:00.  At this time we will be setting final goals for the year and students will have a few items in their portfolio to share with you.  The students are a necessary part of these meetings, so please make sure that they accompany you.  (Interviews Wednesday are scheduled for: Tobin, Cody, Leah, Makyra, Remi, Lyra, Easton and Aiden).  Please email me if you'd like to confirm your appointment time- or see the schedule posted on the blog)
Thursday:  Smoothie day - students should have a small reusable cup with them to participate please
  • Grade 5 math quiz  (a practice test was sent home Monday to help with at home studying and preparation)
  • Reading Records are due
  • Parent- teacher-student interviews from 4:00-7:00.  (Interviews Thursday are scheduled for Shea, Jordan and Marina)
Friday: No school for students.  
  • Parent- teacher-student interviews from 8:30 - 12:00 

Friday, 15 March 2019

Next Week we have Parent- Teacher- Student conferences.  During these sessions we will be setting goals for the final part of the year and each student will also have a few special assignments or projects bookmarked in their portfolio to change so come prepared to help us celebrate the great learning your child has been doing this year!  You'll notice that Thursday night is pretty bare.  If you are hoping for more time to chat, please let me know and we can move your appointment.

Please double check here for your confirmed appointment time:

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Our Light Painting Challenge is well underway.  
What amazing ones we have so far!  
We have had glow in the dark paint, glow sticks, laser pointers and UV pens all used so far.
Your imagination is the only thing limiting these submissions, and if something you see sparks a new idea, more than 1 product is more than welcome :)


Monday, 11 March 2019

Updates for this week:

After focusing on a full novel over the last few weeks we have restarted Reading Records.  This one was handed out today and is due back by next Thursday at the latest.  These are done primarily in class but can also be completed at home and parents are asked to read over them (look for details) and sign them before they are handed in.

Monday: Tonight students have been asked to find a small figurine of their choice.  Something finger sized or smaller is about right.  A plastic dino, a lego man... student choice.  We'll be using them to track shadows over the day as the light changes.

Tuesday: $2 muffin sale happening at lunch.  All proceeds are going to support Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports.

Thursday: Smoothie samples will be made and brought to our class.  Sponsored by parent council and created by food students.  Please send a small reusable cup to help us to minimize waste.

Friday: Math Weekly #10 due

Remember, all of March is our Light 
Painting Photo Challenge!
We've had 3 wonderful students participate in our Light Painting Activity so far.  If you don't follow our class on Twitter normally you'll want to follow this link to check it out :) 
Alternatively - here's the link to the folder of pictures and videos so far.  They are good inspiration for your own photos or videos so keep them coming!!

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Light Painting / Glow Stick Challenge

Yes - online challenges can be a good thing!  They encourage us to try something different, and in this case they also practice new skills and show understanding of our light topics in a different way (which we can't really reproduce in school because of the supplies and darkness needed).

Try something new and fun as a family!  This challenge is open for the whole month of March and I'd really like everyone in the class to try at least one.  I'll post on Twitter and our Blog all of the submissions we get, so let's do something positive on social media and show some unique skills :)

Need some help?  There are apps to help, here is one explained: Light painting with an iPhone