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

Thank you to all of you that replied so quickly about times for Parent-teacher-student interviews.  If you haven't gotten back to me yet, here's what I have left.  You can send the note back to school or send me an email.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing all of you with your children to celebrate all of the great gains they have been making this year!

Wednesday, March 20: 5:00-5:30
Thursday,March 21: 4:00 - 4:30 or 5:45-6:30
Friday, March 22: 8:45, 9:00 or 10:45-11:15

Monday, 4 March 2019

Updates for this week:

First off - thank you to all the families that have been supporting your child while they studied and prepared for their math test.  I was able to complete marking all of these during the day and I am so proud of everyone! So many improvements and successes to celebrate :)  Students wrote their marks in their agendas so that you can see and we'll be placing the tests in Portfolios right away.

Tuesday:  Appointment booking forms for Parent-teacher-student interviews went home Monday.  Please return these as soon as possible with your top 3 times as well as any comments.  I will return the pages to you with your confirmed time.

Wednesday: Famous Albertan projects in Social studies are due.  If you haven't done it yet, please check in with your child about their choice and progress.

Friday: Spelling #10 is due (this is all about silent letters in spelling so it's a little tricky this week)
              Half day Friday

Thursday, 28 February 2019

In our classroom we have created our "shoe boxes of Science" to be used for a variety of light experiments.  Next week we are going to be using them to test the properties of different items to see if they are transparent, translucent or opaque.

Please help your child to find at least 3 items that they can bring by Monday to test.  Some examples might be: plastic wrap, tinfoil, fabric but they might also be almost anything! A small container, a toy...  The testing holes that we have made are about 5 cm around so the item needs to be big enough to cover the hole (it also needs to fit in the shoe box so nothing too big please).

Thank you for your help!

Monday, 25 February 2019

I hope you've all enjoyed the family time over the passed week and that everyone is feeling recharged :)

Important items for this week:

  • Shoe boxes - we will be using shoe boxes for a few different light and reflection labs.  Students can certainly work with a partner, but it's more fun if as many as possible have their own "Shoe Box of Science". I was hoping to get these set up tomorrow (Tuesday), so please send them as soon as possible.
Monday:  2 very important items were handed out today and should be coming home in agendas
-1- Novel Review pages (due Friday, March 1)  Students should have been working to complete their novel for this since January when we initially talked about it.  Now it's time to use all of those notes they took along the way to complete the finished assignment.  Details and specific examples are important for students to show a strong understanding of the novel they chose.
-2- Practice Math test (Test is Monday, March 4th)  The practice test I gave to students is a starting point for studying.  It looks exactly like the test will in terms of number and types of questions.  It is a way for students to see where they are confident, but to also be aware of areas that they need to study more.  Please some time each day to help support your child's studying and practice so that they are confident and prepared to do their best :)

 - Famous Albertan project - students should have their person chosen.  Please check in with them about who they picked and why.

 - LGMS Pink shirt day!  Please help us to show unity against bullying.  On Thursday we do this visually by wearing a pink shirt.

- Math Weekly #9 dues
- Novel Review Due

Friday, 15 February 2019

Take a look at all the fun we had today during our LGMS winter carnival by clicking on the link to pictures and videos :)

Things for over the February break:

  1. Students need to complete the novel that they have been reading for their novel review.  The assignment will be handed out Monday the 25th.
  2. There will be a math review test (add, subtract, multiply and divide) after the break.  A practice test will be handed out Monday but maybe check in with your child about their skills over the break.
  3. Shoe boxes.  We'll be doing a number of experiments for our light unit using shoe boxes so please send one into the school with your child Monday.
Thank you and may you all get in some quality outdoor time, and quality family time during this week!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Celebrating the fun things we've been doing lately - here are some of the newest links to pictures:

Whyte Museum

Swim to Survive  - Today I was able to get a picture of everyone trying to run across the "ice flow".  Look closely!  Because of the splashes you may need to use swim suits to help with identification :)

Don't forget that tomorrow is also Carnaval D'hiver!  There is a musical presentation after first recess and then (mostly) outdoor activities for the whole afternoon.  Please make sure your child has a reusable mug for hot chocolate, and that they have winter boots (the snow is pretty deep in the field) as well as mittens and clothes to be constantly outside for about 2 hours.

Feel free to drop by to say hi or join an activity even if you only have a few minutes.
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Monday, 11 February 2019

I feel like I say this a lot, but what a busy week we have ahead of us again!  Please read closely, there are a few things that students need this week that will be outside of the normal.

Monday:  We've been experiencing a rash of unkind verbal and non-verbal behaviours in our classroom lately.  It seems that many people get a little extra grumpy during cold weather and inside recess times, and though we all feel this, if you have a chance maybe touch base with your child about how they are doing at school.  Mr.D also came into the class to introduce the idea of Kindness Ninjas as a way to fight back against negativity and bring smiles! The idea is to do as many small, free, acts of kindness for the person who's name you drew, and also to others, over the course of this week. 

Tuesday; this is the final "normal" day this week, so take a minute to breathe :) 
Reusable mugs/cups needed by Thursday for hot chocolate during our winter carnival

Whyte museum field trip after announcements and attendance in the morning.  If you are volunteering and plan to drive with your child, please confirm with me so that I don't mark them absent.  Volunteers riding the bus with us, please be in the classroom by 8:45.

Swim to Survive in the afternoon.  Students need a full set of spare clothes (that they can wear in the water).  Part of Wednesday's lesson will involve wearing their clothes over their bathing suit and removing the clothes in the pool.  So along with towels and swimwear, please send a full (pants, shirt and socks) set of clothes that will get wet in your child's swim bag.

Valentines period 4 - please see the note from last week (or maybe hidden in the pocket of your child's agenda)

Final Swim to Survive in the afternoon

There is no weekly homework this week - but students are reminded that they need to be finished their novel review book before Feb.25th and that their division for marks will be this Thursday.  After working on this since returning from Christmas, please check in with your child about their skills.

LGMS Carnival D'Hiver! (Winter Carnival).  We have a musical presentation in the morning and then we will be moving through winter activities.  All but one activity is outside, so please make sure your child is well dressed.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Rube Goldberg machines were completed in class Thursday.  Each group made a video explaining their science knowledge, and when possible, the working device as well.  So - during your chilly weekend, take some time to celebrate your child's learning and enjoy all of these video by following the link to our Rube Goldberg final tests!
Valentine's Day is next Thursday!

Our class will be celebrating Valentine's just before lunch (since we will be at the pool in the afternoon).  If you would like to send any treats, please send individual sized goodies.  For example, cupcakes instead of cake.  This makes it much easier in the classroom :)

Students are welcome to bring Valentine cards for their classmates if they would like to, but please practice respect and caring towards everyone by making sure that no one is left out.  There are 21 students in our class this year.  Please see the list below for correct spelling.


Monday, 4 February 2019

What a chilly start to the week but it looks like it should be a little better by Wednesday when we are walking to the pool again.  Please be sure that your child has a toque to protect their wet hair and heads for those walking field trips.

* Please return Whyte Museum field trips as early as possible (Friday at the absolute latest).  We still desperately need 2 more volunteers to join us on this day (Feb 13th in the morning) *

  •  Swim to Survive

  • Swim to Survive.  Final day to complete and how Rube Goldberg devices.

  • Spelling list #9.  The assignment to be completed this week is the student choice  (but remember that all of the assignments have writing the words spelled correctly as the first step) 
  • All Rube Goldberg devices and materials to go home
Today we had our first successfully completed Rube Goldberg device too!  Please follow the link to see the balloon popping machine in slow motion.  Congratulations to Keith and Easton!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

What a fun week we are having! To see pictures of Rube Goldberg Machines so far, and Swim to Survive please follow each link to the folder of pictures :)

Also - please remember that these updates go directly to the classroom blog.  They arrive in your email from an online forwarding system.  They are not coming directly from my school email so hitting the reply button does not come to me (they disappear into cyber space since the program that forwards the updates does not have an email address).  

Please use the link at the bottom of the updates, go directly to the blog and use the email me section, or write to me directly at:  tina.blackwell@crps.ca  .  
I try very hard to make sure that I write back to any parent emails promptly, so if I haven't written back to you, please check that you send them to my email (not to the blog forwarding system).

Monday, 28 January 2019

The next few weeks are going to be busy with Rube Goldberg and swim to survive happening a few times each.

Volunteers are still desperately needed for Feb.13 and Feb.15.
Please send me an email if you can help us.

Monday - Portfolios should be returned to the classroom.  If you haven't sent these back yet, please return them as soon as possible.
- February book orders.  I will be placing this order Thursday so that books have time to make it here before the February week off.  Don't forget you can order these straight from the online site with your VISA, just send me a quick email afterwards so I can check that it has gone through ok.

Tuesday - is a regular day :)

Wednesday - Class picture day in the morning, Swim to survive in the afternoon (please make sure that your child has a seperate, swim bag so that other things in their backpack don't get wet.

Thursday  Book orders are due, Swim to Survive in the afternoon

Friday - Math weekly #8 is due as well as Origami art projects.  Full day Friday.

One final reminder - there will be no reading records the next few weeks.  Instead each student needs a fiction book at their reading level that they will be completing a novel review on in late February.  While reading they should be keeping track of information about the main characters, and the main events (in order).  They will also be asked to compare and contrast this novel to another story, and to review it.

Today in LA was we were working on our describing skills using unique adjectives to go with our quick writes.  Check our these great words that we came up with (1 word chosen per student :)

Friday, 25 January 2019

Novel Reviews - due at the end of February will be replacing weekly Reading Records for the next few weeks. 

Novel reviews are like book reports and focus on showing understanding of a whole book, instead of smaller snippets that Reading Records show.  We've talked in class about making sure to have a book at an appropriate reading level, and using sticky notes while reading to keep track of both character information and the important events (in order).  While we read in class daily, that might not be enough to time complete a full novel for some students so it's recommended that you also read daily at home as well.  Aim to complete the novel over the February break and be prepared to begin writing the review after that. 

Another plea for volunteers.
Please, please, please let me know if you are able to join us for any of the events listed below.  At this time I still have zero volunteers, and for some of these events we are required to have extra helpers. Extra information about each can be found on the blog update earlier this week.

  • 4 volunteers required - Whyte Museum in Banff -   Feb.13 8:45 - 12:00
  • 1 (preferably 2) volunteers required - Carnaval D'hiver/ LGMS Winter Carnival  Braiding station in our classroom Feb.15 12:45 - 3:00
Any volunteers welcome - 
Rube Goldberg Machines in our classroom-  Jan 28-Feb 8
Monday, Jan 28, Feb.4: 2:00-3:15
Tuesday,Jan 29, Feb.5: 1:45 - 3:20
Thursday, Jan 31, Feb.7: 9:00 - 10:15

Thursday, 24 January 2019

We're starting division in class.  In addition to long division like most of you know from your own time in school, we will be looking at a couple of other strategies. 

One of these is called inside division.  It's pretty intuitive and works on basic multiplication and division knowledge.  We worked through a couple of questions together today.  If you'd like to see how it works, please follow the link to see the inside division video. 

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Pop can dragsters.  Student feedback.

Shea - They are really hard to make them go straight when your holes are off center.
Addi - My elastic broke 3 times :(
Easton - Don't give up!
Remi - Ours did break dancing!
Makyra - My wouldn't move (forward).
Tobin - My pipecleaner was too bent.
Hayden - My elastic kept breaking so the beads kept flying off, but it was fun :)

Take a look at the videos and pictures from today's lab by following the link to our Pop Can Dragster folder

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Volunteers needed - WE need YOU!
I know that we are all busy and that taking the time to volunteer in your child's class isn't always easy, but we have a few things coming up that we really need help with.  If it's at all possible for you to join us, please let me know.  

Please also be mindful that here at LGMS we are committed to student safety, which is why we require all volunteers that work with our students to have an up to date criminal record check on file (these are valid for one year from issue date).  But we have time, so if you don't have one yet please pick up the paperwork from our front office today.  

Rube Goldberg Machines -   Jan 28-Feb 8
Do you have a love of building and a flexible mindset?  Rube Goldberg machines are complicated and take patience and sometimes an extra set of hands.  We'd love to have you join us during these building periods to lend a hand to different students and groups.
Monday, Jan 28, Feb.4: 2:00-3:15
Tuesday,Jan 29, Feb.5: 1:45 - 3:20
Thursday, Jan 31, Feb.7: 9:00 - 10:15

Whyte Museum -   Feb.13 8:45 - 12:00
We will be taking the bus to Banff where the Whyte Museum will have 4 stations related to the main principals in our Light and Shadows Science unit.  The staff at the museum that help to organize this program require each class to have a minimum of 4 parent volunteers to help run each of the four stations that will be set up.  We absolutely need your help for this activity.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to join us.  

Carnaval D'hiver/ LGMS Winter Carnival   Feb.15 12:45 - 3:00
Our class will be responsible for the braiding station in our classroom during this fun afternoon.  We need at least 1 parent volunteer to help run our station (but 2 is more fun :)
The yarn will be prepared for you, but the ability to braid and help others to do this would be very useful.  

Monday, 21 January 2019

We have quite a few things coming up this week, and a few larger projects also being completed so please look closely at this week's update.

Monday:  students need to be sure to collect items needed to build their pop can dragsters for science tomorrow.  We'll be discussing these in class, but here are some design pictures as well to help you out at home.

Tuesday: We're building our pop can dragsters.  Stay tuned for pictures :)


  • Social regions final projects to be presented today and tomorrow.
  • LA Insect investigation posters are due


  • Remainder of the Social presentations
  • Design/ planning time for Rube Goldberg
Friday: Spelling and assignment #8

* Important Report Card Information*
Report cards will be available for you online the end of this month.  In advance of that please expect to see your child's portfolio coming home the end of this week.  Take the time over the weekend to look through this collection of work (and return them early next week please).  

I love the depth of portfolios as opposed to the overview that you see on report cards, so please take the time to look through it with your child.  This should help you to understand grades and comments that you will see on the report card.  

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Catapult Challenge
In yesterday's blog update there was a video with the pictures of our lab activity.  If that didn't come through for you in the email forwarding system, don't worry, you can always follow the link at the bottom to the actual blog website to see it live.  Here is the link to the folder of pictures too if you'd prefer.

Swim to Survive - by now hopefully you have seen the information and permission forms.  Please return the form signed and dated as soon as possible.

Rube Goldberg  - don't forget to be gathering materials at home for this great machine building project.  We plan to be starting towards the end of next week after we build our pop can racers on Tuesday.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Jan 14 - 18

Deadlines this week:
  Wednesday: Social videos to be completed
  Thursday: Reading Record for improvement is due
  Friday: Full day, Math weekly #7 is due Friday morning at the latest

Other important things -

  • Expect to see a permission form and information letter about swim to survive coming home Tuesday.  Our class will be doing our swim to survive lessons Wednesday and Thursday afternoons starting January 30th.  Please let me know if you are able to walk over with us and join us!
  • In science we will soon be building pop can dragsters which use stored energy from elastic bands to create movement.  (students will need a clean pop can or other hollow cylinder (like a small Pringles container) with a hole on each end (made with a nail is perfect).  Also coming in later next week we will begin planning and building Rube Goldberg machines.  Students should start collecting items for this now.  Cardboard, paper towel rolls and other recyclable items are all very useful.

Monday, 7 January 2019

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Welcome back after Christmas holidays!  I heard some great stories from the kids today and hope that you all had a wonderful time.

New this week: there was a new Reading Record handed out today (due Jan.17) - this is a special one aimed at improvement.  It will be the last RR going towards term 1 report cards and students have the option to complete it (and the improved mark will replace one earlier mark).  Students who achieved either Proficient or Exemplary on all of their reading records so far also have the choice to skip this one if they want.  I've asked your kids to talk with you about this tonight :)  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Monday: Gr.4s are asked to be sure to have their recorders for Music tomorrow (please see the note from Ms. Emro)

Wednesday: Social regions group information needs to all be completed

Friday: Half day.  Spelling and assignment #7 are due

An important note for all grade 4 families about music.
Dear Gr. 4 Families, 

I hope you've all had restful and relaxing holiday!

As a part of the music curriculum, we will be learning to play the recorder over the next few months! Our program is called Recorder Karate! You will be able to ask your child more about it this week! If you haven't already sent your child to school with a soprano band recorder, please do so as soon as possible. 4A & 4C will begin tomorrow, 4D & 4E on Tuesday. 

If possible, your child may find it useful to have two recorders so that they may leave one recorder at school and one at home for practicing (please note, it is not mandatory to have two, only a suggestion). This way your child will not have to remember to bring the recorder back and forth. They are responsible for bringing their recorder to every music class (unless you have an extra recorder to leave at school). Please encourage your child to practice! Helpful practice hints: 

1. Cover all the holes tightly – leaks cause squeaks! 
2. The left hand is placed above the right hand. 
3. Blow gently with “warm” air -- 'steamy window' trick.

Thanks for your continued support of your child’s creativity in music! 

Musically yours,
Ms. Emro