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).  

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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