Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday break full of rest, relaxation and fun. We plan to keep the fun going with some exciting activities and great learning as usual! Students, please remember that Ms. Bourassa will be on the lookout for “Christmas Magic” all month long! Remember that Christmas Magic is what happens to grade five students over the holidays that shows they are no longer at the beginning of grade five! Students, to prove you read the blog, please present Ms. B. with a note before O’Canada on Monday detailing one thing you plan to do to demonstrate ‘Christmas Magic’!
*Thank you for your wishes and generosity at Christmas! I’m the luckiest teacher because I get to spend my days with the most amazing group of learners in the school!
*Thank you to all our stocking sewing helpers: Grandma Gerri, Grandma Manser, Mrs. Reeves, Miss MacRae, Ava’s mom, Trevor’s mom, William’s mom, Berkley’s mom, and Maxwell’s mom—we couldn’t have done it without you!
*We would like to send a special thank you to all our swimming drivers who took time out of their busy schedules to get us to and from the pool before Christmas. What an awesome outing!
*Another bouquet goes out to the families who contributed to our Christmas Party snack on the last Friday before the break. Thank you to Trevor, Anabelle, Parker G, Taylor and Maxwell for supplying our delicious and nutritious snack!
*Wow, we dodged the frigid cold of Christmas, but there’s still plenty of winter on the way! Calling all warm jackets, mitts, toques, scarves, snow pants and other winter gear! For the greatest amount of fun, students should come to school dressed for the weather every day this month because whenever we have the chance, we will head outdoors to be physically active. Some of our Fridays will include outdoor winter activities, running may even be an option if there is no snow or ice on the pathways! Being warm and dry will make this experience a very enjoyable one!
We are headed back to the Arctic Region of Canada to wrap up a scavenger hunt and even hope to take a trip to Iqaluit this week!
What’s Happening? (Current Events Project)
In order to help develop responsible and active citizenship, a very important part of the Social Studies curriculum is the awareness of current events. Parents, as was mentioned previously, please encourage your child to read a newspaper, watch the news and become knowledgeable about the events occurring in our world. It is always a good idea to take a few minutes to follow up or discuss these events with your child to find out what they are thinking and feeling. This week we will be introducing 'What's Happening Wednesdays' (our independent current events projects) that will be starting next week! Please note that all preparation for this project will take place outside of school time at home (if this presents a problem for your family, please let me know). Students will sign up for a date to present and during the week preceding their date, will be responsible for:
*choosing an event happening within that week prior to the presentation (this could be as simple as buying a newspaper and choosing a story of interest or going online to find out ‘What’s Happening’)
*researching the story to learn as much as possible (students should attempt to become a bit of an expert on the topic)
*presenting the information to the class in whatever way it may best be understood and remembered (i.e.: poster, tri-fold, PowerPoint, play/re-enactment, etc.) in 5-6 minutes.
*Please note that a very detailed outline will come home to directly assist students in their preparation when their date is ‘just around the corner’.
We will be celebrating the New Year by learning some vocabulary and writing resolutions in French! We will also learn about a French cultural tradition by celebrating 'la fete des rois' on Wednesday. Scholars, be sure to explain to your parents what this is all about--if you don't want to wait until Wednesday to find out, perhaps you'd like to do a little research…
After sharing our holiday activities with each other, students can look forward to brainstorming and writing resolutions for the new year! Now that we are in our new year, we will turn more of our attention to word work (spelling). This week will focus on evaluating where students are with a couple of quick assessments so that we can determine learning groups and then next week we will walk through how the program will work!
What are you reading right now? What are you reading next?
One of the most important goals we have in Language Arts is to develop a lifelong love of reading. Improving our reading skills is something we can all do and will be a focus for our class through January. To get better at reading, we must read more! Students must, at all times, have a novel at their desks for reading time as we will be taking time to read whenever possible. We will also spend some time searching out our ‘next reads’ so we are always ready to pick up another book!
The next couple of weeks we will be focusing on transformational geometry (shapes in motion) before we jump headfirst into more complex multiplication. That’s right! Students have two more weeks to sharpen their multiplication skills in preparation…and two more rounds of Multiplication Mania to look forward to as well!