Friday is the Remembrance Day Ceremony - 10:30 am - You're all invited
Dress in formal attire - look classy:)
Math Lesson 3 homework due Tuesday, Nov. 12th.
Purdy's Order forms coming home today! School Fundraiser
Tomorrow, students may choose to wear a costume in the afternoon. We do have a
parade at the end of the day. Also, the gym and music teachers will be hosting a
"Halloween Howler" for students.
Arrow book order issue 3 due on Wednesday, Nov. 6th
Friday - field trip to the lake with our buddies - 2 parents please
Math Homework - do 2 out of the 3 questions.
- Check out D2L page and show parents the news
Family History Remembrance Project
- talk as a family about your experiences/ family involvement in world conflict
- maybe Thanksgiving will give you a chance to talk with family and discuss these
- Put answers and research gathered into your agenda
- due on Oct. 21st - Monday!!
Book Orders - due Monday October 21
-math homework - due on Monday - do a little every day... do not leave
it until Sunday.
-Award winning book assignments- Pages to read this week :
- Active challenge
- Twoonies for Terry
- Dress for the weather!!!!!!!!!
Forms home today!
Please consider coming as a volunteer... we need at least 3, but the more the merrier.
Wed. Oct. 2nd! Military Museum
Check for Math Homework... it is 1 page of addition
- homework due Mon.
- no school tomorrow
No school Friday.
Please book a parent meeting through Power School for the end of this week.
Math Homework begins today. Students are bringing home their quizzes for the math facts that they completed last week. They have been marked. Students need to correct any questions they may have done wrong, and complete all the unfinished questions on the 4 pages of work. This needs to be handed back, signed, on Monday, September 23rd.
No shots in Grade 5 anymore!... in case you were wondering.
- Playlist - think of songs that relate to Grade 5 - topics, themes, ideas
- ex. courage, weather, electricity, Canada, history, etc.
- Cardboard - we need it!
- Dress for the weather
- #CBAD - winning title for last week: "Most Marshmallows"
by Rowboat Watkins
Make sure to have a water bottle for tomorrow!
Any precautions for being outdoors. - sunscreen, bug spray, hat, etc.
We're gonna get messy :)
We started making our first wiki page for our Visual Journal.
Friday we will be outdoors for the majority of the day. Be Prepared!
Read yesterday's letter.
I'm sure you have heard about this week's focus on Mental Health here at the school.
In Grade 5 we are attending to different habits that can promote personal awareness throughout our lives and strategies that can help us when we are feeling worried, stressed or think our problems are too big for us to handle.
Active Living- 1 hour of exercise per day is recommended for people ages 6-17
- Exercise increased blood flow
- Blood delivers oxygen to your brain
- Increased energy and endorphins boost your mood and memory
- Socialize with Friends and Family
4.5 hours is the approximate average number of hours a US high school student spends with friends and family on a weekday.
- Socializing can improve your memory
- You can gain new knowledge by talking to others
- Socializing reduces stress
- You exercise critical thinking skills when talking to others
2. Sleep to Keep Your Brain Sharp
9 - 11 is the hours of sleep the National Sleep Foundation recommends for people aged 6 - 13
- Your brain processes information as you sleep
- Memories are formed during the REM stage of the sleep cycle
- Getting a good night's sleep makes you alert the next day
This information (in the coloured text)
has been quoted directly from the book:
“Chapter 1 - 3.” 12 Tips to Maintain Brain Health, by Maddie Spalding, 12-Story Library, 2017.
We will continue to emphasize different habits and ideas during our discussions this week.
Thursday we will be talking about the healing properties of humour and have planned a fun Throw-back Thursday connection.
Your child needs to bring a childhood picture that brings back some fun and happy memories.
If you need to send a digital photo please send it to me in response to this email.
Tomorrow is Hats on For Mental Health so students should plan to wear a hat if they like.
When teachers go to Teacher's Convention, there are many inspirational speakers, things to learn, take in, and enjoy. This year was no exception.
I would like to share some of the insights offered from one of the speakers I went to this year. This is for your interest sake... and it involves my interpretation. If you are interested in finding out more... or wish to disregard it all together, it is up to you. These are some of my notes:
Dr. Greg Wells- Physiologist - "Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better..."
- - lymphatic system - Fluid cleans the brain while we sleep. Adults require 5 complete rounds of 90 minutes of sleep to fully recover each day. (children -different guidelines for different ages) While you sleep, you put the things from the day into memory. Creative brain begins work after 4 hours of sleep.
- Imperative that devices (tv, ipads, ipods, games, etc.) away before night time routine.
- Light from screens trick brain into thinking it is day and it does not release melatonin for deep sleep. This disrupts the opportunity for body to enter deep sleep to do the work of "cleaning the brain."
- He suggests that it is important for families to engage in a 1 hour sleep routine before bedtime - no screens -1 hour minimum- prior to sleep...
These ideas are not new to me... I have struggles with fatigue, interrupted sleep, and limiting my own screen time - not to mention my daughter. This weekend, my daughter (Amelia - 6 years old) and I talked a bit about what this means for us... we have decided to try some different night time activities. This one is harder for me, than for her, at this point.
- Ideas: Gratitude journal (write about things that we're grateful for from the day), reading together, reading on our own, game of cards, story sharing, other regular "bed time routines"...
I will send my "eat" notes next week:)
Other information regarding this week at school:
- Social Studies: finishing large scale maps - looking at St. Lawrence Lowlands region
- Language Arts: character creation - beginning looking at famous Canadians to study (Social Studies cross-curricular)
- Math: multiplication strategies for 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication - no homework this week. Expect a new page on Monday, February 26th.
Students are getting close to the Music presentation happening March 8, at 2 pm and 6:30 pm. Preparations are getting more focused for this assembly.
Thanks for your attention,
Here is an explanation of the current report card marking scheme in terms that may help you understand the differences between the numbers. We have a large number of students achieving 2's in many areas of their academic growth. This should not be cause for worry. I have highlighted some of the key words to note.
Basic - 2
- shows an acceptable and foundational understanding of the concept.
- uses knowledge and skills taught to participate in common learning tasks.
- is successful in familiar learning situations.
Good - 3
- shows a detailed and strong understanding of the concept taught.
- uses knowledge and skills taught to participate in a variety of learning tasks.
- is successful in familiar and new learning situations.
Excellent - 4
- shows a thorough understanding of the concept and can make fine distinctions.
- uses knowledge and skills to participate in complex learning tasks.
- is successful in new, diverse, and unique learning situations.
Students receiving Not meeting - 1
- show limited understanding of the concepts taught.
- require support using the knowledge and skills taught in learning tasks.
- can be successful when they have practiced and/or have participated in similar learning situations before.
Please keep these things in mind as you review these upcoming report cards.
Things to think about when considering how your child is doing include work samples sent home this term:
- Dragon description writing
- Atlantic Region visual journal project
- Unit 1 Math test
- Mad Minute booklet
- Award-winning Book Talk project
- Winter book report
Also, when your child is completing the homework in Math or Language Arts, how independent are they with their work?
We have had an amazing first half of the school year. I can't believe the year is half over! There are a lot of exciting things happening as we continue on with Grade 5 including Genius Hour, a Science Centre field trip, short film projects, one more round with Cathy Beveridge, and much more!
Math homework due Monday:) Expect a next round of homework to arrive on Monday.
If you would like an at-home Basic Facts package for help practicing, please let me know by responding to this email.
Have a great weekend!
A great topic and a great thing about Grade 5!
There has been a lot of excitement around here as we continue to study Weather in Science. Yesterday, we had a real life reason to explore wind speed as we watched our neighbour's flag rip off their house and fly down the street! We looked at the Beaufort Scale for wind and discussed what level we thought we were at. We reintroduced the debate today, and talked about people we knew who had suffered damage from the storm. Weather is part of our everyday existence.
Your child may have mentioned our exploration into the blogoshpere. If not, here is a summary... We are introducing 3 entry points to writing: story-telling, blogging, and journalling. Starting in November, students will be responsible for "handing in" one entry per week. They will have time during literacy centres, and on Fridays to complete each entry. Many students are quite excited about the idea of creating a blog, and will likely start off there.
In preparation for this work, students have been exploring this communication form in order to understand what it takes to have a successful blog. We are beginning with a paper blog where students will create their opening entry and classmates will use sticky notes to make comments. We will discuss how to make appropriate comments. Students are not allowed to comment anonymously, they need to be conversational in nature, asking questions, or commenting on their interest in the topic. This is also a perfect chance to discuss internet safety. We will be talking about "How the Internet is like the Mall." This idea came from this webpage : Student Blogging Resources. We will be using a safe site, approved by the Calgary Board of Education, that is used by many teachers of this grade level - Kidblog.
Blogging is not mandatory.
If a family is concerned with their child working on the internet in this way, they can talk with their child and myself about it. There are 3 options for this weekly assignment, and therefore, they may choose one of the other options.
Students have been doing quite well in their preparation for assignments for the most part. They received the second Math homework assignment today. Almost all children had the first assignment complete. The Award-winning Book Talks have been really great so far, with 9 students left to present tomorrow and Friday. Students are celebrating each other's work on a Celebration slide show. This is in their Google Drive. If you have not already done so, you should ask your child to see the documents in there, both that they are working on, as well as the items shared by me. The arctic assignments are due tomorrow, after a short extension was granted to all students, in order to ensure a quality job was being done.
You will receive an email if your child is not keeping up with these assignments, or any other assignments. Students need to increase their personal responsibility as they get older. Most of your children are definitely up for the challenge. They are working hard and doing some great things here at school each day!
As always, please email me with any specific concerns you may have - Look for Social Studies work coming home to look at next week!