Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 30th, 2016

As I sit here in an empty classroom, I reflect on the year we had in grade four.  There are some special memories that I hope the students will remember in the years to come.  We were fortunate to go to a Sens game as a class!  We also went on a field trip to Jack Pine trails, played World Cup, celebrated each holiday, and, not to mention, all the special little moments that happened in the classroom!

I want to thank the parents for being supportive throughout the school year.  You played a great role in the partnership for your child's success in learning!  I also want to thank you for all your generous gifts.  I feel truly blessed.

If you are interested in continuing your child's level of reading, the following are pointers give suggestions in how to foster the love of reading:
Ideas for Summer Reading

If you would like your child to practice Math over the summer, you can email me for access to Mathletics for a username and password.  This is a different online Math program than Prodigy.  Students may access Mathletics through their OCSB student account.

Have a great summer and see you in September!
Ms.Boudrias



Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday, June 24th

Our show and tell day was a success today!  I really enjoyed listening and watching what the students shared.  A job well done!

We also had our Spelling Bee this morning.  The results were:  Thomas, Libby and Arwen were tied for third place, Bianca was second, and Ashlyn won first place.  Congratulations!
It was a close one as they needed four rounds to determine who came in first, second, and third. I would also like to acknowledge other students who definitely studied for this test and had only minor errors.  The following is a picture of the winners (sorry, I just noticed that the picture didn't turn out clear).


Reminder:
-I will be sending home student work on Monday.  This is all of your child's work since September.  There is a purple folder that contains all of the assessment pieces in language and math.-We will be having a movie day on Tuesday.  Students may bring in peanut free snacks.  Please no chips or candy.  Thank you!
-Report cards are going home on Tuesday also.
-The last day of school is on Wednesday.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Thursday, June 23rd

Yesterday, we were very fortunate to have a Native elder visit our school.  Mary-Lou Iahtail is from the Cree Nation of Attiwapiskat.  She shared her knowledge about First Nation people, some drumming music, and storytelling.  

Today, we had our last visit by Cathy Koss.  She went through the whole Rosary with the students.  I would like to thank Cathy for taking the time to come in on a monthly basis to do the Rosary with the class.



Homework:
*This is our last homework update for the school year!
-Spelling Bee tomorrow.  Please study.
-Don't forget to get prepared for tomorrow's show and tell day. 
The following is the criteria for your show and tell:
-introduce the subject
-tell your audience why this subject/topic appeals to you
-tell about its history
-describe your subject/topic in as much detail as possible
-rehearse as much as possible
-speak clearly so that your audience may hear you
-must be ready for some questions from your audience
-must be about 2 minutes in length

Reminder:
-We will be having a movie day on Tuesday.  Students may bring in peanut free snacks.  Please no chips or candy.  Thank you!
-Report cards are going home on Tuesday also.
-The last day of school is on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tuesday, June 21st

Today, students played a fraction game in class in order to become more familiar with equivalent fractions.  Then, they had the chance to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day by putting together a "cootie-catcher".

During Language, we had the chance to do a couple of poems.  I introduced how to write cinquain and acrostic poems.  

Homework:
-spelling bee on Friday (please study using the 100 word list)
-show and tell on Friday 
The following is the criteria for your show and tell:
-introduce the subject
-tell your audience why this subject/topic appeals to you
-tell about its history
-describe your subject/topic in as much detail as possible
-rehearse as much as possible
-speak clearly so that your audience may hear you
-must be ready for some questions from your audience
-must be about 2 minutes in length

The following are poetry written by some of the students today:

June is hot.                                                              Hurricane
Up above the sky.                                                    Big, dangerous
National Aboriginal Day.                                           Moving, changing, swirling
Eating food in the sun.                                             Big and very dangerous
                     -Ashlyn                                                Big storm.                                                                                                                                           -Ralph

One of a kind.                                                                        My brother.
Loving type of dog.                                                              Funny, cute.
Is cute                                                                                      Running, hiding, laughing.
Very loving to people                                                           My brother likes cookies.
Energetic at first.                                                                   Sibling.
Runs fast.                                                                                                       -Lisa
                         -Hunter

Party animals.                                                                         Tornado
Extremely cute.                                                                       Dangerous and incredible.
Never ugly                                                                                Twirling, massive, destruction.
Great swimmers.                                                                     Most dangerous severe weather
Up at the top of the hill.                                                          Funnel cloud.
Irresponsibly curious.                                                                                  -Sean
Never lame.
                         -Fiona

Monarch                                                                                    Castle
Beautiful, small                                                                         Enormous, royal.
Changing, flying, resting.                                                       Aging, collapsing, changing.
A Monarch is beautiful.                                                           Castles are very old.
Butterfly.                                                                                     Medieval building.
                         -Naa-Ameley                                                                              -Douglas

Monday, 20 June 2016

Monday, June 20th

We had an awesome time at the Jack Pine Trail!  The students were very excited about going on a field trip.  We were fortunate to have Elena with us, guiding us through the forest to inform us of the various plants and wildlife.  We also had a nice visit at Holy Trinity today.

Thank you to all the parent volunteers!  We couldn't have done it without your extra pair of eyes and patience!

Show and tell on Friday:
Students are asked to pick one subject to present.  This may be about a person, a trip, a topic of interest, etc...  They are to present it in whichever format they choose (e.g., slideshow, hands-on, etc..)
The following are a list of ideas they may want to include to help them with their oral skills:
-introduce the subject
-tell your audience why this subject/topic appeals to you
-tell about its history
-describe your subject/topic in as much detail as possible
-rehearse as much as possible
-speak clearly so that your audience may hear you
-must be ready for some questions from your audience
-must be about 2 minutes in length


Homework:
-Spelling Bee on Friday.  I gave a green sheet of 100 words to study from.
-Show and tell on Friday.

The following are some of the pictures from Jack Pine and Holy Trinity (app launch project):






Thursday, 16 June 2016

Thursday, June 16th

This morning, we looked at equivalent fractions.  We used a lot of visuals to see how two fractions can be equal.  Tonight for homework, students are asked to do some practice in Math Prodigy to practice this skill.

During language, we were finishing up our billboards based on the book, The One and Only Ivan.  Then, students were busy putting together their Father's day gift.

Homework:
-reading log (due tomorrow)
-Math Prodigy: 15 mins.

Reminder:
-Tomorrow is our field trip to the Jack Pine Trails.  We will be leaving the school at 9:30 and returning at 1:45.
-Monday is our field trip to Holy Trinity High School for our App launch party.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Wednesday, June 15th

I have been away from blogging since I am busy writing report cards at this moment.  Today, I was able to conference one on one with many students to explicitly check in on their reading skills.  You will be getting an update of their reading skills in the upcoming report card on the 28th of June.

We also had the opportunity to have a school-wide show in the gym this morning.  Rock the Arts puppet show was here showcasing their talent.  The students were also shown the art of puppetry.

Homework:
-reading log

Reminder:
-Our field trip is this coming Friday!  Parent volunteers:  please meet us at the Jack Pine trail on Moodie Drive as the bus will be full at this point.  Thank you!  
Arrival: around 9:50  Departure: 1:30
-Our field trip to Holy Trinity High School is on Monday morning.  We will be leaving right at 8:30 and returning during recess (around 9:45).

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Thursday, June 9th

I was away for the morning doing administrative work.  In Math, students began to compare fractions with different denominators, e.g., 2/3 to 4/5, and to say which one was greater or less than.  We will continue to practice this skill next week.

In Language, students were finishing up their billboards (advertisements) based on the book, The One and Only Ivan.

Homework:
There is no homework, however I did notice that a lot of students were having some difficulty grasping how to compare fractions with different denominators.  I encouraged students to either practice on Math Prodigy or use the links under Fractions.

Reminder:
Tomorrow is a P.D.day.  

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Wednesday, June 8th

This morning, we began to compare fractions.  We started with fractions with the same denominators and will continue on with fractions with uncommon denominators.  Students will need to know how to compare 1/4 to 1/3, and know which one is greater.

In Religion, we read about the meaning of marriage, the relationship of husband and wife, and their participation in God’s power to create new life.

During Language, students used their media skills to create a billboard to advertise Ivan at the zoo.  Students were encouraged to use media techniques to make their ads effective.  We also worked on our letters to the author, Katherine Applegate.

Homework:
-reading log (due tomorrow)
-Math Prodigy: 15 mins.
-Permission forms are going home.  Please return tomorrow (stapled as is).
 Thank you!
For my Science students: don't forget to bring in a pole of some sort for you pulley system (flag pole).

Reminder:
There is a P.D. day this Friday.


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Tuesday, June 7th

In Math this morning, we looked at fractions as part of a set.  We worked on a series of questions step-by-step in order for students to gain a better understanding of the numerator and denominator.

In Religion, we started our unit on Created Sexual as part of our Family Life unit.  I introduced the topics that we will be learning.  I mentioned to the students that they may approach me, their parents, or even their doctor if they have any questions relating to our readings.

In Language, we worked on finalizing our final reading response.  

Homework:
-reading log
-Math prodigy: 15 minutes (fraction practice)

Reminder:
We will be going on two field trips soon.  The first one is on June 17th at the Jack Pine trails (off of Moodie Drive), and the second one is for our App project launch party at Holy Trinity High.  The photocopier hasn't been working these past couple of days, so I'm hoping that the field trip forms go home soon to be signed.  I'm also looking for some parent volunteers for each field trip.

Holy Redeemer School Summer Play Day
Wednesday afternoon (June 8th)
Weather permitting, we will be having a summer play day on Wednesday, June 8. The Kindergarten classes, along with students in Grades 1-4, will enjoy an afternoon of outdoor games. Grade 5 students will be our leaders and will be running the stations and assisting younger students.
Children are asked to wear sturdy shoes (no Crocs or flip-flops please for safety reasons) and lightweight clothing. They are also encouraged to pack a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.
We are looking forward to this wonderful afternoon. Hopefully the weather will agree with our plans!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Monday, June 6th

Today, we looked more closely at fraction benchmarks (e.g., 0, 1, 1/2, 1/4), and how to compare other fractions, such as 1/6 or 2/3, to it.

During language, we started to work on our final reading response.  Students were given the time to orally discuss with others their ideas before writing.  

Homework:
-reading log
-Religion: a letter went home to parents today about the unit that I am about to teach this week in Family Life.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Thursday, June 2nd

We began to look at fractions this morning.  Students were given a review about fractions from what they've learned in prior years.  We also started making "fraction sundaes".  Students are putting together different scoops of ice-cream into a bowl (all art of course!).  We will then be calculating the fractions for each type of scoop.

In Language, I finished reading the book, The One and Only Ivan.  I gave students a question to respond to.  They were to use the success criteria for their answer.

Homework:
-reading log (due tomorrow)
-Reading:  students are to write to the author of the book.  They may find this in their language folder in their Google account.  I also added an example of a letter to an author.
Students do not need to finish this tonight.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Wednesday, June 1st

It's hard to believe that it's the last month of school!  Where did the time go?  It's seems like yesterday when it was Meet the Teacher night.  

This morning, we had our Holy Trinity class come to visit us to get together with their App groups.  The Apps are coming along nicely!  On June 20th, our class is invited to Holy Trinity for the App launch.  Students will get to see their final products.  A permission form will be going home soon, and we will need about 3-4 parent volunteers.

Today's App group meeting:



Students also did their final test on probability.  Once these are graded, they will go home to be signed.

Homework:
-reading log
-read 2 Raz Kids books

Reminder:
Holy Redeemer School Summer Play Day
Wednesday afternoon (June 8th)
Weather permitting, we will be having a summer play day on Wednesday, June 8. The Kindergarten classes, along with students in Grades 1-4, will enjoy an afternoon of outdoor games. Grade 5 students will be our leaders and will be running the stations and assisting younger students.
Children are asked to wear sturdy shoes (no Crocs or flip-flops please for safety reasons) and lightweight clothing. They are also encouraged to pack a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.
We are looking forward to this wonderful afternoon. Hopefully the weather will agree with our plans!