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Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the Weekly Digest!  Every Friday (or Thursday on a shortened week), I will give you an update on the goings-on in 4/5M.  Some will be brief while others will be lengthy depending on the news we have to share.  You should see “Weekly Digest” in your child’s agenda every Friday.  Anything that appears in your child’s agenda (for the most part), should appear on the blog too.

First of all, I’d like to thank you for checking in and staying in touch with your child’s learning.  (If it’s more convenient, there’s a “subscribe” button down the right side of the page here and, by clicking it, you can receive email updates every time a new post is created.)  I would also like to thank you for taking the time to complete the information form that came home on Tuesday.  It was a pleasure to meet those of you who were able to come out to the Meet the Staff BBQ last night.  If you were unable to make it, pop by my room any time it is convenient.

I’m sure some of you have concerns about your child being in a split class.  Know that your child will be getting the curriculum they are supposed to.  Fortunately, there are a lot of similarities between the language and math curriculum that lend itself to a split class; the fours may benefit even more by challenging themselves to do some of the grade five work.  Science and social studies will be trickier to manage but with the emphasis on inquiry these days, most of your child’s learning – regardless of which grade he/she is in – will focus on the process of science and research, and less so on the content within each grade.  Topics may be shared from time to time, but the work and assessment will reflect whatever your child should be learning in his/her grade.  For example, in social studies, the fours learn about Canada’s physical and political regions while the fives learn about Canadian government.  With a municipal election on the horizon, the fours will get a taste of the grade five curriculum while learning about Canada’s political regions.

I hope you’ve had a chance to read the newsletter (it’s posted further down the page if you didn’t get the paper copy) and learn a little more about my use of Class Dojo.  These, along with the blog, are your best avenues for staying in touch with your child’s progress so there are no surprises come report card time.

Thank you for taking the time to check in.  Enjoy your weekend!

Reminders

  • Completed Student Info Form due: Zoe, Ella, Dominic, Emmit, Shyanne
  • Get your Reminder Binder and dividers by Mon.

 Homework

  • Math: possible numbers quiz on Tues. or Wed.
  • PHE: Mon. & Tues. 
  • French: binder for by Mon.

Question of the Day:   Now that we’ve had one week together, what do you think of your new class/room/teacher?

Reminders

  • Completed Student Info Form due by Fri.
  • Get your Reminder Binder and dividers by Mon.
  • Share “child care note” with your parents.

 Homework

  • PHE: Mon. & Tues. 
  • French: binder for by Mon.

Question of the Day:   Scientists are hoping to have people living on the planet Mars by 2020.  People can volunteer to go but they have to stay there any never come back (plus face any dangers that come with the mission).  Would you be willing to do it?
Want to read more?  Click this link.

Reminders

  • Completed Student Info Form due by Fri.
  • Get your Reminder Binder and dividers by Mon.
  • Meet the Staff Night on Thurs. 4:30-6:30pm

 Homework

  • PHE: Mon. & Tues. 
  • French: binder for by Mon.

Question of the Day:  Bill Gates (owner of Microsoft) is the richest man in North America.  He is worth $57 billion!  If you had that much money, what would you do with it?

Reminders

  • Completed Student Info Form due by Fri.
  • Get your Reminder Binder and dividers by Mon.
  • Meet the Staff Night on Thurs. 4:30-6:30pm

 Homework

  • PHE: Mon. & Tues. 
  • Binder for French by Mon.

Question of the Day:  If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

September Newsletter

You should have received a paper copy of this but here’s the electronic version just in case.

September Newsletter

Welcome!

Dear Students (and any parents lurking over your shoulder),

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my blog.  I’m really looking forward to the year we’re going to spend together.  I haven’t been this excited in quite some time.  I will probably  need your help as I get used to things here at Essex Public so I hope you’ll be patient with me as I learn the ropes of a new school.

I’ve been running this blog for almost five years now and it gets updated daily.  I hope you’ll get in the habit of checking in each day and, at the very least, answer the Question of the Day that I post for the students.  The questions can be serious, open-ended, relating to current events, or just down-right silly.  You’ll also have a chance to voice your opinions, vote on ideas, and see samples of your work on display.  Before you leave, take a few moments to browse the tabs across the top where you can learn a little more about me and what being in my class is all about.  Feel free to leave a comment to let me know you were here – just don’t forget to put your name in the Name box so I know who you are!

Thanks again for checking in and I’ll see you on Tuesday morning!

Mr. M.

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