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Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Well, we made it to the end of 2014.  Personally, it has been a wild ride coming in partway through September and trying to catch up ever since.  I am, however, very happy with my transition to Essex PS and look forward to what lies ahead in 2015.

If your child’s Class Dojo report seems light this week, there are a variety of reasons.  With so many activities on the go (skating, turkey lunch, assembly etc.), it has been hard sticking to our schedule.  The entire School Board’s network went down on Wednesday too, so there was no connectivity in the building.

There is no homework for the holiday break but students are encouraged to read.  Each student got to pick a novel to keep as a gift from me today so there’s at least one thing to read.  The one other exception might be science.  Students have been working in groups of three on a project about pulleys and gears (G4), and forces acting on structures (G5).  Over 300 minutes of time has been devoted to researching using books, computers and iPads.  Some have used their time well and are ready to begin the project, while others have squandered time away and have little to show.  Consider asking your child what he/she knows about his/her topic; if he/she knows very little, perhaps some research time at home is necessary.  When we return in January, students will be putting together their ideas based on whatever research they have.

I would ask that students take the time to tidy up the Reminder Binder during the break.  Bring it to school empty of everything except the agenda and the dividers come January.  Some binders look like they could use replacing, and if students need new dividers, all they need to do is see me.

Thank you for the kind gifts, cards and warm wishes.  Very much appreciated.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  Season’s Greetings!  Here’s a little slideshow of the year so far.  Enjoy.

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Reminders

  • Clean out your Reminder Binder (tests, projects and overflow) & get it organized for 2015

 Homework

  • PHE:  Thurs. & Fri.

Question of the Day:  What do you plan to do on your first day of the holiday break?

Reminders

 Homework

  • Math:  show what you know on Fri.
  • PHE:  Thurs. & Fri.

Question of the Day:  What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

Reminders

  • Secret Santa gifts due by Thurs.
  • Skating is on Thursday.

 Homework

  • Math:  show what you know on Fri.
  • Science:  info pack due Thurs.
  • PHE:  Thurs. & Fri.

Question of the Day:  Do you believe in, or have any New Year’s resolutions?  (Resolutions are promises you make to do something better in the New Year, such as exercising, donating to charity, ending a bad habit, etc.)

Reminders

  • Secret Santa gifts due by Thurs.
  • Skating is on Thursday.
  • Turkey lunch is on Wednesday.

 Homework

  • Art: pop can rough copy due Wed.
  • Science:  info pack due Thurs.
  • PHE:  Thurs. & Fri.

Question of the Day:  Some school boards across the country have a “no zero” policy, which means if a student doesn’t hand in an assignment, the teacher cannot give that student a zero (the assignment and mark just wouldn’t count).  How do you, as a student, feel about this?

Reminders

  • Secret Santa gifts due by Thurs.
  • Skating is on Thursday.
  • Turkey lunch is on Wednesday.

 Homework

  • Math: Perimeter of Polygons sheet (show your work on the back, no calculators) due Tues.
  • Art: pop can rough copy due Wed.
  • Science:  info pack due Thurs.
  • PHE:  Thurs. & Fri.

Question of the Day:  If there was a theme park built based on a popular movie, what movie would you want it to be based on?  (Disney has already done a Harry Potter theme.)

Student of the Week

For the second last time in 2014, the SOTW award goes to Erika!  Consistently among the top of the class in Class Dojo each week, and one who never distracts myself or her classmates, Erika is a model citizen when it comes to following routines.  She also keeps her desk neat and clean.  Well done, Erika!

Leave your congratulatory messages for Erika here.

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