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Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today was a day of interruptions as we had to participate in the Student Vote and slip to the gym for our photos.  If it seems like your child’s Class Dojo report for today was light, this is the reason why.  We never got to math at all and our literacy block was severely abbreviated.  Anyway, we’ll carry on into next week and try to make up some ground.

In reading, we’ve just started book two of the Dive trilogy by Gordon Korman.  The students have taken to the story and seem to enjoy the development of events.  We’ve been working on how to summarize with plenty of practice and sharing of examples.  Shortly, we’ll be focusing more on answering open-ended questions that require support from the text and the students own thinking.  In my opinion, this is one of the most important skills a reader can have.  Next time you’re discussing a topic with your child, encourage them to support their thinking with evidence.

On a similar note, we’re now getting deeper into our persuasive writing unit.  Starting next week, students will be choosing topics where they will be required to take a stance and defend their thinking.  While most of the writing will occur in the classroom, at some point, your input will be useful in the revision and editing stages.  Stay tuned.

I plan to wrap up social studies in the next week or so with some independent research.  The fours will be looking at the provinces and territories while the fives will be looking at the upper levels of government.  Then we’ll get into our first science unit of the year, which will combine levers and pulleys with structures and the forces acting on them.

As we get deeper into multiplication and division in math, watch for additional work on the Homework posts for reinforcing those concepts.  I’ve given each student a multiplication chart for reference but some are still in need of routine practice.

Reminders

  • Black & orange day is Fri.

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List Three test on Fri; #4-8 (back page) due Mon.
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day:  Today is Marcus’ birthday.  He shares his birthday with Domitian (Roman emperor), Antonie van Leewenhoek (inventor of the microscope), Big Bopper (1950s singer), Wayne Rooney (English soccer star), Drake (musician), and Brian Vickers (NASCAR driver).  Who do you share a birthday with? 
(Google “Who do I share a birthday with?” to find out.)

Reminders

  • Picture Day is tomorrow
  • Legion poster/writing contest entries due by Fri.

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List Three pretest on Fri; #2-4 from Your Notebook due Fri.
  • Math:  Multiplication sheet – #1-16 for G4; #1-8 for G5, due Fri.
  • Social Studies: Quiz on Fri.
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day:  One time, while at McDonald’s with my boy, I accidentally splashed some Fruitopia orange drink into my root beer when I went for a refill.  Rather than waste it, I decided to drink it.  It reminded me of a Creamsicle ice cream (vanilla and orange together).  So here’s my question for you, what is the weirdest combination of food or drink you’ve ever tried?  Was it good, or gross?

Reminders

  • Picture Day is Friday October 24th
  • Legion poster/writing contest entries due by Fri.

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List Three pretest on Fri; #2-4 from Your Notebook due Fri.
  • Writing:  Principal question due Thurs. (some have already handed theirs in)
  • Social Studies: Quiz on Fri; research the  election candidates in your ward for Friday’s Student Vote.
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day:  Last year, a high school football team in Texas beat another team by a score of 91-0.  Some parents on the losing side consider this bullying.  What do you think?  (Click here to read the news story.)

Reminders

  • Picture Day is Friday October 24th
  • Band t-shirt orders due by Wed.
  • Legion poster/writing contest entries due by Fri.

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List Three pretest on Fri; #1-3 due Wed.
  • Social Studies: Quiz on Thurs or Fri; research the  election candidates in your ward for Friday’s Student Vote.
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day:  If you got to scuba dive like our characters in the book, what would you be most afraid of?

Reminders

  • Picture Day is Friday October 24th
  • Band t-shirt orders due by Wed.
  • Legion poster/writing contest entries due by Fri.

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List Three pretest on Fri; #1-3 due Wed.
  • Math: #1-46 due Tues. (most finished in class)
  • Social Studies: Quiz on Thurs or Fri; research the  election candidates in your ward for Friday’s Student Vote.
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day:  Our class photo is on Friday.  If you could dress up in any costume for that picture, what would you dress up as?

 

Student of the Week

Please join me in acknowledging Ryan as our latest SOTW winner.  In addition to following routines well and earning 100% in Class Dojo points, Ryan has mastered 50 skills on Prodigy, almost twice as much as the next student in the class.  Excellent work, Ryan!

Leave your congratulatory messages for Ryan here.

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