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Student of the Month

Nominate a classmate for November’s Student of the Month assembly.  The look-for this month was caring.  Please include a reason why you’re nominating the person, as this will be used to determine a short list of candidates.

Nominations are due by Sunday night.

Interviews

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to those who were able to make it out for interviews last night.  It’s always good to connect with parents and discuss your child’s progress.  I sensed from the feedback that many of you are enjoying the constant communication via the blog and Class Dojo.  Regarding the latter, I’m pleased to hear that many of you check in with Class Dojo daily and stay up to date on how your child is performing.  For many students, it seems to be a motivating factor in performing better, and I’m happy to hear that.

The subject of math came up frequently last night as this seems to be the area with the most challenges.  So much of the math we do is rooted in basic operations.  The rules of math never change; the numbers just get bigger and the steps more complex.  Having that solid foundation in basic math is critical.  Although I’ve mentioned it in previous messages, Prodigy is a great way to get your child to practise his/her math skills.  It’s a free, web-based video game but in order to proceed in the game, math questions have to be answered correctly.  I customize the questions to reflect what we’re learning in class at the time so it serves a dual purpose.  If your child is struggling with the math questions in Prodigy (currently set to reflect the grade four curriculum), please contact me and I can adjust the difficulty level  so that there’s more success and increased confidence.  Your child already has his/her login information on the first page of the agenda.  Please take a moment to see how the game works and encourage your child to play frequently (it sure beats worksheets and flashcards).  There are also additional links in the Learning Links tab here on the blog that might be useful for honing your child’s math skills.

Thank you for your support in your child’s learning.  It’s wonderful having so many parents on board.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or concerns.  Enjoy your weekend.

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our canned food drive begins on Monday and a note was sent home with the youngest and only today.  Each day has a different theme but any non-perishable food items will work.  This has typically been a pet project of mine, as my classes have placed in the top two (usually first) for the last eight years of my career.  I’m hoping to carry on the tradition at EPS.  The most cans any class of mine has brought in is 402 (back in 2012) and we have made it our goal to get at least one more than that.  We did the math and, based on 23 students and one adult, it would require each person to bring in 16-17 cans each.  While this may be a tall order for some, we only ask you to donate what you can manage.  Those that can manage more are welcome to.  Regardless of the outcome, the proceeds will be going to a good cause and that will be the reward in all of this, whether we come in first or not.  403 items is just a goal to strive toward.  Thank you for your support in this.

We finished our read aloud of the Dive trilogy today.  The students were very excited about the roller coaster ending and I sense they thoroughly enjoyed it.  Next week they will be using the iPads to make movie posters and trailers for a would-be-movie based on the book.  I’ve encouraged the students to view a few “adventure style” movie trailers on YouTube to get the idea of what makes a good trailer.  Once finished, I will post the trailers on the blog for your enjoyment.  With our read aloud out of the way, we will return to the independent reading program with individual conferencing until the end of the calendar year.

Your child has a homework task over the weekend involving math.  We’ve started using double bar graphs to compare sets of data and we’ve done a few examples already (comparing the class sizes of the grade four and five classes by gender; and comparing the temperatures of Essex and Winnipeg).  Rather than provide the students with another set of data, I’m inviting them to find their own.  The screenshot below will give you an indication of what is required (it should already be copied in their notebooks).  The data must be real (not made up) and it has to have two things that can be compared.  If your child cannot find a set of data, for whatever reason, I will have some alternatives ready to go on Monday.

Looking forward to see those of you who are coming to interviews tonight!

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Reminders

  • Progress Report envelope overdue: Zoe, Shyanne, Jocelynn
  • Bring in canned goods for the food drive.  Our Goal:  403 items!  Our Count:  9 (only 394 to go!)

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List 5 test on Fri.; #5-7 (back page) due Mon.
  • Math:  find data for plotting a double bar graph for Mon.
  • Social Studies: finish your research
  • PHE:  Thurs. & Fri.

Question of the Day: What do you plan to do on your day off tomorrow?

 

Reminders

  • Progress Report envelope due by Thurs.
  • Bring in canned goods for the food drive.  Our Goal:  403 items!

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List 5 pretest on Thurs.; #2-4 due Thurs.
  • Math:  find data for plotting a double bar graph for Mon.
  • Social Studies: finish your research
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day: What is your favourite movie of all time?

 

Reminders

  • Progress Report envelope due Thurs.
  • Bring in canned goods for the food drive

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List 5 pretest on Thurs.; #1-4 due Wed.
  • Social Studies: finish your research
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day: Take a look at the map of visitors from around the world (click it).  Which of these countries have you been to?

 

Reminders

  • Progress Report envelope due Thurs.
  • Bring in canned goods for the food drive

 Homework

  • Word Study:  List 5 pretest on Thurs.; #1-4 due Wed.
  • Math: worksheet (test scores & ice cream double bar graph) due Tues.
  • PHE: Wed. & Thurs.

Question of the Day: If a movie version of Dive was created, which character would you want to be?

 

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