Homework for Monday January 15th


  • PA Day on Fri.
  • Pizza orders due Wed. (Next week)


  • Word Study:  List 8 test on Thurs; second prefixes sheet + List 8 back page #5, 6 due Wed.
  • Math:  p.271 #1-2, 4-5 due Tues. (textbook page below)
  • Science:  Read “Planets in Our Solar System” and answer #1-9; due Fri.; Project research day tomorrow.
  • PHE:  Tues. & Wed.

Question of the Day:  The North American International Auto Show is about to take place in Detroit and automakers are once again featuring self-driving cars.  Would you feel safe in a self-driving car?  Would you ever buy one if they were available?



Student of the Week

Mikayla gets the nod as our newest SOTW!  It was a very productive week for Mikayla in all areas as she used her class time well and ensured her work was done.  She had a flawless Class Dojo report for the week, and she showed improvement with her angles sheet.  Keep up the solid effort, Mikayla!

Leave your supportive comments for Mikayla here.

Homework for Friday January 12th


  • Book orders due Mon.


  • Word Study:  List 8 test on Thurs; Prefixes sheet due Mon.
  • Writing:  2 memoir organizers due Mon.
  • PHE:  Tues. & Wed.

Question of the Day:  You have to stay in this cabin for the entire month of January. You have all the food and water you’ll need. You have enough firewood to keep a fire going until the 31st. You have no access to Internet , cell phones or TV. On the 31st of January, you walk out the door with $100,000. Would/could you do it? 


Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Well, we’re one week into the new year!  It feels good to be back into the swing of things, though I think for some of us (self included), our bodies are still in vacation mode.  I find it usually takes a week or so to slide back into routines.

VIP is on hold until the 29th while Constable MacKinnon is away at police training.  However, this is another reminder, on his behalf, of the volunteer hours needed for the Fun Day in the spring, and to be eligible for Cop Camp.  With more snow in the forecast, shoveling walkways or driveways (voluntarily) is a good way to pick up a few hours.

In the event you missed it, the January Newsletter was posted on Monday.  Have a look to see what lies ahead.  There is a short note about report cards that’s worth peeking at.

Speaking of report cards, next Friday is a PA Day for students while we teachers hammer away at assessment and evaluation.  I read an article written by a private school teacher in the UK and it focused on the pressure placed on children to get A grades.  It’s more of a rant than a professional piece but the last paragraph offers some good advice.  You can connect to the article here, just be forewarned of the lax British vernacular in some parts.  (That said, I can appreciate the honesty in this teacher’s message despite colourful word choice.)  Personally, I’d like to do away with grades altogether.  Nevertheless, to cite my favourite quote of all time, “The race isn’t always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”  Success isn’t always determined by the highest mark, or by coming in first place.  We can acknowledge the success of those who reach the pinnacle, but we should also be happy with our own accomplishments, regardless of where they fall.   Ok, enough philosophical talk for one Friday!

Happy weekend!