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!

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