Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Students participating in Secret Santa drew names on Wednesday and now have just over a week to find a gift for their chosen student.  Wish lists were distributed at the end of the day to help students with the shopping process.  Please remember to stay within the range of $10-15.  Wrapped/bagged gifts can start coming in the week of December 18th, and no later than the 21st, the Thursday before we break.  Please only have the recipient’s name on the gift.

Movie trailers and posters for our novel study of Gordon Korman’s “Dive” trilogy were published here on the blog yesterday.  Just scroll down to find the long list of trailers and accompanying posters.  Feel free to leave a comment!  I emailed the link to Gordon Korman himself and he has already responded.  See his reply in the comments section!

It was another rough week for homework completion.  We seemed to be making ground in recent weeks but not so much this time.  Several students still owe me outstanding work.  Check tonight’s homework post to see if your child is among them.

We’re halfway through our food drive.  We did some math on Monday and generated our goal of 540 items; that is an average of 18 items per family.  I realize it may be a tall order for some, and I respect that.  It’s merely a goal.  The 120 items we’ve already contributed is more than we started, so whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated by the Essex Food Bank.

Cooler temperatures ahead!  Stay warm this weekend!

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Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Tuesday was a delightful day for a field trip; the weather couldn’t have cooperated more!  Everyone seemed to enjoy the activities and many showed no fear when it came to scaling the trees!  Photos are a few posts below this one if you haven’t already taken a look.

I’m hoping our next field trip will occur in the next week or so.  I’d like to take 6M to see the movie “Wonder”, which is a story about a boy with facial deformities going to school for the first time.  It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions but it addresses friendship, bullying, inclusiveness and personal struggles.  Beyond this, it also coincides with the grade six health curriculum topic of self concept/awareness.  Right now, I’m trying to nail down a date during this busy season.  Stay tuned for details.

Math was a treat this week, as I’d posted on Dojo.  We had many suggestions on how to find out who was taller in 6M, the boys or the girls.  We tested a variety of student theories, none of which gave us a conclusive answer, but the discussion and debating was fascinating; true learning in every sense of the word.  If only you could have been there to witness it!  This was a springboard for our new math unit on data management.  Once we did some fair number crunching and calculated the mean/average, the boys prevailed as the tallest (despite the majority of the class thinking it was the girls initially).

The 6M and EPS newsletters have been posted here.  Have a look for what’s in store this month, both within the walls of 207 and school wide.

Enjoy the first weekend of December!

 

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our trip to Gesstwood Camp takes place on Tuesday.  The current weather forecast suggests a sunny and mild day, which is favourable being that we’re outside most of the time.  Students will need to dress accordingly; I’ve encouraged layers so they can adjust to changing temperatures.  Suitable footwear is required – either running shoes, or boots/hikers.  Feet will get dirty, so avoid wearing shoes that can’t handle a little mud.  Hats and gloves are also encouraged.  Students will need to bring a hearty lunch with as little litter as possible.  If you haven’t already done so, payment can be made through School Cash Online, or simply send cash/cheque to the school with your child.  Forms must be completed and handed in before we depart on Tuesday morning.  Please contact me if there’s a financial reason why your child might not be able to participate.

Our first unit test in math is on Monday.  Students have had many options to review material, with extra work on the blog, a sample test, and questions relating to the content on Prodigy.  We also spent the last two days reviewing in class.

We’re just about to wrap up our science unit on flight.  Students wrote a test yesterday, and are about to complete a project about an influential person from aviation history, or a particular type of aircraft.  They were given their final in-class research period today.  Next week, we’ll begin putting the project together.  Check in with your child to see if he/she needs to do any more research before then.  A copy of the project page should be in his/her science duo tang.

Next Wednesday is our Annual Bazaar in the gym.  Consider stopping by to see what local merchants have for sale.  Students will also have an opportunity to buy so feel free to send along some money if they want to make those purchases.

Enjoy the weekend!

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I trust you have seen your child’s progress report, and I thank those of you who are able to attend interviews tonight.  Please contact me if this evening is inconvenient for you and we can try to find a common time to meet.  There are still two and a half months of term one left so there’s plenty of time to rise (or fall…) before the formal report card goes home in February.  Keep checking in your child’s Reminder Binder for those assessment pieces that come home, and keeping up to date with his/her day-to-day learning will keep you in the loop with what’s going on.

In science, students are researching a chosen topic from our flight unit.  Two research periods have been provided, and one remains.  That said, students are encouraged to use some of their own time to find the necessary information to meet the needs of the project (a copy of which should be in their science duo tang).  We’ll wrap up flight with some review and a unit test next week.  Students are reminded to review their notes in preparation for this test.

Today, permission forms and health/waiver forms were sent home in preparation for our trip to Gesstwood Camp on the 28th.  The waiver form is a necessity because the camp operates on land owned by the United Church; the health form is required so that the trained leaders have a medical history to refer to ahead of doing any tasks.  Again, the trip is safe.  If it wasn’t, the Board would not endorse the program.  As for the trip itself, the students will be engaging in some team building activities and learning cooperation.  The highlight will be climbing trees with the help of ropes and safety equipment.  Students are not pressured to do the “high ropes” activity.  They will be encouraged, but ultimately get to say when they’ve had enough.  There is absolutely no pressure to perform here.  I currently have one parent attending but will need at least one more for satisfy supervision quotas.  There is no charge to a parent or guardian to attend, just your time.  Please indicate your interest on the bottom portion of the permission form.  If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.  If you’d like to get a visual of what last year’s group experienced, go to this page on the blog.

It was a light week for Dojo points, being that I was at a workshop on Monday, and tomorrow being a PA Day.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Monday, your child’s Progress Report will be sent home.  (I will be away at an EQAO workshop but the French teacher will see that reports are handed out at the end of the day.)  I don’t expect there to be any surprises for you as I’ve tried to keep you informed of your child’s progress throughout the fall via this blog, Class Dojo, the agenda, and the assessments section of the Reminder Binder.  For the those who’ve earned “experiencing difficulty” in any given area, much of this is based on work habits.  While some have struggled with content and understanding, many more have been guilty of not completing homework and/or not preparing for tests or quizzes.  These are fixable situations if the motivation is there.  Enclosed with your child’s report will be a Class Dojo report which shows your child’s performance from September 5th through to November 9th.  “On Task” and “Participation” tend to be the biggest pieces of the green section, but look at the third and fourth largest parts as these are areas of strength for your child.  Conversely, pay attention to the red areas, if any, as these are areas of need.  You should be able to see how your child’s Dojo report is reflected in the Learning Skills section of the Progress Report.

I encourage you to come see me at interview time on Thursday evening, whether you have concerns or not.  A time can be booked online at the Parent Interview website.  You’ll need your child’s student number to get started (instructions were sent home last week).  If Thursday evening is inconvenient, I’m happy to meet with you at another time.  Mornings are better for me but with enough notice, I can make myself available after school too.

Next week I’ll be sending home some information about our upcoming trip to the Ropes Course at Gesstwood Camp.  Included will be a health and waiver form to fill out.  While it may seem intimidating, it’s merely a precautionary measure, given the rigorous nature of the trip.  Staff at Gesstwood want to know the health history of the students in their care.  I’ve take over ten different classes on this trip before and we’ve always come away without incident.  The cost of the trip has been offset with an outdoor education grant (covering $25 of the $38 per student), and our parent council is kindly covering the cost of the bus.  It still amounts to $13 out of pocket for you, but certainly cheaper than what it would have been without these supports.  Please contact me if there’s a financial situation that might prevent your child from participating.

Students in 6M have drafted an anonymous letter to a Canadian veteran, which will eventually be mailed to veteran hospitals in London and Quebec.  I do this every year with my class and we’re always happy to hear about the joy it brings these deserving people.  I was particularly impressed with the messages I read from the students this year.

Tomorrow is, of course, Remembrance Day.  I hope that through my brief overview of the Great War, students have a better appreciation of what this day means.  I plan on being at the cenotaph in Essex for the ceremony.  Please don’t hesitate to say hi if you (and your children) are on hand.  Lest we forget.

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Let’s start off with some good news!  Mitchell was the winner of the “Family Night Out” contest that the school held, so he gets to take his family out for dinner and a movie courtesy of EPS!  Congratulations, Pye family!

Math is starting to get more challenging as we begin to roll into three by two digit calculations.  I’ve noticed many have still not mastered their multiplication facts and rely heavily on a times table chart, or their fingers.  This slows the process for the more complicated questions that lie ahead.  I’ve placed some multiplication sheets on the homework post if you’d like your child to get extended practise.  There are also plenty of websites and apps that help with this skill development.  You could even just try practising over the dinner table or during a car ride.  Frequency is key.

We have another field trip coming up at the end of the month and this is an outdoor one.  On Tuesday November 28th we’ll spend the day at Gesstwood Camp doing their Ropes Course.  I will need at least two chaperones to come along so please indicate your interest on the permission form when it comes home, or by messaging me privately.  I’m giving you advance notice so you can make arrangements to join us if you desire.  Despite it being outside at the start of winter, this is an exciting trip for all.  More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your contributions to a successful pot luck today!  We had an abundance of food and I’m pretty sure many packed on a few extra pounds this afternoon.  We’ll spend our two remaining rewards from the read-a-thon next week: on Tuesday, students are welcome to bring in electronic devices and board games; and on Friday, students may wear pajamas to school and bring popcorn for the movie they’ve earned.  This will conclude our read-a-thon commitments.

The trip to the airport on Wednesday went well, despite being delayed by the bus.  I think many enjoyed the trench walk-through.  If you’d like to take your child back, either to see it for yourself, or to spend more time enjoying what the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association has to offer, they are holding a free open house on Saturday from 10-3.  More details can be found here.  This trip is a good segue for what lies ahead in social studies.  Having spent decades researching and learning about the First World War, I’ll share some of my expertise with the students as it relates to Remembrance Day.  This is  a topic near and dear to my heart and my goal is to have future generations pass along the importance of this day to the generations that follow.

Dojo points will be light this week.  With me being absent on Tuesday, a field trip taking up half of Wednesday, and a pot luck today, it’s been difficult to award points like I typically do.  That said, we still lost 44 points to incomplete homework.  😡  Some students have math and/or science to finish for Monday.  Let’s start the week with perfect homework!

Have a great weekend!