Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 13

1.  Bring a mug for hot chocolate Friday.
2.  Paragraph on holidays- due Wednesday- parents can check, edit if time.
3.  Math- 2 sheets- due Wednesday.  Kids given an hour but some were not focused!
4.  Large folder with art to be brought home Wed. or Thursday. Just FYI.
5.  Please send large black garbage bag if your child may need to it to bring home everything in locker until after holidays.  Should bring home most things Thursday.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 6

1.  Reminder to drivers about showing up to drive to Mac Park.  Leave school at 9:50 and leave Mac Park at 11:40 latest.  It is also hot dog day so we will try to get back for 12:00.  Drivers expected according to list and reminder last week are:  parents of Raina, Hailey, Bailey, Josh, Micah, Mya, Brydon and possibly Kieran.

2.  Concert at 1:00 and 6:30 Wednesday, Dec. 7th.  Please do not allow your kids to be on their own at the school.  Pls do not drop them at the library until 6:15, no earlier.  Pls pick them up right when concert is over.  Thank you!

3.  Thursday after concert for concert participants  is PJ DAY.

4.  2  first draft poems we worked on today are due tomorrow.  Lots of time provided in class with lots of guidance. 


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wednesday, Nov.30

1.  A newsletter is coming home from me.  It is regarding: skating drivers on Dec. 9th, homework and studying and upcoming Special Fridays.  Also, SS and Spelling tests are coming home; pls sign and rtrn if possible.  Lastly, hot dog order forms are coming home.

2.  Poetry- Poem we learned today with example sheet- first draft due Thursday.  Students had 1 hour to brainstorm and write it.  Most students handed it in already.

3.  Listen to your child sing the Christmas Concert songs if possible.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Monday, Nov. 28

1.  Thanks to the students; they showed the student teachers from Panama who visited our class today that they are awesome learners!
2.  Spelling unit 11- most students finished in class.  Homework if not done.  Parents can help edit before it gets handed in on Tuesday if they like.
3.  Memorize- Christmas songs for our Primary, plus grade 4,  Christmas Concert.  on Dec. 7th at 6:30.  Drop your child off at 6:15.  Students wear an elf or Santa hat, and perhaps a white shirt and black pants.  But any clean clothes, any color are great.
4.  School Twin day is Wednesday if the kids want to try to pair up with another student to try to match.
5.  Our class Special Friday is to watch Charlotte's Web on video, since we have read the story and are now studying the elements of the novel.  Please send a POPPED bag of popcorn, or send 50 cents for one. It is really hard to pop 24 bags back and forth from staffroom.  Thanks.  If not popcorn, baggie of vegetables or fruit for your child to munch on.
6.  Thanks for reminding your child not to throw snowballs, wreck others' massive snowballs, etc.. Bring appropriate gear and enjoy Winter!  Be nice to all.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 22

1.  Skating forms, official availability to help drive- please hand in by Friday!

2.  Math booklets done while TOC was in this AM; some students did not get very far.  TOC said lots of students were talking too much.  If possible, please get booklets done tonight.  If not, students will work on them during morning work time.
3.  Special Friday- Clay art for the kiln!  Mrs. Scollon is helping us!
4.  Practise basic adding and subtracting facts, as well as 2 and 5 times tables aloud with parents if possible nightly.  Makes for a much more confident Mathematician!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Thursday, Nov. 17

1.  It has been a busy week!  Students have been working on their clay Battles of the Plains of Abraham.  They have also enjoyed Math review contests at the board, Grammar group work to remind them of nouns, verbs and pronouns. Science cards on the Human Body are being finished and bonus Science Experiments are being shown for Special Friday.  We are also trying to retain memorization of provinces and capitals and learn the continents and oceans of the world.  In Computers, we are finally able to get on easily and most of us can enter our passwords into our GEDU Googledocs accounts and type a paragraph.

2.  Scholastic orders due: Friday

3.  Math pages 33 for gr. 3s and pg. 59 for gr. 4s- due Friday.  Most finshed in class.

4.  Acrostic Christmas poem and second Acrostic of choice- due Friday- Most finished in class.
5.  Spelling and Grammar (nouns, verbs, pronouns) test- Friday

Skating permission forms will come home next week; we have enough for parents drivers so hopefully everything will work!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Thursday, Nov. 10

1.  Math- grade 4s to page 12 if possible.  Grade 3s to page 10 if possible.
2.  Poetry pictures- overdue.
3.  Finish Charlotte's Web by Monday if possible.  Parents can read to students if they like.
Enjoy your long weekend.  Thanks to all veterans!
 The students have done amazing art work that I am submitting to the Legion today.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Monday, Nov. 7

1.  Many students did not bring back their Poetry duotangs or their POLAR writing contest form.  They must bring forms back to school by tuesday if they want to be entered. 

2.  Students must bring back Legion Art contest forms by Thursday if they want to be entered.

3.  We have started multiplication and it would be great if you can keep drilling them at home or in the car on their 2 times tables (2 times 3, 2 times 6, 2 times 4, etc.).  We continue daily to review all concepts learned so far.

4.  Students should have read Charlottes Web by this coming Monday.  They are given 30 minutes per day in class.  If they have finished, they read their own choice for now.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Friday, Nov. 4

1.  There is a Legion Remembrance Day poster contest form to be signed by a parent.  We will be gluing the forms  to the back of the beautiful artwork the students have created and we will be submitting to the Legion to honour the veterans of all wars. If a parent signs the form and it is handed back to me by Monday or Tuesday, Nov. 7 or 8th, then I will be able to enter the art.  If the form is not back or you choose for your child NOT to enter the contest, then the art will not be entered.
2.  There is another contest form for poetry writing.  Please fill it out if you are OK with me submitting one of the poems your child has written so far for our unit. 
As well, there is a Poetry checklist sent home; please sign it and return it if possible.
3.  Kids enjoyed Show and Tell!  Thanks for letting them bring in the cool stuff!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Thursday, Nov. 3

1.  Last day to bring in cans (or other food) and candy for the food Bank.  Thank you for helping support the community!

2.  Special Friday= Show and Tell.  Bring something of interest or tell something interesting!

3.  Spelling test Friday- Study from your agenda Halloween words.

4.  Capitals/Provinces test- Monday- study your pre test and clues in your duotang.

5.  Poetry- print out good copies of at least 7 of your poems you have written and i have corrected.  Draw pictures around them and color them.  Hand in Monday.  This is half of our poetry project finished!

6.  We started learning the easiest multiplication.  I showed them zero, one and two and five times tables.  At home, you can start asking them questions for quick recall so they can begin to memorize (ie- 2 times 3).  Grade 4s should definitely be working on this!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 1

1.  Finish Math difficult  addition  worksheet if you did not finish in class.  Due Wednesday if possible.

2.  Leave subtraction sheet on your desk for Wednesday AM or optionally get ahead at home.

3.  Think about clues to Provinces and Capitals as you will get a pre test Wednesday.   Real test will be Friday.  We will study in pairs in class.

4.  Students should have 2 or more Human Body Science cards done by now.  Some have 5 or 6 done.  If students do not have 2 done, they should stay in for 10 minutes at lunch as cards are not allowed to go home. Students have been sick or not focusing well, or need to ask teacher for more help immediately if they are behind.

5.  Spelling- Many students are suddenly not following criteria with neatness, format, ruler, accuracy of target words, etc., even after weekly review and reminders.  Some students have been asked to redo this week to improve their marks. Weekly corrections can be done at school as time is given.  Some students are ignoring this and are getting behind. Spelling is a red duotanga and you can ask your child to show you!

6.  Candy for Kids!  Optionally send in...thanks for your generosity and encouragement to your kids to give to those less fortunate.  Food and candy will go on Friday to charity.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday, Oct. 28

1.  Thank you very much for sending in all the yummy treats for the kids.  We have about 30% left that i have wrapped up for Monday.  I have expressed to the kids how important it is to parents that students bring back the plastic containers!  The kids had lots of fun with 6 games; the best for me was watching them in groups try to memorize and design a dance to a Halloween poem or song they were given.  All groups performed and did an awesome job! They probably liked the Mummy dressing game the best!  Monday will be a calm day with little students doing a parade and our class eating leftovers and finishing our Halloween wordfinder and getting a pile of SS and Math done!

2.  No homework other than trying to read Charlottes Web novel to page 60.  Parents can help read to students if possible.  It is harder for grade 3 students to read and to understand.  We will be discussing elements of the story in 2 weeks.

3.  Leftover toilet paper and food for the Food Bank, as well as any candy kids donate on Tuesday and Wednesday will be taken on Friday.  Thanks for your generosity to those less fortunate.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Thursday, Oct. 27

1.  Students should have written 3 good copy poems so far and be keeping them in their Poetry duotangs.  We are unable to type them right now as we await easier access to GEDU accounts in the Computer Room.

2.  Math quizzes home, signed and returned if possible pls.

3.  Thanks for the apples; the kids enjoyed 2 big helpings over 2 days of Apple Crunch.

4.  We will have a small Halloween party tomorrow, Friday, between recess and lunch from 10:30 to 12:00.  Kids can wear or bring their costumes, or not.  If parts of their costume are in the way of working, they will need to remove those parts.  Thanks!

5.  Thanks to those who were able to send in food for the Food Bank.  I'll still collect for a couple days next week.  As well, kids can optionally bring some candy from their Trick or Treating to add to our Cans and Candy pile for the Food Bank.  Thanks for your support.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Monday, Oct. 24

1.  Lots on the go this week!
2.  Apple crunch making tomorrow...kids work in groups after washing hands to mix ingredients for topping, then measuring, preparing and baking and eating.  Thanks for sending in apples!

2.  Food Bank donation of food-optional.  I will drive over our box of food and candy on Nov. 4.  Thanks!

3.  Halloween small party- this Friday.  Can wear or bring costume and put on btwn recess and lunch.  Will play educational games plus Mummy game with them.  If possible, please send a snack or treat for 12 or 24 students...only if possible-NOT mandatory!  Vegetable plates, fruit plates, cheese and crackers, cookies, cupcakes, etc.. are fine.  I'll be monitoring amount and leftovers will be eaten Monday and Tuesday if a lot.  Students also know we run and exercise more on a treat day. Thanks for your support with this.   Monday, Oct. 31st will be a calm day at school.

4.  Fire Safety booklets went home.  I reviewed info. with kids; they can bring back signed form to enter Fire Chief For Day if they have reviewed exit plan and caring for smoke alarms with parents. 
5.  SIP smart BC booklet also had to be handed out.  Therefore, I reviewed it with them and we had a reading session with partners as well. I discuss healthy bodies each day after our run; this was a good extension to some of my discussions.

6.  Spelling Unit 6- help edit if possible.  If not, no worries.
7.  Math sheets- should have been done in class as lots of time given.  Few kids have little bit of homework.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tuesday, Oct. 18

1.  Kids have learned Haikus and Limericks and wrote some really good poems themselves. More poetry learning to come!

2.  Kids enjoyed lots of Drama today by Story Theatre productions from Victoria.

3.  I sent a newsletter home; please read it!

4.  School is out at 12:30 both Wednesday and Thursday.  No school Friday.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Thursday, Oct. 13

1.  Please phone the office or come in to the school to look at the boards outside the office.  There, you can see and sign up for an open space for parent teacher interviews. If you can't make it on Oct. 19th or 20th, you can mail me or phone me. We can communicate this way or you can set up an alternate time on another week.


2.  Our class has Special Fridays sometimes.  We had Pyjama/Stuffie day last week.  This week, it is Gum day.  Usually with Special Fridays, we take about an hour or two to focus on the theme. For example, if it is Bring a Can Day, we draw Andy Warhol drawings of the soup cans using charcoal and pastel chalk.  We then discuss Pi in Math and figure out the circumference of the can.  We then roll the cans down a ramp for races to discuss Science concepts.
 Sometimes, like with Gum Day, we watch a video on how gum is made. We guess in Science which type of gum will last longer...sugary or sugarless?  We have a gum blowing contest. 
So thank you for helping support our Special Fridays!

3.  Please e-mail me a YES at sabraham@sd73.bc.ca to let me know you are reading some of these blogs! 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Monday, Oct. 11

1.  Bring mitts, hat and jacket daily in case cold as kids are not permitted in right now at recess and are highly encouraged to go run outside and play at lunch.

2.  Spelling- Unit 4 words three times each plus sentence writing.  Criteria is always on the sheet with the list of words and we always review it weekly before we start.  Due Wednesday.

3.  Subtraction test- Most students are mastering subtraction and even doing very difficult questions.  There are 4 students with difficulty and I am working one to one with them, as well as I may send extra practice questions home.  Thanks if you have a chance to help your child at home.

4.  2 forms to go home today.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Friday, Oct. 7

1.  We have had a very busy week!  Lots of learning about:  nouns, capital placement, words attack skills, subtraction with borrowing, ordering, mapping skills with capitals and provinces, Forensic Science and fingerprint analysis, fingerprint art, print-making art with insects, poetry using similes, solving problems using hot/cold/cool methods, and increasing our vocabulary and spelling skills! 

2.  The students deserve a 3 day weekend!  If they could practise reading aloud with expression and stopping/pausing appropriately, plus practise their basic Math skills for speed, that would be great and beneficial to them!

Have a nice weekend!

Parent/teacher interviews are Oct. 19th and 20th.  There are not a lot of after dinner spots; if a spot does not work for you, you can phone or mail me and make an appt. for the AM, lunchtime, or after-school on any date good for you.  I believe the office will put out a schedule in front of the school for sign ups.  Thanks.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Friday, Sept. 30

1.  Awesome job reading T. Fox facts aloud to the whole assembly!

2.  Highlights of day included:  running the route, watching a HOT/COLD/COOL problem solving video on how to deal with criticism, writing our first poem using similes and metaphors, reading aloud our paragraphs to the class, finishing our Poetry title page and trying to master borrowing with subtraction!  Many students cannot instantly answer  a basic adding or subtracting question, so this is making it very difficult for them to do the grade 3 and 4 work. Please quiz them aloud at home (17-5, etc.).

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thursday, Sept. 30

1.  Students have been practising their speaking skills and will give their Terry Fox facts to the audience at the short assembly tomorrow AM at about 9:20 before we all head out to run the route.  Bring good shoes for walking and running!

2.  Poetry title page has been completed by most students.  If not done, students should bring home to finish tonight if time.

3.  4 step by step insect drawings are supposed to be done.  Kids can do 1 to 4 more if they wish...sheets were provided.  They are using these as helpers for their print making with paint next week.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday, Sept. 26

1.  2 Math sheets- many finished in class.
 Some, if possible, have to do tonight for homework.  Please quiz the students on the basic skills of adding and subtracting.  If they don't know instantly the easy questions (7+8), then it takes them way longer to finish a grade 3 question (57+98).  Thanks for helping your child!

2.  Students have practised their Terry Fox lines for the assembly right before the run on Friday.  They wrote the lines out in their agenda.  Pls help them practise loudly and clearly, as there will be no mic.
3.  Thanks for all terry Fox donations.  Feel free to send in any if u have not done so and would like to.  Thanks.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thursday, Sept. 21

1.  2 Math sheets due Monday.  Most finished in class.  Some have 5 to 10 more minutes.  Please try to glance at the sheets and see what type of review work we are doing. 
2.  Terry Fox money- thanks for already sending in so much!  Any and all accepted until Sept. 30 when we run.  Join us if you like.
3.  Overdue yellow computer forms for the office.  School cannot allow students onto computers for certain reasons, such as doing projects on Google Chromebooks, without these signed. Thanks.
4. It is a big change to go from grade 3 to 4 or grade 4 to 5.  The students will be very tired, as they are working super hard all day.  We are covering Reading, Writing and Math daily, as well as many other subjects. While trying to enforce the rules and expectations of the classroom and age level, I am trying to be positive with all the great things they are accomplishing!
5.  I hope you and your child have a great 3 day weekend!  We will be learning about Project based curriculum ideas and philosophy for our Pro- D.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 21

1.  Terry Fox money.  Thanks so far for all the donations!

2.  Make a Friend optional color contest (free time)-due Thursday AM.

3.  Health and Career- Today, we learned about Problem Solving, Chester the Cool Cat and HOT/COLD and COOL methods.  Students will bring a summary sheet home to explain to a sibling or a mom or dad if possible. Students know that they certainly should not be having any HOT tantrums or COLD whining to get their way at school OR at home!

4.  Kids worked hard on some more review Math sheets and informal reading tests today.

5.  We also worked hard to read out Terry Fox card and practise for the assembly next Friday.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday, Sept. 19

1.  Science bottles filled-due tuesday to school.
2.  Terry Fox money donations- optional.
3.  Math  2 sheets; one on more then, less than, equal to/ one on adding.
4.  Read Spelling sentences you wrote today aloud to a parent if possible.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday, Sept. 16

1.  I am so happy to be teaching your child and I am so proud of the work they have done so far!.  Hopefully you have received my newsletter already.

2.  Kids are working on double digit adding with carrying already and they are doing awesome.  I am sending home their second assignments today out of 8.  Grade 4s are being given a extra more challenging questions.  If you have time to make up a few more questions for them to practise, this is always helpful.

3.  There is rarely homework, unless a student has not been focusing or working hard.  But I did send home 2 little bottles today and the students are supposed to fill them with anything related to Science (which means anything...seeds, rocks, smarties, already dead bugs, etc.).

4.  Our class is organizing the Terry Fox Run and collecting money for the next 2 weeks.  Then we are talking at the assembly and leading the run on Sept. 30th at 9:30.  Feel free to run with us.  Send money to help donate to the Terry Fox Foundation if you are able.  Thanks!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Monday, June 27

1.  Kids had a good day playing lots of kickball, having lots of Math contests and cleaning out their desks.  They should have come home with their duotangs and workbooks.  They have left their pencils, crayons, scissors, etc.. to work tomorrow and to decide if they will bring them home or leave at the back of the class in the "I LOST SOMETHING AND CAN CHECK THIS BIN" for next year's kids.  Maybe you can direct them on this decision.

2.  Many teachers and Mrs. Wickes give input as to where they feel a student would be best suited next year.  There are no requests permitted to Mrs. Wickes. However, if you have a preference for a certain class next year for your child, you can mail me at sabraham@sd73.bc.ca and I will try to relay your concerns or choices.

3.  Thanks to parents who sent a few goodies today, as for some kids, this was their last day.  Tomorrow, many kids have signed up to bring goodies, so thanks in advance.

4.  The year end slideshow and assembly is, I believe, at 10:30 on Wednesday.  Then, the kids get their report cards and leave about 12:00. 

It has been a great year!  Wow...I feel very lucky to have had a such a fun loving, hard working, responsible and kind class.  How could I not love my job!  Thanks for raising such awesome human beings. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Thursday, June 17

1.  Must have at least 9 student drawings for art project for Monday AM.

2.  Must have all 30 questions for your interview done by Monday AM.

Both of the above- students have been given ample class time to complete. 

Kids had fun bowling!  Thanks to all parent drivers; your support is much appreciated by the kids and I.

Reminder that Swimming is Tuesday at CGP and visit to Wildlife Park is Wednesday.



Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Wednesday, June 15

1.  Math questions and answers to number 6 should be done by Thursday AM.

2.  Class art pictures to 8 of them should be done by Thursday.

3.  Bowling reminder to drivers for Friday!  As well, wear socks or it is $3.00 to rent a pair.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Tuesday, June 14

1.  Fun Day was fun for the kids!

2.  Math- students are creating a review Math test with 4 questions per concept.  They have a list.  They need to have #1 to 4 finished by Wednesday.  They had lots of time in class this afternoon. Concepts so far include: Place Values, Time, Adding and Subtracting.

3.  Should have 6 of students drawn so far for art project.  Otherwise, need to take it home and work on it.

Bowling this Friday.  Leave at 10 AM from our school and return by 12:00.  Kids will get a slushee there; if you do not want them to have a slushee, pls write me a note and I'll bring strawberries or cherries for them.  Thanks.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Friday, June 10

1.  Sorry...staff in charge decided at 8 AM that it might rain a ton, so they made the tough decision to cancel Fun Day and reschedule for Tuesday, June 14. 
Concession was open since PAC had ordered a bunch of food, so most kids spent their money!  There will only be a few leftovers for sale on Tuesday.

2.  Bring an advertisement or 2; we are studying the effects of advertising on young brains and discussing the choices we make when buying things.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Thursday, June 9

1.  Thanks for sending all the French Food.  The kids loved it and they have been eating leftovers!
2.  2 Math sheets and 1 Grammar sheet due Friday.
3.  It is Fun Day from 9 AM to 12 PM Friday.  All students are encouraged to wear the color they were designated, as well as wear wacky hair. Please also wear running shoes and gym strip, and optionally bring money for PAC snacks.  
4.  A driver reminder notice went out about the 3 upcoming field trips.  Please let me know if any are a problem for any drivers!  Thanks,


Friday, 3 June 2016

Friday, June 3

1.  Reminder to parents to send French Food or the $5.00 for Tuesday's French Luncheon.
2.  Science vocab. test Tuesday on Resources- study/take home duotang.
3.  French props home if your group already performed.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Monday, May 30

1.  Spelling Unit- Aboriginal words- due Thursday.
2.  French skits- will perform Friday so continue to memorize.
3.  French Tests, Solids Tests and Whole Year Review Math Tests- signed and returned pls. ASAP.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Thursday, may 26

1. Jammies= wear.
2. Pizza orders.
3.  French and math tests are Friday- study.  Sorry Math test delayed by a day.
4.  Aboriginal questions- due Monday.
5.  Hand in the handwriting you managed to finish today...by Friday.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

1.  Field trip forms. money, plus french Food day indicator= due ASAP- 4 left to send in. Thanks.
2.  French props, plus French test on foods Friday.  Study 2 study sheets.
3.  Math quiz on solids- 210 in textbook for grade 5s, grade 4s were supposed to write the words in their agendas.   Study!  Also, angles will be on this one (third try for some to Master).

Since kids had Monday off, no special Friday other than they can wear jammies and we may play kickball if they work fast and hard to get a period ahead.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

1.  Field trip forms, 20 dollars, French food indication sheet- due ASAP, hopefully not later than Friday or please write in agenda.

2.  French Food test- Friday -study sheets given today and worked on.
3.  Spelling Unit 25- due Wednesday.
4.  Math quiz- Thursday- on solids terminology- page 210 in grade 5 textbook.  Kids shared.
5.  French props- ASAP>

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday, May 20

1.  Field trip forms plus the $20.00; please send ASAP. Thanks.
2.  French Food Luncheon indicator by parents-please bring in ASAP.
3.  Today's worksheets- Math- bonus for any extra finished on weekend.  Otherwise, whatever was finished was taken by me to be marked.  Lots of computer time and a DVD with our little grade 1/2 buddies= a more relaxed day while many were at the Track Meet.
4.  French skit- bring props.
5.  No school Monday!!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thursday, May 20

1.  Track and field students will meet in the gym at 8 AM to organize rides and get your stickers.  Without a sticker, you cannot compete.  Don't forget your water and behaviour!  Good luck and do your best.  Try not to stop at all in a running race!

2.  If you are not going to the track meet, you will be back in class with  some students from other classes and I.  We will be doing some review Math and English work, Art  and possibly watching a video.

3.  Underground To Canada tests- After i look over, students will get back.  They generally know what they scored so yolu can ask them.

 Thank you to all parents who generously sent in cookies.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed sampling the different types!  They did an awesome job reading and asking questions to their little buddies.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wednesday, May 18

1.  Photo day tomorrow.
2.  Underground to Canada Novel test -Thursday- study.
3.  Bring cookies if possible for our reading.
4.  Spelling Unit 24 plus corrections for all units- due Thursday.
5.  French- show French Food luncheon sheet to parents and bring indication back ASAP.
6.  Field trip form- all on one- everyone needs to get this signed. A few people have already brought the $20.00 fee.  Please send form and fee as soon as possible. If there is any difficulty paying the fee, please let me know and Mrs. Wickes said she can arrange something.  Also, I will be sending payment to the places we will go for field trips.  It is sometimes "iffy" to get money back, as they give us group rates.  Therefore, I can try to get your money back if your child is absent from a field trip, but I cannot promise.  I am sorry!  Thanks.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday, May 17

1.  Underground to Canada test- study assignments 1 to 19 and you will do well.
2.  We will read our Behaviour Stories that we have worked hard to write and illustrate  on Thursday.  We will read to 2 classes of little buddies. If you are able to send in cookies, packaged or made, please do as it makes it a little more of a celebration for the kids.  If not, no problem at all.
3.  Bring French skit props ASAP and try to memorize your few lines.
4.  Unit 24 Spelling due Thursday, as well as as ALL corrections form every unit!

Official field trip forms will be sent out soon as well as indication of who is driving.  Some people have sent the $20.00 and I’ve marked you off, but please try to wait until I give you the official forms... because it's wing night at Original Joes Wednesdays and I might be tempted to spend it before it's due to the office!  Haha. Thanks!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday, May 13

1.  Childrens Behaviour Story- finish all illustrations and autobiography by Tuesday.  Kids have been given lots of class time.  The only reason they should have much homework is if they have been absent.
2.  French skit- work on memorizing and bring props discussed by group.
3.  Underground to Canada last test- study Chapters 1 to 19 assignments and you will do very well. Test is Thursday.

Happy Friday the 13th.  Most students ran 13 laps this AM for good luck!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Thursday, May 12

1.  Scholastic orders dueFriday.
2.  French-bring props for skit
3.  Math angles and polygons test Friday- study sheets given this week and study textbook pages.
4.  Autobiography- try to have it illustrated and done by Friday, latest Tuesday.
 5.  Children's story- all completely done by Tuesday; we will try to meet with our little buddies on Thursday, May 19th to read them our stories and have a treat!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Wednesday, May 11

1.  Field trip forms- Due ASAP
2.  Angles- 2nd sheet due Thursday AM
3.  Underground test Monday- Study
4.  Measurement on angles- test Friday- Study
5. French skit plus props- memorize plus bring.
6.  Scholastic- due Friday.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday, May 10

1.  10 pages of behaviour story should be illustrated, coloured and outlined in felt by wed. AM.  Lots of class time given to finish today.
2.  Math- measuring angles sheet handed in today or tomorrow AM by 8:30.
3.  Letter re: field trips in June: pls try to circle and sign and return ASAP.  Then, I will be able to send out official field trip forms.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Monday, May 9

1. Children's Behaviour story- 10 pages completely illustrated and colored and outlined in felt or pencil crayon- due Wednesday.  We aim to complete the book by next week so we can read them to our little buddies!
2.  We started Geometry and will be measuring angles tomorrow with a protractor.  Kids can take protractors home after tomorrow and practise.
3.  More Math tests from Friday went home today; pls sign and return.

Kids are trying out right now for the Zone Track Meet, so there are some extra "Gym" classes right now for all the Intermediate grades.  

I dropped off 2 massive bags full of towels, toys, leashes, etc.  for the dogs and cats at the SPCA on Saturday.  I will be dropping off a cheque to the SPCA on Wednesday.  Thank you so much again for your generosity.  I will try to give you a total once all the change/money has been counted!  The JDRF Walk is in early June and I will be dropping off the money-cheque for the JDRF that day.  Thank you!

Friday, 6 May 2016

Friday, May 6

1.  Behaviour stories- optional to illustrate- more time given in class for 2 weeks.
2.  Year end field trip letter/forms to come home next week.  Wildlife Park, Canada Games Pool and Falcon Lanes are main ones.
3.  Study multiplication!
4.  Some kids got Math tests back; sign and return.  The rest will be given back Monday.

Students had a lot of fun with SPCA and JDRF draws!  If kids were absent, friends chose for them and the prizes are on their desks.  Thanks again for all your support!

Nolan Viesner won runner up - $50.00 for the Firefighters Burn Poster Contest for the region out of 850 entries!! Congratulations.  He will be donating it to the SPCA!  You can check out Nolan's artwork and  other winners/which charities to which  they donated on the B.C. Firefighters website.

Ben Facchinelli, Kate Zulinick and Risa Murdoch were 3 of the TOP 12 artists in Kamloops and region out of 150 artists from grades 4 to 7.  Way to go.  Your artwork will be framed professionally and hung at the Board office and returned next year.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thursday, May 5

1.  Novel booklet of questions- all due Monday- lots of time provided in  class; should not be much or any homework.  Absences due to sickness can ask for extension.
2.  French Menu- duefriday.
 3.  Spelling Adjectives- Special unit- no test. Due Friday.
4.  Math fractions/decimals test-  Friday.  Study the practice test from today we reviewed!!
5.  JDRF/SPCA- My own pocketbook will be much smaller tomorrow when I write the cheques to match and double the kids' donations. Wow!!  Thanks for allowing your kids to be so generous. There are many prizes which my sons, my dog (he can't eat chocolate so I had to bring it in)  have donated; they will be drawn tomorrow.
6.  Special Friday- Kickball, so wear sun screen.  Also, boys or girls will win 30 minutes of supervised computer games.  Finally, there will be an, "Animals Share the World" video to help educate students about care of animals. Of course, we also have to take a Fractions test, work on Science vocabulary and project, etc.  Always lots to fit in- WORK HARD, PLAY HARD!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday, May 4

1.  Novel Booklet-due Monday...most finished and marked against another group; test TBA next week.  Drama project to come.
2.  French Menus- due Friday- many already handed in.
3.  Adjectives Spelling sentences- due Friday...  especially important to check for capitals, periods, neatness, etc.
4.  Handwriting sheet from today- due Thursday.
5.  JDRF/SPCA- towels, toys, money, whatever!  Thanks for all donations so far...a very generous class. I will have to open up my chequebook soon!  Last donations collected Friday.  Draws to win new and gently used books, stuffies, etc...treats if they brush their teeth and run...happens Friday.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Monday, May 2

1.  Thank you for supporting JDRF and SPCA...all these towels and this money is so generous.  We will keep it up until Friday and then have lots of draws.  Also, we will watch an animal welfare program on Friday and have kickball.  The kids work very hard and fast in here to get a lot of work done!
2.  Adjectives poster-due Wednesday,    plus sentences-special Spelling unit-25 adjectives- due Friday.  More time in class provided.
3.  Chapters 14/15/16/17 and 18- Novel study- due Monday.
4.  French menus- due tuesday to Friday, as many students were absent last week.
5.  All Potlatch Paragraphs  and residential school Poems are overdue-most have handed in.  We are onto second part of SS project.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday, April 26

1. Parloff- school for ride 9 to 11:30.
2.  JDRF/SPCA fund rasing- optional!  Thanks for loose change or more!
3.  Spelling test- Friday- study!
4.  Behaviour story- 5 pages or more illustrated and colored- due Monday.
5.  French cover- due colored Wednesday.
6.  Science psoter colored- due Friday.

I have the Math tests- I will try to get back to kids Wednesday afternoon.  I will be absent Wed AM for doctor, Thursday for Young Artists, Friday in Vancouver for Doctor. All good- always preventative appts for T1.   Thanks for your understanding.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday, April 25

1.  Chapter 5/6/7/8- I will check the homework tomorrow AM.
2.  Fractions quiz- study the practice sheets from the booklet and study the textbook.
3.  French cover sheet- due Wednesday.
4.  Science poster on Resources- due Friday.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday, April 22

1.  Novel chapters 5/6/7/8 due Monday.  Students mostly said they had finished in class.
2.  Fractions sheet # 1, 2, 3, 4- due Monday.  We practised together for an hour on the board today.
3.  Scholastic orders- dueMon.
4.  Pizza orders- ASAP.
5.  Fractions quiz- Tuesday.

Thanks for supporting our Spring production by gathering costumes, coming to watch, etc.. Kids are pretty tired today, but still worked hard on their work! 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Thursday, April 21

1.  Spelling Unit 22 due Friday.  No test this week due to Play.
2.  Underground to Canada- Chapters 5/6/7/8 due monday.
3.  Fractions booklet page 3 and optional page 4-due Friday.  Improper and Mixed fractions. 

Some kids are forgetting a lot of things required at school!  Costumes!  Project sheets and duotangs.  Maybe this hot weather is affecting them, but it will also affect their letter grades on report cards if they do not take some responsibility to hand in.  I can't keep taking a lot of time away from teaching to write notes to parents about work not handed in.  Kids are being reminded daily to get on Googledocs if possible, and, with written work, to complete on time!  Thanks for your support with this!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Monday, April 19th

1.  Spelling Unit 22- due Wednesday.
2.  Math Fractions and decimals booklet-8 pages.  Due Friday.  Class time given but students could also work at home on them, as long as they come back to school.
3.  French- can be working on first draft of menu writing, before typing in Computer Lab.  Can also be working on title page front cover.  Due in 2 weeks.
4.  Pizza orders

Spring Production: please send your child to be in the classroom getting costume at 6:40 Wednesday and thursday.   Pls do not send early, as door will not be unlocked to class.  Kids may bring electronics if they wish, or do Art, games, etc..  They may bring snacks and drinks, but please try not to send too much junk.  Electronics will be locked when we do our performance, which is first.  But I cannot guarantee an electronic will not get broken.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday, April 15

1.  Chapters 1/2 and 3/4 questions and answers for Novel study are due Tuesday.
2.  Behaviour story- must have 2 or more pages with pics and colored and background and felt outline by Tuesday.  All students have them in a special duotang and should BRING BACK to school.  Thanks.
3.  Grammar and Fractions test- signed and returned  Tuesday.
4.  NO school Monday for students; teachers are learning new or different ways to teach, particularily the new curriculum expectations for next year's implementation.
5.  Recall Pirate Play is Wednesday and Thursday night.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday, April 14

1.  Math sheets due Friday.
2.  Should have up to chapter 3 finsihed for Underground to Canada questions by Monday.
3.  Spelling test- Friday-study.
4.  Bring home Grammar test to get signed and returned.
5.  Residential School poem- should be typed up and handed in; if not, try to complete on Googlechrome at home or at lunch in Lab.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tuesday, April 12

1.  Grammar test- Thursday.
2.  Math pages from today- due Wednesday.
3.  Spelling - due Thursday.
4.  Handwriting- due Wednesday.
5.  Optional- many projects on the go; can do some at home if you like but cannot take textbooks home as we share with 2 other classes.  Students are given lots of time in class before a project is due; but, working at home a little can help get the student ahead or help avoid rushing in class.
6.  Provinces and Capitals test- pls sign and return.  I did not count Spelling this time.  Most students scored 17 or 18 out of 18!  Yahoo!
7.  WE will start using our costumes for dress rehearsal Wednesday.  If you still have not sent costume in, just try to get it whenever possible. Please send a note by parent if student will not be able to make one or both night performances.  April 20 and 21st, students must be here from 6:40 until it's over, but since we are first up and we have a 2 minute song, even if you can send your child from 6:40 to 7:15, this would be very helpful.  Thanks.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Monday, April 11

1.  Provinces and Capitals Review Quiz #5- study for quiz for Tuesday.
2.  Grammar- Parts Of Speech- study duotang for test Thursday.
3.  Math- pg. 199 or 261, #1-18- due Tuesday- Fractions.
4.  Spelling unit 21- due Thursday.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Thursday, April 7

1.  Famille- due monday.
2.  Underground To Canada- read by Monday.
3.  Photos/games/snacks= Special Friday.
4.  Spelling- Due Friday, plus test- study.
5.  Paragraph- due Friday.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Wednesday, April 6

1.  Scholastic orders due Monday.
2.  Parloff practice and try outs- Thursday from 2:30 until done( maybe 3:00 or 3:30).
3.  Spelling corrections from one or more units.
4.  Spelling Unit 20- now dueFriday.  Time in class due Thursday.
5.  Underground to Canada- read by Monday ready for assignments and tests and fun.
6.  Famille french project- due Monday- time in class given Thursday.
7.  Behaviour stories do not go homje right now. We are working on editing corrections in computer class.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Tuesday, April 5

1.  Welcome back.  I hope you all enjoyed famiy time!

2.  Welcome to a new student, Ava, who is in grade 5 in our class.

3.  We are now in full swing of practising our Spring production pirate song, Pieces of Eight.    I am hoping that students will bring a bag labelled with their name.  The bag should include some sort of pirate costume.  Beg and borrow, but try not to spend money; try to have the things we discussed in class.  Nothing has to be perfect. Thanks.  I believe the nights are April 20 and 21.  Mrs. Oryshack, the production manager, expects that students will make every attempt to make it to our performances. If you have soccer or dance, etc., please try to make arrangements to be able to come to our performance.  If a student cannot make it, we expect a letter from a parent to let us know.  This way, if we have paired up dancers and have certain orders, we can alter that beforehand.  Thanks.

4.  Paragraph- due Thursday.  Please recall that if possible, parents can help edit and help with spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Please do not change the ideas. 

5.  Handwriting- due Wednesday.
6.  Division practice drill- due Wednesday.
7.  Spelling- unit 20- due Friday.
8.  Underground to Canada- kids had 3 weeks prior to Spring Break to read the novel.  They now have 1 more week to finish the book.  

Friday, 18 March 2016

Friday, March 18

1.  Agendas stay in desks at school.  All desks and lockers have been cleaned out.  Kids have lots to bring home.

2.  Thanks for all the snacks for the kids; they enjoyed themselves!

3.  Kids should only bring home Underground to Canada novel.  They will only have 4 more days when they return to read it.

Have a great Spring Break!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Thursday, March 17

1.  Spelling book due plus testFriday- study.
2.  Brain book- bonus points for Science- any pages due Friday.
3.  Spring Break plus goodbye party- Nayte and Hanna are leaving! Kids were supposed to ask about bringing snacks.
4.  Famile French Famille project, plus SS poem and Potlatch paragraph- optional- will work on more Friday.  

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15th and 16th.

1.  On Tuesday, a large part of the day was dedicated to an assembly with a guest speaker.  Dana, a 55 year old male, had canoed from Winnipeg to the Amazon with his dad.  They are now in the Guiness Book Of World Records for the longest canoe ride. He spoke of almost losing his life many times, of all the cool animals they witnessed and adventures that had!  Please ask your child what messages Dana conveyed throughout his talk and at the end of his talk.

2.  On Monday, we had a guest from the city re: doing right by the environment and also, another guest driving and showing us the way the gargbage and recycling truck works. Lots of Science and commom sense!

3.  Today, we had more Brain Injury Association guests/TRU nurses to teach us more about preserving our brains.  Congatulations to Madison who won the new helmet a couple weeks ago!

4.  French test on Famille words- kids made cue cards today and should come home with duotangs to study the 15 or so words.  test is Thursday.

5.  Inventors paragraph or trivia notes- we typed on Googledocs today.  If time and not finished yet, pls finish at home.

5.  On Friday, we will be doing a big locker and desk cleaning; please send your child with a big backpack or bag that day.  We will also say goodbye to Nayte and Hanna; pls send a snack if possible for the kids to enjoy.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Monday, March 14

1.  Overdue Measurement tests signed and returned please.
2.  Owl magazine contest- optional
3.  Science test from today's guest speaker- The Environment- pls sign and return.
4.  Handwriting and Spelling- due Tuesday.  Lots of time in class given.

This Friday, we will have a little party to say goodbye to Nayte who is moving up to Sun Peaks and to Hanna who is moving back to Williams Lake...and to celebrate the start of Spring Break!  If you are able to send in a snack (vegetables, fruit, chocolate eggs, whatever!), please do.  The students appreciate the snacks. Thank you.

Report cards will be sent home Friday.  Also, grade 4 FSA test results will be sent home Friday.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday, March 11

1.  Owl Magazine contest- optional.
2.  Math Measurement test- signed and rtrnd by Monday if possible.

CONGRATULATIONS to: Kate Zulinick, Abby Simpson, Risa Murdoch, Ben Facchinelli and Luukas Dong.  These 5 students have been voted and chosen to represent McGowan Park School for their fabulous art talents. They will get to go to TRU on April 28 to learn some art from some very talented people, like our own artist teacher, Mrs. Cone. Mrs. Cone sells her jewelry at many stores in B.C. but she will be offering fabric art at the Conference.  It should be noted that runners up for 6th, 7th and 8th place were: Jensen Sczebel, Jadyn Walker and Justine Etherington. 
These students were chosen from all grade 4to 7 entries (over 150 of them) in the school.  Runner ups will go if any winners above are sick April 28.

Also, congratulations to Hunter McKeenan, whose bridge held more weight at the contest last week at TRU than anyone else in the class!  (except Mrs. Abraham's second bridge with 389 pounds, after it lounged in the secret sauna for a week!)

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wednesday, March 9

1.  Math - 4 worksheets from TOC- due Thursday.
2.  Young Artists Contest submissions- due Thursday.
3.  Board story- optional to work on and will be given more time Thursday in class.
4.  Measurement test- now on Thursday since photocopier broken. Thanks.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Tuesday, March 8

1.  Measurement test- I have told all astudents to bring home their Math textbooks in order to reread the left hand sides.  Test is wednesday afternoon, as I have a TOC.
2.  Owl Contest-optional.
3.  Young Artists submissions- due thursday to Mrs. A
4.  Letter home re: vacations.
5.  Start to gather a bag of pirate costume things:  white blouse, eye patch, black boots, sword, black pants, etc.    We are not picky; please do not go spend a bunch of money...try to borrow.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Wednesday, March2

1.  Jump Rope for Hearts envelopes- empty or full- bring in!  We all skip Friday.
2.  Constable Sophie information quiz mark- tell parents score.
3.  Brain Injury visitors- quiz mark- tell parents score.
4. Math page on volume from today- due Thursday-lots of time provided in class.
5.  Spelling assignemnt and study for test Friday.
6.  School Spirit Group songs- gather props and costumes and be ready to perform Friday.
Hat day Friday.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Tuesday, March 1

1. Jump Rope for Heart envelopes-empty of with money- send in ASAP.  Jumpathon for everybody is friday.

2.  Behaviour story- work on if time.  We will be typing them if ready on Wednesday and Friday.

3.  Inventions work or paragraph-dueFriday.

Constable Winkles came to visit for an hour today to discuss Cyberbullying and internet Safety.  The students enjoyed her presentation and asked lots of questions.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Monday, Feb. 29

1.  Bridge entries and Scholastic orders- last day- Wednesday.
2.  Handwriting/Spelling assignments- due Tuesday.
3.  Behaviour stories- first draft in blacks- due friday.  Get ahead on Googledocs at home if you like, the way I outlined.
4.  School spirit songs- props/costumes, memorization- Friday.
5.  Math/SS tests- signed and returned by Tuesday.
6.  RCMP dog contest- entry due Thursday.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Friday, Feb. 26

1.  Math Measurement test- Monday- study!

2.  Take art home- do not leave in lockers. Submit what you like to young Artists bin.

3.  Bridges- Sunday at 10 AM. lates may not get in. Bring bridge if you have been working on one. I have sticks, glue, blue prints and boxes.

4.  School Spirit song- gather props and costumes. Perform next week on Wedneday, Thursday or Friday.

5. Scholastic orders due Monday.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Thursday, Feb. 25

1.  I will be waiting on Sunday at the front door of the school at 9:55 AM for any kids/parents who would like to finish, or START, their popsicle stick bridges.  We will build for a couple hours.  The actual contest is on Saturday, March 5th.  Kids should submit entry forms by tomorrow, Friday.  If by chance someone suddenly can't make the contest day, it might be possible to send it with a friend.  I have already sent out a booklet with criteria/times, etc..  Please refer to their website if your child has misplaced this.  We have about 25 students who hope to go.  We have about 10 who hope to show up Sunday.  I also have about 15 blue prints for those who need a starting point.  I have lots of sticks and glue now.  I have ordered clamps, but if you have any, please bring Sunday if you come.  Parents can guide and help 10-15%.  Thanks.

2.  SS Provinces/Capitals review test- Friday- Study- Spelling counts.

3.  Optional-work on School Spirit song- costumes?  We will perform next Friday.

4.  Math- Measurement test number 2- Monday- take textbook and my notes home to practice.  Anything in text we have done so far.

5.  Young Artists submissions are due to Mrs. A by March 25th.
6.  Young Authors submissions are due to Mrs. A by early April.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 22

1.  Math pages from today- 3 per grade- due Tuesday AM.
2.  Behaviour story- half first draft due - Tuesday AM.  Discuss possible endings and get ideas from your creative smart parents.
3.  Novel study test- Tuesday.  All students were told to bring home duotang and questions and novel.
4. Popsicle Bridge Contest at TRU March 6- info. given.  Entry form must be returned to Mrs. A by Friday, Monday latest.  She may open school this Sunday from 10 to 12, depending on interest, so please let your child know.  Mrs. A will probably have free sticks and glue if she can get them from the Dollar Store or Michaels tonight.  Some stores are sold out due to interest.  Kids interested will be given some class time to work on, but there is an expectation that kids spend some time at home on it if they choose to participate.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Thursday, Feb. 18

1.  Math conversions test- most students got 8 or 9 out of 9 today.  Great for first test on the concept! 
2.  Novel study test- Tuesday- study.
3.  French- Animals and clothing assignment, plus review color sheets- due Monday.  LOTS of time given in class all week.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 17

1.  French animals -4 to 8, plus 2 new sheets give today- all due Monday.
2.  Novel study- due Thursday.  Test is tuesday.
3.  Math conversions test- Thursday- study.
4.  Spelling test- Thurs. -study.
5.  Math extra group- sheet due Thursday.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 16

1.  Novel study-5th and 6th- due Thurs.
2.  Science skit plus props- ready to perform on Thurs.
3.  Spelling due Wed. AM, test Thurs.
4.  Extra Math group- one division page-due Thursday.
5.   Math- Metric system- conversions- study cheat sheet in agenda.
6.  French animal/clothing assignment- 4 or 8, choice for desired letter grade- due Monday.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Monday, Feb. 15

1.  Some students still need to study X facts nightly for speed and accuracy.
2.  Novel study 5th and 6th projects.  One will for sure be the comprehension questions I handed out today.  Wynn Dixie has slightly different project.
3.  Science sound and light skit- half to fully memorize for Thursday's performances.  Start to bring props ASAP.
4.  Spelling assignment- due Wednesday.
5.  French 4 to 8 clothing/animal squares due: Monday.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday, Feb. 12

1.  Multiplication quiz- out of 60- 4 minutes given.  Some students scored 60.  Some are scoring 35 and 40.  These students need to practise nightly for speed and accuracy or Math is going to get progressively more difficult.  Fractions unit is upcoming and involves a lot of multiplication concepts.
2.  Handwriting- 3 pages on linking the letters- due Monday.  Lots of time given in class!
3.  Novel study projects- a couple kids were sick- pls get in ASAP.   The students have one more due, plus the comprehension questions they will get Monday.  Then, they will be having a test in a week.

Students enjoyed Valentines card exchanges and Winn Dixie movie ( based on novel study by 6 kids in class).  Thank you so much for all the snacks which arrived! 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Thursday, Feb. 11

1.  Spelling Test- study!
2.  Wear red or pink- optinal.
3.  Bring snack and cards if possible.
4.  Science skits- start to gather and bring props.
5.  Novel study- due friday or may not be part of party.  Lots of time provided in class all week.
6.  French design- due Friday.
7.  Extra Math group-  page due Monday.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10

1.  Math review test home to be signed and returned Thursday AM.
2.  Spelling test- study for Friday.
3.  Novel study- 3rd and 4th choices are due Friday.
4.  Valentines Party- ask about snacks(vegetables, fruit, muffins, little treats, chips, cupcakes, cookies, whatever- all good).  Party is Friday after 11 AM.
5.  Thanks for all your donations to Carnival basket; Pac appreciates this so that they can make piles off selling tickets to win the basket.  All this money goes to making McGowan School awesome and special... a place at which I feel very proud to teach.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 9

1.  Novel study- 3rd and 4th ones- due Friday.
2.  Science skit- work on Googlecocs at home if time...if your group has agreed upon ideas.
3.  Spelling- due thursday.
4.  Ask about Valentines cards and snacks for Valentines party Friday.  If you cannot bring a snack, that is OK!  As long as you have asked.  Thank you!

Kids did a great job on their Monster Anti Bullying Drama song this AM at the assembly! 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Friday, Feb. 5

1.  Many kids absent today- will take large review Math exam on Tuesday.
2.  Meanies performance by our class at mini assembly Tuesday AM. 
3.  Novel Study- 2 have been handed in and 2 more are due next Friday.
4.  Thanks to all who sent in PAC Carnival basket money.  Last day to send is Feb. 12.  PAC and students much appreciate it to help make McGowan  a great and special school!
5.  Sound and light Trivia game skit- optional to work on. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Thursday, Feb. 4

1.  Hot dog orders, Scholastic orders, Carnival money for basket- Thanks!
2.  Math big review exam- place values, ordering, estimating, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, etc.. test is friday.
3.  Jammies and Math contests- Special friday.
4.  Optional- work on skit for Sound and light Trivia game.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 3

1.  Hot dog money.
2.  Scholastic orders-due Thursday.
3.  Carnival basket money- much appreciated from PAC.
4.  Math test Friday- study old tests.
5.  Meanies major practice Thursday- bring props. masks and memory!
6.  Optional- 2 Math pages started to day with TOC. The hard division questions are BONUS for grade 4 students, but the grade 5 students are expected to know how to do these type for the test Friday.

I sometimes have to take Wednesday AMs off;  whichever TOC we get... always reports that this is: " the best class ever, the most beautiful class, what a nice class, I would return every day if I could, please call me again!"
These are your kids!  Way to go!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 3

1.  Carnival money/Scholastic orders- optional.
2.  Props for Meanies assembly.
3.  Folktales due Wednesday- should be edited for spelling errors, punctuation, etc.. by student or parent so that when we go to Computer room, there are not as many mistakes to fix.
4.  Friday- Review Math test- concepts from start of year.  Plus, jammie day and Math contests Friday.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Monday, Feb. 1

1.  Meanies mask and/or props as discussed in class.  Feb. 9th at 8:45 AM- assembly with our 2 minute presentation.
2.  Carnival money-optional.  We are getting there!  Thanks!
3.  Scholastic orders- due Thurs.
4.  Internet booklets- all colored- due Tuesday.
5.  Handwriting- finished x, y, z!!  Yahoo...time for attachments.
6.  Spelling corrections- some students are ignoring this. Please do.
7.  Folktales- learned today and due first draft- Wednesday in order to type.
8.  Math review test- Friday.
9.  Special Friday- Jammies and Math contests.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Friday, Jan. 29

1.  80% of class presented an experiment.  Thank you for sharing!
2.  We celebrated "unbirthdays" today.  Thanks for some treats being sent in as well.
3.  Internet Safety Booklet- due Tuesday.
4.  Novel Study project- Optional- need to complete 2 more within a week.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Thursday, Jan. 28

1.  Extra group- Math sheets- due Friday.
2.  Math division test and also, Spelling test- Friday- Study.
3.  Carnival Money for basket-optional.
4.  Internet Safety/Bullying worksheets- due Tuesday.
5.  Dress as a mad scientist/do an experiment- optional-Friday.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Wednesday, Jan. 27

1.  Math and spelling tests- Friday- Study.
2.  Sound and light textbook notes- extended to be due friday.  More time in class given Thursday.
3.  Carnival Money- optional. to help make Carnival a financial success.  A $150.00 money basket can equal $1000.00 of tickets purchased to try to win it.  We have had $55.00 sent in so far...thank you from PAC!
4.  2 out of 4 of the first 4 Novel study projects discussed are due Thursday.  Students have been given a criteria sheet which should be in their Novel Study duotangs.  Most students are studying Mystery Novel and some students are studying Wynn Dixie.
5.  Dress as a mad scientist- optional for Friday.  Also, optional to demonstrate an experiment on light or sound; no need to explain all the Science behind it.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 26

1.  Sound/light Internet notes- overdue and some kids still need to hand in; there was a list given today.
2.  Internet Safety Booklet- first 4 blocks drawn and colored- Some students did not complete this for homework.  There was also plenty of time given in class. It is now very overdue.  List of students not handed in yet was given today.
3.  Grade 5 Academic booklet done whole grade 4s were writing FSAs- a few students did not complete and were told which sheets they needed to get done.  This work is now OVERDUE.
4.  Math division test number 3 on Friday-Study!
5.  Spelling test Friday-Study all words.
6.  Carnival money basket donations- optional. Thanks.
7.  Sound or Light experiment- optional- look for materials and prepare for Friday.
8.  Mad scientist- dress- optional for Friday.  Prize!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Monday, Jan. 25

1.  Science textbook notes from pages 78 to 95-due Thursday.
2.  Novel Study project- 2 out of the first 4 are due Thursday.
3.  Division test Number 3- Thursday.
4.  Math pages from today- due Wednesday.
5.  Extra Math group- division sheets- due Friday.
6.  Special Friday- optional- dress as mad scientist and see Mrs. A if you can do small Sound or Light experiment in front of class.  We would like 6 to 8 people to do an experiment. You do not have to be able to explain the whole experiment.  Try to bring materials or ask Mrs. A to try to get them for you.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Thursday, Jan. 21

1.  Syrian donations-Thank you very much for all the blankets, towels, clothes, irons, games, books, stuffies, etc..  Wow...it will be a nice way to show that they are welcome to our city!  If anymore donations come in, I'll make sure they also get to the family.  Thanks to Seham's parents who are helping to facilitate our donations to get to the family.
2.  Carnival Basket money donations- thanks so far to any money which has come in!  Anyone that is able to still send some, the PAC is very grateful so that they can make the Carnival and fun and financial success and provide extras for your kids at this school! 
3.  Internet Sound and light notes are now overdue.
4.  Internet/Computer Safety booklets- 4 out of 8 parts are due Monday, colored.   We will be having a Constable come in to talk to the kids about what we have been learning.
5.  Meanies test- Monday- Memorize.  Bring a mean or weird mask if you have one.  If not, Mrs. A has 25 extras.  We will do our short drama anti bullying presentation at an assembly at 8:45 AM, Feb. 9.
6.  I am having nurses come on March 2 and 16th at 9 AM to talk about brain injuries and smart risk taking with sports, activities, etc..  They will review proper helmet fittings and a whole lot more.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wednesday, Jan. 20

1.  Syrian donations or Carnival PAC basket money.  Thanks.
2.  Paragraph- Due Thursday. 
3.  Sound and Light- 20 Interent notes- due Thursday.
4. Pastel art series of 3- due Thursday.
5.  Internet Safety booklet- keep in agenda- optional to do at home. Time in class given.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 19

1.  Meanies test Monday- study.  Bring mask if possible.
2.  SS test- out of 48-signed and rtrnd by Wednesday.
3.  French Clothing sentences -overdue now.
4.  Syria clothing/games and Carnival basket money donations-ASAP.  Thanks!!!!
5.  Paragraph on feelings- due Thursday.  Not obligated to read to class but Mrs. A will be reading them.
6.  Series of 3- Pastel art projects- due Thursday-pls do at lunch if not finished.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Monday, Jan. 18

1.  SS- Big Government Unit test- Tuesday.  STUDY as we did in groups in class today.
2.  FSA testing for grade 4s- Tuesday afternoon.
3.  Syrian donations and carnival Basket MONEY donations- send ASAP- Optional. Thanks from PAC.
4.  Novel Study- Optional.
5. Paragraph on Moods- due Thursday.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Friday, January 15

1.  Sound and Light Internet notes-due next Friday.
2. SS big Government test Tuesday-study the 4 sheets since you can't bring texts home.
3.  Syria donations/Carnival basket money- optional
4.  Division test/Spelling tests brought home, signed and brought back for test duotang.
5.  Extra Math group- sheet due today or Monday.
6.  Meanies poem for assembly presentation Feb. 9th- start to memorize.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Thursday, Jan. 14

1.  Clothing etc. for Syrians- Thanks so far!  I'll wait on delivering the boxes until after the weekend, in case anyone wants to clean their bedrooms or house!
2.  PAC Carnival class basket- we were allocated the CASH basket.  If you can or want, please send in 2 or 3 or 5 dollars or whatever and we deliver it all to PAC to create the basket for carnival night- raises money for much needed Chromebooks, extra sports equipment for outside, possible playground extras, etc...  ALL for your kids to enjoy a great school.
3.  Spelling test and Long Division test- Friday - Study!
4.  French clothing assignment- lots of time in class given- due Friday.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wednesday, Jan. 13

1.  SS Test- Government- study for Tuesday's Unit test.
2.  Long Division test- Friday
3.  Spelling test- Fri.

4.  Syria- Donations- Optional- thanks.
5.  Special Friday- cards and treats-bring.  We have lots of card decks and crib boards in class as well.
6.  PAC letter home about Carnival night- asking our class to send cash if you can/want to donate to help make our basket.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 12

1.  Lunch orders online require money to be sent to office or child will not receive lunch.  Thx.

2.  Science title page- due Wednesday.

3.  Spelling due wednesday.
4.  Extra Math sheet- hand in Friday or Monday.
5.  Grammar test on quotations- most got 14 or more out of 17- good!
6.  Social Studies major unit test on Government of Canada- we studied today and they have a study sheet- test is Tuesday.
7.  Novel, Mystery House or Wynn Dixie- should be on page 25 or more.
8.  Syrian donations- Thanks so far!  Keep them coming if you can!

FSA tests- we all practised the Math tests today.  Grade 5s had a good review of many things they should already know. Grade 5s will not be taking the real tests next week.  Tests are in the afternoons so pls make sure your child has a healthy lunch.

Special Friday- card games plus students are allowed to bring snacks or leftover Christmas treats to eat while playing cards.  Kids can share if OK by you.  No major allergies in this class.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Monday, Jan. 11

1.  Handwriting T and U-due Tuesday.
2.  Spelling assignment-due Wednesday.
3.  Special Friday- Card games, crib, plus allowed to bring leftover Christmas snacks, chocolate to eat while playing-10:45 to 12:00.
4.  Multiplication drill out of 50 home today.  Students should be getting at least 40 to 45 or they need lots of practice for quick recall, not just accurate recall.
5.  Division test from before Christmas as well as from today going home.  Most tests are 100% so that is great.  If not, we keep plugging away, but questions will get tougher and tougher.
6.  FSA test letter fro grade 4 students; practice starts Tuesday afternoon.  Real tests will be administered next week.
7.  Letter re: Syrian refugee family and donations going home today.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Friday, Jan. 8

1.  Kids had fun skating!  Thanks to all drivers!

2.  Scholastic orders- due Monday.

3.  All skate stuff home today please.

4.  Grammar test and Long Division test- Monday- study.

5.  Overdue French Animals assignment

6.  I'll send out a letter about putting a box together for a family(ies) of Syrian refugees in Kamloops.  A couple of the students in the class have ties to the families through other families.  What we do know so far is that there is a 2 year old male, an 8 year old male, a 9 year old female and 2 adults.  What we would like to do is ask the students (and you, too) to check their bedrooms, etc.. for gently used (or new, but not necessary) stuffies, books, comics, toys, clothes, etc.  I have 2 large boxes in the class and we can send the things along as a gesture from our class and a note to say that anything not required can go to the other 4 families soon to arrive!  You can start to send anything anytime!  Thanks!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Thursday, Jan. 7

1.  Skating-driver forms handed out.
2.  Crib Boards or deck of card donations if possible.
3.  French Animals- due Friday.
4.  Scholastic-due Monday.
5.  Spelling test and Capitals/Provinces test friday and Skating friday.
6.  Grammar test on quotations and Parts of Speech- Monday.
7.  Long Division test Monday.  We have been practising daily in class.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Wednesday, Jan. 6

1.  Provinces/Capitals test- Friday- Study sheet.
2.  Quotations and Elements of Speech  Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Pronouns, Adverbs)
test- Monday- Study.
3.  French Animals Assignemnt- Due Friday.
4.  Skating Friday- Drivers list to come Thursday.
5.  Decks of cards and crib game donation to class if possible- Thanks!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 5

1.  Burn Poster- extension until Monday.
2.  Provinces and Capitals test- use sheet given to study for test Friday.
3.  Handwriting- take keytab home and check that you have practised all letters up to "S".  If not, it is your responsibility to catch up!
4.  Report card envelopes- ASAP!
5.  Sketch of vacation favourite- due Wednesday.
6.  Spelling- due Wednesday. Test Friday.

Please note that skating forms are due Wednesday.  Currently, we only have seats for 13 kids.  We need seats for 29.  If I do not get any more drivers, I'll have to unfortunately cancel.

Also, if any households have a deck of cards or a crib board that could be donated to our class, please send in!  It would be awesome to have enough for our class to play during Math if done and for Special days.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Monday, Jan. 4

1.  Happy New Year!
2.  I hope you enjoyed extra time with your kids.

3.  Burn Poster- due Jan. 8
4.  Paragraphs home and checked if possible- due Thursday.
5.  Skate froms due ASAP- Special Friday is skating from 10:30 to 11:30 this Friday. 
6.  Report card envelopes due ASAP.
7.  Math page- due Tuesday morning.
8.  Sketch about your vacation- due Wednesday.  Optional to color but should if time.