Easter Week

FAITH - For those of you who missed chapel on Friday the grade 6 class was in charge of all of chapel and did such a great job.   We are so proud of each and every student…They truly showed servant leadership.

  wooden cross with sun shining behind EASTER - This week we move into Easter…reflecting on what Easter means…how as the band,  Sixpence None the Richer says,

at the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
on that beautiful scandalous night you and me
were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
on that beautiful scandalous night

MOTHER’S DAY TEA - Mark your calendar.  The grade 6 class will be hosting a Mother’s Day Tea on Friday May 9th at 1:00pm.  At the tea every student will be presenting a short speech to their mother so please make every effort to come…you won’t be disappointed.

SCIENCE FAIR – We will be working on our science fair boards every day this week.  The boards should be finished by Thursday.  The students will need to present their science fair project to the class on Wednesday March 23rd.

Dates to Note:

No School Friday April 18th and Monday April 21st

Science Fair Thursday April 24th

Fine Arts Night Wednesday April 30th

 

Coming Up April 7th-11th

Welcome Back!  Welcome also to Ryan who is joining the Gr.6 class.

Don’t forget to check out the Science Fair Resources page tab for information about what needs to be completed at each due date.

Monday 7 Tuesday 8 Wednesday 9 Thursday 10 Friday 11
Band

Science Fair experiment &  duotang pages completed!

Class Photo Day! (Formal uniforms & sweaters, no polo shirts)

*Read 20 min

Track & Field Practice 3-3:30pm

Gym

*Read 20 mins

PAC Mtg 1pm @LGCA

Purdy’s Orders due

 

Band

Hot Lunch

*Read 20 mins

Track & Field Practice 3-3:30pm

 Gym

*Read 20 mins 

GymScience Fair typing complete & printed!

*Read 20 mins

Coming Up:

Good Friday (April 18) & Easter Monday (April 21)- No School

Science Fair evening- Thursday, April 24th

Worship Evening- Friday, April 25th

Fine Arts Night- Wednesday, April 30th

Coming Up March 10th-14th

Spring Break image

  It’s almost Spring Break and the end of Term 2!  

 We’ve started a new Math Unit: Chp.8 Measurement (classify & measure angles, perimeter, area, volume of shapes).  Students will have regular workbook homework.  Please encourage them to complete it as regular practice will solidify the concepts!

There has been a new “Science Fair Resource” page tab added to the blog.  Early next week we will update it with project details and resources.

In the meantime, please check out www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects for project ideas.  We encourage the students to keep it simple!  Each project idea on the Science Buddies website has page tabs listing materials, procedure, and ideas to “make it your own”.

We also encourage you to purchase your project board early (Staples has a good selection with a header piece in white, blue and black on sale now for $14- and a plain 3 panel board on line for $8.42, Michaels and Wal-Mart also have boards for sale).

Monday 10 Tuesday 11 Wednesday 12 Thursday 13 Friday 14
Band

Science Fair topic choice due

Jump Rope for Heart (return envelope & pledges)

*Read 20 min

Gym

*Read 20 mins

Plymouth Site Update Meeting 

 

Band

Hot Lunch

Spelling Bee (1pm in the gym)

*Read 20 mins

 Gym

*Read 20 mins 

Gym

Hot Lunch

Report Cards go home!

Re-registration forms due in office

*Read 20 mins

We hope that you enjoy a relaxing and fun Spring Break!

Mrs.Friesen & Mrs.Hodgins

French & Band Updates

jazz band

Band 

The students performed beautifully in chapel last Friday.  Thank you for making it a priority to attend and to arrive on time!  Please mark your calendars for the annual Fine Arts Night on Wednesday, April 30th.  This is an especially important concert as it is our opportunity to showcase the many talents of our fine musicians.  All of the band students are required to participate in this evening; please let me know immediately of any conflicts with this date as the absence of one or more students can greatly affect our overall sound.

Mrs.Copland

French

Students are well on their way to memorizing their 1 or 2 parts for the play.  They will be given an oral speaking test the week of March 10-14.  Each student is expected to memorize one character part in the play to contribute to the play performance in groups.
If students have chosen two roles, only one will be tested on.  Students may choose with part they memorize.  Each character in the play will have at least one in-class practice session with me to practice pronunciation.
DVDs are available for 3-day usage and can be signed out from/returned to me during class time.
Merci!

Mme.Pelz

Coming Up March 3rd – 7th

Scholastic Book Fair!  As our wrap-up for Reading Month… come out & get some great deals on the most popular books around!  The Book Fair will run this week on the following schedule:

Monday- 3:00-3:40pm

Tuesday-Thursday- 8:00-8:40am, lunch hour, & 3:00-3:40pm

74497___gustavorezende___Kids_6_03Coming Up Next Week: 

Monday, March 10th  Jump Rope for Heart (get those pledges!)

Tuesday, March 11th Parent Meeting (Plymouth Site Update) 6-7pm

Wednesday, March 12th Spelling Bee @ LGCA

Monday 3 Tuesday 4 Wednesday 5 Thursday 6 Friday 7
No Band today!

Cereal Box Project due!

*return your signed Reading Log!

EE Tech Invention presentations

*Read 20 min

Gym AND Band

Japan Test

EE Tech Invention presentations

*Read 20 mins

Band

Girls Floor Hockey Tournament @ LGCA

*Read 20 mins

 Gym

*Read 20 mins 

Gym

*Read 20 mins

Coming Up February 24th-28th

  Go for the Gold! Our apologies on the late blog post.  We’ve been a little distracted by the Olympics & what an exciting Olympics it’s been!  The Grade 6 class has enjoyed discussing & debating many Olympic-related issues, sports (curling, how about those 2 Gold?), and researching the various sports and their events. 

One topic we discussed was the quote: “Go for the Gold“.  We discussed that it is more than just trying your best, it is devoting everything in your life to your goal and never giving up (& we even witnessed this quote in action while watching the Canadian Women’s Hockey team!).  It reminds us of Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.“  We are called to devote all we have to follow Jesus and to keep our eyes on him & His purpose.

February is Reading Month- this is the last week of Reading Month.  Please    continue to fill-in the Reading Log and bring it back to school each Monday.

 Student Led Conferences – Thank you to all the parents and students who participated in the conferences.  It was great to see & have so many conversations about individual progress.  We have seen a lot of growth and maturity in each student!

Monday 24 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28
Band

*return your signed Reading Log!

*Read 30 min

Gym

Hand-in Chp.9 Science questions (package of copies)

*Read 30 mins

Band

Japan Journal final copy due

*Read 30 mins

 Gym

*Read 30 mins 

Gym

Bible Verses Hebrews 11:1 & 11:6 due

Math Test- Decimals (Jump Math)

*Read 30 mins

COMING UP:

Monday, March 3rd- Literature Circle Cereal Box project due!

Monday, March 3rd  & Tuesday, March 4th- Extreme Environment Technology Invention presentations

Tuesday, March 4th- Social Studies Japan Test

Friday, March 14th- Report Cards go home/ Last Day before Spring Break

 

Coming Up February 17th – 21st

Just a reminder that …February is Reading Month- our class goal is for each student to read for 30 minutes a night (210 minutes a week).  Please have your child fill-in the Reading Log and sign it at and return it at the beginning of the following week.  Students who have met or exceeded the goal (& return a signed Reading Log) will be entered into a weekly draw for FREE BOOKS!

Student Led Conferences - We will be having Student Led Conferences on February 18th and 19th.  Please sign up on the sheets outside the classroom if you haven’t scheduled a time yet.

Monday 17 Tuesday 18 Wednesday 19 Thursday 20 Friday 21
Band

Return your signed Reading Log

Olympic Sport research due

*Read 30 min

Gym

Print out up to Day 5 of Japan Journal

*Read 30 mins

Student Led Conferences 3:10-5:20pm

Band

*Read 30 mins

Student Led Conferences 3:10-5:20pm

 Gym


*Read 30 mins 

Gym

*Read 30 mins

 

 

Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th & Wednesday, February 19th from 3:10pm to 5:20pm.  *Please sign up for a time slot on the sheets posted outside of the classroom.*

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Below is a copy of the Student-Led Conference information that was sent home on Tuesday which provides a great overview of the purpose of Student-Led Conferences.

ABOUT STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES

The purpose of student-led conferences is to open the eyes of students to their own learning and to help them take personal responsibility for their progress. In the traditional parent-teacher conference, students are “third parties” to assessment, hearing about their progress through the grapevine of teachers and parents. Teachers and parents do play a vital role in assessment but students must also take an active role in this area to maximize their potential for success. In preparing for a student-led conference, students see how their strengths, weaknesses and behaviour can affect them as learners thus allowing them to take more responsibility for and control over their achievement in school. Student-Led Conferences are an experience that can improve the communication patterns of both students and parents. In a Student-Led Conference, students learn how to reflect on their learning, evaluate their progress and communicate this information to their parents. Parents listen to their child, encourage growth and learn how to best help their student with specific problems.

 HINTS FOR PARENTS

Express positive interest and anticipation about the upcoming conference

Be on time

Listen and respond to the student (not the teacher)

Express pride in growth and progress

Ask questions (see below for samples)

Be positive, offering to help in areas where improvement is needed

Recognize that students need to develop independence in communicating progress – the teacher will be there to facilitate and answer specific questions but will not take charge of the conference

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING THE CONFERENCE

• Can you explain this to me?

• How did you come up with this idea?

• How have you grown in this subject?

• How can you improve in this subject?

• How can we help you at home?

• What was important to you about this?

• If you could do this work over again, how would you change it?

Thank-you for supporting our work and the learning of your child!

Mrs.Friesen & Mrs.Hodgins 

Tearing Your Hair Out Over Homework? Time for the Homework Rescue.

Over the past few weeks we’ve heard from some frustrated parents about homework, or more specifically, lack of completed homework.  You. Are.  Not. Alone.  Struggles (er, battles) over homework are all too common.  As parents ourselves, we understand.  No one likes to nag when it comes to getting kids to complete their homework.

homework ecard

Middle school is a difficult time (do we sound like a broken record yet?).  Trying to instil a sense of responsibility doesn’t happen overnight & doesn’t come without it’s share of struggles and failures (and we’re not just talking about letter grades.  I’ve made my share of parenting failures with regards to school work and my kids aren’t even out of the primary grades!)  Very few kids (0.01%) come to school with an INTRINSIC motivation to do their homework consistently, neatly & punctually.  Yet that is exactly what we expect of them.

So how is a responsible, intrinsically motivated homework do-er created?  Below, are two links to homework articles with excellent suggestions that emphasize what is really important: your child’s character development/ work ethic & your relationship with them.

www.empoweringparents.com/how-can-you-make-your-child-do-it.php#

www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Kids-to-Do-Their-Homework (I encourage you to wade through the adverts because the article content is really good).

Both these articles suggest letting your child face the “consequences” with the teacher(s).  To be honest, it is a challenge to manage multiple daily assignments for 28 students.  We do have a consequences in place but also practice GRACE.  We all make mistakes and face circumstances out of our control- in these times we are willing to give extensions, allow students to print at school or forego the late penalty.

Our Consequences:

- late marks deducted from the assignment

- lower term grade (for incomplete or consistent late work)

- may need to stay in at recess or lunch to finish

- re-doing sloppy or incomplete assignments

- getting on the “homework radar” & having the teachers check-in more often or having to complete their planner & get it signed each day

- loss of sports team privileges (no tournaments)

We hope that these tips help restore some peace in your home

(and the classroom!)

Coming Up February 10th – 14th

February is Reading Month- our class goal is for each student to read for 30 minutes a night (210 minutes a wYoda-reading-smalleek).  Each student has been given a weekly Reading Log.  Please have your child fill-in the Reading Log and sign it at and return it at the beginning of the following week.  Students who have met or exceeded the goal (& return a signed Reading Log) will be entered into a weekly draw for FREE BOOKS!

 

Student Led Conferences - We will be having Student Led Conferences on February 18th and 19th.  Information will be sent home with your child on Tuesday so please check their back pack.

Overdue Work - many students have overdue assignments.  If those assignments are not handed in by Tuesday we will be posting a photo of the overdue assignments board on the website and begin keeping students after school.

Monday 10 Tuesday 11 Wednesday 12 Thursday 13 Friday 14
Family Day(No School)*Read 30 min Gym*Return your Reading Log Overdue work deadline!

*Read 30 mins

Band Day  of Japan Journal days 1-3 due

*Read 30 mins

 GymGr.6/7 Boys Bball Tournament

*Read 30 mins 

LGCA Open House

Gym

Valentine’s Day Espeech due

*Read 30 mins

COMING UP:

February 18-19th- Student Led Conferences  (don’t forget to return your conference request sheet)