Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Week #38

Reminders:
*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
* Library books due ASAP as we are no longer borrowing books this school year.

Looking Ahead to This Week:
*Mon. June 18 Scientists in the School Workshop, AY Jackson App Launch Celebration
* Tue. June 19 Mass at Holy Redeemer Church
*Wed. June 20 Public Library Summer Reading Program presentation
*Thu. June 21 Last Popcorn Day
*Fri. June 22 Talent Show at 1:00pm

Have a great week!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Week #37

Reminders:
*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
* Library books due ASAP as we are no longer borrowing books this school year.

Looking Ahead to This Week:
*Thu. June 14: Last Freezie Sale, Year-End Carnival 6-8pm


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Week #36

Reminders:
*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. June 5 Library books due
*Thu. June 7 Popcorn
*Fri. June 8 Professional Development Day

Have a great week!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Week # 35

Reminders:
*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.

Looking Ahead to This Week:
*Mon. May 28 EQAO Testing: Language
*Tue. May 29 EQAO Testing: Language, Library Visit
*Wed. May 30 EQAO Testing: Language, Living Rosary at 1:00 pm
*Thu. May 31 EQAO Testing: Catch Up
*Fri. June 1 EQAO Testing: Catch Up, Read With Me Club reading Log due

Have a great week!


Monday, 21 May 2018

Week #34

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due: June1)
EQAO Testing will take place from May 23 to June 4. It is extremely important the students attend school and come well-rested so that they can put forth their best effort on these tests. Rescheduling of student appointments during this time period is encouraged, as opportunities for "cathching up" on missed tests will be limited. 

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Mon. May 21 Victoria Day-No School
*Tue. May 22 Library Visit
*Wed. May 23 EQAO Begins (one block a day)



Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed with EQAO Testing

The EQAO Testing is given to students in grade 3, 6, 9 and 10. It can be a stressful time for many students, as this is often their first encounter with standardized testing. So how can you help? The best way a parent can help their child prepare for the EQAO is by having them practice, practice, practice! The more familiar your child is with the questions, the easier they will become. Below are some tips we've been working on in class for answering the EQAO as well as the components of the test.

Tips for Answering the EQAO

Short Answer Responses:
*Read the question – underline key details
*Check to see if they answered all the parts of the question and included support
*Ensure the question was referred to in the answer and communicates the idea clearly
*Edit – checking for proper grammar, fluency, and spelling

Long Answer Responses:
*Create a plan – use a scrap paper to make an outline
*Keep it organized ensure there is a flow and the mechanics are there (i.e. a topic sentence, conclusion etc.)
*Include support/evidence

Multiple Choice (literacy):
*Cover the question and read the options first
*Read the question and decide on the best answer
*Go back to the text to ensure the answer is correct

Multiple Choice (math):
*Read the question and ignore the options (for now)
*Solve the question
*Double check your work
*Find the option that matches your answer

Problem Solving(math):
*Understand the problem - highlight key details
*Make a plan – decide what the question is asking and utilize your strategies
*Show your work – do all the math, explain your thinking
*Check it – does it make sense, did you include a sentence if it was a word problem?

Components of the Test:
Reading:

Texts:

Fiction
Non-Fiction
Poetry
Media

Following Questions:
Multiple choice
Short answer

Topics Include:

Comprehension
Understanding of vocabulary
Inferences
Text Features

Writing:

Forms:
Recount
Narrative
Exposition
Explanatory
Procedure
Letter
Descriptive
Comparative


Math:

Number Sense and Numeration
Geometry and Spatial Sense
Data Management and Probability
Measurement
Algebra and Patterning

Questions Based On:
Vocabulary
Multiple Choice
Open Ended
Problem Solving

Monday, 14 May 2018

Week #33 Update

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due: June1)
EQAO Testing will take place from May 22 to June 4. It is extremely important the students attend school and come well-rested so that they can put forth their best effort on these tests. Rescheduling of student appointments during this time period is encouraged, as opportunities for "cathching up" on missed tests will be limited. 

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. May 15 Library Visit
*Wed. May 16 Pizza Day
*Tue. May 22 Prodigy (Probability) Assignment due

Monthly Update on our Learning!

Math:  Over the last few weeks, we have been working on solving word problems, identifying and working with fractions and exploring and experimenting with probability. With the EQAO assessment just around the corner, the students' growth mindset towards math is steadily increasing!

Writing: The students have been working on procedural writing (How to...). Together,  the students and I have made a success criterion for the writing form and the students are working really hard on providing enough detail in their steps. We cannot wait to share our writing!

Reading:  We continue to work on the various reading comprehension strategies we've learned this year during guided reading groups. Our focus has been to answer questions in full sentences, providing evidence/information from the text to support their thoughts/ideas and using their own ideas when answering questions.
Thank you for making time to read with your child each night. The next completed Log is due Fri. June 1, 2018. We have read a total of 5025 times so far! 

Science:  The students have really been enjoying investigating the Big Ideas for our unit Growth and Change in Plants. The Big Ideas include:
1. Plants, like humans, have a life cycle.
2. Plants need specific elements to grow.
3. All Plants have similarities and differences.
4. We need plants in our lives.

Religion/Family Life: We have been discussing and reflecting the Lord's Resurrection during these 50 days of Easter. We have been exploring how the Paschal Mystery teaches us about God's love for us. Next, we will be discussing the Holy Spirit and how It strengthens our faith.
In Family Life, we have been discussing how the world is full of wonderful work. We've also made the connection with empathy and social justice.

The Arts: We continue to work on drama and dance as well as visual arts.

Physical Education/Health: The students are working on assessing their degree of physical exertion during cardiorespiratory fitness activities, using simple self-assessment methods (e.g., talk test, breath sound check, increase in heart rate or breathing rate, change in how one feels during the activity.
In Health, we are exploring the portrayal of fictional violence in various media (e.g., television dramas, video games, Internet, movies) can create an unrealistic view of the consequences of real violence (e.g., physical trauma, chronic disability, family stress, death)

Have a great short week!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Week #32

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Fri. June 1)
*This week is Catholic Education Week! Hope to see many families at our Rise and Shine Breakfast on Wed. May 9 SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS
*Please sign and return Ay Jackson Permission Form

Looking Ahead to This Week:

Monday, May 7th
11:15 - 11:45 Grade 1 - 3 Catholic Education Week Liturgy
3:00 - 3:30 Community Health Nurse

Tuesday, May 8th
1:15-2:00 Yoga in the gym

Wednesday, May 9th

 Spirit Day- wear MRT colours (red, black, white)
8:15 am - 9:00 am Rise and Shine Breakfast and Open House - Grandparents and special guests are encouraged to come! Come check out our school-wide book study of "Only One You"
-Student lead initiatives - booths set up in the Learning Commons:
-Used Book Sale - between 50 cents - $5.00 (proceeds to CHEO)
-Handmade Bookmarks for sale - 50 cents each (proceeds to Water Aid Canada)
-Raffle tickets sold for 50 cents each to be Principal for a Day (proceeds to Social Justice Club)

9:15 am Students go to classrooms for attendance
Parents/visitors invited to the gym to see Dance Showcase
1:00 - 3:30 Police officer Presentation for Grade 2 - 6

Thursday, May 10th 

10:45 - 12:00 Clean up the Capital
2:30 - 3:00 pm Students to watch Dance Showcase

Friday, May 11th
8:00 am - 9:00 am Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
9:15-10:30am Photography sessions (Junior students teaching Kindergarten and Primary students photography skills with a theme of empathy and kindness)
1:15 pm School wide Bingo
2:00-3:00pm AY Jackson visit

It is going to be a fantastic week of celebrating and learning!