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Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY? (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning (and, if you like, share the conversations in the comments)
Grade 7/8: We’ll be working on some centres this week based around holiday themes, but working on speaking as well as reading for comprehension and writing. On Thursday, with luck, we’ll be taking part in the hour of code (to introduce some ideas of coding/programming to students) that’s happening world-wide, and creating a web-based Christmas card in French. You can look forward to seeing the results when they get sent to you in a few days.
Grade 6/7: This class will also be working on centres, as we spend some time working on holiday vocabulary. Hour of Code will be happening here as well.
Grade 5/6: We’re going to try some independent work in centres this week, with holiday vocabulary being the focus. Students will be working in small groups to complete writing, reading and speaking tasks. We will hopefully also be taking part in Hour of Code activities.
Grade 4: We continue to work on building our vocabulary. Please be sure to review vocabulary with your child. Regularly asking what new words/actions they’ve learned each day would be really helpful. We’ll be moving into some holiday activities for the last week before the break.
In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!
Instrumental music update: 6/7’s will be finishing their playing tests on Hot Cross Buns. The two 7/8 classes are working on their music reading skills. Practice between classes is very helpful. Music room is open every Day 3 for practice, if people can’t practice at home.
Band is Wednesday morning. We’re heavy into Christmas music for the concert on DECEMBER 17 (please put it on your calendar). Hockey players, dancers, etc., please let your coaches know that you have a band concert that evening (lots of notice is a good thing!). Also, if you’re a band parent, please encourage your child to bring their instrument and music home whenever possible for practising. We’re moving into more complex arrangements in band, and individual practise between practices is very important. Music room is open every Day 3 at 2nd break for practice space.
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November 25 – December 13: Food drive – boxes are set up in front hall.
December 13: in-school yard sale (start putting your stuff together) – funds raised go to Philippines typhoon relief.
December 17: turkey lunch/holiday concert (6:30 for concert in evening)
1. Combien d’années (years) est-ce que Nelson Mandela a passé à Robben Island?
2. Quelle statue est tombée en Kiev, en Ukraine?
Web: As mentioned above, some classes will be taking part in the Hour of Code this week. This link will give you more information on what it is and why.
The other reading I found very powerful this week was this piece. As both teacher and parent, I found this a really human look at the changing job market we are trying to get our kids and students ready for.
Book: Those of you who regularly read this page will know that my children and I are part of the Peterborough Public Library’s parent and child book club. This month’s read was Susan Cooper’s King of Shadows. Time travel and Shakespearean drama was a huge hit, and the response was more positive than for almost anything we’ve read in the last couple of years. If you’ve got a fantasy fan at home, Cooper’s amazing series, The Dark is Rising, would make a great Christmas gift.
Music: It’s that time again. As the silly season speeds up, I find I have music that “soothes the savage beast”, so to speak. I’ll share a couple here, but would love to know what yours are. The first one is an old Merle Haggard tune, the second, by Joni Mitchell.