Les nouvelles – 27-30 janvier, 2014

She's the star of question 1. photo credit: flickr user carine06 via cc

She’s the star of question 1. photo credit: flickr user carine06 via cc

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

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)

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: 5-card flicker stories are well underway, and I’m amazed at how well these classes write. We’ve been doing some small group editing, and hopefully, it’s helping the students see that their ideas are amazing, and we just need to focus on the small stuff Iadjective endings/verb endings) to polish the writing.

Grade 6/7: 5-card flickr is underway. Lots of great ideas being shared in small and full-group activities. Individual writing this week.

Grade 5/6:  We had a really good week, and one of the students said “Madame, French is way more fun when everybody participates!”. She’s right, and I hope other students have noticed that this week. Students will be writing some phrases bizarres this week.

Grade 4:   I’ll leave the Lady Gaga version of our story up for your enjoyment. We’ve started some simple question strategies, and have finally learned “why” and “because”, so that will let us start to extend our conversations in French. On the vocab list, we’re at the start of Test 12, with pourquoi and pense, if you want to practice.

Gesture vocab with english 

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band is up and going again on Wednesday mornings, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. We also practice on Day 1 and 2nd break. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

Grade 9 information nights: Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm, Kenner IB

Friday, January 31 – PA Dy

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que Eugénie Bouchard a fait?

2. Qui va jouer dans le SuperBowl? Où est-ce qu’on va jouer le match?

Web: Recently discovered this  website. I love the idea of it, and I feel like  it’s designed for kids of all ages. I’m in the middle of a self-created PD group learning about Tumblr. Here’s an utterly silly one from this week: benedict cumberbatch and otters . Do you use Tumblr? What makes it work for you?

Book: Still really enjoying “Seven for a Secret”, the book I mentioned last week. It’s not a fast read, because it’s written in “flash”, an urban dialect from the turn of the century, and I occasionally have to check the glossary. Very atmospheric, though.  A dilemma at my house – where to find decent YA fic that’s geared to boys, and maybe, just maybe, isn’t dystopic. Can anybody help? Please?

Music: Those of you who read this regularly know that I’m a huge fan of 50’s/60’s soul. So when Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings showed up on Q on Tuesday to play live, I was a happy camper. Live clip and interview/story here. Yes, 7/8’s, that is a baritone sax!

Les nouvelles – 20-24 janvier, 2014

A clue for question 1 (and a great photo to light up January).  Credit: flickruser doug88888 via cc

A clue for question 1 (and a great photo to light up January). Credit: flickruser doug88888 via cc

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

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)

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: Continuing to work through comprehension strategies. We started to work a little on the patterns of past tense, which we’ll be continuing in coming weeks. We’ll also be working on a 5-card Flickr activity, which you can ask about.

Grade 6/7: Students reviewed main ideas of the play, and will be working on some comprehension activities, as well as some 5-Card Flickr in the coming weeks.

Grade 5/6:  Students enjoyed playing Jeopardy this week, and we also used the “clickers” to answer some questions. Moved into our first written comprehension activities for this story. Ask your child what the story’s about, and who the main characters are.

Grade 4:   We watched the video of the play, as well as this super-fun parody of the story. Some students can do whole sections of the play by heart  already – be sure to have your child do some of it for you.

Gesture vocab with english 

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band is up and going again on Wednesday mornings, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

Grade 9 information nights: Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm, Kenner IB

Monday, January 20 – school council, 6:30 pm

Friday, January 31 – PA Dy

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui peut venir à Sochi, mais ne peut pas parler avec les jeunes (young people), selon (according to) Vladimir Putin?

2. Le film, Dallas Buyers Club, a gagné beaucoup de nominations Oscar. Pourquoi est-ce que Québec est content?

Web: I’m enjoying a series of articles that Mashable has been posting on media that is celebrating anniversaries this year (movies, music, TV). It’s kind of nostalgic, and usually makes me go – “wow, how can that be that long ago”. Here’s one on TV shows that debuted 15 years ago. Another interesting read this week was one I shared with Ms Shaw’s class, on the difference mindfulness practice is making in some classrooms. I did a course myself this fall, and am really intrigued by how it might work in a  classroom. What do you think?

Book: Very intrigued by the book I just started. Detective story, 2nd in a series, set in early New York City, just as the police department is starting out. Lots of fun dialect (I love books that play with language), and a sense of the emerging city. This one deals with a story line involving “blackbirders” – those who capture free black Northerners from their home, and return them to the South as slaves. It’s called Seven for a Secret, by author Lyndsay Faye. I’ll be tracking down the first one, I think.

Music: Two lovely interludes this week, very far apart musically, but both things that turn my musical crank. A friend whose opinion on music I trust sent me the first, from the Lemonbucket Orkestra, with its funky multi-cultural mix, with a note saying that I should absolutely see them if I can. The second is the always entertaining Robert Downey, Jr., duetting with Sting on a great Police song. He’s got decent vocal chops, I think. Don’t you?

Les nouvelles – 13-17 janvier, 2014

A clue for question 2. photo credit: flickr user cartermcdonald via cc

A clue for question 2. photo credit: flickr user cartermcdonald via cc

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

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)

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: We had a great week, and the classes worked hard at getting back into the swing of speaking only French. We’re doing lots on comprehension strategies right now; also some work on regular verbs.

Grade 6/7: We worked on pulling main ideas out of the play this week, and will be continuing to work on comprehension strategies  in the week to come.

Grade 5/6:  Students got their copies of the play this week, and we will be starting into some activities to “show what we know” about the story’s main ideas next week.

Grade 4:   We started the play! Totally exciting, and a lot of fun to watch the students in this class devour the new vocabulary and ideas. Have them do their “grand méchant loup” (big bad wolf) voices for you. 🙂

Gesture vocab with english 

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band will start up again on Wednesday morning, January 15, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

Grade 9 information nights: Adam Scott, Tuesday, January 14, 7 pm; IB  (at Kenner), Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm;  TASSS, Thursday, January 16, 6:30

Monday, January 20 – school council, 6:30 pm

Friday, January 31 – PA Dy

Trivia Questions:

1. Quel premier ministre d’Israel est mort vendredi?

2. Où est-ce que Kaetlyn Osmond va aller en février? Pourquoi?

Web: Did you find some new treasures on the Internet over the break? Try a new recipe, read a new book, find a great new band? Let me know about it in the comments. My family made our first-ever batch of butter tarts, which were a huge hit. We used this recipe from Canadian Living, and went with the chocolate variation, with great success. (The big excitement was using maple syrup from our own sugar bush).

Book: Found not one, but two new authors/series that I’m enjoying immensely. Julia Keller is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, who has begun a series about Bell Elkins, a prosecutor working in a hard-scrabble Appalachian town in West Virginia. Suspenseful and character-driven, with Bell’s own brutal family history helping her work to find the truth. Also enjoying a hard-boiled, kind of modern Raymond Chandler-esque series by Tom Piccirilli. If you liked the film “The Grifters” and that family dynamic, where no-one knows who to trust, this is worth a look. The Last Kind Words is the first one in the series. I’m currently working on the 2nd.

Music: Just picked this one up off the Twitter feed tonight. I think this group must have decided the acoustics were too good to resist. Don’t know what the reptiles thought.