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.

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