Les nouvelles – 18-21 février, 2014

what lots of us are thinking! photocredit: flickr user vapourtrails via cc

what lots of us are thinking! photocredit: flickr user vapourtrails 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’re doing some Olympic-related tasks – learning vocabulary, looking at maps of the village, solving some Olympic mysteries, researching athletes for interviews. Lots of questioning techniques going on.

Grade 6/7: Being inspired by the Olympics in French, as well as in other subjects. Creating mini-bios of athletes to create a sports card. This week, we’ll start doing some interviews with our athletes, to work on question and answer skills.

Grade 5/6: Olympics are reigning here, too. We’ll be working to model how to set up a biography, and researching information to go with it.

Grade 4:   I’ll leave the Lady Gaga version of our story up for your enjoyment. My student teacher, Mme Lisk (she’ll be with us ’til March break), is working on colours and descriptions with the Grade 4’s. Our goal will be to be able to describe ourselves (and maybe some Olympic mascots, too!)

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:

February 17 – Family Day, school is closed.

February 19: report cards go home.

Trivia Questions:

1. Pourquoi est-ce qu’il y a un hashtag #tjsochi?

2. Qui était Jordan Davis?

Web: The book club thought this one was pretty cool this week. It’s a feature on the Epic Reads YA website called Like, Try, Why. Lots of different genres – they do 3 a week, and it’s terrific when you’re looking for your next book, having just finished one you really enjoyed.

Book: I just got back from my mom’s, and took her a care package full of reading, as she recovers from surgery. All 3 of the books were ones I wanted to steal (we tend to like to read the same stuff), but it’s Reconstructing Amelia that I was most tempted by. It’s described as a cross between Jodi Picoult and Tana French, and while Picoult’s not a fave or mine, French definitely is. On the wait-list at the library for this one.

If you’ve got steampunk fans at your house, my 12-year old is bulldozing his way through Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet. If a future world in which cities are mobile  and hunt other cities for their raw materials appeals to you, check this out.

Music: Heard a new voice on the Vinyl Café today, and one Ì’m looking forward to more of: This is Ann Vriend, who does big soul-y blues stuff, but also quieter things, like this. “A Dollar and a Suitcase”



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