Les nouvelles – 31 mars – 4 avril, 2014

This is our #gratitude wall. Check out the info in the web section of the blog, and please start contributing!

This is our #gratitude wall. Check out the info in the web section of the blog, and please start contributing!

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 and 6/7: Starting to hear some strong work on ticket conversations. Ask your child about the work they’ve done for this one. Students will also be getting a question quiz back this week – ask how they did. (they had to demonstrate that they knew about 3 different ways to make questions, and expand on them)

Grade 5/6: Students are working on question structures (only 2 at this level), and some students are really showing a deep understanding of how to create creative questions. We’ll be working together to build a conversation with questions this week.

Grade 4:   Continuing to add to our vocabulary (we’re up to “casse”, “taille” and “apporte” on the vocab list, if you’re keeping up); and working on beginning to use our reading strategies to find answers in the story.

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. I’ll be looking for parents to join us on the band trip to Wonderland in June – cost will be between $50 and $60/student – those with season passes only pay for the bus.

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:

April 8: 7/8 Lush to Warsaw

April 9: 7/8 Shaw to Warsaw

April 18-21 – Easter weekend

May 5: Music Monday – band will play in shade shelter

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui a gagné le Juno pour le meilleur (best) groupe?

2. Qui sont les 4 équipes finales en NCAA basketball?

Web: If you’re in the building, you’ll be sure to notice our #gratitude wall in the front hall. Please check out our reasons for doing this herehere, and here. The thing that links them all together is #ClarasBigRide. We took students to see her speak last week, and thought that one way we could help start the conversation about mental health was by sharing what made us feel good.  You can add photos and your thoughts to the board anytime. There’s also an electronic board here. Please feel free to tweet about the challenge as well, using #gratitude.

Book: I have been reveling in last year’s White Pine nominees, which Ms Shaw ordered from the LRC. The one that’s sticking with me right now is  The Taming, a co-write between Eric Walters and Teresa Toten. It deals with issues of dating violence, domestic abuse and sexual abuse, and is set in the framework of a production of “Taming of the Shrew”. Not by an means an easy read, but, I think, an important one for opening up that conversation. What made it different for me was the opportunity to view the conflict from both points of view.

Music: You’ve probably seen it already, but I like this musical bit between Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel, not only because it’s lovely musically, but because it inspires me as an educator. Would I love a handful of devices, equipped with Loopy, for students to explore in music class. Oh, yes, yes, yes, please! Lion Sleeps tonight

Les nouvelles – 24-28 mars, 2014

I'm very excited to be taking student council members to see her to morrow. photo credit: John Biehler via cc

I’m very excited to be taking student council members to see her to morrow. photo credit: John Biehler 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 and 6/7: These classes are really delving into the vocab and question structures needed to have a phone conversation to order something in French. Some really great work on question structures in Mr Lush and Ms Shaw’s classes. Mr D’s class is starting to figure it out, as well. There will be a quiz this week on how to put question structures together (it will be open book, and all students should have a note to help them)

Grade 5/6: Students did a terrific job presenting an “interview with an athlete” to me this week, with a partner. Ask them about which athlete they chose to research and present. We’ll be moving into our ticket creation task this week.

Grade 4:   We’ll review much of the vocabulary students used with Madame Lisk, as well as diving back into our learning about our main story “Les 3 Petits Cochons”

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. I’ll be looking for parents to join us on the band trip to Wonderland in June – cost will be between $50 and $60/student – those with season passes only pay for the bus.

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:

March 24: Student council to Adam Scott to see Clara Hughes speaking about removing the stigma around mental health issues. Be at school at 8:30, please.

April 8: 7/8 Lush to Warsaw

April 9: 7/8 Shaw to Warsaw

May 5: Music Monday – band will play in shade shelter

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que la Cour Suprême a décidé concernant Marc Nadon?

2. Qui joue contre les Petes dans le premier rond des matchs de barrage (playoffs)?

Web: Lots of articles floating around the web this week about non-traditional playgrounds and the idea of re-introducing risk. What do you think? Let me know in the comments. New Zealand school playground The Overprotected Kid. If you’re after something lighter, this look at sorting Muppets into Hogwarts houses should fit the bill.

Book: I’ve finally cleared some time and am immersing myself in Joseph Boyden’s stunning The Orenda, which recently won Canada Reads (and if you didn’t listen to the debates around those books, seriously, go find yourself some podcasts – that is amazing stuff!). I spend 3 summers working at Ste Marie Among the Hurons, which is the place where much of the novel takes place, so it is  a story I am very familiar with, but I am falling in love with Boyden’s characters as I go. It is not a book without controversy, and there is graphic violence, but I think still an important, and worthwhile story to know.

Music: A friend posted this post on Stayin’ Alive earlier – I much prefer the second version, but that’s  because I’d happily watch Bruce sing his grocery list.  However, if you’d asked me the question when I was in Grade 7, I’d probably have said BeeGees all the way. 🙂

Les nouvelles – 17-21 mars, 2014

This was part of my March break, and will be part of my world in the coming weeks. Photo credit: nouspique via cc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nouspique/5568222605/sizes/l/

This was part of my March break, and will be part of my world in the coming weeks. Photo credit: nouspique via cc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nouspique/5568222605/sizes/l/

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 and 6/7: We’ll continue working on real-world questions and answers this week – whether finishing biography tasks, or working on the kind of vocabulary you need to figure out information over the phone. Question words will be very important.

Grade 5/6: Continuing to work on biography tasks, as well as vocabulary used with tickets (time, place, money). Focusing on things we might use in our second language in the real world.

Grade 4:   We’ll review much of the vocabulary students used with Madame Lisk, as well as diving back into our learning about our main story “Les 3 Petits Cochons”

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. I’ll be looking for parents to join us on the band trip to Wonderland in June – cost will be between $50 and $60/student – those with season passes only pay for the bus.

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:

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui a apporté le drapeau canadien à la fin des jeux  Paralympiques?

2. Quelle région d`Ukraine a eu (had) un referendum dimanche pour décider s’ils veulent rejoindre la Russie?

Web: This could fit in the next category, but it’s web-based, so I’ll put it here. Thanks to my student teacher, Madame Lisk, for finding this fun spot that answers that eternal question from your kids about what they should read next. Just plug in the book they just LOVED, and get more suggestions. That was easy, wasn’t it?

Book: I mentioned Danah Boyd’s “It’s Complicated” in my last post. If you’re interested in reading her well-researched thoughts on how today’s youth use social media, but can’t necessarily afford the book, she’s made it available for free download at her site. Why would an author do that? She thinks it’s an important enough topic that she’d like to reach as many people as possible. So….if you’re a parent reading this – I’d encourage you to go download the book. Worth the time.

Music: CBC has started its second annual Searchlight competition, looking for the best new musical talent out there. Know a great band that just needs a break? Get them nominated. Details here. Did you hear anybody new and exciting over the holiday? Let me know in the comments, so I can feature them.

Les nouvelles – 24 – 28 février, 2014

here's the answer to question 1. photo credit: flickr user ifindkarma via cc

here’s the answer to question 1. photo credit: flickr user ifindkarma 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 and 6/7: this week, we’ll continue working on our ticket mini-study, including creating conversations about ordering tickets; and we’ll be looking at (and experimenting with) what a recipe looks like in French.

Grade 5/6: This is our last week is Madame Lisk, our student teacher. Students will be creating tickets for an event of their choice, and learning what the different elements of a ticket are in French, as well as working on vocabulary for ordering a ticket.

Grade 4:   The 4’s will be working with Madame Lisk on vocabulary around the family. This will eventually lead to being able to create a description of yourself, including your family.

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.

We are planning a trip to Canada’s Wonderland on June 11. Parents are welcome to come. Cost/student will be between $50 and $60 (cost of Wonderland ticket plus bus). Students with a season’s pass to Wonderland only need to pay for the bus.

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:

Mar 7-16 – March break, school is closed.

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Pourquoi est-ce que Twitter a eu (had) un problème dimanche, pendant (during) les Oscars?

2. Quel est un des 5 livres dans la compétition “Canada Reads”?

Web: Flappy Bird, the crazily popular app, may be a favourite at your house. But how about trying to build your own version? You can give it a shot at Code.org. There’s also a tool to create one using a touchscreen here

Book: If you’re a parent in this digital age, you might want to pick up Danah Boyd’s new book, “It’s Complicated”,her detailed look at how our kids use social media, and how it’s different from the way we use it. It’s very readable and kind of fascinating. Boyd is a respected thinker, and the book is getting lots of attention.

Music: The twitterverse was buzzing over the Oscar performances of original song last night. So, because I’m old, here’s Bono and the boys doing Ordinary Love