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

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