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.


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