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. 🙂


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