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

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