Les nouvelles – 28 avril – 2 mai, 2014

Do I need to explain? photo credit: Montreal Canadiens cupcakes by flickr user Creative Cupcake via cc

Do I need to explain? photo credit: Montreal Canadiens cupcakes by flickr user Creative Cupcake 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:With Trent Enrichment happening this week, we’ll be working a little big on direction words, but also taking the chance to work on some grammar activities in small groups this week.

Grade 6/7:Focusing on the play – reading comprehension activities.

Grade 5/6: Working to wrap up our ticket-buying activity (ask your child about it), and reviewing our reading comprehension strategies.

Grade 4:  We should be moving into a some reading comprehension activities this week, based on the play.

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 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 28 – Spelling Bee, 2 p.m. (prep for Rotary Bee, May 10)

April 29 – May 1: Trent Enrichment

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

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Nommez 2 groupes qui vont jouer à Musicfest cet été (this summer)

2. Combien d’années (years) est-ce que Boston et Montreal ont joué dans les matchs de barrage (playoffs)?

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.

Everything, everywhere on the interwebs is about Heartbleed right now. Mashable has an excellent up-to-date hit list of the passwords you should change, and why. My friend, Royan Lee, wrote  this thoughtful post about what this means for tech and education.

The students in the intermediate classes and I have been playing around with the first tutorial in code.org‘s amazing resources for kids learning to code. We’ve been switching the language over to French, and reviewing our direction words by helping an Angry Bird find his way to a piggie. Check it out, and build your own flappy clone while you’re at it!

 

Book: My older son and I are both reading (and impressed with) Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Fascinating, really well-drawn society where dragons are an accepted (but despised) element of the social structure. The title character is very complex, and a girl, for a change – as in epic fantasy, that’s not always the case. This is available in both print and e-formats through the Peterborough library.

Music: The summer line-up for Little Lake Park got announced this week, and besides the buzz around Tegan and Sara, I’m loving the fact that there’s a lot of 80’s Canadian alt-country/folk stuff going on (Skydiggers, Cowboy Junkies, Barney Bentall). Seems like Spirit of the West’s success last year started a trend!

This Junkies song was a touchstone for me in university.

 

Les nouvelles – 22 avril – 25 avril , 2014

The scoreboard in the photo is a clue to question 1.  photo credit: flickr user Jason swaby via cc

The scoreboard in the photo is a clue to question 1. photo credit: flickr user Jason swaby 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: Continuing to work on play; moving into a new task involving using direction words.

Grade 6/7: This group did some strong work using their question knowledge to practice buying a ticket on the phone; we’ll be focused on the play this week.

Grade 5/6: Question quizzes will be back this week; students will be working on their ticket-buying skills.

Grade 4:  We’re singing and dancing in Grade 4. Ask your child to show you what they’re learning – hoping to perform at Spring Fling.

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 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 23: HepB, meningitis and HPV vaccinations for 7/8

April 24: Grad Photo retakes

April 29 – May 1: Trent Enrichment

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

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Quels étaient (were)  les problèmes au premier match entre les Raptors et les Nets?

2. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter a été mort le weekend. Qui était (was)-il?

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.

Everything, everywhere on the interwebs is about Heartbleed right now. Mashable has an excellent up-to-date hit list of the passwords you should change, and why. My friend, Royan Lee, wrote  this thoughtful post about what this means for tech and education.

The thing that made me both laugh and be amazed at an artist’s creativity this week was Muppet Christ Superstar. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a series of songs from the movie/Broadway show many of us were listening to on the weekend, reshaped by a 20-year old Bishop’s University student to feature the Muppets (all voices created by that student – and he sounds more like Kermit than the guy who’s voicing him now!). Another Easter treat was this lovely short, featuring Pixar’s well-known Easter eggs

Book: The death of Alistair MacLeod this weekend has taken me back to a favourite. If you’ve never read his amazing, evocative, beautiful, only novel, “No Great Mischief“, go remedy that now. You will be better for it (and if you’re a Gabaldon fan, once you find out the story of the book’s title, you’ll forever picture Jamie Fraser going up those cliffs at Quebec)

Music: I was devastated to discover on the weekend, that one of the victims of the latest CBC cuts is my Saturday cooking supper companion show, Bandwidth. For 15 years, this show has been a spot where Ontario musicians are showcased and celebrated. Enjoy it while you can, as it will disappear in the fall.  Here’s one of the performers who was featured Saturday.

Les nouvelles – 14 avril – 17 avril , 2014

A clue to question 1, and the subject of the weblinks this week. photo credit: flickr user filippo 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: Students did some great tableaux to review content of the plays they’re working on. Working on reading fluency, as well as moving into some verb-focused grammar work.

Grade 6/7: Concert ticket conversations to be presented this week.

Grade 5/6: We wrote  a question quiz last week, on two methods for creating questions. Students should get it back this week – worth a check-in on how they’re feeling about their learning. This class is having some challenges with creating a learning environment that allows everyone to do their best learning. We’re working on it together.

Grade 4:  We’re singing and dancing in Grade 4. Ask your child to show you what they’re learning – hoping to perform at Spring Fling.

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 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 18-21 – Easter weekend

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

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que c’est, Heartbleed?

2.Les lumières de Tour CN (CN Tower) vont être vertes mercredi. Pourquoi?

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.

Everything, everywhere on the interwebs is about Heartbleed right now. Mashable has an excellent up-to-date hit list of the passwords you should change, and why. My friend, Royan Lee, wrote  this thoughtful post about what this means for tech and education.

Book: Spent the weekend reading Reconstructing Amelia, which is being pitched as the new “Gone Girl”. It’s not, and there are holes you could drive a truck through in the plot, but it’s definitely an engaging read, and I had to read to the end to find out what actually happened. Single mom, daughter’s mysterious death, lots of mysterious texting.

Music: We lost the lovely, distinctive voice of Jesse Winchester on Friday. His songs have been covered by an amazing range of performers (Emmylou Harris and James Taylor  among them). Rolling Stone obituary Here he is, singing his own work.

Les nouvelles – 7 avril – 11 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: We’re spending some time back with our main stories – working on tableaux of main scenes, and narrating them. There will be some work this week on opposites, as well as some verb practice (infinitive forms and past tense)

Grade 6/7: Some work on our plays this week, as well as finishing up our conversations about concert tickets.

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:   Are your kids singing the “qui a peur du méchant loup?” song yet? They’re loving singing it in class. Have them try it for you (it is not currently available on Youtube due to copyright issues -sorry). This variation makes the kids laugh, though.

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. Qu’est-ce qui se passe à Québec aujourd’hui (le 7 avril)

2. Qu’est-ce qui a commencé à Rwanda, en avril 1994?

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: Have my nose deep into Charlotte Gray’s The Massey Murder. She’s a very talented writer of what I would call narrative non-fiction, where you get a story along with your information. This one is a detailed, fascinating look at Toronto in 1914, and I am, as ever, very glad that I live where and when I live. It’s the detailed look at the social side of society that I really enjoy in Gray’s books.  The book is also nominated for the Evergreen award, which is the adult version of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program. It’s always a great place to find a new book.

Music: Was listening to Whitehorse live on the Vinyl Café yesterday, and realized how much I love their sound. So, here’s a cover of Blue Rodeo’s Dark Angel, from an amazing album of covers “The Road to Massey Hall”.