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”.

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