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.


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