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.

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