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.



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