Les nouvelles – le 26 mai au 30 mai, 2014

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our 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)

 SPRING FLING HAS MOVED TO MAY 27! Concert starts at 6:30 pm.

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: lots of passé composé work here; our eventual goal will be creating a learning tool that other students can use to learn the topic. Ask your child about what resources they’re finding that suit their learning style.

Grade 6/7: EQAO this week, which has French on hold for the 6’s.

Grade 5/6:some disruption from EQAO here, continuing to work on comprehension strategies as a main activity.

Grade 4:  We are working on comprehension activities based on the main story. We will be dancing on stage for Spring Fling, May 27. Students need to arrive by 6:15, for the evening performance.

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.

Permission forms have gone home for Wonderland trip for band – Cost is $60 ($31 if you have a season’s pass). We are looking for parent volunteers. Forms must be returned by Friday, May 30.

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:

May 26-30: EQAO, Grade 3 and 6.

May 27: Spring Fling, 6:30

June 11: band trip to Wonderland/KPREAA track meet

June 19: 7/8 Trip to Toronto

June 24: QM Grad – clap out 11:30; grad 6:30.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui était (was) Knowlton Nash?

2. Qu’est-ce que les enseignants font en Colombie-Brittanique (B.C.) ?

Web: Star Wars fans at your house? You probably want to point them in this direction. I mean, really, who doesn’t want to be in a Star Wars movie?

Book: I freely admit I’m a sucker for a good historical romance, and the books Susanna Kearsley writes are among my favourites. I reread The Rose Garden, after finding it at the library book sale a few weeks ago, and now am ripping through Every Secret Thing, which is much more in the thriller Vein, but still has the terrific detailed history that makes Kearsley’s writing. Also looking for anybody with Steampunk suggestions that a 13 year old boy might enjoy.

Music: The Queen Mary community gathered at the Red Dog Saturday night for some great music from our community. I was amazed by the talent, and particularly by the StavelEy project. Jill sounds (to me, at least) much like Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs, but the band has a really crunchy sound.

The StavelEy project

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – le 20 mai au 23 mai, 2014

Tulip Fence Friday. Suddenly, they're here, brightening our days. photo credit: flickr user Rachel Kramer via cc

Tulip Fence Friday. Suddenly, they’re here, brightening our days. photo credit: flickr user Rachel Kramer via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our 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)

 SPRING FLING HAS MOVED TO MAY 27! (avoiding schedule conflict with area track and field competition)

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: lots of passé composé work here; our eventual goal will be creating a learning tool that other students can use to learn the topic. Ask your child about what resources they’re finding that suit their learning style.

Grade 6/7: continuing to work on comprehension strategies and question structures.

Grade 5/6: continuing to work on question strategies and comprehension activities; working on presenting ticket-buying conversations.

Grade 4:  We are working on comprehension activities based on the main story. Spring Fling night has been moved to Tuesday, May 27, to avoid a conflict with track and field competition.

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.

Permission forms have gone home for Wonderland trip for band – Cost is $60 ($31 if you have a season’s pass). We are looking for parent volunteers.

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:

May 21 – Area Track and Field

May 24- 7 pm ’til 12:30 am – school council “School of Rock” event at the Red Dog, to raise funds for the QM auditorium!

June 11: band trip to Wonderland/KPREAA track meet

June 24: QM Grad – clap out 11:30; grad 6:30.

Trivia Questions:

1. Un parc à Montréal a été nommé (was named) pour Lhasa de Sela jeudi. Qui était (was)-elle?

2. Qu’est-ce que Milos Raonic a fait au Italian Open?

Web:

One powerful piece of video, that Stephen Lewis posted this week. His (fully justifiable) rage here should make us all feel moved to do something, in whatever way we can, to work against injustice in our world.

Tired of getting a shrug in answer to “how was your day”? gorgeous post on how to get a better answer from your kids.

Book: Starting to think about this summer’s reading list. Robyn Doolittle’s Crazy Town: The Rob Ford story is on my list, as is Michael Lewis’ exposé of stock market trading, Flash Boys. What about you?

Music: The person in Question 1 died of breast cancer at the age of 37, but she managed to leave some of her beauty with us.

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 12 mai au 16 mai, 2014

Tulip Fence Friday. Suddenly, they're here, brightening our days. photo credit: flickr user Rachel Kramer via cc

Tulip Fence Friday. Suddenly, they’re here, brightening our days. photo credit: flickr user Rachel Kramer via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our 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’ll be focusing on verbs over the next week, as we move into passé composé, and then hopefully use that knowledge to do some describing of a task we’ve completed.

Grade 6/7: working on answering questions based on familiar and  unfamiliar text.

Grade 5/6: Working on question and answer structures. Some time with the vocabulary list (below) might be one solution, if your child feels like they’re struggling.

Grade 4:  We should be moving into  some reading comprehension activities this week, based on the play. Also preparing our dance for Spring Fling on May 21 – please be sure to return the permission form to let me know if your child can take part.

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). 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 at 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. Permission forms should be coming home this week. Be sure to ask about our Skype visit with our British friends last week.

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:

May 12: intermediate track and field

May 21 – Area Track and Field and Spring Fling Arts Celebration

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui est Laurent Duvernay-Tardif?

2. Quel musicien canadien bizarre est mort (died) lundi?

Web:

Mashable has an excellent up-to-date hit list of the passwords you should change, due to the Heartbleed bug. Also a reminder to use a browser other than Explorer as they work through their security breach.

Some interesting mashup creativity with footage from “Frozen” is showing up on the Internet. I’ve looked in the past with classes at what music tone can do to a movie scene unexpectedly. Here are two examples of the fun people are having.

Thriller/Frozen mashup:

If Frozen was a horror movie:

Book: My older guy is deep into the Young Bond series, and I’m enjoying revisiting them. Character-driven, period-accurate and enough gruesome detail to keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat.

Music: The death of the musician in question 2 took a number of us back to our misspent 80’s youth this week.  So, just to make you laugh, and remember, here’s an utterly cheesy favourite.

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 5 mai au 9 mai, 2014

My celebration of Star Wars Day included the opportunity to spend some time with Darth Vader (photo credit: Joelle Kovach)

My celebration of Star Wars Day included the opportunity to spend some time with Darth Vader (photo credit: Joelle Kovach)

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 real-world vocabulary, as well as beginning a focus on futur proche and passé composé. We’ve been having a lot of fun using the game “Candy Crush” to work on our direction words – be sure to ask about it.

Grade 6/7: working on comprehension strategies based on the play.

Grade 5/6: Working on question and answer structures. Some time with the vocabulary list (below) might be one solution, if your child feels like they’re struggling.

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:

May 5: Music Monday – band will play in shade shelter – parents welcome! 11:30 am.

May 12: intermediate track and field

May 21 – Area Track and Field and Spring Fling Arts Celebration

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est- ce qui se passe dans le ciel à Peterborough dimanche?

2. Quel chef québecois a gagné le prix pour le meilleur (best) livre de cuisson (cookbook) dans le monde?

Web:

Mashable has an excellent up-to-date hit list of the passwords you should change, due to the Heartbleed bug. Also a reminder to use a browser other than Explorer as they work through their security breach.

Lots of fun May 4th Star Wars day goodies on the Internet yesterday. Did you have a favourite? Here are some examples. And thanks to Mr Brown for the point to this – Winnie the Pooh reads Darth Vader’s lines.

Book: Just slogged my way through “Insurgent”, the second in the Divergent trilogy, and really did find it a slog. Kept wanting to whack the main character and tell her to make up her mind, and also to trust her significant other. Anybody else have an opinion? Share it in the comments.

Music: It’s Music Monday today – and it’s the 10th anniversary of this event celebrating the importance of music education. So come join us at the shade shelter today at 11:30, as we join kids around the country and around the world in the I.S.S. song, and the joy of music.