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?


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.





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