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?


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.





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