Les nouvelles – le 23 au 27 juin, 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)
Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: grad practice Monday, grad events Tuesday, intermediate picnic Wednesday, and then, with luck, some consolidation of our past tense learning Thursday and Friday.

Grade 6/7: finishing up good copies of introduction letters; working on some computer coding activities (in French) to show what we know about directions.

Grade 5/6: 2 more classes, with a focus on comprehension activities.

Grade 4:  Working on comprehension wind-up activities. This class wrote some amazing phrases bizarres (weird sentences) to show their understanding of what they learned this year.

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: Clean-up of instruments and music this week. Instrumental music will not be offered next year, due to adding another French class to the schedule. There will be band for Grade 7’s and 8’s.

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:

June 24: QM Grad – 3-pitch 10:00, clap out 11:30; grad reception begins at 5, ceremony at 6:30.

June 25: intermediate picnic

June 25: Mr I/Mrs Cullen’s classes on field trip.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que c’est un caxirola?

2. Qu’est-ce que Michelle Wie a fait?

Web: Two wonderful World Cup spin-offs. Check out the #museumworldcup on Twitter (or you can search it). Museums all over the world (including the ROM) are putting up head-to-head images of artifacts from countries competing at the soccer tournament. Great way to dig into why different countries might produce such different looking objects! If music is more your style, check out World Cup of Music, which CBC music has put together. You can vote on which country’s music you like best.

Book: Anybody else working their way through the new Diana Gabaldon? I’m enjoying it immensely, but am finding that there are so many characters to follow (in so many different time periods) that it’s almost too much, and not as compelling as the story of Clare and Jamie was, back at the beginning. Thoughts?

Music: Song of the summer 2014? If the kids on the bus to and from Toronto this week are any indication, Ariana Grande’s “Problem” is right up there.

 

 

 

 

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Super quick update post – 9 juin

Just a really quick update to let you know about the last-minute  information letter for the band trip. Students who were at school today received one, those who were at Ultimate will get it tomorrow. You can get a heads-start by grabbing it here.

Please pay particular attention to the bit about Remind101. If you text the code outlined in the letter to the phone number given, I can send you a group e-mail about approximate arrival times.

Thanks!

wonderland letter

 

Full blog update is coming. (soon, I promise!)

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 2 juin au 6 juin, 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)

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the art show and performances at Spring Fling. It was a great evening.

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: working on some writing to describe ourselves and our interests, which fits with the CEFR goals (you can see the wheels of those goals below)

Grade 5/6: Still focusing on comprehension, and on using the vocabulary we have to help us communicate.

Grade 4:  We’ll be playing around with “phrases bizarres” this week, as well as working on comprehension strategies.

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.

Wonderland trip is a GO! If you wish to come with us, you need a valid police check. Departure details, soon.

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:

June 9: intermediate Ultimate

June 10: junior Ultimate

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. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé (what happened) en juin, 1989, à Beijing?

2. Pourquoi est-ce que les Soeurs de Notre-Dame, à Montréal, sont très contentes?

Web:Are you someone who dreams of other places? Does the idea of traveling make your heart race with excitement? Exploring these two sites (with or without your kids) may give you a fix when the budget just won’t co-operate. Secret Door takes you places around the world, and you can happily explore (we’ve used this one in class, to describe what we see), and Map Crunch does much the same, but lets you be specific about where you want to go. Have fun!

Book: Absolutely ripped through Lauren Oliver’s “Panic” this weekend. Great YA thriller, about a dead-end town, an empathetic bunch of characters, and the dark game they get involved in one summer. Meth, tigers, and how to face your darkest fears all play a role. Definitely a beach book, despite that description.

Music: The 7/8 students are working on an assignment in music, doing an analysis of a favourite song. Here’s my most recent favourite. Can’t help but think it would make a great flash mob.