Les nouvelles – le 8-12 septembre,

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.


Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8. Madame Daley will be teaching the Grade 4 and 4/5 classes. Instrumental music will not be offered this year, but there will be a band (details this week!)
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing  vocabulary at home  is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Class Updates:

All classes this week worked on daily routines (date and weather questions), and class expectations. We’ve begun to review alphabet and numbers, working toward a task involving spelling our names in French, and saying our phone number. When might you have to do that in a second-language situation?


Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day


Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est le nouveau premier ministre en Alberta?

2. Qui est Kei Nishikori? Pourquoi est-ce qu’il est dans les nouvelles? (in the news)


There were a lot of excellent back-to-school blog posts out there this week. This was one I thought would be worth keeping, on communication with your kids about school : How was school today?


I read a ton this summer! But Louise Penny brought her new one out at the end of August, and that made it hard to focus on schoolwork. If you haven’t discovered her, and you are a fan of thoughtful mysteries with well-developed characters, an amazing sense of place (Baie St. Paul in Quebec, in this case) and solid writing, check her out. Louise Penny – The Long Way Home


One of my favourite moments this summer was sitting on my back deck, listening to the Royal Wood concert in Del Crary Park. I hadn’t been able to get there, and somehow, sitting in the summer dark, just listening, was the perfect way to experience it. Forever and Ever

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.






3 thoughts on “Les nouvelles – le 8-12 septembre,

  1. great space to connect; thank you Madame Noble!

    I’ve wanted to read Louise Penny for years – ever since I heard her interviewed on CBC radio by Shelagh Rogers – looking forward to checking her out. I’m a huge fan of Canadian women’s fiction and am currently reading Gil Adamsons book of linked short stories, “Help Me, Jacques Cousteau”. Her first novel, “Outlander” was intense and fabulous.

    I’m currently singing in a local band, performing in the near future at a retrospective for an old friend/artist, Dennis Tourbin at Markethall.

    My son, Steffen is really enjoying the beginning to his last year at Queen Mary. Hope to see you all at the Fun Fair!

    • Thanks for the book recommendation, Sue. I’m a Gil Adamson fan, too. Keep us posted on your concert dates. Thanks for joining in the conversation.

      • lisa, for some reason I just found your reply. I cannot seem to click the button to ensure that I recieve email notification when people comment. just doesn’t seem to activate.

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