Les nouvelles – 10 à 14 novembre,2014


Bruce Mackinnon's subtle piece seemed the right one for today, as it brings our military history together.

Bruce Mackinnon’s subtle piece seemed the right one for today, as it brings our military history together.

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

 I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5-8.

Progress reports will come home on Monday. If you’d like to set up a time to talk about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. I’m available most days before and after school.


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: (I’ve left these the same, as I was away for 3 days!)

Grade 5: Vocabulary building. See how many opposites your child can come up with (sur/sous, devant/derrière, enlève/met, etc.)

Grade 5/6: We worked a bunch on family vocabulary this week, so you can ask your child to describe who’s in your family. We’ll continue that in the week to come.

Grade 6: We did our first run through the story. Be sure to ask about the action for “génie”, which will make those of you of a certain age laugh, for sure!

6/7, 7/8, 8: 7/8 and 8 are done presenting their Pinterest boards. They were incredibly brave, and worked really hard at asking and answering each other’s questions. We’ll be doing some work this week on question structures as a follow-up, as that part of the task was tricky for some students.

Our success criteria for the task is here

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: There will  be band practice on Wednesday morning this week. the music room will also be open at 2nd break on Day 1, for practice time. Several students have signed out instruments and music – those MUST be in the building for band practice. We are booked for Wonderland on June 4 (put that date on your calendar!), and I will need parents to accompany us on that date. Cost is approximately $60 ($30 if you have a season’s pass)

Important dates:

November 10: Reports go home (see note above re: interview opportunities)

November 11: Intermediates to cenotaph, 10:30 ceremony at QM (auditorium)

November 13: IB info night at Kenner, 7 pm

November 14: World Diabetes Day, wear blue.

November 28: PA Day

Trivia  Questions

1. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé à Berlin, le 9 november, 1989?

2. Qui a crée (created) le monument de guerre (war memorial) à Peterborough. Quel autre monument est-ce qu’il a crée?

Website:  This one stays up – we got rave reviews at the edtech conference I attended last week. Our Pinterest boards, ready to be shown off. Ask lots of questions! 

Books: Excited about the new Peter Robinson mystery, which just showed up on my OverDrive account. Banks is actually happy – can it possibly last? Banks listens to an eclectic bunch of music, including Nick Cave, so that’s the link to the title, Abattoir Blues

Music: Thought this was a lovely example of a way in which technology can unite us, that we really couldn’t accomplish without it. It’s called Signal Strength. I’m leaving it up for an extra week, as Twitter has allowed me to connect with one of the musicians, and I’m hoping to let the students send her some questions this week.

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


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