Les nouvelles – 19-22 mai

Hope some of you got some time like this on the weekend. photo credit: Heather Theijsmeijer

Hope some of you got some time like this on the weekend. photo credit: Heather Theijsmeijer

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

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 2

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: (you can always check edsby for most up-to-date information)

Grade 5: We’ve been working very hard on making our small group time productive. Check in with your child on what’s happening in their play group. We’re going to start writing phrases bizarres, which students are excited about!

Grade 5/6: Play presentations will begin on Tuesday! We’ve raided the costume bin, and students are eager to show what they’ve learned.

Grade 6: We had some creative, engaging versions of the play presented in class. We are working on writing a schedule of our day, using a model. This is a way to combine our knowledge of time, as well as using some regular verbs in written form.

Grade 7/8 and 8: Deciding on our passe-temps, and beginning to research equipment we’ll need to do it. We will be working on a budget, as well as some procedural writing.

Grade 6/7: We worked this week on identifying the things that tell us a flyer is a flyer, no matter what language it’s in. We’ll be looking next week at the way prices are different in French, as well as starting to narrow down our passe-temps.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Music Monday was a big success. We got some great press coverage. Music Monday Queen Mary

Band trip to Wonderland June 4 still needs parents to come. Let me know, asap, please. I have one other adult coming, but could really use a third. You need a valid police cheque. Cost is $65, and Tuesday is the hard deadline!

Band practices are Wednesday morning. We start playing at 8:10, doors open at 8, so we can actually be playing by 8:10.

We Are One

Important dates:

May 21: spring fling – music and arts celebration – 2 p.m. performance only, due to many participants having evening sports commitments.

June 4: band to Wonderland

June 10: KPREAA track and field

June 15-17: Grade 7/8 trip to Camp CanAqua

June 19: school track and field day

June 23: grad: breakfast 8 am, student vs teacher 3-pitch/volleyball 10:00, clap-out 11:30, grad ceremony 6:30.

Trivia  Questions

1. Quelle émission (TV show) a fini dimanche, le 17 mai?

2. Quel livre d’Antoine St. Exupéry est un nouveau film de Pixar?

Website: Had a very interesting conversation with some of the intermediates about the foul hashtag #fhritp, and the controversy that erupted at the Toronto FC game last week. Might be worth discussing it with your older kids. What did they think? Why would people do this? Should someone lose their job over this kind of incident?  Shauna Hunt tackles hecklers

Books: Devoured Lisa Genova’s latest this week. What she did for Alzheimer’s with Still Alice, she does for Huntington’s with inside the o’briens . Very much worth the read, though many people are frustrated by the ending. (I thought it was a kind of perfect fit). interview with Lisa Genova

Music:  The Weather Station slipped quietly into town last week, launching her spring tour with a gig at the Gordon Best. Did you get there?

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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