Les nouvelles – le 21-25 septembre, 2015

It's that season. Juniors have played, and intermediates are practicing. photo credit: flickr user Ole Olson via cc

It’s that season. Juniors have played, and intermediates are practicing. photo credit: flickr user Ole Olson via cc

Due to Stage 3 of ETFO’s work to rule, I will not be updating this blog after Monday, until a resolution is reached. I can still 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 5/6-8. I will also be teaching music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
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
This week in French:
We played around a bunch with numbers and alphabet this week – can your child spell their name fairly quickly. All classes should be comfortable with numbers 1-31, and we will be working towards mastering 1-100.  This week, we’ll be introducing a friend, and starting to work on introducing ourselves in more detail.
Music: we worked on fitting two different rhythms together, and will follow that up with a partner song- different from a round. Some of the classes started the first song – “chicken”.
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Intermediate soccer- contact Mr Lush
September 30: Terry Fox Run
October 8: cross-country meet – contact Mme Daley or Mrs Sargeant
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui est le nouveau capitaine des Canadiens de Montréal?
2. Pourquoi est-ce qu’il y a le hashtag “I Stand With Ahmed”?

Website: Thought this might make for an interesting discussion with your intermediate kids: Why millennials won’t run for office

This was Make magazine’s response to the event that inspired trivia question 2.

Book:  Anyone else a member of what we affectionately term the Costco book club? That’s those of us who check out the titles at Costco, and then get them out from the library. :). My most recent find was The Memory Painter . Just downloaded it on OverDrive, and looking forward to diving in.

Also a reminder (if you have older kids at home) of the public library’s pizza and pages group. They meet 1 Thursday a month to eat and discuss a book – you can pick up a free copy at the info desk, while they last. Next book: The Face on the Milk Carton

Music:  Something happened this week that made me feel both old, and kind of joyful. New Order (yes, that New Order) released a new single, which means a whole new generation gets to discover how cool New Order was, and is. Also appreciate the option of official audio vs video.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 14-18 septembre, 2015

she's not the answer to one of the trivia questions, but she was a big story this week. photo credit: flickr user Yann Caradec via cc

she’s not the answer to one of the trivia questions, but she was a big story this week. photo credit: flickr user Yann Caradec via cc

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 5/6-8. I will also be teaching music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
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
This week in French:
All classes worked on basic routines, and started to review concepts like date, weather, and numbers. Your child should be able to tell you their birthday in French. One goal this year is to know our numbers to 100. 
Music: we’re reviewing rhythm concepts, and having some fun singing. Ask your child about singing the 4-part round “Why shouldn’t my car?”
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
September 17: Junior mixed soccer – contact Mr Dufrane
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Intermediate soccer- contact Mr Lush
September 30: Terry Fox Run
October 8: cross-country meet – contact Mme Daley or Mrs Sargeant
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a gagné le tournoi de tennis U S Open? (simple masculin et feminin)(men’s and women’s singles)
2. Combien de dollars est-ce que le gouvernement d’Ontario a annoncé pour aider les réfugiés Syriens?

Website: Two links today: CommonSense media has an amazing focus on digital citizenship. parent resources like these may help you learn about technology use in the classroom.

Mr Lush’s 7’s and I got a kick out of this one (we were working on remembering our silent last consonants in French): Have you been saying it wrong?

Book: Finished station 11 and would recommend it to everyone. Another amazing selection from the Evergreen list was Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner. It’s an East Coast story, with links to Shakespeare’s King Lear, visual art, sea myths and the growing problem with meth in small communities. Oh, and it’s about fathers and daughters, too. Page-turner – dark and lovely.

Music: One of my favourite moments in the week is driving my son to archery on Friday night and listening to the Radio 2 top 20. My favourite this week? The big-bearded, big-voiced Ben Caplan. Love the horns!

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 2-5 septembre, 2015

Saw some of these this summer. We live in a beautiful place! photo credit: flickr user detsang via cc

Saw some of these this summer. We live in a beautiful place! photo credit: flickr user detsang via cc

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 5/6-8. I will also be teaching music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
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
Documents for download: 
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
September 8: first day of school
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Terry Fox Run
Trivia Questions:
1. Le 9 septembre sera (will be) un jour très important pour la reine Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth). Pourquoi?
2. Qui sont les candidat(e)s pour le Parti libéral, le Parti nouveau democrate et Parti conservateur ici à Peterborough?

Website: Two links today: To finish up your summer, I can’t  think of a more delicious way to use peaches: peach cobbler; and on a more serious note – some of the reasons why the computer coding club will be back this year: teaching coding

Book: I read a ton this summer! Right now, I am deeply involved in Station 11 from the Evergreen reading list. It connects a number of characters through the events of a world-wide flu bug that wipes out 99% of the population, and what comes after. Tense, lovely, and reminding me of the many ways we are interconnected.

Music: My favourite musical experience this summer was sitting on the hill at Nicholls Oval, watching Joel Plaskett close the Peterborough Folk Festival. If you were there, you know it was one of the strongest festival line-ups anywhere. If you weren’t, give it a try next year. Lots of Joel: Joel Plaskett on CBC Music . Love This Town is a favourite of mine, along with Park Avenue Sobriety Test.

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