Les nouvelles – 20-24 juin

hoping for at least one like this at camp. photo credit: flickr user andrew z via cc

hoping for at least one like this at camp. photo credit: flickr user andrew z via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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: 
Grade 5/6:  Last prep for play presentations- getting props and costumes ready. this class is doing an amazing job on this! 
Grade 6: Working towards presentation of the plays. Don’t forget to think about props and costumes. 
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: When we return from camp we’ll be wrapping up our learning about French in the Americas (outside Canada). Ask your kids what they’re learning.
Grade 8:  We got to watch most of the plays on Friday, and they were wonderful. Ask about the hilarious videos your kids created (I’ll share some here, if I get permissions)
Music: We did it! And hopefully, you heard about it – the junior classes did some amazing listening, and everybody got to try a trumpet this week (and some of them made remarkable sounds). I was so impressed. 7’s have one more music class, and we’ll try and make that a playing class.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band trip was amazing! Thanks to everyone who made it a success (special thanks to Jane, Jill and Sandy). I could use a few band-ies to come help sort music at the end of this week or next.
Coming events:
June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua (packing list is posted in School Talk on Edsby, as well as in Mr Lush and Ms Shaw’s homeroom threads)
June 22: girls’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: boys’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: kindergarten bike rodeo
June 24: intermediate track and field
June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)
June 27: Ruck/Johnston to Lang Pioneer Village

Trivia Questions:

  1. Quelles équipes ont une place garantie dans le huitième de finales (round of 16) en Euro 2016?
  2. Où est-ce que Justin Trudeau a mangé samedi pour lunch?

Website: Because it’s Father’s Day, this post seemed particularly appropriate this morning. Whoever it is, take a moment to be thankful for the person that makes it possible for you to look like you “do it all”.

I also really enjoyed this infographic this week – it may show up as a French discussion prompt before the end of the year.

 

Books: Working on what I’m packing for camp. Definitely, The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King, which is hitting all the post-apocalyptic notes for me; and just for fun, probably Carry On, a Harry Potter-ish scoop by YA fave, Rainbow Rowell. What’s on your deck chair list?

Music: Got a point in this direction from the Twitterverse yesterday. I could live with this as my soundtrack on that dock, with my book.

iron and wine

 

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Les nouvelles – 13-17 juin

lots of help with answer number 1. Chex hockey card via wikimedia commons.

lots of help with answer number 1. Chex hockey card via wikimedia commons.

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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: 
Grade 5/6:  Lots of time to work on the play over the next few weeks to prepare for presentation
Grade 6: Working towards presentation of the plays.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: Mr Lush’s class is diving into learning about French culture in the Americas (outside Canada) and  Ms. Najarro`s class will be joining them in that adventure.
Grade 8:  Crunch time, as we get ready to present “Veux-tu danser?” on Friday.
Music:Sharing compositions and talking about the elements of music in the intermediate classes. Hopefully, the juniors will get a chance to try out a brass instrument this week.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band this week – last practice is Monday morning.  Wonderland trip is June 14 – permission forms are here. Please make sure your departure from itinerary form is returned if you are not coming back on the bus with us.Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
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
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
June 14: band to Wonderland
June 15: KPREEA track and field
June 16: Dudes’ Day (Zomer/Payne)
June 17: Dudes’ Day (Foster/Perdue; Fowler/Wilford)
June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua
June 22: girls’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: boys’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: kindergarten bike rodeo
June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)
June 27: Ruck/Johnston to Lang Pioneer Village

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qui est Mr. Hockey?
  2. Pourquoi est-ce qu’on a chanté “O Canada” pour Mauril Bélanger à un “ALS Walk” à Ottawa?

Website: Wish I was getting one of these picnic baskets: picnic basket contents

Lovely piece here about the answer to Question 1: Gordie Howe obit

And a little bit of time travel, to read Gzowski writing about his hero:

Gordie Howe, hero. A Peter Gzowski report: Dec. 14, 1963

Books: 

This is probably on my job-related reading list this summer. Do you have one of those, as well as your pleasure list? What’s on it?

On that pleasure list: The weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders

 

Music: Brandi Carlile, who is a favourite at this house, is playing the Ottawa Blues Fest this summer. Heard this one this weekend, in the context of relationships between parents and teens. The lines: “Do I make you proud? Do you get me now? Am I your pride and joy?” get me every time.

 

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Les nouvelles – 6-10 juin

There will never be another one like him. photo credit: flickr user joshi bhavya via cc

There will never be another one like him. photo credit: flickr user joshi bhavya via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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: 
Grade 5/6:  Ask your child about the writing task they worked on last week. We’ll focus on the play over the next few weeks.
Grade 6: Writing is a focus this week, to show what we know.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: Mr Lush’s class has wrapped up their movie conversation and starting into some work on French culture in the Americas. Ms. Najarro`s class is working on presenting their movie conversations.
Grade 8:  Some one -on-one conversations will be happening this week, as well as a focus on the play. 
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s have been composing amazing music this week. Check out their Edsby boards in music. Ms Najarro’s 7’s are prepping  for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 are doing some close study  (and compositions) of the idea of motif in music. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practice Thursday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Wonderland is June 14 – permission forms are here: Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
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
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
June 6: ultimate frisbee (junior)
June 8: ultimate frisbee (intermediate)
June 9: JDRF walk/yoga
June 14: band to Wonderland
June 15: KPREEA track and field
June 16: Dudes’ Day (Zomer)
June 17: Dudes’ Day (Foster/Fowler)
June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua
June 22: girls’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: boys’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: kindergarten bike rodeo
June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Comment s’appelle Muhammad Ali, avant qu’il a converti à Islam?
  2. Qui a gagné le French Open?

Website: An interesting perspective on French immersion, particularly here in Ontario: French immersion

So many Ali obits – I thought this was one of the best:

 

Books: The Griffin Prize for Poetry (Canada’s biggest) was awarded this week. Liz Howard won for her first collection of poetry. A very visual example here:

Boreal Swing

 

Music:

I have a friend on Twitter, who regularly asks what his tweeps are listening to. This week, he wanted to know what song had stayed in my head all week. Tanika Charles, “Two Steps”:

 

What are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.