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


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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