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



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.