Saturday, November 18, 2017

Week of November 20-24

Welcome to a new week! This is a short one, as we dismiss Thursday at 11:35. Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be taking place Thursday afternoon and evening as well as Friday morning. Parents, I can’t overemphasize the importance of this opportunity to come together and show support for the learning of our young scholars. NOTE: It would be of great benefit to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time so that you have an opportunity to look through some of your scholar’s work which will be located on the bulletin board and in a file outside our classroom door. Together we will celebrate successes and plan for growth in the months to come. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so as soon as possible:

Christmas Art Project: Hand Sewn Stockings

This week we will be planning our stockings and we will be stitching starting next week. Students, if you haven’t brought in your felt, please do so this week. Michaels has an excellent supply and is very inexpensive. If getting felt presents a problem, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Sneak Peek at the Week:

Language Arts:

At long last, students will get a start on their fiction writing pieces this week! The personal narrative pieces are up on the bulletin board ready to be read when parents visit for conferences later this week!

Continuing our focus on Frequently Misspelled Words, this week will see us study List 3a (first half of the last column). Students are beginning to understand that not studying for these quizzes results in a mark that reflects just that. It is my expectation that every student takes some time to make sure they’ve mastered these words each night this week. Students will have the opportunity to explore, analyze and practise these words in class on Monday and will write the quiz Thursday.

The 12 words for this week are:

let’s, maybe, minute, mountain, neighbour, of, off, once, people, picture, piece, pretty


Our focus this week will be on estimating differences (subtracting with rounding) and then we will move to finding actual answers with both adding and subtracting. Borrowing is often difficult for students in grade five, so we will be taking some extra time to review and practice these skills on Tuesday. We will then use estimation to check the reasonableness of our answers. (For example, Fred says he will only have 5 000 potatoes left if he starts with 9 000 and gives away 400. Is his answer reasonable? How do you know?) Students: to show you’ve read the blog, please write this equation on a piece of paper and solve it. Give the paper to Ms. B. before O Canada on Monday morning.

Early next week students will begin a ‘Whole Numbers’ unit review which will be followed by a unit test shortly thereafter.

Social Studies:

Last week students got some practice at taking a scavenger hunt through the Atlantic Region, and will continue this week with a second part! We are also very excited to address and send our Breezy the Beaver postcards out! Students must have an address at school for Wednesday!


This week students will be going on a scavenger hunt around our classroom to review extensive classroom vocabulary. Students can look forward to a quiz on these words Wednesday! Etudiez, les amis!

Students: seek out Ms. Bourassa BEFORE announcements on Monday and hand her a note with your name on telling her when the French quiz is to show you’ve read the blog and earn a $cholar Dollar!

Looking Ahead

Calling All Winter Gear!

Although our class is pretty fantastic, sometimes students need to be reminded to dress appropriately for the weather. As we all know, the weather in Southern Alberta can change very quickly, so it’s always a good idea to have a pair of mittens and a toque in the backpack just in case! We are proud to be Canadian, and as such, must always be prepared for any kind of weather! In addition, students should always have a pair of indoor shoes at school so there’s never an occasion when they are without something on their feet. We have limited space on our boot racks, so only one pair of shoes or boots can be there at one time.

Have a wonderful week!