Div - 16 (2017-18 School Year)
We made it! After a long and busy second term we all get a well-deserved week off to rest and prepare for an exciting final term. This afternoon all three classes convened in the band room to have a little impromptu "talent show." I must say that we have some very talented students, and it was an awesome way to cap off our week. Over the break I have not assigned any homework, but I do want all of the kids to have chosen a book for their independent novel study and have read at least 3/4 of it by the time they return on March 26th. Lastly, I will be away on a family trip to Germany over the break, so Mr. Brian Saunderson will be in for me for the first two weeks back. If you have any concerns or questions for me I will still be accessing my email, but due to the 9 hour time difference I may not get back to you until the next day. Wishing everyone a lovely spring break :)
Novel Study = Choose a novel and read at least 75% of it over the break.
PAC Fun Fair = Our class' theme is "ALL THINGS SPORTS"
-Don't forget to think about and start bringing in items for our class basket after the break. The fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th, so baskets need to be filled by no later than Tuesday, April 10th.
Spring Break may be on the minds of many right now, but we still have some important basketball related things going on right now. First of all, a big congratulations to the Tier 1 Boys team who has advanced to the city finals for the second consecutive year. The boys will be taking on the Dufferin Dragons tomorrow at Brock Middle School. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30pm. Come out and cheer them on.
Secondly, tomorrow is the first day of the annual NCAA College Basketball tournament, also known as "March Madness." For fun, I have organized a bracket challenge pool (for students who are interested), to fill out a bracket and try and correctly predict as many games as they can. The "entry fee" for this tournament is a candy/chocolate bar (just one each - some of them were plotting to say they needed to bring two), and after the final game on April 2nd, we will determine the grand champion, who will also get to keep all of the candy! Side Note: Last year the champion was a grade 7 girl who knew nothing about college basketball, and who's strategy was based upon who she thought had the nicer uniforms :)
Hine = Quiz Friday (Constructing Triangles, Sorting Polygons, Perimeter, and Area)
Powrie = None
Clarke = Practice Sheet (If not done)
-Olympic Scrapbook due Friday
-Science = "Natural Selection" Work sheet (if not done)
-Coding with Max - Advance to Level 7 in "Coding Combat" Game
-PAC Fundraiser Basket - Please remember to bring in items for our class basket after Spring Break. Our class theme is "ALL THINGS SPORTS"
Whew! What a long week that was! This week has been named "The Week of Field Trips," as we first of all enjoyed two days of skiing on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday we got to cheer on the grade 7's as they performed three pieces at the High Country Festival, and then finally we went skating Thursday afternoon with our buddy class. Thank you to all you parents who came and helped out, and also to the parents who helped remind/get your kids organized, etc. Even though we packed in a lot this week, I would say that it was a success overall. One more week until Spring Break...
-Mr. Hine (Gr.6) = p.229-230 # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
-Mr. Powrie = no h.w.
-Ms. Clarke = p.44 # 5-8
-Ancient Civilizations Board Game = Research at least 5 civilizations for Wednesday (Homework Check in the am)
L.A.: - Independent Novel Study = make sure you have chosen a novel and read it. All novels should be (mostly) read and finished after Spring Break.
-Band = students should take their instruments home and practice this weekend. Ms. Clarke should be back and ready to run band next Monday at 8:15 as per usual.
-Olympic Scrapbook should be finished and handed in by next Friday, March 16th.
This afternoon we watched the first half of the Disney classic "Cool Runnings." It's hard to believe, but it has been 30 years since the Jamaican bobsled team came out of nowhere to compete at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. As we near the end of our study of the Olympics, students will be using a venn diagram to compare some of the similarities and differences of the 1988 and 2018 Winter Olympics. One interesting fact: The 1988 Olympics was the first time Jamaica had competed in the bobsled at the Winter Olympics, and 2018 was the first year Jamaica sent a female team to compete in bobsled also.
Hine = page 216-218 #1, 2, 3, 5, 8a
Powrie = 4.1 #1-4
Clarke = Math tests signed/ colour squares
Language Arts = Last lit. circle this Wednesday
Band = Testing tomorrow; OTP 103, 106, or 179. Be there at 7:30.
Fine Arts = Mosaic Medals - last work period in class this Friday.
-Wear pink on Wednesday for Anti-Bullying Day
-Please try and bring a board game to try/play this Friday afternoon.
-Skiing Waivers and Information cards filled out and returned ASAP
-Skiing next week (Mon and Tues)
-Skating next Thursday (afternoon)
Although it was short, we've had a very busy and eventful week. This cold-snap, in particular, has meant we've been inside for the past two days during recess in lunch. We heard the last of our speeches, with many students doing an excellent job of taking feedback and incorporating suggestions from previous presenters to make their speeches even better. We are also nearing the end of our literature circles, as students should be finishing their novels before next Wednesday. Lastly, the winter olympics have provided an excellent segue into great discussions about diversity, as well as providing entertainment and national pride. I look forward to seeing students' scrapbooks, which we will be continuing to work for at least another week before I assign a due date.
Math: (Everyone) - Olympic Medals Graphing Assignment (due Monday)
-please glue your data and graph into your scrapbooks.
L.A.: - Next Lit. Circle meeting is on Wednesday (LAST ONE). Please make sure you have finished reading your novel and bring your role sheets (completed), ready to discuss and contribute.
-Regular Band Schedule (Mon and Fridays at 8:15)
-Festival on Wednesday, Mar 7th
-Instrument testing this Tuesday... (make sure to practice this weekend)
-Curriculum Day tomorrow (No School)
-Pro-D Day Friday (No School)
-Anti-Bullying Day (wear pink shirt) on Wed, Feb 28th
-Skiing @ Sun Peaks (March 5 and 6th)
-Music Festival (March 7th)
-Skiing (with Mrs. Marican's class) Thurs, Mar 8th in the afternoon
This afternoon our grade 6/7 students competed in the annual Rotary Speech Competition. All of our students have been preparing speeches on any of the three topics chosen by Rotary this year, but only 9 were chosen to compete in today's competition. It was extremely close, but congratulations to Alex Middleton, who will be representing Aberdeen at the Zone Competition later this month.
Hine (gr.6) - Tangram puzzles (due tomorrow)
Mr. P - Math Tests signed
Ms. C - p.172-173
-BAND tomorrow starts at 8:15 (please be there on time with your instruments ready to go at 8:15 sharp!)
-Sun Peaks - Ski permission forms and $ into office ASAP. The due date on permission forms is tomorrow (Feb 16th).
-Class Speeches: (Schedule)
-French: Presentations tomorrow!
-Olympic Srapbook Assignment: Please watch / read about / document any interesting news or stories from the Olympics and record it in your scrapbooks. This includes following the results of your favourite country, athlete, or sporting events, etc. Scrapbooks can also include activities we do in class as well as articles, pictures from the internet and/or newspapers.
-Hine (Gr.6): "Constructing Triangles Worksheet" due tomorrow
-Powrie: pg. 163 #2 - due tomorrow
-Clarke: 3.8 due tomorrow
-Lit Circle (week 2) tomorrow! There will be a homework check first thing in the morning to see who is finished and prepared for their meeting (after recess).
-SS: Timelines are due this Friday
-Rotary Speeches: Those who are interested in competing in the school contest need to have their speeches ready for this Friday. Those who aren't can present next Tues/Wed.
-Rotary School Speech Contest: Next Thursday (Feb 15th) in the afternoon.
Hine(Gr.6) - Math tests signed
Powrie - p.158-159 # 1,4,6
Clarke - Math Books Signed!, Yellow Work Sheet due tomorrow, 3.8 # 1-7 (due Wednesday)
-SS: Ancient Civilization Timelines (Due Friday)
-Rotary Speech (class speeches start this Friday)
-Skiing Permission Forms
Today the students brought home a newsletter and permission slip in regards to the intermediate ski/snowboard trip to Sun Peaks, which will be Monday and Tuesday (March 5,6th). Please take the time to read/fill out all of the forms and if everyone can get the forms and $ in sooner than later that would be very much appreciated.
-Hine (Gr.6): No homework
-Powrie: pg. 168-169 #6, 7, 8, and 9
-Clarke: Please get your math books signed by parents/guardians!
-SS: Ancient Civilizations Timelines are due this upcoming Friday (Feb 9th)
-Rotary Speeches = class speeches start on Friday, Feb 9th.
-BAND = Bring home/practice, and 103 and 106 are due Monday!
Today our "Superhero" Essays are due. Students have been working really hard trying to create an original superhero, who has some incredibly special powers that could help solve some of the world's major problems. I apologize for not updating the blog at all in January. It is my goal to try and update the agenda at least every other day this month.
Good luck to the Tier 1 Girls basketball team today as they travel to Arthur Stevenson!
Today is also the PAC Dance.
-Mr Hine (Gr.6) - Angles Quiz tomorrow! (Fri)
-Mr. Powrie- Pg.168 #1, 2a, 3a, 4, 5
-Ms. Clarke- Pg.112 #1-5
-Overdue work and assignments (Spelling, What in the World Ques, Maps)
-Socials: Ancient Civilizations Timelines (due next Friday, Feb 9th)
-Rotary Speeches: -First set of class speeches start next Fri, Feb 9th...
-School Speech Competition Thursday afternoon (Feb 15th)