End of year housekeeping

Hi Everyone,

The end is near! Much to the dismay of your children, I have not assigned any homework this week…other than reading their daily minimum of 20 minutes each evening. I know they are dreading summer break! ūüėČ

I am starting to send home the student’s belongings. Today we have sent home their Art portfolios and any supplies they brought in for their Nubia triptychs. ¬†Tomorrow, we will be sending home their LA binders. There are some valuable things in both. As you know, their final copies of written text forms are on Google Drive, but they are printed and in your child’s binder as well. There is also a yellow monthly scribbler that has some nice recounts you might like to read¬†sometime. Math and all other materials will go home towards the end of the week. If your child has any text books, classroom library books, school library books or anything else that needs to be returned, please have them do so by Friday.

Just a heads up, our personal health and safety unit starts tomorrow morning. Questions and discussions may arise.

Our field trip is on Monday the 26th. We will leave after the announcements around 8:40am. The movie is slated to start around noon and we will aim to be back at the school for 2:00pm.

We would like to have a class party on Tuesday, the 27th at lunch. Some students have asked if they can bring some treats in if they hadn’t signed up at the beginning of the year. Please feel free if you are able and willing ūüôā


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June 5 – 9

Hi Families,

Amongst all the craziness, I neglected to send an email out on Friday regarding our Social Studies “Nubia” triptych projects. Students have divvied up their materials to be purchased at the Dollar Store and we would like to start working on the triptychs by Friday. Each child should have no more than 2 or 3 items to purchase. If Thursday is too much of a time constraint for you, please let me know and we might push the project date ahead, if need be. I apologize for not sending out the reminder prior to the weekend. Materials the student need will be things like: sand, clay, animals, trees/vegetation and rocks. Students will be creating an Explanatory Report via Google Slides for this project.

Your child is coming home today with a Personal Safety permission form which we will be covering in Health, the third week of June. Please have a read and return the bottom of the form by the end of the week.

In Math, we have finished the Measurement section, and we are now into Geometry. The students have been doing a great job in both units and I am pleased with their progress. We will have another Foundational Quiz next Monday, as well as a Word Problem quiz this Thursday. For homework, students are to finish a mixed word problem sheet, due Friday.

A new set of novel letters are due on Friday. Students are to write another letter using different questions and the same book, or a different novel if they have finished their previous one. They are encouraged to talk about their novel with you and write their novel letter, independently. Certainly, discussions surrounding how they could improve their letter is encouraged, but I would like to see the students write their letter as independently as possible. Please also have a look at their Book Club responses in the first section of their green duotangs, if you have not already done so.

Thank you for all your support,


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5B May 29 – June 2nd

Hi Everyone,

Your children are coming home with a number of important items/assignments, today. Please have a look at their agenda and the items in their bags/binders.

The Foundational Math Quiz #3 went home on Friday, to be corrected and signed and returned. The Area & Perimeter quiz went home last week as well. Forget-Me-Not-Friday #6 homework went home today, due Friday, June 2nd.

We have begun Novel Letters today. Your child is to write me a 3 paragraph letter about the book they are reading at home, in the evenings. I have attached the instruction sheet with guided questions (within, beyond and about the text) in their green duotangs. A sample letter based on our read aloud, Wonder is also in their duotang. This week’s novel letter¬†is due Friday.

Home and School has sent two letters home¬†today. The yellow sheet is information regarding concerns surrounding the “Better Learning For All” government platform. If you agree with the concerns outlined, we ask that you sign and return the white sheet by Friday, June 2nd. We really appreciate your support in this matter.

Just a reminder: School supply forms/$ and field trip forms/$ due Friday, June 2nd

You can find the novel letter instructions here: Novel Letter Instructions

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Forms, forms, forms…

Hi Families,

Just a reminder, I am collecting the following:

– Blue school supply form (and money if you wish to pay in cash)
– Spring Fling monetary donation ($1 or $2) for Friday, May 26th
– Book Orders, due Friday, May 26th
– End of year school trip money and forms (permission and movie) due Friday, June 2nd

Math homework will be going home today, due Friday, May 26th

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Grade 5 Math Foundational Learning Outcome Quiz results

Hi Everyone,

The students are coming home with Quiz 2 of the Foundational Learning Outcomes, completed this morning. Please have a look, sign and return. They are also coming home with their corrected Math homework. I will be assigning another homework package on Monday, due Friday. However, these questions have the indicated outcome removed from the question and the questions themselves have been mixed up so the students may find the questions more challenging, without being told specifically what to do.

Below is a snapshot of the results from the two quizzes. I am happy to see an improvement from the first quiz and will give us a sense of what questions are proving to be more difficult than others.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all you fantastic moms out there!


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May 8 – 19

Hi Everyone,

The pace is picking up in 5B again, and we are looking forward to transitioning to new units in all subjects. Here is a snapshot of each:

Math SS1 –¬†continuing with Area and Perimeter. We will look to finish up this particular outcome this week. Please look for this week’s¬†“Forget-Me-Not Friday” Quiz #3 coming home today, due Friday. We will be having another Foundational Outcome quiz in class, on Friday as well. This unit completes our foundational outcomes for Grade 5, but we will continue to learn about Measurement for the next bit.¬†I consistently¬†offer extra help every Day 6 at Homework Club if your child feels they need extra support in any area.

Reader’s Workshop –¬†Tomorrow, students will begin a Mystery Book Club Unit: “Crimes, Clues & Suspects”. Each child will be assigned a Mystery novel to discuss with their peers. Book club groups will meet every Tuesday and Thursday to discuss their novels based on a response question, and¬†selected reading assignments, due each day. Your child will have a green¬†duotang with their group schedule, indicating the chapters to be read. This duotang will also include their written notes, helping guide their discussions. Please see the attached file for the Book Club assignments. It is very important that your child reads the assigned reading each day, and that the reading assignments and responses are completed at home, if not in class. Also, we do not have extra copies of the novels, so they must return each day. ¬†See below for a cover shot of your child’s novel.
*Attached is a link to the Book Club schedule for each novel. 2017CrimesCluesBookClub

Writer’s Workshop –¬†We are continuing to write our Mystery narratives. Students should be working hard to finish their first draft, looking to peer edit and revise, shortly. We will look to produce a final draft next week, using our Book Club novels to help strengthen our writing. Our next text type will be an¬†Explanatory Report,¬†which will fit nicely with our new Humanities unit.

Humanities –¬†We are finishing up our Science: Changes in Matter¬†Unit, today and¬†are looking to¬†begin a new¬†Social Studies chapter: How Does Environment Influence Societies?¬†We will be creating a triptych (3 paneled project) that demonstrates how the ancient civilization of Nubia used and affected the environmental resources¬†around them over time. Students will be collecting materials similar to our last Social Studies project, in a few weeks. As mentioned above, we will be writing an Explanatory Report based on this information, focusing on cause-and-effect.

On Wednesday, May 17th, we will be walking to the Stratford Town Hall to take part in a Water Conservation presentation. This is one of my favourite field trips and one the students will really enjoy. A permission form is going home today, to be returned by Thursday. As mentioned in my last blog post, please do not order hot lunch on this day. Brown bag lunch is a must as there will be no access to microwaves.

2017-2018 Stratford School supply forms (blue sheet) went home last week. Please check off which method you would prefer to pay by (on-line hot lunch, cash or cheque). Forms and fees are due May 31st.

Have a great week!


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Keep it hot! 

It was an intense afternoon and emotions ran high as 5B tested their insulating devices, today. We had some unique designs (patents pending) which worked well, keeping the contents nice and warm. 

At first glance, Group 4 was beginning to celebrate their big win until an observant scientist noted that Group 2 actually ended the day keeping their contents warmer by just 0.3 degrees Celsius. (As you can see, Group 4’s temperature started the day 0.5 degrees hotter than the rest). 

Big congratulations to all the teams for working so well, together. You all did a wonderful job. 

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