May 7 – 11

Hi Families,

Your child is coming home with two (2) end-of-year field trip forms. The white form is a low-risk participation form. The blue form is to indicate whether your child will be attending the pool and movies ($12.00) or the additional option of including a snack pack at the movies (an extra $5.50). Both forms are due back before Friday, June 8th. As stated on the form, your children will be required to bring a bagged lunch vs. ordering online. Also, the students will not have access to a microwave on this day.

Other important forms I am looking for is the green slip indicating permission to walk to the Stratford town hall for our “Water Day” field trip, Friday, May 18th. If you have not already done so, please also send in the pink form for next year’s school supplies which indicates the method of payment you have chosen (cash, cheque or on-line).

In Math, we will be having a test on Area & Perimeter on Wednesday. I sent home homework that your child should be able to do independently. The first page focuses on Area and Perimeter and the remainder of the homework focuses on previous outcomes we have learned so far this year, such as estimation. We will be starting a new unit on Patterns & Relations (PR1 & 2) on Thursday.

Students in 5B will be presenting their Social Studies triptychs to me this week, as well as to Grade 4 students. We are also working hard on our Descriptive Reports in Writer’s Workshop. I hope you have learned a few things about Nubia over the past few weeks, yourselves!

In Science, we are continuing to learn about the properties of matter, as well as physical/chemical and reversible/non-reversible changes.

I will be out Wednesday morning as I will be in Department meetings. I am also out all day Thursday, as I have a funeral to attend in O’Leary. Ms. Simms (who has been in for me before) will be in again, on both days.

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, and you have a minute to complete the parent survey which was sent out via Class Dojo, we would really benefit from hearing your input. Thank you to those who completed it.

Have a great week!

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April 30 – May 3

Hi Everyone,

Important Date:
Friday, May 4 – No school

Important Reminder:
Information was sent home on two occasions regarding a school survey. Your input is very valuable. There was an email sent out last week from the school requesting parents to fill out an online survey. I know some parents were having issues with it but have heard some that were successful. I will message the link via class dojo!

Today, 5B started a new way of writing Descriptive Reports. The grade five teachers have been working hard to integrate writing with our Social Students unit on Nubia. We hope your child will come out of this with a new approach and way of thinking, as information writers.

We continue to work on SS1: Area and Perimeter, in math. Your child is expected to:
– Draw 2 or more rectangles for a given perimeter/area.
– Determine the shape that would result in the greatest/least area for any given perimeter.
*Math tests on division will be sent home this week.


The Yard Sale for our School Yard is coming up soon. In order for this fundraiser to be a success, we need the help of many volunteers. The sale will take place on Saturday May 5 with set up being on Friday May 4 at Glen Stewart Primary gym. We are also having a bake sale at the yard sale so we will need donations of baked goods. All proceeds from the sale will go toward purchasing new playground equipment for our schools. If you are interested in volunteering for the yard sale, please click on the link below to sign up. You can also sign up to take baked items on the same link. If you have any questions please contact Willena at

Thank you for your support!


Donation Drop Off Times:
Monday April 30: 8:00-8:30 am and 6:00-7:00 pm
Tuesday May 1: 7:30-8:30 am
Wednesday May 2: 7:30-8:30 am
Thursday May 3: 8:00-8:30 am and 6:00-8:00 pm (can accept larger items at this time)
Friday May 4: 9:00am-6:00pm (can accept larger items at this time)
**Drop off location is the container located at Glen Stewart Primary close to the student drop off area. If you have items that you would like to donate and these times do not work for you, please contact Willena at and we will try to arrange an alternate time.*


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April 23 – 27

Hi Everyone,

Spring seems to be finally upon us. It’s hard to believe we only have two more months of school. We will be working hard until then in all areas. Here is a run-down of what we will be working on this week.

In Math, I previously stated we were starting PR2, but we are actually starting a new unit in Shape & Space, focusing on Area & Perimeter. I will post some links throughout the week. Your child will bring their division test home when everyone has completed the test. They will need to make corrections on a separate piece of paper. As expected, most challenges were seen when interpreting the remainder. We will continue to work on this until the end of the year.

In Writer’s Workshop, we are using our knowledge of Nubia to write a Descriptive Report. We will also be creating an Explanatory report, showing the cause-and-effect relationship by creating a slide show in the coming weeks.

A reminder our library school fundraiser at Indigo is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th at 5:30 – 8:30. Twenty percent of all purchases go towards funding our library. We appreciate your support!

I will be out on Wednesday the 25th as my son is being assessed for Kindergarten. Ms. Fitzpatrick will be in for me. Please contact the office on this day, if needed.

Have a great week!


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April 16 – 20

Hi Everyone,

Today your child is coming home with Math homework, focusing on interpreting the remainder when dividing. We continue to work on that aspect in class, as well. We will be having a test towards the end of the week. Our next unit is on Patterns & Relations, specifically dealing with single-variable, one-step equations. More on that, later!

In Writer’s Workshop, we have been working on procedural “how-to’s” and will be using the next few weeks to work on a Descriptive Report, using the information we have learned about Nubia. In Science, we have started a new unit, Changes in Matter (solids, liquids, gas).

We will be collecting items towards our Nubia triptych until Wednesday. Thank you for your support towards this project. The students are excited to create them.

Just a reminder:
– Tomorrow, April 17th is “hat-day” with a small donation going towards Easter Seals.
– Stratford Elementary’s Indigo fundraiser night is Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30 – 8:30, with 20% proceeds going towards our school. Feel free to tell everyone you know! 😉


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Nubia triptych

Hi families,

5B met in their Social Studies group this afternoon and created a list of materials for their triptych (three-paneled) project representing the ancient society of Nubia. The goal of this project is to show how the environment influenced the Nubian lifestyle, as well as how the Nubian lifestyle affected the environment.

Your child will be coming home with 3-5(ish) items they think they could contribute to the project. These items might be ones you already have at home, or could purchase at the dollar store. We would like the items to be in before Wednesday, April 11th as we plan on making the project the following day. I will have bins ready for each group on Monday.

Below is a list of the supplies I will be contributing, as well as a list of items your child might have decided to contribute. I found our modeling clay after the students left this afternoon, as well as some brown paper bags and popsicle sticks, so please check your child’s list and scratch those off if they had indicated they would contribute those items. If your child still decides to contribute those items, that is ok, but your child might want to choose a different item to contribute if needed.  Thank you very much for your support!

I will be supplying the following:
– bristol board as their base
– paint
– modeling clay (earth tones, red, blue, green and yellow)
– cotton balls
– string
– aluminum foil
– brown paper bags
– popsicle sticks
– some shrubbery
– some tissue paper
– limited styrofoam

Materials needed:
– rocks
– animals
– trees
– shrubbery
– sand
– felt
– gems
– tooth picks
– twigs
* anything else the students felt would work well


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5B – Important Dates

Hi Everyone,


Just an update on today’s schedule and future dates:

We will be leaving at 11am for the play, which will now be starting at 11:30am. We will return around 12:45ish.





Tomorrow, April 12th is Jersey/Green Day in support of the Humboldt Broncos



We are raising money for Easter Seals this year. There will be a Hat Day on Tuesday, April 17th in support of this cause. Students are asked to bring in $1 or a small donation between now and then, if possible.

On Tuesday, April 24th, our school will be hosting a school fundraiser at Indigo from 5:30 – 8:30. 20% of proceeds that evening will go directly to our school library!

Thank you so much for your support!


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5B can find the solution to a division question using the standard algorithm

Hi Everyone,

5B has begun the next division strategy; the standard algorithm. I’m attaching a catchy video I showed the class today, as well as a little hint to help remember the steps: (DMSB – Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring down). We will work on this new strategy and repeated subtraction in word problem form. Interpreting the remainder will be a focus this week and next before our test near the end of next week.


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