Monday, 21 May 2018

Week #34

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due: June1)
EQAO Testing will take place from May 23 to June 4. It is extremely important the students attend school and come well-rested so that they can put forth their best effort on these tests. Rescheduling of student appointments during this time period is encouraged, as opportunities for "cathching up" on missed tests will be limited. 

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Mon. May 21 Victoria Day-No School
*Tue. May 22 Library Visit
*Wed. May 23 EQAO Begins (one block a day)



Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed with EQAO Testing

The EQAO Testing is given to students in grade 3, 6, 9 and 10. It can be a stressful time for many students, as this is often their first encounter with standardized testing. So how can you help? The best way a parent can help their child prepare for the EQAO is by having them practice, practice, practice! The more familiar your child is with the questions, the easier they will become. Below are some tips we've been working on in class for answering the EQAO as well as the components of the test.

Tips for Answering the EQAO

Short Answer Responses:
*Read the question – underline key details
*Check to see if they answered all the parts of the question and included support
*Ensure the question was referred to in the answer and communicates the idea clearly
*Edit – checking for proper grammar, fluency, and spelling

Long Answer Responses:
*Create a plan – use a scrap paper to make an outline
*Keep it organized ensure there is a flow and the mechanics are there (i.e. a topic sentence, conclusion etc.)
*Include support/evidence

Multiple Choice (literacy):
*Cover the question and read the options first
*Read the question and decide on the best answer
*Go back to the text to ensure the answer is correct

Multiple Choice (math):
*Read the question and ignore the options (for now)
*Solve the question
*Double check your work
*Find the option that matches your answer

Problem Solving(math):
*Understand the problem - highlight key details
*Make a plan – decide what the question is asking and utilize your strategies
*Show your work – do all the math, explain your thinking
*Check it – does it make sense, did you include a sentence if it was a word problem?

Components of the Test:
Reading:

Texts:

Fiction
Non-Fiction
Poetry
Media

Following Questions:
Multiple choice
Short answer

Topics Include:

Comprehension
Understanding of vocabulary
Inferences
Text Features

Writing:

Forms:
Recount
Narrative
Exposition
Explanatory
Procedure
Letter
Descriptive
Comparative


Math:

Number Sense and Numeration
Geometry and Spatial Sense
Data Management and Probability
Measurement
Algebra and Patterning

Questions Based On:
Vocabulary
Multiple Choice
Open Ended
Problem Solving

Monday, 14 May 2018

Week #33 Update

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due: June1)
EQAO Testing will take place from May 22 to June 4. It is extremely important the students attend school and come well-rested so that they can put forth their best effort on these tests. Rescheduling of student appointments during this time period is encouraged, as opportunities for "cathching up" on missed tests will be limited. 

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. May 15 Library Visit
*Wed. May 16 Pizza Day
*Tue. May 22 Prodigy (Probability) Assignment due

Monthly Update on our Learning!

Math:  Over the last few weeks, we have been working on solving word problems, identifying and working with fractions and exploring and experimenting with probability. With the EQAO assessment just around the corner, the students' growth mindset towards math is steadily increasing!

Writing: The students have been working on procedural writing (How to...). Together,  the students and I have made a success criterion for the writing form and the students are working really hard on providing enough detail in their steps. We cannot wait to share our writing!

Reading:  We continue to work on the various reading comprehension strategies we've learned this year during guided reading groups. Our focus has been to answer questions in full sentences, providing evidence/information from the text to support their thoughts/ideas and using their own ideas when answering questions.
Thank you for making time to read with your child each night. The next completed Log is due Fri. June 1, 2018. We have read a total of 5025 times so far! 

Science:  The students have really been enjoying investigating the Big Ideas for our unit Growth and Change in Plants. The Big Ideas include:
1. Plants, like humans, have a life cycle.
2. Plants need specific elements to grow.
3. All Plants have similarities and differences.
4. We need plants in our lives.

Religion/Family Life: We have been discussing and reflecting the Lord's Resurrection during these 50 days of Easter. We have been exploring how the Paschal Mystery teaches us about God's love for us. Next, we will be discussing the Holy Spirit and how It strengthens our faith.
In Family Life, we have been discussing how the world is full of wonderful work. We've also made the connection with empathy and social justice.

The Arts: We continue to work on drama and dance as well as visual arts.

Physical Education/Health: The students are working on assessing their degree of physical exertion during cardiorespiratory fitness activities, using simple self-assessment methods (e.g., talk test, breath sound check, increase in heart rate or breathing rate, change in how one feels during the activity.
In Health, we are exploring the portrayal of fictional violence in various media (e.g., television dramas, video games, Internet, movies) can create an unrealistic view of the consequences of real violence (e.g., physical trauma, chronic disability, family stress, death)

Have a great short week!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Week #32

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Fri. June 1)
*This week is Catholic Education Week! Hope to see many families at our Rise and Shine Breakfast on Wed. May 9 SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS
*Please sign and return Ay Jackson Permission Form

Looking Ahead to This Week:

Monday, May 7th
11:15 - 11:45 Grade 1 - 3 Catholic Education Week Liturgy
3:00 - 3:30 Community Health Nurse

Tuesday, May 8th
1:15-2:00 Yoga in the gym

Wednesday, May 9th

 Spirit Day- wear MRT colours (red, black, white)
8:15 am - 9:00 am Rise and Shine Breakfast and Open House - Grandparents and special guests are encouraged to come! Come check out our school-wide book study of "Only One You"
-Student lead initiatives - booths set up in the Learning Commons:
-Used Book Sale - between 50 cents - $5.00 (proceeds to CHEO)
-Handmade Bookmarks for sale - 50 cents each (proceeds to Water Aid Canada)
-Raffle tickets sold for 50 cents each to be Principal for a Day (proceeds to Social Justice Club)

9:15 am Students go to classrooms for attendance
Parents/visitors invited to the gym to see Dance Showcase
1:00 - 3:30 Police officer Presentation for Grade 2 - 6

Thursday, May 10th 

10:45 - 12:00 Clean up the Capital
2:30 - 3:00 pm Students to watch Dance Showcase

Friday, May 11th
8:00 am - 9:00 am Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
9:15-10:30am Photography sessions (Junior students teaching Kindergarten and Primary students photography skills with a theme of empathy and kindness)
1:15 pm School wide Bingo
2:00-3:00pm AY Jackson visit

It is going to be a fantastic week of celebrating and learning!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Week #31

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Tue. May. 1)
*Next week is Catholic Education Week! Hope to see many families at our Rise and Shine Breakfast on Wed. May 9 SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS
*Please sign and return Ay Jackson Permission Form
***looking for volunteers for AY Jackson visit (Fri. May 11) and Scientists in the Schools workshop on Mon May) 14

On Wednesday, May 2 we will experience a Pulse Elementary retreat. They are full-day events for the entire student body. The day begins with a high-energy opening session for the whole school followed by sessions for different grade groups. These sessions are designed to target every grade group perfectly with age-appropriate content that shares one goal: lead every student to an encounter with the person of Christ. Every session features talks, videos, live music and many other mediums that communicate the gospel. We wrap up the day with a closing assembly and concert. Our events are engaging, energetic and an excellent way to celebrate who we are as Catholics.

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. May 1, Library Visit
*Wed. May. 2 Pizza, Pulse Elementary Retreat
*Fri. May 4, EQAO Hwk due


St. Martin de Porres Catholic School Education Week - May 6th - 11th, 2018
Renewing the Promise “For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” (Acts 2:39)

Monday, May 7th
11:15 - 11:45 Grade 1 - 3 Catholic Education Week Liturgies in the Learning Commons
1:30 - 3:30 Community Health Nurse

Tuesday, May 8th
School-wide Yoga

Wednesday, May 9th

(Wear St. Martin de Porres school clothing/school colours (red, black & white) - Spirit Day)

8:15 am - 9:00 am Rise and Shine Breakfast and Open House - Grandparents and special guests are encouraged to come! Come check out our school-wide book study of "Only One You"
-Student lead initiatives - booths set up in the Learning Commons:
-Used Book Sale - between 50 cents - $5.00 (proceeds to CHEO)
-Handmade Bookmarks for sale - 50 cents each (proceeds to Water Aid Canada)
-Raffle tickets sold for 50 cents each to be Principal for a Day (proceeds to Social Justice Club)

9:15 am Students go to classrooms for attendance
Parents/visitors invited to the gym to see Dance Showcase
1:00 - 3:30 Police officer Presentation for Grade 2 - 6

Thursday, May 10th 

10:45 - 12:00 Clean up the Capital
2:30 - 3:00 pm Staff and Students go to the gym to watch Dance Showcase

Friday, May 11th
8:00 am - 9:00 am Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
9:15-10:30am Photography sessions (Junior students teaching Kindergarten and Primary students photography skills with a theme of empathy and kindness)
1:15 pm School wide Bingo
2:00-3:00pm AY Jackson visit



Monday, 16 April 2018

Week #29

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Tue. May. 1)
*Please send in any extra flyers or older magazine you're not using. We'll be using them for a project for our School-wide book study: One and Only You.

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. Apr. 17 Library Visit
*Wed. Apr. 18 Pizza
*Fri. Apr. 20 EQAO Hwk due, Looking at Pictures Art Gallery workshop on pm

Monday, 9 April 2018

Week #28

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Tue. May. 1)

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. Apr. 10 Library Visit
*Fri. Apr. 13 EQAO Hwk due, App Project, School Dance

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Week #27 Update

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Tue. May. 1)
*Thank you for donating to our school's Lenten Project Initiative: Soles4Souls: new and gently used shoe drive!
*Wed. Apr. 4 Easter Egg Hunt in PM (donation to the Wild Bird Care Centre)
*Fri. Apr. 6 Vesey's Bulbs orders due

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Tue. Apr. 3 Easter Mass (9:30am), Library Visit
*Wed. Apr. 4 Pizza, Easter Egg Hunt
*Fri. Apr. 6 EQAO Practice Homework due, Vesey's Bulb orders due

Monthly Update on our Learning!

Math:  The students have been working on using various strategies (repeated addition, using arrays, creating equal groups, using a number line) to help them multiply to 7x7=49.
Next, we will be working on using a variation of the same strategies to help them divide. Have your child practice their multiplication and division facts at home with flash cards or with various computer games.

Writing: The students have begun working on non-fiction report writing of a famous structure. This writing assignment is a collaborative task with a partner. The students have a choice of how to present their non-fiction writing (with a Google Slide Deck, a poster, or a 3D model).

Reading:  We continue to work on the various reading comprehension strategies we've learned this year during guided reading groups. We are also working on using full sentences, providing evidence/information from the text to support their thoughts/ideas and using their own ideas when answering questions.
Thank you for making time to read with your child each night. The next completed Log is due on Tue. May1, 2018. We have read a total of 3025 times so far! 

Science: The students have been investigating the properties of various man-made and natural structures in our environment. We have also discussed the different forces acting on structures (compression, tension) and that structures need to be stable and strong. Our next unit will be growth and change of plants in our environment.

Religion/Family Life: We have been discussing and reflecting on Holy Week and Jesus' Passion leading up to Good Friday. Next, we will investigate Easter and the Good News the Lord's Resurrection bring us.
In Family Life, we have been investigating people around the world and how different we all are, yet still similar in ways too.

The Arts: The students did a fabulous job acting in our school's re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross! Many of the Grade 3 students volunteered for extra roles, helped out where necessary and were so respectful during the production. I am beyond proud of my awesome students! Thank you to all the parents and guests who were able to join us for the re-enactments.

Physical Education/Health: The students have been working on understanding that different physical activities have different components (e.g., movement skills, rules and boundaries, conventions of fair play and etiquette), and applying this understanding in a variety of individual and small-group activities.
In Health, the students collaboratively researched and presented a Google Health Slide to our Substance Use/ Behaviour Slide Deck. We also discussed how the information presented in the Slide Deck would help us in the future to be informed of the potential hazards of some of the substances (i.e. sugar, salt,caffeine etc.).

Have a great short week!