December 9, 2017

PEACE

Today marks the lighting of the 2nd purple advent candle. We patiently await the coming of baby Jesus. Again,  candles symbolize our longing, our desire, and our hope. Remember the three "advents" or "comings"? We want to recall that Jesus came in the past to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives. When we woke up, each day this past week, we lit that candle in our hearts taking a few moments to focus on God, thanking him for today and for sending his Son.

Prayer for the second week of advent

Father in heaven,
the day draws near when the glory of your Son
will make radiant the night of the waiting world.
May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy
which moves the hearts of those who seek him.
May the darkness not blind us
to the vision of wisdom
which fills the minds of those who find him.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Students have expressed an interest in doing a Secret Santa in class. I have agreed to let them participate in this activity. I have asked students to put a little twist on the traditional idea of secret santa. On the last week of school, all students chose to participate in the secret santa. On Monday, they are making a Christmas card, Tuesday they are making something, Wednesday- something to eat, Thursday- Act of Kindness and Friday 1 gift below $5 dollars. I have stressed to students to please adhere to the money amount.

Upcoming Events in our Classroom and School

Christmas Advent Mass- December 15, 2017 @ 9:30
Christmas Movie Night (Parent Council)- December 15, 2017
Christmas Craft Day- December  20, 2017
Snowflake Sale-December 21, 2017


December 3, 2017

Advent Begins

Today we begin Advent, we light one candle today symbolizing our longing, our desire, our HOPE in the coming of Jesus. As we come together as a school community in the spirit of Advent let us pray and remind ourselves of the symbols and their meanings. 

The advent wreath is green, the colour of new life and hope.  Green reminds us of the newborn Jesus, who came to show us the way to everlasting life.  Green reminds us of the gift of new life we received at baptism.  Green also reminds us that we are people of hope, because God is always with us, to raise us up when we are sad, when we are sick and even when we die.

The advent wreath has three purple candles and one pink candle.  Purple is the colour of kings and queens.  It is also the colour of penance: the small sacrifices we make to welcome Jesus in our hearts and to prepare ourselves to meet with him on Christmas Day.

Pink is the colour of Joy.  It reminds us of the joy of meeting Jesus at Christmas.

The Advent wreath is made in a circle, with no beginning or end.  It reminds us of God’s everlasting love, which has no beginning or end. We light our Advent wreath from a single candle.  This candle reminds us of Jesus, who comes to us as Light of the World.

During this Advent season, let us try to remember the special times in our lives when we walked in God’s light.  Sharing our faith as a family here at our school is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Lord Jesus.

A prayer for the first week of Advent

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives
always, and particularly this Advent time.

God Bless
A. Porcari

November 19, 2017

2D Geometry Focus

ANGLES AND SHAPES

BIG IDEAS:

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  • Some attributes of shapes are quantitative, others are qualitative.
  • Geometric shapes can be classified and sorted according to attributes.
  • The measurement of an angle is defined by how much one arm turns around a vertex relative to the other arm.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS:

GOAL: I can classify angles and construct them up to 90°
GOAL: I can classify triangles and other polygons based on both angles and side lengths.
GOAL: I can construct a triangle and other polygons based on specified criteria.

CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS:

  • sort and classify quadrilaterals by geometric properties related to symmetry, angles, and sides, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., geoboard, dynamic geometry software) and strategies (e.g., using charts, using Venn diagrams);
  • sort polygons according to the number of lines of symmetry and the order of rotational symmetry, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., tracing paper, dynamic geometry software, Mira)
  • measure and construct angles up to 180° using a protractor, and classify them as acute, right, obtuse, or straight angles;
  • construct polygons using a variety of tools, given angle and side measurements

November 12, 2017

Update

I would like to thank all parents who made it out to parent-teacher interviews. It is great to touch base and discuss your child's strengths and next steps.

We have a busy week ahead of us! This coming Wednesday, a group of grade 6 students have been selected to attend this year's WeDay at Canadian Tire Centre. This was a tough decision from Mrs. Walton and myself since there were so many amazing submissions. If we could take all of you we WOULD! Those students who will remain at school will have the opportunity to watch WeDay Live at school with the other grade 6 students.

This week in math we continue to work on patterns. Students are need some extra practice at extending patterns based on given rules. Please review with your child. Always great to try some extra practice in my earlier posts on patterning. You will find some links to games and videos. This week we are going to wrap patterning up with a focus on graphing patterns, and extending tables of values.



In language, we continue to read our novels and answer comprehension questions. Our topic of focus this month has been on Remembrance Day- war, holocausts, WWI, WWII. Students continue to make connections as they are reading to texts, the world, and themselves. Students are encouraged to continue to practice this at home while reading independently.

Some snapshots from last week, students in my class were responsible for the Remembrance
day ceremony, take a look at some of the posts, as well as the poem and video created by Azriel in our class.

October 29, 2017

This week, we begin our focus on patterning. Please have a look below to see what students will be working on in grade 6. Students are welcome to use the links to practice concepts.

PATTERNING

BIG IDEAS

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”)
  1. Patterns represent identified regularities. There is always an element of repetition.
  2. Patterns can be represented in a variety of ways (i.e. pictures, words, graphs, sequences, tables).
  3. Some ways of displaying data highlight patterns.
  4. By identifying the element of repetition, one can make predictions related to the pattern.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

GOAL: I can classify, extended and describe patterns.
GOAL: I can represent a pattern in different ways (e.g. as a table, in pictures).
GOAL: I can make predictions related to a specific pattern.

CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS

  • identify geometric patterns, through inves
     
    tigation using concrete materials or drawings, and represent them numerically;
  • make tables of values for growing patterns,
    given pattern rules in words (e.g., start with 3, then double each term and add 1 to get the next term), then list the ordered pairs (with the first coordinate representing the term number and the second coordinate representing the term) and plot the points in the first quadrant, using a variety of tools
  • determine the term number of a given term in a growing pattern that is represented by a pattern rule in words, a table of values or a graph
  • describe pattern rules (in words) that generate patterns by adding or subtracting a constant or multiplying or dividing by a constant, to get the next term

October 22, 2017

Week of October 16-20

Spring has sprung again! We will take any warm weather we can get because we know that snow is around the corner. We had a great week and were able to get outside for some learning. We celebrated our Thanksgiving mass this past Friday and had the opportunity to gather as a community to pray for all that we are thankful for. Shout out goes to all grade 6's who were readers in this month's mass, you did an excellent job! I hope you had an opportunity to take a look at the student creations for Samaritans on the Digital Road program. Students learned what it means to be responsible digital citizens and have created multimedia presentations to share their messages. Check earlier blog post to see some examples.

Every Tuesday, the grade 2 and 6 class have the opportunity to collaborate together and work on various projects. This past Tuesday, students were exploring technology tools like makey makey, green screen, the robot Dash, and Cubelets in order to become familiar with these tools. Take a look at some of the photos from our time together to see the excitement on the faces of those working together.

In numeracy, students spent most of the week exploring prime and composite numbers with a focus on factors and multiples. We took our learning outside this week to the 100 hundred chart on the school yard in order to play a prime and composite racing game. A great way to get outside and learn that math does not just happen in the classroom. This week, we will shift our focus slightly to patterning by focusing on various kinds of patterns. Great to start a discussion with your child about patterns in everyday life.

In literacy, we are focusing on social justice issues. We are currently reading about equal access to education and child labour. Students are quite intrigued with these topics. We have been doing a few read-alouds around these topics. This week, students will begin a novel study of their choice- I am Malala, The Breadwinner or Iqbal. Students will be focusing on various reading strategies throughout their novel and will connect with their novel by making connections. Students are familiar with making connections to texts, to themselves and to the world around them. This week we are going to dig a little deeper and start to make connections to the characters, problems, author's messages, etc in the books we are reading. Ask your child about their novel that they have chosen to read.

A few reminders for this week, picture day is this coming Monday. Also, we have our Halloween dance this coming Friday after school hosted by parent council.  I wish everyone a great week! Let's hope for another week of warm weather.

A. Porcari

October 16, 2017

Samaritans on the Digital Road

Take a look at some of our creations from Samaritans on the Digital Road. Some great messages below!