December 12, 2015

Happy 3rd Week of Advent!

Today marks the 3rd week of Advent. Today Jesus talks about John the Baptist. He told about the coming of Jesus. We also know from the scripture that John was the son of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. John told the people to prepare the way for the coming of God. This week we light the third candle. This candle is pink.  It symbolizes joy. Think about the joy that comes from the love of Jesus.  May we spread the joy of Jesus’ love with everyone we meet.

In this Advent season, we can plan weekly actions that help us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. How can you open your heart to get ready for Jesus?


God our Father, help us to continue to keep peace in our hearts as we come closer to Christmas. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen 

We have a very busy last week of school before the Christmas holidays. We hope to wrap up our descriptive writing and decimal work before the holidays. A few things happening this week to take note of..this coming Thursday we will be having a craft open house from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Please feel free to join your child in his/her 3rd block classroom to take part in the craft. On Friday December 18 at 9:30 join us for our advent mass over at the church. I will be holding an additional craft morning this coming Tuesday. If anyone is free and would like to come and join us as we make a nativity scene craft please feel free to do so. We will begin at 9:45.  I would like to take this time to wish each and every one of you a very safe and Merry Christmas. We will see you back in 2016!

Ms Porcari

December 11, 2015

Wrapping up whole numbers...

We have now finished our focus on whole numbers and are now inquiring about decimal numbers. I have attached the math anchor chart posters in a slide that the students created for whole numbers. Students, please use these as a reference guide to help you with your understanding of whole numbers.


December 6, 2015

December School Newsletter

Peace

Today we light the second purple candle on the advent wreath.  We patiently await the coming of baby Jesus. Again, they 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. 

November 29, 2015

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.

November 25, 2015

What's Trending in our Room...

It's been a while since I have updated you on what has been happening in our classroom, so I thought I would take some time to share some exciting activities we are doing in class. We continue to work on Number Sense and making sense of place value. We have our learning goal area in the classroom where we post our weekly or daily learning goals and success criteria. Ask your child what learning goals we are currently working on.

Our focus in math the last few days has been to really build our understanding of the place value system and to look for patterns. Today we were inquiring about what a base ten block might look like for 10 000 and 100 000. Take a look at the student thinking and their understanding of numbers to 100 000. It is important that students continue to practice writing and reading numbers in real life situations over 1000.

In language we have been commenting with our blog partners and we also have another class that joined our blog challenge. We welcome Mr. Pouliot's grade 6 class who will also be commenting on our students blog challenges. We look forward to hearing all the feedback and way to bump up our work. We have also started our indepth study of descriptive writing. We begun with describing one item that was inspirational to us. We heard some great descriptive language being used. Stay tuned to hear about some Christmas activities coming up!


November 16, 2015


Students are to use this anchor chart to help with providing feedback on the 100 word challenge.

November 15, 2015

This weeks homework

This week students will be working online for their homework. I have preset 4 lessons on Mathletics
that focuses on whole numbers. Please have students complete all the lessons that I have preset for them. Once they have finished those they can be challenged on live Mathletics. In reading, please have students use RAZ kids this week. Average 15-20 minutes a night. I have preset their reading level, if you find it too difficult please let me know and I can reset it.

Mathletics and RAZ kids can be accessed through the student portal

Students please return your math workbook this week for a check in.

Have a great week!

Ms Porcari

November 12, 2015

Number Sense Word Wall

The students have been busy at work creating their math posters for our math wall. They have been exploring number sense concepts such as odd and even numbers, different ways to represent numbers, and place value. We launched our inquiry with our RAN chart with what we already know about numbers and some things we are wondering about numbers. Some were interested in researching how numbers came to be..others wanted to know if numbers are endless. As we begin our exploration into numbers and their importance, we hope to explore and answer our many inquiries around the idea of "numbers". Check out our math word wall below.


Additional Homework

If students have not completed their project on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, using Google presentation, please have them complete the project this evening so that we can present tomorrow.

November 8, 2015

Padlet

Mrs. Bargas class, from Buenos Aires, has shared a padlet with us on Fish in a Tree. Share your thoughts here on the story so far!

November 7, 2015

Progress Reports

Just a quick note to parents that progress reports were sent home on Friday. Please take some time to read over the sections and comments with your child. Interviews to discuss student progress have been scheduled for November 18. I would love to meet and chat with each and every one of you about your child's progress. Please call the office to book an appointment. Our Remembrance Day ceremony will take place this Wednesday at 10:45am. All are welcome to attend! Wishing everyone a great week!

This month is digital citizenship month and bullying. Check out some of the videos created by students on the importance of being a responsible student online.


November 1, 2015

NS/N: Place Value


This week we will be shifting our focus away from patterning to place value. Over the course of the next few weeks, here are the "Big Ideas" we will be focusing on.

NS/N: Place Value and Decimals

BIG IDEAS

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
1. The place value system we use is built on patterns to make our work with numbers more efficient.
2. Students gain a sense of the size of numbers by comparing them to meaningful benchmark numbers.
3. Decimals are an alternative representation to fractions, but one that allows for modeling, comparisons, 
and calculations that are consistent with whole numbers; because decimals extend the pattern of the 
base ten place value system.
4. A decimal can be read and interpreted in different ways; sometimes one representation is more useful 
than another in interpreting or comparing decimals or for performing and explaining a computation.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

GOAL: I can demonstrate and explain equivalent representations using powers of ten
GOAL: I can identify and explain patterns within our place value system (including decimals)
GOAL: I can use these patterns to represent whole and decimals numbers in standard form, 
expanded form, in pictures, and in words
GOAL: I can compare and order whole and decimals numbers and plot them on a number line
GOAL: I can round whole and decimals numbers to meaningful benchmarks

CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS:

  • represent, compare, and order whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.01 to 100 000, using a variety of tools (e.g., number lines with appropriate increments, base ten materials for decimals);
  • demonstrate an understanding of place value in whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.01 to 100 000, using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., use numbers to represent 23 011 as 20 000 + 3000 + 0 + 10 + 1; use base ten materials to represent the relationship between 1, 0.1, and 0.01) (Sample problem: How many thousands cubes would be needed to make a base ten block for 100 000?);
  • read and print in words whole numbers to ten thousand, using meaningful contexts (e.g., newspapers, magazines);
  • round decimal numbers to the nearest tenth, in problems arising from real-life situations;
  • demonstrate and explain equivalent representations of a decimal number, using concrete materials and drawings (e.g., use base ten materials to show that three tenths [0.3] is equal to thirty hundredths [0.30]);
  • read and write money amounts to $1000 (e.g., $455.35 is 455 dollars and 35 cents, or four hundred fifty-five dollars and thirty-five cents);
  • solve problems that arise from real-life situations and that relate to the magnitude of whole numbers up to 100 000 (Sample problem: How many boxes hold 100 000 sheets of paper, if one box holds 8 packages of paper, and one package of paper contains 500 sheets of paper?).
  • count forward by hundredths from any decimal number expressed to two decimal places, using concrete materials and number lines (e.g., use base ten materials to represent 2.96 and count forward by hundredths: 2.97, 2.98, 2.99, 3.00, 3.01, …; “Two and ninety-six hundredths, two and ninety-seven hundredths, two and ninety-eight hundredths, two and ninety-nine hundredths, three, three and one hundredth, …”) (Sample problem: What connections can you make between counting by hundredths and measuring lengths in centimetres and metres?).

October 25, 2015

Mathletics is HERE!

I am pleased to announce that our school board has purchased the online math program "Mathletics." This is a great online tool that allows student to practice skills learned in class. Just like Dreambox and Prodigy, Mathletics is all Canadian based curriculum. All students files have been set to their grade or ability. I have preset their lessons so that they can focus on the skills we are currently learning in class. As of now, their accounts are set to only patterning lessons. As they become proficient in those skills, they will move to other areas of the math curriculum. As the classroom teacher, I receive reports on their progress of those skills. I am super excited to add Mathletics to our bank of online tools! Students are to access Mathletics through the student portal. We have gone through this in class already and they have access to their passwords in their shared technology folder.

We have a relatively busy week ahead of us with many activities for Halloween taking place. We will
be decorating a pumpkin this week in order to raffle off at the Halloween dance this coming Friday hosted by parent council. On this coming Friday our class, along with a grade one class will be creating Halloween lanterns. If you have a mason jar at home it would be greatly appreciated if you could send one to school with your child. Don't forget to wear orange and black on Friday. We are very excited to make these lanterns! I wish everyone a great week!

October 22, 2015

Using Padlet in the Classroom

Today we had a great discussion about chapter 8 from Fish in a Tree (GRA). We are specifically looking at how Ally Nickerson is adjusting to her new teacher. We are focusing on what her strenghts are as a character with some specific examples from the book. Check out our Padlet where students are sharing their ideas. Mr Robinson's class will be sharing their ideas on here as well! 


October 20, 2015

Chapter 8

As we continue our Global Read Aloud of Fish in a Tree, author Lynda Mullaly Hunt reads for us chapter 8 of the story. Boys and girls, please listen to the author read her story and answer questions about the book. Please have this completed by Thursday October 22, 2015 in order for us to have a class discussion.

As you are watching the video think of some Self-Monitoring strategies we discussed today about being an engaged reader. You can visualize by drawing pictures in your head about what the author is saying. You can make connections to what you are hearing. You can try to feel what Ally Nickerson might be feeling and you can "be in the moment" by focusing on the story and clearing your mind of distractions.  Enjoy chapter 8!


October 17, 2015

Blogging Challenge

This week we will begin our blogging challenge with Mr. Robinson's grade 5 class from St. Anne School. We will be writing our 100 word challenges every second week and commenting on our blog posts with Mr. Robinson's class in between. We are now ready to provide blog comments to the students of Mr. Robinson's class. Check out your posts, Mr. Robinson's class has already started to post comments on our blogs.  Blog teams are now found under the quick links tab on the right hand side. This past week we began our discussion on what an appropriate blog post looks like, and sounds like. Our two classes, will be following the success criteria listed below.

How to Comment on Posts
All comments should start with a greeting (e.g. “Hi Sally”) and a positive comment.
Then, students should extend the conversation by:
  • providing positive, specific feedback
  • asking a question
  • adding a fact that the author may not know 
  • making a connection to their own lives
Students can then also make a specific suggestion on how the writing could be improved (e.g. next step).
Check out the video below which outlines some great commenting criteria:

Example “Level 3” comment:
3_comment
This comment starts with a greeting and includes positive feedback about things that he liked (e.g question at the start, quotes, providing a link). In order to bump this comment up to a “4”, he could have included one of the quotes from the text or added a next step on how the writing could have been improved.

Example “Level 4” comment:
4_commentIn this first comment, there is a greeting and positive feedback (e.g. the inclusion of interesting facts). She then goes on to use specific details from the text to support her feedback. Finally, she included a next step (e.g. add a headline).

Example “Level 4” comment:
4_comment1
In this second comment, a greeting is included as well as positive feedback (e.g. love the question included in the opening). She also adds WHY including a question is a good addition (e.g. acts as a hook). Finally, she included a next step on how the writing can be improved (e.g. add more detail) and gave specific ways on how this next step could be implemented.

Big Thanks to Mr. Fisher and his class for sharing all of their ideas with our class.  Stay tuned this week to see what is happening at STB. Have a great week!
A. Porcari

October 11, 2015

The Week in Review!

Wow what a busy week we had!

On Wednesday we participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge. Our classroom, as well as Mrs. Roche and Ms. Eaton's grade 2 class gathered in the Learning Commons amongst hundreds of cardboard boxes.
One challenge...to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. And they did just that! The creations were amazing, from ping pong games to spinners, to sailboats, imagination and creativity was humming in the room. Take a look below at some of the creations.





We wrapped up the week on Thursday with a Mystery Skype! Our class has begun reading "Fish in a Tree" for the Global Read Aloud. As part of the global aspect, we partnered with another class who is also reading the same book. The students were unaware of where this class was situated in the world, so myself and Ms. Bargas from Argentina decided we would host a Mystery Skype for our students. The premise behind a Mystery Skype is that students are allowed to ask yes and no questions in order to guess where in the world this class is situated. Students are grouped into special roles, such as the Think Tank, where questions are generated, to mappers who are using their mapping skills to locate this group of students. Check out what a blogger, Jaina had to say about our Mystery Skype here.  Once both classes were able to guess each others county and city we then began to share some historical landmarks and information about our cities.
The students are currently working on creating a video with photos of Canada during the different seasons to share with the class from Argentina. As well, Ms. Bargas class is creating a video to share with our students about Buenos Aires, Argentina. We will continue to communicate with Ms. Bargas class through various forms from Twitter, Skype sessions to Padlet in order to connect and talk about the book we are reading. We will share our insights and predictions with the other class.


That is a small glimpse into our classroom for this past week. Stay tuned next week to see what we will be doing! Have a great week everyone!

October 3, 2015

Busy Week Ahead

We have a short week ahead of us but check out everything that will be happening this week!

But first a quick recap from last week. We launched our inquiry in math on patterning by brainstorming what we already know about patterns from our prior knowledge as well as what some wondering are that we have with patterns. A common topic that seemed to come up in our wonderings was patterns in nature. So we will explore some of those inquiries. We had a great discussion about real-life applications of patterns in the world. Mr. Chaplinsky shared some insights with us on how patterns are used in science. We are excited to learn more about patterns. To see the big ideas and curriculum links to patterning and our math word wall check it out here.


In language we wrapped up our discussion on being a "Digital Citizen" and the importance of netiquette. The students are now working on creating a story using all the information they have learned about being digital citizens. The students will be presenting their stories using Powtoons. Stay tuned for their creations.

This week we begin the Global Read Aloud. This year, our class will be participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud.  This project will start October 5th and will run for approximately 6 weeks.  The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with these other classrooms.  It is a free project and it fits perfectly into the standards we have to cover.

During the project, our class will be reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book.  We will use technology tools such as Skype and Padlet to facilitate these connections and conversations.

We are very excited to connect with others, especially since more than 200,000 students are already signed up to participate.  This project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other cultures, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud.  

Another global challenge happening this week is the Cardboard Challenge. Our class, along with Mrs. Roche and Mrs. Eaton's grade 2 students will be using their imagination to create something made out of cardboard. There are 42 countries to date participating in this challenge, from making trains, to whole cities, wherever their imagination takes them! To learn more about the challenge and see how it all started with a little boys imagination watch Caine's arcade (below) and be inspired like our students are. Follow along on twitter on Wednesday to see our live tweets of our creations.
As you can see we have a very busy week this week! It may only be a four day week but we have many fun and exciting lessons planned. Enjoy your week! And be sure to tune into our twitter feed this week as we will be tweeting about our challenges!

September 26, 2015

Welcome Fall!

WOW! Three weeks have already flown bye...

We had a great week this week as we finished our week of inspirational math. This week students learned strategies that will help them reason and be convincing, two important mathematical practices. Students participated in the paper folding challenge, where they were given different criteria to fold their square piece of paper. The criteria progressively became more challenging as they went on. Students were then asked to convince a "skeptic" that they had created the intended shape. They had lots of discussion and found that it isn't easy to convince a skeptic!

The week continued with students working on Pascal's triangle and trying to figure out patterns and make connections to patterns in real-life. This was probably one of the favourite activities this week for students. It was like trying to break a code!

In literacy, we continued working on understanding the importance of becoming a digital citizen. We watched some videos and had a lot of discussion about keeping our private information private. We learned about the effects of sending private messages through social media and the impact that can have on a student. Students also created fictional rumours and wrote about the impact those rumours could have on classmates. We also participated in the 100 word challenge this week, a few students wrote their challenge on their blogs, check them out! This week's challenge was ...but under the earth...Love seeing all the CREATIVITY that goes into 100 words!

On Friday we wrapped up with some time at the "Tinkerspace." This week the duct tape station was very popular, students created picture frames, wallets and anything they could think of with just simple duct tape. Our lego station was a happening place as well, students were creating vehicles and structures. Next week we will add Rainbow Loom and knitting, as requested by students. Watch for the creations!

Friday was the celebration of the Franco-Ontario flag! It marked the 40-year anniversary and the 400th anniversary of French Presence in Ontario. Big Thank you to Mme Gariepy who helped create this large flag to celebrate!

Have a great week everybody!
Ms Porcari

September 23, 2015

Meet the Teacher Presentation

A Big THANK YOU to everyone who came out last night for Meet the Teacher night. It was great to meet all of you and your children. If anyone missed last nights presentation, I have posted it below. Thanks A Porcari

September 17, 2015

Week 2

We are into the swing of things... This week we began our week of inspirational math. The week of inspirational math is focused on fostering a growth mindset for students specifically in the area of math. We began with asking questions about our mindset and our thoughts around math. The big idea is to have a growth mindset beyond math but we are going to focus on teaching this mindset through math.

We began by watching two videos around the idea of the brain and its elasticity. The big idea being that everyone can learn math. It was then followed by an activity called the "Four 4. This activity involved students trying to find every number from 1-20 using only four 4's, all four of them have to be used each time and any operation. This was really exciting for students, they were up out of their seats with excitement. We tweeted out about our lesson and we had tweets from math monkey and one of our math consultants from the board who has some inquiring questions for to ponder on.

On day two we moved to look at visual representations of numbers. Students had a lot of fun looking for patterns and making some connections of numbers visually and symbolically. Students then began to use colours to highlight patterns they began to see. It was very neat to see the pattern the large circles made. Students began to wonder what is the connection between these numbers.The activity continues with students drawing their own visual representations of numbers 1-20. Can't wait to see them!

Students also participated in a math mindset survey this week. The survey created by Ms Marilyn Kasian, requires students to critically think about their feelings and thoughts about how math is taught and learned. In a few months, we will re-take the survey to see if our thoughts and beliefs around learning math have changed. I look forward to seeing the results!

Follow our journey as we continue the week of inspirational math...

A. Porcari

September 13, 2015

Our First Week




We had a great first week back! As this was a new school for me this year, the students were excellent in helping me figure out the schedule of the school. A BIG thank you to all of you for helping me find my way.



We kicked off the first week with a photobooth where we had the opportunity to get our "sillies" out. Students enjoyed taking pictures with their friends as we begun talking about the importance of building a school and classroom community.

This week was all about building TEAMWORK! We begun our engineering challenges where students had the opportunity to work in groups to try to overcome some engineering challenges. For example, one group had to create a pyramid using plastic cups, one elastic with four pieces of string attached. It was great to see groups talk through the process in order for them to construct their tower without it toppling over.

Another engineering challenge was to build the tallest marshmallow tower using a limited amount of spaghetti, tape, and string.  These groups persevered! Just when they thought there was no possible way to build this tower, they collaboratively shared ideas to create a free standing tower.

I think one of the favourites was creating the 20 paper tower challenge. One of the toughest challenges thus far. The requirements were that students could only use 20 pieces of paper. No tape, glue or staples. Check out some of these towers! One group made it all the way to 93cm. Now that's TEAMWORK!
                                                                                                                                                             
Our week wasn't complete without getting to know each other. We spent a good part of the weekgetting to know our likes and dislikes and hearing all about our summer holidays. One of our first week back routines was getting to know our expectations for this school year. I asked the students what they expected of their classmates, their teachers and of grade 5. We had some great discussions around student and teacher expectations.

We had our first friday at the "Tinker" space where students explored building, creating and sharing their talents. I know that this will become a great place for students to explore and discover their talents. I look forward to this space each week!

A BIG thank you to all for helping make the first week back a success! Thank you for your prompt return of signed permissions. This is very helpful in starting the new school year. This week we have our first school mass which is this coming Friday at 9:30. Just a heads up, our meet the teacher night is scheduled for Tuesday September 22, 2015 beginning at 6:45pm to 8:00pm. I love forward to a great 2nd week.

Ms Porcari

September 8, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year

Dear Parents and Students,

Hi! My name is Adriana Porcari and I am SO excited to be part of the St. Bernard team! More importantly, I am THRILLED to be your child's teacher!  It's going to be a fun year filled with lots of learning and new adventures and I can't wait to see what the year has in store for us!

I was born and raised here in Ottawa and I am a sister to two brothers. Ironically, I attended St. Bernard school during my elementary years. This brings back very fond memories. If you look closely, you may see my picture up in the hall of past graduates...hehehe you REALLY have to look! I have taught at various schools in the Ottawa area. I am proud to call St. Bernard School my new home this year! I have a love for photography and during my free time I enjoy spoiling my niece and nephew.

I am very passionate about ALL subjects, but I have a particular enjoyment in using technology and I am a supporter of 21st century tools. As a certified Google Educator, I am always looking for innovative ways to leverage technology in the classroom. During the course of the year, we will be involved in many global projects that will bring the use of technology to the forefront of our learning. This year we will be using many online tools to capture our learning. Technology serves as a major function in our Grade 5 classroom to collaborate and connect with students across the globe. Safety and proper usage of the chosen technology is therefore vital for our classrooms to be successful in its implementation.

I encourage you follow us on that journey by subscribing (follow by email)  to our blog and following our twitter feed. You will be absolutely AMAZED at the things your child will accomplish!

I also think it is very important to work together as a classroom family. We will be spending a lot of time together so it is important to treat each other with respect, kindness and compassion. I know that each of you has a different brain which means you think and learn differently. It is my job, as your teacher, to help you grow as a learner and as person of good character and faith.

A Quick Glimpse into our Classroom and First Day!

As your classroom teacher, one of the most exciting aspects of going back to school for me was organizing the classroom learning space. As I was placing desks, moving tables, and ensuring that every seat was a GREAT spot, I was well aware that all these things contribute to an engaging and positive learning environment


Our design is not finished, students will have input that will help make this space easily accessible to ALL their learning style preferences. I have created a "TinkerSpace" which is a space where everyone, creative and not creative, will come and explore their passions using raw materials, tools, technology, repurposed items and imagination. Students can work individually or collaboratively, using technology and/or drawing on the collective wisdom of those in the room.


Our walls are pretty bare right, but NOT for long, as we will collectively discuss what work we will showcase. Our first day includes some engineering challenges that will allow students to understand the importance of teamwork as well as give us a jumping off point for what makes a good team player. Check out our Twitter feed to see our challenges. Today, students also participated in a photo booth to kick off their first day of Grade 5 (pictures coming soon!)

To wrap up, I look forward to working with you and your child this year. I look forward to meeting many of you at Meet the Teacher Night (TBD) and for those of you I met today, it was a pleasure to meet you!

Your partner in education,
Adriana Porcari