April 30, 2016


It's almost May and where has the time gone! This coming week we celebrate education week. A great week to highlight all the amazing things that are happening in our school. It is a week filled with school activities and open houses for parents to pop in and see their child's work. A few things planned for this week:

Monday- students in grade 2 and 5 will be participating in a paint night idea (during block 1 and 2). We have 3 artists that will be teaching the students how to paint a picture that the artist has created on the theme "Doors of Mercy." If you child has an old shirt, can you please send it to school as we will be painting that morning.

Tuesday- those students participating in Dance Showcase will be off to a local high school to perform their dance.

Wednesday- Potluck Muffin Open House Breakfast in our Gymnasium on Wednesday, May 4th from 8:00 am to 9:10 a.m.  It will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other members of the St. Bernard Community. We hope to see you there.

I had the opportunity this past week to attend a conference in Niagara Falls called Connect 2016 Canada's Learning and Technology Conference. I was fortunate enough to meet and speak to many amazing educators from around the province. I attended presentations on makerspaces, to sketchnoting, to robotics, to coding, all things I cannot wait to try in our classroom. I had the amazing opportunity to meet and hear Commander Chris Hadfield speak about his journey to space and his passion to persevere to reach his goals. I am truly inspired by the things I learned at this conference and cannot wait to share this journey with all of you.

Ms Porcari

April 24, 2016

This weeks homework

Week of April 25-29, 2016
This week students will be doing something a little different. On Monday they will be introduced to an interactive drawing tool. The tool can be found on the following site Isometric Drawing Tool (this should also work on tablets). Students will be responsible for creating a 3D figure/creation using this tool. They will then post a picture of their shape to their blog and talk about their shape and what they know about it (faces, edges, vertices). You can use the awesome new tab extension that should be found on the top right of the screen to take a picture. You can also right click on the image and save or copy it. Click here for helpful hints.

April 17, 2016

Math Focus this week!

This week students will be focusing on 3D Geometry. Below are a few interactive activities to help with their understanding of prisms, pyramids, and nets.

GOAL: I can classifying and draw views of a variety of 3D shapes. 

April 14, 2016

Field Trip to the Museum of History

A big THANK YOU to our parent volunteers who came out today to help with our field trip to the
museum. A thank you to Mr. DaSilva who graciously was able to accompany the students on a field trip while I attended a school board commitment. Here are a few pictures from the day and a recap from Mr. DaSilva on what the students did.

The students started the morning with some free exploration. Our class was fortunate to learn about New France. We talked about colonization briefly. We talked about how many came to Quebec and Montreal. The French came for our Beaver to create hats and other materials for wealthy people. Many people were identifiable by the way they dressed.

We then did an activity in small groups where we had to identify people based upon the way they dressed. The following was what we discovered:
“Fait du Bois”- Women that got marriage licenses to help colonize
“Bourgeoisie”- Wealthy women
“Seigneursie”- Wealthy men, land owners, had own stamps and would report to the king
Barrel Maker
Farmer-Clogs on feet and old and dingy clothing
“Voyageur”-Wore a beaver cap, leather shoes, gun powder horn, and would carry a gun

We then did a second activity where one group of students were First Nations and the second were the French. The goal was for the First Nations to obtain items from the French and trade them fur. The goal was to get more items for less fur. For the French, they wanted more fur for fewer items. Students did a great job and were using hand gestures and pointing a lot to communicate. It was truly an exciting and excellent morning.

IMAX- Mysteries of the Unseen World: This was such a fantastic movie! It took us through a massive exploration of animals, plants, bacteria and humans using a microscopic world hidden to our everyday eyes. It was fascinating to learn so much information, such as how many organisms live on our body, the air we breathe and pass us constantly without us knowing it.

We explored high-frequency photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology to uncover such beautiful creatures and images that we never thought existed.

The students loved it! You could see many trying to catch the animals with their hands and hear their remarks when certain images arose.

Mr. DaSilva

April 6, 2016

Creating an Online Graph

Here is the link to the site to create an online graph. Once you have completed the online graph save it as a jpeg (picture) to your computer and then copy and paste it onto one of the slides on your proposal.

Create a Graph

April 3, 2016


As the weeks fly by and we bounce between spring and winter every couple of days, things are definitely heating up in the classroom. A few things to mention, in math, we are focusing on collecting and managing data. Over the course of the past few weeks students have been generating survey questions and have electronically collected data from their peers through google forms. This week they will be working on creating a graph related to their data.

They will be working on a proposal related to their survey topic. The project details can be viewed by clicking here.  Students will be working on this project in class. They will be creating their proposal electronically.

In language, our reading focus has been on inferring, which has tied in really nicely to interpreting data in graphs. While reading, they are inferring the author's message by using text clues and their schema.

As we move to our writing focus, students are working persuasive writing. Part of their math proposal is to write a letter to a person who will be able to make changes in the area of their topic. For example, some students are writing to Mr. Chaplinsky and some are writing to members of parliament. The focus was that their survey topic had to have a purpose. They had to want to change something or an idea and now they will learn to present their argument in a persuasive letter format.

 Have a great week!