September 17, 2017

Here we go....

The excitement continues... We had an EXCELLENT full week of school with lots going on! We began our week with a school assembly to be reminded of school routines- especially when outside at recess.  In terms of gathering as a community, we finished the week off with a "Back to School" Mass on Friday. We welcomed our school community back from a restful summer and prayed for a great school year ahead of us!

This week, we also gathered as a whole grade 6 group in order to create our vision statement for the 2017-18 year. Students have been working on #hashtags as part of their vision statements. We are currently in the process of taking a vote online and should have the vision statement up shortly. Have a listen to some of the options!

In Math, we have been working on representing numbers. Students have been using base ten blocks to represent place value and unitizing. They have been working on finding different base ten combinations for numbers. We are expanding our numbers from 100 000 to up to 1 000 000.

In Language, we finished up writing letters to our future selves. Students have been working on writing letters about their hopes and dreams for this school year. Their goals include academic and personal goals. Once students have finished writing their letters, they will be sealed up and ready to open on their last day of grade 6. Always a fun activity!

We have a few things going on this week: Take a look below

September 10, 2017

Welcome Back!

I would like to take this time to officially welcome all returning parents and new parents to the St. Bernard Community. It was great meeting some of you on Tuesday morning and look forward to meeting more of you during 'Meet the Teacher Night.' During that evening I will give you more information of how our day runs and routines as we continue to settle in.

I thought I would share a few photos from our first week of school. For those of you who are familiar with my classroom know that my classroom is not your typical classroom set. We have a very flexible learning environments that allows for students the flexibility to move around the classroom into spaces that are optimal for their learning.

Now that the first week is over, and students are settling into their routines, I am very excited for the upcoming year! Please use this space as a place to be kept up-to-date with what is happening in your child's classroom. I look forward to the year together with your child!

Your partner in your child's education,
Adriana Porcari

May 28, 2017


We continue EQAO this week with math on Monday followed by 3 days of language.

May 14, 2017


Hello Everyone

The weeks are definitely flying by...we are already in the middle of May and that means we are about to begin EQAO. Your child will be coming home with a letter today discussing EQAO and some parent tips for your child as we are in the home stretch. Please read the document coming home and explore the EQAO website with your child. We have done a lot of preparation in class and I am confident that they are very ready for the test. Please ensure students get a good night's sleep during the week of testing. We will begin testing Thursday May 25 and we will write for 6 days. Please try your best to have your child attend school on those days.

I would also like to point out that another note will be coming home on Monday. The school board offers a Numeracy and Literacy Skills Development Program over the month of July. Below is the information:

For students currently in grade 6, 7 or 8.  This program will run from July 5 - July 26 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm at Holy Trinity HS, St. Pius X HS and Immaculata HS. This program is designed to enhance the literacy and numeracy skills of students who are presently achieving at level 2 or lower, and are at a risk. In this program, students receive encouragement, gain confidence and learn how to improve reading, writing, numeracy, study and organizational skills required for success. 

NOTE: Transportation is offered ONLY for Grades 7, 8 & 9 Numeracy/Literacy Students. 

If you do not receive the registration form and you are interested in your child attending, please just write a note in your child's agenda and I will send one home.

Thank you
A. Porcari

May 8, 2017

Catholic Education Week- Walking Forward Together

What a successful Education Week we had this year! Here are some highlights from the week. We kicked off Education Week with a Walk Across Canada. The distance across Canada is 6 521 km and we counted our steps daily in order to travel directly across Canada with a few stops in towns. We stopped in Saskatchewan where Mrs. Lewis (former teacher at BER) now lives and teaches. We had the opportunity to speak to her and her students in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. We continued walking across Canada all week and we were hoping to finish our walk in the park last Friday. However, we were rained out, so instead we decided to do zumba in order to get our steps in. Stay tuned to see how far we got this week on Twitter.

We had a very successful open house breakfast Tuesday morning. We had the opportunity to see many families out for breakfast. We also had the opportunity to watch our amazing dance crew perform before the headed off to Dance Showcase.

On Thursday we had our very first Genius Lounge Open House! Our  geniuses did an excellent job showcasing our school robots.

April 23, 2017

What a busy few weeks we have had! This past week, our class was showcased and videotaped by the Ministry of Education around deep learning that is happening in our classroom. The morning began with a quick teacher interview followed by a hands on approach in our classroom. Students were engaged in math problem solving centres focused on measurement (area, perimeter, and surface area). All tasks were designed around deep learning with a focus on a real life situations. Students were completely engaged even with the camera crew asking them questions. Students collaborated, used critical thinking skills and creativity in order to complete their assigned math task. Take a look at some of the pictures that were posted on twitter.

This week, things will begin to calm down as we approach one month before EQAO. During the later part of the week, Mrs. Roche, Mrs Eaton and myself will be presenting at a technology conference for teachers. I am looking forward to hearing from so many exceptional teachers around technology and its use in the classroom. It is these opportunities that enable me to come back to the classroom and try new ideas.

In Language, students will continue to work on their problem solution reports. Students have been working on their graphic organizers and have some great problems that they will be addressing with some creative solutions to their problems.

Have a great week!
A. Porcari

April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. 

Dear God,
Thank you for sending your Son and paving the way for our lives to be set free through Jesus' death on the cross. Thank you for what this day stands for - the beginning of Holy Week, the start of the journey towards the power of the cross, the victory of the Resurrection, and the rich truth that Jesus truly is our King of Kings.
"Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord..."
We give you praise and honor for your ways are righteous and true. We give you worship for you are holy and just. We will declare that your love stands firm forever. For your loving kindness endures forever.
Thank you that your ways are far greater than our ways, your thoughts far deeper than our thoughts. Thank you that you had a plan to redeem. Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you that your face is towards the righteous, and you hear our prayers, and know our hearts. Help us to stay strong and true to you. Help us not to follow after the voice of the crowds, but to press in close to you, to hear your whispers, and seek after you alone.
We praise you, we bless you Lord! Thank you that you reign supreme and we are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ!
In the Mighty Name of Jesus,

April 2, 2017

Lenten Project Kick-off

Our 2017 Lenten Fund-Raiser kicks off this coming Tuesday and runs until Holy Thursday in the following week which is eight school days long.

This year we will be fund-raising for two groups, OK Clean Water and our very own St. Bernard Church (choir loft railing).  Both groups have been contacted and are excited about our fund-raising initiative.  Through this experience, our students will learn the joy in giving on a global level and at the local level.  They certainly will be able to see the fruits of their actions when they hear stories from Carmel Horan from OK Clean Water when we gather in an assembly to present our cheque to her later in the year and when the students see the safety railing constructed in the church.

You've noticed the pipelines in the hallway.  They represent the pipes that are able to be purchased by the people in the Kumbo region of Cameroon.  This year, they will also represent the pipes in the new railing to be installed in the church choir loft.  For each 25 cents a student brings in, they are given a round, coloured sticker which represents either a water droplet (Kumbo pipes) or a musical note (choir loft railing).  Students can then place them on the pipes in the hallway.  That's 25 cents a sticker or four for a dollar.

The Lenten Committee

March 28, 2017


After a well deserved March Break, we are back to the grind! We had a busy week last week finishing up work we began before March Break.

This week we begin a new in-depth focus in math on measurement- specifically length and perimeter.


(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  1. There is always value in estimating a measurement.
  2. The length of an object is a one-dimensional attribute. Length can be the measurement of a single measure of an object or a combined linear measure, like perimeter.


GOAL: I can convert metric units between kilometres, metres, centimetres and millimetres.
GOAL: I can use a ruler to measure to nearest tenth of centimeter (i.e. mm).
In Language, we have begun brainstorming around a possible topic for their problem/solution report. Students will be writing a non-fiction report with supporting details around a topic of their choice. We have just finished writing a journal entry from the perspective of a prominent figure from Black History. In reading, our comprehension focus is on "Synthesizing"- getting to the point. Students will be using this skill in order to locate important details in what they are reading and be able to retell using big ideas. 

At this point there are no further updates to notify you about. 

Your partner in your child's education
A. Porcari

Prayer for Lent

A Prayer for Lent

Lord, grant us simplicity of faith

and a generosity of service

that gives without counting cost.

A life overflowing with Grace

poured out from the One

who gave everything,

that we might show

the power of love

to a broken world,

and share the truth

from a living Word.

Lord, grant us simplicity of faith,

and a yearning to share it.

Shared by OCSB

February 24, 2017

Fractions, Decimals, Percents.....OH MY!!!

Over the next couple of weeks, our math focus will be on fractions, decimals, percents and ratios. We began our focus launch with a number talk using a number line. Groups were given fractions, decimals, whole numbers and percents and their task was to put them on a number line. The discussions were absolutely AMAZING! There was some great discussions around certain whole numbers and decimals. Take a listen below:


(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):

  • Fractions can represent parts of regions, parts of sets, parts of measures, division, or ratios. These meanings are equivalent.
  • A fraction is not meaningful without knowing what the whole is.
  • Renaming fractions is often the key to comparing them or computing with them. Every fraction can be renamed in an infinite number of ways.
  • Ratio and rates, just like fractions and decimals, are comparisons of quantities.
  • A ratio compares quantities with the same unit
  • A rate compares quantities with different units


GOAL: I can represent fractions and their equivalents.
GOAL: I can relate fractions to decimals.
GOAL: I can order fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.
GOAL: I can identify and solve problems using ratios and rates.


  • describe multiplicative relationships between quantities by using simple fractions and decimals (e.g.,“If you have 4 plums and I have 6 plums, I can say that I have 1 1/2 or 1.5 times as many plums as you have.”);
  • demonstrate an understanding of simple multiplicative relationships involving whole-number rates, through investigation using concrete materials and drawings (Sample problem: If 2 books cost $6, how would you calculate the cost of 8 books?).
  • demonstrate and explain the concept of equivalent fractions, using concrete materials (e.g., use fraction strips to show that 3/4 is equal to 9/12)
  • represent, compare, and order fractional amounts with unlike denominators, including proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers, using a variety of tools (e.g., fraction circles, Cuisenaire rods, number lines) and using standard fractional notation;
  • determine and explain, through investigation using concrete materials, drawings, and calculators, the relationship between fractions (i.e., with denominators of 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, and 100) decimal numbers and percents (eg., use a 10 x 10 grid to show that 1/4 = .25 or 25%)

February 20, 2017

Confirmation Update

With March Break two weeks away, we are stepping up the pace!!! Plus spring is in the air!

As we prepare for confirmation, (reminder the retreat is March 4, all parents should have received an email about this) I am asking all students who have a picture from their baptism if they could bring it to school for this coming Wednesday. We will be having a discussion about the relationship between the sacrament of baptism and confirmation. I will also be sending home station 2 for confirmation that is to be done at home. Students are preparing weekly at school and I am supplementing with some stations for home to work with your child.

Thank you for help support your child on their Catholic journey.
A. Porcari

February 6, 2017

Lolligram Sale

An annual event at STB school is the sale of Lolligrams for Valentine's Day. We will be selling LOLLIGRAMS in each classroom on Tuesday, Wednesday , Thursday and Friday (7-10). Children can purchase a small card with a heart shaped lollipop attached to send to their friends, brothers, sisters, etc. in their classroom or in another classroom HERE at school.

LOLLIGRAMS cost 25 cents each. They will be delivered to each classroom on Tuesday morning...February 14th! In many cases, the children send Lolligrams instead of Valentines.
All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research!

Thank you
The Lolligram Committee

January 22, 2017

What's Happening in Grade 6

Hello Everyone

I hope people are taking advantage of this beautiful mild weather we have been having! Spring is in the air! We have an exciting event this Thursday, so we are hoping for beautiful weather. The school will be participating in our annual winter play day. It is tradition at STB that the grade 6 students lead the stations. This year, paying tribute to Canada's 150th, all the stations are canadian games and reflected by each province and territory. Follow twitter to see the pics from the day!

In math, we have wrapped up or focus on 2D geometry and we are now moving on toward Probability. 

It is a short unit in which students will investigate outcomes and use these outcomes to make theoretical predictions.
BIG IDEAS (taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  • Real-world situations can be represented using probabilities.
  • Probability can be used to predict outcomes.
  • An experimental probability is based on past events and experiments.
  • A theoretical probability is based on an analysis of what could happen.
  • I can identify probabilities from real-world scenarios.
  • I can make predictions based on theoretical and/or experimental probabilities.
  • Express theoretical probability as a ratio of the number of favourable outcomes to the total number of possible outcomes where all outcomes are equally likely.
  • Represent the probability of an even using a value from the range of 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain)
  • Predict the frequency of an outcome of a simple probability experiment or game by calculating and using the theoretical probability of that outcome.
ONLINE PRACTICE QUIZZES (from Nelson Education):

In Language, specifically in reading, we have begun inferring by reading the book "Iqbal." Students are very engaged with the story as they have heard alot about Iqbal through our WE foundation participation. In writing, we have begun to explore fables. This week students will begin to write their own fables based on the success criteria we have come up with for a fable.

We have been preparing the students for the sacrament of Confirmation all year, but it is at this time that we will begin our in depth focus on the image of God. Over the course of the next few months, students may come home with some tasks to work through with their parents around confirmation. As we prepare your child for this important sacrament, we ask that you participate at home and discuss with your child the special bond they are forming with the church as they prepare for Confirmation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.

A. Porcari

January 15, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2017! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday.We had a very busy first week of 2017! After hearing all the fun students had with family and friends we were right back into the swings of things. We did take some time to talk about New Year's and the tradition around New Year resolutions. The students did come up with some resolutions for themselves. Ask your child to show your their resolution in their language folder.

We began this week in math right where we left off...2D Geometry! We did a quick review of measuring and constructing angles using a protractor. We then moved on to constructing various polygons given side and angle measurements. We will finish off our focus in geometry this week with rotational symmetry. By the end of the week, we hope to start probability.

In language we having been busy working on a number of things. In reading we are focusing on nonfiction and the text features (ex- table of contents, photographs, glossary, index, etc) and how they help to understand meaning of text. We are also focusing on the reading strategy of Inferring. To introduce this strategy we have been working on a Mystery Box. Students have been bringing in mystery items and writing 4 clues to help with friends guess the mystery item. Inferring is creating new meaning of text by using background knowledge and text clues. When reading, students are asked to think about what they are reading, to read between the lines and fill in gaps based on their inference. In writing, we will begin looking at fables and legends. Students will begin writing their own fables in legends later this month.

Tinkertime was a great success this week! Students had the opportunity to play with the robots and some students decided to tinker and create their own creations. We have some examples of fidget toys, and a skittles rotating machine to dispense skittles..of course Ms Porcari bought skittles so we have to see if this works this week!