Monday, 30 November 2015

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, December 1st, is early dismissal. Students will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.

French T.U.S.C.

Today students were assigned their new roles for the December T.U.S.C. Now that they have had practice with preparing a one minute presentation, I would like for them to have the opportunity to do the same in French. The roles stay the same and they have bilingual copies of each worksheet that they can refer to if they are unsure of any words on the French worksheet.

They can also use the website : to help them translate words. (No google translate please!!!)

I am also more than happy to help any student who wishes to stay in for a recess or lunch hour with help looking over or writing their presentation, so long as they let me know ahead of time.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Mme. Buchanan

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dancing with R&B fundraiser

Just a friendly reminder that Dancing with R&B fundraising money and envelopes will be due back by Tuesday, December 1st.

Please let me know if you have any questions! It was great to see all of you at our portfolio evening!
Mme. Buchanan

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Report Cards

This afternoon, students will be sent home with an envelope containing their report cards as well as the results of their provincial reading assessments. Please take the time to read over the report card with your child. There is also a feedback form in the envelope for you to share your comments. Please sign this form and return it along with your child's envelope as soon as possible.

**A reminder that Thursday and Friday are student led conferences. Since there will be 4 families visiting the classroom during each time slot, please email me with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the report card, to ensure a more private conversation.

I look forward to seeing you at the portfolio evenings! It was a great first term!
Mme. Buchanan

Spelling and Dictée

Students were sent home with their spelling word list yesterday afternoon. Each spelling group received a mini lesson with me to better understand the rules behind the words on their list. Students are once again given time this week during our literacy centres to practice their Spelling words. Their test will be on Monday, November 30th.

** Please make sure that you have seen and signed your child's dictée test by tomorrow. It is important that all students bring back their pink dictée booklet, as we will continue to use it throughout the year.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Mme. Buchanan

Monday, 23 November 2015

Dancing with R+B

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is our Dancing with R+B fundraiser. Our class will be dancing in the gym periods 7 & 8 (from 2:50 to 3:40).

Students are reminder to dress as a something that starts with the letter "R" or "B". Families are welcome to join!

Mme. Buchanan

Friday, 20 November 2015

Students remained on task during all work periods and had very little finish up at the end of the day. Most students where able to finish their paragraph plan and rough draft. They are encouraged to continue studying for their first dictée test on Monday.

Possible topics for discussion this week: Paragraph writing, drums, place value and French numbers, "mantras".

A friendly reminder that report cards go out on Wednesday and student-led conferences are on Thursday and Friday. If you have any questions regarding the report cards, please feel free to send me an email, as conferences will not be individual.

Have a great weekend!
Mme. Buchanan

Winter is here!

Yesterday was a lot of fun out in the snow...but some students were quite wet. Would you please put a ziplock bag in your child's backpack with a full change of clothes: socks, underwear, pants and a t-shirt.

Also, please be sure to send an extra pair or two pairs of mitts. With 3 recesses outside mitts can be soaking and very cold by last recess.
A reminder that all students should now be wearing winter boots, snow pants, a winter jacket, a scarf or neck warmer, mitts, and a toque. Recess is much more fun when you're dressed to play in the snow.
Lastly, please ensure all your child's outerwear is well labeled with their name and last initial. If the item is lost or taken accidentally by someone with the same item it makes finding the owner much easier. 

Thank you for your anticipated support in keeping your child warm, dry and comfortable at school.

Enjoy the snow!

Mme. Buchanan

Monday, 16 November 2015

Dictée and Spelling

Today students are bringing home their first dictée word list to study. Each student has two copies, one in their binder to study at school and another to bring home for studying. Based on the parent survey, students will be expected to study at home, yet they will also be provided time during their Daily 5 centres twice a week to practice writing out their words as well.

The first set of dictée words are based on French numbers. Students did a mini quiz today to determine which numbers they know. Students were given one of four dictée word lists to study based on what numbers they do or do not know. Students received time in class today to go over the word lists. Most students are comfortable with saying their French numbers aloud, but I can certainly send home a recording of the words if needed.

Students will have one week to study their dictée words and be provided with a Spelling word list for the following week. Students will continue to alternate between dictée and Spelling. Our first dictée test will be written on Monday, November 23rd, and they will be provided with a set of Spelling words on that same day to write for the following Monday.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you,
Mme. Buchanan

Friday, 6 November 2015

Remembrance Day

Students have done an exceptional job this week in creating and presenting a peace related activity involving the entire school. I have heard nothing but awesome feedback from the other teachers when the grade 4s have gone to present the activity to the other classrooms.

On Tuesday, November 10th, our class will present the final project at the Remembrance Day ceremony, starting at 11:00 am. We would love it if you could attend! Certain students will have a speaking role while presenting the project to the school. I have attached a copy of the written presentation along with the speakers below. Students speaking are encouraged to practice and memorize their part over the weekend.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you!
Mme. Buchanan
Students worked hard this afternoon to finish up all their work this week. Additional homework is written in their agenda.

Topics this week: Remembrance Day, The Dove Project, converting time, contrast poems, Compass project.

** I've given students the challenge to convert one year into minutes. If you know your musicals, there is a song that gives you the answer! :)

Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a great weekend!
Mme. Buchanan

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Test outline - Les forces (Tuesday, November 10)

On Tuesday, I will be asking students to write a short test to review their Forces unit in Sciences de la Nature. All questions will be either one word answers, multiple choice, or True or False. 
Students need to know how to define or give an example of:
- Statique electricity
- Traction and repulsion
- Magnets (laws of attraction- traction or repulsion, poles, examples, natural magnets)
Students have had two revisions in class and have brought a copy of the pictured outline below and three worksheets (two green and one white). The Bill Nye worksheet has 30 questions, but students do not need to memorize all of the questions. They just need to know the poles, the laws of attraction, magnets in nature, and that magnets are only attracted to or made out of metal).

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Students who are feeling unsure about the test are strongly encouraged to come see me at either recess tomorrow or Monday where I can spend some extra time reviewing with them.
Mme. Buchanan