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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grade 4: November 20th Weekly Update

RESPECT FOR ALL! 
READ For SUCCESS
Monday is Day 2.



Field Trip Monday to the Galaxy

Builders' Club Meets Monday, November 20th, 3:20 - 4 in Ms. Murphy's Room

Please sign and return the Home Story permission form: $70 to-date.  Each story is worth $10 to our local Habitat for Humanity organization.  Ends Nov. 30.

Students may enter their artwork to the Legion for their Remembrance contest.  Permission forms are available.  Ends Nov. 24.





Event Tracker:

Monday: Field Trip
Tuesday:  Gym.  Popcorn: $1 per bag.  Times tables quiz.    
Wednesday:  Booster Juice, Music 
Thursday:  Spelling Test, Pizza Day 
Friday:  TGIF




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Note:  All assignments are available on Google Classroom.  Our class login for Google Docs is dnkodr

I use the six "C" 's of the Board Curriculum for the 21st century:

Creativity
Critical Thinking
Collaboration
Communications
Citizenship
Character

Times tables quizzes are every Tuesday.
Spelling tests are every Thursday.

Students may work on their portfolios at any time and our encouraged to do so:

myblueprint.com/simcoe


 Subject Update:
       
 Reading:  Response, Connections to self, text and world
Writing:  Persuasive, Portfolio
Media:  Advertising, Speeches
Math:   Patterning
Social Studies:  Canada
      Science:  Habitat
    Gym:  Cooperative Games, volleyball, dance.
Students must have indoor running shoes!!!
Health:  Social Skills
Art:   We are now painting our canvas paintings.

                                 
Homework:  There will be some nightly homework, and it will be listed here.  Some work at home on long term assignments will also be required.  Notice will be given well in advance of the due dates.  
                
I expect students to read at least 15 minutes every night, and work on math skills the same.  Please provide them the opportunity to do so. 

Math Homework:   Multiplication Tests every Tuesday! Students should be reviewing their math skills, especially practicing their times tables.

Spelling:  
Tests will be every Thursday.  Students will be told groups this week.  Note:  B group students do both A and B group words, and C group students do all words.  Spelling words will be listed below and sent out on Remind. 

Spelling Words:  November 23rd. 

A:  I'd, he'd, we'd, weed, we've.
 B:  we'll, you're, your, you've, she'd.
C:  there, they're, theirs, there's, they've.

 Note:  Group B will spell both Group A and B words.  Group C will spell all 15 words.   

An excellent web site to work on spelling skills is spellingcity.com.




  
  Please note that all tests should be signed and returned.  Thank you.


We are using Classflow, running with Google Docs. Class code:  
http://classflow.com/student
Password:  QY92Z 
Free App available through Apple, Google or Microsoft App stores.

Our class login for Google Docs is dnkodr

Assignments

            Via e-pals and the Smithsonian Institution, the 7th annual invention competition is back and will run in 2018.  In year one, four students from my class were the international grand prize winners (featured in local press and CTV News), and in year two, two students won an award.  Hopefully we will be successful again this year.

                      
Word Q
Parents are welcomed to try Word Q for at home use.  This program assists students with writing and spelling.  Visit http://www.goqsoftware.com/trial/ and use the activation code:  739845508971.

  
Student Behaviour and Self-Regulation 
   We have commenced a new program at school called Zones of Regulation.  This program is designed to improve student Self-Regulation skills (this is part of the learning skills on the report card).  This is a school wide initiative.  For further details, please contact me, or a member of the school staff. 
Zones:  Green (good), Yellow, Red, Blue

Classroom agreements and consequences are as follows:
1.  Quiet when someone is talking.  Respect the speaker.  Face the speaker.
2.  Complete your work quietly.
3.  Keep your hands to yourself -- respect your body.
4.  Participate!  And in Gym Class too!
5.  Say only kind things to one another -- no put downs allowed.


My policy on cell phones/electronic devices:  Devices are welcomed in the classroom for academic purposes with my permission.   They may also be used during nutritional breaks and recess, but no photos may be taken.  Any misuse, and the devices will be denied entry into the classroom.

For parenting information, visit 
 www.triplepontario.ca.

 Helpful Educational Sites:


        For further studies visit http://www.khanacademy.org/ (featured on 60 minutes).  This is a free site with hundreds of great learning videos supported by Google, CNN and the Bill Gates Foundation.  Also, visit Virtual Math  through the Cameron webpage.

Visit the ministry site:  www.mathies.ca

SumDog: This is a great program to improve math skills.  All students will have their own logins, and the program can be accessed at home or school.  Go to www.sumdog.com.  Khanacademy is also linked to Sumdog.
Prodigy:  www.prodigygame.com.  This is a new and exciting site.  Our class login is CXT5L5
Matific:  www.matific.com2


          
          Contacting Information



Please feel free to contact me at anytime regarding any concerns or information that you need to communicate. I would appreciate having your email address to ease communications. You can contact me at the school at 445-2902 or through email: rpotter@scdsb.on.ca.

Rob Potter, Grade 4 Teacher
Email:rpotter@scdsb.on.ca
Phone: 705-445-2902 (Note: I am unable to retrieve any messages, please email me, or leave a message at the office.)
Fax: 705-445-9811


Field Trip Information 

Field Trips:    Tentative Plan.  We are currently finalizing our plans.  

DATE    Part.       Dest.                           Financing              Est. Cost/Student
Sept. 24              Jumpstart                          Town                             0
Nov. 20                 Galaxy                            Parents                          6
Dec. 8                    CCI                                                                      0
Jan.                 Rocks and Rings                   Parents                          2
Feb.                   Central Park                                                             0
                         Outdoor Skating
                        (Must have helmet)    
TBA                    Georgian Bowl                  Parents                        12
TBA                 Duntroon Highlands             Parents/School            15
TBA                      Wye Marsh                      Board                            0
TBA                   Centennial Pool                  Parents                          4


TOTAL:   $39   Note:  Trips to bowling, plays and swimming are walking.  Parent helpers must have a current police check.  See field trip for current permission forms.  You may pay on-line through the school website.

                          Health Curriculum

The following materials developed by the ministry can also be accessed via the 
ministry’s curriculum page (www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/
health.html):
• Grade by Grade Guides to the Curriculum (one guide each for grades 1-8, 
a guide for grades 9-12)
• A Parent’s Guide to the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, 
Grades 1-12
• A Parent’s Guide: Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health 
and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-6
• A Parent’s Guide: Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health 
and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 7-12
• Quick Facts for Parents: Learning about Healthy Relationships and Consent
• Quick Facts for Parents: Learning about Online Safety, including Risks of Sexting
• Quick Facts for Parents: Learning about Mental Health
• Quick Facts for Parents: Learning about Concussions
• Quick Facts for Parents: Learning about Staying Safe
• Quick Facts for Parents: Learning about Active Transportation


Class Schedule

Tentative Timetable:  Timetable is flexible, especially depending on availability of computers for technology. 
Period
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Period One
8:55 to 9:35
       

     Reading




French


    Gym/Dance


French


Reading
Period Two
9:35 to 10:35


French
(Mr. Haydu)
Reading
French
Reading
Library
AM Nutrition Break
10:35 to 10:55
Recess




AM Recess Break
10:55 to 11:15
Nutrition Break




Period Three
11:15 to 12:05



Writing

Technology 
Writing
Gym
Writing
Period Four
12:05 to 12:55



Math



Math

Math

Math

Math
PM Nutrition Break
12:55 to 1:15
Recess




PM Recess Break
1:15 to 1:35
Nutrition Break




Period Five
1:35 to 2:25



Writing (T)


Art

Reading

Writing

Drama/ Music (Mrs. Lockhart)
Period Six
 2:25 to 3:15
Science/
 Social Studies
  Art
      DPA
      (20 min.)   
     Science/
 Social Studies
   Health
DPA