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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grade 4: December 18th Weekly Update

Monday is Day 2.

Event Tracker:

Many thanks for a great half year to finish my teaching career.  It has been a pleasure, and I will miss your kids very much.

We had a great visit to CCI to see some plays.

Fridays are now litter-less lunch days.

School speeches:  January 30th.

Monday:  Art (Holiday booklet)
Tuesday:  Popcorn: $1 per bag.  Times tables quiz.    
Wednesday:  Booster Juice
Thursday:  Spelling Test, Pizza Day, Music 
Friday:  Litter-less Lunch, Assembly, Movie Buy Out

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Parents:  If you would like a reminder of important information, then please sign up for Remind.  The link is attached here:  Remind 705 302 3245, Class code @comets4.

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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:

Critical Thinking

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:

 Subject Update:
 Reading:  Response, Connections to self, text and world
Writing:  Persuasive Letters, Portfolio
Media:  Advertising, Speeches
Math:   Patterning and Algebra
Social Studies:  Canada
      Science:  Pulleys and Gears
    Gym:  Cooperative Games, volleyball, dance.
Students must have indoor running shoes!!!
Health:  Social Skills
Art: Holiday Art

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.

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:  December 21st. 

A: buying, writing, leaving, amazing, driving
B: deciding, emptying, exciting, annoying, worrying

C: healthier, increasing, married, recognized, replied.

 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

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

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

Our class login for Google Docs is dnkodr


            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 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

 Helpful Educational Sites:

        For further studies visit (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:

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  Khanacademy is also linked to Sumdog.
Prodigy:  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:

Rob Potter, Grade 4 Teacher
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. 15                    CCI                                                                    0
Jan.                 Rocks and Rings                   Parents                          2
Feb.                   Central Park                                                             0
                         Outdoor Skating
                        (Must have helmet)    
TBA                    Georgian Bowl                  Parents                        12
Feb.                 Duntroon Highlands             Parents/School            16
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 (
• 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. 
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Period One
8:55 to 9:35





Period Two
9:35 to 10:35

(Mr. Haydu)
AM Nutrition Break
10:35 to 10:55

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

Period Three
11:15 to 12:05


Period Four
12:05 to 12:55





PM Nutrition Break
12:55 to 1:15

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

Period Five
1:35 to 2:25

Writing (T)




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