Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Grad T-Shirts

Dear Parents,

We are sorry to say that the last date for ordering grad t-shirts was moved up and the cash online order was closed as of November 4.  

If your child would like to order a grad t-shirt, it can still be done by bringing $11.00 cash tomorrow, November 8th.  There are sizes available to try on at the office, and that can be done tomorrow as well. 

Once again, we are sorry about this last minute change, and hope that all grads who would like a t-shirt are able to get one in time. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Inquiry Activities

The Grade 6s had lots of fun with different inquiry projects on Halloween!

One investigation, led by our teacher candidate Mr. DeBoer, involved estimating how many rubber bands it would take to pop the top off a pumpkin. Estimates ranged from 90 to 700. How many rubber bands DID it take to create enough pressure to explode the pumpkin? The answer is at the end of the video, which is linked below.

Watch Our Exploding Pumpkin here!

The other inquiry activity was led by the Grade 6 students.  Partners created mystery boxes filled with weird (and sometimes gross) objects or substances. The Kindergarten classes were invited to come and guess what was in the boxes by using just their sense of touch. 

The inventive insides to these sensory mystery boxes kept the Kinders (and the teachers) guessing. And sometimes jumping at the unexpected textures of zombie guts, eyeballs, spider's nests and skeletons. 

It was definitely fun for youngest and the oldest kids in the school! 

Next up: Progress Reports go home tomorrow,Thursday, November 1. Please sign up for a parent teacher conference online through the school. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

October Updates

Photo Day
Grade 6 had some very distinguished looking people today - for picture day! Anyone who was absent will be able to get their school photo on retake day.  

Halloween Project
The Grade 6s are planning some fun for the Kindergarten students on Halloween.  They are creating sensory puzzles for young friends to guess by touching. (No potentially dangerous or allergenic objects will be included.) 

On Halloween, the Grade 6s will invite Kinders to guess what the objects are based on how they feel.  

This fun day will help build community, develop leadership skills for the Grade 6s and understanding of senses for the Kinders.  And hopefully it will be a lot of Halloween fun for everyone!

Outdoor Science
Getting a jump-start on outdoor science
with a praying mantis that landed on Nick
when we were lining up!
We will be taking our study of biodiversity outside with a site-study of our local creek to explore the ecosystem and the impact of human activity.  Please return the permission form as soon as possible. 

Our first visit to the creek is planned for Friday, October 19.  So far the weather will be sunny and cool. Rubber boots and warm layers are a must for everyone!

Scholastic Book Club and Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Martin next week!  We look and make wish lists on Tuesday and purchasing can be done on Thursday. If you don't see what you are looking for at the book fair, you can also order through the online book club. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25 Updates

Thoughts and prayers for all those affected by the tornadoes and storms of last Friday.

As we head into this week, we also have some things to look forward to.  

Some of the boys in our class will be playing soccer on Friday - good luck boys! Hopefully they will have as much fun and show as much school spirit as the junior girls last week!

Toonies for Terry - Friday, September 28 is also our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. We hope every student will bring a toonie so that we can raise even more money for cancer research than we did last year. 

Monday is Orange Shirt Day, and everyone at St. Martin is encouraged to participate by wearing orange shirts.  The video below has more information about Orange Shirt Day. 

The weekly math homework is on Hapara and students should also keep reading and completing their reading logs every day. 

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Program Night

For those of you who were unable to attend Program Night, please click the link to access the presentation for Ms. Burgess's Grade 6 class.

Program Night Presentation

Monday, September 17, 2018

This Week: September 17-21

We have a couple of important dates for the calendar this week! We also welcome teacher candidate Joshua de Boer, from University of Ottawa to our classroom community.  

Wednesday September 19 is our Meet the Teacher evening at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School.  This Program Night runs from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  

Thursday, September 20 is our first field trip of the year for our Grade 6 Retreat at Holy Redeemer Church.  All the Grade 6s will walk over to the church for a day of prayer, reflection, learning, fun, and - of course - pizza!

In class this week, we are investigating the experiences of First Nations children in Residential Schools in our shared novel, These Are My Words, by Ruby Slipperjack. We also start guided reading groups and continue to work on writing strong paragraphs. 

In Math we are finding prime factors for composite numbers. Math homework starts this week also! The weekly homework for Math will be posted on Hapara, which students access through the Student Portal, using their OCSB student login.  Homework may be printed at home or answers may be written into a homework book.  

In Science, we are investigating the importance of biodiversity. Look for more information about our outdoor learning in the next weeks.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Confirmation Preparation

If your child has been baptized in the Catholic Church, and would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation this year, please see the link below for information about the process at Holy Redeemer.  

Confirmation Preparation at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.