Thursday, May 9th: Morning trip to the North Glenmore Park Constructed Wetland. We will leave at 10:20am and return early afternoon - we still need a few volunteers for this trip. (*Note time change for this trip to accommodate PE/PVA classes that morning)
Tuesday, May 14th - Fort Calgary Trip - Seeking Volunteers
Wednesday, May 15th- PVA trip AM only
Field Trip and Camp Permission- please log into the family zone and sign the Fort Steele permission form and the Fort Calgary permission form.
Fort Steele Reminders
5.3 leaves Thursday, May 2nd (no school Monday, May 6th)
5.4 leaves Sunday, May 5th
Buses depart at 7:30 AM. Students should arrive around 7:00 AM, but not earlier. Please consult the packing list in the attached booklet. Students are asked to bring 2 dozen nut free snacks to share with the group. These can be put in the large snack bins before loading the buses. If your child has medications please label them and place them in a ziplock with the medical administration form filled out (also in the attached booklet). These can be sent to school the day before, or given to the teacher before departure. If you follow @connectcharter, and @GailStevenson on twitter you will be able to view our camp activities while we are away. We regularly post photos and video of our time at camp. Clicking on the above links will take you right to the twitter pages and you can view the feeds, even if you are not signed up with twitter.
Humanities: This week students completed their poetry projects. These are available for viewing on Seesaw. If your child doesn't have one to view it is because it wasn’t submitted. Students are finishing up their region roadblock and will be working on detours and pit stops next week. A new novel was introduced, students will be reading, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” This is a fantasy novel with in a dystopian world. It is an independent read, and not a read aloud, like the previous books. An audiobook is available for students who wish to listen and read along. Students who wish to do this are encouraged to keep a set of headphones at school. Booksnaps were introduced on Friday and will be used throughout the novel study. Booksnaps use technology to help students make connections with the book and show their understanding of what they are reading. Your child may ask you for permission to install an app called, “Bitmoji.” This is an app that allows them to create a cartoon avatar of themselves, which they can use with google slides in their booksnaps. It is commonly used by those with snapchat, but we aren’t using the snapchat app. Bitmoji has no messaging or chat capabilities on its own. This app has a 12+ rating and is an app that requires a parent conversation and permission. Please refer to the link to help with your decision. It is not a requirement, as we have a lot of other emoji options to help us express ourselves.
https://www.saferkid.com/app-reviews-for-parents/bitmoji-keyboard-your-avatar-emoji . Please let me know if you do not wish for your child to use this app, as most students will want to install it Monday.
Math: In math this week we had an introductory look at fractions and how they fit on a number line in between whole numbers. Students also looked at how fractions represent parts of a whole by undertaking an exercise called Area Tiles.
Science: This week we studied series and parallel circuits. Students completed a number of circuit challenges in small groups and began to look at the benefits of using one type of circuit over the other. These skills will come in useful during the Interior Plains Detour where they will build an electrical device that would have been useful for the settlers of that region. The detours for the other regions (with the exception of the Great Lakes Region) are all project based and cover science outcomes from our Electricity and Weather topics.