Feb. 5 - Fractal Snowflake Workshop (in school EXPO, could use a few parent volunteers as helpers. 5.3 in AM, 5.4 in PM).
Feb 7&8: Urban Jungle Book production, 7pm. This is a free event, but reserve your seat(s) here: (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/connect-charter-school-presents-the-urban-jungle-book-by-joe-slabe-tickets-42321774567)
Feb. 15&16 No School - Connect Teacher’s Retreat
Feb 21: EXPO Swimming
Feb 27: EXPO Military Museum and MRU MakerSpace (will need parent volunteers)
Looking waaaaay ahead (contact us if you are interested in volunteering):
May 9-12: 5.3 Fort Steele
May 12-15: 5.4 Fort Steele
Humanities - We spent this week finishing the research phase for our regions issues and began planning our pecha kucha presentations. We hope to finish up and present these by Thursday. Our Caldecott books were narrowed down to a field of 11. We will choose our winner this week. Our top titles are going head to head, and students will be very sad to see some favourites eliminated. Students began crafting a persuasive letter to Mrs. Veteikis. They are making a case for, and requesting that their favourite Caldecott eligible title be added to our school library collection. We also began reading, “The City of Ember”, which is our next novel study and has strong science connections.
Math - This week we spent time reviewing how to pull out important information from word problems, additionally we analyzed and created a criteria of what “counts” in a math notebook (ie: math communication, organization, units, labels). Ms. Kwong also introduced Long Division and students were given the opportunity to practice that skill. On Thursday, students tackled a problem called “Quotient 42” where they created as many division equations as they could that had a quotient of 42. Many students pulled in their understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division for this problem. There will be a division check-in early next week and then Ms. Kwong will be moving into the math strand, “Shape and Space” for the next month or so.
Science - This week students got their hands on light bulbs, batteries and wires as they constructed an understanding of series and parallel circuits as well as learning vocabulary as it relates to electricity (ie: load, conductor, power source). They continued to practice safely using the equipment and reflecting on their understanding at the end of each lesson. We also introduced an exciting interdisciplinary inquiry using the novel, “The City of Ember” - more details to come on that!
Other interesting things:
If you have ever been asked what a charter school is, here is a great video created by the TAAPCS (The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools) that explains it in a fun way. Feel free to spread it around on social media if you would like! It pops right up if you go to www.connectcharter.ca