Here is the weekly update!
Fun Lunches this week: Wednesday- Coco Brooks
Friday - Edo’s (to make up for missing last Wednesday while we were away)
Nov. 20 - Report Cards come home
Nov 23/24 - Student-led conferences (will follow the same format as last year, sign-up for spots will begin on Monday, Nov. 20)
Dec 1 - Family Group CANstruction Build Day!
Thanks so much to our parent volunteers who came out this week. Despite the frigid temperatures we had a great week of outdoor exploration. Based on feedback and reflections, students indicated that the trips we took this week, as well as the STEM activities we did at school on Tuesday, helped solidify some of their understandings from our wetland unit and novel study. It also provided them with an opportunity to think creatively and practice collaborative work. We appreciate the time and effort you took with your children to ensure that they came well prepared. THANK-YOU!
Humanities: Our in class work in Humanities focused on completing “The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups” stories. Students should have completed a self reflection of their work and submitted the story to Writeabout, and their rubric to freshgrade. The students also had an opportunity to complete a map check-in. This check in required that they draw and label a map of Canada. We did the same activity back in August. Many students reflected that their understanding of Canadian geography has increased and they know a lot more about Canada. It was exciting for them to see their growth and recognize how their learning and understanding has progressed. Many also recognized that there is still more to learn, and set some goals for next term. Next week we will finish our novel study and begin our in depth inquiry into Canadian regions.
In between EXPO activities, we continue to practice rounding. Students completed a rounding check-in via Google Form yesterday. Please note that there were a few errors in the spreadsheet I used to assess the check-in. While I had fixed it in the answer key, I did not re-set the correction function so it did not recognize the change. I will be looking at each student’s assessment individually and will make note of where they had correct answers that were inadvertently marked wrong. Thanks for your patience as I work through the kinks of a new piece of technology. Please see Freshgrade as I have made individual comments to your child regarding their rounding knowledge. I offered a tutorial to all 5.3 and 5.4 students yesterday prior to the check-in. Only about half of the students I had requested come and see me actually attended the tutorial.
We have wrapped up the fall edition of our wetland study. We will be revisiting some of the concepts in spring once the Weaselhead has thawed so we can observe changes in a wetland throughout the seasons. Yesterday students completed a small assessment of their understanding of food webs. This brought together many concepts we studied together and learned about first hand on our EXPO trips this fall. We will be moving into our weather unit which will provide students with many opportunities to practice their inquiry skills.
Connect is participating in the Mayor’s Food Drive CANstruction Jr. competition. On December 1, each family group will be creating a sculpture using non-perishable food items. We are asking that between now and then, you send in non-perishable food items to use for the build. All food items will be donated directly to the Calgary Food Bank. Your child’s Family Group teacher may have a special list of items to send in that are specific for their chosen sculpture. Please ask your child about the plans and food items required. Stay tuned for more information and announcements!