**EDIT** Students went home with an envelope from the Langley Teachers’ Association with information regarding the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSAs), which our class is due to write in the coming weeks. PLEASE read the information and if you would like more, the BC Teachers’ Federation has a Parent’s Page with our stance on the FSAs. If you would like your child to NOT write the FSAs this year, you need to fill out the letter in the envelope and send it back to school. Unfortunately, this alone will not excuse your child, Mrs Simonetto or Mrs King will reach out to you for a further conversation.
Life lessons were learned in the Chalet this afternoon- how to pinch open a plastic Pixie stick, and how to eat do you don’t clog the opening. You’re welcome!
Concours- revision/correction/peer editing next week
We had a great conversation this morning about mental health and how to take care of yourself, in light of Bell Let’s Talk Day today.
They also worked very hard on their la francophonie country research projects. These will be due February 11, where they will present in small groups–something a little different than what we’ve done before. We will continue next week with our work on Careers.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend, we got snow just as I like- here today, gone tomorrow.
This week we are focusing on the big introduction and conclusion paragraphs for our speeches. I have some examples of past speeches I will be showing the class tomorrow to hopefully give some inspiration.
Just wanted to pass along my smile and merci to Div 1 for being “awesome for the TTOC” (from Mrs King) on Wednesday afternoon (I had a family emergency to attend) and for having a good day yesterday. On top of that, we had a great day! Lots of random catch up things: we had a gallery walk for our Proficiency Scale projects (they are amazing!), we put up our Space Exploration timelines around the room, worked quietly and diligently on our speeches (bravo!), behaved very well during the earthquake drill, did a little of art (can’t wait for the finished product) and finished our day in the gym. A well deserved weekend for everyone!
On the topic of Concours, I strongly urged the students to have the middle paragraphs of their speech done ASAP (before Monday would be ideal). A good target is 3 decent sized paragraphs minimum. We will be focusing on writing strong and engaging introductions and conclusions next week, which are easier to write if the body is complete. If you have a moment, would you mind following up with your child about where they are in the process, it helps if they are being held accountable from both ends 🙂 Thanks in advance!
Some of your children will be coming home incredibly muddy today. Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear, and a change of clothing, even on beautiful January days like today.
Today we started the day with a “$100 Word Challenge” to warm up our brains. Each letter in the alphabet was assigned a monetary value and students raced to see who could come up with a word worth $100 first–shout out to K.B. and O.B. for their $100 words (telephone and payphone.) They also had to come up with the most expensive word they could figure out–shout out to I.F. for a whopping $478 word (Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis… yikes…)
Additionally, we are starting a new research project and diving into La Francophonie. I posted a list of countries to choose from on Teams. Students will pick one country and will need to give me three reasons or interesting facts about that country to justify their choice on Thursday.