Raven Rambler Oct. 19-23

Ms. Guilbeau’s Grade 4O Class Newsletter

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Halloween Parade – Oct 29 (Please wear your costumes, no weapons or full face masks please (we need to see who you are))
  • ATA Institute Day (NO SCHOOL) – Oct 30
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 9 (My Birthday! LOL) from 5-8pm
  • Parent-Teacher Interview Night – Nov 10 from 3-6pm
  • Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 11
  • PLF #4 (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 20
  • Day in Lieu PTI (NO SCHOOL) – Nov 23 (This is a day teachers get off because of all the hours they work overtime for Parent-Teacher Interviews, we get them twice a year because PTIs happen twice a year.)
  • Report Card #1 (go home) – Nov 27
Parents/Thank You

Thank you parents for all signing up for remind! We almost have everyone on there. I use it as my main form of communication so it is important that we are all trying to check it and keep up with it.

I am happy to say that I have fully assessed all your children in numeracy and literacy (math/reading/writing/spelling) and figured out the best way to help them in their individual and class needs this school year. Our goal is to work together as teachers and parents to help them progress in their learning, become more independent problem solvers, and overall happy, confident human beings so they can succeed in the future when they leave my class and go into higher grades.

One thing I must say is that your children are all amazing and I am blessed to teach them and get to know them this year! 🙂

Trends I am seeing this year is a lot of dependant learning behaviour which is not a bad thing at this age however it takes up a lot of a parent or teachers time with little things that they could be learning to solve on their own. This is the stage of development they are at and also majorly due to the fact that when they were at home during COVID-19 isolation they were being told everything they needed to do (by their teachers & amazing parents who put in some very long hours), having constant support, and thus bringing down the amount of practice they would have at problem solving & independence in their daily lives. It’s all good and there is no need to worry, since the start of school I have seen their independence grow tremendously, however we still have work to do on this skill.

But what can we do to help them become more independent? Here are a few ideas that you can implement or not, totally up to you, to help everyone become their most independent, confident, and capable selves:

  • They can pack their own lunch & be responsible for making sure it is ready the night before
  • They can have chores at home that is completely their job to do every week to help the household
  • They could be in charge of dividing up the family chores and making sure all the jobs get done (kids love checklists and “being the boss” so this is a fun one for everyone)
  • They could be in charge of reading the family a night time story & logging it into their reading log (woo! Two birds – 1 stone! Nightly reading & reading log done & independent leadership!)
  • They could teach the family how to log in and out of google classroom
  • They could teach the family how to fill in their reading log
  • If they are having an issue with their tech (reading log, signing in etc) we could ask questions like “Well can you show me the steps to signing in?”, “What does that button do in the corner? Can you remember?” instead of doing it for them. It takes a bit of patience for us adults to get them to figure things out on their own however, after the first few times of being patient and waiting for them to figure it out, they discover what they are really capable of and it helps them to become more confident & independent.
  • If you find that everyone always forgets a certain task in the home (ie. taking out the garbage, making sure homework is done etc.), make them the captain of that job to help them remember and instill leadership qualities in them.

These are just some ideas. Take it or leave it, completely your choice. 🙂

However, if you do decide to implement one of these ideas or found a way to help encourage independence in your home, leave a comment down below to share with others in the class! 🙂

Math

Students are finishing up Unit 1: Patterns and Equations.

I have signed students up for mathletics and will be assigning them tasks to do on there. It is good to have them go on there for 10-20 minutes a few times a week to encourage math in the home! I will be emailing you your child’s mathletics log on in the next day or so.

We love math in our class, it is fun and filled with exploration and games. We want to be math geniuses by the end of the year!

Language Arts
  • Journalling: For this week and next, we spend 45 minutes writing about halloween topics. This week we are writing two paragraphs. “If my teacher turned into a witch…” and “If my principal turned into Frankenstein…”.
  • Grammar: Focus on punctuation, complete sentences, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and past, present, and future tense.
  • Spelling: Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with the Words Their Way Program.  Students will be tested on their words at the end of every week, receiving new words on the following Monday.
  • If you are confused about how to practice the Words Their Way Program with your child (if you are doing home learning, at sometime during the year), watch these helpful videos below.
  • Words Their Way Video #1
  • Words Their Way Video #2
  • There word sorts for the week are all posted on google classroom for you.
  • Reading Comprehension: This week we have been working on a story called “Yellowstone National Park”. Every day they complete 4 response questions about the text either as a class (Monday), in partners (Tuesday & Wednesday), independently (Thursday), and tested on Friday. In this weeks story we learned about Geysers! Woah, super cool stuff! Watch this video with your family to learn about Geysers:
Social Studies
  • Students are currently working on mapping. We have learned about legends and will be creating our own make believe maps this week and next to demonstrate our knowledge of maps and legends.
Science
  • Students are currently working on Waste and Our World. We are learning about different types of waste. They are very passionate about this topic.
  • This week we are learning about decay and decomposers. Here is an excellent video you & your family can watch on the topic & discuss.
  • At the end of the week we will be making decomposer posters!
Leader in Me

We are working on Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind! We are learning that:

  • We needed to center our life around principles. Principles are timeless and universal such as: honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility.
  • We need to set goals. Most leaders have many goals they want to pursue, yet wise leaders know that some goals are more important than others.
  • Make a plan. Leaders who begin with the end in mind know it is not enough to just have goals, but they must also need a plan in order to get there.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send an e-mail to kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca.

I can’t believe it is halfway through October already, this is so exciting! Please wear your Halloween costume to school next week (Oct. 29, 2020). Also please leave a comment below about what your family is doing to become more independent learners! 🙂

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Oct 5-9, 2020

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

4O Newsletter

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Thanksgiving Monday NO SCHOOL – Oct 12
  • ATA Institute Day NO SCHOOL – Oct 30
Parents/Thank You
  • Thank you parents for all your hard work at home learning with your child when they are off of school due to isolation or when they are sick. It is very important that they keep up with their learning as we are still trying to address the learning gaps from March to June of 2020. Starting next week you will be emailed your child’s log on to Google Classroom/Gmail so you can keep up with their learning through that online platform instead of me emailing the zipped files to you every Monday.
  • So far progress among the class has been steady and consistent and our independent focus is already much better than it was only a few weeks ago! Very well done students!
Math

Students are continuing to learn Unit 1: Patterns and Equations

Students must keep practicing their addition and subtraction facts. If they are doing extra learning at home after school, that is a top priority to focus on as we need to be able to do quick mental math for our next math units.

  • 9 + 9 (all addition facts up to 9 + 9)
  • 18 – 9 (all subtraction facts related to addition facts)
  • Here are some websites to help practice fact fluency.
Language Arts
  • Journalling: We journal 30-45 minutes every morning with a topic topic each day. Make Believe Monday, Top Ten Tuesday, Words of Wisdom Wednesday, My Thoughts Thursday, and Flashback Friday. At the end of journaling time, I choose 3-6 students at random (rotating who is chosen) to present what they wrote to the class.
  • Grammar: Focus on punctuation, complete sentences, nouns, verbs, and adverbs.
  • Spelling: Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with the Words Their Way Program.  Students will be tested on their words at the end of every week, receiving new words on the following Monday.
  • If you are confused about how to practice the Words Their Way Program with your child (if you are doing home learning, at sometime during the year), watch these helpful videos below.
  • Words Their Way Video #1
  • Words Their Way Video #2
  • Reading: I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • Reading Comprehension: This week we have been working on a story called “Where Do Bugs Go In The Winter”. Every day they complete 4 response questions about the text either as a class (Monday), in partners (Tuesday & Wednesday), independently (Thursday), and tested on Friday.
Social Studies
  • Students are currently working on mapping & understanding the map of Canada, a globe, a compass, longitude & latitude, and coordinates.
  • Students will be demonstrating their knowledge on this topic by completing a project at the end of the week and completing a test next week.
Science
  • Students are currently working on Waste and Our World. We are learning about different types of waste. They are very passionate about this topic.
  • Please watch these few videos on the topic at home as a family and have a 5-10 minute discussion on the topic.
  • Plant and Animal Waste
  • Biodegradable Waste
  • Toxic Waste
  • Food Waste
  • Recyclable Waste
  • This week we are also learning about decay and decomposers. Here is an excellent video you & your family can watch on the topic & discuss.
Leader in Me
  • Our September Division 2 awards for Phase 1 are based on courage, kindness, and Habit #1 – Being Proactive. These awards will be taking place at 10:45am-11:45am on October 9th, 2020. I will send a link in Remind so you & your family can tune in for our virtual awards assembly! I will send a remind/email to the parents of the 3 students who will be getting an award during this first phase.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send an e-mail to kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca.

I can’t believe it is October already, this is so exciting! Big things are coming up!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Raven Rambler Sept 28-Oct 2

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

4O Newsletter

Dear grade four families,

Coming Up & Due Dates…
  • Terry Fox Run – Monday Sept 28
  • Orange Shirt Day – Sept 30 (please participate by wearing orange)
  • Photo Day – CANCELLED (OCT 1)
  • PLF #3 NO SCHOOL – Oct 2
  • Thanksgiving Monday NO SCHOOL – Oct 2
  • ATA Institute Day NO SCHOOL – Oct 30
Parents/Thank You
  • Thank you parents for all your hard work at home learning with your child when they are off of school due to isolation or when they are sick. It is very important that they keep up with their learning as we are still trying to address the learning gaps from March to June of 2020. Starting next week you will be emailed your child’s log on to Google Classroom/Gmail so you can keep up with their learning through that online platform instead of me emailing the zipped files to you every Monday.
  • So far progress among the class has been steady and consistent and our independent focus is already much better than it was only a few weeks ago! Very well done students!
Math

Students are learning Unit 1: Patterns and Equations

Students must keep practicing their addition and subtraction facts. If they are doing extra learning at home after school, that is a top priority to focus on as we need to be able to do quick mental math for our next math units.

  • 9 + 9 (all addition facts up to 9 + 9)
  • 18 – 9 (all subtraction facts related to addition facts)
  • Here are some websites to help practice fact fluency.
Language Arts
  • Journalling: We journal 30-45 minutes every morning with a topic topic each day. Make Believe Monday, Top Ten Tuesday, Words of Wisdom Wednesday, My Thoughts Thursday, and Flashback Friday. At the end of journaling time, I choose 3-6 students at random (rotating who is chosen) to present what they wrote to the class.
  • Grammar: Focus on punctuation, complete sentences, nouns, verbs, and adverbs.
  • Spelling: Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with the Words Their Way Program.  Students will be tested on their words at the end of every week, receiving new words on the following Monday.
  • If you are confused about how to practice the Words Their Way Program with your child (if you are doing home learning, at sometime during the year), watch these helpful videos below.
  • Words Their Way Video #1
  • Words Their Way Video #2
  • Reading: I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • Reading Comprehension: This week we have been working on a story called “Finders Keepers”. Every day they complete 4 response questions about the text either as a class (Monday), in partners (Tuesday & Wednesday), independently (Thursday), and tested on Friday.
Social Studies
  • Students are currently working on mapping & understanding the map of Canada, a globe, a compass, longitude & latitude, and coordinates.
Science
  • Students are currently working on Waste and Our World. We are learning about the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle! They are very passionate about this topic.
Leader in Me
  • Our focus for September is courage, kindness, and Habit #1 – Being Proactive.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send an e-mail to kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca.

I can’t believe we are almost in October already, this is so exciting! Big things are coming up!

Cheers!

Ms. G

Mission Statement

In 6L our first week, we worked hard as a class to come up a mission statement that we stand for, align with and that represents us as a whole. This is what we came up with and we agreed upon:

Grade 6L Mission Statement

The mission of our class is that every student has a voice.  We are a family and we will use our different talents and interests to help each other succeed.  We will be outstanding leaders and role models for our school with a plan each day and begin with the end in mind.  A “Can Do” Attitude is a must and we will listen to people without interrupting.

We believe in ourselves and each other.  It makes us happy to see other people happy.  Each morning we will come in with a smile, positive attitude, enough rest, a greeting, and ready to work.  Teamwork is the best for our classroom of leaders.

We will use this mission statement to refer back to our values, work ethic, leadership roles and maintain our sense of community/family within the class throughout the year.

Ms. G

Apple Schools

“The District is committed to ensuring every school provides a safe and healthy environment for students and staffs that facilitates health and wellness and promotes healthy lifestyle choices. The promotion of children’s health and well-being, physical activity, and social emotional growth in schools is important to student learning and increased achievement. Health and education are interdependent as healthy students are better learners. A healthy school community is one that supports the wellness of students and staff through the implementation of a comprehensive school health framework that fosters and maintains a health promoting school environment. A healthy school environment provides a consistent message to students, staff and parents by ensuring foods served within the school meet the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth and promotes physical activity.” – Fort McMurray Public Schools

Please ensure that your child is bringing 80% of their food from the “choose most often” category and the other 20% from the “choose sometimes” category from the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.

“Certain rare events in a school may include, for a variety of reasons, involvement of foods from the “Choose Sometimes’ and ‘Choose Least Often’ categories. In communication with parents, a Principal may allow for a specific event to include one ‘Choose Least often’ food (ie. graduation, end of year farewell ceremonies). Food from the ‘Choose Least Often’ category is provided by the school only.” – Fort McMurray Public Schools

Please review these documents with your family so we can all participate in living our healthiest & most actives lives.

Ms. G

Remind Sign Up

Hello to all of my wonderful 4O parents and students.

If you have not yet signed up for my remind, please do so by clicking the link.

It is very important that you sign up to receive remind notifications from me so that you don’t miss out on important news, letters, documents to be signed, homework & test updates. I communicate using remind strictly from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and it is the best way to get ahold of me if your child needs to be picked up, is sick, or for any other reason. Email me at kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca if you are not able to sign up and we will figure it out together.

Thanks!

Cheers!

Ms. G