Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Yay!!! We finally have our SMARTboard up and running!!!! We are all looking forward to using it for lessons tomorrow! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- penguin comic (if not complete)
- science (if not complete)
- hot dog orders (due Thursday)

Have a great night!

Reading Lists/Battle of the Books List

The Battle list for this year is the same as our classroom reading list. Some have been asking for another copy so I will put them on here!

Year Four Reading List

Because of Winn-Dixie
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dragon in the Sock Drawer
Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School
Harriet's Hare
Jack, The Story of a Beaver
James and the Giant Peach
Lost and Found
Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts
Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid
War with Grandpa

Year Five Reading List

Among the Hidden
Castle in the Attic
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Home Child
Into the Wild
Jennifer Murdley's Toad
Kensuke's Kingdom
Music of the Dolphins
Secret of Grim Hill

Year Six Reading List

Belle Prater's Boy
City of Ember
Dark Ground
Face on the Milk Carton
Fire Within
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates
Northern Exposures
Secret Letters from 0-10
We All Fall Down
Westing Game
Where the Red Fern Grows

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday November 29, 2010

I can't believe how fast today went! Hard to believe only one more day left and we are into December! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling (all children have the same cell science words this week)
- science, if not completed today
- hot dog form to be returned Thursday
- Scholastic orders due Friday
- french games on line for 15 min. tonight, website of their choice

Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Brrrrr!!! Another cold day out there today. The children stayed in today and had fun playing games in the classroom at both recess and lunch. We started a multiplication unit today and had a class meeting where the children helped to pick topics for the next units in science, social studies and health. Homework tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling (my apologies for some of the American spellings on the list, I usually try to catch them before putting the lists up. For these words I will accept American and/or Canadian spellings)
- mathletics

I understand that for spellodrome you need sound, if you don't have this, it is not a worry. It was a program that came with the mathletics that I thought the children might enjoy.

Have a good night. Stay warm!

Friday, November 19, 2010


A good day today. We had lots of fun making dough bear ornaments with our little buddies this morning. Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- math cards if unfinished
- mathletics
- Christmas Carol permission slip if not returned

Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday November 18, 2010

1/3 of the students did not have gym strip today. Can you please check with your child to make sure that they have gym strip in their locker and if they don't, that they please pack some. While on the subject of clothes the weather has turned cold so please make sure that your child is dressed to be outside at recess and lunch. I was pleased to see lots of warm coats, but gloves and hats are a good idea too. Tomorrow we are encouraging all of the students to wear pink for anti bullying week. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study microscope for quiz tomorrow
- any unfinished work
- www.spellodrome.com (15 min.)

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The students will be having a parts of the microscope quiz on Friday to get their "Microscope License." They need to make sure they are spending the next couple of nights studying for this. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- unfinished (if any)
- study parts of microscope
- poinsettia orders due tomorrow
- Write Traits (if unfinished)

Have a great night!

Monday, November 15, 2010


We are one step closer to our SMART board today. The board itself was installed and now we just have to wait on the computer hook up. So exciting. I hope that your child was able to get everything home that needed to get there, we were not allowed in our room for the afternoon while the board was being installed. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- mathletics
- microscope quiz Friday

There will be no spelling this week as there are still many outstanding assignments and my priority is getting them in so that we can get first term all wrapped up. Have a good evening.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Carrot Cookies

Carrot Cookies (makes around 6 cookies)

1 tablespoon margarine
2 tablespoons sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
4 tablespoons grated raw carrot
6 tablespoons self-raising flour (or plain flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder added)
1 tablespoon of water

Cream the margarine and the sugar together with the vanilla essence.
Beat in the grated carrot.
Fold in the flour. If mixture very dry then add a little water.
Drop spoonfuls onto greased tray and press down just a little.
Sprinkle tops with sugar and cook in an oven at 200 °C for about 20 minutes.


We did our first cooking activity today. We made carrot cookies from a wartime recipe. The children really seemed to enjoy them. For homework this weekend I asked the children to think about what they had coming up that was due, so some may be bringing home more than others. Also, if any had unfinished work outstanding I asked them to make sure that was turned in on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


We had an amazing assembly today to celebrate Remembrance Day tomorrow. I hope that everyone remembers tomorrow to pause at 11:00 for a moment of silence and remembrance. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- science test
- Year 4 projects due
- Eagle Bay $25 deposit due Monday
- mathletics and french web games (if they do not have a lot of other homework)

Enjoy the day tomorrow. See you Friday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


We got hooked back up to Mathletics today. I have asked all the children to have placed their log in names and passwords in the front of their agendas. This is something that they will have for the next year. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- spelling sentences to 10
- study science
- 5/6 projects due tomorrow
- library
- reading response if unfinished
- mathletics.ca for 15 min.

Have a wonderful night.

Monday, November 8, 2010


As each of the years has a science quiz this Friday I have told the children that this week their home reading can be reading their science books to study. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- study science
- cookie sheets (we will be doing some baking on Friday and if you have any cookie sheets you could donate to the classroom they would be appreciated!)

Have a great evening.

Home Access

A few children have been asking about getting a home access form to link their school accounts to their home computer. I have given some out but will post the information here as well in case they have gotten lost or need to be done again.

Install Free NX
1.This program works on Windows, Linux and some Mac's.
2.Open a web browser and go to http://www.sd73.bc.ca/download/
3.Download NX Client
4.Open the file that you just downloaded.
5.Click “Next”, “Next”, “Next”, “Install” and “Finish”. (you do not need to change anything)

Free NX is now installed.
Setup School Connection
1.Click “Start” => “All Programs” => “NX Client for Windows” => “NX Connection Wizard”
2.Click Next >
3.Type in the Session box: Aberdeen
4.Type in the Host box: vs1.aberdeen.sd73.bc.ca
5.Type in the Port box: 55557
6.Adjust the slide bar to match your home Internet connection. ADSL=Shaw; MODEM=dial-up
7.Click Next >
8.Click Next >
9.Check “Create shortcut on desktop”.
10.Click Finish.

You will now see a quick connect icon on your desktop.
Login to Aberdeen
1.Open the Aberdeen link on your desktop.
2.Type in your Login and Password that you use at the school.
3.Click Login

*** When you are finished your work, please remember to logout by clicking “K” => “Log Out...”
*** You may have to reboot your workstation after you install NX Client.

If you have any questions please contact the helpdesk: 377-4357 helpdesk@sd73.bc.ca

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Criteria for Continent Assignment (Year 4)

Criteria for Continent Assignment

· Where is it located?
· What is the population?
· Animals/species that live there?
· Countries/Flags
· Capitals of Countries
· Where did the people living there come from?
· Types of food
· Crops and vegetation
· Resources
· Industry
· Weather/Seasons
· Climate
· Time Zones (hours before or after us)
· Bodies of Water
· Mountains
· Pictures (including a map that I will provide to be coloured in Montessori map colours)
· You will need to complete a Montessori puzzle map as well

You need to include all of the information listed above, if you would like to include any other information that would be wonderful. The presentation will be no longer than ten minutes long. I will also expect a written report to be handed in as well. If you have any further questions please let me know as soon as possible.

Friday, November 5, 2010


What a sticky way to end the week! I think the children all enjoyed watching myself and 8 other staff members take a pie to the face today because of the Terry Fox fundraiser. Homework today:

- home reading
- research (projects due this week)

If any parents are wanting to come to WCTC with us could you please let me know by Monday so that I can order the tickets. Thanks!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday November 4, 2010

We had another good day today. The children all worked really hard and got a lot done. One thing that we worked on was Postcards for Peace. Each one of the children wrote a postcard thanking a veteran for their service for our country. We will be sending those off to Legions across Canada tomorrow. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- math test tomorrow (review of addition and number patterns)
- spelling dictionary words
- unfinished work
- scholastic orders due
- Eagle Bay deposit due by Nov. 15

Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


It was a fun day today. Being away yesterday no note went home to remind everyone that today was the class pizza party that we won for selling the most Entertainment Books in the school. Thank you to the PAC for providing pizza, juice and cupcakes! Yummy! Also we had a fun French lesson in the lab today learning about some websites that are available. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- research projects (due next week)
- 15 min. of French games
- Christmas Carol field trip notice

Have a great night!

www.schoolwax.com password - 74ecf62e

Monday, November 1, 2010


What a good day today was! We had a good time at our first YPC of the year. We also are going to try out some new seating arrangements that hopefully will help the focus and volume level in the room. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- french quiz
- scholastic due Friday
- any outstanding assignments are now past due (students who do not have them handed in will have to stay in at lunch time until they are completed)

Have a good night.