Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Today the students did some practical life activities. We made chocolate cake from a war time recipe and talked about rationing and what they would have had to do just to bake a cake. We also made home made ice cream the old fashioned way using a hand crank ice cream maker. The students helped with the parent appreciation tea at the school today as well. We ended the day watching the movie UP as it has intergenerational ties back to our time at KSV. Tomorrow we need to return all of our library books to the school so if your child has any library books or text books at home can you please make sure that you bring them in tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the science test on the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. If your child missed the test on Monday they will also write the skeletal and muscle test. Homework tonight: - home reading - study science - return library books Year 4 Social Studies models and all novel study memory boxes will also be sent home tomorrow. Have a good night!

War Time Chocolate Cake

During wartime, the people back home didn’t always have the cooking supplies they would have liked. Recipes with little or no sugar, eggs, and milk were used so there would be more for the soldiers overseas. Some supplies were "rationed"—only so much per family. A family might have shared its sugar ration to make this No-Milk-No-Egg chocolate cake—mixed and baked in the same pan. Ask an adult to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a 20 cm (8-inch) square pan put: 375 ml (1 ½ cups) all purpose flour 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of baking powder 250 ml (1 cup) of granulated sugar 2.5 ml (½ teaspoon) of cinnamon 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of baking soda 2.5 ml (½ teaspoon) of salt 45 ml (3 tablespoons) of cocoa powder (not instant cocoa drink mix) Add to the pan: 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of vanilla extract 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of white vinegar 75 ml (5 tablespoons) of vegetable oil 250 ml (1 cup) of lukewarm water Mix everything together with a fork and bake for 30 minutes or until done.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


We had another good day today. This morning in fine arts we worked on an oil pastel drawing of a tiger in tall grass. We worked on creating a full size body cut out and included some of the organs that we have been studying this term. We went down to our kindergarten buddy room and interviewed them about their favorite things from being in Kindergarten this year. The children carried on with their spool knitting and had gym in the afternoon. Homework tonight: - home reading - study for Thursday Science test on digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems - novel study and yr 4 SS project if not done Have a good night.

Monday, June 9, 2014


We had a very quiet day today. This morning we looked back at our spelling through the year and worked with the words we found troublesome. We also had some work block time and wrote our science test. We spent some time with our spool knitting as well. Homework tonight: - home reading - yr 4 SS if not complete Have a great night!

Friday, June 6, 2014


Thank you to those who were able to attend this morning to watch our Shakespeare performances. The students really enjoyed working on them and were excited to show them for you. We also talked in class today about it being the 70th anniversary today of D Day and what that means. Homework this weekend: - all novel studies must now be completed - Yr 4 SS projects MUST be handed in by Tuesday - main idea/inference packages if not complete - science tests on Monday (skeletal/muscle) and Thursday (Digestive/Respiratory/Circulatory) Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


It is so nice to be back! For those who were not aware I have had a very bad case of laryngitis over the last week and a half which is why I have been away. Not a lot of fun, but it was so great to be back working with the children today! Letters went home yesterday informing parents that the Eagle Bay trip has been cancelled. Please make sure you make sure that your child has given you BOTH letters as one came home from the teachers and another from the administration. As I have been away and we did not get as much classroom time at KSV as I originally had planned I am being somewhat flexible with the due dates in the classroom. The novel studies should be complete at this time and I will give the children until Friday to hand those in. The grade 4 students were supposed to have their SS projects in by Friday but I will give until Tuesday next week for those. Much of the time this week will be spent on work block times in the classroom. Homework tonight: - home reading - novel studies if not complete - ss projects - science quizzes next week Monday - skeletal and muscle quiz Thursday - digestive, circulatory and respiratory quiz Have a great night!