Final Days!

Hey all,

Just a heads up on some year-end activities and items:

FUN DAY/BARBECUE – TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH – Our year end fun day will take place on Tuesday with a raindate of Wednesday. Hotdogs and juice will be provided to the students for lunch. The students will have a fun day doing stations around the school. Please make sure that your child has sunscreen and a hat for fun day. We are in need of volunteers to help with the barbecue.

GRADE SIX CLOSING – TUESDAY JUNE 27TH – We will be holding our annual closing for the grade six students tomorrow evening at 6 PM in the school gymnasium. We would ask the students to report to the classroom by 5:45 PM.

SCHOOL SUPPLY REMINDER – For those families who haven’t already done so please send your child(ren)’s $40.00 school supply fee into the school by next Wednesday, June 28th. The teachers will need to purchase the supplies over the summer for your child in September.

LIBRARY NOTICES – If you received a notice or email regarding outstanding library books, can you please send the books back before Wednesday or send in the $5.00 replacement fee. We would much rather have the books than the money.

Seeing as Wednesday, June 28th is the final day of classes, this will be my last blog post of the school year. I’d like to thank all the parents for their support, and I wish all the students a safe, relaxing summer vacation!






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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized


Year-End Updates

The end of the school year is fast approaching so I wanted to keep you in the loop with some important dates to mark on your calendars for next week.

  • Monday, June 19 – class field trip to Sandspit (rain date June 20). Please try to have forms and money in by this coming Friday. The cost is $10 per student which excludes the go-cart rides
  • Friday, June 23rd – Class Electronics Day/Grade 6 Fun Day. In the morning, all students can bring in their favorite technology to use in class with their friends. Grade 6 students will be treated to pizza, cake and pop for lunch as part of their fun day. There will be no charge for this. The grade 6 students will then go bowling at “The Alley” at noon. Grade 5 students will remain at school as it will be a regular afternoon for them. We will be walking, so permission forms will be sent home along with information on any additional fees for bowling.

The grade 6 closing is on Tuesday, June 27th and the school-wide field day is on Wednesday, June 28th. I’ll send additional reminders and information as these dates get closer.

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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


Math, Language Arts, Health Updates

Math – The first day of the grade 6 math assessment went well as the students prepare for the second and final day tomorrow. The grade five students continue their year-end  review.

Language Arts – We have started a new novel “Number the Stars” which will take us to the end of the year. It is the story of a Danish family dealing with the German occupation during the Second World War.

Last week we finished “Safe as Houses” which was a fictional account based on the actual 1954 flood of the Humber River in Weston, Ontario. The students really enjoyed this book as it focused on three children who managed to survive the flood. The events were based on the experiences of an actual survivor of the flood which was caused by Hurricane Hazel.

In writing, we have started our poetry unit as we are experimenting with free verse. Students have started an anthology which is in the Google writing classroom so you should check these out as we progress through the different forms. The students are doing a terrific job experimenting with metaphors, similes and personification to create imagery.

The grade 6 human sexuality unit is now completed but the grade 5 health unit still has to be completed. A form went home on Monday for permission to participate in this unit of study. I’d like to have those back by Friday. Mr. McQuaid will be teaching this to the grade 5 students.

The year is quickly coming to a close and I’ll send out other reminders of some year-end activities that are planned as the dates draw near.

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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized


Math, Health

Math – We are currently reviewing concepts covered this year in both grades, so you may see review sheets coming home every now and then this week. The grade 6 math assessment will be held next Wednesday and Thursday (June 7th & 8th). It will be administered first thing in the morning.

Health – The human sexuality component of the grade 6 health program began today. It will be held on three other days (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) this week.  Please check in with your child this week on topics discussed as this would be a great way to initiate some dialogue in this subject area at home.

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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Uncategorized


Update – Math, Language Arts, Health

Math Grade 6 – We have finished reviewing the number sense strand and we are now working on the shape and space section of the curriculum. You may see review sheets coming home from time to time so I’d ask you to make sure the students are completing these as they are very important in preparation for the math assessment in two weeks time.

Math Grade 5 – We are still working on the number sense strand specifically on decimals. You may see review sheets coming home from time to time so I’d ask you to make sure the students are completing these.

Language Arts – Tomorrow is the last day for the grade 6 language arts assessment. They will complete comprehension questions for their final story in the morning and be completing the good copy of their writing sample in the afternoon. Grade 5 will complete their second ACRAR comprehension assessment in the morning and finish the good copy of their writing sample in the afternoon.

Health – Students had their third class with Constable Markam Long of the Charlottetown Police Services on the “Healthy Me” program yesterday. I’d encourage parents to ask their child about these sessions as it is a great way to initiate some dialogue on peer pressure, making good choices and drug and alcohol use. They will have their fourth and final class with Cst. Long next Tuesday.

For grade 6 students, we will begin the human sexuality component of the health program next week. Notices went home about this yesterday, and I need those returned and signed by Friday if students wish to participate in the program. Ms. Hufnagel will be instructing the girls, and I will be working with the boys.

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Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


Update – Math, Language Arts, Healthy Me

Math – I have almost finished reviewing the number sense strand of the math curriculum with both grades. Grade 5 have completed their second foundational outcomes quiz while grade six has finished their third one. There are four quizzes for each grade to complete on the key foundational outcomes.

Language Arts – The first week of the language arts assessment for grade 6 has finished. Next week on Tuesday and Thursday, the assessment will take place again. The grade fives are completing some end of grade comprehension activities as they have finished an ACRAR (non-fiction passage) this week. They will do another one next week while the grade sixes complete their assessment

I will be taking the grade six students to Stonepark tomorrow for their school orientation which takes place from 9:30-11:30 am. There is also a parents’ meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 7PM at Stonepark for any parents that wish to learn more about the workings of the school.

Today, students also had their second of four classes with Cst. Markam Long of the Charlottetown Police Services. He is instructing the “Healthy Me” program offered by the Charlottetown police. The students are really enjoying discussing the material with Cst. Long as the focus is on Internet safety, making wise decisions/peer pressure, and information on drugs, alcohol and smoking.

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


Math, Language Arts

Math – Both grades have to complete a review booklet for tomorrow.

Language Arts – I’ve sent home a sample of the comprehension activities students will be working on during the upcoming assessment next week. I also sent along a notice and a pamphlet explaining the details of the assessment and I asked the students to return that notice signed to acknowledge that parents saw it. Students also have to return the sample to me as well. The pamphlet does not have to be returned.

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized