May 3

Math Upcoming Fractions Test

Hello, Grade 5 Families,
As we complete our section on fractions, we are looking to have a test on the material on Tuesday, May 11. Given that we are learning online right now, we will be completing a different style of a test than usual… an escape room! The escape room will be available on Google Forms and administered during class while Miss M., Ms. Michelle, and Mr. Kom will be available to answer questions. Students will be asked to answer the questions to solve the room. There will be class time given this week for review and answering questions. The review worksheets for practice will be provided for students to practice the necessary skills, which are located here.
The learning skills being tested are:
1. Adding fractions with like denominators
2. Subtracting fractions with like denominators
3. Multiplying fractions by whole numbers
4. Divide whole numbers by unit fractions
5. Reducing fractions to their simplest form using equivalent fractions
6. Convert between a mixed number and an improper fraction
Students are encouraged to practice problems on IXL, completing recommendations by Miss Mellenthin and Ms. Michelle.
We look forward to escaping the fraction factory with you!
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April 16

Parashat Tazria-Metzora

In this week’s Parsha we were learning with the students about the power of words and what “Lashon hara” can do. For the parsha activity students were writing good things about their classmates, then they shared how they felt when someone said a good thing about them. We all agreed that “Lashon hara” has the opposite effect.

We should always think before we speak and not to use “lashon hara”, it can hurt somebody’s feelings.

What a great activity to finish the week with:)




April 5

Public Speaking 2021

Hello, Grade 5 families!

Students will be coming home with their speech writing work packs for public speaking. In Grade 5, most of the written work is completed as homework with submissions dates for teacher feedback on each section. In class, writing workshops will be held to remind students of writing hooks, interesting openers, persuasive writing tools and impactful conclusions. There is also helpful writing tips and tricks worksheets in the above document.

Students will also have opportunities to check in with their class teacher ensuring everyone is on track with writing deadlines and to discuss feedback.

Writing the speech is only half of the task…presenting their speech to a kind (yet critical!) audience is also really helpful. Please encourage your child to read their speech out loud and offer feedback. If you’re unavailable, ask your child to record themselves! You can listen later plus your child gets to see themselves and begin to make adjustments independently.

Check out this awesome speech by a 10-year girl, looking at not only the words but the non-verbal cues and these amazing Tedtalks showcasing the use of anecdotes.

Please reach out to Miss. Mellenthin, if you have any questions or queries regarding this writing project.




March 23

Innovation Day 2021!

Hello, Grade 5 Families,

We are so excited to invite you into our classroom (virtually, of course!) to explore our innovation creations! We based our Innovation Day around our Science unit of Energy, looking specifically at renewable sources of energy. Using project-based learning, students were given a ‘problem to solve’. Students had to incorporate renewable energy sources into a park, first empathizing with how and why parks should use renewable energy then collaborating and cooperating to build a model of this park. Students used a variety of tools to develop their idea from Minecraft, to Scratch to Floorplanner 3D and even, old fashioned building! Please see their creative journey develop below and their individual projects on their blog sites.

March 15

Innovation Day 2021!

Innovation Day will look a little differently this year. Without being able to physically welcome you into our classroom, we would like to virtually invite you in!

Students have been working through the Design Thinking process to learn about renewable energy sources and develop a plan for a community space that is inclusive, safe, and takes into account the various gatherings that would normally take place inside, that no longer can because of COVID-19. The challenge is to DREAM BIG! How can we bring electricity to community spaces through renewable energy sources to deal with the ever-growing desire to gather (socially-distanced) outside? See how we worked through this here.

We can’t wait to share what we’ve come up with!

Please mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of Innovation!!

March 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm

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March 4

Jesse Miller Recap

On Monday, March 1st,  Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality came to speak to our students and parents.

I was lucky enough to participate in all three sessions, and it was incredible to hear how he adjusted the message to fit the age and stage of the group he was speaking to. I want to share my big take-aways, but don’t even know where to start!

There was an overarching theme throughout all three sessions…


We will never go back to a time when technology didn’t exist, so rather than fight it, we need to accept that it’s here and learn how to live with it. When speaking with the parents, Jesse shared a story from when he was a boy in grade 5, taking the bus from his elementary school in Westmount, QC, to McGill University where his parents worked. His parents helped prepare him for this responsibility by equiping him with the tools he would need in case of an emergency….a quarter in case he needed to use a payphone, a plan for what to do if someone unkind spoke to him, who the safe people were to speak to along the way if he needed help…

The online world may be new, but it doesn’t need to be that different. We need to teach our children how to navigate it safely. We need to equip them with the tools and skills to help lead a balanced life. We need to help them understand what is appropriate and what is not…and why!

  • Using your computer during class a really fortunate tool to have. Chatting isn’t appropriate because you may miss out on important information, or it can take time away from using your class time appropriately when the teacher is available to help you. Closing tabs or telling your friends you can’t talk is a life skill that will help you BALANCE your responsibilities.
  • Playing games and chatting with people online is fun and can help you build relationships, but if it gets inappropriate, there are people you can speak to, without punishment, who can help you. Choosing to be an upstander is a life skill that will help you BALANCE your relationships.
  • Sharing some information about yourself online can have value. Documenting your learning is clearly something we value at OJCS. Protecting our identity is also something we value. Being respectful is definteily something we value, both on and offline. Who you choose to be online is important – what are you telling the world about who you are as a person? Teaching our children how to safely share and behave online is a life skill that will help them BALANCE their reputation.
  • Just as we set rules and boundaries for when screens can be used and HOW they should be used in school, rules and boundaries can be set in the home as well. If you’re going to allow children to be online, make sure they are “participating with the screen, not isolating with the screen.”
  • And finally, we should meet our children where they are. Their interests may not be ours, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn. Jesse gave the analogy of the “hockey mom.” Some mothers (and fathers) never played a game of hockey, or even watched a game of hockey before their child started playing. After going to game after game, many of those same parents are now experts, yelling from the stands as soon as any player is off-side. If your child loves Fortnite or Minecraft…play with them! Learn what it’s all about, see what interests them about it, and learn the rules so that it can become something you share together, not something you don’t undestand and can’t relate to.

If you were part of any of Jesse’s sessions, what were your big take-aways? I’d love to hear your comments and feedback 🙂