May 11

וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ”- רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא”

In the spirit of Lag BaOmer, and Rabbi Akiva’s teachings: ” love your neighbour as yourself” we brought both classes together to incorporate the themes of teamwork, self-control, kindness, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, modesty and humility with the “Win-Win” mindset ( one of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®)

Through meaningful discussions and activities, the students focused on understanding how to resolve conflict in a positive way, so that everyone can be happy with the solution.

Having a Win-Win mindset means:

  • Seeing life through a lens of cooperation instead of competition
  • Balancing courage for getting what you want with consideration for what others want
  • Being kind to others and trying to make them happy
  • Working to find solutions to problems that make everyone happy

We finished off our time together with spreading kindness and leaving each other meaningful messages.

April 24

Algebra Quiz: Monday, May 1st

We will be having our algebra quiz on Monday, May 1st. 

Here are some review videos of all the concepts we have learned for this unit:

Vocabulary Review

Evaluating Expressions

* This video has two examples with exponents. You DO NOT need to know exponents. Watch the first two examples until 2:10

Solving Equations (Balancing)

Reading Inequalities

Solving Inequalities

* This video has one example at the end with negative numbers. You DO NOT need to know this. We are only using whole numbers. Watch the first three examples until 4:15

Graphing Inequalities

Writing Equations from Word Problems


Students are encouraged to use IXL algebra and patterning recommendations and assigned tasks, alongside paper practice. Here are the worksheets to print if you prefer paper copies:

To help you study at home, here is a study planner, as well as tips for how to study!

Students also received a study package to take home today. Students also have access to 6 lessons with examples and videos to review concepts. Students will receive an answer key to the study package on Thursday to make corrections.

As always, there will be check-in sessions in class with the teacher and peer mentoring opportunities. If you need to reach out, please do not hesitate!


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April 20

Grade 4/5 Night Out!

We are excited to announce that we will be doing a Funhaven night out for the grade 4/5 students. You are invited to Funhaven (1050 Baxter Rd, Ottawa, ON K2C 3P1) on Tuesday, May 2nd at 5pm. Students will be able to play arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars and enjoy a sweet treat provided by the school. Students will need to be dropped off at 5pm and picked up by no later than 7pm.
Who: Grade 4/5 students
What: FUN and a sweet treat
Where: Funhaven (1050 Baxter Rd, Ottawa, ON K2C 3P1)
When: Tuesday, May 2nd (5-7pm)
Price: 15 $ paid in advance to teacher with cash or etransfer to (with student name)
-students will not need any other money for the evening
Please let us know here if your child will be joining us!
We hope to see you all then!
April 19

Public Speaking 2023

Hello, Grade 5 families!

Students have now started their digital copy of their speech writing work packs for public speaking. In this package you can find the due dates for each part of the writing process. In Grade 5, most of the written work is completed in class with submissions dates for teacher feedback on each section. In class, we will also have writing workshops to remind students of writing hooks, interesting openers, persuasive writing tools and impactful conclusions.

Students will also have opportunities to check in with myself, 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.

There will be more information to follow about the structure of the public speaking finals.

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

April 4

Passover Celebrations in Grade 5

Passover is an important Jewish holiday that celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It is a time of joy and reflection, and a time to come together with family and friends. This year, we celebrated Passover with our students in a fun and engaging way, with a Model Seder and various educational games.

The games were a great way to engage with the students and help them learn more about Passover. It was also a great way to bond and create memories together.

!חג האביב שמח וחופשה נעימה

March 31

An Impressive Innovation Day!

Congratulations to the Grade 5 students on their amazing Innovation Day projects! Using the design thinking framework, the students answered the question: How can we provide electricity to community outdoor spaces in an energy efficient way that still maintains the safety and “fun” aesthetic of the space?

Here is a sneak peak of the projects, please visit the student blogfolios to see more about these amazing projects!



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March 27

Innovation Day- Wednesday, March 29th

This is a reminder that this week is our Innovation Day. If you were hoping to come by to see your child’s project, the 5 – 8 projects will be on display for parents from 3 – 4pm this Wednesday (March 29th) in the gymnasium.

The class has been hard at work on their energy projects and students are either now finished or putting the finishing touches on their work before Wednesday.

We hope to see you there!

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March 24

Restaurant Project-work in progress…

Working on our next project, which summarizes what we learned in the Restaurant unit:

  • Students applying the vocabulary and the skills that were learned in the unit of the restaurant.
  • Students get a chance to build their own restaurant in the classroom.
  • Students are choosing the type of the restaurant,creating menus and using the vocabulary to communicate at the restaurant.