September 28

Terry Fox Run!

We were so lucky to hear from Joel Werier, an orthopedic cancer surgeon and sarcoma researcher prior to the run. He reminded us how important it is to raise money for charities like The Terry Fox foundation. With the funds raised,  the way people are treated for osteosarcoma has radically improved. Joel gave us even more motivation to run for Terry!

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September 16

Novel Study, Current Units and Upcoming Events

Next week we’ll be diving into our first novel study. We will be starting the year with a beautiful story of kindness and how it isn’t easy to step outside of our comfort zones. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is rich with themes such as anti-bullying and having compassion, acceptance, and empathy for others.  

Students will use this book for both in class and homework activities over the next month. Our novel study will include discussions on chapter summaries and open ended questions, short quizzes, vocabulary, video journals and a variety of other activities. We will end the unit with a final creative project in which the students create their own interpretation of the novel. This will be a student directed project, giving the students ownership over their culminating task for this novel. 

Other Information

Current Working Units:

Math: Number Sense 

Science: Life Systems 

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans prior to 1713, in what would eventually become Canada 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 21st 7:00 pm- Back to School Night (in person) 

Friday, September 23rd- Terry Fox Run (more information to follow) 

Friday, September 30th- Orange Shirt Day

September 12

Monday in Grade 5!

Every Monday we start the day with a Monday Meeting. This meeting includes a few things…


Every second week each student has a classroom job. Jobs include a tech manager, lunch manager, clean up crew, paper passer, supply manager and teacher assistant. Later in the year, we will decide on new jobs for the class based on what we see fit.

Building Community Question 

We then discuss a new question every week that allows us to get to know each other and build community. For example, our question today was ‘What is your favorite outdoor activity or game?’

Rose, Thorn & Bud

Students are then welcome to share a rose, thorn and bud from the previous weekend or from another time. A rose is a highlight, a success, or something positive that happened. A thorn is a challenge experienced, or something you can use some support with. A bud is a new idea or something you are looking forward to.

It is a great way to start our day, come together as a group and support each other through the positives and the negatives!

June 2

How do structures withstand natural forces?

Grade 5 have been learning about natural forces and structures. In this week’s final experiment, students designed and built a structure and then simulated a ‘natural’ force… in their home! It was an afternoon of trial and error, tearing down and rebuilding and many, many video calls in the bathroom – who knew that tsunamis and flash flooding could erupt from a bathtub and shower cubicle! All in all, it was a hilarious afternoon that put a smile on all of our faces!

(My personal favourite was the simulation hail storm…using golf balls!)

Go check out the Lab reports on the students’ blogs showing each individual experiment.


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May 31

Grade 4 & 5 Family Night In

You are invited to Family Night In taking place on June 15th, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. 
The evening will feature guest speaker, Ari Rubenstein, who will share his experiences being deployed to various countries around the world for catastrophes (hurricanes, COVID-19, etc.).
We will also have a talent show, where students, on their own or with their families, can share their amazing hidden talents!  You may see talents from OJCS staff as well, tune in to see! Bonus…anyone who participates in the talent show gets an extra entry into the raffle!
SIGN UP HERE for the Talent Show.
This year, we will be raising money for ‘Kids in Camp’. Please consider making a donation here.
Please RSVP to by June 7th.  
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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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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March 15

Innovation Day 2021!

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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

5A – Join here

5B – Join here


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