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 9

Book Club!

Today marks the launch of Book Clubs (or literature circles) in Grade 5. We book-talked 4 different books:

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Holes by Louis Sachar

I am David by Anne Holm

After hearing a short description of each book, students filled out a form and ranked the books they wanted to read. Based on their choices, they have been divided into groups, all of them getting either their first or second choice of book to read.

Here’s how it will work:

Students will have 4 weeks to read their book. With their groups, they’ll decided on weekly reading goals. Each week, in addition to reading, they will also have a “job” to prepare for their group discussion. These will be based on the section they read that week. This is all to be done AT HOME as homework. Other than meeting discussions, students will not have class time to work on this.

As an example, their schedule may look something like the one below. As you can see from this picture, the top schedule outlines what everyone in the group is doing and when. The bottom chart is each student’s INDIVIDUAL schedule that says what they need to read, and what job they need to complete. They only need to complete the sheet in their folder that matches the job they are doing that week. So in week 1, as the Figurative Language Finder, I would only need to fill out the sheet titled – Week 1 – Figurative Language Finder. If they are unsure how to complete their job, students can refer back to the first pages of the package where the requirements are explained in detail. The other Week 1 sheets will be completed in class when we meet in groups for discussion.

Here is the student work package that is found in their duotangs.

Book Club will take place every FRIDAY, so it is important that students bring their books and duotangs, with all their work completed, for FRIDAY’s class for the next 4 weeks. If there is no school on the Friday, it is expected to be completedthe last day of school before the weekend.

Happy Reading 🙂

March 1

What’s the ‘Matter’ in Our World

We finished up our final Science task for our Matter unit, which was an integrated project with Language Arts. Students explored some real-world examples of changes in matter, and how those changes can have both positive and negative implications for our environment.

Students demonstrated their understanding of physical and chemical changes, research skills (including writing a bibliography), media literacy knowledge, and oral presentation skills.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the projects. Please take a look at the student blogs for the full projects!

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February 16

כַּבֵּד אֶת אָבִיךָ וְאֶת אִמֶּךָ

כַּבֵּד אֶת אָבִיךָ וְאֶת אִמֶּךָ, לְמַעַן יַאֲרִכוּן יָמֶיךָ עַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר אֱלֹהֶיךָ נוֹתֵן לָךְ ( שְׁמוֹת, פֶּרֶק כ’ פָּסוּק י”ב)

In this week’s Parashat Hashavua : Parashat Yitro, The Israélites receive the ten commandments.

This week, Grade 5 explored the concept of the fifth command:  respect your parents!

We started by writing all the things that our parents do for us ( and it was a lot!!!)

Next we discussed what it means to respect our parents, and shared examples on how we do it in daily life.

We ended up making a list of all the ways we can fulfill this command:

הַכָּרַת הַטּוֹב ( SEEING THE GOOD)

לְהַגִּיד תּוֹדָה ( SAYING THANK YOU)


הַקְפָּדָה עַל כְּלָלִים (COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES)

הִתְחַשְּׁבוּת ( CONSIDERATION)

הֲבָנַת נְקֻדַּת הַמַּבָּט שֶׁלָּהֶם ( UNDERSTANDING OUR PARENTS PERSPECTIVE)

We concluded this learning with writing ( in Hebrew and English) thank you notes to our parents ( trying to be as specific as we can) to express our gratitude.

Here are a couple of examples of the amazing cards they made:




February 13

Inspirational Special Guest

In preparation for our special guest, we did an activity in which we typed a message we use daily only using 1 knuckle. We did the same activity using our nose. We were able to see how difficult a daily task can be for people.

As part of JDAIM, we welcomed Peter, a gentleman with Cerebral Palsy who uses a device to communicate and a power chair for mobility. He has a great sense of humour and we were able to ask him many questions. We learned about his inspiring story and his future career plans. Peter really put it into perspective that you can do anything you put your mind to!