March 19

What a month these two days have been!

Thank goodness it’s Pyjama Day tomorrow!  Bitmoji Image

We have finished Day 2 of our new Distance Learning program. It has had its tricky moments, but from my perspective, it has been amazing. I’m so impressed with how engaged the students are, how quickly they’ve gotten into the flow of our new routines, and how they are all owning their own learning. We even had a dance party!!

If you have any pictures to share, please add them to the comments! We’d love to see what their “classroom” looks like these days.

We’ve already learned so much, and we’re still working out the kinks. Hopefully tomorrow will run smoother than today and so on. We are obviously limited to what we can see and hear from this side of the computer screen, though. So if you haven’t already, please fill out this feedback form to help us make any necessary tweaks for next week.

Here’s the slideshow the students and I went through, so you have a better sense of what the expectations are and how we hope this will all work.

Here’s to another great day of learning tomorrow!

 

March 15

Things From School

Good evening Grade 5,

What a crazy couple of days it’s been! I hope you’re all safe at home and had a restful weekend. The next few weeks will be interesting for us all, and more information will be coming about this week, but for now, I just wanted to offer a little information for tomorrow. First, there is nothing you NEED from the classroom, so if you can’t come, don’t worry!

If you are able to come to school tomorrow, here are a few things I recommend you take:

– a math textbook

– your general studies binder

– a book or two (or more) from our classroom library

And if you have some extra space…

– your snow pants and other outdoor winter gear that you don’t need in your locker

– your Innovation Day project board

– any old lunches or snacks that shouldn’t be left for the next 5 weeks in your locker 😜

Speak to you all very soon!
Mrs. Thompson

 

March 6

Reminders for Next Week

Don’t forget that Book Club folders are due on Tuesday. 

Our Math test will be on Wednesday on addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. More practice sheets will be coming home today – due on Monday

Students must complete their Innovation Day reflection post on their blog – due next Friday. Here is a checklist of everything that needs to be included. Check here for even more detailed instructions. 

The most exciting reminder for next week is that it is Ruach(Spirit) Week! Each day, students are invited to come to school in different costumes!

Monday: Crazy Hat/Hair Day (they should still wear their uniform, but wear a crazy hat or do their hair in a crazy way)

Tuesday: PURIM! Come dressed in your favourite costume

Wednesday: Class Theme Day (our class has chosen “Through the Decades” as our theme. Students should come dressed in any clothing from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or 2000s)

Thursday: Favourite Book/TV/Movie character

Friday: Wear a pair-Bring a pair Pyjama Day (in addition to wearing our pyjamas to school, we are asking students to bring in NEW childrens’ pyjamas that will be donated to charity.

January 23

Heartwarming Story

I shared this Twitter thread with the Grade 5 students today. They all loved it so much and asked me to post it here so they could share it with their parents (keep scrolling, it’s about 20 tweets long).

From this heartwarming story we were able to make some important connections to our class as well.

Whether you are a new student from another country, a new student from another school, or even a student who has been at the school for many years, fitting in and being accepted by your peers is important. Just like the students in this story, our class is filled with students who like many different things, sports being a common one. But we all come with varying skill levels. It can be intimidating, or even unenjoyable, to play a sport or activity where you don’t feel as skilled or accepted in the game as others.

Just like the students in Newfoundland, it is our job as a school family to notice those who are choosing not to play with us, find out why, change our game around to either help them improve, or just make everyone feel included. Even more so than that, find out what they enjoy doing and are good at, and play that instead! At OJCS, our North Stars and Jewish values show us every day that Each person is responsible for the other and We learn better together!

Can you think of any other areas of school life, or outside of school where this lesson can apply?

December 12

Senator Marc Gold

Dear Grade 5 families,

Just a quick note to remind you that we will be welcoming Senator Marc Gold to our classroom next Wednesday. We have covered Parliament and the Senate as part of our first unit in the Social Studies program. Senator Gold will be visiting our classroom and delivering a bilingual presentation as part of the Sengage program which coordinates senators’ visits to schools around the city. We are encouraging our students to think of relevant questions for our guest speaker.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

All the best,

Melissa and Aaron

November 19

Scholastic Book Fair!

It’s that time of year again! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to OJCS December 3 – 6.

 

As you can see, there are many different times to visit the fair:

  • Dec. 3 from 12:00 – 5:00
  • Dec. 4 from 8:00 – 5:00 AND 6:00 – 9:00 (during PT Conferences)
  • Dec. 5 from 8:00 – 5:00 AND 6:00 – 9:00 (during PT Conferences)
  • Dec. 6 from 8:00 – 2:00

As a class, we will be going to the Book Fair on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9:25 – 10:05. Students are welcome to check out the books before then and make a wish list, or make purchases before this visit as well. If you want to come join while we’re at the Book Fair, please mark your calendars! Students can bring their money to school on any day, but it would be best if they have it on Thursday when we’re there all together.

In the past, there have been some students who spend the majority, if not all, their money on ‘chachkas’ rather than on books. If you’d like to make sure a specific amount is spent on books, please just send me a quick note and I’ll keep an eye out 😉

Continuing this year will also be the Teacher Wish List! Your children’s teachers will be posting lists of books they would love to have added to their classroom libraries. If you would like to make a donation to the school through the purchase of a book, we would all be extremely grateful!

 

As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you at the Book Fair!

November 15

OJCS Strategy Lines

You’ve likely heard of our 6 North Stars, but do you know that we have 5 strategy lines that help guide us there (champion the well being of each person, challenge assumptions, be open to critique, include student voice, work is part of a unique Jewish learning journey.)

Today during our P.D. Day, the teachers are spending time reviewing these strategy lines and working to bring them to life in our school.

Including student voice can happen in many way, but without empowering our students to use their voice in respectful ways, they won’t know how to use it.