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

December 5

MacSkimming Field Trip Permission

On December 19, 2019, the grade 5 class will be going to MacSkimming for an amazing outdoor educational experience.

I sent home the permission forms at the beginning of the week. If you have not already done so, please fill out the form below and return it to school by December 11.

More information to come with more details about the trip.

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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.

 

October 28

The Student Blogs Are Live!

Over the last 4 (short) weeks, our students have started learning about the different functions of their blogs. They’ve created avatars, started writing posts, embedded images, and have even gotten some comments from other students around the world!

We have been able to do all this because we are participating in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge!

There are so many things I love about this program.

  1. Students are EXCITED to blog! Every day they come in asking me if we will be working on our blogs today. Imagine…they want to write…and document…and publish their work for a global audience!
  2. Students are learning important skills, such as keeping themselves safe online, interacting respectfully with others, editing their work to a point of being proud to share it with the world, and are making important decisions about what to share and why.

If you scroll down on the right hand side of this blog, you will see links to our student blogs.

Read them, comment on them! Here are some of the rules we’ve come up with when commenting that we’d like you to follow:

  • Address the author by their blogging name (that means use their alias if they are using one, even if you know their real name)
  • Be polite
  • Be appropriate
  • Agree or disagree with the blog and tell the author why
  • Add an opinion or thought that could help the blogger improve
  • Give details and ask questions
  • If you are a parent of the blogger, please comment with your first name only to help continue keeping our students’ identity safe.

Feel free to share these blogs with your family and friends. It is so exciting every time someone gets some love and attention on their blog 🙂

October 16

Please Join Us! Kabbalat Shabbat

We will be having 4 Family Kabbalat Shabbat experiences, and we would love for you to join us!

Please mark these dates in your calendar:

 

Grade 5 Family Shabbat:

November 1, 2019 at 2:30 pm

February 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm

 

Grades K – 5 Family Shabbat:

February 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm

June 12, 2020 at 3:15 pm

 

Hope to see you there 🙂

October 11

It’s Voting Season!

Last week our middle school students ran for various positions on our Knesset (student council). We listened to their speeches and then went through the private voting process.

Today, it was our turn to run! Five well-deserving candidates gave speeches to their peers for the position of Class Representative. It’s not always easy to speak in front of the class, and they all did a great job! Although there had to be one winner, I was so impressed with the support and camaraderie all the students showed each other.


Next week, as the Canadian population prepares to vote, our students will also have the opportunity to have their voice heard. With grade 5 students at the lead, they have been researching the various parties, their leaders, MP candidates, and platform highlights. They will share this information with students in grades 3-8 on Thursday, October 17th, as the OJCS participates in the Student Vote Canada 2019. 

We’ll definitely keep you posted on the results. It will be interesting to see how our students feel compared to the rest of Canada!