September 24

We Did It For Terry!

Today the grade 5’s participated in the Terry Fox run! Thanks to everyone who brought in money to help support the cause. We enjoyed discussions, activities and most importantly the run together.

Here is a link to how my family contributes to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation every year. This annual event, Fight for the Cure was created and is put on by my brothers.

June 21

Indigenous People Day – June 21st 2021

We came together as a grade level (5A & 5B) to develop our learning of Indigenous Peoples Day.

It was a reality check to notice how many students were unaware of this day and that in itself is a part of the continued teaching and learning that must go on as non-indigenous groups.

We began with a brief overview, looking at what Indigenous People Day is, why it is celebrated and why there is a need for continued learning and a change in narrative from non-indigenous people. In Grade 5, we took our language Arts lesson as a  learning opportunity to learn about core values teaching of the ‘7 Grandfathers teachings‘ (TO learn more about the 7 grandfather teaching, use used Trival Trading Co, an indigenous website with authentic teaching tools) and how these values are important for all people to live a positive, wholesome life. Students chose one teaching that ‘spoke’ to them the most. Here are some examples:


May 26

Magical Maccabiah… “Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil”


Each year, our student government works hard to plan מכביה (Maccabiah) – our school-wide colour war event. Featuring various high-energy events, competitions, and even trivia challenges, it is something our students and staff all look forward to. Our school-wide day of friendship and fun will take place on Friday June 11th, 2021 and we’re gearing up for a great day (with more info to come)! Finally… MissM can go home…

This year, our students are excited to be sorted into the houses of Hogwarts as they prepare for Maccabiah – Harry Potter style. We can’t wait to see what sorts of high-jinks our wizards get into. Will there be potion making? A game of quidditch? A life-size game of chess to reach the Sorcerer’s Stone? Time(turners) will tell!
Though we will represent Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin – we know that there is nothing quite as good as when we’re all rooting for the same team – in this case, OJCS. And that’s where we need YOUR help… Our school is just $10,800 away from reaching our fundraising goal this entire school year. That is just $60 per student! 
Here is the main fundraising link:

April 5

Public Speaking 2021

Hello, Grade 5 families!

Students will be coming home with their speech writing work packs for public speaking. In Grade 5, most of the written work is completed as homework with submissions dates for teacher feedback on each section. In class, writing workshops will be held to remind students of writing hooks, interesting openers, persuasive writing tools and impactful conclusions. There is also helpful writing tips and tricks worksheets in the above document.

Students will also have opportunities to check in with their class teacher 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.

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




March 23

Innovation Day 2021!

Hello, Grade 5 Families,

We are so excited to invite you into our classroom (virtually, of course!) to explore our innovation creations! We based our Innovation Day around our Science unit of Energy, looking specifically at renewable sources of energy. Using project-based learning, students were given a ‘problem to solve’. Students had to incorporate renewable energy sources into a park, first empathizing with how and why parks should use renewable energy then collaborating and cooperating to build a model of this park. Students used a variety of tools to develop their idea from Minecraft, to Scratch to Floorplanner 3D and even, old fashioned building! Please see their creative journey develop below and their individual projects on their blog sites.

April 27

Women of Israel

Shalom Grade 5,

I hope you all had a wonderful Shabbat. I am proud of all of you for writing letters to Holocaust Survivors!  You are all modeling our North Stars: Being Responsible For One Another.

This week we will memorialize our Heros (Israeli Soldiers) on Tuesday and Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the world on Wednesday.

Today, I would like all of you to watch this video about Women of Israel (Zionism). When you finish we will play a fun Kahoot about these amazing women.  Women of Zionism

Have a wonderful day.