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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December 3

Homework – Dec 3, 2019

  1. Problem of the week – Due Monday Dec 9
  2. Read Wonder until page 234. Here is a recording of the book in case you’d like to listen to the audiobook as you follow in your book (We stopped reading at 4:26:36 in class)
  3. Science quiz tomorrow on the Respiratory System
  4. Mystery Maccabee exchange will happen on December 11

December 2

Blogging Bingo Homework Challenge

We did it! We completed the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge. Hopefully you had a chance to read some of the students’ posts. If not, the joy of blogs is that it’s never too late to go and have a look, since their work is always there 🙂 You can use the menu on the right hand side to find that blog you’d like to read.

Now that the challenge is over, we will be continuing to add to our blogs in school as we complete different tasks. Students will have voice and choice about what they blog about, and what work they include. Some of them will go above and beyond to write about…whatever they want!

For those who want to write more but need a little inspiration, I’ve created this Blogging Bingo Homework Challenge. The tasks on here are completely optional. They will not replace the other homework we get on a weekly basis. But there’s incentive to completing them!

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So when you have some extra time, when you want to practice a skill we’ve been working on in school (academic or otherwise), blog about it!

November 26

Homework – November 26

  1. New math Problem of the Week has been given out, due next Monday, Dec. 2
  2. Science quiz – Wednesday Dec 4 on the Respiratory System. More info to come tomorrow.
  3. Wonder – read until page 150 for Monday, Dec 2. Fill in any ideas for your final project on your brainstorming sheet. (the entire book will be completed by December 11 and the project will be worked on IN CLASS. We are only collecting ideas to make the final task easier to complete {Begin with the end in mind })



November 21

Live Blogging – The Château Laurier Debate

In Social Studies we are thinking about the role of stakeholders in decisions that get made in a city. We first worked on identifying who potential stakeholders may be, and students are now preparing their debates. The issue: the Château Laurier expansion.

The groups made their opening statements. Here are the jot notes from the first round:

The are now working hard on their rebuttals.











Let’s hear what they came up with:


Want to learn more about this issue? We had a look at this article to help us understand it better. We’d love to hear your thoughts! What do you think about the expansion design? Which stakeholder’s perspective do you agree with? Do you have any other thoughts or opinions to share?


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 18

Once a Problem Solver, Always a Problem Solver

Call me weird, but I’ve always loved a good multi-step math problem. There’s something about seeing the path from an unknown to a solution that is so rewarding. I know that not everyone shares the same love, but can we agree that problem solving in math helps develop skills for problem solving in real life?

  • listening or reading carefully;
  • making meaning and analyzing;
  • researching and finding more information where there may be gaps;
  • being creative with solutions;
  • communicating our ideas and thoughts to others;
  • making a decision and taking a risk;
  • reevaluating if necessary.

These are all skills that are not unique to math.

And so, this week we will begin our Problem of the Week homework. Every Tuesday, students will come home with a new math word problem. They will not all be getting the same one, as they are all individuals with different skills and subject area that they need to focus on. They will have all week to work on these problems, and should bring them back on the following Monday (or sooner). I’m hopeful that by personalizing the problem to the student, they will be able to solve these problems independently, but it may take some time to find those “just right” problems.


I am going to ask each student to do two things:

  1. Attempt to answer the problem on their own and show all their work.
  2. Give themselves a rating at the bottom of the page according to this scale:

If your child needs support from you to understand what the problem means or how to solve it, and still does not  understand what to do, that would be a level 0.

If your child needs support from you to understand what the problem means or how to solve it, and understands a little, that would be a level 1.

If your child needs support from you to understand what the problem means or how to solve it, but then can solve it independently, that would be a level 2.

If your child can understand the problem on their own and solve it, but can’t completely explain how they know what to do, that would be a level 3.

If your child can understand the problem on their own, solve it on their own, and explain what to do in their own words and why, that would be a level 4.


The reason for the rating scale is to help me ensure students are getting problems that are challenging, yet solvable for them. That is why students do not get the same problems each week. These problems are not meant to be stressful or to bring tears. If a problem is too challenging, it is my job to adjust for the next week. Same goes if a problem is not challenging enough. Students can always leave me a note in addition to their rating.

As we start this new system, I’m asking that you check in and make sure that your children are completing their homework, and giving an honest rating. Your feedback is always welcome!

PS – this will only begin tomorrow, so if you don’t see a problem today…don’t worry!