Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good Luck to Angelina, Mira, Izzy, Gary and Kurtis!!!


This week, the Destination Imagination team, comprised of grade 5 students will be heading to a global competition in Tennessee, We wish them the best of luck, and know they will be St. Gabriel's proud. We hope to connect via skype with Taylor and Abby if their busy schedule permits.




MATH: 
We are into our Measurement unit. Please see the tab above for the learning goals and supporting links.

LANGUAGE:

The students have completed their social justice awareness websites. In groups, they selected topics of interest to them. Each member was responsible for a page of information. I am putting together a Doc that will contain all of the links to all of the websites. Stay Tuned!


We are now heading into our poetry unit.

Have another great short week!

Mr. M

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15-19

Short week this week. Friday May 19th is a PD Day so remember, NO SCHOOL. Also, it's an extra long weekend as the 22nd of May is also a Holiday and NO SCHOOL either.

This week in our class....

Math: 
We are continuing to work on our Transformational Geometry Unit - Translations, Rotations and Reflections. Khan Academy has some great resources for you to use to practice at home. Continuing on your Gizmos work as well will be helpful.

We will be hopefully wrapping this unit up this week or maybe very early next week and moving on to a quick measurement unit looking at Area and Perimeter.

Language:
We have returned to our earlier in the year weekly routine of doing a 100 word blog post. This week look up to our KidBlog for the prompt (tiny door).

Otherwise we will be starting our inquiry into Poetry and looking at different forms and hopefully writing some insightful and creative pieces!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a fantastic week!
MrM

Monday, May 1, 2017

EDUCATION WEEK














What's On This Week

Monday: Music Monday -whole school sing-a-long, across Canada at 1pm  
              Book Fair viewing day

Tuesday: Easter Mass 9:30 am at St. Isidore's Church. Parents and friends are invited to join us at the mass. Grade 5s are the hosts and will be leading the prayers and singing.

Wednesday:  Doube Lunch Day - This is our last one of the year and we are hoping to make it our best yet! Please bring in a bagged lunch to be delivered to the mission for those in need.
Book Fair visit. Please bring cash or cheque if you are interested in purchasing any books from Scholastic

Thursday: The Grade 6's have been involved in an entrepreneur program this year. The students have created items for sale and will have their booths set up Thursday. All proceeds will go to CHEO. Items will range in price from $1 - $5.

Friday: Muffin Breakfast. Families are invited to gather for coffee/juice and muffins at 8:00 am. We are asking parents to bring 6 muffins (nut free please) to share with others. The breakfast is in the front foyer. At 8:30, the classroom doors will be open for parents to visit.
9:15 - News Show - Parents are welcome to stay for our school News Show.

FINAL WEEK FOR YEARBOOK ORDERS
This year, the yearbooks will be hardcover and in full colour. They are going to be a great keepsake of the year. Books are on sale until May 8th and they are $20. You can place your order online by following this link.

Order online: http://www.YearbookOrderCenter.com 
School Code: 15978

DESTINATION IMAGINATION FUNDRAISER

A team of Grade 5 students are working very hard to raise funds to help offset costs involved with them traveling to Tennessee to represent St. Gabriel and the Ottawa Catholic School Board in the competition for Destination Imagination. We are very proud of our friends' successes and would like to see them compete globally.

To help them, please consider ordering a Pizza Kit from Little Ceasars. $5 from every kit, will go to the team. There will be prizes awarded to top sellers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Please share this link and let's help Taylor and Abby (from our class)

Please follow the link below to sell the links:
http://www.pizzakit.ca/fundraising-products?shop=1&f=333068&s=250905

Group ID#: 136257
Fundraiser ID #: 333068
Delivery Date: May 17


Mr.M

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter! I hope you've all had a wonderful long weekend with your families.

Social Justice Awareness Project - Non-Fiction Writing
A form was emailed to each student on Monday, asking you to select a topic for our Social Justice Awareness project. If you have not already done so, please take a minute to complete the form to select your topic choice and one other friend that you would like to see in your group.

Social Justice Project Form

YEARBOOK ORDERS
This year, the yearbooks will be hardcover and in full colour. They are going to be a great keepsake of the year. Books are on sale until May 8th and they are $20. You can place your order online by following this link.

Order online: http://www.YearbookOrderCenter.com 
School Code: 15978

DESTINATION IMAGINATION FUNDRAISER

A team of Grade 5 students are working very hard to raise funds to help offset costs involved with them traveling to Tennessee to represent St. Gabriel and the Ottawa Catholic School Board in the competition for Destination Imagination. We are very proud of our friends' successes and would like to see them compete globally.

To help them, please consider ordering a Pizza Kit from Little Caesars. $5 from every kit, will go to the team. There will be prizes awarded to top sellers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Please share this link and lets help Taylor and Abby (from our class)

Please follow the link below to sell the links:
Pizza Order Link

Group ID#: 136257
Fundraiser ID #: 333068
Delivery Date: May 17


MATH
We will be continuing to work with 2D geometry, as per goals listed in the tab above. Please practice creating triangles, using a protractor with given angles. Many students were requiring more practice with this concept. Please see me if you need more support in this area. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello all!

This week we will be continuing our Holy Week at school. On Wednesday we will be visiting the Grade 6 Stations of the Cross presentation.

On Thursday we will be having our visit with Rocks and Rings, a great activity brought to the school to learn more about curling (without the ice). It should be fun!

Math-
We will be continuing our study into Geometry and measuring angles and building our own shapes that have very specific criteria. Then moving into next week's study of shapes.

Language-
We have started our journey into Non-Fiction writing. I will be posting soon the student's Opinion Podcasts which we created last week and which went above and beyond what I had anticipated. A very proud teacher seeing the great collaboration and creativity.

Now we will be researching Social Justice Issues around the world to see what one strikes us most deeply and one that the students want to learn more about and create a Research project to share with our school and beyond. Parents and children are encouraged to watch and read the news and discuss world issues and bring them to school to share.

Have a great Holy week,

Mr. M

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome back and welcome spring!!! 

Sorry about the tardiness of this update.. So much to catch up on with the students. 

Language
This week we will be working on creating podcasts to share our opinions about some current events. Stay tuned for our Griffin Radio Podcasts.

Math
We are continuing to work on Fractions, Rates and Ratios. We will wrap up with a unit test next week. 
Students are seeing the advantages of becoming fluent with their math facts as we work through our math problems in class. You are encouraged to continue to work on their multiplication facts at home. It makes our lives at school so much more comfortable. 

Book Sale Results.
Thank you to so many of you for donating books for our Used Books Sale. The students worked very hard creating bookmarks, organizing and collecting books, promoting our sale and running the event. They raised close to an absolutely incredible $1400 for the Therapeutic Clown Program at CHEO after just this day! We are so thrilled and proud of our Grade 5 students.

Tower Garden Update
We cleaned out the towers before the March Break. It was time to cut down the weeds and clean out the tower. The Garden Club have set the seeds for peppers, tomatoes, egg plant and a few other vegetables. Stay tuned for pictures. 

Have a great week everyone.

Mr. M

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Countdown to March Break!

This half of the year is whipping by so quickly!

Destination Imagination!!! Five of our classmates are on this team! Angelina, Mira, Isobel, Gary and Kurtis have been working very hard all year to compete in a region-wide competition. St. Gabriel's group entered in the Science category and place 2nd place overall! They now advance to provincial competition in Toronto. Go Griffins!! Good luck Team!


What's up this week?

Thursday: Our Grade 5's are running the Book Sale for CHEO all day. Don't forget to bring in a few dollars (that you've earned doing extra chores) for gently used books, very neat and cool bookmarks, to buy a piece of tape to tape the teacher to the wall and you'll also want tickets on our Mystery Box. The value of this box is over $100 and fun for the whole family!

WednesdayGrade 4 and 5 Carnival d'Hiver all afternoon. Dress according to the weather as you will be outside.

Friday: Grade 5 PJ DAY! We will be taking a block to snuggle up and read! Bring your favourite book, snuggle blanket or toy to curl up and read!

Have a great week off! We will see you back in class on Monday, March 20th.

Mr. M