Thursday, 29 October 2015

3/4 Adams Pumpkin Patch

The students put an incredible amount of work into their character pumpkins. The book report presentations were excellent as well, lots of great character traits identified and supported with evidence from the text. Keep up the hard work, 3/4 A! 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Ontario Student Nutrition Program - Take the Pledge

Help support our school nutrition program by visiting the OSNP website and saying YES to good food in schools. W.J. Langlois will receive a free snack for each completed pledge. 

Click here to TAKE THE PLEDGE

The Power of YET

We have been spending a lot of time discussing the importance of giving our best effort in everything we do. One of the important keys to success is understanding that each of us learns things differently but we are all on the path to success, as long as we continue to push ourselves to do our best every day. Just because we struggle with something, it doesn't mean we won't get it, we just may not have gotten it YET.

Believe in yourself, work hard, stay focused and you will eventually get to where you want to be. That's the power of yet.

This video gives us a great perspective on the power of YET.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Pumpkin Character Book Report

Pumpkin Character Book Reports are due on Wed. Oct. 28

Word Study Program

This week we started our Word Study Program

Every week students will be given a list of up to twelve words to study at home. Some of the words will be based on a particular spelling pattern being discussed in class and the remaining words will be high frequency words that are individually selected for each child.

The students will be given time in class daily to work on practicing their works through a variety of tasks. Practicing their words at home should be part of their nightly homework routine as well.

Every Friday the students will be tested on their words. Some new words (that follow the same spelling patterns) may be included in their test. The purpose of this is to assess whether or not the students can apply the pattern, rather than simply memorize their word lists. 

Review this outline for a basic idea of what the program will entail. 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Connecting to Texts

We are learning to extend our understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to our own knowledge and experience; to other familiar texts, and to the world around us. 

Good readers draw on prior knowledge and experience to help them understand what they are reading and are therefore able to use that knowledge to make connections. Struggling readers often move directly through a text without stopping to consider whether the text makes sense based on their own background knowledge, or whether their knowledge can be used to help them understand confusing or challenging materials. By teaching students how to connect to text they are able to better understand what they are reading (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000)


When reading with your child at home, ask them to stop and think about how they can connect the text to their own life, to other texts they have read and to the world around us. 

The following prompts might help guide your thinking. 

Super Science Friday

On Friday we got down and dirty with some, I mean SOIL. In Grade 3 we are learning to investigate the composition and characteristics of different soils. 

Our Grade 4 "Rock Stars" are learning how to investigate and compare the physical properties of rocks and minerals. 

Budding Musicians

The class is already beginning to sound like well trained musicians. 
Thank you Mr. McNamara for your leadership and guidance.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Serenity Farms

A few pictures from our trip to the lavender farm today. The students enjoyed learning about lavender, soil and plants.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. 
Enjoy your extra day off as a family.