October 2, 2016

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What a treat to be teaching this grade six homeroom of fantastic, motivated young people! I will be doing my best this year, as their homeroom teacher, to help prepare them for the move to middle school at Cedarview. As some of the oldest students in the school, these children will be asked to take on a lot of leadership roles this year. They will be lunchroom monitors, playground role models, and even community leaders in some of our fundraising and awareness-raising activities. (Already this year they have helped raise money for cancer research by participating in the Terry Fox run and they have learned why Canadians from coast to coast wear orange shirts on September 30th.)

We began the school year by discussing French Canadian separatist aspirations and have begun exploring some of the grievances of Canada’s First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit citizens. Our first science strand will have us learning all about electricity.

I hope your son or daughter has come home asking to use their Ottawa Public Library card. All of my students are strongly encouraged to visit the public library regularly. Both online and at the local branch, many, many excellent French resources are available through the library’s website. If you have not yet done so, look up all the full-text newspapers and especially magazines available for free through that library card. It was an eye-opener for me and it might be for your family too.

Looking forward to having a great year together! Should you need to contact me, my e-mail address is diana.taylor@ocdsb.ca

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May 29, 2016

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This Monday will be a normal day in our class. Children are encouraged to bring in their homework and exchange their French readers as usual.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning from arrival until 10:30 the children will resume their work on EQAO. Tuesday and Wednesday are devoted to Math. On Thursday and Friday they return to reading and writing in English. Next week everything returns to normal. Thank you very much for making sure the children all arrive on time.

With the arrival of truly warm weather, we realize how fortunate we are to have air conditioning in the portable. In fact, believe it or not, I am encouraging everyone to keep a sweater on hand just in case things get a little too cool.

This Wednesday will be our last visit to Jockvale school library to pick out books. More and more it feels like summer is just around the corner.

May 24, 2016

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Beginning this Thursday, May 26 and all through next week, grade three students in all Jockvale classes will be writing their EQAO exams between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please ensure that students are not late on these days. Thank you.

May 19, 2016

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Yes! It’s true! Our class is having a pajama day tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a nice long weekend too. Enjoy the sun.

May 8, 2016

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We have a very busy week coming up and many requests for small amounts of money going out. Please send in money no later than Tuesday for the freezies which will be available on Friday. All week long, families may also send in money for tickets to the Spring Basket Draw.

On Monday, as usual, I am counting on all of my students to bring in their leveled readers for the weekly book exchange.

On Wednesday, we will be going into the gym to participate in a gaming fair hosted by the grade 5 students from Mrs. Sinclair’s class. The $2 entrance to the gaming fair will be donated to charity and is much appreciated. (All students will participate whether they bring a toonie or not.) Wednesday is also our library day. And at the end of the day on Wednesday, as is tradition, a photographer will stand on the roof of Jockvale School and take a picture of everyone, staff and students, all standing in the field together.

Friday is track and field day. Grade 3 athletes should wear comfortable running and jumping clothing, running shoes, hats, and sunscreen. Parent volunteers appreciated. If this Friday gets rained out, the alternate day is Monday, May 16.

May 1, 2016

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Tomorrow I hope that all of my students will remember to bring in their French leveled readers for the Monday exchange.

This coming week is Education Week. It would be lovely to see you all at Jockvale’s Open House on Tuesday morning, May 3. Jockvale’s Me to We Club is hosting all sorts of interesting guests and activities related to Canada’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people. More detailed information was sent home last week by backpack express.

April 17, 2016

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Here are a few photos of some of my students doing fun hands-on science experiments with strong and stable structures. (If your child is not in any of these photos, it is probably because they were in a spot where the lighting was terrible or the photographer (me) couldn’t find a good angle.) It drives me crazy that I don’t seem to get good, in-focus pictures of everyone. So sorry!

April 10, 2016

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Good evening to everyone. As usual, tomorrow I will be looking for this past week’s homework and we will be exchanging French reading books. Wednesday the children are reminded to bring in their school library books.

The children may mention to you that I have been out of the classroom for a few half-days recently and this will continue for a while yet. This week I have been asked to attend a meeting related to Jockvale school’s learning plan on Monday morning and it looks as if I will also be away for a half day on Thursday related to EQAO administration. Rest assured, that the children continue to work and learn when I am not there.

I have also been asked to give you a head’s up regarding this year’s basket fundraiser. Later on this week, you will receive a letter requesting donations for the annual basket raffle. My students said they would like to donate items for a basket we are calling “After Dark”. This is the opposite of “Fun in the Sun”. It includes all the things we like to do once the sun goes down. Students suggested flashlights, stargazing, books, bubble bath, makeup and jewelry for a night on the town, or any other fun things we can think of for the evening hours. Thank you for your help with this.

April 3, 2016

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As part of our science unit on strong and stable structures, everyone has been enjoying the challenge of making buildings out of playing cards.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the numerous days off over the last few weeks. Spring is now firmly on the horizon. We will be working very hard over the next few weeks.

Please continue to read leveled books at home nightly. Writing projects which were done at the end of March were fantastic and I will look forward to sharing them with parents as soon as possible.

In math these days we are focusing on fractions and on telling time. Everyone is also really making progress learning to play recorders. I can tell that there are some people practicing at home. That’s terrific! Looking forward to another great week at school.

March 6, 2016

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Swimming and skating are over for this school year. Thank you to all the parents who came and helped. Exchange of the leveled readers continues every Monday. We will be visiting the school library as usual on Wednesday. Our last times table test, this Friday, will include everything up to and including 7×7=49, which is as far as the grade 3 curriculum goes. We will also continue to play recorders every day. Apart from that, this week will be devoted to tying up loose ends. Next week is March break and there will be no school.

After March break the class begins our science unit on “Strong and Stable Structures” and a social studies unit called “Living and Working in Ontario”. After the break, we will resume our studies of math by focusing on measuring the passage of time using clocks and calendars.

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