What’s up this Week (Oct 1-5)

Happy Friday everyone! What a great showing for our Terry Fox fundraising this year! Over $50 000 raised – thank you so much for your generous support towards this charity. I am posting the What’s up post a little early so that students can take advantage of the weekend to get some things done. There is lots of important things happening in math and science next week so please take the time to read the following and share with your child.

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • October 2 – Yeast Lab DUE (science)
  • October 3 – Opening Liturgies
  • October 3 – Field Trip to the Pond (science) – weather dependent
  • October 4 – SWYK: Powers, Squares and Roots (math) – updated
  • October 5 – PD Day (no classes)
  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Monday (no school)
  • October 11 – SWYK: Order of Operations (math)

Academics

Grade 7 Math
Last week, we discussed exponents, squares and roots. Students should have completed online practice (Mathspace) on these topics. Another task on Square Roots has been released on Mathspace and students should complete it over the weekend in preparation for Monday’s class. Some additional paper-and-pencil practice was assigned to be completed this weekend. If students lost their sheet or were not in class on Thursday, they can download a new one HERE. An answer key to this work can be found on our class twitter account.

Next week, we will be digging deeper into powers, squares and roots so I am hoping that all students have a good understanding of the basics so that we can start solving some more complex problems. A SWYK on these topics has been scheduled on Thursday, October 4 (note: students will NOT be able to use a calculator on this assessment; they can use a multiplication chart if needed).

Students looking for some additional support are encouraged to check out the following:

Grade 7 Science
Last week, we explored the question “Is Yeast Alive?”. Student lab group explored how yeast reacted in three different environments and then compared their observations to some characteristic of living things.

The yeast lab is DUE at the beginning of class next week. Students should have completed the hypothesis and observations portions in class and will have to complete the conclusion and analysis at home. If students lost (or left their copy at school), they can download a new copy HERE.

This coming week, we will be continuing with our exploration of abiotic and biotic interactions. This week, students will be learning about the organization of an ecosystem from a single organism to a larger biome. On Wednesday (weather-permitting), we plan to walk to a nearby pond to make some observations regarding soil and water as well as some of the biotic life that helps the pond ecosystem function. Since we are leaving school property, students need to fill out a permission form (it was handed out Thursday but you can download another one HERE).

If students did not get to the online content last week, I am posting the same links as reinforcement for this week’s topics. All students should take some time to view/read the content in order to prepare for the week’s activities and discussions.

Other Announcements

For more general school-wide news, please check the written announcements HERE.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

What’s up this Week (Sept 24 – 28)

Although some of us may still be in the dark due to the big storm on Friday, I am hoping that everyone (and their homes) are still okay. We all might know someone who has lost their home, suffered damage to their property, or who has sustained an injury – please let the school know if it is anything we need to know heading into next week.

If you have not seen on Facebook, Twitter, etc… ALL schools in the Ottawa Catholic School Board are closed tomorrow.

The Terry Fox day has been postponed to Friday.

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • September 28 – Terry Fox Day!
  • October 3 – Opening Liturgies
  • October 3 – Field Trip to the Pond (science) – weather dependent
  • October 3 – SWYK: Powers, Squares and Roots (math)
  • October 5 – PD Day (no classes)
  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Monday (no school)
  • October 11 – SWYK: Order of Operations (math)

Academics

Grade 7 Math
Since we completed our first SWYK (Show What You Know) last Friday, students had no homework in math over the weekend. There were a few students that missed the assessment and will be writing it Wednesday at lunch (parents should have received an email letting them know). Therefore, students should not expect to get their SWYK back until Wednesday at the earliest. Saying that, all results will be posted on their online assessment trackers (probably by midday on Monday) so students can always see how they did ahead of time.

The focus this week will be on exponents and roots. Since this is essentially a continuation of our previous topics we will be moving a little more quickly through these topics. By the end of the week, students should be able to write numbers in exponential form and as repeated multiplication, know the difference between a perfect square and a perfect square root, and solve problems involving powers. Students will be writing a short assessment on these topics next Wednesday (October 3).

As for home practice/reinforcement, a new MathSpace task on Squares and Roots will be released on Sunday at 9 pm. Students will have the week to complete this task. Also, students are encouraged to check out the following resources:

A reminder that Math Help is offered Monday to Thursday at lunch.

Grade 7 Science
This week we will continue exploring what makes up an ecosystem. Terms such as population and community will be introduced and we will be completing an inquiry to see if yeast (you know that stuff in bread?) is considered abiotic or biotic. I will also be sending home permission forms so that we can walk to a nearby pond to explore the abiotic and biotic factors, test soil moisture, and make observations about the interactions occurring between species.

This week, I am hoping that students will be able to complete the following readings/viewings at home in order to prepare for the upcoming content:

Other Announcements

Homework Club

Homework Club is back!!  It will resume on Wednesday, September 26, and will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.  All students in Grades 7 to 12 are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for homework support. Teachers will be available to answer questions.  Snacks will be provided.

Holy Trinity School Council Facebook Page

A Facebook page has been created by our school’s council to keep parents, students and our community up to date on news and events going on at the school.  You can join the group by going to this page: https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitycatholicschoolkanata/ or by searching ‘Holy Trinity Catholic School Council’ on Facebook.

Juggling Club

The grade 7&8 juggling club will have its first meeting on Friday, September 28 at lunch in N213.  All are welcome to join. No experience necessary.

Join 7-8 Art Club!

We meet every Thursday after school from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in N302.  Our first meeting is after school September 27! We work on your own Art, special projects, sets for the school play, and experiment with online technology. Sign up outside N302, today!

University of Waterloo – Beaver Computing Challenge (BBC) will be written on November 8. Please see Ms. Hubble in room N307 if you are interested in writing this contest. Deadline to register is October 18.  The BCC is a problem solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science but only require comfort with concepts found in mathematics curriculum common to all provinces.

Grade 7 and 8 Intramurals

The 7 and 8 Phys Ed staff will be running intramurals two days a week during the 7 and 8 lunch hour.  40 students have signed up for the first round of intramurals which will run into the end of October.  A new round of intramurals with a new sport will begin in November. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be involved in an organized physical activity at lunch.

For more general school-wide news, please check the written announcements HERE.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

What’s up this Week (Sept 17-21)

Thanks to all of the families that were able to make it out to the “Meet the Teacher” evening last week – it was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to working with you throughout the year.

As our gorgeous weather continues, students are reminded to drink frequently throughout the day. They are welcome to bring a bottle of water to class. This week includes school picture day and our Terry Fox run. Check out all of the important upcoming dates below:

  • September 20 – School Photo Day (7-12)
  • September 21 – Terry Fox Run
  • September 24 – SWYK: Factors, Primes and Composites (math)
  • October 1 – SWYK: Powers, Squares and Roots (math)
  • October 3 – Opening Liturgies (7-12)
  • October 4 – SWYK: Order of Operations (math)
  • October 5 – PA Day – Christian Community Day (7-12)
  • October 8 – Thanksgiving – Statutory Holiday

Academics

Grade 7 Math
Our focus on divisibility will continue this week as we explore factors, GCF, and prime and composite numbers. New Mathspace tasks on these two topics will be released Sunday night at 9 pm. Students will have the week to complete the online tasks. A reminder that Mathspace also has fantastic lessons and extra practice sets and helpful videos for students to use to help reinforce the content discussed in class.

Students looking to get a jump on some of the topics for the upcoming week are invited to check out some of the online resources below:

Next Monday (September 24), students will be writing a SWYK (Show What You Know) on Multiples, Factors, and Prime Numbers. In fact, in an effort to wrap up Unit #1 (Number Theory) before Thanksgiving weekend, all summative assessment have now been posted on the calendar.

Grade 7 Science
This week we will be starting our first unit: Interactions within Ecosystems. Our focus for the upcoming classes will be on the abiotic and biotic factors that make up an ecosystem. Students are encouraged to do some reading ahead of time in order to prepare. They are invited to check out the following resources at some point this week to help reinforce our investigations in class:

Other Announcements

Terry Fox Run

The Terry Fox day is a BIG deal at Holy Trinity. Every year our school raises approximately $40 000 (last year we were the 4th largest fundraiser in the province). This year we are shooting for a similar goal – click HERE to visit our school’s donation page. The route is approximately 7.3 kilometres and students and staff will be running (or walking) the route this coming Friday. Each homeroom is planning their own theme so ask your child if there is anything special that they need to wear/bring to participate in the spirit of Terry Fox.

Trinity Board Game Club

Do you like playing board games?  Join us every Monday after school in the Learning Commons starting September 24 (2:15 to 3:00 p.m.).  We have several games but you are welcome to bring your own.  

Holy Trinity School Council Facebook Page

A Facebook page has been created by our school’s council to keep parents, students and our community up to date on news and events going on at the school.  You can join the group by going to this page: https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitycatholicschoolkanata/ or by searching ‘Holy Trinity Catholic School Council’ on Facebook.

There are LOTS of sports happening now at our school – if students are interested in practice/tryout times and dates they need to consult the tryout board in the gym.

For more general school-wide news, please check the written announcements HERE.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

What’s Up This Week (Sept 10-14)

I hope everyone has a restful weekend ahead of them after our first week back to school. After meeting all of my students, I am so excited to spend the year learning with them.

Every week, I will be posting a “What’s up this week” post which will outline the academic topics we plan to cover and any special dates (tests, deadlines). I will also try to highlight some of the 7/8 activities at Trinity.

The most important “school event” this week is Meet the Teacher which will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Academics

Grade 7 Math
Last week, we began began our first unit: Number Theory. Last week out focus was on multiples and LCM (lowest common multiple). Students began (and have been asked to complete at home) a worksheet on these topics. Students who have misplaced their copy can download a new one HERE. If students have any problems with the homework, they are encouraged to check out the video answer key below:

Students looking for some further reinforcement on these topics are encouraged to check out the following online resources at home:

On Monday, students will be writing a short “Check In” assessment on multiples and LCM.

For the remainder of the week, we will be exploring factors. Throughout the week, I am encouraging students to check out the following links to help reinforce/clarify the topics we cover in class.

Grade 7 Science
This week, we will continue our discussions about the scientific method and experimentation. Student groups will be designing their own tests for an inquiry entitled “Which Paper Towel is the Best Value”. Students will have to decide what “value” means and then design experiments to test the strength and absorbency of four different brands of paper towel.

Sports and Clubs

There are LOTS of fall sports that will be up an running soon and students should note the tryout dates and ensure they have organized rides for after school if they plan on attending.

Girls Soccer Tryouts

7/8 Girls soccer tryouts will be held on Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11 at 2:20 (meet in the gym).  See Mme. Bernier for more information.

Boys Soccer Tryouts

7/8 Boys soccer tryouts will be held on Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 at 2:20 (meet in the gym).  See Mme. Bernier for more information.

Gaelic Football

Grade 7 and 8 Boys and Girls Gaelic Football is coming to Holy Trinity.  If you are interested in playing, please attend a meeting at 7/8 lunch on Friday, September 14 in room 312.  See Mme. VanBrabant or Mr. Mostrey for more information.

Cross Country Running

Grade 7 and 8 Cross Country Running starts this week.  There will be a meeting on Monday, September 10 at lunch in room 312.  First practice will be Wednesday, September 12 at 7:10 a.m. See Mme. VanBrabant or Ms. Marshall for more information.

Concert Band

7/8 Concert Band begins this week! Students should get a sign-up package from Mr. Leury in Room 115. No experience necessary. Rehearsals will be Wednesday afternoons from 2:15 – 4:00 for the whole year. An advanced band may run on Mondays from 2:15 – 4:00.

Students should keep their ears open for announcements regarding the following:

  • Golf Team – Tournament September 19
  • Girls Soccer Team – Tournament September 19
  • Boys Soccer Team – Tournament September 21
  • Co-Ed Ultimate – Tournament September 27
  • Girls & Boys Gaelic Football – Tournament October 2
  • Girls Flag Rugby – Tournament October 3
  • Boys Flag Rugby – Tournament October 4
  • Cross-Country Running – Meet October 10
  • Girls Volleyball – Season begins October 15
  • Boys Volleyball –  Season begins October 15

 

For more general school-wide news, please check the written announcements HERE.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!