What’s up this Week (October 7-11)

WOW – what a fantastic job fundraising! 7-11 raised over $700! Holy Trinity raised over $51 000 (and counting!). Holy Trinity has been top three in the province for the past several years and I expect to have a similar result this year. Thanks to all who took the time to collect pledges, donate money, and support the cause.

Before I start into the rundown for next week, it should be noted that there is a chance that the ongoing labour dispute between the Government and CUPE may not be resolved by Monday, therefore effectively closing the school to students. I (and the school) will try to keep everyone informed as things progress.

Hopefully, everything will be resolved and it will be business as usual on Monday. In this case, here is a overview of the upcoming test and event dates in the next few weeks:

  • October 9 = Concept Check: Ecosystems (Science)
  • October 10 = SWYK: Order of Operations (Math)
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)
  • October 15-17 = Immunizations
  • October 16 = Oh Deer Assignment DUE (Science)
  • October 17 = Early Dismissal (1:20 pm)
  • October 23 = Photo Retake Day
  • November 1 = Progress Reports Distributed

Academics

Math
On Wednesday, we took two periods to review the Order of Operations. Our focus was on why the operations are completed in this order. Students (and parents) may be familiar with BEDMAS as a way to remember the order. We are introducing a modified version of this called GEMS. The reason for this is that in BEDMAS, students often give priority to division (D) over multiplication (M) and addition (A) or subtraction (S) since that is the way they are presented in BEDMAS.

Next week, we will be digging deeper into the order in which we evaluate expressions. Students will be writing a SWYK (assessment) this Thursday on the topic. We are pushing to finish up this first math unit before Thanksgiving so that we can start a new unit when we return from the long weekend. Students looking to reinforce (or clarify) their learning in class can check out Stage #5 in the student workspace.

English
Last week, we started reading our book for the Global Read Aloud. We got through the first four chapters (for those reading along with us at home). On MOnday, the plan is to finish up to the end of Chapter 7 and then pause to give time for students to reflect and answer some discussion questions. We will be linking up with a school in Chicago via KidBlog and will be chatting online (via Skype) with a class in Sao Paulo (Brazil) about our thoughts about, predictions for, and connections to the book so far. If time permits, we will be continue on in the book (the goal for Week #2 is Chapters 8-14).

In addition to our focus on the GRA, students will be providing constructive feedback to each other’s 100WC posts from last week.

Religion
Our religion curriculum will be interwoven with our English novel study. We will continue to focus on community and our judgement of others through the lens of “kindness and mercy”.

Science

On Monday, students will be completed an online simulation (gizmo) involving a rabbit population in order to explore the possible factors which limit its growth. On Tuesday, we will be reviewing the topics discussed so far in preparation for the mid-unit test on Wednesday. Tentatively, the test is scheduled for Wednesday in hopes to wrap things up before Thanksgiving but if I feel as though the students are not ready to write, I will be postponing the assessment until after the long weekend.

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

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