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!

First Day Info!

Whew – lots of new faces at Monday’s Orientation Day!!! You could almost taste the excitement (with a sprinkling of nervousness) in anticipation of the first day.

This is my third year at Holy Trinity and I am so excited to be part of this vibrant community. If you would like to learn more about me and my teaching philosophy, click HERE.

Although the school will be supplying all essential materials for students, we are encouraging them to bring in the following:

  • Combination lock
  • Pencil case (with pencils, sharpener, pens, a few dry erase markers)
  • Calculator (we do not allow students to use the calculator on their device)

As an aid to students and parents, this class blog has been created. The blog will chronicle our learning throughout the year. I hope to share pictures, videos, and information to help keep parents in the loop about what is happening in our class. This blog can also be used by parents to help their child with time management and assignment completion as well as providing links to extra practice.

As Holy Trinity is striving to reduce its paper usage, I will not be sending monthly newsletters home but rather will be posting announcements online. Upcoming school and class events will be posted on the calendar and more detailed weekly school announcements can be found by clicking on the “Weekly Announcements” pic on the sidebar.

I will also be sending out weekly “What’s up this week” emails each weekend so that you can get a sense of what is coming up. For those who have twitter, you can follow our class twitter account for more daily pics and posts from our class and the school.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • September 13 = Meet the Teacher Night
  • September 20 = School Picture Day
  • September 21 = Terry Fox Run and BBQ
  • October 5 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 8 = Thanksgiving Monday (no school)
  • October 24 = Photo Retake Day
  • November 1 = Progress Reports distributed

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me. I look forward to meeting all of the students and parents as we begin our year.

Thanks!
Ian Fischer

Welcome and Parent Questionnaire

I have four of my own children, this year entering Grades 5, 4, 2 and senior kindergarten, each with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. The first day of school (drop off, finding classes/teachers, seeing old friends) is just too hectic of a time to convey these observations and I have often wished that I had a way to let my children’s teachers know about them before school started.

Two years ago, I started sending out a parent survey about a week or so before the start of school. I want to get parental input on questions like: “What is the most important thing I should know about your child?” and “How has the overall ‘school’ experience been for your child?” as well as knowing what commitments my students might have outside of the classroom. I have found the feedback gained from these questionnaires invaluable in helping to provide a welcoming environment and to help transition my students to Grade 7. 

I will be sending an email out to all parents who have included an email in their registration AND have filled out the anti-spam paperwork but for those who have not received the email and would like to provide input, please feel free to access the survey below:

Access PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE here

I look forward to working with all families as we launch the 2018-2019 school year. I am so excited to be back at Holy Trinity and am looking forward to September 4!

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