daw.com - June 8

I cannot begin to say how proud I am of all the students in my class.  They year is coming to an end and I am truly thankful to have had all 21 students.  They are a great community of learners and this has pushed us down paths both expected and unexpected.  When I think back to all the fantastic events of this past year, I feel tears of sadness that I am losing them to grade 6 next year.  It has been an honor and pleasure to have taught your students.

Some last notes about next week.  Monday and Tuesday will see grade 5 eat in the MS cafeteria.  Wednesday will be the grade 5 BBQ.  If there are special dietary requirements for this, then it might be a good idea for students to bring some supplementary foods.  The menu is fairly regular with burgers, fries, veggies, fruit and juice.

Thursday morning will be the leavers assembly and grade 5 will be some of the honored guests since they are all leaving the Elementary School.  It is quite a sight to see with the entire school waving to them as they leave the assembly.  I do ask that all the students wear their grade 5 shirt on this day.
On Tuesday students will need their PE kit/uniform as it is Dry and Dodgy day.  Our time is in the afternoon.  After a winner is declared, then the final game is the winning team against the teachers.  This is always a crowd pleaser.

We will spend Monday and Tuesday involved in debates culminating with a final debate on the issue of Globalization: Positive or Negative.

I want to take the time to thank two moms for taking control of the Class Parent position.  Chase's mom did it until they left in December and Matthew's mom did it for the rest of the year.  Both should be commended for their great work.

The school has asked that all students leave at 11:30 on Thursday so please make all arrangements if you student is picked up by a driver or parents.  Thank-you in advance for this.  It helps the school prepare for the contractors who will begin to arrive in the afternoon for the summer works.

Where ever your summer travels take you, please stay safe and have a wonderful break.  Everyone has earned it.  For the two students leaving us we wish you all the best in your new adventure and hope that you stay in contact.

Signing off for the 2017-18 school year.

daw.com - June 1

What a busy and fantastic week.  We finished our Genius Hour projects to wild acclaim, watched the ES Play "Wizard of Oz", and started our path to prepare for the MS library just to mention a few.
There were a total of 10 Genius Hour projects undertaken by the students this year.  They involved science, foods, fabrics, 3D printing and  digital science.  It was quite an array of ideas and the students pulled them off very well.  Our audience this year was mostly grade 3 & 4 with one group of students from grade 6.  The talk was exciting and really in depth as was the questions and involvement of the audiences.  After it was all over, the reflections were positive
from both the students and the classes that were involved.  I was very proud of the class for pulling this off.  It is a testament to what can really be done when a student has an interest that is not within the scope of the grade 5 program.

Students finished their swimming classes this week with a fun time on the "Giant Floaty".  I went and watched the class for one day and it was quite amazing how they handled such a huge obstacle course floating on the water.  Everyone really looked like they were have fun.

On Thursday we sat in the theatre and watched the ES Play The Wizard of Oz.  Students in grade 3-5 had worked for three months in preparing this and it was a sight to behold.  It was funny, witty and really entertaining.  I hope some of you are able to come this afternoon for the final performance which starts at 4:00 in the main theatre.  It is about 1:15 hours in length.

Next week is really a week to finish up things.  Students are well along with their first draft of their persuasive essay and I am hoping to have the final draft done by next Friday.  It has been interesting to watch this unfold as students try and determine if the resource they have is really genuine  or more of a personal opinion.  This is something that is not easy to do yet really important in a piece of writing like this.  The topics are student chosen and the research they have done is quite extensive.  I am looking forward to reading the final drafts.

We will also complete our final math unit for the year - problems in the coordinate plane.  This unit is a fun unit yet it is also extremely important since it sets the path for graphing and algebra in math for the future.  Students have done well with this and really enjoyed some of the neat problems that can be generated and solved with the coordinate plane.  We should have the final assessment on Thursday of next week.  After this we will complete the year with a look a problem
solving across the grade 5 curriculum.

One thing I always ask when a holiday approaches is if you are planning on leaving early to please let me know.  There are a lot of final end of the year things to be accomplished and I would hate for anyone to miss out on getting their gifts and yearbooks.  Just send me a quick email.

MAP test results will be emailed to you on June 6th.  I have already looked them over and for the most part was very satisfied.  Of the almost 60 tests taken, only about 5 results showed a decline.  None of these were anywhere close to a need for intervention (usually less than 1 derivation).  If you want to discuss these results when you get them, or anything else as we end the year, please let me know and I will gladly set up a time.

Have a great weekend.

daw.com - May 16

This week saw the completion of several items for the year.  The last two literary essays are now done and I will get to assessing them this week.  For the most part they were well done.  I was impressed that the one assigned as homework was on time and complete - by everyone in the class.  A job well done.  We also completed our last two parts to the Transformations Unit and they are all in our Inquiry book as well.

The next pieces of writing follow on the heels of the essay unit but this time it us persuasive essays.  We will start off with one on Chocolate Milk served at lunch in school cafeterias.  There is plenty of opinions and research on this for students to really develop a great argument.  We will stick with the 5 paragraph structure for the time being as they are familiar with it so that will need only review rather than teaching.  I can then focus on gathering evidence and making an argument.  Eventually this will lead to a final debate in the class.  Please note that I use the word debate very cautiously as it will be a very structured semi-debate.

Our unit on economics started to look at the globalization of economics.  We took a look at 12 infographics that got the students really thinking about what it means to be a part of a global economy.  Next week they will develop a presentation based on fact sheets specific to categories associated with the globalization of economics.

Out math until changed pace this week to the development of rules.  These rules are based on straight lines and look at the relationship of the x-coordinate to the y-coordinate.  This is the first time we have used an algebraic expression to graph a line.  For the time being we will be sticking with straight lines. Although I am not surprised, there is some vocabulary in this unit that is giving some students difficulty.  I will continue to review this with the class in our daily lessons.

As we head to the final weeks of the year there are some things that are now set in stone.  On June 7,8,11 and 12 grade 5 students will be eating lunch in the MS/HS cafeteria.  This means a lot more freedom in choice for meals.  It also means you might need to talk to your student about limits in spending as it is no longer a set meal price but rather a price for each part (main dish, drink and dessert).   Of course, if students are still bring a lunch from home, this is not a problem.  Microwaves and hot water are available for students.

On June 13th, the grade 5 team will have their annual barbecue so students will not need a lunch.  There will be burgers, fries, veggies, fruits and a drink for all the grade 5 students.  Any student not wishing to participate is invited to bring a lunch from home.  Eating in the cafeteria is not an option as there are supervision issues with this.  This is a student only event.

On June 14th, there will be a whole school assembly first thing in the morning to say goodbye to those students leaving and also to all the grade 5's as they move on to middle school.  It is usually quite a nice event.  This day is a half day and students are dismissed for summer break at 11:30 am.
If there is anything you need to talk to me about, please let me know and I will gladly set up a time we can meet.