daw.com - Sep. 13

Dear Parents,

Each week there are students in charge of a current event. I have sent home a reminder with these students but I will also list them here.

Monday - day 2 - no current events
Tuesday - Max
Wednesday - Faven
Thursday - Stephen
Friday - no school

Here are some student friendly sites for Current Events.


I want to thank all the parents who attended Back to School Night last Thursday. I hope I was able to answer questions you might have as well as show you what we do in the class and how I look after all the learning needs of your student.

You are getting a mixture of work home in this week's Monday Folders. I have completed marking all the work from Virtual school and also all the home and school work for the past week. The school packet is the same for both weeks as I just continued it from where we left off before Virtual School. Please remember to keep the work at home and return the folder and the title pages signed.

We start unit 2 in math this coming week. The Family letter was attached to the email about the weekly blog. The final assessment for Unit 1 will be in the Monday folders. Because I have a parent signature on the Monday folders I do not need you to sign the assessment. The next unit looks at algorithms of math that students are not use to but will be responsible for learning. It also goos deeper into estimating.

Wednesday is photo day fopr 5C1. This means that students need to dress nicely. All students must have their photo taken for the annual yearbook. There is also an opportunity for parents to purchase photo packages and I sent this form home last week. Forms, with payment, need to be returned prior to photo day on Wednesday. We will also have our class photo taken on the same day.

It is the time of the year again to start preparing for grade 5 camp. Permission forms, medical records, water sports authorization and volunteer forms were all part of a package sent home last Thursday. I would like the completed and returned by this coming Friday. All the grade 5 teachers are well into the planning stage for this annual outing. Grade 5 goes to Sai Kung Outdoor Recreational Center (SKORC) which is a magnificent place for our students. More on this as we get closer to camp. Just a reminder that Camp dates are Oct 19-21, 2009.

Starting tomorrow all students will need to keep their temperature logs updated daily. I am now responsible for this and will have to check every morning. If there is no temperature or the log is missing I need to send students to the nurse to have a temperature taken. This will take up a lot of valuable time so I would request that you make this part of the morning routine at home. Student should keep their temperature logs in their homework folders as that is where I will be looking for them each morning.

Dr. Kelsh gave a short presentation to the class on Thursday last week about a project the school is undertaking with the help of Kiva.org. These are microloans to women in developing countries. There is a website that gives information about this at www.kiva.org. The money we raised last Friday with free dress day will be a part of the school's effort to work with this organization. Since the loans are repaid, the money will constantly be used for helping women in their goal to improve family situations.

In a continued effort to catch up from the week we missed, there will be no Vocab test this week. Instead, I have added an additional homework item that will need to be completed. It involves a reading and a Blog posting. With this and a few other items in class completed, we should be right back on track by the end of the week.

Just a reminder that this week is a four day week. Teachers will be completing the marking of the writing prompt and attending a technology conference in preparation for next year's 1 to 1 laptop program on Friday.

Just a continued reminder to keep everyone happy and healthy. Washing hands is a first line response to the slowing of the H1N1 virus and many other illnesses.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Harold Daw