-Artwork by Jeremy M.
This was our fourth week back from Winter Break. Here are the things we learned and some activities that took place!
We had our Concours d’art oratoire. Concours is a speech competition in French where you present in front of judges. The students who represented our class were two young girls named Danielle and Aliyah. Aliyah was chosen to represent the school in the francophone category because she speaks French at home. One student in the fifth grade, one in seventh grade and one in eighth grade were also chosen to represent our school. The judges were Mme Dana (she works in the office of our school), Madame Audino (she is our principal’s mother), and Mr. … We forgot his name. Oops!
The Grade 6s were so excited for the volleyball tournament. Everybody had the option to join volleyball and all Grade 6s joined.We had three teams: black pinnies, teal pinnies and grey pinnies. Our coaches were Mme Marovic (Room 118, Grade 6 teacher) with the black pinnies,
Mme Unrau (Room 119, Grade 5 teacher) with the teal pinnies and two students in Grade 8, Abi and Alexa, were with the grey pinnies. With all their support, each team won 4-5 games. We were so happy to have just enough drivers because without them, we wouldn’t have been able to attend the tournament! Everyone was so tired
after that really long day of fun, but we were all satisfied with ourselves and our hard work. A special thanks to our wonderful coaches who taught us how to play the game properly and have fun. Sure we lost a couple games, but that’s okay, we didn’t take it personally. Everyone got to smile and laugh in the process.
A few students in Grade 5 and 6 attended a babysitting course at the school taught by the Canadian Red Cross. There, they learned how to care for a baby, some emergency procedures and other very important information about children. Of course, we all know that children are amazing and cool! They are fun to be around because they have such creative imaginations. All kids have imaginations, so to encourage them to keep this up, just let them be them. Here are a couple tips on how to babysit children;
- If the child/children don’t want to do something, try the activity as a race or something like that because young children love races!
- Always bring a first aid-kit just in case something either happens to the child/children or even yourself.
- Try to enjoy your time with the child/children because they can really brighten your day.
Now that you know these tips, they may be able to help you in the future, when you turn the appropriate age to babysit, if you’re not old enough already. You need to be 12 years old to babysit. At this age, adults find we Grade 6ers start to mature enough to be able to watch (a) child/children.
-Gwen, Serena and Yvonne
Last week our class went to The Forks for the best time ever. We carved snow sculptures, built miniature tipis as well as heard an aboriginal legend in a life sized tipi with real flames (from a fire pit). In the afternoon, we went skating on the river for half an hour then some of us enjoyed tobogganing. So much fun!
On January 17th and 18th, the Grade 6s had volleyball practices. If you didn’t know, we are preparing for a tournament. The two days were our first opportunities to practice. We learned a lot about skills, strategies and responsibilities of the game. Both Grade 6 classes joined; there were 40 students in total. That’s a lot of players!
In class, we worked on finishing our discours; A discours is a French speech. Grade 3 to 8 classes prepared speeches, but only select few were chosen to present in front of a large audience including judges. Two students will represent our class and whoever they are, we wish them both good luck!
Also in class, we were informed of our groups and books for literature circles. Literature (or lit.) circles are when a number of people read the same book and meet regularly to discuss the story and choose a role to take on for homework (vocabulary enricher, illustrator, discussion director, etc.). In our case, our books are all war related to tie into what we’re learning in Social Studies. It’s going be great! It’s lit. fam!
“That was all we did, I think… Yes it was. We had lot’s of fun, right Zak?!”
“Totally, it was so fun writing this!”
Hope you enjoyed reading and have a nice day too!
-Zak and Jeremy
Welcome to one of the many blog posts that will come, amazingly written by a few students of École Lansdowne! We will be writing about our first week back from Winter Break.
To be honest, our first day back seemed difficult, we weren’t so used to waking up early in the morning like we regularly were. I can tell you that the majority of the class probably stayed up a little later than their usual bedtimes. Everyone looked tired, uninterested and bored, even the teachers! To be truthful, everyone seemed out of focus. Fortunately, we were able to push forward by starting a new project! It was a project involving our new year resolutions. We wrote about; two things that we want to learn about, one thing we can do to make everyday happier, one thing to make our school a better place, and seven ways to be kinder. Have you ever done something similar?
Another assignment we started on was our first copy for our French oral speaking contest. We each have a unique topic that we’re passionate about and show that interest by forming a speech. The classroom chooses two students to represent our class. We hope the best for our representatives!
Lastly, we had two guest speakers. We had 3 sessions with a Literacy Support Teacher for our school division, Mme Byman. She taught us how to improve our reading with a concept called: fluency criteria. She created an acronym called P.V.R and P.I.E. I love to eat pie; I wish it was that kind of pie! Too bad it isn’t! So P.V.R stands for pace, volume, and rhythm whereas P.I.E stands for punctuation, intonation, and expression. It helps us with our presentations, reading and just in general. We practiced our reading by using magazines to identify information by only using the visuals. We practically use these strategies all the time as of now.
The second guest speaker was an artist named Mr. ManyEagles. He taught us how to carve Soapstone, a rock commonly found everywhere around the world. We were all able to make fish heads, three letter words, pineapples, and whatever we could design on a small, rectangular piece of the stone. Overall, this activity allowed our creativity to roam free. Not only did he teach us carving techniques but shared his back story with how he had grew an interest into Soapstone carving.
The week changed drastically, in a good way of course. Compared to our usual weeks, this one was no different. Just a normal week in the class of 121 told by normal students. We hope you enjoyed reading!
-Avril G. & Kimberley R.
Room 121 is super excited about the endless possibilities of using a blog in the classroom. Please check in regularly for posts related to special events and projects at the school as well as information regarding field trips and permission slips.
We’re looking forward to sharing our action packed days with you!