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May 16th, 2018

posted May 17, 2018, 5:18 AM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated May 17, 2018, 5:19 AM ]

Hi everyone,


It is hard to believe that six weeks from tomorrow is the last day of school!  While the weather is getting warmer and my wonderful students' thoughts are turning to the summer vacation, there is still much to be done. 


First, in Religion, today is the beginning of the month of Ramadan in the Muslim faith. During this religious observance those in the Muslim community will fast from early morning until sunset daily.  Fasting is accompanied by additional time in prayer, and also enables those participating to better understand the struggles of those in need.  In that regard, acts of charity and kindness are also a very important part of Ramadan.


As part of our Religious Education curriculum, we learn about and celebrate everyone's faith.  In speaking with my students today, they felt that they would like to give up their Recess on Thursday, May 24th and bring along a food donation for a local food bank instead of a snack.  So, all Grade 4 students who would like to (their choice) may participate in this activity on May 24th.


Further to the above, we also started a Kindness Calendar for Ramadan today.  Every day students are encouraged to do one kind deed for another person and record it in the calendar block for that day.  This calendar is due on June 15th and will be counted as part of the assessment for this unit in Religion (Kindness activities may be done in school, at home or in the community).


Secondly, spelling.  While I completely understand that it is hard to focus on homework when the weather is so beautiful outside, just ten minutes of spelling practice daily makes a big difference.  My goal for my students this Wednesday is that all of them will reach 8/10 on their spelling quiz. New lists will go home tomorrow.  I will also be placing some practice activities in Google Classroom over the weekend that they can use to practice.


Thirdly, upcoming events:


May 31st - Family Math Games Night (Details TBA)


June 12th - Field trip to Holy Heart of Mary High School for a Drama Workshop (all day)


June 14th - Public Speaking (p.m.)


June 18th - Sports Day (June 20th if it is raining.)


June 21st (a.m.) - Field Trip to the Fluvarium for our Light and Sound Science Unit

June 21st (p.m.) - Arts Smarts Open House (All parents are invited) 


June 26th (11:45 - 2:35 p.m.) - Grade Four Year End Celebration (Pancake Lunch, Assembly and Student-led Parent Interviews)


June 28th - Last day of school 😢


Fourthly, public speaking.  On Tuesday I will send home the guidelines for public speaking.  In the meantime, if you and your child could chat about possible topics for this persuasive essay, it would be greatly appreciated.  We will be writing this speech COMPLETELY in school, however, parents are encouraged to work with their child on expression, eye contact, presentation speed, etc.


Finally, a gentle reminder.  In our last school newsletter, Ms. Collett provided the website for a school survey.  I know how busy you all are, however, I also know how incredibly supportive the S.M.E. parent community is to those of us privileged to be teaching at our beautiful little school.  So, if you could take just a few minutes between now and Tuesday to click on the link below and complete the survey, it would really help us to identify the areas where we are doing well and others where we need a little more focus.  Thank you in advance for your help.  The link is as follows:


I think that this is all for now.  Enjoy the long weekend and the final weeks of this busy school year. 


As always, thank you for the absolute joy of teaching your children. 


Ms. Pinsent