May’s Virtue is Helpfulness.

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This week:

Homework: Due Thursday  Bring in 3- 5 items that represent the main character’s personality or experiences in the book that your child is reading. We will discuss and share with others in class on Thursday.

Reward: Friday period 6. Students have earned some reward time, which we will have on Friday, having earned another 15 virtue vouchers. We have been focusing on cooperative work, purposefulness, diligence and starting quickly as well.  Friday’s reward time was voted to be quiet time (I was surprised!). To allow many students’votes for other activities, students can bring in pillows and blankets; they can read, listen to music with earbuds, watch something on a device with earbuds, read, draw or use other art materials or sit quietly.  The goal is to have individual quiet time. Students can bring in a snack for themselves, if they choose.


SS:/ Language- to further our SS work about global connections, students can begin a new book. I’ve shared 5 sets of books with students that provides a context for world issues that countries and NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) support, like water scarcity, natural disasters, internal war, poverty and hunger, to name a few featured in these books.  Students can start when they have finished their Kenneth Oppel books or if they choose, they can begin now. In the next week, students can begin blogging and sharing what they have learned about the countries and issues featured in their books, and add other information they have learned.

Math: continued work about fractions

  • converting fractions to decimals and percents
  • making equivalent fractions
  • changing fractions from improper fractions to mixed numbers
  • reducing fractions to simplest terms

and beginning work about patterning

  • creating growing shape and number patterns
  • identifying the pattern rule
  • determining the number featured in any example in the pattern
  • representing the pattern with pictures, a table and a graph.

Assessment of these concepts will be with entry/exit cards (one or two questions) rather than longer quizzes or tests while we lead up to EQAO.

Science: Space, this week, comparison writing about planets. Students will eventually be choosing a topic of space that they would like to know more about, and preparing a mini presentation for the class. The presentation will involve something for students to do (e.g. demonstration, experiment, mini-quiz, picture/ concept match up etc).


EQAO: May 22- June 4.  Letters will be coming home this week about the 4 Language and 2 Math tests.  I try to promote student confidence by making sure students are familiar with the format, question style and types of tasks.  While we have been using EQAO math questions in class and in assessments throughout the year, we are looking now at Language tasks that are linked to the subject of space. We are discussing strategies that may help us with the tests. It is my goal that students feel confident, capable, and able to do their best. We have been writing longer assessments, and the students are able to work diligently and purposefully in test situations, as we have done all year.

I encourage students to make sure they eat healthy, filling breakfasts,  bring nutritious lunches and bring a reusable water bottle to use during writing periods.  Students are also encouraged to try to have a good night’s sleep during the tests to help stay focused and purposeful.  During this window, 6A will be writing tests either the first two periods, or the middle two periods of the day. We are arranging test times so that students will still take part in MAD, Phys-Ed, and French.

Please note: students who are absent will make up any missed tests during the testing window.

May’s Virtue is Helpfulness.

This week: 

Homework task: due Thursday. Students have an article to read about a mission to Mars.  Students have a sheet to write questions and answers about the article.  They also have a response to write about if they would have liked to apply for the mission or not, using ideas from the text and their own ideas.

Math Assessments:

End of unit Geometry test: Tuesday (angles, transformations, 2D shapes, drawing 2D shapes, 3D shapes, nets, drawing front, top, side views, based on EQAO assessments)

Measurement Math Quiz: Friday (postponed from last week) Surface Area and Volume of rectangular and triangular prisms.

Planetarium Trip:

We are going on Wednesday, from 12-2 p.m.  A big thank you to the two parents who volunteered, allowing us to attend. We will eat when we return, and have a break before last period.

Open House: Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.

Your child’s portfolio of work from the year will be out for you to look through.  I will be supervising fundraising sales in the front foyer by the gym- please come by and say hello!

Also this week:

SS/ Language: continued work about trading partners and exploring global issues like refugees (Long Road Home narrative we are reading in class)

Math: this week we will begin work connecting fractions, decimals and percents, as ways to represent parts of a whole. We will finish work about surface area and volume of rectangular and triangular prisms.  Next week, we will continue with fractions, decimals and percents, as well as look at growing shape and number patterns, graphing those patterns, and recording them in a table.

Science/ Language: beginning to look at planets and other bodies in the night sky, and looking at using graphic organizers to compare them

  • Jump Rope for Heart/ Heart and Stroke Foundation donations are due now.
  • Scholastic Book Fair- Wednesday to Friday in the library, including Open House



May’s Virtue is Helpfulness.

This week: 

Monday: Planetarium trip forms and permission forms are due on Monday.  Schools Cash online is available for payment until midnight. Please let us know if you can accompany us to the McMaster Planetarium on May 9.

Wednesday: Presentations from Public Health about Vaping. We will be participating in the presentation and small group workshops periods 5 and 6.


Wednesday: Homework task due– it is a reading task from EQAO, called “Moon Trees,” which were grown from seedlings sent to Space. Students have a one page text to read, some multiple choice questions to answer, and two short answer responses.  I have also asked the students to write a summary of the text ( we have been working on summaries in class).

Friday: Jump Rope for Heart. Students will have two periods of skipping with intermediate students. They should have shoes and clothing appropriate to skip. Any donations (online, or sent in to school in the Jump Rope envelope) are due on Friday.

Open House: Thursday, May 10, from 5:30-7 p.m. 

Class work: 

Science/ Language: comparison writing and reading about bodies in space (planets, comets, meteroids, asteroids)

SS/ Language: learning about refugees, global issues through our reading of A Long Walk Home, reading responses

Math: We are moving from geometry/ 3D shapes to measurement/ surface area and volume. We have learned how to draw isometric drawings, views and nets of rectangular prisms, and use those diagrams to calculate the surface area of the 3D prism.  We will be calculating the surface area of triangular prisms and drawing nets of those prisms.  We will also be learning how to calculate the volume (how much space is inside the prism) by calculating the area of the base, and multiplying the area of the base by the height. Students will have a math check on Friday, about triangular prisms, surface area and volume. 



April’s Virtue is acceptance.

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Homework due Thursday: another practice EQAO writing task.  This week’s task is similar to last week’s task- a newspaper report about something found buried in the school yard. On Thursday, we made a list of success criteria about the writing task, and organized them into Ideas, Organization, Style and Voice and Language Conventions. Students then levelled their own work, and made suggestions for glows (strengths) and grows (next steps).  The goal this week is to keep in mind those success criteria when writing for this week’s task.

Planetarium Trip: on May 9.  Trip forms are due on April 30.  $6 payment can be sent into school or preferably made with Schools CashOnline.  Please let me know if you are available to accompany us. Thank you to Parent Council for subsidizing our trip!

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This week:

Yearbook orders are due on April 25. Orders can be made online, or send in the order form with cash or cheque. Yearbooks will not be available to buy in June.

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ThinkFirst presentation: on Wednesday.  This presentation by Public Health, for grades 6-8 students, promotes safe practices to prevent head and spinal cord injuries.

Jump Rope for Heart: donations can be collected now until May 4. Donations can be sent into school in the envelope, or can be made online (see the envelope for login information, or visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation).

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April’s Virtue is acceptance.

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Goings on this week:


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Plastic Bag Challenge: Monday April 16- Friday, April 20  Please send in any carryout plastic bags for recycling. Greenleaf has accepted the challenge, and we are collecting plastic store bags all week. Only this type of bag is accepted (resealable bags, sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, milk bags, freezer bags etc are not accepted for this challenge).

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Kenneth Oppel visit: This renowned Canadian author will be visiting our school this week, and speaking to Grade 5 and 6 students period 5 and 6 on Tuesday afternoon. Students with a Kenneth Oppel book, bought or brought, can be autographed after his talk.  Students have one of his books to read in class and at home between now and May 11. Students will get class time to read, so they should bring the book to school, but will probably need time to read at home too. Interested students can exchange their books for another when they’ve finished one.  Books ordered will be delivered on Tuesday.

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Yearbook Orders can now be made using SchoolsCash Online- due by April 25.  Please note that no extra yearbooks will be available for purchase in June.

Homework: Due Thursday   Students have a task from a previous EQAO Language booklet due on Thursday. We will make a success criteria list together, and students will level their own work, recording glows (strengths) and grows (next steps) for their writing.  We will begin discussing components of the writing task, and concepts to recall and review more in April and May, preparing for tests in end of May/ beginning of June.  My goal is for students to feel comfortable with the format of tests, wording of questions, and how they are being asked to show their learning. While there may be some review before the testing period, I feel that our class work does prepare students for these assessments, which is curriculum based for Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We do include EQAO type questions in Math throughout the year, and we will focus on reading and writing tasks in the next few weeks as part of homework and work for our upcoming Science work about Space.

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Trip to McMaster Planetarium: Wednesday, May 9. Please read the letter and accompanying trip forms for more information about this upcoming trip; forms will come home on Monday.  Past students have enjoyed the planetarium’s presentation as a fun support to our science curriculum about Space, and the different elements and components of the night sky. Trip forms and payment are due by April 30. Thank you to Parent Council whose fundraising has helped lower costs for the trip. We do need parents to accompany us- please indicate on the form if you are interested. Without parent support, we will have to cancel the trip.

Math: This week, students will explore drawing rectangular prisms, including nets, isometric drawings, as well as top, front and side views.  We will also make drawings of irregular figures made from multilink cubes.  We will move into relating nets and rectangular prisms (geometry) into calculating surface area and volume, and solving word problems (measurement).

Health continues this week.

Some students have volunteered to help create or present information about plastic bag use and recycling for our Earth Day assembly on April 23.  While Greenleaf hopes to collect a lot of bags for recycling- our message will also be about how and why we should reduce the number of plastic bags we use.

Have a good week!

April’s virtue is Acceptance.

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There was no definite homework assignment this week.  Instead, students know that their “science text” based on electricity/ energy conservation ideas should be ready to share with the class on Monday. Students have had a lot of class time to work on their media text, writing and what they will say to the class.  Students have had an opportunity to get feedback from me about how to move forward and make improvements to show more detailed knowledge and understanding about electricity and energy conservation. They may have brought home work to finish for this task. Everybody should be ready for Monday.

Lunchbox orders for the week are due by Sunday at noon; this week, Booster Juice is available on Tuesday.

Day of Pink is a student started initiative to raise awareness about bullying behaviour. Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt or other pink items on Wednesday, April 11. 

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What is the Day of Pink?

April 11, 2018 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.

The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it. Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand. The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!

Math: We will be consolidating work about 2D shapes, triangles and quadrilaterals, and moving into 3D shapes, identifying differences between prisms and pyramids, identifying faces, edges and vertices, and constructing 3D shapes and drawing them.

Language/ Social Studies: Students have ranked Kenneth Oppel books they’d like to read, and will start this week. They will have a month to read their book (or books if they’d like to read more!)  They will have time in class but will need to be reading at home as well.

We also continue reading A Long Road Home, and learning about the conflict in Kosovo and Serbia, as part of our social studies work about migrations, and connections with different countries.


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Some important dates and information:

Intermediate Swim Team:  Grade 6 students who are interested in participating need to have an athletics form filled out and signed by a parent (Must be a new one from the fall. Students who have tried out for basketball just need a parent initial next to “swim team” that you can add to the form).  The meet is on May 2.

Canadian author Kenneth Oppel will be visiting Greenleaf in April! A big thank-you to parent council for funding his visit.  If students wish, they can preorder his books at a significant discount. Orders are due on Thursday, April 5, with cash or cheque payment.  Kenneth Oppel will bring them when he visits the school on April 17.  He will sign any bought or brought copies of his books on the day of his visit.

Lunch box orders for Swiss Chalet and Booster Juice (alternating weeks, on Fridays and Tuesdays, respectively) can be made at  As I found out, orders must be completed by noon on Sunday for orders for that week.

There was no homework assigned this week. 

Jump Rope for Heart: Kick off Assembly is Thursday this week. Students will receive donation envelopes and instructions for collecting online donations. For families who wish to collect donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, donations are due back on Event Day, May 4. 

Curriculum: we will continue with work discussed in previous posts.

Math: drawing quadrilaterals, as well as triangles using compasses, protractors and rulers.

Science Texts: must be finished this week. Students will receive class time this week, and should be prepared to discuss what they created next week.

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend!


March’s virtue is Responsibility.

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This week:

Skating: The last session is Friday.  Students attending will be out of school from about 9:30- 11:30 a.m.  Students not skating will have an altered timetable during that time.  A reminder that students need to have an approved helmet and also hand coverings (mittens, gloves) to skate. Skating equipment needs to be in a cloth bag.

Homework Task: Due Thursday  Students received a sheet describing the task, with a chart to fill in. They have been asked to think about what three things they would take if they had to leave their home in five minutes, and why they would choose those things. They should be asking family members as well, and filling in responses in the chart on the sheet they were given.  We will use these ideas in class on Thursday. Students will have time to discuss their ideas in small groups and with the class.  They are welcome to bring in some of the items, with your permission of course!

Science Text: students received time last week to work on their Media text discussing a science topic or issue inspired by our Ecohouse trip or electricity work.  Some students are making models, and are reminded to bring in any items that they may need.

Agenda: Students received test marks last week, and were reminded to make sure parents signed their agenda last week. I’ll check agendas again this week.

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Math: We will have a math quiz about angles and 2D shapes on Wednesday.  This will include measuring and identifying angles, describing and sorting polygons according to their attributes (angles, side lengths, parallel sides, number or sides, type of polygon, type of quadrilateral etc) and drawing quadrilaterals.

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Lunchbox Orders for Booster Juice and Swiss Chalet: First week’s orders are due April 1.  Students received a purple note last week, or you can find out more about this new ordering platform here.  If interested, these new food options will be offered on alternate weeks; orders can be placed online and changed as needed up to the weekend before.

Enjoy the upcoming four day weekend- no school on Friday and Monday. Students will be back on Tuesday.

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I hope everyone had some time during March Break to enjoy some family time and recharge some batteries. The students and I will continue with some work started before the break.  There was no assigned homework task over the break.

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Speeches: There are a few speeches that have not yet been presented. These will happen this week. Students who haven’t finished or were absent will need to spend some time at home catching up so they can present this week.


We worked on identifying angles as well as measuring and drawing angles before the break. We will use this work to draw 2D shapes, and follow instructions to draw named quadrilaterals and triangles, using rulers, protractors and compasses (for triangles) when necessary.  This work will lead us to more Geometry about 2D and 3D shapes. The class is also learning about symmetry, rotations, and transformations of 2D shapes (translations, reflections and rotations).

Having reviewed addition and subtraction before the break, we will be looking at multiplication algorithms (pencil and paper methods) as well as word problems that can be solved using multiplication (Grade 6 expectations: 3 digit by 2 digit numbers, like 345 x 76). Of course, knowing timestables will help students with accuracy! Students can continue to review timestables at home.  There are many sites that you can look up that are like online flashcards.

SS/ Language: 

We will be reading together a narrative that links to the Social Studies curriculum: Canada’s interactions with the global community.  We will relate reading to the social studies inquiry process to investigate some global issues of political, social, economic, and/or environmental importance, their impact on the global community, and responses to the issues.  Students can also choose a novel to read to learn more about a global issue through historical and realistic fiction. Our goal will be to interact with the texts we read by questioning, making connections to personal knowledge, experiences, other texts we’ve seen, read or listened to, and find out more about the issues and events to share with the class and small groups to enhance our understanding of the texts we will read.

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March’s virtue is Responsibility.

Next week:


Friday is Beach Day! Students are invited to wear beach items to school to celebrate March Break- going away or waiting for warmer climates.


Line graphs and letter due Monday:  Finish line graphs about the temperature in Room 19.  Students have received a yellow instruction sheet, as well as time in class to work on this task, including making a graph, finding averages, and writing a letter.  Unfinished work should be completed and brought in on Monday.  I believe most students should be almost finished this task, especially if they strive to practise purposefulness in class.

Speech drafts due Tuesday: Students should finish their drafts for their speeches.  Some students also need to gather research for their topics.  Every speech needs to have some researched information (at least 10 percent).  The topics could be persuasive and informative, or persuasive and entertaining.  We have had time every day this week for research and planning, and some students have finished that to begin drafting their speech. Students will present their speech to the class before or after March Break.

Science: Trip to Eco House  Next week students will have an opportunity to create a media text highlighting one of the ideas presented to us, or inspired by an activity or display at Ecohouse, making links to how energy is created, used or conservation of energy.


Grade 8 students are allowing students to preorder items for Friday’s bake sale on Monday and Tuesday at breaks.  Items will cost between one and two dollars. Students can preorder their items by paying in advance, and they will be available on Friday. Proceeds support Grade 8 charitable entrepreneurial projects.

Enjoy March Break- March 12-16