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Posted: June 12, 2011

June 12, 2011   Good evening, parents of Grade 5 and Grade 6 students.  We have two weeks left before your child has their much anticipated summer vacation.  I just want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your support throughout the year.  As you are aware, I am retiring this year, as of June 30, 2011.  I have had the Grade 6's for the past two years and I am honoured to have had these find students.. It has been a priveledge.  Each one has their own personality and have left me with fond memories.  As well, the Grade 5 students have been great to teach and I have enjoyed each of them. I am very proud of each of the students I have taught and wish them nothing but the best for the future.  To you, the parents, thank you in your encouragement and guidance with your child.  Learning is three fold and because of this we all play an intregal part in their decision making.  I wish each of you a very happy and safe Summer.  Be all that you can be and remember to always be kind and show respect for all you meet, you never know when one might be an Angel, in disguise. Have a great summer, Mrs. R. Turcotte   The Talmud"When you teach a child, you teach the child's child. "

Posted: May 29, 2011

May 30, 2011   Parents and Guardians of Grade 5 and Grade 6 Math students:   Monday, is the final day of Grade 5 Math assessments.  Your child has worked tiredlessly to complete mental Math, multiuple choice, basic facts and constructed responses.  Students were engaged and I felt they worked very hard to do their best.  Thanks goes to those who helped in any way to prepare your child for this assessment.  After Monday, focus will be put on Probability and more work on Shape and Space.  There will be no tutoring, for the remainder of the year, for Grade 5. Grade 6 is writing a cummulative Math test.  They are working very hard and will finish this on Monday/Tuesday, depending on class.  Mrs. R. Turcotte      “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

Posted: May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011   Parents and Guardians of Grade 5 and 6 students...On Thursday, May 26th, Grade 5 students will begin the Provincial Math Assessment.  Students are asked to get plenty of rest and are asked to bring two pencils, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener.  They will be writing over three days, from 8:35- 9:35.  Your child can also bring a bottle of water, if they wish.  I have been going over all the outcomes and strands and it is hoped that you will review this with your child.  There is a mental math component, therefore, please review facts, nightly.  As well, I gave the students terms and concepts that should be looked at.  The abc/123 questions are also encouraged.  Tutoring will be on Wednesday.  I had to cancel Tuesday's tutoring, due to a meeting.   Grade 6 is presently working on Data collecting and Probability.  This will be their last unit, after which we will be doing review of concepts.   Any questions regarding the assessment, please call.   If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.Lord Chesterfield                                                                    Have a great week, Mrs. R. Turcotte.

Posted: May 14, 2011

May 14, 2011   Good evening, parents and guardians of Grade 5 and Grade 6 students.  There is only a little over a week before the Grade 5 students begin writing their Grade 5 Math Provincial Assessment; dates are May 25,26,27.  There is much to do to get ready and students are encouraged to work extra hard to review and practice all strands.  Each night the students were given the abc/123 textbook questions as well as the nightly practice of facts.  During class, the students are working on possible assessment style questions as they complete a sample booklet of both multiple choice and constructive response questions.  It is hoped that you revistit these with your child to help keep it fresh and to keep them connected to Math on a daily basis.  I have asked to kids to visit the website, nightly and to work on the sample assessment for Grade 5.  Go to Provincial Math Assessment Grade 5 Sample 2011.   Tutoring will be on Monday and  Tuesday, this week..  there will be no tutoring on Wednesday. Grade 6 are working on cumulative activities..  As well, terms such as Cartesian plane, coordinate grid,successive transformationsand creating designs.. Mrs. R. Turcotte   Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams

Posted: May 8, 2011

May 08, 2011   Times a wasting and we have two weeks left before assessments for Grade 5 Math begin to write. All students are encouraged to review facts nightly, as there will be a one minute timed quiz, of 15 questions, on the multiplication and division facts.  As well we have been working on assessment questions, in class.  Your child is asked to look at the 123/abc questions in each unit and are asked to try these. Questions such as these are possible assessment style questions.  Cumulative Review is also a way of reviewing.  These are at the end of each unit.  Go for 42 had it's kick off and students are eager to keep the adreline strong by graphing their daily walks. Grade 6 continues to work on transformations.  Good luck goes out to some of the Grade 6 students, as they hid to Drama festival, this week.  Time is going so quickly and for this reason your child is asked to make every attempt to keep on track over the next couple of weeks.  Nightly homework will consist of review that has been indicated on the above message.   Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And Today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.Babatunde Olatunji                                 Have a great week...Mrs. R. Turcotte

Posted: April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011   Good evening parents and guardians of Grade 5 and 6 students.  I hope everyone had a good Easter weekend.  Grade 6 finished their Math test on Thursday and will get tests back on tomorrow, NOTE:Grade 5 Provincial Math Assessment will begin on May 26th. All students will be expected to write.  We still have a lot of work to finish before this assessment.  Students will be completing work on geometry, Space and Shape, as well as Statistics and Probability.  Students will hear words such as, attributes of various polygons, transformation, translation, reflection, rotation, certain, possible, impossible, first hand and second hand data,as well as, interpreting double bar graphs. Please encourage students to share their daily activities and to revisit all operations and strategies.  These are in their Math duotangs.  It is hoped that all children will be present during the next few weeks so that all areas will be delivered and students will feel confident when writing.  Tutoring will be on Wednesday at the usual time.                                                Have a good week, Mrs. R. Turcotte.                                                   If you can Dream... You CAN do it    

Posted: April 17, 2011

April 17th, 2011    Good afternoon, parents and guardians of Grade 5 and 6 Math students.  As you are aware, I have been out of the classroom for the past two weeks and I will not be returning until after Easter weekend, (doctor's orders).  The classroom activities and the outcomes are in line with the provincial curriculum.  In my last webpage entry I hit on all areas to be covered over the next few weeks.  Please refer back to April 3rd enrty.  As well, there will be no math tutoring on Wednesday.  I will be having tutoring when I return.  If you have any questions about the daily work please feel free to call, at anytime.  Take care and have a good week, Remember to bring math into your child's daily life.  Make it all about the connections in daily living. Mrs. R. Turcotte.                                   To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.                                                         Henri Frederic Amiel                                                      HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY!

Posted: March 27, 2011

March 27, 2011   Parents of Grade 5 and Grade 6 students, we will be continuing in our work on completion iof units, and working on key words and activities for Measurement and Geometry.  Please reinforce measurement units by asking your child to estimate lengths and then to have them find the actual.  An activity to reinforce area and perimeter is to visit the website on www.spyguys and www.virtual angles, and www.polygon game. As well making reference to how many of one unit is in another, is encouraged...example ..10 mm=1cm,  100 cm= 1M,  1000mm = 1M,   1000cm= 1Km,   1 000 000 mm = 1Km.  Talk about the kms when traveling and have your child look at distances on maps to find the differences.  Your child was given a conversion chart to help them with the changing of units.. This week, some of the students experienced problems with the mental math because of the time we have been away from some of the strategies. All students are encouraged to study strategies each night and to reinforce through practice.    PARENT TEACHER: It is hoped that most of you will be able to get into Parent Teacher.  If not, please feel free to call me at any time for a scheduled appointment.  Have a good week, Mrs. R. Turcotte.                                    Today's preparation, determines tomorrow's future    

Posted: March 20, 2011

March 20, 2011 Good afternoon parents and guardians of Grade 5 and Grade 6 Math students.  .. Hope your week went well.  We are very busy in our classrooms as we prepare for the upcoming report cards by finishing units and writing tests.  It is hoped that both grades revisit daily activities on a regular basis.  This helps to reinforce concepts and helps to bind together the strands.  All areas can be improved upon by practicing the outcomes.....making connections makes a difference. The Grade 5 students are looking at writing explainations on how a question or problem is solved.  This requires knowing the key words and math vocabulary in order to show complete understanding of the operation.  An example of this style of questioning is.... Explain how to solve...,  9 - 2.5, by using words and pictures.       This is the focus taken for our students in today's math curriculums.  It is not important enough just to know the answer but to know the how of a question.  Please do some of these with your son/daughter.  We have finished our unit on Decimals and fractions and I was so impressed with the results... WAY TO GO

Posted: March 5, 2011



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