Letters went home today about the Advent Project that St Cecilia classrooms will be looking after. This year for our Advent Project we are asking 3 things of the students and their families:
1. Bring in a non-perishable food item
2. Pajama Day (Tuesday Dec 10) with a $2-$5 donation to go towards food cards.
3. Collect Canadian Tire Money to go towards gifts for these families.
Today, Mme Krawiecki's homeroom discussed what items students could bring for our hamper and wrote them in their agendas. We also discussed that we have been assigned to a family with boys (ages 5, 7, 8, 11) and girls (ages 10, 14). If some students want to be generous to bring in a small gift (e.g., books) they can do so.
This year the Grade 6 students and teachers are holding our school’s first annualWhite Elephant SaleonFriday, December 6th, to raise funds for our end of the year field trip. We are asking the St. Cecilia School community to donategently used, cleanitems anytime now up until December 5th. Please look through ‘no longer needed items’ in your home and consider donating to our White Elephant Sale. We would also greatly appreciate donations of used Christmas cards, old wrapping paper, tissue paper and gift bags. This is in keeping with our reduce, reuse, recycleenvironmentally friendly attitude. Remember that ‘one person’s junk is another person’s treasure’.
The Grade 6 students and teachers will be sorting donations into different categories to make shopping more convenient. Categories include: books, toys, stuffed animals, CDs, movies, puzzles, games, Christmas knickknacks, jewellery (no used earrings please), crafts and household items. On Friday, December 6th, each class will have the opportunity to come to the gym and shop. Items will be marked in increments of 25 cents and most likely will be priced in the range of 25 cents to $3. This may be an opportunity for our young students to do some Christmas shopping. We hope to spread Christmas cheer as students find bargains to bring home to their loved ones.
The Grade 6 FSL Extended worked on a shared Google presentation document by visualizing a line from the poem 'Au champ d'Honneur.' Today we were able to add the audio in one take using the screen capture function from QuickTime.
Today the Grade 4's began watching the live cam of the polar bears as they migrate from Churchill, Manitoba. We were able to catch some of the webcast and luckily watch a polar bear in the tundra. I used this live feed to launch our unit on habitats and communities. Students began inquiring about what polar bears need in order to survive in the tundra and why they wouldn't choose to stray to other habitats. They also became familiar with the Canadian tundra.
The Grade Four team is having a joint presentation about the basic procedures and expectations for a Fourth Grader at St Cecilia Catholic School. As we had mentioned in our presentation, all of the pamphlets can be found in the les nouvelles/newsletters page of my website.
If you would like to know more about the Gr 4 FSL Immersion Curriculum along with other concepts (e.g, Digital Citizenship, Learning through Inquiry, Common European Framework) that shape my teaching, see the presentation below.
As I begin preparing for the 2013-2014 school year, I am not thinking twice about teaching Digital Citizenship. When reflecting on how fast technology is being implemented throughout the schools in my school board, Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), I feel strongly about the importance of educating students, parents, teachers and administration about internet safety. There are more and more resources online (e.g., NETS, Ophea) that provide information for school communities. There are some ministries that have implemented Digital Citizenship in their curriculum (e.g, Alberta, Quebec). As a teacher, it is motivating to know that I have support from my board (OCSB) who has started to provide more resources about digital citizenship to implement in our teaching.
As a leader in technology, I hope to do my best to bring awareness and inform my new school community about the importance of educating students to become responsible digital citizens.
"In order to help students become effective digital citizens, we must help them see technology that is largely invisible to them."
Jason B. Ohler (Digital Community, Digital Citizen)
Mosaika is the story of Canada — our story. A powerful narrative set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, Mosaika takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light, as we explore Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes.
Don’t miss this free, bilingual show. Presented nightly in Canada’s Capital Region from July 10 through September 7, 2013.
This Saturday June 22, 2013 from 9 until noon St. Emily, in conjunction with A. I. M. Recycling, will be holding a recycle of your old electronics event here in our school parking lot on the East side.
Old computers, V. C. R. s, T. V.s etc. are welcome. We also need some volunteers to help toss the recyclables into the appropriate containers. Please email Andrea Denyer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. A. I. M. Recycling will pay the school for the recyclables so we thank all those who donate in advance.
We have started unpacking our next science unit on Rocks and Minerals. As a class, we discussed and understood the Big Ideas and the Overall Expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Based on the Overall Expectations, students inquired about Rocks and Minerals, posing several questions. Students' questions were then organized by the Big Ideas and this will lead their learning throughout unit.