Saturday, 5 May 2018

Hello everyone! Another week has come and gone, but before we get our weekend activities started, here's a quick update on our day!

First and foremost, I wanted to thank all the parents that took the time to come out and support Mrs. Haag's grade 6s for their Exhibition Night. Your continued support for school events means so much to the students. Thank You!

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Before we take a look at our day, here's an important message from Ms. Kaitlin:

Hello SJA Families,

As you know, there is an MYP play being held on May 10th for parents/guardians only as there is PG-13 material. Students will have the opportunity to attend the PG version of the play during the school day. Also, to accommodate the PYP students, there will be a dance held at the school the same night.

Tickets are limited, so please email me or come see me at the front desk to reserve your spot for both the dance and/or the play. We hope to see you there!

Kind Regards,

Ms. Kaitlin

A Message from Gr. 6:

It's finally here! Tomorrow is the Grade 6 Exhibition! Students will have a chance to view their projects from 9:00-11:00. Parents will have a chance to view their projects during the evening session from 6:00-8:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Here's a look at our Wednesday:

Math: Today we used our math period to work on our summative projects. From what we have looked at so far, the classes projects are really looking good. It has been great to help students' bring their rock sculptures to life. It has been very nice watching them help each other, offer suggestions and support one another by lending out materials to those who need them! Great work! 

Our unit test will be coming up on Monday, May 14th, so we will be starting our review sessions next week. Please continue to support your child as we become masters of fractions and decimals! 

A Review of what we have learned: 

Tomorrow we will be looking into dividing decimals with hundredths!

Multiplying decimals by tenths and hundredths. Here are the strategies that we used:

Estimating quotients and products. We did this by rounding the the nearest whole number or to the nearest 10th. For example: 
One football costs $14.89. About how much will 6 footballs cost? 
- The key word here is about - this lets me know that I need a estimate, not an exact answer. I can calculate my estimate by rounding. 

Rule: 5+ (5,6,7,8,or,9) we round up one
4- (4,3,2,1,or 0) we round down one

Lets round to the nearest whole number: 14.89 --> use the 8 in the tenths place to do this - 8 we can use to go up one so that means our new number is 15!

Then we multiply 15 x 6 - we are saying it cost $15 for 1 ball, we want 6 balls so we multiply 15x6 = 90 . So it would cost about $90 for 6 footballs.

We could also round to the nearest tenth using the same method! 

14.89 --> use the 9 in the hundredths place to round the 8 in the tenths place up one spot or down one spot. We know that 9 is big enough to round our number up. So our new number would be 14.9

14.9 x 6 = 89.4 -- It would cost about $89.90 for 6 footballs.

Both estimates are okay to use.

We can do the same with division: Waldo paid $29.38 for 3 soccer balls. Estimate the cost for 1 soccer ball.

Let's round to a whole number -- 29.38  would round down to the whole number of 29 because the 3 in the tenths place is less than 5. 

Then use division -- 29/3 = 9.66 (long division is helpful here)

We looked at how we relate fractions to division statements. This time we showed fractions in 3 different ways, long division, short division and then expressing these statements in picture form. The we used these strategies to solve word problems (see MMS textbook pg. 279 #9-13 for examples). 

Here's a video to help:

Comparing and Ordering fractions using strips:

Comparing and Ordering fractions using number lines:

Comparing and Ordering fractions using cross multiplying:

This link helps to break down the methods that are used to cross multiply. Start the video at 0:20, and end at 4:25:


Today we wrote our lesson 31 spelling tests. They have been sent home for you to view, please sign them and have your child make corrections (x10) on any words that they spelt incorrectly.

A note on Spelling Bee – we will be practicing our spelling words beginning tomorrow during our language period. Our in-class competition will take place on Thursday, May 10th, where two students will move forward to our SJA Spelling Bee competition on Wednesday, May 16. Our in-class competition will run the same way the school competition will run. Students will have to say the word, spell it correctly, and say the word again to announce they are finished. If the students forget to say the word before or after, or misspell the word, they will be out. Please be sure to practice at home!! 

**Grade 5 spellers will join either Ms. Walls' or Mrs. Khan's class for their in class competition. 

UOI: Today we continued working on our summative. Most students have completed all the necessary requirements of the assignment and are now making changes to their good copies. If your child is not quite done, they have the weekend to finish any parts of the summative that were not completed in class. All summative projects are to be completed by May 7 for presentations.

A message from Grade 6: 
Lucas, Jonathan, and Rishaan have created Meatless Mondays as part of their action plan for their 2018 Exhibition!

 For our Arts’ Night, we are asking that each student bring in a picture from their childhood…it can be of any stage (baby, toddler, young child, etc). Please send in all pictures no later than April 20th.  ANY STUDENTS THAT STILL NEED TO BRING IN THOSE 2 PHOTOS PLEASE DO SO FOR MONDAY, Thank you in advance!

St. Jude’s FC – A new and exciting soccer program has officially arrived at SJA. St. Jude’s FC is the official soccer academy affiliated with SJA, which is currently taking applicants for its inaugural season.  Please see flyer sent home for further information. Let’s go St. Jude’s FC!!

A note from Ms. Bancud - You are now able to order for May Lunches. The deadline for May lunches is Saturday, April 28th, 2018.  After this date, our system closes and is unable to open for April ordering.  Please make sure your child is under the correct grade. 
All payments are due on Friday, May 4th, 2018.

A group of Grade 6s are promoting Meatless Mondays for their Exhibition project. They have come up with this month's special, which is Crispy Cauliflower Bites for $4.50 with a side of tzatziki dip that will be available every Monday! You will find more information about Meatless Mondays around the school.

Payment Instructions
There are two options to pay for lunches. Cash and Freshbooks.
Shortly after completing your order, a Freshbooks invoice will be sent to your email.
It may take one or two days to process your order to Freshbooks, so please be check your email diligently for the invoice. 
We no longer accept cheque as a method of payment.

It may take one or two days to process your order to Freshbooks, so please be check your email diligently for the invoice. 
We no longer accept cheque as a method of payment.

If you have any questions concerning the Lunch Ordering site or Freshbooks, feel free to email me at

A reminder from Ms. Ross - Aftercare invoices are due.

Math – no math homework this weekend :)

Language –Frindle activities - past due, final date Monday for any outstanding assignments
Spelling test signed + corrections x10
Practice Spelling Bee List - spelling bee practice begins Monday
Read for 30 mins

UOI - Rocks and Minerals Summative due Monday, May 7th
Presentations begin Mon. May 7th- May 8th

Upcoming Dates & Events
2 photos for Arts Night 
Friday May 4 - Exhibition and May Hot lunch payments due
Bring in Report Card Comments page 
Friday, May 4 – May hot lunch payments due & Grade 6 Exhibition (9-11 AM & 6-8 PM)
Monday, May 7 – Rocks and Minerals summative due
Tuesday, May 8 – Grade 1-4 Romeo and Juliet viewing – admission is canned goods
Thursday, May 10 – MYP Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet at the MiST Theater – Dance for students will be held at SJA for parents wanting to attend the evening performance.
Friday, May 11 – In-class Spelling Bee
Monday, May 14 – Math test
Tuesday, May 15 - JK-Grade 2 Spelling Bee
Wednesday, May 16 – Grade 3-8 Spelling Bee
Thursday, May 17 – JK-Grade 2 Arts’ Night
Friday, May 19 – PD Day – No School
Monday, May 21 – Victoria Day – No School
Tuesday, May 29 – Casual Day
Wednesday, May 30 – Grade 3-8 Arts’ Night
Friday, May 31 – SJA/TMA Inner School Spelling Bee Competition

If you need us, we're just an email away!

Have a fun-tastic weekend,

Ms. Samuel & Ms. Cass

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