Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hello everyone! We hope you still managed to enjoy your day even though the weather was not as great as the last couple of days. Regardless, we had a great day. Let's take a look:

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 corrected our textbook homework and worked with dividing decimals with hundredths. We are focusing on using our long division skills. This helps us to show our work and helps to break things down step by step.

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). 

What we have covered so far:

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:

Lesson 31
Grade 4 concepts:

  • A prefix is a word part that is added to the beginning of a root or a base word to make a new word. 
  • Every prefix has a meaning and it changes the meaning of the root or base word
Grade 5 concept:

  •      Some short-vowel words end in a single consonant. If you add a suffix or ending beginning with a voewl to them, first double the final consonant.

  •      Some words end in silent e, if you add a suffix or ending beginning with a vowel to them, first drop the silent e. 
  1. pre - before -- preview 
  2. re - again or back -- refills
  3. im & non - not -- imperfect 
  4. con - with or together -- construct 
 1. spin + ing = spinning
 2. imagine - e + ation = imagination

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. Please have your child bring in their device for research and to type their project. If you could also send your child to school with supplies to gule their rock sculpture together (we will assist them with any hot gluing, super gluing, etc.), as well as any other supplies they feel they may need to complete their summative.  Some students have decided to use paint to paint their sculpture, so please have your child bring in a old shirt for the next two days to keep their uniforms clean. All summative projects are to be completed by May 7 for presentations. 

Next step, painting our sculptures! 

A message from grade 6:
Dear parents/ guardians,
We are Grade 6 students doing a project called exhibition. Our topic is child neglect. For our action we chose to do a clothing donation for the children that may have experienced neglect in our community. We will be donating all of the gently used clothing to the CAS and local charities. If you would like to donate any gently used clothing please place them in the box labeled Clothing Donations for the CAS and Surrounding charities. It can be found by the SJA back door where you come into the school in the morning. The last day to make a donation is Wednesday, April 26.


Alexis, Alex and Wael (Grade 6)

A Message from another grade 6 group for Exhibition:
Dear Parents and Teachers of St. Jude's Academy,

We (Rishaan, Jonathan, and Lucas) have an exhibition project on animal agriculture. Have you ever thought about how much water it takes to make one hamburger? Well, the answer is 660 gallons of water. That is equal to showering for about two months straight! As part of our action we have decided to encourage people to go meatless on Mondays during the month of May. We are asking our St. Jude’s Family to join us and pledge to go meatless on Mondays, and make a positive impact on things it affects such as climate change! If you decide to help us by going meatless on Mondays, then you could save 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, ten pounds of carbon dioxide, and one animal’s life. We hope you decide to help us stop animal agriculture, and go meatless on Mondays. If you decide to go meatless on Mondays, kindly return the attached pledge form signed in your child’s agenda before April 30, 2018!

Thank you
Lucas, Jonathan, and Rishaan

Grade 6

 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 group of students from grade 6 will be doing a project on mental health for their exhibition assignment. The will be conducting a simulation on Friday.

Another group of student from grade 6 will be doing a project on child neglect for their exhibition assignment. If you would like to support their project, you can donate gently used clothing. The clothes will be distributed to the local CAS and charities. 

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 – Dividing by hundredths worksheet

Language –Frindle activities - past due
Spelling test tomorrow
Practice Spelling Bee List
Read for 20 mins

UOI - Bring in device for summative, as well as any necessary materials 
Bring an old t-shirt for painting 
Presentations Mon. May 7th

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 wonderful evening,

Ms. Samuel & Ms. Cass

No comments:

Post a Comment

World Cup Day

Happy Thursday! One more day, and school's out for the summer. It's bitter-sweet! Quick Updates:   Tomorrow is our Promotion Cere...