Friday, 1 December 2017

December is here!

Hi everyone,

It's hard to believe it's December! Our students investigated coding today by visiting the Scratch website - they'll be having another 5 sessions before the winter break.  Here's the link, if you're interested to see what it's all about:


Students will need to create an account (it's free!) in order to access the program for the next several sessions.  Please have students record their username and password for Scratch in their agendas.

Have a great day!
Mrs. Skelton Wright

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

November News

Hi everyone,

We've had a very busy month - let's look at what's happened, what's happening, and what's ahead!

We had our Remembrance Day Assembly last Friday, and Miss Barrett and I were very proud of our students who participated in our presentation of "Highway of Heroes" by the Trews.  Some students sang, others placed flowers, all were respectful.  It was also a school spirit day, where students were asked to dress up in formal wear, and we were not disappointed.  Our students looked wonderful that day and demonstrated excellent behaviour and character.

Progress Reports also went home on November 10th.  We've asked that envelopes be returned so that we can reuse them for the Term 1 and Term 2 reports.  You're welcome to keep them after Term 2 is done!

This week, Miss Barrett and I welcomed Teacher Candidates from Lakehead University into our classrooms.  Miss Madison Byblow and Miss Alana Czapran will be with us in a learning/teaching capacity until December 15th.  Please join us in welcoming them into our community!

In Math, over the past few weeks, students have been learning about angles and triangles. Tomorrow they will be having a test on identifying triangles based on side length and angle type.  We used Plickers on Tuesday as a review - have you heard of Plickers?  Ask your child to explain it - it's a great tool, and students get immediate feedback! The following graphic may be helpful in preparing for the assessment.

We have conferences coming up in the next two days - we have them from 3:50-9:00pm on Thursday, and from 8:50-11:50am on Friday morning.  Please make all attempts to be on time, as Miss Barrett and I have 52 conferences to conduct and we will be on a very tight schedule! We appreciate your consideration :) If you don't know your conference time, please ask your student to confirm tomorrow, as we will not be able to do so once our conferences begin. *This means that Friday is a PD Day for students - please do NOT send your kids to school!! We love them, but don't want them all there that day!


We are going to see Wonder!  On November 29, the Grade 5 and 6 classes at Fieldcrest are going to the theater in Newmarket to see Wonder, which is an incredible novel that many of our students have enjoyed. Food options are available for a price of $6 (popcorn and a small drink) and $7.50 (nachos and a small drink). Please include this in your payment.

Looking ahead, we have many activities planned for late November and December - please stay tuned for these important days!

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Skelton Wright :)

Friday, 27 October 2017

Congratulations! Sept & Oct Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following students on receiving awards at our assembly today!

September Caring Award - Sheliyah
October Cooperation Award - Quinton
September Falcon Award for helpfulness - Sofia
October Falcon Award for excellent effort - Zoe

Well done, Falcons!!  Looking forward to our next Character Assembly in December, where we'll celebrate Courage and Empathy. 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs. Skelton Wright

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Assemblies and Presentations

Hi everyone,

Our students are going to be presenting/performing at Friday's Character Education assembly.  The Junior/Intermediate Caring and Cooperation assembly is open to all community members, and all are invited and welcome to attend! The assembly begins at 11:45, so we ask that you arrive a few minutes earlier so that you can sign in at the front office. You may notice that we have "crazy hair" that day, and you're encouraged to join us!!

The families of students who will be receiving awards have been notified, and we will continue to do so throughout the year so that you may share in the excitement with your child!

We will also be performing a song at the November 10th Remembrance Day assembly.  It will begin at 11:40 and run as long as necessary.  The song "Highway of Heroes", by the Canadian band The Trews, is the one we will be singing, and students are encouraged to practice at home as well as with the class.  This video has the lyrics, as well, so students can learn the words to the song. Our hope is that lyrics won't be necessary by the day of the performance.

For students who have restrictions stating that they cannot sing, we are including them in the assembly and performance in different capacities. They will be assisting in the "production" piece of our performance. As another spirit day, students are asked to wear clothing that is a bit more formal out of respect.  Students who participate in Cubs, Scouts, Guides, Cadets, or other organizations outside of school, are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

We will be providing poppies for all students, and we welcome any donations that families would like to make to the Royal Canadian Legion.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's participation in this song or in the assembly, please contact me via email at or through the Remind app. 

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Skelton Wright

Sunday, 15 October 2017

October Update

Hi everyone,

With the cooler weather upon us, we are reminded that winter is not too far away.  With that being said, we are strongly encouraging all students to have an appropriate pair of indoor shoes that can be used for phys. ed. classes as well. Being in the portable, we strive to keep our custodian's job minimal by being responsible members of the school community :)

In the month of September, our office's data shows us that 58% of Grade 5 students had perfect attendance.  Being present for lessons is an important component of successful learning, and students who are away miss key concepts and important class discussions, even if they "catch up" upon return. Students who arrive to school late disrupt the learning of those already engaged in tasks, so we ask that attendance and punctuality become a priority for our students. Thank you for your support with this :)

We are in the beginning stages of our Dance unit for the Arts.  Please communicate with Miss Barrett or me if you have any restrictions on your child's participation, so that we can arrange alternate instruction/lessons for them in this area.

Upcoming Dates:
There is a PD Day this Friday, October 20 and a Character Ed assembly on Friday, October 27 at 11:45.  Please remind your child to continue practicing and preparing for the weekly multiplication and map quizzes that happen on Day 2. 
If your child tells you he or she has no homework, multiplication practice could be the answer! A particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 12 times tables is strongly encouraged, as these are where students' overall scores are weakest.  

Thank you!  Have a great week,
Mrs. Skelton Wright

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Math Test Friday

Hi everyone,

This Friday, we will be having our first Math Test of the year!  (I'm excited... I wonder if the students are!).  This test will focus on reading, writing, and representing numbers to 100,000.  Decimal representations will be next week, so they will not be on this assessment.

The three forms of representing numbers will be:  standard form, written form, and expanded form.

Standard form is how we usually see numbers... as a set of digits, grouped by threes (called "periods") into units, thousands, millions, etc.
e.g.,      489, 337
       (thousands)   (units)

In written form, this would look like: four hundred eighty-nine thousand, three hundred thirty-seven
In expanded form, it would be: 400,000 + 80,000 + 9,000 + 300 + 30 + 7

Please watch the following video from Khan Academy to review how to express the expanded form of a number.  Students should also be able to give the value of the digits in the standard form of the number.

Success criteria for writing numbers in written form are as follows (generated by students):

  • comma after "thousand"
  • hyphen after "-ty" (e.g., thirty-one), but NOT when a -ty is used on its own (e.g., forty thousand)
  • spell check!  Words are on the wall!
  • no millions or higher in grade 5!
  • no "and" unless it's for a decimal
We will review all concepts before Friday's assessment.  Students are encouraged to bring notebooks home to review notes, however it is essential that all notebooks are at school during instructional time. 

Thank you!  Have a great evening!
Mrs. Skelton Wright :)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Thank you!

Hi everyone,

Thank you to all who made it out to Meet-the-Teacher night!  It was wonderful to meet you all :)  If you did not have a chance to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences in November, information will be coming home soon with available times.  Miss Barrett and I will be conducting our conferences as a team so that you get a complete overview of your child's academic progress.

A side note of concern from your children's teachers... we have noticed a high volume of students leaving during instructional time to use the washroom.  We consistently reinforce that students should be using washroom facilities at Nutrition Break and Recess, as the constant leaving during instruction disrupts learning of many students.  Our policy is that students must travel in pairs (for safety), so it not only interrupts the learning of one student, but also that of the student who escorts him or her into the school. We recognize that emergencies do arise, and are absolutely willing to accommodate in those situations. Please review this with your child so that we may minimize the disruptions to student learning. Thank you :)

We are continuing to accept food bank donations, as Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

Hot lunch orders are due no later than Tuesday, October 3. Orders can be placed via paper copy (that was sent home last week) or by the online portal for parents.

Our calendar has been updated (see the bottom of the home page of the blog), and there are some quizzes, assessments, and important dates coming up.  Please add them to your calendar at home!

Thank you, and have a great Sunday!
Mrs. Skelton Wright :)

December is here!

Hi everyone, It's hard to believe it's December! Our students investigated coding today by visiting the Scratch website - they'l...