September 27, 2016

Quick note from St. Bernard Parish

We would like to thank you all for your participation at the Confirmation meeting last night. It was nice to see the great attendance.

To the parents whose children want to be confirmed but who were not able to attend last night's meeting can meet with Fr. Lukose at the 11a.m. mass this Sunday, Oct. 2nd.  You will be able to pick up the REGISTRATION FORM and handout 'INTRODUCTION TO THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION'.  A reminder that the Sacrament of Confirmation Registration form is to be completed by parents and returned to the grade six teachers or parish office by November 30th, 2016. 

September 24, 2016

Live Concert on Global Goals

End of Summer...beginning of fall...

We are definitely starting to see the signs of fall- cool mornings and evening, leaves starting to change colours and apple picking season upon us. No only did we usher in fall this week but we also had our Meet the Teacher night this past Tuesday. Thanks for everyone who came out and participated in the student centres. It was great to see familiar faces and new faces.  For those that could not make, I have posted my presentation below.

This week was filled with many exciting activities! Students finished their vision boards. These boards are to serve as reminders for their long and short term goals this year. They are to hang this board somewhere visible at home to be reminded of what they are working towards.

In  Math, students continued to work on number talks. They are becoming really quick at doing mental  math. They had a lot of fun sharing "their parents thinking" this past week. We looked at some strategies you used at home. As reinforcement, you can always give your child a quick equation to practice the strategies they are learning at school.

Next weekend, myself, as well as many staff members from BER will be participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer.  Big thank you to all who supported us this past Friday by wearing PINK!

This coming week, we will launch our WE School program. WE Schools is a "unique, four-step service-learning program that inspires young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and then empowers them with the skills and tools to take local and global actions (We Schools)."

Another big focus this year is the 17 global goals for sustainability. Here is some information about the goals from the global goals website describing what the 17 goals are and how they came about, their call to action and the picture displays the 17 goals that we will contribute to this year.

As noted on the United Nations Sustainable Website:

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Have a great week
A. Porcari

September 18, 2016

Time is Flying...

We are about to enter week 3, where has the time gone?  As we continue to settle into our routines, we continue to focus on building community in our classroom and school. Through growth mindset video's students are learning the importance of resiliency and grit through math. Students are engaged in the lessons and are beginning to understand the connections our brain makes when we struggle through a task or make a mistake.

Important to note this week, we will be hosting our annual Meet the Teacher night this coming Tuesday September 20, 2016. We will begin at 6:45pm in the gymnasium followed by classroom visits.

This year in my classroom, I have decided to have stations for parents to walk through. You are encouraged to bring your child, who helped in the process of designing the stations, and walk through each station to find out about grade the grade 6 year and our classroom. I will be facilitating a station where I will let you know some important dates and events that happen in the grade 6 year. Please don't feel you need to stay the whole time or rush because you will miss a presentation because you have other children in the school. Please feel free to drop by at anytime and partake in the different centres that the students have set up for you.

Hope to see you all there!
A. Porcari

September 10, 2016

Week 1 DOWN

We had an AMAZING first week back! Students are quickly settling into routines and adjusting to the classroom setting. Over the last few days we have been establishing routines and catching up with our friends on what we did over the summer. We have welcomed some new friends to our school community and made them feel at home!

To recap our week, we continue to work on some important skills to ensure our classroom runs smoothly (ie- collaboration, communication) and we are also having discussions around how we learn best and in what kind of environment. The students have enjoyed their new flexible learning space. In this space you will find exercise balls for students to use as optional seating, a stand up desk for students who need to stand while doing work. There are a few areas where students can use yoga mats and clip boards to work on the ground. We have many vertical writing surfaces where students will be able to work in groups and show their thinking. We have a Social Emotional Learning area where students can use various strategies and tools that they have helped construct in order to calm down if they need to. We have a shout out wall for words of encouragement where students can write messages. As we look at different ways that children learn, we are adapting our learning environments to suit those styles.

The students also spent the week taking pictures at the first day photobooth. Students had the opportunity to be a little wacky with their props. Students then shifted their thinking to a more serious topic and discussed what some of the hopes they had for the world. I have created a video with all their hopes, as soon as we have all student permissions for pictures, I will post the video on our blog and twitter. Some very powerful hopes and dreams for the future. As a grade 6 team, we have also come up with a motto/hashtag for our school year #BE THE CHANGE.

Students spent the latter part of the week working on a letter to their "future self" to be opened on the last day of school/graduation. Students were very excited to write about their goals and their next steps. They included academic goals and personal goals for the year. 

Now you can see why we had such an AMAZING first week back. I am very excited to be your child's teacher this year and to see all the great things I know they will accomplish throughout year! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you at our Meet the Teacher Night that will be held Tuesday Sept 20, 2016 at 6:45.  

****Please be aware that instead of sending home newsletters reporting on what is happening in the classroom and notes, I will be using this classroom blog and twitter as communication to you. You do not need to have a twitter account in order to see messages, all you need to do is go to this blog site (found on the magnet that was sent home on the first day of school) and check in weekly to see what is happening in our classroom. If you need any assistance with this I can help you out at Meet the Teacher night. If you need to communicate with me, feel free to write in your child's agenda or call the school. I look forward to a GREAT year with your child!

Adriana Porcari
Your partner in your child's education