April 23, 2017

What a busy few weeks we have had! This past week, our class was showcased and videotaped by the Ministry of Education around deep learning that is happening in our classroom. The morning began with a quick teacher interview followed by a hands on approach in our classroom. Students were engaged in math problem solving centres focused on measurement (area, perimeter, and surface area). All tasks were designed around deep learning with a focus on a real life situations. Students were completely engaged even with the camera crew asking them questions. Students collaborated, used critical thinking skills and creativity in order to complete their assigned math task. Take a look at some of the pictures that were posted on twitter.

This week, things will begin to calm down as we approach one month before EQAO. During the later part of the week, Mrs. Roche, Mrs Eaton and myself will be presenting at a technology conference for teachers. I am looking forward to hearing from so many exceptional teachers around technology and its use in the classroom. It is these opportunities that enable me to come back to the classroom and try new ideas.

In Language, students will continue to work on their problem solution reports. Students have been working on their graphic organizers and have some great problems that they will be addressing with some creative solutions to their problems.

Have a great week!
A. Porcari

April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. 

Dear God,
Thank you for sending your Son and paving the way for our lives to be set free through Jesus' death on the cross. Thank you for what this day stands for - the beginning of Holy Week, the start of the journey towards the power of the cross, the victory of the Resurrection, and the rich truth that Jesus truly is our King of Kings.
"Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord..."
We give you praise and honor for your ways are righteous and true. We give you worship for you are holy and just. We will declare that your love stands firm forever. For your loving kindness endures forever.
Thank you that your ways are far greater than our ways, your thoughts far deeper than our thoughts. Thank you that you had a plan to redeem. Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you that your face is towards the righteous, and you hear our prayers, and know our hearts. Help us to stay strong and true to you. Help us not to follow after the voice of the crowds, but to press in close to you, to hear your whispers, and seek after you alone.
We praise you, we bless you Lord! Thank you that you reign supreme and we are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ!
In the Mighty Name of Jesus,

April 2, 2017

Lenten Project Kick-off

Our 2017 Lenten Fund-Raiser kicks off this coming Tuesday and runs until Holy Thursday in the following week which is eight school days long.

This year we will be fund-raising for two groups, OK Clean Water and our very own St. Bernard Church (choir loft railing).  Both groups have been contacted and are excited about our fund-raising initiative.  Through this experience, our students will learn the joy in giving on a global level and at the local level.  They certainly will be able to see the fruits of their actions when they hear stories from Carmel Horan from OK Clean Water when we gather in an assembly to present our cheque to her later in the year and when the students see the safety railing constructed in the church.

You've noticed the pipelines in the hallway.  They represent the pipes that are able to be purchased by the people in the Kumbo region of Cameroon.  This year, they will also represent the pipes in the new railing to be installed in the church choir loft.  For each 25 cents a student brings in, they are given a round, coloured sticker which represents either a water droplet (Kumbo pipes) or a musical note (choir loft railing).  Students can then place them on the pipes in the hallway.  That's 25 cents a sticker or four for a dollar.

The Lenten Committee