December 16, 2018

The 3rd Week of Advent!

Today marks the 3rd week of Advent. Today Jesus talks about John the Baptist. He told about the coming of Jesus. We also know from the scripture that John was the son of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. John told the people to prepare the way for the coming of God. This week we light the third candle. This candle is pink.  It symbolizes joy. Think about the joy that comes from the love of Jesus.  May we spread the joy of Jesus’ love with everyone we meet.

In this Advent season, we can plan weekly actions that help us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. How can you open your heart to get ready for Jesus?

God our Father, help us to continue to keep peace in our hearts as we come closer to Christmas. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen 

Upcoming Events 
Reminder this week is Christmas stocking week!
Dec 19- Christmas Craft at 1:00- parents welcome
Dec 20- Snowflake Sale
Dec 21- Last day before Christmas Break- PJ Day

December 9, 2018


Today marks the lighting of the 2nd purple advent candle. We patiently await the coming of baby Jesus. Again,  candles symbolize our longing, our desire, and our hope. Remember the three "advents" or "comings"? We want to recall that Jesus came in the past to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives. When we woke up, each day this past week, we lit that candle in our hearts taking a few moments to focus on God, thanking him for today and for sending his Son.

Prayer for the second week of advent

Father in heaven,
the day draws near when the glory of your Son
will make radiant the night of the waiting world.
May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy
which moves the hearts of those who seek him.
May the darkness not blind us
to the vision of wisdom
which fills the minds of those who find him.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Upcoming Events in our Classroom and School

Christmas Advent Mass- December 14, 2018 @ 9:30am
Christmas Craft Day- December  19, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Snowflake Sale-December 20, 2018 (All Day)

December 2, 2018

Advent Begins

Today we begin Advent, we light one candle today symbolizing our longing, our desire, our HOPE in the coming of Jesus. As we come together as a school community in the spirit of Advent let us pray and remind ourselves of the symbols and their meanings. 

The advent wreath is green, the colour of new life and hope.  Green reminds us of the newborn Jesus, who came to show us the way to everlasting life.  Green reminds us of the gift of new life we received at baptism.  Green also reminds us that we are people of hope, because God is always with us, to raise us up when we are sad, when we are sick and even when we die.

The advent wreath has three purple candles and one pink candle.  Purple is the colour of kings and queens.  It is also the colour of penance: the small sacrifices we make to welcome Jesus in our hearts and to prepare ourselves to meet with him on Christmas Day.

Pink is the colour of Joy.  It reminds us of the joy of meeting Jesus at Christmas.

The Advent wreath is made in a circle, with no beginning or end.  It reminds us of God’s everlasting love, which has no beginning or end. We light our Advent wreath from a single candle.  This candle reminds us of Jesus, who comes to us as Light of the World.

During this Advent season, let us try to remember the special times in our lives when we walked in God’s light.  Sharing our faith as a family here at our school is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Lord Jesus.

A prayer for the first week of Advent

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives
always, and particularly this Advent time.

God Bless
A. Porcari

November 25, 2018


Four weeks until Christmas break!  Sorry that I have not posted in a while, I was off recuperating from minor surgery. I am back now..and will update you on a few things that are happening right now in grade 6.

In Math, students have been working on creating and extending number and geometric patterns using different manipulatives. This week we will finish up patterns by looking at extending patterns using a graph. Take a look at some of the work students have been working on.

In Language, we have been working on sentence structure.  Students received feedback this week on their Halloween stories. The feedback consisted mostly of students using proper sentence format and to incorporate sentence variety. This past week, students focused on subject and predicate, complex and compound sentences, run-on sentences, independent and dependent clauses. This week they will have an opportunity to "BUMP" their work up by taking teacher feedback and improving their writing.

 Grade 6 NEWS!!

St. Bernard will be hosting our 3rd annual Snowflake Sale. The idea behind the snowflake sale is that students bring in some gently used items from home in order to sell at school. The grade 6 students have chosen this fundraiser in order to raise money for WeSchools. All money raised with be donated to our local and global initiative- Hunger and Women’s Empowerment.

At this time, we are asking all families, if you have any gently used items that you may be donating to goodwill, if you could please send them to the school for our snowflake sale which will happen on December 20, 2018. Students can begin bringing in items. We ask that all items be at school by Wednesday December 19, 2018.

We are also looking for some parent volunteers that would be able to help set up on Wednesday December 19, 2018 starting at 2:30pm. If you are able to help out, can you please contact Ms Porcari at the school.

Some items to consider (books, toys, ornaments, crafts, knick- knacks, games, puzzles, gift ideas for mom and dad and wrapping paper, gift bags, bows and gift tags)

Thank you,
The Grade 6 team

October 14, 2018

We had another great week! This week we continued to work on our understanding of whole numbers up to 1 000 000. Students have been working through centres to reinforce skills like representing, compare and ordering numbers using base ten blocks, number lines, etc. This week we will move on to prime and composite numbers.

In language, we continue to work on sentence structure and complete versus incomplete sentences. In reading, we have been looking at making connections to what we read. We are using our prior knowledge to dig deep into what we are reading in order to try and connect through the author's message, events, settings, problems, etc. We are focusing our reading around social justice issues. This week we read Craig Kielburger's book- It takes a Child. This week we will focus our writing on descriptive writing by doing a sensory walk outside. We will look at fall colours and nature to help with our descriptive language.

In religion, we continue to talk about dignity of the Person and what that means. We have had discussions around Love and how it's life giving. Important to note: Wednesday October 17 at 7:00 pm there is a meeting about Confirmation.

In Science this week, we hosted our annual Global Cardboard challenge with our grade 2 buddies from Mrs. Eaton's Class and Mrs. Roche's class. Check out the video created from that day.

Happy Week
A. Porcari

October 8, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

As we welcome October, I would like to give you a little update as to what has been happening in the classroom. We have been very busy these last few weeks as we focus on our school boards commitment to Be Well, Be Innovative, Be Community. This past Friday, was our Christian Community Day at the Shaw Centre. This is a day where all teachers from the OCSB board gather to pray, unite and be part of a wider community. We had the pleasure of hearing from our Director of Education who leads us in our mission this year. We continue with a focus on Deep Learning and the essential skills needed for our children to succeed. We had the honour of listening to an amazing speaker, David Wells- author of The Reluctant Disciple.

I hope everyone had a great long weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. As October begins, we continue to focus on Number Sense and our understanding of numbers up to 1 000 000. Students have been hard at work looking at ways to represent numbers using base tens in various ways.

We have also began our social justice work for the WeFoundation. All grade 6 classes met over the course of the last couple of weeks in order to become ex
perts on a local and global issue. Students researched and brainstormed some of the issues that the WeFoundation have chosen. Students presented their findings to the class and all groups voted on a local and global issue. This year, our local issue will target POVERTY and our global issue is WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT. Stay tuned for events coming to STB soon!

Have a great week!
A. Porcari

Reminder- our confirmation meeting has been rescheduled of October 17th at 7:00pm at the church.

September 24, 2018

Number Sense- Whole Numbers and Decimals

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):

Over the next few weeks we will be working on our understanding of numbers. Below are a few games 
that students can play.  

1. The place value system we use is built on patterns to make our work with numbers more efficient.
2. Students gain a sense of the size of numbers by comparing them to meaningful benchmark numbers.
3. Decimals are an alternative representation to fractions, but one that allows for modeling, comparisons, 
and calculations that are consistent with whole numbers; because decimals extend the pattern of the 
base ten place value system.
4. A decimal can be read and interpreted in different ways; sometimes one representation is more useful 
than another in interpreting or comparing decimals or for performing and explaining a computation.

GOAL: I can demonstrate and explain equivalent representations using powers of ten
GOAL: I can identify and explain patterns within our place value system (including decimals)
GOAL: I can use these patterns to represent whole and decimals numbers in standard form, expanded form, in pictures, and in words
GOAL: I can compare and order whole and decimals numbers and plot them on a number line
GOAL: I can round whole and decimals numbers to meaningful benchmarks

  •  represent, compare, and order whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.001 to 1 000 000, using number lines with appropriate increments, base ten materials for decimals);
  •  demonstrate an understanding of place value in whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.001 to 1 000 000, using base ten materials to represent the relationship between 1, 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001) (Sample problem: How many thousands cubes would be needed to make a base ten block for 1 000 000?);
  • read and print in words whole numbers to one hundred thousand, using meaningful contexts
  • solve problems that arise from real-life situations and that relate to the magnitude of whole numbers up to 1 000 000 (Sample problem: How would you determine if a person could live to be 1 000 000 hours old?);
  • identify composite numbers and prime numbers, and explain the relationship between them (i.e., any composite number can be factored into prime factors) (e.g., 42 = 2 x 3 x 7).

September 9, 2018

Week One Down!

Welcome back! We had a great first week back, it almost feels like we never left! Students have quickly begun to settle into our classroom routines.

In class we are working on building a math talk community. We are practising what that sounds like, and feels like. In language, we have been learning about self-regulating our bodies and looking at various calming strategies for when we are not in our optimal zone for learning. We have had a discussion about various strategies and have also created glitter jars to help us calm ourselves.

This coming week we will be focusing the remainder of the month on Samaritans on the Digital Road. This resource is built upon the shoulders of Jesus' parable about The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Each grade (K-12) will explore the meaning of one verse as it relates to being an online citizen while completing five lessons created specifically to address the challenges found at each grade. We wish everyone a great week!

September 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents It’s going to be a FABULOUS year! This year will be filled with excitement, fun and lots of learning. Your child will be given the tools and the opportunities to really explore knowledge. I believe that learning can be an enjoyable journey, where in the end we can all grow and develop a true love of wisdom and discover our strengths and passions. Technology serves a major function in the Grade 6 classrooms to collaborate and connect with students across the globe. Safety and proper usage of the chosen technology is therefore vital for our classrooms to be successful in its implementation. As part of our continuing growth as educators, we would like to videotape and take photos of learning activities during classroom time. The primary focus of the videotaping and photo taking is for professional learning and not on the students in the class. During the course of videotaping and photo taking, your child will appear. Videos and digital cameras: Students use cameras throughout the year to capture their learning for documentation and making learning visible to you and their colleagues. These images/videos are often used for publication on our classroom website/blog and sometimes they are included in presentations or professional blogs to share with other educators.

Skype/ Google Hangout:  
Skype and G+ Hangout are used to connect with others schools/students, authors, professionals on a global scale.  We use this service to speak, share and answer our inquiries through experts, other classrooms, and anyone else we may be reaching out to.  

Blogging:  This student blogging website is an integrated part of our learning.  Blogging will provide us with an incredible chance to welcome others into our room as well as to practice our writing craft in multiple writing formats.  Students will have individual accounts that we, the teachers, facilitate and will have the ability to access them from home. 

Twitter:  Twitter will allow our classroom to reach out to authors and other classrooms around the world as well as allow us to share our learning.   

These tools are the ones most frequently used in our classroom.  Other apps and GAFE (Google Apps For Education) will be introduced throughout the year. 

I value open communication between school and home. I will keep in constant communication with you concerning the events in our classroom through the REMIND app as well as twitter and my blog. I have attached a postcard with all my social media contacts and blog website. 

I look forward to seeing everyone at our Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday September 18, 2018. During this evening, I will explain classroom procedures and our homework routine. 

If at any point, you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school at (613-521-5894). I look forward to a fabulous year!

Your partner in your child’s  education

May 6, 2018

Education Week

Reminder that this week is Catholic Education Week across Ontario! Take a look at the big events going on in our community this week. Feel free to participate in some or all! Hope to see you this week!
Have a great week!
A. Porcari

April 29, 2018


UNIT: Probability
BIG IDEAS (taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  • Real-world situations can be represented using probabilities.
  • Probability can be used to predict outcomes.
  • An experimental probability is based on past events and experiments.
  • A theoretical probability is based on an analysis of what could happen.
  • I can identify probabilities from real-world scenarios.
  • I can make predictions based on theoretical and/or experimental probabilities.
  • express theoretical probability as a ratio of the number of favourable outcomes to the total number of possible outcomes, where all outcomes are equally likely (e.g., the theoretical probability of rolling an odd number on a six-sided number cube because, of six equally likely outcomes,
  • represent the probability of an event (i.e.,the likelihood that the event will occur), using a value from the range of 0 (never happens or impossible) to 1 (always happens or certain);
  • predict the frequency of an outcome of a simple probability experiment or game, by calculating and using the theoretical probability of that outcome
ONLINE PRACTICE QUIZZES (from Nelson Education):

April 22, 2018



(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”)
  1. Algebra is a way to represent and explain mathematical relationships and to describe and analyze change.
  2. Using variables is a way to efficiently and generally describe relationships that can also be described using words.


GOAL: I can identify the value of the variable in one-step equations.
GOAL: I can use formulas to solve problems.
  • identify, through investigation, the quantities in an equation that vary and those that remain constant.
  • solve problems that use two or three symbols or letters as variables to represent different unknown quantities
  • determine the solution to a simple equation with one variable, through investigation using a variety of tools and strategies

April 13, 2018

Coding Quest

Your child may have come home over the last couple of week talking about creating a video game. Back in the fall, I signed our class up for a coding challenge from the Learning Partnerships.

This year our class is participating in The Learning Partnership’s Coding Quest program.  The Learning Partnership is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and advancing publicly funded education in Canada.  Since 1993, more than 6.9 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs.  You can learn more about The Learning Partnership by visiting 

Coding Quest is a grade 4-6 program that is based on provincial curriculum and uses a critical inquiry process. Students learn fundamental coding skills and create a video game through this engaging, student-driven, program. Coding Quest focuses on STEM education, 21st Century skills and computational thinking, while incorporating learning skills, science & technology, mathematics, language arts, visual arts and social studies. Students will be working collaboratively in small groups of 3 to 5. The program culminates in a regional Arcade hosted by The Learning Partnership.  Through Coding Quest, The Learning Partnership will introduce coding to over 30,000 students across Canada this school year.  

We have been selected as one of the school to attend the arcade along with our games. Parents will have an opportunity to see the games during Education week as well. Take a look at them so far...

Have a great weekend!

April 2, 2018



(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  1. Fractions can represent parts of regions, parts of sets, parts of measures, division, or ratios. These meanings are equivalent.
  2. A fraction is not meaningful without knowing what the whole is.
  3. Renaming fractions is often the key to comparing them or computing with them. Every fraction can be renamed in an infinite number of ways.
  4. Ratio and rates, just like fractions and decimals, are comparisons of quantities.
    • A ratio compares quantities with the same unit
    • A rate compares quantities with different units


GOAL: I can represent fractions and their equivalents.
GOAL: I can relate fractions to decimals.
GOAL: I can order fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.
GOAL: I can identify and solve problems using ratios and rates.


  • represent, compare, and order fractional amounts with unlike denominators, including proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers, using a variety of tools (e.g., fraction circles, Cuisenaire rods, drawings, number lines, calculators) and using standard fractional notation (Sample problem: Use fraction strips to show that 1 is greater than .);
  • estimate quantities using benchmarks of 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% (e.g., the container is about 75% full; approximately 50% of our students walk to school)
  • represent ratios found in real-life contexts, using concrete materials, drawings, and standard fractional notation (Sample problem: In a classroom of 28 students, 12 are female.What is the ratio of male students to female students?);
  • determine and explain, through investigation using concrete materials, drawings, and calculators, the relationships among fractions (i.e., with denominators of 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, and 100), decimal numbers, and percents
  • represent relationships using unit rates (Sample problem: If 5 batteries cost $4.75, what is the cost of 1 battery?).