October 14, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving weekend. I took a little break this weekend to relax and spend some time with my family. We have been very busy in school the last few weeks. We have been fortunate enough to get outside and enjoy the beautiful colours. This has been our focus for descriptive writing.

We will now shift our descriptive writing to a Halloween theme. Stay tuned for that!

Have a great week
A. Porcari

October 1, 2019

Good Evening

I have had some parents ask about what we are doing currently in math in order to help out at home. I will try and post weekly some key concepts we are learning about. The following comes from Marian Small's MathUp program that we are currently working on. We have just finished- Introducing Ratios
Please click the link and you should be redirected to an information page on concepts students are working on. Please let me know if the link does not work.

Thank you
A. Porcari

October School Newsletter

September 30, 2019

Celebrating Orange Shirt Day

Today St Bernard School Community wore orange shirts to support all those who were affected by Residential Schools. Together, we took a stand to say- all children matter!

September 22, 2019

Busy Week Ahead

We had a great week last week..lots of things on the go. We gathered together this year for our first mass of the school year. A big thank you to the grade 2 students who prepared the mass and welcomed us all back.

The weather this week was absolutely beautiful so we took a lot of our learning outside this week. We created our 'sit spot' bags using newspapers and ziplocks. The newspaper acts as an insulator for when we find our spot to sit and observe nature. This week we just practised what that would look like and found a spot to enjoy nature. We began to listen to different sounds we hear outside.

We have a lot on the go this week, so please tune into twitter to see everything that is happening in our classroom. Reminder that this coming Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at St. Bernard Church will be a meeting for those interested in the sacrament of Confirmation.

This Friday is a lot
our Terry Fox run, please dress according to the weather.

Have a great week!
A. Porcari

September 15, 2019

Recap of the Week

And another week gone....

It seems like we were never on summer holiday, we are right back in the swing of things. This week we picked up the pace in math by working on classifying numbers. Students learned a new grade 6 concept- prime and composite numbers. Students should feel pretty comfortable now with these terms. I did post some games to practise at home earlier this weekend. Hopefully, my students have had a chance to work on these. Tomorrow we will do mini assessment to see our understanding. We will continue with the rest of the week looking at multiples and factors with patterns in a 100 chart.

In language- we wrapped up our learning on Samaritans on the Digital Road. Students are now aware of the expectations of using technology and their role as Samaritans in the digital world. Students participated in 5 days of intensive lesson on navigating the digital road. This week, students will take what they have learned an create either a digital comic strip, a game cover or a poster (all digital) about online safety. This past friday, we had another restorative circle, we read the book Seven Grandfather Teachings. Students were introduced to 7 teachings as well as the animal that correlates with the teachings. Talk to your child about which animal and teaching really stuck with them.

We have a relatively quiet week coming up. On Tuesday, our afternoon class with host some friends from Australia who are here learning about Deep Learning. They will be visiting our classroom as well as watching us collaborate with our grade 2
classes. Students will have the opportunity to ask our visitors questions about Australia. We continue to focus on our Gospel Value of Hope and Character (6 C's)

This coming Friday, we will host our first St. B mass of the school year over at the church at 9:30. All are welcome to join.

I hope you are enjoying reading about our week on the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I encouraged parents to sign up for REMIND app so I can be in touch with you more often. As of now, I only have 9 parents following. I would love to see all parents following through text or email.

I wish you a great week!
A. Porcari

September 13, 2019

Math Games for Prime and Composite

This message is for students! I have added some games for you to practice prime and composite numbers. The first game is a digital game. The second game is a card game. Remember to focus on the strategies we learned in class over the last week and a half- making squares and using factors.

Door Knocker

Prime Play

Happy Practising!
Ms Porcari

September 7, 2019

First Week DONE!

Where did the time go? We had a very jammed pack first week back with assemblies, routines, and meet the teacher night. We are happy to say that this week went by very quickly and we accomplished so much already!

We began grade 6 with getting to know each other. We have some new friends in our class so we thought it would be appropriate to get to know each other a little. We had many discussions about routines and expectations in our classroom. We learned about our "safe" -calm zone and had the opportunity to talk about the zones of regulation. We also had some great ideas to add to the calm zone bucket (ask your child to share about these).  We ended by making calming jars for our classroom as well as the other classrooms in the school and we will deliver them some time this week.

We ended our week with our first Restorative Circle. Our class, as well as Ms. Fyfe's class, have a shared Learning Commons time on Friday mornings during second block. Our hope is to gather our two classes together and to learn about Indigenous Culture and participate in Restorative Circles in order to build classroom community. We then finished the week by writing future letters to ourselves that will be opened on the last day of school.

Again, a big thank you to all parents who came out to our Meet the Teacher night, in the package that came home this weekend there are many forms to be signed and returned. Please remember to sign up for the REMIND app so that I can stay in touch easily.

I wish you a great week ahead!
A. Porcari

September 6, 2019

Meet the Teacher Night

Thank you to all those who came out to our Meet the Teacher Night! I will post our first week very shortly. For those that could not make it, here is my presentation from last night.

March 17, 2019

March Break Update

Welcome back from March Break! I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to be back at school. We are now in the home stretch of the year.

Updates: In math we will now focus on 2D Geometry. Take a look below to see areas we will be focusing on. Students are encouraged to continue to practise their math skills using Mathletics and the weekly homework games.


(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  • Some attributes of shapes are quantitative, others are qualitative.
  • Geometric shapes can be classified and sorted according to attributes.
  • The measurement of an angle is defined by how much one arm turns around a vertex relative to the other arm.


GOAL: I can classify angles and construct them up to 90°
GOAL: I can classify triangles and other polygons based on both angles and side lengths.
GOAL: I can construct a triangle and other polygons based on specified criteria.
GOAL: I can classifying and draw views of a variety of 3D shapes. 

  • sort and classify quadrilaterals by geometric properties related to symmetry, angles, and sides, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., geoboard, dynamic geometry software) and strategies (e.g., using charts, using Venn diagrams);
  • sort polygons according to the number of lines of symmetry and the order of rotational symmetry, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., tracing paper, dynamic geometry software, Mira)
  • measure and construct angles up to 180° using a protractor, and classify them as acute, right, obtuse, or straight angles;
  • construct polygons using a variety of tools, given angle and side measurements
  • build three-dimensional models using connecting cubes, given isometric sketches or different views (i.e., top, side, front) of the structure
  • sketch, using a variety of tools (e.g., isometric dot paper, dynamic geometry software), isometric perspectives and different views (i.e., top, side, front) of three-dimensional figures built with interlocking cubes.

February 18, 2019


Now that we have dug ourselves out of that snowstorm, we are getting back to our classroom routines.

In math, we just finished up our measurement unit. We are now moving to proportional reasoning and probability.


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):
In language, we have been focusing this month on Black History. Students have been reading and researching about important historical figures that have shaped Canada and the World. They have been reading about the Underground Railroad and influential leaders such as Martin Luther King, Viola Desmond, etc..Over the next two weeks, students will be writing a biography on one of these influential figures. Once completed, they will be creating a 3D model of that person to display in our wax museum. 

A. Porcari

February 3, 2019

Update about REMIND

There has been an update with the Remind app. I want to continue to get information to you as efficiently as possible.  If you are with Bell, then you are not affected by this. For those that are with Rogers you are affected. In order to continue to get notifications from me you can sign up with your email. Instructions are below:

How to continue receiving messages on Remind

If you have a wireless plan with an unsupported carrier and currently only receive Remind messages by text, you can avoid disrupting your Remind service by enabling notifications on your smartphone or computer.
If your Remind class participants receive text messages on an unsupported wireless network, make sure they don’t miss any of your messages by asking them to enable notifications with one of the options below.

On your phone: Turn on smartphone app notifications (RECOMMENDED)

Download the free Remind app on the iOS App Store, on Google Play, or at rmd.me/a. If you don’t already have a Remind account, create one using the phone number where you receive Remind texts. Make sure to enable push notifications from Remind on your phone.

On your computer: Turn on email notifications or log in to your account online

Go to Remind.com on any computer. As above, if you don’t already have a Remind account, create one using the phone number where you receive Remind texts. We recommend turning on email notifications for your account so you don’t miss any messages.

January 22, 2019

Message from St. Bernard Parish

Dear parents/guardians,

Attached is a brief summary of the session that was presented to the children on Sunday, Jan. 13th as part of their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please print it out and show it to your children.

This will serve as a reminder to the children who attended the session, and to those who were away or sick, it will give them an outline of what was covered so that they are prepared for the next session, which will take place on Sunday Feb. 3rd at 1pm.

Please note that our next session will be held in St Bernard Church, NOT in the school gym. Please arrive by 12:40 so that we can get all of the children registered before 1pm.

Fr. Eslin has also requested that you bring in a small photo of your child that we can mount in the church so that parishioners can pray for your children as they journey towards Confirmation.

We would like to remind you that these sessions are mandatory if you wish your child to be confirmed in April.
Looking forward to seeing you on February 3rd,

Maureen Monaghan
Mary Nader
Fr. Eslin Pereira

January 20, 2019


As many of you already know, those of you who signed up for the remind app with me this fall, you received an email in the New Year saying that Remind is being forced to pay usage fees by Bell and Rogers. Remind is currently in negotiations with Rogers and Telus to see if they can work a deal out. I am hoping that a decision is made in our favour very shortly. If not, I will no longer be using Remind to keep you up to date. I will have to find an alternative. Please stay tuned to hear more about this.

Thank you
A. Porcari