Sunday, 3 December 2017

December News

Image result for advent imagesWelcome to December!  

We have a very busy 3 weeks ahead of us in anticipation for the Christmas holidays!

We have started our unit on Christmas Around the World.  Each student randomly chose a country and has begun to research various facts surrounding Christmas traditions in that country.  They have been given a template in which to help guide their research. 

Then they will transfer their knowledge to prepare a Google Slide presentation and will have the opportunity to present their findings to the class!   
Although this project is to be done at school, students are welcome to do a bit of research at home if they wish.  The Google Slides are to be done at school though.
All information  surrounding this project is on students' Hapara workspace, located on their student portal. 

Students have also been writing Persuasive letters. We started off writing a letter together as a class to Mrs. MacPhee and Mme Philippe.  We are trying to persuade them to let our class have a Christmas party before the Holiday break.  Here is what we came up with together!  Do you think it is persuasive enough?

November 22, 2017

Dear Mrs. MacPhee and Mme Philippe,

Our class would like your permission to have a Christmas party in our classroom before the Christmas break.  

We thought that because our Halloween dance was cancelled, that we could replace it with a class Christmas party.  We were devastated, but would be much happier if we could have some fun!

Also, we have been VERY good students so far this year.  We have worked incredibly hard to master our subjects!  Our math test scores have been spectacular and our reading and writing assignments have been superb.

We promise that we will work especially hard before the party to finish all of our work and our work will be flawless!

We thank you for considering our request for a Christmas party.  We would also love it if you would come and celebrate with us!  


Your loveable and hardworking Grade 4 students from Mrs. D’Souza’s class.  

Students have written a persuasive letter to parents.  They have tried to persuade parents to buy them a certain Christmas gift.  Here is the Anchor Chart we have been using in class to guide student writing.


We have finished our Unit on Number Patterns.  Students did well, but I noticed that they need to recheck their work more often in order to make sure patterns are increasing or decreasing correctly (addition and subtraction was sometimes incorrect).  Math tests will be sent home shortly for you to sign and return.

Or next unit is 2-D Geometry.  Our focus will be on quadrilaterals, angles, and symmetry.  Here is our vocabulary list as it is now.  It will increase as we continue through the unit.  

Our end task (culminating activity) will be to draw an Angry Birds level where students will design a structure using knowledge of 2-D geometric concepts listed above.  


1st Advent Celebration is on December 4th
The White Elephant sale is December 7th
2nd Advent Celebration will be on December 11th
Christmas Musical will be on December 13th
Advent Mass will be on December 19th
Junior Craft Day - TBA
Christmas Sing-a-Long - December 22nd
Mrs. D'Souza's Class Christmas Party - TBA
Christmas Holidays Dec. 25 2017-Jan. 5, 2018

As always, if there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!  I wish you and your families a safe and relaxing Christmas Holiday! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the great news! I believe their letter is very persuasive :) If their request was approved, I can make christmas cupcakes for the class if you want! :) I wish you, your family,and everyone a safe and relaxing Christmas Holiday too! All the best, Nazira