November 15, 2019

On Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30pm we are hosting an information session with Chris Schmid who is in charge of our outdoor education trip to Camp Chief Hector. Especially with Parent Teacher Conferences, many of you had questions regarding the trip and hopefully having Chris come out would answer some of the questions. I know he has a presentation about the trip (March 23-26) and will be sticking around for a Q & A session. I invite all of you to come to learn more about what that trip will look like and why as a school we are so invested in going.
Swimming – We are confirmed for swimming on December 3-6, thank you for bringing back the swim forms!
Onto more depressing news, since budgets have been cut we are hoping to not use our Grade 6 budget towards supplies and use them directly towards students learning/experiential learning trips (field trips). As a result, we are looking for donations of several items!
  • Black sharpies
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Kleenex
Any donations of those three items really would help out in our day to day class use.
Additionally, thank you to all the parents & guardians who came to parent teacher conferences, I really do enjoy getting the chance to chat with you about your child. If you any further questions please feel free to let me know.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Tanner Cox

Grade 6 Teacher, Prairie Waters Elementary School

Rocky View Schools

403-285-6969

http://prairiewaters.rockyview.ab.ca

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Outdoor Education Part 2

We will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, November 19th at 5:30-6pm in the Grade 6 classrooms. The meeting will be your opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification on fundraising opportunities. Students will be coming home with the instructions on how to buy items from CocoBrooks tomorrow. They have ALL been registered as sellers.

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Outdoor Education

Students had their first meeting on Friday about fundraising for Camp Chief Hector. They will be putting on a Christmas Marketplace for our school community on December 9th, 2019 from 11-1. By November 15th, students are expected to form their groups (1-3 people), come up with a business, and give their business a name. They are asked to purchase materials on their own and make their creations on their own time. Groups will split the profit equally between the members and the amounts will be put towards their trip. Students have been asked to sell items for less than $10 and they cannot be pre-bought items unless they are combined into their own creation. For example, students cannot go to the dollar store and purchase coffee mugs to sell alone, but they can put a candy cane and a package of hot chocolate in the mug and sell it.

 

Some ideas the kids came up with were:

  • Popcorn bags
  • Painting
  • String Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Candy bags
  • Candy grams
  • Christmas cards
  • Cookies
  • Lemonade
  • Hot chocolate
  • Stress balls
  • Slime
  • Cupcakes
  • Pottery
  • Surprise bags
  • Rainbow loom creations
  • Knitting
  • Bath bombs
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Candles

 

I am asking our office team to set the payment plans up in 4 payments of $70. The trips have to be paid for before March, so payments would have to be made for November, December, January and February.  If you choose to do the payments, whatever amount the students fundraise by March, will be given back to you. Homeroom teachers will be keeping track of payments and fundraising for their own classes.

 

Will all of the lovely snow we receive, a few students have asked if they are allowed to shovel sidewalks to contribute to their trip. I think this is a great idea for kids to raise their own money but I ask that they give the money to the parents and the parents use it for the payments. Payments can be made online through SchoolCash, or through the office using debit/credit.

 

Thank you to all of our families for being patient with us as we figure out what fundraising looks like for this trip.

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November 8, 2019

Hello hello,

Reminders:

  • Parent Teacher Conferences are on November 13 and 14th. There should have been an email sent out allowing you to sign up. Thank you to those who have already signed up, I look forward to meeting with each of you.
  • Remembrance Day Donations: If you can, a non-perishable food item really does help our Food Bank. Bringing in a 1$ or 2$ for our Veterans also is much appreciated.
  • Entrepreneur Day! More information will be coming home soon regarding this.
  • If you have not brought back swimming forms, please do.
  • If you have not yet been able to access your PowerSchool grades PLEASE let me know!! –> There should be plethora of grades submitted for Tuesday.
  • NO SCHOOL MONDAY!

Incredibly exciting weekly events:

  • We practiced long division in preparation for our order of operations which we will start next week. Some of us will be receiving practice packages to work on our fact fluency.
  • We began working on our rights and freedoms that are protected by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I have been very proud of how hard we have been working on them and the progress we have been making – we will present our projects this upcoming week.
  • On Thursday we had our Remembrance Day Assembly –> Our artwork turned out amazing! They will be on display for our Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Our evidence and investigation unit had some exciting moments. We joined Ms. Goy’s class for fingerprints, we joined Ms. Mendes for fabric investigation including burning and melting! We also had chromatography with myself. We have finished episode 2 of our Serial Podcast. Ask me (your child) about it.

Have a wonderful long weekend,

Mr. Cox and the rest of 6C

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November 1, 2019

November already?! Where has the time gone?

Reminders:
– Remembrance day assembly is on November 7th at 8:30am.

  • If possible, please bring a loonie (1$)or toonie (2$) to help support our veterans through the poppy programs.
    • Additionally, we are looking for non-perishable food items to donate to the Veterans Food Bank of Calgary. Items most needed include: canned fruit, canned fish, rice, cereal and pasta.
  • Bring back swimming forms if you have not already. I will be re-sending forms next week.
  • Picture retakes are on Monday.
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are on November 13 and 14th. Information will go out shortly on how to sign up.
  • Please be patient with the Who We Are grades going into PowerSchool… They are taking longer to grade than anticipated, this is a good thing though, most of them are really well done!

Highlights from the week:

We began our new unit of inquiry called “How We Organize Ourselves”. Students began dissecting what we will be learning about in the unit and created their version of the “Perfect Charter of Rights and Freedoms”.

We reviewed our multiplication facts. Next week we will review division before going into our order of operations and work with decimals. If your child brings home a ‘home package’ work a little bit each day. The purpose is to ensure we know the steps required to solve a multiplication problem and showing your work. The process is more important than the answer!

Evidence and investigation slowed down slightly, we worked on comparing and analyzing writing samples and began our Serial Podcast.

Our halloween festivities were on Thursday. Our assembly included a walk around the gym to showcase our costumes. So many fantastic costumes!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. You can now subscribe to the blog so you never miss out on the exciting news of 6C.

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October 25, 2019

Hello and welcome to another exciting week of our blog,

 

Important reminders:

  • Next vaccinations are in the Spring.
  • Bring back your swimming and podcast forms, please and thank you.
  • Halloween party is on Thursday, October 31st. Feel free to bring snacks and/or dress up!

 

This week we…

  • Continued our evidence and investigation unit. We have a mock crime scene. We are currently trying to figure out which staff member stole a chromebook!?!
  • We had an RCMP visit where we were able to ask many insightful questions.
  • Some of us got our vaccinations.
  • We had art today (Friday) –> We used paint for the first time, this year.
  • Our Who We Are & Story Projects came to an end. If we did not finish today, it will be homework for Monday.

 

Next week we will work on multiplication (review)

Again, halloween party is on the 31st. Dress-up!

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Grade 6C

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October 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

We have been continuing our recorders and learning sign language in Music in preparation of our Remembrance Day Assembly.

In Math we learned all about prime and composite numbers.  We also worked on prime factorization. We have a quiz on this today! Rewrites for our GCF and LCM will also happen today. Remember it is important to understand Math, not just memorize it!

Our portables came! Unfortunately we cannot use them yet.

We had our last days of health, more specifically our Sexual Education portion of it. See PowerSchool for a health grade (by Monday).

We our on our tail end of our Who We Are final display of learning. We will be finishing them up next Friday.

Intramurals and clubs have started this week.

We started our first Science Unit called “Evidence and Investigation”. We have an RCMP visit next week to answer some of our questions.

Reminders:

  • Vaccinations are on Wednesday, October 23.
  • Bring back your responses from home letters!
  • Our SOS-Q Student Surveys will be next week
  • We will be finishing our story writing and Who We Are Unit of Inquiry next week.

 

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October 10, 2019

Hello and welcome to another weekly blog post, here are some of the highlights of our week.

This week we:

  • Worked on our GCF (Greatest Common Factor) and LCM (Lowest Common Multiple). We had a quiz today. We will have retake next Friday.
  • We continued our novel study ‘Amal Unbound’ and officially half way through. Ask me about how the book is!
  • We continued with our Sexual Education portion of our health, we will have one more week of Sexual Education!
  • We continued working on our Who We Are final display of learning. We have been producing some really great work!
  • Clubs are starting after Canadian* Thanksgiving and we had club sign up today.

 

Reminders:

  • No school tomorrow (Friday) or Monday.
  • Please bring back forms if you have not!
  • Unfortunately Pokemon cards are no longer allowed to be brought to school

Exciting Events:

  • Our portables are coming tomorrow! If you are in the area you are welcome to come watch the cranes put them in!

Have a nice long weekend,

Mr. Cox and the rest of 6C

 

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October 4, 2019

Hello, we will be sharing what we have done in the last week.

This week in Math we… Learned about our factors, specifically Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Lowest Common Multiple (LCM) — next week we will bring home some extra practice to work on. Reminder that this is not for grades but extra practice is always beneficial for our understanding.

We began health class this week, specifically many of us delved deep into the world of Sexual Education.

We also began our final display of learning for our first inquiry unit ‘Who We Are’. Some of us have already began working on a Timeline, Family Tree, Autobiography or a Draw My Life.

Important events included Picture Day on Thursday October 3, I am unsure when retakes as of right now.

We had the Terry Fox run today. It was great.

Important Events going forwards:

  • Ignite Night is at 5:45pm on Wednesday October 9. Students get a free hot dog, parents ,you will need to pay 2$ for the hot dog :). There is also a meet the teacher as well. Reminder that students must accompany you and they are not to be roaming freely around the school. We will discuss many Grade 6 important themes. This will NOT be a chance for Parent Teacher Interviews.
  • Outdoor Education Forms went home today. Please fill out if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity.
  • Make sure we are bringing our recorders for Music.
  • Vaccinations are on October 23.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Cox and the rest of Grade 6C

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September 20, 2019

Hello,

Today we learned all about integers and rounding. We learned that integers are whole numbers that include negative and positive numbers INCLUDING zero.

We had a nurse presentation this week, we learned about our vaccines.

We worked very hard on Amal Unbound art, we are very excited to showcase our art and writing piece that went with it.

We also started working on narrative writing in the form of stories using an image for a writing prompt.

There is NO school Monday!

Enjoy the long weekend!

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