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During the month of April we spent time talking about the “THIS IS IT” key. “THIS IS IT” means to make the most of each moment and the best of each situation. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t like, but if we just do it, we have more time for the things we enjoy. Congratulations to Kara our April Student-of-theMonth winner! During the month of May we will focus on “FLEXIBILITY”, which means to accept change and make a new plan when things don’t work out.
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Imagine A Show Trip:
On Tuesday, May 22nd we will use the Grand River Transit System to travel from the Cambridge Centre to Conestoga Mall to see our photos displayed in the WRDSB Image A Show event. We will leave the school to walk to the Cambridge Centre when we arrive that morning (weather permitting).
Pita Pit Lunch Days Wed., May 2nd & 16th
Character Ed Assembly
Thursday, May 3rd Hot Dog Lunch Monday, May 7th R.M.i. Lunch Days Wed., May 9th & 23rd Apple Store Trip Tuesday, May 15th School Spirit & Jump Rope for Heart Day Friday, May 18th Victoria Day Holiday – No School Monday, May 21st Imagine a Show Trip Tuesday, May 22nd Little Chefs Cooking Class Monday, May 28th Groundwater Festival Trip Tuesday, May 29th
Apple Store Workshop:
On Tuesday, May 15th we will visit the Apple Store in Conestoga Mall to work with their specialists on multimedia projects. We will travel by bus to the mall and arrive in time to eat lunch in the food court. Students will be provided money to calculate their meal costs and make change, demonstrating their money math learning!
Children’s Groundwater Festival:
On Tuesday, May 29th the students in grades 2-6 at Ryerson P.S. will be going to the Kitchener-Waterloo Children’s Groundwater Festival. Students will be required to pay $6.50 for admission. Transportation will be free for this event. Remember to dress for a day of fun in the sun and bring a litter-less lunch.
We will continue recording and finish up with Bailey, Emilee, and Rachel during the first week of May. We can’t wait to try their recipes! Our job is far from over as we head into post-production, editing the video footage from three different ipods. We will trim the clips, insert text, and add voice over effects for our final productions.
Commercial Update: Gill-Ville Food Network Update:
Once students decided on a recipe, their job was to create the storyboard for their cooking shows. Students used the livescribe pen to record special instructions for their peers who acted as the set up crew, clean up crew, and videographers. We discussed close up and panning shots and safety tips when using sharp knives, hot burners and the oven. Students also thought of a name for their show and designed a logo for their apron. Each student has their personalized chef hat and practiced acting out the individual scenes for their shows. We carefully checked our grocery lists and enjoyed shopping for the ingredients of each recipe for the project. We have been recording one show at a time, with Kara being brave and leading the way with the first performance. Jacob and Mathew followed her lead and looked like pros when they recorded their episodes. Logan’s recipe was created to perfection and was a big hit with both the adults and kids! No cooking show would be complete without the ads and ours will be no exception! Students have already recorded still and video footage to build their own commercial for a product that would most likely be aired during cooking shows. We will be using iMovie to edit the commercials and add them to our cooking segments. We hope to finish this part of the project before our trip to the Apple Store so we can showcase our work to their experts! Stay tuned to learn about the wrap up of this project and to see our final results.
Commercial advertising for our shows.
Our skilled photographers carefully selected their favourite shots to submit for the Imagine A Show event. From those images, each student picked one that demonstrated their best photography skills to post on our new talking display board. Students used the livescribe pen to record their thoughts on what made it a great shot and what could be done differently. We used our new dot sound stickers on our personalized name cards so our voice is captured on our display and others can hear our thoughts about our work.
We kick off our Jump Rope for Heart fundraising efforts on Friday, May 4th. Student can collect sponsors and return their envelopes and money on, or before, the event date on Friday, May 18th. Help support the Heart and Stroke Foundation and earn great prizes for your participation! Get active and improve your own heart health!
Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transitions:
Over the next few weeks important information will be coming home regarding next year’s preparations for our students moving on to grade seven. There will be an opportunity for families to visit the school and a chance for the students to meet the teacher and tour the school. We will also be arranging the Identification and Placement Review Committee (IPRC) meeting and sending your invitation to attend. We look forward to working with you to make the transition from Ryerson to their new placements as positive as possible. Also, for our students going to Wm G Davis their open house is Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm. Hespeler P.S.holds their open house event on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00.
Family Math Night:
On Thursday, May 17, Ryerson families are invited out to participate in an evening of interactive math activities. There will be wide variety of games, websites, and take away items that will assist parents with helping children with math at home. R.M.i. will be catering our event with a B.B.Q. There is no cost to participate in the math events however your meal payment is your responsibility.
We’ve been working with money, counting coins, adding values, and now we are beginning to make change. You can continue to help at home by having your child coin the change in a piggy bank, calculate small amounts of change at the variety store, and counting my multiples of various coins. For example, counting by nickels would look like 5 cents, 10 cents, 15 cents, 20 cents, etc. Counting by quarters would look like twenty-five cents, fifty cents, seventy-five cents, one dollar, etc. Students will have an opportunity to put their learning into practice when we visit Conestoga Mall during our trip to the Apple Store on Tuesday, May 15th. Each student will be given a variety of coins totaling ten dollars in order to purchase a meal at the food court in the mall. They will be required to solve the question of how much change they will be getting back before having lunch. On our trip to Imagine a Show, we will be purchasing our bus passes and solving the change as well. We’ll have lots of opportunities to show our money math learning!
As we complete our last few weeks of our repeated reading homework program, the students are setting goals for their reading. They selected a level they hope to achieve by the end of our homework program in the middle of June. In order to reach (or possibly surpass) these goals, it’s important to read EVERY day for at least 15 minutes. As students become experts on their stories, they move up through the levels faster. Help your child stick to their plan to achieve their desired reading level. We are also identifying one key reading skill that we want to improve upon, such as fluency (reading rate), decoding strategies (choosing a different way to solve tricky words), and reading with expression. After your child reads each week, discuss how they did on their reading skill development. With hard work, we can achieve our goals!
Mrs. Shaw, a student teacher at Ryerson, will be helping us out with our video editing for our cooking shows. We welcome her to Gill-Ville and appreciate her help!
We are excited to begin taking our literacy skills on the road! Beginning in the middle of May, the students in Gill-Ville will become reading helpers for our youngest Ryerson Raptors in Kindergarten and grade 1. We will have a chance to show off our reading skills and help out young students learn to read. It’s a great opportunity for our students to be leaders and show what they know!
We will be connecting with a school in a very remote part of Kenya for the remainder of the year. The school has been given some technology tools that allow them to connect with us in online spaces. We will be working on a blog with the students from that school. Both classes will be using the same writing space to communicate back and forth. We will use the comment section to ask questions and learn more about each other. You can read our posts by visiting the blog site: http://schools.runforlife.ca/stlaw rence/ The school is an orphanage school and some of the students reside there. It is very humbling to read about their quality and ways of life. You can get a snapshot of their educational setting by reading this post about how they get food and water to their school. http://schools.runforlife.ca/stlaw rence/2012/02/03/food-andwater-in-our-school/
Year End Trip to Stratford Festival:
We are very excited to tell you about our final class trip of the year. We will be traveling to Stratford to the famous Stratford Festival to see the play “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”. We will travel by bus, enjoy a picnic lunch, have a backstage tour, and enjoy the matinee performance before returning home. We will be covering the majority of the costs for this trip (admission, lunch, and workshop). We will be asking families to pay $15 towards the transportation costs. Also students will be later coming home that day. Important information will be coming home soon.
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