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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Happy Wednesday, Families!

This week, we've been working on our visual journal project about perspectives of the land.  We did the Metis together, so everyone knows how to get a mastery!  Kids are now turning their knowledge of First Nations perspective and European Immigrant perspective into two paragraphs!  

We've been practicing our reading and writing strategies in Daily Five.

We are now talking about problem solving with multiplication and division.  A very good question:  How do we know when to add, subtract, multiply and divide?  Our question for today was:

Sharon just bought enough nail polish to paint 40 nails.  How many hands is that?  We solved, and figured out it was a DIVISION question!  Try making your own questions at home!  

Tomorrow is Hot Dog Day

No school on Friday, it is a pd day.  

Gabriella in our class is going to Fiji.  Her family would like to collect some books for the schools there.  If you have any old books you'd like to donate, please bring them to Gabriella!  They will go with all of the books in the summer time.  

Here's a note about Late French Immersion from the School Division:

GRADE 4 FAMILY SURVEY for POTENTIAL GRADE FIVE LATE ENTRY FRENCH IMMERSION

 

Would you like your child to become bilingual?

Did you miss the opportunity to enroll your child in early French Immersion?

It may not too late to learn a second language!

 

Would you consider enrolling your son or daughter into Grade 5 Late Entry French Immersion, a potential new program to be offered in the fall of 2018 at École Percy Pegler.

 

Foothills School Division is considering offering a second entry point into French Immersion. By offering an alternative entry point, more children would be able to achieve a high level of functional fluency in French, Canada’s second official language and as a result, reap the multiple benefits of bilingualism. This program is designed for students who are not French. The students learn in French rather than about French. 75% of their studies will be in French for the first four years of the program. When in Grade 9, they would then successfully join the early French Immersion program and study together until Grade 12.

 

From the research compiled on late entry French Immersion, it has been repeatedly proven that students perform very well in all areas of their studies. Students who take advantage of the program often find they have a head start in learning other languages, which is a tremendous asset as they venture out into our increasingly interconnected world. Some additional benefits include a positive impact on English literacy skills, increased cognitive ability, enhanced problem-solving skills, flexibility in thinking, broader cross-cultural competencies, preparation for the world of work and more post-secondary opportunities.

 

Late Entry French Immersion is appealing to many families across Canada who feel their child is more capable of adapting to challenges in learning a second language in an intensive environment. In addition, students already have a solid foundation in English Language Arts which helps them transfer knowledge between the two languages.

 

Is Late Entry French Immersion a program you would consider for your child?

 

Please complete the following in the short two question survey.

 

Link to Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KV3G5CS

 

If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Doell, French Immersion Facilitator at 403-422-1015 or lockhart-doelll@fsd38.ab.ca.

 

Kindest regards,

Pamela Ranneli

Assistant Superintendent, Learning Services

Links to information Middle/Late French Immersion https://www.ocdsb.ca/UserFiles/Servers/Server_55394/File/Elementary/Programs/Middle%20French%20Immersion/FSL_Programs.pdf

https://ab.cpf.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/FI_When_and_Why.pdf

http://www.accentalberta.ca/images/organismes/2017-06-06-13-37TypesProgrammesImmersion_en.pdf

Here's a note about a band function:

Big Band Bash, Friday February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

What are you doing in February?  Put it on your calendars and please share this info or LIKE us on Facebook!

February 9 is a night of Big Band jazz music (instrument and vocal), dancing and a fundraiser for the music students from the High School (AHSFA) and Westmount School. There are silent auction items, a live dessert auction and a DIAMOND Blitz, where one lucky person will walk away with a diamond and quartz ring! Cash bar and charcuterie board, only $20.00 a person.

 

Order forms have been sent home with the band students, tickets can be purchased at Westmount School (Sheena Johnston @ johnstons@fsd38.ab.ca), or bought on Eventbrite.ca (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-big-band-bash-tickets-40552295006?aff=es2).

 

This is a night for the community to show support to the youth in arts and provide the students the opportunity to be a musician with an AUDIENCE!

 

Come be a part! Have some laughs, dance, enjoy the music (also featuring the local signing group MzBehavin) and applaud these fine young musicians!

Have a great night!