Monday, 24 June 2019




Week 40
WOW!!! We made it, the last week! It has been a pleasure getting to know and teach your child this year! We have had a fantastic year with lots of successes, lots of challenges mastered and few to still work on. We end the week with a busy four days. 

Today is our field trip day!! It looks like we will be having the best weather day of the week also. Remember we will be walking so comfortable shoes and sunscreen. I think we are going to have a great day. I am really looking forward to it.

What can I say about Dancemania? They were awesome!!! It was os incredible seeing all the kids show off their skill! I heard lots of amazing comments from people about our student's performance. Way to go dance maniacs!!

Tuesday is report card day. I will also be sending home many of their work books and projects. Wednesday we will be having a class party. I usually do this the second last day so if there are any treats left over, they can finish them up on the last day.





Have a great summer!! 
Peggy MacLeod 


Sunday, 16 June 2019




Week 39
Happy Father's Day out there to all the great dads! After a very rainy end of the week, it is nice to see the sun again. We are heading into a very busy time of the year. The students are getting restless and are ready for a break. I am trying to keep everything in routine and keep them active and engaged as we wrap up the year. Field trip forms went home on Friday. Please sign and return them as soon as possible.


Field Trip forms are due back this week.



 Language: This week we are completing some more pod casts. We have made it to episode 80 so far and the class keeps asking for more. We will also be reading about the Royal Canadian Mint, the Group of Seven and about an archeological dig that is currently happening on Parliament Hill. This should prepare the class for some of what we will be seeing on our field trip.




Math: This week we will be working on division some more. Most of the students have advanced to the division with remainders. This is where they figure out the value of having mastered those multiplication facts. 

Over the summer continued practice of multiplication and division is a must for all the class. I recommend making a fun game out of it, have challenges for points on car rides or at supper, make it payment for a freezie or another treat. It doesn't have to be long asking one or two facts regularly can help solidify their knowledge.





Science: Last week we had some absences and scheduling changes that prevented us from doing the hands-on activities. This week this will be a focus in the afternoons.



Dance: Dancemania is this week!!! Friday, June 21st!!! They are doing an amazing job with the dance and I think I have arranged everyone so that everyone is clearly visible. I am planning to have four rows, 2 on stage and 2 on the floor. At the moment we are planning on wearing brightly coloured tops, caps and maybe sunglasses.


Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also, we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!! 
Peggy MacLeod 


Sunday, 9 June 2019



Week 38
Finally some summer weather!! I hope everyone had a good week. It was a little different as we had a lot of students away celebrating Eid. We took advantage of the smaller classes to so some stem activities, play some math games and had an ultimate Jenga competition! Paul and I were finalists in that competition, I lost. Mr. Barbeau our track coach was also challenged at Jenga by Paul, he lost too. 


This is going to be a super busy week! Our Track and Field team competes on Wednesday! Our school BBQ is Tuesday I believe, and Thursday is the Chapters fundraising night!

Field Trip forms will be coming home this week.



 Language: This week we will also be listening and responding to the next podcasts in the story Six Minutes we are following. I have some new fun responses for the students to try and I am hoping to have them create a poster in small groups advertising the pod cast.




Math: This week we will continue working on probability. We will be predicting and testing some probability experiments.

We will, of course, be continuing to work on division.





Science: This week we will be starting the last unit in science, Pulleys, and Gears. It is a very hands-on unit and the students have a lot of fun with it.



Dance: They are awesome! We are working on learning the dance and I am super happy with what I have seen thus far. It is a bit of a time crunch and I hope that by this week we will be dancing without video assistance. Dancemania this year is on the 21st.



Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also, we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!! 
Peggy MacLeod 


Monday, 3 June 2019


Week 37
How did we get to June so fast?!?!? I am now in crunch mode as this is a very big month! I will be preparing and sending home trip forms this week. Friday is a PD day and I will be meeting with support teachers to write students report cards. I worked very hard on the report cards this weekend, which is why this newsletter is so late this week.

The  JUMP ROPE FOR HEART EVENT went very well and all the students had fun!!!


 Language: This week we will be looking at the poem China's Bravest Girl which is about Hua Mu Lan. We will be completing a comparison between the poem and the movie by Disney. We will also be listening and responding to the next podcasts in the story Six Minutes we are following.






Math: This week we will be working on probability. It is a very short unit and will be very quick. Students will be learning to use math language to determine the likelihood of an event. We will be learning to define all the possible outcomes and will be predicting and testing some probability experiments.

We will, of course, be continuing to work on division.




Science: This week we will be starting the last unit in science, Pulleys, and Gears. It is a very hands-on unit and the students have a lot of fun with it.



Health: This week we will be completing the final unit in Health, Growth, and Development. We will be using the older 1998 curriculum expectations. This requires us to look at the Stages of Development. 



Dance: This week we will be starting to prepare our dance for Dancemania. I have chosen the KIDZ BOP SHUFFLE as the song for us to present. This is a familiar dance for the students and several chose it for our classroom dance unit. 



Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also, we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!! 
Peggy MacLeod 


Sunday, 26 May 2019


Week 36
Happy Gardening Weekend... because last weekend the weather just didn't work. I have finally cut the grass twice and have opened the pool. Now I just need some hot weather to arrive because the current pool temperature is 51, which means it will be a very long time before I go in.

Friday is our JUMP ROPE FOR HEART EVENT!!! Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in.


 Language: Last week we started Legends, but with it being a short week and changes due to EQAO, we didn't get very far, so we will continue to work on The Story of William Tell this week. We did work on the Six Minutes pod cast and we had some great debates over who the spy is. I have to say I am very impressed with the justifications the students are providing for support for their theories.






Math: We are now beginning to wrap up fractions. I will be discussing tenths this week and will be moving into decimals. We will be also doing some quick number sense work on adding and subtracting decimals which should not prove too difficult for the students.

I am very impressed with the progress on division, that I am seeing. I am hoping to show some long division this week and to add in remainders. Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts at home. On the right-hand side of this page are some links to some fun math game websites that allow the students to practice the facts in a fun manner. Also, Prodigy is a great website for the students, I have set up a class group on this site and have given each student login and password. If they do not have this they can copy it down off their login password paper at school.





Social Studies This week we will be learning the manor system, life as a serf and who worked in the castle. We are quickly wrapping up this unit and will be moving on to our last unit in science soon.



Phys. ed Last week we completed ball throw and 100m run. I would like to finish another 100m run trial this week and a 200m trial. The double soccer fields behind the school are now open and we have been given the go-ahead to use them, so I may even sneak in the 800m.



Health The last unit of Health we will be doing is Growth and Development. We will be using the 1998 curriculum for this as per government request. For grade 4 the students will be learning about the stages of development. These include infancy, childhood, teenage, young adult, adult, and senior. We will be looking at the physical and emotional characteristics of each level and the milestones that generally occur during these times.
Currently, the curriculum has changed and we will be using an older version for this unit. Last year, we looked at puberty and what physical and emotional changes to expect during this time. For parents who would like to start this conversation with their child, there are some very good videos that I use when I teach this topic. These are available on Youtube. They are called "Always Growing, Always Changing" and are very age appropriate. I suggest you preview them and then watch together.


Music We started to learn to play the ukuleles this week. We will hopefully get back to the music room this week.
Please keep working on the multiplication practice work that students need to finish up.


Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also, we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!! 
Peggy MacLeod 


Monday, 20 May 2019

Week 35
Happy Long weekend everyone! I feel we are in the final stretch now! The weather promises to be very good and I am hoping to do more outdoor gyms with the class.  Congratulations to Zackariya and Zahreh who both were outstanding in the Spelling Bee. Zachariya secured first place for the grade 4s. Our next big school event will be the Track and Field Team. We are currently practicing and competing in gym class. Successful students will have their names forwarded to Mme Barrett and Mr. Barbeau for the next stage of tryouts. I have had a very busy week securing busing and reservations for our end of the year trip. It looks like we will be going with the grade 5 English and French Immersion classes downtown to see the Mint, the outside of the Art Gallery and tour the grounds of Parliament Hill. This will be happening the last week of school. Mrs. Caruthers, Mr. Forget, Mrs. Singh and I will be finalizing details in the next few weeks and will let you know more when we are done.


 Language: This week we will be starting Legends. We will be learning the characteristics of a legend and will start by reading a story about William Tell. This matches nicely with what we will be learning about in Social Studies.

I will be continue to work on sentence boot camp and will be pushing the students to expand their writing in their response journals for Six Minutes pod cast. I am find the active listening skills required for following the pod cast to be of a great benefit to the students. I am hearing some great critical thinking and some interesting reflections from the students.



Math: We are making some good progress on division. The students have quickly noticed the link between division facts and multiplication facts. I am hoping to start simple long division with them this week.

This week we will be comparing and ordering fractions. I am hoping this will be an easy progression from last week when we were determining if fractions were equal or not.

Please keep practicing those multiplication facts at home.



Social Studies This week we will be learning about nobles and knights. I have started the students on their dioramas and some have even finished.



Phys. ed Last week we learned how to do the long jump and I saw some amazing jumps! This week I am hoping to complete ball throw and 100m run.


Music We started to learn to play the ukuleles this week. We will hopefully get back to the music room this week.
Please keep working on the multiplication practice work that students need to finish up.


Contact:  If you have any concerns or would like to meet with me, please call me at school or send me a note and we can arrange to speak or meet at a time that is good for both.

If you leave a message for me on the phone system be aware that I will probably not return if until the following day. These messages come to me as an email and I can not listen to them from my computer at school as the speakers are not functioning. Also, we no longer have telephones with an outside line in the classrooms, this means I can only call on break if the phone in the office is not being utilized. That being said if it is an emergency please speak directly to Donna or Lisa in the office.

The school number is (613)521-5922.
My email address is peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca


Have a great week!! 
Peggy MacLeod