Sunday, 24 June 2018





Week 40:
We MADE it!!! I have to say this was a challenging year but it was a great year filled with many stories of success, happy memories and good laughs! I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this group and will really miss them next year. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.


Last week we had an amazing field trip. Although it threatened rain and storms all day, it held off long enough for us to complete all the activities! We played ball hockey, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and the amazing race where the students had to work as a team to complete challenges to earn clues to bring them to the next challenge! It was great. Everyone had a lot of fun!

We had a very busy week last week with the field trip, the Variety Show, Right to Play activity day (which was awesome!) and Jump Rope for Heart (which was also awesome!). We continue this week with a busy week, rumour has it there will be a lock down and another fire drill. I am planning lots of fun activities for the week.

Mrs Farrington will be retiring this year. She has been an important part of our class this year and will be greatly missed next year. As a parting gift, we will be making a class picture book themed on what she will be doing in her retirement, I fear swimming with sharks and playing Fortnight will be on the list.

We will be having our end of the year party on Wednesday, as  I will only be present for the morning on Thursday (my oldest is graduating from highschool). I will discuss the details of the party with the class tomorrow and they will let you know what we have decided.

Many parents ask what they can do to help their child over the summer. Keeping up with math facts is a good start and websites such as Cool Math Games or Prodigy give great practice. You can also help your child by exposing them to using and counting money and telling time on an analog clock.  Elapsed time is another easy skill to cover at home by having them calculate what the time will be after so many minutes and or hours have passed. Having your child help in the kitchen is a great way to get practice in with measurement and fractions. The more hands-on experience you give your child the better understanding they will have of these concepts.

For reading practice, you should have your child read each night before bed. You can also read to your child, choose a chapter book that your child likes and share it with them. This can be a great family time for all. I understand that working parents may be too tired at the end of the day to do this, what I would recommend then is to visit the public library and get an audio version of a book. You can all listen to it together. Your child can even follow along with a printed version. This is great too for car rides or camping trips.

Many news articles and reports now are reminding us as parents to limit screen time especially with the new games that are out which are highly addictive. Set time limits for your child to play video games. These times should not be just before bed as the games activate and excite the parts of the brain we want calming down at bedtime. Ensure that there is a balance between screen time, active play and outdoor play. Remember physical activity is also important for development.

Have a wonderful summer everyone and see you in the fall! 


If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great summer!!!
Peggy MacLeod





Sunday, 17 June 2018





Week 39:
Happy Father's Day Day to all the great dads out there! I hope you got to enjoy the beautiful weather. We took advantage of it by having a BBQ.

We have an extrememly busy week ahead! Monday is the field trip, Tuesday is the Variety Show and Right to Play activity day, Wednesday is the Kindergarten year end celebration, Thursday is the school BBQ, Friday is Jump Rope for Heart. I am hoping the weather stays nice as I feel we will be doing a lot of outdoor activities and it looks like the gym will be closed.

Field Trip Monday!!! We will be leaving just after 8am so if you are one of my students who regularly arrive late, you need to be on time on Monday. Students will need to be dressed in active wear, no open toe shoes. Proper gym shoes. They will need a water bottle, lunch and for sun protection a hat and sunscreen. We will be participating in various sports throughout the day and will be returning just after 2pm in time for the end of the school day.


Language: We will be completing some fun language activities  this week as it is a busy odd kind of a week and we wil not be running on regular schedules.




Math: We will also be working on some fun math puzzles and games that practice those important skills.



Science: So we started to gather the parts for the pulley and gears activities only to discover that we were missing many essential pieces. So after some careful investigation by Ms. Robins, we now have some of those pieces back and have kits put together so this week we will be building different pulleys and gears.



Gym: Last week we did not get to go outside to play kickball as I had planned. I am hoping to start it this week.



Health: Last week we completed the final unit in Health. The students enjoyed it and asked many questions that we were able to answer. As I stated earlier this is a beginning look at the changes that many either have started or will be starting very soon as they enter the next stage of their lives. It is still my hope that this opens up comverstations at home and that the students will continue to ask you questions about what is happening to them during this time of change. Here are the links to the videos we watched in case you need them.


  • the boys  watched   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G57Suq7JpQE

  • the girls  watched   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR1XJZ0xRSo




If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod





Sunday, 10 June 2018







Week 38:
Wow, we are finally here, the last month!!! It is going to be a very busy month with many activities happening at the school. We are preparing for our end of the year field trip, Jump Rope for Heart, Free the Children, Variety Show, School BBQ, Grade 8 graduation and I am certain a few more activities. I will do my best to update you as these events happen.


Language: All library books were due last week. This week we will be continuing with our reading program. I am so happy with all the student's hard work this year with their reading skills!! I am constantly showing off what they can do to previous teachers! I am also thrilled that many students are reading the Harry Potter series, talk about a reading challenge!!!

We are still working on the hidden door writing activity. I had several schedule changes last week that kept bumping writing. I am anxious to finish as there is a story writing activity that I would love to sneak in before the end of the year.

Math:  Tomorrow we will be starting probability which is the final unit of math. It is a very short unit and is very language based with lots of hands-on activities. I will be returning to multiplication and division after this as these are essential skills for the students to master and are directly linked to their success in math.




Science: Wow it took 3 days to sort all the K'nex so that we can use it to complete hands-on tasks in pulleys and gears. This week we will be building and learning about different types of pulleys.



Gym: Last week we did not get to go outside to play kickball as I had planned. I am hoping to start it this week.



Health: Last week we had an unforeseen schedule change and were not able to do health. We will be hopefully doing it this week. On Tuesday we will be learning the final unit of Health, Puberty. There is a lot of mixed messages about what is being taught, so let me make it clear. We will be learning very age appropriate material.
The big ideas are:
  • There are physical and mental changes that happen during puberty
  • There are new hygiene considerations
  • This is normal and everyone experiences eventually

We will be watching the following videos that you can preview:

  • the boys will watch   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G57Suq7JpQE

  • the girls will watch   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR1XJZ0xRSo

This is an introduction to this topic that you will want to continue at home. The most common response from students after this unit is "That's it? My mom told me more."

I have sent home field trip forms!! On June 18th we will be going to the RA Centre to participate in various sports and a great race challenge! We did well this year, this trip will cost us only $7 a student. We brought the price down from $21 a student, thanks to school board funding we were able to get for the bus and our great fundraising through Freezie sales. Please fill out forms and send in payment by June 11th.

Good Luck to the Junior Track and Field Team as they compete tomorrow at the annual track meet!
If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 3 June 2018






Week 37:
Boy is it getting hot! I am not complaining I do love it. Although the weather is much warmer we are being plagued by a flu that is going around. Last week students went home with headaches, fever and upset stomach. I'd like to say it is just our classroom however my high school age son also had these symptoms over the weekend. Be prepared it may be coming your way.

Language:All library books are due this week. The library will be officially closed. Although there are a few weeks left, it takes time to collect and to organize all the books for the end of the year. Please check that there are no books left at your house. 

This week we will be returning to our regular reading program. Last week we did some awesome reading of nonfiction text all about Medieval times and I saw some great leaps and bounds from our students!

We started writing a hidden door activity as a comparison between medieval times and now. We will be working on completing this.

Math:  Tomorrow I will be giving a quiz on fractions. I will then be moving onto decimals and probability. We will be moving fast as I will need to assess these for report cards.

 Social Studies:We have finished Medieval times!! I saw some great learning and the student absorbed so much they surprised me with what they learned!! I was super happy with all the helmets and loved what they created. We will be finishing up the final writing piece which is a comparison between medieval times and present day.


 
Science: The final unit of science is pulleys and gears. It is a hands on unit the requires a lot of building. We are lucky to have Ms. Robins this year who is an expert in K'nex and will be working with the students in different groups to build different machines with pulleys and gears.



Gym: Since the weather is warmer, we will be using the community ball diamond to play a fun version of kickball! Please ensure that you child continues to bring proper shoes for gym. These should be shoes that they can run and kick a ball in.


Health: On Tuesday we will be learning the final unit of Health, Puberty. There is a lot of mixed messages about what is being taught, so let me make it clear. We will be learning very age appropriate material.
The big ideas are:
  • There are physical and mental changes that happen during puberty
  • There are new hygiene considerations
  • This is normal and everyone experiences eventually

We will be watching the following videos that you can preview:

  • the boys will watch   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G57Suq7JpQE

  • the girls will watch   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR1XJZ0xRSo

This is an introduction to this topic that you will want to continue at home. The most common response from students after this unit is "That's it? My mom told me more."

I have sent home field trip forms!! On June 18th we will be going to the RA Centre to participate in various sports and a great race challenge! We did well this year, this trip will cost us only $7 a student. We brought the price down from $21 a student, thanks to school board funding we were able to get for the bus and our great fundraising through Freezie sales. Please fill out forms and send in payment by June 11th.


If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 27 May 2018






Week 36:
Wow we are entering the last month this week!! I can't believe it!! It is going to be a very busy month! I watched emails being sent around trying to find a date for the talent show and it was difficult! We will be working extra hard to finish up units and get all those grades in before report cards are due, which gives me a couple of weeks still. The temperatures are getting warmer outside which means it is fluctuating inside. Please dress your child in layers.


Language: Last week we worked on non-fiction reading and text features of a non-fiction book. I will be continuing with this. The class greatly enjoyed reading the selection of non-fiction books I provided. 

For writing this week we will be working selecting a character from medieval times and comparing him/her to present day. I would also like to work on writing legends and will hopefully start this if time allows.

Math:  We will be working double time on fractions this week. We will be learning to read mixed fractions and improper fractions. I am hoping to start into decimals by the end of the week and look at the relationship between decimals and fractions.


 Social Studies:We learned about nobles last week and finished the week off with learning about knights. The class was amazed to learn that noble boys at the age of 7 were sent away to begin knight training. We also looked at the code of chivalry and related it to sportsmanship and fair play that we have been insisting on and practicing in gym this year. This week we will be learning about castles and the manor system. I hope to squeeze in serfs as well. I will be wrapping this unit up shortly.

Gym: We are wrapping up the track and field unit. I am very proud of the students who challenged themselves to push harder in the running events. I can't wait to see how many students continue this sport in their school careers!





If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 20 May 2018





Week 35:
Happy long weekend! I hope everyone had the chance to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather, perhaps do a little gardening. I even managed to wake up in time to see part of the royal wedding. It has so far been a very busy spring cleaning/gardening weekend for me. Yesterday the rain started as I was walking the puppy so, seeing as we were both already soaked I gave her a bath when we got home. Ahh the smell of wet dog.


Language: EQAO will be starting this week. Although we are not writing it, it will affect us. There will be no support during EQAO times which means we will be working on non-fiction reading as it relates to our social studies. I will also be looking at the features of non-fiction text and we will be making an All About Me non-fiction text.


Math:  We have now moved to fractions. Last we we looked at what exactly a fraction is and considered the numerator and denominator. We worked on identifying and reading different fractions and the names. This week we will be creating pictures of fractions when given the number.

 Social Studies:We started medieval times last week. We looked at maps of present day Europe and compared it to maps from 1200 CE. We learned about the feudal system. This week we will be learning about nobles, and serfs.





Gym: We have started track and field in gym. We will be running time trials during our gym class this week. Students with the most promising times will have their names submitted to Mr. Fortin and Mr. Lau to tryout for the track and field team.  Two boys and two girls per grade per event will be submitted to compete. Qualifying students may chose 2 events to participate in. The Track Meet will be held June 11th at Cairine Wilson Secondary School.


I will be working on the field trip forms this week. The date for our trip will be June 18th. We will be going on a sports day at the RA centre. This event will be run by student teachers and teachers who will be organizing and running programs this summer also at the RA centre. A believe the students will recognize a few of these faces as guest teachers who have been at our school at various times throughout the year.





If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod