May is flying by quickly! We are busy in the classroom finishing units and beginning to prepare for the EQAO test which we will be writing from Monday May 30th to Thursday June 2nd. The test consists of 6 sections (4 language and 2 math) that take approximately one hour each. We plan on spreading that out over 4 days, completing 1 section the first day, 2 on the next 2 days and 1 on the final day. The best way for your child to feel prepared is to get a good night's sleep each night, have a good breakfast each morning, and be prepared to try their best. We try to build in fun activities during the non test portions of the day, such as extra gym and outdoor time.
Next week we will begin a specific homework program to review and consolidate some math skills for students. Please check to see that your child completes at least one page each night. It is fine to work ahead, but not to fall behind. Much of the learning (or review) comes during the take-up time, so students need to have given each page a try before that. They also need to be sure the booklet is at school each day to benefit fully from those discussions.
Students should be well on their way to finishing reading their novel for their "book in a box" book report. The rough copy, which needs to include a plot summary, character information, and some personal connections (favourite part, favourite character...), needs to be completed and handed in by May 27th. I will show the students an example of a box next week, so they can begin the good copy early if they choose. Please refer to the outline provided and signed in April. These have been returned and your child should know where it is.
Students had a fun time swimming last week. Please continue to remind them to bring a suit and towel on the next 4 Mondays. We don't swim the week after the long weekend.
Those parents who wish to join us this Tuesday at Laurelwoods for the play, please either be at the school by 8:45. Or you can drive on your own. The play begins at 9:30 and last about an hour.
Have a great weekend!