I am happy to announce that our Google Classroom space has been created! Please have your child login to their firstname.lastname@example.org CBE gmail accounts to access our private Google Classroom. There is a trial task in there for students to try out this week. Please see emails that were sent to parent emails for further details and instructions, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions along the way!
Starting Monday, April 6th, there will be weekly plans posted in our Google Classroom! I am very much so looking forward to connecting with students on our digital, Google Classroom platform - see you over there!
Happy official first day of Spring break, everyone! I am working from home today, sitting in front of my big office window, feeling the sun’s cheerful rays on my face. There are big, fluffy snowflakes dancing down from the sky right now, and squirrels exploring upon power lines and roof tops. Porter is nearby on the couch, sweetly dreaming… my on-call supporter when needed, consistently optimistic, and continuously giving off positive energy!
We, and all the other school boards in Alberta, are working hard to create a united plan that will support the opportunity to continue learning from home. Thank you again for your patience with this adjustment as we continue to work towards creating a streamlined way to digitally support families.
Remember that amongst all this change, we are purposely practicing social distancing because we CAN, and research shows that it WILL help and make a difference. It is times like these that I am proud to be a citizen of this connected world. Each and every one of you plays a part in practicing mindfulness around proper hygiene to reduce the spread of germs for the health and safety of yourselves and others.
In times of hardship, it is important to see the powerful force of unity in everyone working together to get through this challenging time. It is also important to see the beauty and benefits that will come of this all. Have you guys heard about how nature is benefiting from all this opportunity for regrowth? Fish and dolphins are reappearing back in the water canals of Italy, and air pollution in China has improved drastically, which will ultimately improve quality of life.
Being in the school this week without you guys has been strange. Our last moments with each other are ones that cherish so much. I am smiling now as I think about our dodgeball game on Friday, our days of rollerblading together all week, and our epic math party and kindness jar movie reward day that we had the week prior. I miss your guys’ brilliant minds, your smiles, jokes, and laughter, your big, kind hearts, and overall, our little classroom family! I am hanging on to the happiest of memories that I have most recently had with each and every one of you, and I am using it as fuel to keep me motivated and positive throughout Spring break and for however long this break may extend to!
I encourage you all to write out things that you are grateful for every day, and to do as we have regularly discussed as a class: to focus on the positives, beauty, and things that make you grow, smile, and laugh. Embrace this unique opportunity to explore in and around your home, and find ways to stimulate your mind daily!
Hello to all my students & families,
I hope you have all been well, and are doing the necessary steps to maintain good health, hygiene, and safety. Thank you for your continued patience around these changes. I have attached a file below of learning activities and ideas that your child can be doing at home leading up to Spring Break. We are still working towards finding a streamlined method for all schools to support at home learning- more information to come after Spring Break.
We learned about multiplying decimals by powers of ten (10, 100, 1000) today. Ask your child what direction the decimal moves when multiplying (right), and how many spots the decimal moves (it moves the amount of zeros present in the power of ten). See if your child can tell you what 4.68 X 1000 is, or what 0.6 X 100 is!
Our grade 1/2 buddies came to our classroom to explore blending colours together using markers and water (the colours bleed into one another). There was lots of great modeling of leadership from both groups!
Be sure to check out our most recent twitter post via @Rosscarrock for a video of the kids rollerblading on their final day!
- Student-Led Conferences the evening of Wed 18th (as well as the camp meeting) and daytime of Thurs 19th have been canceled/postponed (see previous post for further info).
Based on the changing provincial and local response to COVID-19, the CBE has given us direction to postpone our Parent Teacher Conferences (Student-led Open House) scheduled for March 18 & 19, 2020. The Kamp Kiwanis presentation that was scheduled for the evening of March 18th is also cancelled.
All CBE schools have been given direction to postpone or cancel events that include populations from other schools and/or parents or other community members, such as Parent-Teacher Interviews, celebrations of learning, drama/musical performances, dances, athletic competitions, etc. This decision is effective from Mar. 12 until the end of March break. This decision will be revisited during March break to determine whether events should be rescheduled.
Events outside of school hours that include the regular student and staff population of the school (school clubs, practices, etc) and scheduled field trips may continue at this time.
I know this may be disappointing news. Students and staff have spent a significant amount of time preparing for this event, but the health of our community is our priority.
For the most up to date information about the CBE’s approach to COVID-19 and the actions we are taking, please visit our website. Answers to frequently asked questions will continue to be posted as information becomes available.
It has been a pleasure to see and support the kids with their rollerblading skills so far this week. Many students are feeling more confident and agile as we've been progressing throughout the 4-day residency. Ask your child how it has been going, and if they have any final goals for tomorrow's last day of rollerblading!
We discussed the four forces that act upon flying things. Ask your child to describe each of the forces for you (thrust, drag, lift, and weight/mass). We are continuing to learn about characteristics of air.
Today in math, we focused on how to convert fractions, such as one tenth (1 over 10) to a decimal, one and one tenth (0.1). We learned that if a fraction is over 100, then the decimal will go to the hundredth spot, such as 4 over 100 converting to 0.04 . Try practicing converting fractions that are over 10, 100, or 1000 to decimals (and vice versa) with your child at home!
We explored a "True or False Ancient Athens Democracy Game" this morning to solidify some of our understandings. The students have now begun an ancient Athens newspaper project that we are hoping to complete in time for our Student-Led Conferences next week!
Today was day 1 (of 4 days) of our In-Line Skating experience! Ask your child what they learned in terms of rollerblading safety. Hopefully we will see an increase in safety and confidence over the week!
- In-Line Rollerblading continues until Thursday (make sure your child has knee-high socks on preferably, and extra lunch as their phys. ed. time is doubled)
- Student-Led Conferences March 18th + 19th (more info to come)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Student-Led Conferences are coming soon!
The purpose of these conferences is to provide your child the opportunity to share their accomplishments and celebrate all they have learned this year.
Please note, we have made some changes to this year’s conference schedule:
On Wednesday, March 18, all students along with their families are invited to come to Rosscarrock School any time between 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Plan on being here with your child for about 30 minutes. From 6:30pm to 7:30pm, there will be a Grade 6 Camp Presentation (hosted by a representative from Kamp Kiwanis) who will give information about our upcoming 3-day camping field trip that takes place in April (April 21st-April 23rd).
There is no need for you to sign up for a conference time.
Your child will lead you through a series of activities and displays that showcase their learning.
If your child’s teacher feels there is a need to formally meet to discuss you child’s learning, they will contact you to schedule a meeting time. These meetings will take place on Thursday, March 19, between 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. You do not need to sign up as the teacher will contact you directly.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the Library on both of these dates. You are invited to please visit with your child to shop for books.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday evening, March 18, for a night of celebrating our learning!
Ms. Brenna Fraser
Principal, Rosscarrock School
Has your child told you that we completed our first of two JumpMath workbooks? Students brought these home yesterday. There are some non-Alberta required pages still remaining if you would like further practice for your child to do at home (perhaps a good idea for keeping them busy over Spring Break). We will begin our second JumpMath book on Monday!
In Social Studies, we furthered our understandings of the "Pillars for Democracy," focusing on comparing and contrasting current Canadian democracy to that of ancient Athens practices of democracy. Ask your child to share 3 facts that they learned with you!
The class has been working very diligently and mindfully towards being kind leaders within the school and classroom. I am proud to announce that our classroom kindness jar has been filled, and I am rewarding the class with a movie and popcorn party tomorrow as a prize! They are allowed to (and encouraged) wear pajamas and bring a stuffy as well. We did a class vote to choose a curriculum-related movie.
Important: We had a guest speaker come to tell us all about the grade 7 options today. Your child is coming home with a red Vincent Massey Options form. Please review your child's option choices, sign the form on the back, and return it back to school by Wednesday, March 11th! If the form does not get returned, the admin at Vincent Massey randomly selects grade 7 options for your child. If your child is not planning on attending Vincent Massey next year, please indicate so on the form.
Ms. Victoria Gaspar
Grade 6 Teacher