Mr. Lafrance's Class Newsletter

Monday, November 10, 2014

Here's Another Update

Good evening!

I wanted to send out a newsletter to let you know how things are going and provide some updates of things going on in our classroom. It's hard to believe that November is here already. It's been a great few months so far in the grade 3 classroom. Things continue to go very well, and we're having lots of fun.

Tomorrow is the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Hopewell Ave PS. These ceremonies are open to be attended by parents should you be interested in doing so. There are two ceremonies, and our class will be attending both, as they are performing a poem in French which they have been preparing for with Mme Shynal called Au Champ D'Honneur

You can find a link to the poem here:

We have much more going on, so keep reading below to find out about what we're studying, and some technology we're using to accompany our learning in the classroom.


Mr. Lafrance

Our Study of Soils

We have begun studying soil as part of our science investigations. As we go through the unit, we will collaboratively create an "online bulletin board" called padlet.

The link is:

The site is password protected. You can enter the password "hopewell" (no quotation marks) to access the site.

Students are encouraged to discuss their findings in class and add anything that they may come across on the net or at home to the board. All you have to do is click anywhere on the board to add information. You can also drag photos, and videos from webpages onto the board. Each science class we will have this open for review and to look at any new information that has been added. We didn't have time in class to watch the video, so this could be a good place to start!

Class Blog

We will be doing the occasional blog entry. The students got their first look at this in the computer lab last week. From time to time, we will log in and answer the questions that have been posted. Students are encouraged to check it out and add anything they may have missed during lab time.

The blog can be found here:

They can then log in in the top right hand corner, select their name from the list, and put in their password.

Should your child choose to do this in their spare time, please encourage them to only make thoughtful comments as we want to move away from the stream of "potato this" "potato that" that they seem to have been caught up in doing! Should be fun and it will be interesting to see where we can go with this!

Photo Retakes

Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 9am-3pm

Hopewell Avenue Public School

Students who would like to receive photo retakes are encouraged to dress the part and come ready for their photos this Wednesday!

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday, Nov. 20th, 5pm-11:45am

Hopewell Avenue Public School

Ottawa, ON

Many of you have booked a time to see me during parent teacher interviews. There are a few slots still open on Friday, November 21. If you can't come in during one of these two days, please send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to meet with you another time. Don't forget to visit to book your time!