April 2015

56 FI @ Dawnview Newlsetter

April is here!

Spring has arrived and the snow is melting. How exciting! We have been quite busy during February and March learning a lot of new things. Students have been learning about concussions through a knowledge building process. They are all so much wiser now--I'm sure they will all be quite happy to put on their helmets as bikes, scooters, dirt bikes, and skateboards begin to make their appearances. Especially since they know about all of the repercussions. Just ask them, they will be happy to tell you.


In English, students will be choosing one of their stories from Free Writing to revise, edit and publish. We will also be preparing for EQAO testing. We will be continuing with our read-aloud, Wonder. They will be assessed on their understanding of what they have heard by completing check-ins using Google Forms. Click here to see what one of these check-ins looks like. If you have any questions about it, please contact me.

In French, students will be learning about opinion texts in both reading and writing. They will be practising speaking French more fluently in non-rehearsed situations. Weekly reading comprehension assignments will continue to be sent home. I'm proud to say that all students made gains in reading comprehension in February.

Social Studies

Grade 6 students are continuing to learn about Canada's involvement with the rest of the world. Students just wrapped up their presentations about Canada's involvement with a variety of international accords (UN, WHO, Red Cross, etc.). They were very well done.

Grade 5 students completed an inquiry project about the consequences of the initial interactions between Canada's First Nations and European explorers. They will now be learning about the Canadian Government and its importance in their daily lives.

Save the date! May 4th - 6th, Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre Trip for Grade 6 students.

Physical Education & Health

We have learned how to do the Wobble, the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. Students are now creating their very own line dances to songs of their choice. They are looking good so far!

We are wrapping up our unit about physical development. Next up is internet safety. We will be learning about texting, online bullying and being good cyber-citizens. We will also look at one's online presence and what precautions need to be taken to ensure one's safety.

Visual Arts

This month we will be comparing the visual effects used to represent emotions, feelings and actions in both Western and Japanese animations. We will be viewing Disney's Sleeping Beauty, and Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle. They are both about young girls who have been cursed. How they handle their respective situations is what differs.


Students have been provided with board emails accounts. It consists of the student's username. It looks like this: smitjon123@bwdsb.on.ca. With this email, they are able to access Office365. This includes PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote, and OneDrive. They are also able to download this software free of charge to personal devices. Students can work from school or home, and even at the same time on the same document with a partner(s). Students may only receive emails from others within the Bluewater District School Board network. The Bluewater Board of Education takes students' online safety very seriously. If you have any further questions about Office365 and its use, please contact me.