Ms. Darlington

Growing in Catholic Faith
Grade 4 & 5

This month, we will focus on the virtue of love. Let us try to spread in all that we do at St. Gabriel the Archangel. Thank you to our students for embracing kindness during our Kindness Challenge.

Winter Olympics 2018! Please send in any newspaper articles you might have on the Olympic events and athletes, as often as you are able, for our current event focus.

Upcoming/ Important:
Fantastic efforts with our speeches-- from all students. I will narrow our selection this week, as only 2 will be chosen to go to the school competition. 

Michael Wade- rescheduled. I will keep you posted. 

February Birthdays: 
Zack- Feb 2nd, Massimo- Feb 9th


Important information this week: (Feb 20th- 24th)

Monday-Family Day, celebrate the gift of family

Tuesday-  Gym day

Social Studies with Mr. Ashworth, SUB day, Reports home= celebrate successes and highlight next steps
Thursday- Shine! 

Friday- Pizza, All work for the week is to be complete= 
Ketchup and pickles". Catch up on work if not done, move on to pickle fun if you are done! 
Outdoor physical activity (weather permitting, replaced by School Heart photo last week)

Reminder: We have a peanut allergy in the classroom. Thank you for helping to keep our classroom a safe learning place.

SOME key areas of learning this week:


Writing (Grade 4 and 5, specific to each grade for assessment)

Our main focus this week:
- Winter Olympic 2018 writing tasks including journals, current events and other specific tasks (choice of letter to athlete or persuasive piece)

Olympic reading, reading groups/ novel studies, other science reading

Media Literacy-  
Winter Olympics focus- advertisements (assessing Olympic sponsors and media messages), commercial focus (within next 2 weeks)

I suggest that your child have a protractor and a calculator.

Grade 4- 
- multiplication of 2 digit by 1 digit numbers (multiplication facts needed!)
- fractions and estimation strategies

Grade 5- 
- multiplication of 2 digit numbers x 2 digit numbers
- division, and relating multiplication to division


Science: (con't from last week)

Grade 4- We are learning about pulleys and gears, including practical applications in our everyday lives and experimenting with pulleys and gears in class.

Grade 5- We are learning about internal and external forces that act on various structures and mechanisms through small group inquiry in designing structures.

Social studies:  aught by Mr. Ashworth this term:
Heritage and Identity- Grade 4's, 
People and Environments- Grade 5's

Grade 4 & 5- tie in with Olympics. and grade 4's (check in on capital cities in Canada)

Grade 4's- will be reviewing capital cities of provinces in Ontario and continued practise with labelling provinces

Religion: -Links to our Religious program, our Liturgical calendar (which is the season of Lent), bible readings and shared discussions. Our virtue focus for February is love! Spread love in all that we do.

Physical Education: stay active! February is Winter Olympic Circuits, and outdoor physical education days will be part of our learning.

Health: Not taught this week

French: Taught by Mr. Pisani

The Arts: Dance/Drama/ Music: Lead by Mrs. Holden


The Arts (Visual Arts): 
We will complete our Olympic Art work, then aim to move into Claude Monet reflections.