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April 24 - 28, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  I hope that everyone had a restful break.  It's good to be back, but I can hardly believe that we are almost into May!

Assignments

Language Arts

Reading: Students are working on Viewing Ads in reading right now.  We are discussing techniques used to persuade buyers.

Writing: The school will be focusing on poetry for the month of May.  On May 9, there will be a poetry presentation in the gym.  Listen for more information on this as parents will be welcome to attend.  Today, students are using magnetic poetry to write haikus that capture an ephemeral moment in time.  Ask your child what ephemeral means and to give an example.

Math

Grade 7: Students are exploring formulas for finding the area of a triangle.

Grade 8: Students are working on the distributive property in math right now.  We will also be starting assessment #1 and the mid-unit review this week.

Science

Students have chosen a topic related to the Wascana Authority Watershed.  They will be responsible for teaching their topic to the class.

Activities

Popcorn Sale: Sales were completed before Easter and popcorn will be delivered this Thursday.

Poem in Your Pocket: This Thursday is National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Who knew?  Anyway, students will either carry poems that they have written or chosed in their pocket and will have activities related to this throughout the day.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

April 10 - 13, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  We have a short, but very busy, week.

Assignments

Language Arts: Students are working on making connections in Daily 3.  We use the following prompts:  In the text it says...; this reminds me of...;  I wonder (deeper thought)...  Students are also learning how to read media advertisements.  We are discussing who made the ad, the target audience, and the media techniques used.

Math

Grade 7: Students are exploring circumference of a cirlce in math.  They should know that the diameter goes around a circle about 3 times - closer to 3.14 but it's an irrational number that never repeats itself.  Oh, the magic of Pi!

Grade 8: Students have a much better understanding of equations.  We are working on solving equations involving fractions.

Science: Students built a model of a watershed in science.  They then drew relief maps of their watershed and plotted where they thought the water would go.  They then made it rain and plotted the actual path of the water.  Students discovered that once you change the geography through erosion, the path of the water can drastically change.  Through this activity, all students should have an understanding of what a water shed is - it starts at the highest point of land and it is all water in an area that drains into a large lake or river.  We also discussed the continental divide which can be found in Banff National Park.

Activities

Grade 8 Photos - Photo order forms were due today.  I will take them in tomorrow as well.

Canoeing - Grade 7s have their first canoeing session in the pool tomorrow.  The date for the 2 outdoor sessions will be set once the weather warms up.  Students need to bring a bathing suit and a towel for the first session.

Math Olympics - The whole school will be participating in a Math Olympics on Wednesday.  K - 4 will do the activities in the morning and 5 - 8 will do the activities in the afternoon.  Students will be in multi-grade groupings and will be presented with math challenges that they will have 15 minutes to do.

Popcorn Sale - Notes were sent home last week and orders are due on Thursday.  The popcorn sale is Thursday April 27.

Dance/Fundraiser Prizes - There will be a school dance on Thursday April 13 in the afternoon.  Canteen will be available.  Also students will get some of their fundraiser prizes on this day.

Spring Break - Just a reminder that there is no school from Friday April 14 - Sunday April 23 inclusive.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

 

April 3 - 7, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.

Assignments

Language Arts: Students have mostly completed their novel study tests.  We will be working on making connections.  There are 3 types of connections that can be made: text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world.

Math

Grade 7: Students are exploring circles right now.  They have learned how a radius and diameter are related.

Grade 8:  Students wrote their test on measuring prisms and cylinders today.  We are now working on equations in math.

Science: Now that the heritage fair is over, we will get back to water in science.

Activities

Heritage Fair: We had a great turnout on Friday for the Heritage Fair.  Thank you so much to parents who made time to come in and check out the students' hard work.  I was very proud of their work.  We have 4 students who will be representing McVeety at the Regional Heritage Fair: Lois Zinnah and Refka Birama (Residential Schools) and Derek Crowe-Amyotte and Lyrik Desnomie (Residential Schools).

Campbell Registration Forms: Forms are due this Friday. 

Grade 7 Canoeing: Forms were sent home a few weeks ago.  Our first canoeing session at the pool is Tuesday April 11.  Please send permission forms and pay the $4.50 fee as soon as possible.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

 

March 27 - 31, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  I hope you all were able to get outside and enjoy the warm weather this weekend.

Assignments

Language Arts

Reading: Students doing the following novel studies will have a test on Thursday: Fatty Legs, My Name is Seepeetza, and Wenjack.  Students reading Fatty Legs and My Name is Seepeetza will need to study their vocabulary lists.  Students reading Wenjack will need to be prepared to write an essay on a topic of their choice related to the novel.  Here are some topic ideas: the significance of the animals as Manitous in the chapters; why the story of Chanie Wenjack prompted a Maclean's article in 1967, ultimately leading to the questioning of the residential school system; or the controversy surrounding Joseph Boyden and his claim to aboriginal ancestry - does it matter if he has good intentions?  Students may also choose to explore Gord Downie's project The Secret Path and how it relates to the story of Wenjack.  All students will be able to use their novel for the test.

Writing: We will be starting a new trait booklet this week.  Students should have all completed their trait assignments and handed it in along with their booklet.

Math:

Grade 7: Students have completed assessment #2 and the unit review on equations. The unit test will be tomorrow.

Grade 8: Students have mostly completed the assessment #2 and the unit review on measuring prisms and cylinders.  The unit test will be on Thursday.

Heritage Fair: Students have been working every day on their heritage fair projects.  I am really looking forward to seeing the final product.  The school heritage fair will take place this Friday afternoon (March 31) from 1:00 - 3:15.  I strongly encourage parents to come out and check out some of the great work our students have done.

Activities

Taco Fundraiser: A student in our school has had an opportunity to play on a high-level Indigenous hockey team in Edmonton.  To help offset the cost, his family is doing a taco lunch fundraiser at the school on March 31.  Tacos are $7 and include a Jell-o cup and juice box.  Order forms will be sent home today.  Please have forms and money returned by Wed. March 29.

POWER Assembly: Our monthly POWER assembly will be on Thurs. March 30 at 9:00.

Farewell Meeting: A parent meeting to start planning farewell will be this Thurs. March 30 at 6:30 in the grade 7/8 classrooms.  Please plan to attend this meeting if your child is in grade 8.

Heritage Fair: Our heritage fair will be this Friday from 1:00 - 3:15.  Please come out and see the great projects that the students have been working on.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

March 20 - 24, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  I am feeling optimistic that spring has actually sprung in Regina!

Assignments

Reading: We are just finishing up our novel studies.

Writing: Students are working on a trait assessment assignment in writing.

Math

Grade 7: Students continue to learn strategies for solving equations in math.

Grade 8: We are working on surface area and volume of a cylinder.  Then students will be doing assessment #2 and the unit review.  The test will be next week.

Heritage Fair: The heritage fair is on Friday March 31.  All students should have their presentations boards at the school t work on them.

Activities

Grade 8 Farewell Photos: Photos will be on Thurs. March 23 in the morning.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

 

March 13 - 17, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  Sorry to be late on my blog entry this week.  I was away yesterday.

Assignments

Reading: The No Time to Say Goodbye reading group has a novel study test tomorrow.  The other groups are just finishing up and will have their test soon.

Writing: We have finished up our most recent trait unit.  Students have an assessment assignment for the unit.

Math

Grade 7: Students have just finished the assessment #1 and mid-unit review for equations. 

Grade 8: Students are working on surface area and volume of a cylinder.  We will be working on assessment #2 and the unit review next week.

Heritage Fair: The school heritage fair is set for Friday March 31.  Students will be given time almost every day to work on their projects.  Students should be finishing their writing portion this week and be ready to make their presentation boards next week.  Presentation boards can be purchased at Walmart for $5.97 or at Staples for $10 - $14.  They can also be purchased from me for $6.

Activities

Tartans 'n Training: The grade 8 students went to Campbell for a spend-a-day this morning.

Campbell Open House: The open house for parents/students is tomorrow at 7:00.

PD and Convention: There will be no school for students this Thursday and Friday due to teacher professional development and convention respectively.

Farewell: Farewell has been moved to Monday June 26 at 6:30 to accommodate several students that could not attend on the original date.  The parent meeting is still on March 30 at 6:30.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

March 6 - 10, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  I enjoyed meeting with parents at conferences last week.

Assignments

Reading: Students reading Fatty Legs and My Name is Seepeetza are almost at the end of their novel and will have a test soon (probably next week).

Writing: All students should have handed in their Ideas writing.  We continue to work on traits.

Math

Grade 7: Students continue to work on equations in math. They are exploring different methods of balancing equations.

Grade 8: We are working on assessment #1 and the mid-unit review.  Students have learned how to identify and describe nets and how to find the surface area of rectangular and triangular prisms.

Science: We have completed Big Idea 2.0: salt and fresh water have different properties.  We will start exploring Big Idea 3.0: Bodies of fresh and salt water are created by geological processes.

Activities

Book Fair: Our book fair wrapped up today and we raised almost $2000 for the school library to purchase resources.  Thank you so much for your support.

Tartans 'n Training: Grade 8 permission forms were sent home last week.  Please return them to the school as soon as possible.  The day takes place on Tues. March 14.

Campbell Open House: The Open House is on Wed. March 15 at 7:00 for parents and prospective grade 8 students.

Read-A-Thon: Our fundraiser wraps up this Thursday with a prize assembly.

February 27 - March 3, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.  I hope that all students had a restful break.

Assignments

Language Arts

Reading: Students are almost at the end of their novel studies.  They will have a test within the next few weeks.  They will be allowed to use their novel for their test, but not their notes.  We continue to work on main idea as well.

Writing: Students should have completed and handed in their 'Ideas Writing'.  Please check with your child to make sure this has been done.

Math

Grade 7: Students have just started unit 6: equations.

Grade 8: Students have just started unit 4: measuring prisms and cylinders.

Science: We continue to work on Big Idea 2.0: exploring properties of fresh and salt water.

Activities

Book Fair: It's book fair time!  The book fair will run from Tuesday February 28 - Thursday March 9.  Students will be given time to browse tomorrow.  Our buying time is on Thursday.  It will also be open all day on Friday during conferences.  Our goal is to rais $1600 so that our school gets to buy $800 worth of books.  Please come out and check out the great selection of reasonably priced books!

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser: We kicked off our fundraiser the week before the break.  Students are encouraged to bring in money daily to be entered to win great prizes!  Check out the Marion McVeety twitter feed to see the awesome video advertising reading.  You can also click here to check it out.

Campbell Drama: Mrs. Lelliott's drama presentation will be on Wednesday March 1 at 7:00.  The students have worked very hard on this drama.  Come on out and see it.

Conferences: Conferences will take place on Friday March 3 all day.  There is no school for students outside of conference times.

Blog Tidbit:  What is our book fair goal?

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

February 13 - 17, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School!

Assignments

Language Arts

Reading: We continue to work on main idea and our novel studies.

Writing: Students continue to work on traits and an Ideas piece of writing.

Math

Grade 7: Students are working on the unit review for patterns and relations.  It is due Tuesday.  There will be a unit test on Thursday. 

Grade 8: Students are working on assessment #2 and the unit review.  It will be due on Wednesday.  The unit test for percent, ratio, and rate will be this Friday.

Science: We are exploring the zones of oceans and lakes.

Activities

Bake Sale: The grade 7/8 classes will be holding a bake sale on Tuesday to pay for the bus for the ski trip.  Items will be available for under a dollar.

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser: The kick-off assembly for our fundraiser will be this Thursday at 9:00.  Students will be encouraged to get pledges over the February break.

POWER Award Assembly: The award assembly will be this Thursday at 2:30.

Conference Invites will be sent home on Thursday.  Conferences are on March 3.  Please let me know right away if there's a time that doesn't work for you.

February Break: Just a reminder that there is no school from Feb. 20 - Feb. 24.

Blog Tidbit:  What is our fundraiser theme?

Have a great week and a great break!

Mrs. Schafer.

 

February 6 - 10, 2017

Hello and welcome back to a new week at McVeety School.

Assignments

Language Arts

Reading: We continue to work on our novel studies.  As well, group C in Daily 3 has a poetry assessment tomorrow.  They will be comparing two songs, Son of the Sun by Willie Dunn and One Tin Soldier by Buffie Sainte Marie.  Students have had two session to do research on the political climate at the time of these songs; they had a lively discussion about what counter-culture means.  They will have access to the poems as well as their jot notes for this assessment.  The other groups continue to work on identifying the main idea in a text.

Writing: Students continue to work on their Ideas writing piece.

Math:

Grade 7: Students have almost completed the unit on patterns and relations.  They will be working on assessment #2 and the unit review this week.  The test will probably be next week sometime.

Grade 8: Students have almost completed the unit on percent, ratio, and rate.  They will be working on assessment #2 and the unit review this week.  The test will probably be next week sometime.

Science: Students are exploring the properties of salt water.

Activities

PD Day - There is no school this Friday due to teacher PD day.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Schafer.

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