TERRY FOX RUN
Connect Charter School will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 29th. The run will take place in North Glenmore Park beginning near the Weaselhead Parking Lot (west end) with the turnaround at the Calgary Canoe Club. Grades 4-6 will be running in the morning (departing the school at 9:15am and returning by lunch) and Grades 7-9 in the afternoon (departing the school at 12:45pm and returning by the end of the day).
If you wish to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2xiw9vg. You can search for Connect Charter School and make a donation on behalf of your child. Please feel free to forward the link to friends and family.
ELECTIVES SIGN-UP ON MONDAY
Students were furnished with an information package regarding the Electives choices for the first half of the school year. There have been some changes to our Electives program, so please take some time over the weekend to review the information with your child. During class on Monday, we will have students sign up online. It would be extremely helpful if they were aware of their top choices.
This week in math/science, students applied scientific vocabulary and classification skills to make their own dichotomous keys for identifying tree species. In science, dichotomous keys are powerful tools for identification of plants, insects, mosses, and other natural species. Classifying species based on similarities and differences is an important part of taxonomic work and knowing our world as well explore its biodiversity.
In mathematics, we worked with setting up Khan Academy and refreshing our knowledge around place value and decimal fractions. Practice work has posted on FreshGrade. Students have begun to work on decimal computation using a ledger in the Game of Life. A fun game where students are required to make sure they stay in the black with deposits and withdrawals happening during the game.
Some exciting new projects are being introduced in Humanities this week and next. I have posted a series of blog posts that outline specific details of each project. We are working on vocabulary skills with our "Words Worth Knowing" project, we are investigating municipal issues through the "Connect Engages" project and we are strengthening our reading skills through the "8 Reading Strategies" project. I am excited about all of these projects and I encourage parents to speak with their children about these initiatives. As we delve into the projects, I will be sure to provide regular updates on the progress. We have begun to learn about the fundamental principles of democracy, as well. The photo above illustrates the "Four Pillars" of democracy that constitute a major part of the Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum. It would be helpful if families asked their children to share their knowledge of:
Once students have established a working knowledge of these concepts, we will begin to apply this knowledge by investigating the benefits and challenges they represent in our society. We watched a short, yet informative video that cleverly summarized the concept of democracy. You can view the video here. So, as you can see, lots of excitement and challenge in the days and weeks ahead in Humanities.
Have a nice weekend,
Rick & Dave