November 22

The Buddy Bench – A Happy Place Where Kids Can Go to Make a Friend or Be a Friend

The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships on the playground. It promotes the message of inclusion and kindness in the school community. Our school has purchased three Buddy Benches for our school yard thanks to funds raised at our Halloween Family Fun Night! These special benches will be installed in different areas throughout the yard in the Spring.

Yesterday, the students and staff were introduced to the Buddy Bench during our WITS assembly.

Rules for Using the Buddy Benches

Before you sit on a Buddy Bench, think of something you would like to do. Ask someone else to play with you first.

If you can’t find someone to play with, sit on one of the Buddy Benches.

While you’re sitting on the bench, look around for a game you can join. If you see something you want to do or a friend you want to talk to, get off the bench and join them! You can leave the Buddy Bench at any time.

If you’re sitting on a Buddy Bench, play with the first person who comes to the bench and invites you to play with them. At WEJ, you can’t say you can’t play! It’s also the polite thing to do!

Keep playing with your new friends during future recesses. Hopefully, you will not need to use the Buddy Bench often!

If you are already playing with friends and you see someone sitting on a Buddy Bench, ask that person to play with you.

Remember, the bench isn’t for socializing or for resting. Only sit there if you can’t find anyone to play with.

November 13


patterningFor the next few weeks, your child will learn about patterns. The focus of the lessons are on number patterns, pattern rules, variables, and equations. Your child will use data tables and graphs in order to find relationships. Throughout the chapter, your child will be asked to use their understanding of the relationship between numbers to solve problems. These activities are your child’s introduction to algebra, including thinking about the meaning of equations and using letters to represent unknown values.

You and your child may engage in activities such as:

  • Find examples of patterns at home that can be written using terms and term numbers, including the cost, mass, or volume of different numbers of grocery items.
  • Find products at home that have a fixed price, such as cereal. Then write an explicit pattern rule with a variable for the total cost of any number of these items.
  • Represent information, such as a weekly allowance or the cost of a cell phone subscription, on a graph. Talk to your child about an expense that your household might have that is a fixed amount each week or each month.
  • Find tile patterns outside the classroom. Then write a problem about the designs and a pattern rule to solve the problem.
  • Find the cost of an item your child would like to purchase, and then write at least 5 number expressions to show different money amounts that could be used to pay for it.

You may want to visit and follow the links to Nelson Mathematics 6, Chapter 1, for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and for books that relate children’s literature to numbers. Also check the web site for links to other sites that provide online tutorials, math problems, and brainteasers.

Don’t forget that the answers for each lesson will be posted in the “Math Answers” section on the blog. The students should check their answers on a nightly basis. Trying questions from the Skills Bank, Problem Bank and Chapter Review are great ways to practice for the quiz.

November 10

Museum of History Trip – Nov. 30th

Dear parent/guardian,

To compliment our Social Studies unit on Canadian Heritage and Identity, all grade 6s will be visiting the Museum of History located on 100 Laurier Ave in Gatineau, QC. The museum is filled with great stories, artifacts, and activities to help enrich and extend the student’s learning of the various communities in Canada. Each individual class will participate in a 45 minute interactive activity around one of the following 2 topics:

“The Women and Men of Fur Trade” (French Immersion)

Our students will gain a deeper understanding of the fur trade, and the perspectives of the people involved, through material culture, primary sources, and oral history. They will explore historical perspectives by gathering evidence and making inferences.

“The People of New France: Forging Relationships, Changing Landscapes” (English)

New France was built on the economy of the fur trade populated by settlers from France with various socioeconomic backgrounds. By examining the clothing and belongings of the settlers and the items used for trade, we can start to understand people who settled New France as well as the complex trading relationships the French settlers establish with the First Nations people.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit these special exhibits:
“Canada: Day 1”

From early homesteaders to modern refugees — for centuries, migrants have come to Canada to seek opportunity or escape disaster. Setting foot on Canadian soil, they step through the threshold into a new life. Discover the first steps, first impressions and first experiences of immigrants from Confederation to the present day. Developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, this exhibition uses art, photographs, personal objects and voice recordings to tell the stories of newcomers’ arrivals in Canada. The thematic zones of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections allow visitors to see the country through an immigrant’s eyes — or relive their own first day in Canada.

“Canadian History Hall”

  • Covers a span of some 15,000 years, from the earliest known human habitation to the present day.
  • Occupies more than 4,000 square metres (40,000 square feet) of exhibition space — The largest exhibition about Canadian history ever developed.
  • Displays 1500 authentic artifacts including some of the finest national historical treasures.
  • Tells Canada’s story in a very inclusive way through the lived experiences of real people and from multiple perspectives.
  • Includes both achievements and some dark chapters from Canada’s past.
  • Features stories from coast to coast to coast making it a truly national exhibition.

Students are encouraged to bring a notebook and a camera to capture any and all items that will help in their understanding of the various communities: past and present in Canada. We look forward to having the students relive some great pieces of history.

No parent volunteers are needed for the trip. We are allowed two parents per class, however, both of my student teachers will be teaching our class during that time and will be joining us on the trip.

Kind regards,

Your grade 6 teachers

November 9

Progress Reports

The Progress Reports were sent home today. Please take some time tonight to review them with your child. Also, could you please sign and return the bottom portion of the second page.

Along with the Progress Reports, you will receive a note describing the process of signing up for an interview. The interviews will be held on Thursday, November 23rd, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm and on Friday, November 24th, from 8:45 am to 11:00 am. All appointments will be booked using the on-line appointment booking system that we have used in the past. You will be able to book an interview time from home or from the office.

IMPORTANT: The on-line booking system will not be open until Tuesday, November 14th until Tuesday, November 21st. You will not be able to book an appointment before that time. I hope that you find the system user-friendly and convenient.

November 3

Data Management Quiz Next Wednesday

On Wednesday, we will be having our second unit test in math. Students will be expected to:

  • plot coordinate pairs
  • build graphs
  • read from graphs and make inferences from the data
  • find the mean, median, and mode
  • create a graph using intervals and appropriate scale
  • gather information from various charts (e.g.,  stem and leaf plots, pictographs, double bar graphs, frequency charts)
  • know data management terminology

For extra practice, please visit the Nelson math page and work on the practice questions there!

This is also a reminder that our bottle flipping project must be submitted by Tuesday (the day before the quiz).