Calling all Film Makers and Film Fans!

One of my favourite pastimes is watching films. I love all kinds of films. You will often find me quoting family friendly films in class. I have watched many ‘kid’ movies in my time!

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed going to see independent films at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). But did you know TIFF has a is kid-friendly festival too called TIFF Kids International Film Festival? If you think you can make your own movie, check out their submission process.  2017 TIFF Kids International Film Festival submissions are now open.

Are you NOT a movie maker but you LOVE to critique movies? Well, you are in luck! You can also apply to become a TIFF Kids Jury member. If you are between the ages of 8 and 13 and love movies, send them a film review and you could be one of  their Young People’s Jury members at the 20th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival. TIFF Kids Festival takes place from April 7 to 23, 2017. Click on this link to learn more about this cool opportunity.

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Ms. Machado

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Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths

As I sat at my table typing up your progress reports today, I thought of teachers before me who had to write out handwritten report cards. So I took a break from my progress reports and dug up my report cards to review them. I think of how I would have had to waste a lot of paper correcting my handwritten mistakes. Comparing past to present, I truly value the ability to look over my writing, read the comments to myself and makes improvements to my writing, using technology. I feel that technology allows me to be more expressive, it helps me organize my thoughts, and it empowers to be more critical of my writing.

Funny enough, I came across this blog about whether or not it is still relevant to teach cursive writing. Have a read of the article below and feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

Ms. Machado

Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths

Back to Routine – Are You Ready?

Hello students!

I don’t know about you but I am glad to be back to a regular routine this week. I spent much of my Sunday preparing my lessons for the next few weeks. Like Calvin, sometimes I get a little too ahead of myself though so let me know if I need to slow down a little.

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As we work through our tasks and assessments this week, remember to stay attentive, focused, and engaged. I hope you enjoy the learning I planned out for the week. You can do it!

Grade 7s Go to Camp Couchiching

Grade 7 students will be going to Camp Couchiching leaving the morning of Wednesday October 19th and returning around 3:00pm on Friday October 21st. I will be going on the trip with the Grade 7 students.

The Grade 6 students will merge with the Grade 6 French Immersion class. Please click on the link below to view the timetable for these days. It will tell you what subjects you will have, the classroom number and who your teacher will be.

Grade 6 Timetable for Oct 19-21

Stay tuned for an itinerary for those three days. It will be posted by Tuesday morning at the latest.

Save the Date for the 2016 CRB Holiday Bazaar

This year’s 9th annual CRB Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 19th. ‘Save the Date’ cards are being sent home today.

Over the years, this event has raised over $120,000 as a result of the generous support of families, community partners, and staff members of CRB. The funds have been used to purchase: English and French reading carts, team uniforms, Smart Boards, support for the LLI Reading Program, ipads and other assistive technology, classroom wish lists and more!

Thanks for your support of the event! We couldn’t do it without you.

Ms. Machado

Terry Fox Run

Our Terry Fox Run will take place between periods 5 and 6 today (commencing at 2:05 pm). I hope you remembered your yellow shirt! Who are you running for?

P.S. – A huge thank you to all the friends and family members who donated to our Terry Fox Run day. You rock!

Ms. Machado