An everyday guide to success in the Intermediate Division.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Week of October 19

This week sees us working away on our novel studies, finishing off our Fractions unit in Math,  and finishing up a science project on Friday.

Musical auditions for the Lion King Jr begin for leads on Monday.  Just a reminder that ALL grade 7 and 8 students will have some role or function in the musical.

We are still collecting data on the grade 7 and 8 trip surveys.  Please have your say by returning the survey form as soon as possible.

Just a reminder that the school Dance-a-thon will be on Friday, October 30.  Students are allowed to wear costumes, but no weapons or masks are permitted.

Have a great week!

Ms. C. Matthews

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Week of Sept 21

Week three begins with a focus on fractions and paragraph writing, as we begin our new math unit on fractions and our Power Writing assignment on our wishes for the future.  We will also be beginning a Religion unit on the different kinds of prayer and some of the important prayers in daily life.

Many papers went home last week regarding the Terry Fox run, the school BBQ and Confirmation registration, all of which are happening on the same day, Sept 30.  The Terry Fox run will take place during the day time, and the BBQ from 5-6pm, the Open House in the classroom from 6-7 pm, and the Confirmation registration in the gym from 7-8 pm.   I hope to get the chance to meet everyone.

Have a great week,

Ms. C. Matthews

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Week of Sept 14 - 19

Welcome to our second week! We are off to a great start in grade 7/8, and had a really successful first week of school.

This week we have our first assignments due; our Reach for the Stars in grade 8 and our Tube Dudes in grade 7.  We will also be having our first math quiz on Friday.  Furthermore, we will be doing a getting to know you meme in Religion.

Tryouts are underway for Flag Football and will begin this week for Intermediate Boys' volleyball.  The Yearbook club will be getting underway soon, as well as the Social Justice Committee.  I would like to encourage all students to try to join something new this year.  It is a great opportunity to get outside our comfort zone.

Please remember to join and send in your health forms ASAP.  I hope to keep in touch with everyone this school year.

Ms. C. Matthews

Friday, 28 August 2015

Welcome Back! - Week of Sept 8

Welcome to the start of a new school year, and in particular, welcome to my class.  I am excited to have you all with me on this journey this year.  Please know that I will spend this year trying my hardest to ensure that your child has a succesful year; academically and socially.  I promise that I will give every effort to push your child out of his or her comfort zone and to promote growth in all areas.  I am excited to work with you towards this goal.

This spot will be a place where I will post assignments, photos, links, copies of forms, due dates, and other miscellaneous things.  I will also use in order to sen text message reminders to the group as a whole.  I have used this very successfully in the past.  Here are a few procedural reminders for the upcoming year:

• Agendas are to be used and signed each evening.

• Please ensure that all school supplies arrive at school.

•Students are expected to have a gym bag with a change of clothes (shorts/track pants/yoga pants and a t-shirt), proper running shoes, and deodorant at school at all times.  This can be brought home for laundry as needed.

• Students will be expected to participate in all elements of the curriculum unless a doctor's note is sent (this includes the arts and P.E.).

• Information regarding any grade 7 or 8 trips will be sent home in a hard copy as well as posted to this blog.

Parents often ask me about homework.  There will be some nights when students have no particular homework due the following day, but a good routine to establish is to spend 30 minutes a night on school work.  This way, nothing should build up to have last-minute panic.

Feel free to contact me via phone (705-431-5711) or by writing a note in the agenda should you have any concerns.

Let's have a wonderful year together.

Ms. C. Matthews
B.A. (Hons), B.Ed

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy New Year

Welcome back!  I hope you had a wonderful break full of Christmas cheer and are ready to face 2015 - our graduating year!

This week will see us return to action will our short story unit in Language Arts and our angles unit in math.  I would also like to remind you that our Science Fair Projects are ongoing, as is our preparation for our History Unit Exam on January 15.

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2015 together!

Ms. C. Matthews