Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Dear Parents,

We are counting down!

Important Dates & Reminders:

Please hand in your baby pictures by this Friday.
Tomorrow the Flying Squirrel Forms are due!
Parent Council is working hard to ensure your children will have a blast during their graduation events.

The official Farewell Assembly for Grade 6s will take place next Tuesday.
There will be a whole school assembly followed by a reception for Grade 6 parents in the gym.
I am not entirely sure when we plan to start said assembly but it will definitely be after 12:15.
(Probably around 1:30ish).

Next Tuesday, we will have a one hour mini-course at school hosted by Seed Survivor as part of our Science curriculum.


In class:
In LA, we are reading a new novel "The Boy in Striped Pajamas" which depicts a friendship among two boys that takes place in the 1940s in occupied Poland.
In Science, we are finishing up our Evidence and Investigation unit by solving the case of the stolen I-phone.
In Math, we are applying our skills to Math games on our laptops and using decks of cards for various games.
We also started watching the 1st half of "The Breadwinner" Movie, which is based on the novel we read earlier this year.


Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Monday, 18 June 2018

Dear Parents,

We are heading into the homestretch!
Today students wrote their Mathematics PAT and tomorrow is our final exam on Social Studies.
We sent home some homework for those students interested in studying some more.

Also, a form was sent home outlining the Human Sexuality Unit which we will be teaching next
Monday and Tuesday (June 25-26).
Please return the bottom half and indicate wether you agree with your child participating in said unit.


Have a great start into the work week!




Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Dear Parents,


Tomorrow is our first of four PATs.
Please ensure that our students get a good night's sleep and have a healthy breakfast.
We start writing the Science test at 8:30 am and should be done by 10:30 latest.
In class we reviewed over the past 2 weeks and I feel that most of our students are well
prepared. If you wish to study more, I direct you to my email sent on Friday that included all the links
to the pdf study guides.

On Friday is the LA exam starting at 8:30am as well.


I was asked by the parent council to remind all parents of Grade 6 students to hand in the forms for
Flying Squirrel (Grade 6 Graduation event) as well as a baby picture which we will show during
our graduation / farewell assembly on June 2t7th.




Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Monday, 11 June 2018

Welcome back to a new week of learning & TESTING!!!


Yes, this week is our start of the year-end PATs.
In class we have worked long and hard on reviewing concepts and demonstrating
skills on how to be successful when taking a test.

> Reading and Processing information accurately! => analyzing key words
> Skimming and Scanning for information
> using provided graphics and diagrams
> taking notes on concepts students need to review more at home
> using study guides to revisit concepts
> doing online tests (Quest)


All in all, I have seen some amazing progress!

Reminders:
Thursday - June 14th Science PAT
Friday - June 15th LA PAT

Monday - June 17th Math PAT
Tuesday - June 18th Social Studies PAT

A great website we have been using in class is Quest A Plus:
https://questaplus.alberta.ca/

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions in regard to how to best prepare your child at home.












Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Friday, 8 June 2018

Dear Parents,

Sports Day this past Thursday was a great success for our students.
Today, our school hosted Volunteer Tea, which some of you were able to attend.
In the classroom, we continued to make students more familiar with the format of
the PAT questions and tasks.

Please check your emails, as I have send out valuable review material for science.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Dear Parents,

Reminders:

Sports Day and Fun Lunch tomorrow.
Please wear comfortable, gym clothing, runners and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses).
Please also ensure that students bring a water bottle to school.
Some stations will involve water for students to cool down. There is also an indoor station to
take a break from the sun. It is expected to be warm and sunny tomorrow afternoon.

I am sending home some study notes over the next few days.
Please check in with your child to review some of the concepts we taught in the subject areas earlier this year.
Science: Trees and Forest (6 pages) => handed out today

In class we have done some online testing which the students enjoyed due to their competitive nature.
It is also fun to read, click and score (at times getting instant feedback on the result).
This online exposure helps student feel more secure when facing the real PAT test next week.

I encourage you to have your children prepare for the PAT by studying for 30 min to and hour each day before the exam.
As we start with Science, and LA => these two areas should be reviewed this weekend.
I am going to send the duo tangs and notes home with them on Friday.




Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dear Parents,

First of all, our reminders:

June 7th - Sports Day in the afternoon = See Mr. Sadowsky's note below
June 8th - Volunteer Tea

This week we are working on the following curricular concepts:

Math: Algebraic Patterns & Probability
LA: Reading Comprehension & Poetry
Sci: Evidence and Investigation - Soil and Fabric Samples
Soc: Iroquois Confereacy

In addition, we are starting our PAT review through a variety of online quizzes and work booklets.


Sports Day Message from Mr. Sadowsky

Thursday June 7th is sports day. It will be regular classes in the morning and then activities all afternoon. The forecast is looking good with a high of 26 predicted. If you wish for your child to wear sun screen please send them to school with it as we are not allowed to provide it to students. I recommend wearing a hat, sunglasses, good running shoes and to bring a water bottle. We will have 3 stations that involve water with a chance of getting slightly wet. All stations are optional so if you wish your child not to participate in these events, please let them know to skip those. The day will end with freezies provided by parent council in the gym about 10 minutes before dismissal. If the weather changes and it raining or unsafe to go ahead with sports day we will re-schedule to a later date.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mr. Sadowsky.
Thank you


Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Dear Parents,


Important dates:
Friday, June 1st - No school (PD Day)
Monday, June 4th - Mr. Mueller away on a Personal Day
June 8th - Volunteer Tea


This week we have been making lots of progress in all suspect areas.

In Science we have investigated, footprints, fingerprints and handwriting samples.
Today we identified fake cheques and ransom notes by the slant and formation of letters.

In Math, we have explored algebraic expressions:
Example: 8n +8 =56 => n=6
We also looked a growing patterns and input / output machines.

In LA, we explored various forms of poetry and literary devices.
Below is one of my favourite poems we read this week:


Lorenzo Liszt, non-scientist,
researches things that don't exist.
He looks for fur from fish and frogs
and scales that came from cats and dogs.


He hunts for things like hamster wings
and walruses with wedding rings.
He analyzes famous flies
and speculates on oysters' eyes.


He contemplates the common traits
of rattlesnakes on roller skates,
and then explores for dinosaurs
who shop in corner grocery stores.


He thinks about the desert trout.
He studies underwater drought.
He ponders how the purple cow
remained unnoticed up till now.


He scans the skies for flying pies
and tests for turtles wearing ties
and bears who buzz and beep because…
well, this is what Lorenzo does.


Although we feel that he should deal
with something that's a bit more real,
Lorenzo Liszt just can't resist
researching things that don't exist.



--Kenn Nesbitt




Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Monday, 28 May 2018

Dear Parents,

There are only 4 and half weeks left until the end of this school year.
Time for us to start our last few units.

In LA, we started our poetry unit and reviewed various terms related to poems (rhyme, rhythm, verses, lines).
We will continue to explore various types of poems this week (e.g. acrostic, couplet, diamonte, quadruplet, haiku, etc.)

In Math, we started exploring input output machines in more detail which will lead to an exploration of algebra and patterns.

In Science, we are currently learning about evidence and investigation. Today we learnt about what footprints can tell us about
a suspects, gait, stride, weight, height and direction of travel.

In Social Studies, the unit test on Ancient Athens is this coming Thursday. The brochures are due on the same date.

Please also read the note below from Ms. Cokar, our school's Literacy Learning Leader.



On Thursday, May 31 Calgary Reads is hosting a Reading Rally for all our Grade 1/2 students. Calgary Reads will have over 20 volunteer readers and we are looking for a few more. If you have your volunteer clearance and are available the afternoon of May 31, please email Ms. Cokar at nmcokar@cbe.ab.ca as soon as possible. Volunteers will read with two students for about 20 minutes, be entertained by the teachers performing a Reader's Theatre, listen to a guest reader sharing a story, and then read with two more students. Approximate times are 12:30 to 2:00.

If you want to become an official Calgary Reads wee reads volunteer and have your volunteer clearance, please contact Ms. Cokar for more information.


Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610
Link to Survey
https://tinyurl.com/beddingtonheights


Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Friday, 25 May 2018

Dear Parents,

Thanks to many of you for coming to our concert last night and supporting our school community.
This next week, we are back on track for our last units of the year.
In Science we are starting Evidence and Investigation.
In LA our focus shifts to reading various texts and poetry to answer comprehension questions as preparation for the PATs.

Important Dates:
Social Studies Quiz on Thursday, May 31st (Athen's Brochures are due on June 4th). => Study notes are posted below!
June 1st is a non- instructional Day

All Mavericks Bowling Forms need to be handed in by Tuesday. See Mr. Shackelton if you need another form.



Democracy in Ancient Athens Study Guide

• Various social structures in Ancient Athens--> which class would be considered to be at the top
o Be familiar with the 4 classes of people in Ancient Greece and who would be eligible to vote
• Understand how Council Members (the boule) came into power or gained their position
• Know what a magistrate is and what it would be similar to in today's court system
• Know why boys and girls were raised differently
• Know which Canadian Activity is borrowed from ancient Greek Civilization
o Hint: You must be 18 years of age or older to do this
o You need to know about each of the different parties before making your decision
• Know what the 3 Pillars of Ancient Athenian Democracy are
• Know how the status of a resident of Athens was determined
• Who was not eligible to vote in Ancient Athens and how this is different from Canada
• Who the National Assembly was made up of
• How often did the Assembly meet?
• How long could a chairman of the Council of 500 serve for?
• How were people selected for jury duty?
• Main reason that women left the house
• Who Pericles was
• How fairness was demonstrated in Ancient Athenian Democracy
o Hint: has to do with the Council
• Have a strong understanding of the role the Council of 500 played in Ancient Athenian Democracy- what happened to decisions that they made--> hint they needed to be approved by __________ before they could become law
• Name of the symbol that tells you the directions on a map
• Another name for the Council of 500
• How Metics could become citizens
• Who was involved in the courts

Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Dear Parents,

Reminders:
Spring Concert today at 6:30 (Doors open at 6pm).
Science Unit Quiz on Sky Science tomorrow
Tomorrow is our second last Pillars of Care Assembly.
Congratulations to the winners in Room 15!


Care for Self - Kaley

Care for Others - Jacky

Care for Learning - Nya

Care for Place - Mandy



Sincerely,

Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

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