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Form 5 and PYP Exhibition update

Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed the March break and is ready for the final term in Form 5. Students in Form 5H and 5F headed to their adventures at Norval, while students in 5M worked to complete their Art Movie projects. We hope you will appreciate the creativity and effort that your sons put forth in their artistic compositions when you view the movies during the Student-Led Conferences on Friday, April 12 Please mark your calendars!

Form 5 students are investigating pre-algebra concepts and skills during our current math unit. Students have been introduced to notational conventions of exponents, scientific notation and number-and-word notation. They will explore rules for adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. In addition, they applied the order of operations rules using the mnemonic device BEDMAS (brackets, exponents, division, multiplication, addition). They are learning to add and subtract positive and negative integers.

Please remember that if your son wants extra time or assistance with any concept or skill, they can come in at 8 a.m. for support, or stay after school for Homework Club on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. All students in Form 5 will be completing the Fibonacci Math Contest during class on Thursday, April 18.

For the final term of Year 5, and the final year before entering the Middle Years, the expectation is that students will have mastered the construction of basic sentences. Although they all know that complete sentences need both a subject and a predicate, with capital letters and appropriate punctuation, some have yet to apply these skills as a consistent habit. Please support their development by encouraging them to rise to the challenge, and meet these expectations in any writing. In the next few months, students will learn how to write sentences that are more sophisticated. Specifically, they will practise how to construct compound and complex sentences. Here is how we will explain these sentences:

A compound sentence is a sentence comprised of two or more independent clauses (complete thoughts) that are either joined by a comma and a conjunction or joined by a semicolon. We will use the acronym FANBOYS to remember the conjunctions – for, and, nor, but, or, yet and so.

A complex sentence has one independent clause and at least one dependent clause and often a comma separates the two clauses.

It is finally here! The PYP Exhibition has begun and students have met with their mentors this week. As a group, they have created essential agreements and conflict resolution plans. Individually students have selected their separate lines of inquiry within the group’s broader topic. Students have been writing key concept questions to guide their research and they will be tracking their resources on individual bibliographies. Each week, students will also be completing a Learning Log entry to document the process of their Exhibition journey on SeeSaw. We hope you enjoy asking your sons about their journey of discovery and chat with them about possible action ideas. What can they do to affect some positive change for their topic of study?

Please note, in addition to Homework Club and drop-in times for research support on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays, extra research sessions will be available on Student-Led Conference Day and boys may be invited to attend. Teachers will be in touch to organize a time for your son if applicable.

Remember, due to the collaborative nature of the PYP Exhibition process, please minimize any planned absences during this time. Also, remember to mark your calendars and plan to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 10, to celebrate Exhibition learning.

Karyn McCormack kmccormack@ucc.on.ca
Jennifer Harper jharper@ucc.on.ca
Paul Fraggion pfaggion@ucc.on.ca



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