Dear Grade Four Families,
On Friday, we participated in “Black Shirt Day” in support of anti-racism. We watched videos about the Black Lives Matter protest (Brainpop.com) and learned about the story of Viola Desmond (who is featured on our new $10 bill). It was a difficult topic to discuss, but it was important to talk about it. The students didn’t understand why segregation existed, and they think it’s ridiculous that people are judged by the colour of their skin. I am grateful that the students do not see each other based on race. They see each as an equal, and as brothers and sisters in Christ. Educating the kids at an early age is important. Talking about difficult issues is important. I told them we may not have answers to all their questions, but it’s important to be aware that problems of racism still exists today. Hopefully an awareness in this matter can bring about change, peace, and equality for all mankind.
If you would like to continue this discussion with your child, here’s the link from Brainpop.com with free resources for supporting antiracist education.
As for the FSA, I’ve been notified this week by Mrs. Moorehead that they have pushed the start date again. It is now scheduled to run from Feb. 15 – March 12. We will continue to do some practice lessons in class, so the extra time will actually be beneficial for the kids. Please continue to have your child read a story on RAZ-Kids daily, and have them complete the quiz as well. This will be great practice for the reading comprehension that they will need to do for the FSA.
Also, please refer to the Announcements and Homework tab in Google Classroom. The homework is posted on it daily!
Here are the reminders for the week:
- Pro-D (no school)
- return library books
- Caelyn’s letter due today
- C-Skills pages 65-69 due today
- Comprehension Units #33-36 due today
- Comprehension Units #37-40
- Early dismissal
- Comprehension Units #41-44
- Comprehension Units #45-48
- Click here to view E-flyer:
- Please enter Teacher Code: RC227863 to place an order online
- Books will be delivered directly to your home
Jan. 25 – Art: Lego creation due today (optional)
- students create their own Lego design (without copying from any instruction book)
- bring it to school today to show the class
- if creation is too big or fragile, take a photo of it and email it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
- here’s a video we watched of Nathan Sawaya (Lego artist) for inspiration
Jan. 27 – Grade 4 Mass
Jan. 29 – Confession
Have a good week!
– Mrs. Imoo