Global Blog Challenge

For those of you who are enjoying blogging, there is a great activity going on right now called the Global Blog Challenge.  This is an amazing opportunity for you to share your blog with other children around the world, and have an opportunity to read their blogs.  Each week you’ll be given a new blog challenge.  Your homework is to complete it before Thursday.  You’ll be given time on Thursday and Friday to share it with others and read and comment on other blogs from around the world.  If you choose not to do the blog as homework, you’ll use the time on Thursday and Friday to create the blog.

Your first week challenge is described at the following link:  Global Blog Challenge Week #1

I hope you have fun with this!  Get creative:) add a photo, write a poem, create a video… and then share it with others!


Pink Shirt Day

This Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day!  Take a moment to watch the videos below.  It is of Travis Price, the founder of Pink Shirt Day, and his story of how Pink Shirt Day came to be.  It is an incredible story that started in Canada and is now celebrated world wide!  I hope you join myself, Travis, and people all of the world, by taking a stand on Wednesday against bullying.  Wear something pink to show your support.

Take a moment to leave a comment on this post by clicking on the comments link at the top of the post.  What are some other ways (other than wearing pink) that we can take a stand against bullying?

See you all on Wednesday in pink!!

Mrs. Bartel


Perimeter and Area

For our next unit in math with Mr. Hodgins, we will be exploring measurement further by looking at area and perimeter. Here is a helpful video on some tips of calculating area and perimeter if you want to get a head start, or as a helping tool down the road.


Michael Bortolotto Presentation Reflections


Welcome Michael Bortolotto!

On Wednesday February 18, we have a guest speaker coming to visit us! His name is Michael Bortolotto. Michael considers himself a rebel, a positive rebel! Check out his webpage here: Positive Rebel.  Watch the following video from Shaw TV to learn a bit more about Michael!

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Kids Health: Cerebral Palsy Website



Thursday’s Open House

Dear Parents,

As I am sure you are aware, Thursday, February 12, our school has an early dismissal.  The afternoon is put aside for parents to come and see what their child is doing in the classroom and meet with the teacher.  As I have only been back in the classroom for just over a month now, I would like to use this opportunity to meet with as many as you as I can!  Especially those of you who I have not yet had the opportunity to meet with.  If you cannot make it in, feel free to contact me to arrange for a different time to meet  ([email protected]).  I will be in the classroom for visits between 12:10pm and 2:30pm.  If I am in the middle of a conversation with someone else, please feel comfortable to come in and check out your child’s desk and what they have been up to.

Due to the fact that the afternoon is so short, we will have to arrange any one-on-one meetings for a different day.  I am available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to meet.  If you would like to touch base with Mr. Hodgins, he is available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

If you don’t mind, take a moment to let me know what your plans are by filling in the form below.  Let me know if you have any further questions.

Mrs. Suzanne Bartel


Motivational Posters

I just love seeing motivational posters.  I think they are so inspiring, and usually use just a couple words and a picture to make a profound statement.  We are going to build our own motivational posters!

Steps to build your motivational poster:

1. Create a rough draft of your poster – pick your theme word, brainstorm how you want to do your picture, and write a short quote to describe your theme.

2.  Draw your border first.  Write your ‘theme’ and ‘quote’ clearly!

3. Create your picture –  You may not use a picture from someone else!

Here’s some words to help you pick your theme:








Global Play Day!

In the afternoon of February 4th I am inviting students to participate in the Global School Play Day.  This project highlights the importance of play in our education system.  In his TEDx video Peter Gray argues that the current education system has lost touch with the value of play, and he is encouraging educators across the world to bring play back into their classrooms.  There is a tremendous amount of positive social development as well as creative thought that occurs when children engage in play, and I would like to foster that in my classroom.

Students will be invited to bring anything they wish to play with to school the morning of Wednesday, February 4th. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Some ideas may include board games, dolls, Lego, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The only exception on the electronics rule would be a board game that has an electronic timer, an electronics play kit, or similar.


Immigrant Stories

Take a few minutes to watch one of the following immigrant stories.  Take notes on the paper that your teacher provided.  Feel free to watch it again or rewind it if you feel like you missed something important!  That’s what good learners do:)

Then, take a moment to let the class know something interesting that you learned about your immigrant.  It is expected that you use detail and full sentences when writing on the Immigration Stories Padlet:)



Ancestry Survey

We are starting a unit on Canadian culture and immigration.  Please take the time to fill out the following survey with your family!