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!



Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!!  For those of you who don’t know me already, my name is Suzanne Bartel and I’m so excited to be teaching your child this year! I have been on maternity leave for the past year with my beautiful daughter Ivy.  It has been a wonderful year spent focusing on my new role as a mother.  I feel so incredibly lucky to live in a country that grants me this time to dedicate to my family.

Teaching has always been my passion and I am excited to return to my role in this classroom.  I will be working part-time (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and am thrilled to hear that Garrison Hodgins (Mr. Hodgins) will be my partner teacher on Mondays and Tuesdays.  I know that the class is already familiar with his routines and I hope that this makes the transition much easier on everyone.  Please feel free to contact either one of us with questions or concerns in regards to your child’s progress in our classroom.

I have a class blog that will help you keep updated with what happens in our classroom.  You can find it at .  There you will find a calendar of our class events, homework, as well as other information that you might be interested in.  I will update it throughout the year, so check back often to see samples of your child’s work, and examples of what we are learning in class.  There is also a contact form on the blog for you to email me if you have any questions about our classroom community.  My email address is [email protected] .  Email is a great way for us to stay connected about your child’s progress.   Please feel free to email me at any time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! I will do my best to answer all of them.

Thank you!

Mrs. Suzanne Bartel

email: [email protected]
class blog:
School Phone: 604-792-3485


Christmas Concert Practice

The Night Before Christmas

Please practice this poem.  If you don’t have the words for it, find them here: The Night Before Christmas (remember, we are reading verse 6 as well as the last verse)

Conscious Christmas List

Conscious Christmas List – Lyrics

02 Grown Up Christmas List (Karaoke)

07 Grown Up Christmas List - with Vocalist



WeDay 2013!

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Global Read Aloud 2013: Out of My Mind

I am excited that we will be joining classes from all around the world in this years Global Read Aloud!  We will be reading Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper.  The purpose of this project is to work on the strategies of a powerful reader, and to collaborate with classes around the globe who are reading the same book as us.

Today, we are making predictions about what the book is about...


Welcome To Mrs. Bartel’s Grade 4/5

Welcome to my class blog! I have been using it for the past several years and find it very useful to help keep parents and students informed about our classroom. I use it to update families on what we are learning, classroom projects, and show samples of student work. You’ll notice that I also have a class calendar on this blog, as well as a contact form for you and your child to reach me at any time.

Don’t forget: This Thursday, September 19, we are having a ‘Meet the Teacher’ night between 6pm and 7pm. I hope you can make it out!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! I will do my best to answer all of them.

Thank you for your warm welcome to your school community!

Mrs. Suzanne Bartel

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class blog:


My dog, Drift, and I on our hike up Mt. Frosty this past summer.

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Living Library Presentations

Living Library Assessment - LivingLibrary-studentworksheet-assessment

Coaching Cards


Presentations Schedule:

Tuesday – Aeryn, Marlee, Maddie, Ethan, and Levi

Wednesday – Melynda, Bethany, Sydney, Cayden, and Justin

Thursday – Olivia, Grant, JJ, Donovan, Amber, and Kelly

Friday – Cole, Richard,Carter, Logan, Matthew and Rily

Monday (May 27) – Esme and Elisha


Student Vote 2013: Results

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