Friday, September 29, 2017

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful night!

Thank you to everyone who wore something orange today. 

Every Child Matters!

The Grade 4’s are excited that Ms. Celeste will be joining us in our classroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from now until April! Ms. Celeste is the Child and Youth program at Sheraton College!

A note from Mr. Oliver: RE: Recorder Program at St. Jude’s Academy

Dear Parents,
This year at St. Jude’s we will be continuing with our recorder program in addition to other musical units. Every student in grade 2, 3, and 4 requires a recorder. If students have their own recorder at home or school, they may use that instrument. If students do not have a recorder at home or school please send $10 with your child by the end of the week, Friday, September 29th, to cover the cost of the purchase of a new recorder. Looking forward to another musical year!

A note from Ms. Chin: Hello Parent(s)/Guardians: 

We would like to send a friendly reminder to all parent(s)/guardian(s) to please label your child(ren)'s uniform pieces to help us retrieve items in a more efficient manner and to reduce the number of lost uniform pieces. All unidentified uniform pieces have been place in our lost and found box located outside of the gymnasium area, and all identified pieces have been returned to the appropriate students. 

We are also kindly asking all parent(s)/guardian(s) to please check your child's uniform labels to ensure that your child has not accidentally taken home someone else's uniform piece. If this is the case, please return the uniform piece to you child's homeroom teacher. Iron-on name labels are also available through Multiform Canada.

Thank you for your cooperation. 

SJA and Oakwood Academy are hosting a Welcome Back BBQ on Monday, October 2, from 4:00-5:30 PM. Order forms were sent home today and are due back by Wednesday, September 27th. Items to order will be combos priced from $6 to $8. Each combo will include a bag of chips, drink and either a hot dog (beef or chicken), a hamburger, or a veggie burger. Please pay via Freshbooks (you will be invoiced) or cash. Cheques will NOT be accepted!

Upcoming Dates & Events

Monday, October 2 – Welcome Back BBQ from 4:00-5:30

Wednesday, October 4 – UCMAS after school form due

Thursday, October 5 – International Day

Friday, October 6 – October Hot Lunch payments due via Freshbooks – PD Day therefore no school

Monday, October 9 – Thanksgiving Monday therefore no school


Today we continued on working on our subtraction. We did a another mad minutes, this time only lasting 8 minutes. We watched a video on subtraction and then continued to work on some subtraction questions.  When subtracting with regrouping, please remember to take away one from the next place value!

Remember your rounding rules – 1-4 round down & 5-9 round up. For example when rounding to the nearest hundred 12 would round to 10 and 18 would round to 20. For the nearest 100, 233 would round to 200 and 571 would round to 600. Please remember to look to the number next door to help you decide if you should round down. Look for the words ‘estimate’ or ‘about how many.’

When adding/subtracting make sure you line up your numbers correctly (in their place value position)!

Points to remember:
Standard Form is simply writing the number out in numbers (9361).
Written Form is writing it out in words (9361 = nine thousand, three hundred and sixty one).
Expanded Form is breaking up the number by using place value and + signs (9361 = 9000 + 300 + 60 + 1).

Place value chart.

Hundred Thousand

We also looked at ordering numbers and figuring out if some numbers were greater than, less than, or equal to. Remember the alligator mouth eats the bigger number (54 > 11, 2599 < 3001).


-Check out – Math Antics (kid friendly tutorials on math  - very entertaining)


Today we focused on International Day. We will finished up our rough copies and have begun good copies. We will work on getting our board next week. If anyone has items from the US, please send them in. We will also be looking for food donations. Families are welcome to join us in the auditorium on Thursday from 2:30-3:15. We also had our spelling test #3.

A note on Raz Kids: St. Jude's has implemented the use of RAZ Kids in our classrooms. Your child has access to award-winning digital resources through Kids A-Z, Learning A-Z's website created for students. 

Students are required to log-in to this website once a week to complete online activities related to reading assignments that is aligned with students' current DRA levels. This once-a-week activity can substitute the 20 minute reading for that day. Your child can work on assignments or select other resources for reading and writing practice. 

Kids A-Z Login Instructions 
Step 1: Go to 
Step 2: Enter the teacher's username, hhocevar
Step 3: Enter your child's first name 
Step 4: Your child enters their password

**Username and password has been stapled to the front of your child's agenda**

Capitalization Hints:
M – months of the year
I – I
N – Name of people, places, things, etc.
T – Titles of books, movies, TV shows
S – Start each sentence with a capital letter


-Sign up for Raz-Kids
-Sign and return spelling test – wrong words to be written out 10 times

Reading buddies!


Today we did a cut and paste activity on man-made and natural resources. 


-Send in a real maple leaf for Monday
-Sign and return regions quiz

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Hocevar J

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