Monday, January 15, 2018

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend. We certainly did. On Saturday, we held Kase’s first ever friend birthday party at a gymnastics club with his neighbourhood friends (he turns 4 tomorrow) and on Sunday Mark took the boys to Monster Jam. They had so much fun!

Birthday Fun!

Monster Jam with our street friends!

Please be aware we experienced an unexpected fire alarm this morning in the building. SJA staff did an amazing job evacuating the students safely and in a timely fashion from the building. Students were outside for ten minutes waiting in line while we followed proper protocol to ensure every child was accounted for. At this time, we then made our way over to Meadowvale rinks to have shelter from the cold. Once the fire department gave the go ahead we returned back to the building. There is no need for alarm or concern and the building and students are safe and secure.

Please ensure you are sending your child to school with proper outdoor gear! Students will not be kept inside for recess if they do not have the proper outdoor gear.

On Thursday, January 18, Mr. Foster and Mrs. Smith’s Grade 1 classes will be turning their classroom in to a grocery store. We will have the chance to visit their grocery store on Thursday, so if you would like your child to be able to purchase an item, please send them with some spare change.

A note from Ms. Helen, our Admissions Coordinator - As you are aware, the re-registration season is upon us and we have recently sent home packages with your child(ren). We value your loyalty and commitment to our school community and would love to continue our partnership by offering priority enrollment for our current SJA families. We kindly ask that you take a moment to review your financial statement and complete the information in the package and make any necessary changes to your place of residence, employment, email changes or any medical information that the administration should be aware of. Please be aware that in order to secure your child’s enrolment, it is imperative that you submit your re-enrollment package and fees no later than February 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM. After this date, all available grade-level spaces will be open to our families on waitlists who will then have the opportunity to secure any vacant positions.

A note on speeches - In Grade 4, students are expected to write and memorize a 3-5 minute informational speech on a topic of their choice. All work is to be completed in class, unless otherwise stated. We will begin with a guided writing activity, were we will take each paragraph a day at a time. I will write an example and then they will write theirs. We will have about a week to write rough copies, a week to write good copies and about a week to memorize with plenty of opportunity to perform in front of the class. On Wednesday, February 7, two students from each Grade 4 class will be chosen to compete in our SJA Oral Competition Day, on Friday, February 9. A letter was sent home, along with deadlines.

A note about Jump Rope for Heart - St. Jude’s Academy is please to be holding a Heart and Stroke Foundation Jump Rope for Heart event on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. All money raised will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation in their mission to promote children’s health and fund vital heart and stroke research.

Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. They also learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and giving back to their community. This year marks Jump Rope for Heart’s 36th Anniversary and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is striving to get 1 million kids jumping in close to 4,000 schools across Canada. Let’s be part of it!

We need your help to reach out School fundraising goal of $1000.00.

Please help support your child’s fundraising efforts by registering them online at and send out donations request emails to friends, family, and colleagues. Online fundraising is the quickest way to reach all of your contacts and online donors receive and automatic tax receipt.

Please visit and start fundraising today!

Each student will be bringing home pledge envelopes if you prefer to collect donations in-person. Please ensure that their pledge envelope is returned on the day of their school’s Jump Event Day.

Thank you in advance for your support.

A note from Ms. Bancud - Hello all,

The system is now open to order Hot Lunch for February. Lunch orders are due Friday, January 20th, 2018. After this date, our system closes and is unable to open for February ordering.  Please make sure your child is under the correct grade.  
All payments are due on Friday, February 9th, 2018.

This month's special is Vegetable Stir Fry with Jasmine Rice that will be available every Friday!

Payment Instructions
  • There are two options to pay for lunches. Cash and Freshbooks. 
    • Shortly after completing your order, a Freshbooks invoice will be sent to your email.
    • It may take one or two days to process your order to Freshbooks, so please be check your email diligently for the invoice.  
  • We no longer accept cheque as a method of payment.

If you have any questions concerning the Lunch Ordering site or Freshbooks, feel free to email me at

A note from Ms. Ross about After Care - After care invoices have all been sent out via freshbooks – please be sure to check your junk mail. Payments can be made online and are due January 29th.

March Break Camp registrations have been sent home. If you are interested in registering you chid for our amazing March Break camp, please send in the completed March Break camp registration form, along with the $20 one-time non-refundable deposit. Please note that lunch is also included each day!

Upcoming Dates & Events

Wednesday, January 19 – Rough copy speech due (in-class work only)

Thursday, January 25 – UOI Religion Rules Summative Due and presentations begin (more information to come soon)

Friday, January 26 – Good copy speech due (in-class work only) & UOI Summative presentations

Friday, January 26- Sunday, January 28 – Memorize speech at home – must be 3-5 minutes

Monday, January 29 – Friday, February 2 – In-class speech recitals

Monday, January 29 – After care payments due

Tuesday, January 30  - Bake Sale

Wednesday, January 31 – Bake Sale and Casual Day

Wednesday, February 7 – Final in-class recital where 2 students will be chosen to move forward to the SJA Oral Competition

Friday, February 9 – SJA Oral Competition

Tuesday, February 20 – Jump Rope For Heart event and pledges are due (our SJA goal is $1000.00)


Our decimals unit may by very challenging, so we are taking our time. We will be spending 2 days on a few lessons to ensure our students are understanding the concepts. This unit will take us to beginning of February. Our unit math test will take place on Tuesday, February 6.

Today we continued work on equivalent decimals; decimals that are written and said differently but equal each other. For example 1.3 = 1.30, even though we say (1 and 3 tenths & 1 and 30 hundredths) and write them differently.

Key points to remember:

 A fraction represents parts of a whole and is written like ½ (one over 2 or one-half). The top number is the numerator and represents the part of number. The bottom number is the denominator and represents the whole number. For example, ¾ (three-fourths) is a square with four whole parts and three parts are shaded in. 1/10 is one-tenth and 1/100 is one-hundredths. We also discussed equivalent fractions. Equivalent means equal. For example, 2/4 = ½, 2/6 = 1/3, and 5/20 = ¼.

Decimals are another way to write a fraction. The decimal separates two different numbers. The numbers on the left side of the decimal represent the whole number and the numbers on the right side of the decimal represents the parts of numbers. For example, 1.32 = 1 whole and 32 parts or 1 and 32 hundredths.


-MMS pg 48


Today we took a break from speeches and focused on our spelling lesson #17 – where we changed words ending in y by adding er or est.

SPEECHES - A kind reminder that all speech work is to be completed in class only, unless otherwise stated. Students are also reminded to ensure they are paraphrasing, putting their research into their own words.

The introduction must include a greeting, and introduction of yourself and your topic, a hook (a statement/question that grabs the audiences attention), and a sentence that outlines what you will be taking about in your speech (your three body paragraphs).

The first body paragraph is a straightforward paragraph, however students need to support their ideas with information from their research. It should begin with the general topic for this paragraph, have ideas with supporting details, and an ending sentence leading into the next topic/body paragraph!

The second body paragraph is a straightforward paragraph, however students need to support their ideas with information from their research. It should begin with the general topic for this paragraph, have ideas with supporting details, and an ending sentence leading into the next topic/body paragraph!


-Ensure your introduction, first and second body paragraph are complete so you are ready to move on to the third body paragraph
-Bring in more research if needed
-Finish spelling lesson #17


Today we created a mediation skit and then presented it. Our summative begins tomorrow and is due next Thursday, with presentations begin then and carrying onto Friday. For this summative, you will be creating your own religion or doing a research project on the religion you practice. This will be an independent project and you are required to bring in any material you will need. You will need to have the name of your religion, information on the founder, names of your sacred text, scriptures and sacred building. You will also need to explain your traditions and beliefs and include an eye catching display board and pictures. Please be reminded that all work is to be complete in class only!


-Summative begins Tuesday, January 16 – all work is to be completed in class only
-Summative due Thursday, January 25 with presentations beginning that day
-Bring in research if needed for your summative project and any material you may need (we will not start our display boards until next Monday

Meditation Skits!

I hope you have a wonderful night!

Mrs. Hocevar J

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