Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on twitter at @swokemp or check out the class twitter stream here on the class website.  Scroll down for more tweets.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Instead of New Year's Resolutions, our class participated in the #oneword event that has been going around twitter recently.  We each chose one word to focus upon for 2016 and wrote paragraphs to explain.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Body system research project

Success criteria is below, based on our class meeting to create the expectations list.  We will set the due date closer to the end of the month, based on how each team is progressing.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Structures Research Project

Due Date: November 25th

Time to research will be given at school.  Some items will need to be worked on at home (e.g. if you choose to do a model or Minecraft as your visual).

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Welcome back, Grade 5 Osler Owls!

I'm looking forward to another great year of learning and fun.

Indoor shoes are required for all students.  Proper, clean running shoes are needed to safely participate in physical education.

Our school works hard to achieve a high environmental ranking, so we avoid the use of disposable water bottles. Please bring a reusable water bottle to fill at our water filling station.

Although the school budget provides for many supplies, students are asked to bring the following items if possible.  Not to worry if not; we have some materials to share.
  • Tissues and Papertowels
  • Skinny Markers, glue stick, pencils, erasers, pencil crayons
  • Protractor, calculator
  • For French: 1" binder, picture of self, journal (if you'd like to use a special one)

We use a lot of technology in my classroom and at our school.  Students will have many opportunities the school's tech (ipads, laptops, etc.) With parents' permission, my students are permitted to bring their own devices (BYOD) to use during some parts of the day for educational purposes. As detailed in the first part of agendas, students must follow staff instructions and use tech appropriately, or they lose their privilege to access wifi or bring devices in future.  School staff is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items.

One of the forms you will receive shortly has a place for you to give us 'media permission' to use your child's picture online (class/school website, twitter, videos). We never post names or identifying information. I also spend a lot of time modelling and discussing online safety and digital citizenship so students are prepared to make safe online decisions for themselves as they grow older and have more online independence.

Homework: As a parent myself, I know how busy evenings can be for families. So I do not assign much homework. Sometimes, students may have a project to work on, a test for which to study, or some school work they need to finish. Otherwise, I encourage students to read, talk about what they've read or learned, play board games, exercise, enjoy nature, sign up for clubs or teams. I'll post links on our class blog with interesting and fun review activities. 

Timely communication is important and I enjoy sharing moments of learning. I send and post most information electronically and send very few paper newsletters.  Students will also write key info in their agendas to share with you.  (If you don't have access to internet or texts, please let me know and I'll make sure you receive a paper copy of info.)

To receive class updates through text messages and/or email, please sign up at Remind.com or click on this pdf file and follow the directions. This messaging service doesn't share any personal contact information and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't want to sign up, the same messages stream on the sidebar of our class blog (swokemp.blogspot.ca).

Follow our class twitter account @swokemp for live tweets/pics of our activities. The twitter feed also shows up on the class blog so you can still view it, even if you aren't a twitter user.

This year, you are most welcome to contact me if you have any questions at kkemp@scdsb.on.ca.  Email is the best way to contact me, as I can check messages quickly and from different locations. It also avoids 'telephone tag' that often happens when trying to contact busy teachers and parents. But of course, phoning or sending a note in your child's agenda works too.  Make sure to ask your child to show me the note, please.

One of the most important skills we focus on in Grade 5 is increased responsibility.  Teachers and parents let students take more ownership and responsibility for themselves. Sometimes, this ends up in small setbacks or 'failures' (e.g. forgotten form, poor mark on an assignment or quiz).  And that's when we, as supporting adults, can offer guidance to help them learn from the experience.  But it's important to allow students to stumble at times. This age is an easier time to learn perseverance and how to overcome setbacks, rather than waiting until they are older and consequences are bigger.

I have one last request. I am very allergic to scented products so if you and your child could avoid wearing perfumed items, cologne or scented hand sanitizers at school, my lungs and I would really appreciate it.

Thanks for your support and I look forward to an exciting and productive year of learning.


Mrs. K. Kemp