Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Thanks to everyone who stopped by our portables to say hello tonight!  It was lovely meeting many of you, and it was great to see familiar faces!

If you were unable to make it tonight, many parents who attended signed up for November conferences.  Anyone who hasn't signed up yet is welcome to email me (sskelton@scdsb.on.ca) or Mrs. Davis (vdavis@scdsb.on.ca) to book a time.

It's looking like the remind app didn't get many of your phone numbers... or if it did, there's a code that you need to send back.  The code is @e2809.

Thank you so much for subscribing to our blog and for signing up for Remind - it will be a great way to stay up-to-date on what's going on in our classroom!

Have a great evening - looking forward to seeing you again!

Miss Skelton :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Hi everyone,

I hope everyone's September has been a good one - we've had so much going on at Fieldcrest!  Once I have the information about which students' pictures are allowed to be posted, I'll share some pics of our trip to Kandalore (which was a BLAST!).

Remember that Meet the Teacher Night is this Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 6:00 and going until 7:30.  Our Scholastic Book Fair is open that evening from 5:30-7:30.  Please join us in our portables and see what your child has been up to in Grade 8!  We will have some information about our year, contact information, and we can get you set up to receive text message reminders and email notifications for upcoming events.  We look forward to meeting you!

Hope you've enjoyed this beautiful weekend,
Miss Skelton :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For Students Not Attending Kandalore

Hi everyone,

So, we hope that you enjoy your three days, even if you're not attending camp!

One of the activities we've left for you is about Terry Fox (in honour of our Terry Fox run on Thursday).  The following links will help you gather information on this great Canadian:





Also, here are a few images to help with one of the sections of the assignment:

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

Also use resources/images from books in the library to help you with your in-depth investigations of Terry Fox's life.

There will be another package left for you that we hope you will complete as well.

Have a great three days and we'll see you on Thursday!

Miss Skelton :)

Kandalore tomorrow!

Hi everyone, 

We leave for Kandalore tomorrow!  That came up fast!  

Students who are not attending Kandalore are expected to be at school.  If students will not be attending, please contact the school using our Safe Arrival line (905-778-2011) to inform the office of the absence. If students are attending school, they need to line up with their class (if their class has been switched due to reorganization, they are to line up with their new class and teacher) for attendance.  Once attendance is done, these students will gather their materials, receive a work package, and make their way to Room 240 (Mr. Minns' room) for the next 3 days.  Mrs. Morrison will be their teacher. If students' homerooms are portables, they will NOT have access to those classrooms over the three days.

The following are some questions that have been asked regarding the Kandalore trip:
My child has special dietary requirements - how will those needs be met?
As long as you let your child's teacher know, we can make arrangements with the camp to provide appropriate meals for them (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, no dairy, etc.).  If there is a specialty item that your child requires, we have access to the fridge at the camp, so we can store it for your child.
What kind of security measures are taken?
Students will be supervised by camp staff or their teachers at all times.  Fieldcrest has hired a security person that will do rounds of the camp every half hour from 11pm to 7am.  In the event of an emergency, students may find this security person at the office by the dining hall.
Are there lifeguards?
Yes - all camp staff have their Bronze Cross certification.
Will my child be forced to do activities that he/she is uncomfortable with?
No - Kandalore's philosophy is "Challenge By Choice" - students are encouraged, but never forced to participate in activities.  We celebrate if they climb 3 feet or 30 feet!
What do I do if my child requires regular medication?
For any medication, SCDSB policy requires that we have appropriate paperwork filled out that has a doctor's signature (it was the "medication" form that was sent home with Kandalore paperwork). Please include clear, detailed information about time and dose of medication to be administered.
For all medications, please give them directly to Mrs. Swaile Black upon arriving at Fieldcrest before leaving for camp. Regardless of what kind of medication it is, it must be stored and administered by a teacher.
Can my child bring a cell phone?
It is recommended that students leave electronics at home. Neither Fieldcrest nor Kandalore will be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.  With the activities that we will be doing at the camp, there is a chance that the device will be damaged due to being dropped from a height or being dropped into water. We also expect that if you DO choose to send your child with a cell phone or other electronic device, they will be responsible about its use and ensure that it is not on/out/seen during camp activities. As far as contacting your child goes, we like to think of it this way:  "If you don't hear from us, they're great!"!

What should my child pack?
Students need to be able to carry ALL of their own luggage/bedding in one trip, so please make it manageable! Here's the list that Kandalore sent to us to send home (it was at the back of the package that came home with the paperwork last week):

  • 1 packed lunch (we will be eating lunch once we get to Kandalore - please make this lunch as "garbage-free" as possible!)
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 fleece jacket or warm sweater
  • 2 pairs of pants (jeans not recommended)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • underwear (more than one pair!)
  • 4-6 pairs of socks (wool or fleece are warmest)
  • 1 hat for sun/rain
  • toque/mitts for cool evenings
  • 2 pairs of shoes (appropriate shoes for running around)
  • 1 bathing suit (the one that "covers the most")
  • 1 towel
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 pillow
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 rain jacket (and pants, if possible)
  • umbrella
  • sun screen/bug spray
  • flashlight
  • toiletries
  • camera, watch, sunglasses are optional
This is by no means a "must-have" list.  If you feel that your child needs more or fewer of the items listed above, please include them.  Students will be responsible for toting all of their items, including sleeping bags and pillows, so no more than one bag to pack all other items is recommended.

Just a reminder, as well, of items that Kandalore recommends students DON'T bring:
  • junk food - the camp is a PEANUT-FREE ENVIRONMENT
  • valuables (e.g., iPod, video games, cell phone, etc)
  • knives, lighters, etc.
We plan to leave by 9:30am on Monday, so normal arrival time is fine for students, however they cannot bring their gear/luggage on the bus, so a drop off is preferred.  We'll bring them back between 3:30 and 4:00pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Can't wait!  See you then!

Miss Skelton :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Math Assessment - Prime Numbers, GCF, LCM, etc.

Hi everyone,

Our students have a Math test tomorrow on the following:
- Vocabulary (multiple choice)
- Prime and Composite Numbers
- Divisibility Rules
- Prime Factorization, Factor Trees
- Greatest Common Factor
- Lowest Common Multiple

There will not be word problems on this assessment, however in the future, word problems will be a regular part of assessments.

Students have a glossary in the back of their notebooks.  They are responsible for knowing what the vocab words mean, however they will not be asked to define the words.  There will be a multiple choice section of the test to indicate their understanding of the vocabulary.  Beyond that, if questions include any of the vocabulary words, it is expected that students know what they mean.

Our Word Wall/Vocabulary for this Math unit
This Khan Academy video is useful to help with divisibility and prime factorization:

This one is helpful for explaining Greatest Common Factor:

And last but not least, Lowest Common Multiple:

*these videos help to clarify the concept, but students should be comfortable using the factor tree (prime factorization) to determine GCF and LCM

Please take a bit of time tonight to review concepts with students.  There will be no "rewrite" opportunities for students, as there are many opportunities for them to demonstrate their learning throughout the course of the upcoming units.

Thanks!  Have a great night,
Miss Skelton :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Math, Science, History, unraveling the mystery.... and some art, too!

Hi everyone,

Our students have a very busy week ahead!  The following are important dates for students to remember:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
All Kandalore forms and money are due - we won't be accepting late forms.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
History title page is due

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Math assessment - Prime Factorization, divisibility rules, greatest common factor and lowest common multiple
For more information on Prime Factorization, please watch this video from the Khan Academy:

Friday, September 19, 2014
Visual Arts activity due - Chuck Close self-portrait
Science assignment "It's Alive" due - please see our Science page for detailed information about the assignment.

Also important to note:  We have phys. ed. on days 1 and 3.  This week, that will be on Tuesday and Thursday - please remind your child to bring appropriate gym clothing and shoes, as being prepared for gym will contribute to their overall mark for Physical Education for first term.

Thanks!  Hope you've had a great weekend,
Miss Skelton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kandalore Info Night

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all who attended our Kandalore Information Night.  Brock Sheppard (camp director) made the trek down from the camp to answer questions about our Kandalore trip.

Some key points included:
- the camp is nut -free - please encourage campers to leave nut snacks at home
- forward food allergy information to your child's teacher and we will make sure your child has appropriate food made for him or her
- students will be supervised overnight by camp staff - our school has arranged for night time security; if there are any issues, camp security is available to help
- campers will be supervised during activities by camp staff; teachers will visit groups throughout the days
- students are encouraged by Kandalore staff (and Fieldcrest teachers) to leave electronic devices at home to "disconnect"; disposable cameras are encouraged
- please refer to the package that went home for a list of gear that should be brought/packed
- students need to be able to carry all of their own stuff - they won't have help, as everyone else will have stuff, too!
- all medication must be given to teachers upon leaving Fieldcrest - campers must NOT have their medication in their cabins
- students must wear lifejackets when they are within 10 feet of the water
- Kandalore has an outstanding safety record; many safety precautions are put in place, with camper safety being a number one priority above all else
- all activities are "choose your challenge" - students will be asked to challenge themselves, but not forced to go beyond what they're comfortable with

Please remember that all paperwork for camp is due no later than Tuesday, September 16. 

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Skelton or Mrs. Davis!

Looking forward to camp!
Miss Skelton :)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Growth Mindset in Our Classrooms

Hi everyone,

Do you ever hear that little voice in your head, telling you that you can't do something? The one that undermines your confidence and makes you doubt yourself?  One thing that is detrimental to a child's education, more than anything else, is that little voice of self-doubt.  This year, we intend to help our students learn to ignore that voice.  We want them to hear the other voices that say "you can do this" or "you'll need to work hard, but it will be worth it".  The following anchor chart is in our classroom, and students will be encouraged to use it and refer to it when they hear that negative voice in their heads:

The "What Can I Say To Myself" anchor chart in my classroom

As parents, we would appreciate your support in helping our students find the inner voice that encourages them, that allows them to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow.  In our classrooms, we see mistakes as opportunities - chances to learn something.  We want them to challenge themselves to do things that are more difficult than they think they can handle, and succeed!  The only way we can do this is if we have the support of both school and home.

Please join us on this journey!
Miss Skelton :)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Pre-Kandalore Meeting

Hi everyone,

Today we had a pre-Kandalore meeting with our Intermediate students. Lots of information was given, and lots of great questions were asked.  A few key points that you might need to know before the paperwork comes home tomorrow:

- the trip will be an overnight trip from Monday, September 22-Wednesday, September 24. Students will not be able to bring sleeping bags/suitcases/bags on buses, so please make arrangements to drop your child off at the appropriate times.  We will be leaving by 9:30 on Monday, so students can arrive at school at the regular time (any time after 9 am), and we will be returning by 3:35 on Wednesday.

- ANY medication that a student takes must be accompanied by a form that you will receive with your Kandalore paperwork that gives school staff permission to administer medication. This form MUST be signed by a doctor with appropriate medication administration information. Medication includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter products (e.g., allergy medication, advil, etc.), vitamins, etc.  If your child does not have a form signed by a doctor, please do not send him or her with the medication.

- all paperwork will be handed out tomorrow (Friday, September 5)

- students will be strongly encouraged to leave personal devices (including cell phones and iPods, etc.) at home. If devices are brought on the trip, they are the responsibility of the students and neither Fieldcrest nor Kandalore will compensate students if their devices are lost, stolen, or damaged.  Students are aware that cabins do NOT have locked doors, and that another school will be at camp while we are there.

- if finances are an issue for your family, and you still would like your child to attend camp, please contact the office to make arrangements that will suit you and your family.

- please make sure that you and your child sign all areas of the paperwork (students will need to sign at least two of the sheets in the paperwork).

- there will be a Kandalore Information Night at Fieldcrest in our library at 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 9.  The Kandalore director will be attending to answer any questions that you may have.  The meeting will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

We will pass on more information about our trip in the next two weeks.  We hope to have record numbers of students attending this year, as this trip is one of the most rewarding and FUN trips the students will have in their elementary years.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Davis or me at any time.

Have a great evening,
Miss Skelton

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Day 2 Done!

Hi everyone,

I just want to extend a special thank you to our fabulous students - what a great first two days!  Today our focus was on learning skills, and we participated in several learning activities that reviewed this year's expectations.  The students did a great job discussing the concepts of perseverance, organization, responsibility, collaboration, independent work, initiative, and self-regulation.  The following pictures show the result of some of our brainstorming and work today:
"Perseverance" brainstorm

Quotes used for discussion groups

Creating a new perseverance quote

Creating a new perseverance quote

Creating a new perseverance quote

Creating a new perseverance quote

Creating a new perseverance quote

Perseverance quotes - generated by our students

Learning Skills - brainstormed appropriate ways to demonstrate each
Tomorrow, we'll be starting our Math and Language programs, followed by a bit of Art and Drama in the afternoon. We'll also be giving students some information about Kandalore - paperwork will be coming home in the next few days.

Remember to sign up for Remind!
Have a great evening,
Miss Skelton :)