Parent – Teacher Communication

Good morning parents,

So that Cristina and I receive the same information, and to ensure proper communication between us all, here is the best way to contact us.

1) Leave a note in your child’s agenda. If you need additional space, please use a separate sheet of paper. Your child needs space to write down what needs to be done at night so please refrain from using the left side of the page.

Here’s an example for you:

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2) If your child is going to be absent for an extended period of time, please write it down as well so that Cristina and I can quickly add it to our communication book and to our online calendar. You may want to use a separate sheet of paper for this as sometimes you know well ahead of time when you will be away.

Also, if you are looking for additional work while your child is away, I invite you to visit our class site. (click here)

-If your child is sick or absent for the day, please call our safe arrival line: 604-713-4637. Since the students go straight to music class on Monday and Wednesday morning, we don’t always have a chance to communicate with the music teacher.

Thank you for your understanding,



The students are learning to knit! Zoe and Francesca (Aija’s mom and grandmother), are donating their resources and time to do this with small groups of students. Thank you for your generosity!

As we like to integrate other aspects of learning to our daily activities, the students are making dolls which will be used to fill up medicine boxes to replace packing styrofoam. These boxes will be shipped to countries in need.

More info can be found here.

I will post a few additional pictures in a separate blog post which will be password protected. This should ensure your child’s privacy.  Ask him/her for the password.

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Good morning parents,

We are currently working on addition,  subtraction and multiplication in class. I notice that some students need more practice and would benefit from doing a few problems at home every night. Coming up with math problems is simple and I’ve even taught the students how to do this on their own. Of if you prefer, a site like this can be helpful too (I’ve put “math problems addition and subtraction” in my Google search).

Here’s what we have done so far in class:
Gr 4:
4 digit numbers + 2, 3 or 4 digit numbers
5 digit numbers + 2, 3, 4 or 5 digit numbers
Gr 5:
5 digit numbers + 2, 3, 4 or 5 digit numbers
6 digit numbers + 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 digit numbers
Gr 4:
4 digit numbers  –  2, 3 or 4 digit numbers
5 digit numbers – 2, 3, 4 or 5 digit numbers
Important: not all numbers have to be composed of the same amount of digits. A great way to practice this is to dictate the numbers so that your child can practice writing the numbers on his own. For example, a student who has more difficulty understanding place value will get additional practice having to write down the following:
6739 – 345  (some will align 345 starting with the thousands)
Times Tables
So far, we have worked on x2,  x3,  x4,  x5,  x9,  x10,  x11.
This week, we will be covering x6.
Next week, I would like to go over those we have left to learn (only a few will remain from x7 and x8).
Gr 4: 3 digit numbers x 1 digit number
Gr 5: 2 digit numbers x 2 digit numbers
*Students do not need to know all their times table to be able to work on this. You can create problems using some of the facts they know.
For example: 563 x 4, 673 x 5, 235 x 9
Also, Mme Cristina is currently working on adding and subtracting decimal numbers. Although we have yet to discuss fractions and decimals, it is still possible to learn how to add money. This could also be practiced at home.
Thank you for your ongoing support.