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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 63

note from our Librarian, Ms. Hayward - Our Very First Book Fair is Coming Soon – Yee-Haw!
“Saddle Up & Read” with the first Scholastic Book Fair at St. Jude’s Academy – December 7 to December 14
There will be lots of exciting books, posters, bookmarks, pens and pencils, etc. to choose from!
Proceeds will go to buying great new books for our library.
Students interested in being part of the Student Crew will be meeting tomorrow (Nov.21) at lunch.
More Parent Volunteers are also needed.  If you’d like to help out please contact Ms. Hayward at
Keep an eye out for more information here on your teacher’s blog, on Facebook, and on the Library blog:

We have begun preparing for our Christmas concert which is coming up quickly. Each class picked a country which they will relate a song or skit to how they celebrate Christmas. The grade 1 classes choose the United States and our class will be singing 'Christmas in Hollis' by Run DMC. Students are encouraged to memorize the song and actions this week. We will have some time during the next 2 weeks to rehearse. The link to the song is

Students will be asked to dress in black pants, a white or red shirt and sunglasses for the day of the concert.

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!

The student crew is getting ready to run a few games starting Friday and into next week. One of them will stop by each of your classes to introduce the game and give each student their "free" guess ballot or to play the game. Extra guesses can be bought for 25c each or $5 guesses for a dollar so please let your students know to bring their change if they'd like to participate.

 A note from Oakwood – Candy-Cane-O-Grams will be sold for $0.25 on Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6 from 11-12 in the cafeteria!
A note from Student Council – Personalized Christmas Ornaments will be on sale from now until Friday, December 8. Prices are as follows - $6.00 for one or $5 each, if more than one is purchased. Only cash payments will be accepted. Please see order form for more information.

The St. Jude's community places a lot of emphasis on giving and conducting acts of charity. In light of the Christmas season which is fast approaching, we are happy to announce that we collaborating with Peel Regional Police for their 'Toys for Tots' charity. We will be conducting a toy drive from December 7th to December 21st. Members of the St. Jude's community may donate new, unwrapped toys, cash or Canadian Tire money to make an underprivileged child's Christmas one to remember. All proceeds will be handed over directly to Peel Regional Police on December 21st. We are also pleased to announce the Toys for Tots charity is the first major project our Student Council will be conducting this academic year. Toys can be donated at the front desk by placing them under the Christmas tree. There will be a tracking sheet provided to record the student who donated. Upon collecting the toys, a police officer will allow one lucky student to pie him/her in the face. As such, it is important to record the names of each student to give everyone a chance. Alternatively, toys may be handed to class teachers. To educate our PYP students about the importance of giving, house points will be awarded for each toy donated.

We look forward to your donations, all of which will be greatly appreciated. Tis the season for joy, happiness, love, and sharing. Have a Merry Christmas!

Thank you.

Upcoming Dates & Events

Thursday, December 7 – Thursday, December 14 – SJA first book fair

Friday, December 8 – December hot lunch payments due

Tuesday, December 12- Christmas concert for JK-Grade 2- Please come dressed in black bottoms, a red or white top and sunglasses.

Calendar- the special helpers put up the date, counts down to 100 days of school, and tells us what the weather is like today.
Agenda Read 15 minutes, spelling sentences due Friday, spelling test Friday, bring in sunglasses tomorrow if possible (they will stay at school in a safe place for our Christmas concert), memorize song and actions
UOI with language focus- Students wrote a journal about what they would do if Santa lent them his elves for a day.

Math- Today we used addition to add rows and columns. Each row and column had 3 numbers. We discussed different strategies to make it easier to add bigger numbers. 
Unit of Inquiry- Students brainstormed how they would organize a dresser. They cut out clothing from flyers and glued them on different shelves. After they had to explain how and why they organized it the way they did.

Christmas Concert rehearsal!

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