Good morning! Although we will not be visiting the library in person this year, we can still check out books! Check out the video below to find out more information about reserving a book from our library.
In class yesterday the students participated in a Kahoot activity to learn a little bit more about my personal story. The first assignment for the Grade 6 class is for each student to create their own River of Life.
The River of Life is a visual narrative that helps people tell the stories of the past, present, and future. Students may use pictures, words, and phrases to indicate key moments/changes throughout the course of their life.
All of the speeches this year were incredible! Each and every student should be proud of their accomplishments. As a judge, it was incredibly hard to choose who would be moving on to the finals. Remember that these events are opportunities to grow and further your develop your learning skills.
The 2021 Middle School Public Speaking Finalists are:
When are the finals?
The Public Speaking Finals will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
The Grade 4 & 5 Public Speaking Finals will be held from 9:00-10:30AM
The Middle School Public Speaking Finals will be held from 11:30 AM-1:00PM
2. Can family members, friends, and other loved ones watch the finals this year?
Yes! Click the link below to watch the live stream of the public speaking finals.
The Grade 7 English Exam will be a take-home assessment that will consist of four parts. This assessment will focus on:
Grammar (Parts of Speech)
Students will work on this assessment individually. Next week students will be provided with the exam and the instructions will be reviewed. This exam will be due on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. Students will join the Google Meet and complete this exam in individual breakout rooms. Please note that this exam will be open book (students will have access to their notes during this assessment).
Each year, our student government works hard to plan מכביה (Maccabiah) – our school-wide colour war event. Featuring various high-energy events, Maccabi Canada athlete stories, competitions, and even trivia challenges, it is something our students and staff all look forward to. Our school-wide day of friendship and fun will take place on Friday, June 11th, 2021 and we’re gearing up for a great day! How many days until this event? Only 17!
This year, our students are excited to be sorted into the houses of Hogwarts as they prepare for Maccabiah – Harry Potter style. We can’t wait to see what sorts of high-jinks our wizards get into. Will there be potion making? A game of quidditch? A life-size game of chess to reach the Sorcerer’s Stone? Time(turners) will tell!
Though our students will represent Gryffindor (red team), Hufflepuff (orange team), Ravenclaw (blue team), or Slytherin (green team), we know that there is nothing quite as good as when we’re all rooting for the same team – in this case, OJCS. And that’s where we need your help. Our school is just $10,800 away from reaching our fundraising goal this year. That is just $60 per student! Please help support our students (current and future), by supporting our Maccabiah. Feel free to share on social media and with your friends and family:
Today we set the order for the upcoming public speaking presentations. Please remember that every student must be ready to present their speech on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. If you are not ready to present when it is your turn you will lose 10% of your mark.
Today we discussed the importance of making quality blog comments. The students spent time commenting on the memoirs of their peers. The Grade 6 students did a fantastic job composing their memoirs. It is great to see the students commenting words of encouragement and offering suggestions.
Click the link below to access the links to their blogfolios:
This post contains all of the essential information for public speaking
Welcome to this year’s public speaking contest for grades 6-8. Expressing ideas aloud in a clear and effective way is an important life skill! Students will have the opportunity to plan, develop, and deliver a speech to showcase these skills. Students will be spending the upcoming weeks working towards preparing a 4-5 minute speech. Additionally, we will be spending time in class practicing various oral communication skills (eye contact, inflection, effective use of gestures, etc.)
Today we will discuss public speaking! We will review the different types of speeches (informative, entertaining, and persuasive). Students will receive more information about public speaking (due dates, check-in dates, etc.) at the beginning of next week.
Click the links below to access our first public speaking sources:
We have spent the last two weeks analyzing various memoirs. Students are tasked with writing a memoir about an important event, personal interaction, image, place, or object in their life. A memoir is an account of a personal, emotional experience that attempts to allow the reader to feel what the writer felt in that moment. This memory must have affected you, your life, or your personality. Overall, this memory must have meaning in your life.
The writing process: evidence of planning, drafting, revising, and editing
Sensory language/imagery: paint a picture in the reader’s mind, the use of descriptive adjectives
Make sure the reader can:
Sympathize with you
Can understand how you feel and experience the emotions you felt at the time you’re describing.
The impact: the deeper meaning, message, or importance that this topic had for you