January 19

Persuasive Writing

Students have been busily writing their opinions on various topics. We brainstormed ‘hot topics‘. Some of the ideas that were generated in our class included:

  • should our school have a junior/intermediate playground?
  • should our school have a pool?
  • should animals be kept in zoos?
  • do boys and girls have equal ability when it comes to sports?
  • should there be year round schooling
  • racism

We are learning to structure our writing with an opening sentence clearly stating our opinion followed by 3 reasons why we believe it to be so. Finally, we finish with a concluding sentence, restating our opinion.

Have a look below at the students engaged in a sharing activity called “Inside/Outside Circle” where the outside circle rotates and the inside circle stays. Students share their paragraph and receive feedback on their work.

What’s something you feel very strongly FOR or AGAINST?

January 14

You’ve Got Mail

It is always exciting to get mail. You should have seen the faces of our classmates when I revealed that our penpal letters from Texas had finally arrived. Students hastily read each sentence, devouring their letter, and learned a little bit about their penpal–their likes, favourites, and interests. We will keep our letters so that we can answer some of the questions posed to us.

Have you ever had a penpal?

December 22

Merry Christmas!

It’s been a jam-packed week with plenty of learning, fun, and crafting going on. The students are vibrating with energy and excitement as Christmas draws near. Some students expressed in our Morning Meeting today that they were feeling ‘exhausted’, ‘tired’, ‘happy’, ‘joyful’, and the feeling is mutual! We all need some much needed down time with family.

The last Sunday of Advent is in a few days and that same evening it is Christmas Eve. Let us all remember the true reason for the season…Jesus.

Have a joyous, blessed, and holy Christmas.

Mrs. Sullivan

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, everyone!

Enjoy your time with loved ones and we’ll see you in the

New Year!



December 7

….and they’re off!

Our students are thrilled to have pen-pals this year. We are partnered with a Grade 3 class from Texas. Our students brainstormed, drafted, and wrote their good copy of their very first pen-pal letter and also drew a picture to accompany the letter. We learned about the parts that make up a letter and how to properly address an envelope. Our letters should arrive in Texas on Tuesday. I will ask Mrs. J for her to take a picture of her class opening our parcel and reading our letters!

We are super excited to receive letters in return! We hope they arrive before Christmas.

December 4

A Savior is Coming

This past Sunday marked the 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent is one of the 7 Catholic church seasons and begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It ends on Christmas Eve.

Do you know what the word Advent means? 

Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” During Advent, we as Christians focus on preparing for the birth of Jesus. Advent means to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

The season of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, preparation and longing.

The main colour of Advent is purple. This is the colour of penitence, fasting and royalty.

At the beginning of Advent we normally put up an Advent wreath with 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle decorated with a purple ribbon or bow around it. The Advent wreath is a circle to show that God’s love has no beginning and no end. Wreaths are made out of fake or real pine needles from an evergreen tree because they never lose their needles and are always the same. This shows that God’s love will always be the same and never change. 

When I was growing up, my parents always played a particular album on their record player (ha!) called Gentle Night. It has songs related to Advent as well as Christmas and I still play it to this day (but on my iPod, not a record player!).

Here’s one of my favourite Advent songs on the album:


What are some ways you celebrate Advent?

Do you have an Advent wreath at your house or school?




December 4

2nd Mystery Reader…revealed!

Our 2nd Mystery Reader turned out to be…Mya’s dad! He did a fantastic job reading 2 books to our class. One was called The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing. This book follows the rhythm of the original T’was the Night Before Christmas but the author puts a humorous spin on what happens the night before Christmas when a family is running out of time to get ready and everything seems to go wrong. I can see why this is one of Mya’s favourite Christmas books.


The second book Mya’s dad read to us was called Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell. We happily joined in on the repetitive part of the story by yelling out “Snow Happy!” almost all the way through. It’s a fun-filled story reminding us about all of the fun we can have in the snow. Now, we just have to wait for it to fall from the sky!

Are you wanting a white Christmas? I know I am!



We are very thankful to Mya’s dad for taking time to come and share the love of reading with us!

December 3

Kindness Calendar

I’d like to share with everyone a Kindness Calendar that I recently came across that you may wish to post in your house. It offers many great ideas of things you can do during the month of December when others around us may need an extra kind word or deed.

Please feel free to share with others, too! Kindness rules!

Here is the link to the pdf.

Mrs. Sullivan

November 29

Provinces & Territories of Canada

As part of our Social Studies unit, we are beginning with a solid look at the provinces and territories of our own country, Canada. We live in Ontario but there are many other provinces and territories besides Ontario.

Students are also learning the names of all our Great Lakes using the acronym H.O.M.E.S. 

H=Lake Huron

O=Lake Ontario

M= Lake Michigan

E= Lake Erie

S= Lake Superior

What is a province or territory you would like to visit and why?

November 27

UPower Maps are Taking Shape

Today was our first day assembling our UPower Maps. If you don’t know what a UPower Map is, check out this post.

Students brought in an assortment of magazines, stickers, pictures, and flyers to begin creating their vision board, also called a UPower Map.

Take a look at the wonderful creativity taking shape in our class. Woo hoo! I am so excited to see the finished products. Students will be presenting these to the class once we are all finished.

What would be a ‘must-have’ on your vision board?