Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tues Dec 14th (10 days till Christmas)

Only 2.5 days left of school!

Today we were blessed to have Mrs. Poier come to our class and teach us how to make homemade Christmas cards! They look really beautiful. My students were so generous that they wrote in their cards and sent them to families that are less fortunate :)

We have been learning about Advent and the special journey we all are on right now. My students should be very proud of themselves for all that they have done for others throughout this season of Advent.

Reminders: Tomorrow is our unit #2 test in math. We  get to go watch the k-3 dress rehearsal in the afternoon (beginning at 1pm). Thursday is a FULL day and we will be having our word wall test. Friday we are having our Christmas breakfast and pj day!!! What an amazing week.

God Bless,

Mrs. Denman

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mon Dec 13th

Hi All,

Quick note: Toonies for Turkey's will run through Mon-Wed of this week.

We will be having our Christmas breakfast/pj day on Friday, which will be an early dismissal day (at noon).

The students have a Math unit #2 test on Wed...and a word wall test on Thursday.

Peace to all.

Mrs. Denman

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mon Dec 6th

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend...probably busy preparing for Christmas!

A reminder that the Christmas Concert for grade 4-6 is on Dec 8th this Wednesday evening. The show begins at 7:00 pm sharp, I would like the students to start arriving by 6:30 pm. The dress attire is white shirt/black pants. My students have an interesting performance so they have a costume that goes with their song. I have already given the students the Christmas concert tickets to take home: 2 per child.

As we are nearing to Christmas break we still have curriculum that we are trying to get finished. The students are working on a "Christmas Around the World" research report. We have begun to write the reports and they students will be taking their report home to edit and work on, if they did not finish throughout the day. Please if you have a chance read over your child's report. They are looking really great so far! They will present their report before we leave on vacation.

The students will be having their Math Unit #2 test on Wed Dec 15th.

Take Care & stay warm,

Mrs. Denman

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tues Nov 30th- last day of Novemeber!!!

Hi All,

The students had their word wall test today, for most it was a success. Please remind your children to study their words everyday. These are words that are very important to know and remember.

Some students have math homework today (on estimation and subtraction of 3 and 4 digit numbers). Most were able to finish and check over during class time.

Reminder: This week is Santa's anonymous and first week of ADVENT.

Have your child retell what they learned from Father Catfish this week :)

The Christmas concert is next wed (Dec 8th) at 7pm. The dress attire is white shirt/black pants. Also, most students in my class are dressing up in costume.

There will be a math unit test before the holidays. Most likely the week before holidays. I will keep you posted on the date for the exam.

Thank you. Let me know if you have any questions!

Mrs. Denman

Friday, November 26, 2010

Chilly Penguins!!

Hi All!

A BIG thanks to all of you who came out last night for the Demo of Learning. It was a really great night...I enjoyed seeing and talking to you :)

Today was a great day. We had reading buddies with the 1/2 combined class this morning. WE worked on making words during Language Arts. The students have math homework this weekend if they didn't finish in class. I believe that most were finished :)

We learned a little history on the CFL and they kids received grey cup give aways! They are so excited to watch the big game on Sunday!!!....Go riders!!

The December Newsletter went home today, so make sure you read it to stay informed about the events happening around Christmas!

Our Art project today is called "Chilly Penguins"...you must come in to see them...super cute!

Santa's Anonymous starts next week...

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Denman

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wed Nov 24th

Hi All,

I am sorry that I haven't been updating the blog recently. We have been super busy with report cards, demo of learning and preparing for the Christmas concert.

You can follow all of the news in the Bishop Greschuk Newsletter!

We have our Demo of Learning tomorrow evening: From 1-5 pm and 6-8pm. Please meet in our classroom :)

I am so thankful for my wonderful students. They surprised with an amazing birthday celebration!!! So grateful.

See you all tomorrow!

ps- Jersey Day is on Friday and the Christmas Concert is on Dec 8th....I will remind you later as well.

Mrs. Denman

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tues Oct 26th

Hi All,

Well Halloween is fast approaching. I have sent a note home regarding the Halloween the party on Friday. I am asking for healthy snacks only. Thank you for all who have already told me what they would be sending with their child. The students will be dressing up after lunch and we will be having the party in the afternoon. With a video chosen by the students.

We have another busy week. On Friday in the morning, it will be a normal school morning. We have two tests on Friday: October word wall and a health quiz on sugar.

Also PICTURE RETAKES are tomorrow---> WED!!

Next week we will be having a unit science test for both grade 4 and 5.

I am sending home with the grade 4 students the PAT results from last year. They are individually addressed.

Have a great week and Happy Halloween...please be safe!

Mrs. Denman

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wed Oct 20th

Hello Everybody!

This week has been exciting! We have begun our science presentations on weather and waste. The presentations so far have been informative and interesting.

In PE the students were video-taped doing their square dancing!

We also have began our new social project on regions of Canada and Alberta. We are creating region brochures.

In language arts we have been learning about descriptive writing. The students are working on their own descriptive stories. They can tell you about the "bad" words that we will no longer be using. The stories will be due on Monday!!!

We also began our new math unit on Number and number concepts. They students have been working with place value charts and smart board activities.

Thank you to everyone for reading my Halloween letter. I appreciate the support and notes in the agenda. Our Halloween party is going to be nutritious and exciting! I can't wait to see all of the costumes.


We have a volleyball game today at Bishop Greschuk in the gym after school...we will be playing St. Timothy's. We also have a volleyball tournament this weekend on Sat at St. Elizabeth Seaton (starting at 8:30 am)...come out and watch :)


Mrs. Denman

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thurs Oct 14th

Hi All!

We have had a very busy week, short, but busy!

The students wrote their first Math unit test. They didn't seem to find the test that hard. I encourage the students to practice their multiplication tables at home. It is important for them to know these basic facts. We have created flashcards that they can practice with or using a deck of cards at home they can play SNAP! If you aren't sure how this game is played please ask you child (they would love to play with you)

Tomorrow I am away at a Student Symposium on health and wellness. I am taking two grade five girls from our class: Brittani and Debora and two others from grade 6. We hope to learn many things!!!

Homework: If you haven't taken a look at your child's math test please do so and sign and return back to school. Their independent reading log is due on Monday. Also, the social project is due tomorrow (Fri). Most student's have already completed this. The science project is due on Monday (this was done in pairs)!

I guess you can tell that report card season is upon us :)

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Denman

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Hi Everyone!

We had a great day on Friday! The students loved our art project on leaves...you will have to ask them about it!

Thank you to everyone for the food bank donations :)

The math unit #1 test is on Tuesday and the independent reading log will need to be completed and signed for Tuesday.

I am wishing all the families a very Happy Thanksgiving! Your children are very special to me and I am very thankful for them.

God Bless,

Mrs. Denman

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wed Oct 6th

Good Afternoon!

Today we had our beautiful New Testament Celebration. The wonderful Father Catfish presided our celebration and was a huge hit! He brought along his cute dog named NEMO! The students had a great time :)

Tomorrow we have a presentation from a Canadian author: Eric Wilson. He is famous for his mystery stories and has sold books across the globe. I briefly read a chapter from his book, "Vampires in Ottawa". The students were very interested in this book. Maybe they might even ask you to go to the library to get a book written by him.

Tomorrow is Thirsty Thursday for food donations for the food bank. Please send a food item with your child if possible.

Homework: The students are working on a math review right now for their test. This will be assigned over the weekend if not finished during class time. Also they have a math unit test on Tuesday Oct 12th. The science projects are also due next week.

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Denman

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday Oct 4th

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you enjoyed your weekend!

I gave the October words to the students today: again, could, excited, favorite, into, really, to, too, two, was.

There will be a few more to follow in a few weeks (nifty thrifty fifty)

Tomorrow is the grade 4 field trip to the waste management facility!!! Please have your child wear a rain coat if necessary.

For homework: finishing of unit 1 worksheets. There will be a math unit test on on Tuesday Oct 12th.

***Tomorrow is tuna Tuesday!!! Please give a canned donation if possible.

Thank you!

Mrs. Denman

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday Oct 1st

Happy Friday!

Today we started off with our word wall test...which was a great success! There were so many 100%!! They must have worked hard to learn those words.

I have handed out the scholastic book orders for October! Please only send a cheque when purchasing anything, thanks! Due date is Oct 11th.

We are starting a food drive at school for Thanksgiving. Monday is "Macaroni Monday"- please send a donation with your child if able to do so. I am hoping that our class can contribute to this donation :)

The October Newsletter is also coming home today, please make sure you read it! It contains lots of important info and dates.

Next week: Independent reading logs completed and signed and handed in on Monday, Grade 4 - waste management field trip, Grade 4 New Testament Celebration (Wed), and it's read-in-week! If any of you parents are interested in reading to our students please let me know!

Have a great weekend :)

Mrs. Denman

Thursday, September 30, 2010

One month down!!!

Hi All,

I can't believe that one month of school is already finished! Wow!

We were working hard on our science projects today during computer time. Ms. Letwin even walked into our computer time and was so impressed by what our students were doing. I can't wait to see the presentations!!! Such talent!

Tomorrow we have our first word wall test. The words are:



I guess that I could have posted these earlier...completely forgot about it! Thanks for the suggestion.

Also tomorrow please all grade 4 students return in your money and permission letter for the "waste management facility" field trip.

I sent home scholastic book orders for the month of September. We are still waiting for one book that is on pre-order "Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5"- arriving in November.

I hope that everyone is having a great half day!

Mrs. Denman

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tues Sept 28th

Hi All!

Today was a great day. We began working on our geography social studies report. Yesterday we started our science reports. Very exciting seeing all the learning that is going on :)

Tomorrow is picture day! Yay! Please remind your child about this.

We have an upcoming word wall/nifty thrift fifty test on Friday. Also, money and permission forms are due by Friday for the "Waste Management Field Trip" - grade fours only.

Our science project is due on Oct 11th and our social project is due Oct 15th.

*Next week we will be having our "New Testament Celebration"- each grade four child will be receiving their very own personal New Testament. Father Michael Mireau will be leading our celebration. The grade five's received a New Testament last year.

Scholastic book orders for October will be going home on Friday! The September orders should be arriving very soon..stay posted for more.

Mrs. Denman

Friday, September 24, 2010



Today we had a great day! We were busy with reading buddies, writing personal narratives on a childhood memory, pattern work in math and ZENTANGLES in Art today!!!

You must ask your children what they wrote their personal narrative about and what exactly a ZENTANGLE is :)

The homework for the weekend: Independent reading log completed and signed by parent for Monday morning. Also, their personal narratives. Some students have completed their narratives but I still encouraged them to take it home and look over it (maybe you parents even want to look at).

Next week: The students will begin project work in Science and Social. Also there will be a word wall test on Friday, for the September words.

The grade 4's are also swimming again on Tuesday!

Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather (who knows how long it will stick around)

Mrs. D

link to Zentangle website: www.zentangle.com

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wed Sept 22nd

Hi All,

Wow! What a busy week already. I ended up being home sick yesterday...feeling better now! The grade 4's had a successful trip to the pool which was very nice to see. The grade 5's had a short presentation on immunizations this morning. The Hep B immunization form will be sent home today in the agenda, please parents fill it out and return by this Friday!

Parents, some students are coming to school with unfinished homework. I am stressing at school that each student must remember their homework each night to bring home and back to school. Please re-inforce this at home. It really is disappointing if one of the students has to miss out on some learning because their homework is incomplete. :)

I hope that most of the students are checking out the online reading program at home. You can find the login information in the back of the students agenda.

Thanks to all of the grade 5's that are so excited for the volleyball try-outs!

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Denman

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Sept 16th

I wanted to say thank you very much to all of the parents that made it out to Meet the Staff night. It was really nice to meet you! I am so thankful that I have supportive parents in my classroom.

I am in need of another Class representative for the 4/5 class. This person will help be the voice of our class at the monthly SAC meetings. Please let me know if you are interested.

Swimming money is due at school tomorrow for the Grade 4's. We leave on Tuesday morning, so the permission forms must be in.

Volleyball has started up again this year. I am going to be coaching again this year. The volleyball try-outs are open to grade 5's & 6's starting Monday right after school 3:10-4:15! I see that many of my grade 5's are eager to tryout! Very exciting...

Happy Thursday.

Mrs. Denman

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tues Sept 14th

Hi All!

We had such a great day today. We began working in our book clubs and started our Science units! How much fun did we have doing our KWL charts today!!

There was a lot written down in the agenda today, please forgive me! It all had to go home :)

The grade four's will begin swimming in September (21st &28th). This permission form and cost $7.00 must be returned to the school by this upcoming Friday (Sept 17th). The students will be joining the other grade four classes during this field trip. The grade five's will be staying back at school.

I handed out the Scholastic Book orders today. The return date is Mon Sept 20th. Please only send a cheque that can be made out to Scholastic Canada Ltd. Thanks!!

The students have a religion project coming up and they are required to bring a rock to school. This can be a rock at home that special meaning or any old rock they find. Please have them bring in the rock tomorrow.

Lastly! Meet the Staff night is tomorrow, beginning at 7:00pm. Classroom presentations are to follow.


Mrs. Denman

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Sept 13th

Good Afternoon!

We just finished an always exciting day at school. Today we were very busy with many thing on the go. We began the day with a free write and continued the morning with some Word Wall work. The students are quickly catching on to every concept I throw at them.

In the afternoon we had another practise fire drill...it was no problem! We worked on our Religion/Art project for a big part of the afternoon. Our welcome wheels should be hanging around on meet the staff night!

I examined the students independent reading logs today and was very impressed. I thank all of my students for working so hard!

Tomorrow I will be handing out Scholastic Book orders....the students have really been looking forward to this!

Have a great evening.

Mrs. Denman

Sunday, September 12, 2010

WEEK 2 finished!

Hi All,

I hope that you are all enjoying the beautiful weekend!

On Friday at school we started are guided reading "book club" that we will be working on for the next few months. The theme is "bully-free zone". The students were really excited about it and we started an excellent discussion on bullying and what it means to them. I look forward to the students sharing their experiences and knowledge throughout the unit.

We also began discussion on our first Science units. The grade fours will be studying "Waste and our World" and the grades will be studying "Weather"....both are sure to be really interesting. I think that some students have already been researching theses topics at home :)

This upcoming week is our first full week, I hope all the students get plenty of sleep :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Mrs. Denman

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday Sept 8th

How are you all enjoying the wonderful weather today....jk! I hope that you are all staying out of the rain and cold :)

Today we started to organize some of our duo-tangs for various subject areas and changed the seating plan around the room. The grade four's are now all sitting together and same with the grade five's. Even though we are separated by grade, we are still a "combined class" that has a great sense of community. I am very surprised and thrilled at how well the students in our class are working together. It truly is a wonderful learning environment. 

Tomorrow we have early dismissal at 12:00 pm!

Have a good evening.

Mrs. Denman

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Sept 7th


I wanted to update the parents about the home reading program that I sent home today. The students have been ask to read a minimum of 30 minutes per day. They are then asked to complete their independent reading log. I ask that you (parents) look at the log at the end of the week (Sunday) and sign to ensure that your son/daughter has completed their reading for the week. I will review their reading logs on Monday's.

If you have any questions let me know! This is not intended to be a tedious task for the little guys, I just want to make sure that they are reading daily :)

Here is a copy of the letter regarding the reading program:

Dear Parents/Guardians,
I am beginning a home reading program with the students in 4/5. I am sending home with your child an independent reading log. I ask that your child reads at home for a minimum of 30 minutes per evening. The students have been asked to fill out the log according to what they read. They are asked to fill in the date, title, starting/ending page and a short response. The students can choose any book they want to read because this is their own independent reading time.
I hope that this will be a good experience for your child. Please feel free to become involved in the books your child is reading. I encourage you to ask your child questions about the literature he/she is reading.
On the reading log form there is a place for a parent signature. Please sign your child’s log once a week as they will be handing this in every Monday morning. The reading log starts today :)
Thank you for your cooperation!


Mrs. Denman

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Friday!!!

Hi All,

Well today was another exciting day at Bishop Greschuk. We started our morning with reading buddies, which was a really nice experience for both grades. The grade 1/2's and 4/5's are sure to learn many things from each other! We also crafted our 4/5 Classroom Creed, which all of the students signed. You can view our creed on meet the teacher night :)

This afternoon we had a surprise fire drill to wake us all up! The class responded to the fire drill with great success. I have such a wonderful group of kids.

I sent home forms today for the grade 4's - two which need to signed and returned to the school ASAP. Everyone (4's and 5's) in the class received a volunteer form which can be returned back to the school if your are interested.

I hope that everyone enjoys their long weekend. Enjoy the beautiful weather and the company of your friends and family. See you on Tuesday!!!

Mrs. Denman

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 2 finished!!!

Wow! I can't believe that two days of school are finished already...time is flying by!

Today in our classroom we discussed weekly meetings and how they will work. Please ask your son/daughter about this.

It's really starting to get busy at Bishop Greschuk. The students had a meeting today for patrols and running club, many of them are interested which is great to see :)

Tomorrow we begin reading buddies with our partner class (Mrs. Coco's 1/2 combined class). The students are really looking forward to this.

It has been a great couple of days. I am very impressed with my students attitudes, behavior and intellect. I am very lucky to have such talented children in my class.

Thank you to all of those who have begun following the blog....the students were very excited about this blog!

Until next time...

Mrs. Denman

Homework: Getting to know you (if not already finished in class) & please take a look through the beginning of your son/daughters agenda to stay updated about important polices/dates/events.

Monday, August 30, 2010

1st Letter Home (September 1st)

Here is a copy of the letter I send home with the students today:

September 1, 2010


My name is Mrs. Denman and I have the privilege of being your child’s teacher for the 2010-2011 school year. I am very excited about having your child in my class and look forward to the busy year ahead of us!

Being the first day of school, today was extra busy, therefore, I probably did not have a chance to have an in depth conversation with you. Fortunately, our school is having Meet The Teacher Night on Wednesday, September 15th. The school will begin with a presentation in the gym at 7:00 pm. At 7:30 I will be giving a short presentation in our classroom followed by a question and answer period. If you cannot attend my 7:30 presentation, I will be repeating it at 8:00. During the presentation I will relay information for you about the expectations for a successful year in grade four/five.

I really look forward to meeting you. If you cannot attend please let me know and we can set aside time to meet when it is more convenient.

Thank you for your cooperation.

**Also, I have created a blog for our class this year. You can view it at http://mrsdenman.blogspot.com. I will update the blog often to notify you of any homework, assignments, quizzes/tests and other important information regarding the class activities. Feel free to comment on the blog!


Mrs. Denman

Meet The Teacher Night

Wednesday, September 15th

7:00 School Presentation in the Gym

7:30 Classroom Presentation (Portable 115)

8:00 REPEAT of Classroom Presentation

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Welcome Back!! Beginning a new year...

Hi All!

This is my blog for our grade 4/5 class this 2010-2011 school year. On here I will update homework and assignments as well as tests so that all of you parents can stay connected. I will also post any letters home and information that is important for the students in my class.

I am really looking forward to this year. The combined grade 4/5 class is sure to be a busy and exciting place. I can't wait to share all of the important events and moments with you this year. Please feel free to comment on this blog or come see me at school. I am available in the early morning's at school or most of the time after school. If you have any questions or concerns you are more than welcome to call me at Bishop Greschuk.


Mrs. Denman