Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Middle School Newsletter Week 9 Term 4

Middle School Newsletter: Term 4 Week 9


Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To....

 make inferences about the books that we are reading, using clues and the information from the different texts to come to a conclusion.

WRITING/V.C.O.P.: reflect upon our semester's learning. We are thinking about our achievements and what we can improve on next year. We are also looking at using a variety of openers to improve our writing.

SPELLING: use SMART spelling strategies including breaking words into sounds and syllables, identifying the 'tricky' parts of the words and writing the words and sentences from a dictation passage. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding the meaning of the words with students being encouraged to include the words in their writing and oral language. 

MATHS: make models of three-dimensional objects and describe the key features and geometric properties of the shapes, as well discovering the area of regular and irregular shapes. 

UNIT OF STUDY: (We are One, We are Many/History): learn about the history of Australia.

eLEARNING: use the iPads and Netbooks to support and extend learning through Mathletics and Reading Eggs and for research and publishing purposes.

 Term 4 Calendar Dates

Friday 2nd December - Carols Night
Tuesday 6th December - Up Day
Friday 10th December - Whole School Sports Day
Tuesday 13th December - Up Day Meet the Teacher

Current Notices

 Satellite Club
The Satellite Club is a program offered to extend and enrich selected students. Our aim is to present new and exciting challenges for the Satellite Club team. This year they have been working on logical thinking and reasoning skills.

In Term Four students will be developing business plans and creating their own businesses using ICT skills.

The students will work with our new CSIRO ICT in Schools partner, Ms Vikki Morris, Regional Manager, Cisco Systems Australia and Mrs Grisdale.

More information about our new program will be in the newsletter over the coming weeks. Both parents and students have been asking about the program - it's good to hear you are as excited about the program as we are!!
If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Grisdale.

Grade 3 and 4 Sport

In term 4 will be running Middle School sport on Fridays at 12:00.  The students will be participating in mixed grade groups practising and playing games offered for Interschool sport. The sports include rounders, cricket, tennis and newcombe. Don't forget your runners!

Sun Smart

As we are a Sun Smart school we request that students wear hats when outside in Term 4.  Those students without hats are asked to be in the shaded eating area. We have provided students with sunscreen and encourage them to apply the sunscreen before going out. If you wish to provide your own sunscreen we require a Material Data Sheet before it is brought to school.

Making News

Achievement Awards for Weeks 7 and 8 of Term 4
Maya - for her amazing diagram of what life was like for Aboriginals before and after European settlement. Stunning work!
Antonios - using his understanding of vertical and horizontal symmetry to create a cool symmetrical flag.  Good work!

Mia - writing a detailed procedure to help the hippo find the ghost in the haunted house!
Harper - showing a great work ethic by practising her handwriting and doing extra work.

Sam- designing a maze and then writing a procedure to get a blindfolded person out of his maze (and also getting his pen licence during this process). 
Tikki- using her knowledge of shapes to design a symmetrical flag for a new country.

Sarah - her ability to successfully make informed predictions when reading. 
Maddie - her developing ability to write clear and concise instructions when writing procedural texts.

Carols Night

Don't forget that Mentone Park Primary School's Carols Night is on this Friday the 2nd of December. It will start at 6pm and run until 8pm. The Grade 3 and 4 students have been working really hard on their singing skills. Students will be performing a couple of classic Christmas songs with a twist. They are looking forward to performing for you all!


The A-Thon was a big success! Thank you for your generous donations. We raised over $4,000.00! 

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