Guest Post: Diwali

The following guest post is from Jasmine




diwali art 2

Today I am very excited because in a few hours I am going to a really big Diwali party. Diwali is a very big indian holiday that we celebrate. On Diwali you light candles that are called Dias. Diwali is not actually today it is in a week or 2 but for some reason the party is today. This is a art project I made at home for Diwali out of paint, glitter and markers. Happy Diwali!

Thursday, October 16

Photo and graphic design by Christian

In your agenda:

  • Please bring in the money for our dance workshops next week. Thanks to the students who have already done this.
  • A few students need to bring in their verification forms.


Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately:


We’ve been looking at patterns. Today we practiced identifying patterns that increase, decrease or repeat. We used the following site for practice:

BBC Maths – Number Patterns

Language Arts

After reviewing apostrophes, capital letters, periods, exclamation marks and question marks, I’m expecting to see them used appropriately in students’ writing.

We are continue to practice writing recounts and biographies. We will also continue to practice summarizing fictional texts.

Social Studies

The students have created countries that have a system of government similar to Canada’s. They have invented mayors, premiers and a prime minister for their country. Each level of government (municipal, provincial and federal) has responsibilities similar to Canada’s.


We’ve looked at types of energy and energy transformations. We are currently looking at the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.

We Can’t Write a Poem

We Can’t Write a Poem

By Mr. Toft’s Grade 5 class
October 16, 2014

Forget it.

You must be kidding.

We are so sleepy because we stayed up until 2:00 am.

We are pretty bad at writing.

We broke our brains!

Why bother with this stuff? We need to learn more important things!

Our cats are hungry and need to be fed.

We don’t have a pencil.

Time’s up? Uh oh!

All I have is this dumb list of excuses.

You like it? Really? No kidding.

Thanks a lot. Would you like to see another one?

Guest Post: Jasmine’s “Genius Paragraph”

Note from Mr. Toft: Today we started looking at how sentences are put together. We identified the article, noun, adjective and verbs in sentences and then created a paragraph.

Here’s an example of how Jasmine transformed this “blah” sentence:

The girl walked.