This weeks homework #13

Written by ShenaK. Posted in 3rd Grade

Hello 3rd Grade Families!

This week your child will be bringing home a different kind of Math homework, just plain old addition and subtraction problems.  We have been practicing using various strategies for solving these problems in class so this is your child’s chance to practice on their own at home.  For each problem we are asking them to solve it twice, using two different strategies to help check their work.  We wanted you to see all the cool ways your child knows how to solve addition and subtraction problems.  Ask them to show you their favorites!  Click on the links to see them. Addition Strategies Subtraction Strategies



Module 2 in Math!

Written by ShenaK. Posted in 3rd Grade

We have been working on our second module in math on Place Value and Problem Solving with Units of Measure. Throughout this module our students have been working on some pretty big topics! These have included:

  • Time measurement and problem solving
  • Measuring weight and liquid volume in metric units
  • Rounding to the nearest ten and hundred
  • Two and three digit addition measurement (using various different strategies)
  • Two and three digit subtraction measurement (using various strategies)

Along with these topics they have learned some new vocabulary such as:

  • grams, kilograms, liters, and mililiter
  • capacity, continuous
  • round, approximate, and estimate
  • reasonable

As like in module 1 we pushed our third graders to come up with their own strategies, not just using what their partner uses. That is why we supply them with many different tools to better relay and practice the idea of these topics. Clocks, scales, cups, containers, place value disks, and beakers were among a few.

The children loved this module and really interacted with all the methods, strategies, and tools we gave to them!



Third Grade Winter Concert Update

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 3rd Grade, 3rd Grade Music

Winter Concert Update for Third Grade!

Attire: Black Bottoms (pants or skirt) and Blue top.

Theme: Hanukkah Traditions

winter concert poster copy

Dear BFIS Third Graders and Families,

We have been practicing hard to prepare for the Winter Concert.  Students in Third have focused on the Winter Tradition of Hanukkah for their performance.  In addition to learning about some of the traditions of the holiday, students have also learned traditional Hora dances, the Mayim and Hora Chadera!

In addition, we have been learning and experiencing meter in music, or how music is organised into groups of beats. We have learned to conduct in both 4/4 and 3/4 time.

Here is the conducting pattern for music in 4/4!


Here is the conducting pattern for music in 3/4 or triple meter!


The Music

Festival of Lights

all third grade students will sing this haunting minor melody which  begins as a simple melody that gains sophistication as the students sing in a round!


Click the lyric image to connect to a youtube video of the song.

Click the lyric image to connect to a youtube video of the song.



Ms. Claudia´s Class

Will be singing the festive song ¨Hanukkah, Hanukkah” please see lyrics below


Follow a link to hear a sample of the song from the publishers.

Follow a link to hear a sample of the song from the publishers.


Ms. Shena´s Class

It´s Hanukkah

Click for a sample of the recording from the publishers.

Click for a sample of the recording from the publishers.









Winter Concert Update!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 1st Grade, 1st Grade Music, 2nd Grade, 2nd Grade Music, 3rd Grade, 3rd Grade Music, 4th Grade, 4th Grade Music, 5th Grade, 5th Grade Music, ES Music, Kindergarten Music

Dear BFIS Families and Friends, 

The children have been busy preparing a wonderful winter performance for family and friends.  This year, each grade level will be focusing on different traditions or musical genres popular in the winter season.  Please try to assure your child´s attendance for the concert, as all students work together to create their performances, remember performance is a team activity!! The details of the winter concert are:

winter concert poster copy Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there! Please email me with any questions or concerns, or if your child will be unable to make the performance! I´m always happy to help!

Ms. Heather Gilles, General Music BFIS ES

Details for Families!

Attire:  All Students: BOTTOM: Black Pants or Skirt   SHOES: Black Dress Shoes (parents, please no tennis shoes or heels as they aren´t safe for dancing!)

  • Kindergarten Theme (Jingle):  Please wear a yellow top
  • First Grade Theme (Kwanzaa traditions):  Green Top
  • Second Grade Theme (Mexican Christmas traditions): White Top
  • Third Grade  Theme (Hanukkah traditions): Blue Top
  • Fourth Grade Theme (Swinging Wintertime): White or Silver Top with Hat and Scarf (any colours…make it fun!!!)
  • Fifth Grade Theme (Winter Comforts!): Cute/Silly Winter Sweater and Plastic Mug with Handle. (5th Grade Parents bring in extra plastic mugs if you have them, as they can be hard to find!!)

Students in 5th grade have been rehearsing diligently for their upcoming concert, and even played a part in deciding their attire for the concert.  Students in 5th grade will need a plastic mug (like a coffee cup) and either a plain sweat in any colour OR an FUN WINTER SWEATER (see examples below) .  

Ugly Winter Sweaters Examples

         Explanation:  Students can design their own ‘silly winter sweater’ using fabric or foam cut outs, or perhaps they already have one hanging in a closet!  This is a great chance for them to be creative and have fun!  Here are some examples of  ¡¡¡winter sweaters’!

Looking forward to a wonderful concert!! -Ms. G!



Friendship and Fostering Our Community Values

Written by Kathleen Watt. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Kindergarten

Today, students from the 8th grade Wellness class came to teach our elementary students about friendship and bullying. The students created their own projects and presentations and did a fantastic job of reinforcing some of the main ideas and important concepts that we have been working with this year. Thank you to Ms. Kleijn and to all of the students who participated!

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