Sunday, December 15, 2013

Spirit Week!

Santa and his reindeer Monday Dec 16th -
 Crazy Christmas Hair Day

Tuesday Dec 17th - 
Christmas Sweater Day
snowmen playing animated 
Wednesday Dec 18th - 
Christmas Hat Day

Thursday Dec 19th - Red and Green Day

Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Project

'Food Hampers For Families'

Letters went home today about the Advent Project that St Cecilia classrooms will be looking after. This year for our Advent Project we are asking 3 things of the students and their families:

1. Bring in a non-perishable food item
2. Pajama Day (Tuesday Dec 10) with a $2-$5 donation to go towards food cards.
3. Collect Canadian Tire Money to go towards gifts for these families.

Today, Mme Krawiecki's homeroom discussed what items students could bring for our hamper and wrote them in their agendas. We also discussed that we have been assigned to a family with boys (ages 5, 7, 8, 11) and girls (ages 10, 14). If some students want to be generous to bring in a small gift (e.g., books) they can do so.

Thank you so much for all your support!
'By our works we show our faith'

Sunday, November 17, 2013

White Elephant Sale

This year the Grade 6 students and teachers are holding our school’s first annual White Elephant Sale on Friday, December 6th, to raise funds for our end of the year field trip.  We are asking the St. Cecilia School community to donate gently used, clean items anytime now up until December 5th.  Please look through ‘no longer needed items’ in your home and consider donating to our White Elephant Sale.  We would also greatly appreciate donations of used Christmas cards, old wrapping paper, tissue paper and gift bags.  This is in keeping with our reduce, reuse, recycle environmentally friendly attitude.  Remember that ‘one person’s junk is another person’s treasure’. 
 The Grade 6 students and teachers will be sorting donations into different categories to make shopping more convenient.  Categories include:  books, toys, stuffed animals, CDs, movies, puzzles, games, Christmas knickknacks, jewellery (no used earrings please), crafts and household items.  On Friday, December 6th, each class will have the opportunity to come to the gym and shop.  Items will be marked in increments of 25 cents and most likely will be priced in the range of 25 cents to $3.  This may be an opportunity for our young students to do some Christmas shopping.  We hope to spread Christmas cheer as students find bargains to bring home to their loved ones.
With thanks in advance,
The Grade 6 Teachers

Monday, November 11, 2013

Au champ d'Honneur

The Grade 6 FSL Extended worked on a shared Google presentation document by visualizing a line from the poem 'Au champ d'Honneur.' Today we were able to add the audio in one take using the screen capture function from QuickTime.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Polar Bear Migrations

Today the Grade 4's began watching the live cam of the polar bears as they migrate from Churchill, Manitoba. We were able to catch some of the webcast and luckily watch a polar bear in the tundra. I used this live feed to launch our unit on habitats and communities. Students began inquiring about what polar bears need in order to survive in the tundra and why they wouldn't choose to stray to other habitats. They also became familiar with the Canadian tundra.

You can watch the live web cam here:

Student Video Contest

For Grades 5-12

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Le champ d'honneur

Grade 6's are practising the following poem for November 11 :)

 Au Champ d'Honneur
Au champ d'honneur, les coquelicots
Sont parsemés de lot en lot
Auprès des croix; et dans l'espace
Les alouettes devenues lasses
Mêlent leurs chants au sifflement
Des obusiers.

Nous sommes morts,
Nous qui songions la veille encor'
À nos parents, à nos amis,
C'est nous qui reposons ici,
Au champ d'honneur.

À vous jeunes désabusés,
À vous de porter l'oriflamme
Et de garder au fond de l'âme
Le goût de vivre en liberté.
Acceptez le défi, sinon
Les coquelicots se faneront
Au champ d'honneur. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book an Interview Online!

Report Cards went home on Friday. 
There was a letter explaining the parent-teacher interview process. 
You can now book the interview online at this address:

If you cannot book online, please call the school 613-692-6164

Happy Booking :)

Rockliffe Book Fair

I go every year to find a wide range of second hand books for my classroom. Not only are there books for children, but there are books en français and all genres from young adults to adults!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

National Geographic Books Online

Today I discovered a symbaloo page with a collection of National Geographic online books. This will be perfect for when the Gr 4's begin their science unit on Habitats and Communities :)
Check them out!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Night

   The Grade Four team is having a joint presentation about the basic procedures and expectations for a Fourth Grader at St Cecilia Catholic School.  As we had mentioned in our presentation, all of the pamphlets can be found in the les nouvelles/newsletters  page of my website.
   If you would like to know more about the Gr 4 FSL Immersion Curriculum along with other concepts (e.g, Digital Citizenship, Learning through Inquiry, Common European Framework) that shape my teaching, see the presentation below.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

C'est le retour à l'école!


C'est le retour à l'école.

Welcome back to school!
Thank you for visiting my classroom website. 
This website caters to both my Gr 4 French Immersion homeroom and Gr 5 and 6 French Extended afternoon classes.
Here you will be able to learn about what is happening in our classes, find important notes/newsletters, parent info and much more.
Here students will be able to check their homework, important dates and practice their French through educational links.

I can't wait to work with all my students this year!
~Mme Krawiecki

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Importance of Teaching Digital Citizenship

As I begin preparing for the 2013-2014 school year, I am not thinking twice about teaching Digital Citizenship. When reflecting on how fast technology is being implemented throughout the schools in my school board, Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), I feel strongly about the importance of educating students, parents, teachers and administration about internet safety. There are more and more resources online (e.g., NETS, Ophea) that provide information for school communities. There are some ministries that have implemented Digital Citizenship in their curriculum (e.g, Alberta, Quebec). As a teacher, it is motivating to know that I have support from my board (OCSB) who has started to provide more resources about digital citizenship to implement in our teaching.

As a leader in technology, I hope to do my best to bring awareness and inform my new school community about the importance of educating students to become responsible digital citizens.

"In order to help students become effective
digital citizens, we must help them see
technology that is largely invisible to them."
 Jason B. Ohler (Digital Community, Digital Citizen)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mosaika - Sound and Light Show

Canada Through the Eyes of its People

Mosaika is the story of Canada — our story. A powerful narrative set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, Mosaika takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light, as we explore Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes.
Don’t miss this free, bilingual show. Presented nightly in Canada’s Capital Region from July 10 through September 7, 2013.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

À bientôt

À bientôt .. is the best way to wish you all farewell!

As I mentioned several times this week, I will truly miss you this year. It has been such a pleasure teaching a wonderful, enthusiastic, inquisitive and caring group.
I have learned so much from all of you this year, and I hope you learned lots from me :)

Enjoy your summer... 
Je vous souhaite un bel été!

Check your e-mail since I will be sending you various photos from the year and a link to the Moyen-Âge play (once I have completed editing it).

I will be in touch with St Emily next year via Google hangout between the two schools and between classrooms :)

Mme Krawiecki

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recycling Electronics

This Saturday June 22, 2013 from 9 until noon St. Emily, in conjunction with A. I. M. Recycling, will be holding a recycle of your old electronics event here in our school parking lot on the East side.

Old computers, V. C. R. s, T. V.s etc. are welcome. We also need some volunteers to help toss the recyclables into the appropriate containers. Please email Andrea Denyer at if you can help. A. I. M. Recycling will pay the school for the recyclables so we thank all those who donate in advance. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Play Day

Our Play Day is tomorrow Wednesday June 19th

Here is the schedule for the Grade 4s of the day:

Block 1 - Regular morning.
Block 2 - Outdoor play with Grade 3's

11:55 - Juniors have recess on pavement
12:30 - Juniors eat lunch on the grass with your Teacher and class (homeroom)

Block 3 - Movie in gym
Block 4 - Movie in gym then back to class.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Open to Public – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013
Education Day / Open to Public – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Unpacking the Curriculum: Rocks & Minerals

We have started unpacking our next science unit on Rocks and Minerals. As a class, we discussed and understood the Big Ideas and the Overall Expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Based on the Overall Expectations, students inquired about Rocks and Minerals, posing several questions. Students' questions were then organized by the Big Ideas and this will lead their learning throughout unit.