Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dear parents/guardians,

Happy to see you at Meet the Teacher Night! I am Mrs. Boulos and I am your child’s Math and Language teacher. I teach Grade 4 in the morning and the afternoon in Room # 159 (Sunny Room).

Communication:
1- School Newsletters and School Website: http://isa.ocsb.ca
2- Agenda: Please check the agenda each night for notices. Please initial the agenda so I know you have seen it. If you need to write a note for me, I will see it in the agenda.
3- My blog is https://halaboulos.blogspot.com/ and homework is always posted on Monday due by Friday of the same week.
4- Twitter account is @BoulosHala
5- Phone calls, if needed
Math:
Please constantly work on basic math facts with your child. The more fluent they are, the more efficient they will become in answering/solving problems. The math strands your child will be working on are: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Learning, Patterning and Algebra, Data Management and Probability. For more information on Grade 4 curriculum, please visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/math18curr.pdf
Language:
Please have your child reading every night, if possible, for a minimum of 20 minutes. It is important to strengthen their reading skills, which also strengthen their writing skills. They will be working on many forms of writing: Recount, Descriptive, Procedural, Persuasive and Narrative writing. Check the Ontario Writing Exemplers for Grade 4 expectations http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/briarcrest/docs/writing18ex.pdf. Students will present a Speech at the end of this school year in June 2019 :)
Looking forward to a great year ahead,
Mrs. Boulos

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Please join our school community and support this worthy cause. Our Terry Run at St. Isabel is scheduled for October 4th, 2018. Our grade 6 students are taking the lead on organizing and promoting awareness as to why we are supporting the Terry Fox Foundation. Fundraising Page Link: http://www.terryfox.ca/StIsabelCESKanata  

Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer.
Meet the Teacher Night for parents/guardians of all students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6. This meeting will provide you with the opportunity to discuss class programs, timetables and class routines with your child’s teacher. This event is not intended to be individual interviews with the teacher. If you are interested in discussing your child’s progress, we ask that you contact his/her teacher on a separate occasion, as the focus of this evening will be on flow of the day and routines. Please plan to join us for this meeting, which will take place Wednesday, September 19th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Monday, September 10, 2018


In Math, Students will work on how to:

1- represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 10 000, using a variety of tools (e.g., drawings of base ten materials, number lines with increments of 100 or other appropriate amounts);
2- demonstrate an understanding of place value in whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.1 to 10 000, using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., use base ten materials to represent 9307 as 9000 + 300 + 0 + 7) (Sample problem: Use the digits 1, 9, 5, 4 to create the greatest number and the least number possible, and explain your thinking.);
3- read and print in words whole numbers to one thousand, using meaningful contexts (e.g., books, highway distance signs);
4- round four-digit whole numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand, in problems arising from real-life situations.

In Language, students will work on:

1- identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies and use them appropriately before, during, and after reading to understand texts (e.g., activate prior knowledge through brainstorming; ask questions to focus or clarify reading; use visualization to clarify details about such things as the sights, sounds, and smells in a medieval castle; make and confirm predictions based on evidence from the text; synthesize ideas during reading to generate a new understanding of a text)
2- generate ideas about a potential topic using a variety of strategies and resources (e.g., brainstorm; formulate and ask questions to identify personal experiences, prior knowledge, and information needs)
3- use parts of speech appropriately to communicate their meaning clearly, with a focus on the use of: common and proper nouns; verbs in the simple present, past, and future tenses; adjectives and adverbs; subject/verb agreement; prepositions; and conjunctions (e.g., since, through, until)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to our fourth grade class at our beautiful new school St. Isabel. My name is Mrs. Boulos and I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive year. We all have much to learn. This is my 3rd year as a fourth grade teacher. Prior to this I have 15 years in the K-6 primary/junior classes.

All students went home with a MAGNET CARD that has all our class info. Please make sure you follow us on Twitter, check the blog daily and sign the agendas. 

Curriculum Areas we will focus on this year include: Reading, Spelling, Grammar, Writing, Oral Communication and Math.

Homework: Your child should not spend more than 30-45 minutes on homework. I would usually post homework on the blog on Monday due Friday of the same week. Weekends should be free of homework to enjoy family time.

Studies show that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the strongest indicators of student achievement. I hope you will make it a priority this year to attend as many school sponsored events as possible. Need ideas on how you can be involved? Just ask. Check the school website at http://isa.ocsb.ca/ for important new information for parent volunteers.

If you need help or clarification about what to do please feel free to contact me.

Welcome to FOURTH grade!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Boulos

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

St. Isabel Catholic Elementary School
Open House
Our school community is invited to attend this
exciting event showcasing our great school and
staff!

Thursday, August 30, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 PM
785 Goulbourn Forced Rd

We hope you can join us!