Monday, 20 November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was a pleasure meeting with so many of you last Thursday and Friday for our conferences.
This week is another opportunity to join our school community for our monthly Pillars of Care assembly.

Science Quiz this Friday, Nov. 24th - Topic: Trees and Forests
Movember Fundraiser - ongoing until Nov. 3oth
Fun Lunch (Chicken Strips) on Nov. 23rd

In the subject areas:

In LA, we were testing our reading comprehension on a text about the Amazon rainforest.
This also provided a great opportunity to review some of the concepts we are currently discussing in Science on Trees and Forest ecosystems.

It is with great pleasure, that I welcome Mrs. Angela Harris (until October Gr. 5 teacher at BHS) into room 14&15.  She is supporting us in her new role as Math coach and has been most helpful so far, demonstrating new approaches and strategies to express mathematical concepts using models and visuals.  Mrs. Harris will be working with us for about 6-8 weeks and join our team again in the Spring of 2018 to help out with PAT preparations.

Social Studies:
Our students are designing their own model cities, representing the multiple services and buildings that make up a municipality. Some of our expectations area:
> must include 18 different types of service buildings (i.e. hospital, post office, police station, town)
> symbols are used to discern each building from the others
> legend must be included to display all symbols and colors used.

Have a wonderful week!

P. Mueller

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Hello Parents & Guardians,

Parent Teacher Conferences tomorrow, Nov.16 and on Friday, Nov 17
Poinsettia Fundraiser is ongoing
Science Unit Test - November, 24

In the subject areas:

Multiplying decimals and whole numbers. Ex.: 4.56 x 7.
Solving, word problems involving decimals.

Forestry and Forest Management
Factors and Interests affecting our forests (i.e. Recreation - Logging - Conservation)

Social Studies:
Create your own city assignment.
Students are drafting a rough copy of a city that includes local services, businesses and government buildings on paper.


Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Monday, 13 November 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Important Reminder:

School Conferences are being held this Thursday & Friday.
Nov. 16,   3:30-7:30   pm
Nov. 17,   8:00-12:00 am

You can book them online by using your CBE account on our school website.


Grade 6 Mavericks / Leadership Club is selling popcorn starting this week.
Price: $2/bag
Why: The funds collected will support a local and global charity (United Way and We Day Charity)

Homework Projects:

1) LA/Socials - The good copy of our Bylaw story needs to be handed it asap!!!
2) Science - Extension to complete Leaves and Forest Project until November 30th.

In the subject areas:

Math: We have started to learn the steps of multiplying decimal numbers.
Social Studies: Review of Local Government - Unit quiz to follow shortly
Science: Factors affecting the ecosystem forest (Forestry)  - Unit quiz next week (Nov 24)
LA: Creating a narrative story - Strategies to develop a detailed main character

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Important dates this week in class:

Thursday, Nov. 9th
Math Quiz about decimals (addition and subtraction up to the thousandths place)

Friday, Nov. 10th
Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30 am in our gym
We are reciting "In Flanders' Fields" in Gr. 6 at the assembly

Science Project Update:
The due date in class is November 16th. I will share your child's progress at the
Parent-Teacher Conferences next week (Nov. 16th).
After thorough consideration, we Grade 6 Teachers have decided to allow an
extension period until November 30th. However, the project must be completed
at home. Once again, I want to point out that students have had a chance to work on the project
for the past 4 weeks when we first handed out the booklets.

LA/Social Studies:
We are continuing to write stories about a fictional bylaw as an interdisciplinary project in class.
This story is due by Friday and should include all the steps of how our local government proceeds in
town hall meetings.
1) Motion is being brought forward
2) Councilors discuss and review the motion 3 times (experts and the public opinion is heard)
3)Council votes
4) Motion becomes a new bylaw or is dismissed


Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Next week on Thursday, November 16th and 17th, is already our first round of Parent Teacher Conferences. I am looking forward to meeting many of you and sharing my insights into your child's learning. Conferences start at 3:30-7:30 on Thursday and  8:00-12:00 on Friday morning.

By then our Science project should be completed:

Below you will find an example of the Leaves section: including the evidence, claim and justification
parts.  In class,we are continuing to work on our slide shows and research of key ideas & Understandings.

In Social Studies, students are applying their knowledge of bylaws by writing a story about the process of introducing a motion, reviewing and arguing the new bylaw and coming to a decision.
Students were asked to think of a fictional bylaw and write the story from the mayors, or a councillors perspective.

Im Math, we are continuing to quiz students basic math skills in regards to preparing them for the PATs. This weeks' test will be on Thursday and include adding, subtracting decimals, which we have practiced for the past two weeks.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Today in class, we continued the research of the Leaves and Trees and Forests project.
I noticed and talked to individual students who have to make use of the provided time in class
as well as at home to catch up. The due date is next Thursday, November 16th.

By now:
Tasks 1-6 in the booklet should be almost completed (either in the booklet or a student chosen media format)
If students have not found a leaf with the expected criteria, they can search the web and draw or print
one that suits said expectations.
Some vocabulary may be challenging, but in the day and age of instant information the internet is a great resource to clarify (i.e. type in key word - select images).

In Math, we were working on higher level thinking questions involving decimals.
How many ways can you cut a 4.9 meter long ribbon into two parts?
Students in Grade 6 are expected to solve decimal questions up to the thousandths place.
That is 3 units to the right of the decimal point:
=> 0.768 786/1000 - seven hundred eighty-six thousandths

In Language Arts, we peer edited the stories we created last week in class.
One goal this year, is to learn from each other and become more proficient in identifying
spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax mistakes. To prepare we went of various correction marks
addressing these areas.

Poinsettia fundraiser and Movember fundraisers are ongoing.
Spelling Quiz is on Friday
Below you will find the current list of subject-specific vocabulary

Spelling Words Week 8 Science: Trees and Forests

1) energy *

2) xylem *

3) phloem

4) carbon dioxide *

5) oxygen *

6) glucose*

7) stomata

8) photosynthesis

9) transpiration

10) chlorophyll

11) recreation *

12) interaction *

13) epidermis

14) forestry *

15) natural resource *


Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Friday, 3 November 2017

Dear Parents,

Today I want to just point out 3 items:

1) Homework in Science - Students are strongly encouraged to continue the work on the Trees and Forest project.
The due date is November 16th.
2) Veterans' food drive - Please send non-perishable food items to school next week.
3) Mathletics: Please ensure your child is working on Mathletics at least twice a week for 30 min each.
Last year 40% of students in Grade 4 were below the provincial standard in the 2017 PATs.
Our school is spending a significant amount of money on the program. It works on computers (using the browser) or tablets (downloading the app).

Link to Mathletics: all Gr. 6 students have a log in and password


Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Reminders & Notes sent home today:

1) November calendar => important events at BHS this month
2) Poinsettia fundraiser order form
3) Ongoing homework project Leaves and Trees & Forests & Book Report (LA)
4) Veterans' Food Drive - Send canned or other non-perishable food items to school to show your support
5) Movember fundraiser: Your children can vote for the BHS teacher with the worst mustache for only $1 per vote.
Almost all male staff members are showing their support for prostate cancer research by growing a mustache this months. The money, collected will be donated to the Movember organization.

In the subject areas:

In Social Studies, we are currently learning about bylaws and the process of brining forward a motion at local government level. Students were discussing two bylaws and made changes in class.
Did you know that a bylaw has to be discussed three times in council before a final decision will be made? We, the public, have the opportunity to provide insights and feedback on bylaws throughout the process.  Students, therefore are realizing that one principle of democracy is taking an active part in your local government.

In Math,
we are working on addition and subtraction of decimals and solving word problems. Your children should all be familiar with the CUBE strategy:

Circle - the numbers
Underline - math words (i.e. difference, total, share, more than)
Box in - additional information (understanding the context of the word problem)
Evaluate - Think about what math operation (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplying, etc.) is required

In Science, I allocated additional research time and had students work on our computers to find out detailed information about their various Big Ideas and Key Understandings in regards to our current Trees and Forests unit.

Please ensure your children are dressed properly when coming to school. At lunch and recess, we are still spending 10-20 minutes outside.

Have a great day!

Mr. Mueller

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Tomorrow, I won't be in class due to a field trip with the BHS Mavericks Club to We Day.
Thankfully, my teaching partner, Mr. Lancee has agreed to continue our current learning
with all Grade 6s. He will be supported by our wonderful ELL teacher Mrs. Paschalis.

The focus for tomorrow will be Science:
Students were told to bring their current leaves project into school.
We have booked the computers and distributed research literature in form of
Science books, posters and presentations around the classroom.
This work period will allow them to further progress in the project.
Please remind your child to bring his project to class, so that he/she can add
more information.

Further we will continue our story writing unit. The current focus is on adding descriptive vocabulary, organizing events in a logical order and enhancing the resolution and conclusion of a story.


Pascal Mueller
Grade 6 Teacher
Beddington Heights School
T 403 777 6610

Monday, 30 October 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As you are probably well aware of by now,
our Grade 6 students in Room 14 & 15 have two ongoing homework projects.
When asking my students in class today, who has started working on said projects,
only a few (about 1/3) raised their hands.


1) Science: Trees and Forests
> Detailed information about this project can be found on the blog (entry October 16th)
> Due date: November 16th, 2017

2) Book Report
> Students have chosen a book on which they will work on from now until mid-December during our
DEAR block (drop everything and read).
I have handed out duo-tangs today to record their information while reading in class and at home.

Please contact me, if you have any questions regarding the two projects.

On Wednesday, students are expected to bring their Science project to class and share how much work has been done until now. We will provide them with computers to further research their chosen topics in class on that day.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thank you for all those parents and students participating actively in our school community.
Due to your ongoing support events like the Halloween Dance on Thursday, as well as our Pillars of Care Assembly make Beddington Heights School a great place for learning.

In the subject areas:

Students are working on Mathletics and have personalized accounts with assigned tasks.
In class we will work on the program approximately once per week. Some of the work
should be done at home as homework. I have assigned 7-9 specific tasks (involving the four basic operations - addition - subtraction - multiplication and division) to students in Room 15.
These tasks need to be completed by the end of November.

In Science we reviewed the process of photosynthesis in class and learnt that humans and other animals are called heterotrophs whereas plants are considered autotrophs (= they produce their own food).

In our writing unit we began to research synonyms for overused and unspecific words, such as
'said, old, new, went, bad, sad.' Students will create a tombstone for each word and find suitable synonyms to take over their place in future writing activities. This will tie into our descriptive writing activities and help generate more interesting vocabulary for our stories.

> Photo order forms were sent home today
> Monday Oct. 30 & Tuesday 31: swimming at Thornhill Pool / bring swim gear to school
> Tuesday Oct. 31 is Black and Orange day at BHS
> Wednesday: Selected Gr. 6 students will participate in the We-Day field trip (bus leaves at 7:55am)

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Today, I would like to remind you of a few important due dates:


The final 'Trees and Forests' project will be due on November 16th.
Students are expected to complete most of the project on their own time at home.
Information about the task was handed out to students two weeks ago and can be
checked on my blog (previous entries from 2 weeks past).
I will allocate some class time for research and have done so this week(4x30 min).
Concepts such as interactions of forest ecosystems, wildfires, forestry and human
impact on forests around the world (with a focus on Alberta in class) are topics I will
address during Science in the next 2 weeks.
Students are required to further inquire and research 3 of these topics in more detail and showcase theirunderstanding by creating a chosen type of media and representing the information.

Halloween Dance hosted by our Parent Council tonight from 6-8 in the school gym.

Spelling Quiz is next Monday (due to swimming)

Dear Parents and Guardians, It was a pleasure meeting with so many of you last Thursday and Friday for our conferences. This week is ano...