Division M7

Teacher: Mrs. Jodie Labelle Email: jlabelle@saanichschools.ca

      • M7 Language Arts, Social Studies, and Physical Education
      • 7-2 Physical Education

On this website, you will find information about current assignments and due dates, useful resources, as well as important school information, dates, and reminders. This will help you to stay connected to our classroom and school communities.

Expect this site to be updated at least weekly, so please check back often to stay informed.

Many Thanks! ~ Mrs Labelle

Study Club:

Please note, a ‘Study Club’ is available to students at the following times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the Learning Commons
  • Tuesday from 3:10 to 4:10 pm after school in room 215

This club is available to any students wanting some extra support or time to work on assignments. If you would like your child to use this club, please encourage them to ask me for ideas of what to work on at this time.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for November 26th, 2018:

Happy December!

** Two field trip forms to return: Movie and Skating. Thanks!

** Report Cards will be sent home on Friday.

** Grade 7s: if your child wrote the FSA, it will be sent home today. Please be reminded that this evaluation has no impact on your child's school assessment or reporting.


Language Arts (Novel Study):

City of Ember Language Arts Novel Study is now mostly complete. Students have the last group meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) and will need to complete the self-reflection sheet, and submit their duotangs after the meeting. All final novel projects must also be submitted by tomorrow. Please check in with your child.

Language Arts (Grammar and Spelling):

Spelling test and grammar quizlet on Thursday. Students have been working through a variety of sheets to review grammar rules. Please encourage them to study these rules before the quiz on Thursday.

Spelling stories are due and Spelling Test #4 is on Thursday. The theme is, "I before E except when it's not....."

Here are the words:

      1. believe
      2. chief
      3. foreign
      4. friend
      5. height
      6. immediately
      7. niece
      8. receive
      9. wait
      10. weight
      11. BONUS WORD::: beige ::: (Students: you'll only know this rule-breaking word if you've looked at the website! Good work!!!)

Physical Education:

  • We are continuing our outdoor Ultimate Frisbee unit. Students should expect to be outside. It is going to bright and sunny but COLD! Please ensure that your student has warm layers and gloves that will still enable him or her to catch and throw a frisbee. All students should be changing into PE strip for EVERY PE lesson. Please ask your child how this is going.

*If the weather is deemed 'torrential' by our admin, we will offer PE in the gym, along with the other classes. For this reason, students should keep their indoor shoes at school as well.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for November 26th, 2018:

** Please return the movie field trip form and fee as soon as you are able to.

**Another field trip permission form will be heading home this week. Keep your eye out for the skating form and return it as soon as you are able to. Many thanks.

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Language Arts (Novel Study):

  • We are very close to completing our audiobook, and will likely hear the last chapter on Thursday! Students have their fourth (of five) literature circle meeting tomorrow, the 27th. The final meeting will be on Tuesday the 3rd. The completed duotangs for this novel study are DUE ON THE 3rd.
  • Students have been working hard on the final project. This is a very open-ended assignment, with a great deal of room for creativity. The projects need to demonstrate understanding of the plot and/or the characters and/or the setting of the story. We have about two-three more in-class hours to work on this assignment, so I have made it due on this Friday the 30th. (Having it finished by the last circle meetings next week will allow students the opportunity to share their projects with the other members of their group, completing the novel nicely.) Please ask your child to let me know if this Friday due date will not provide enough time. I will grant extensions to Monday the 3rd as needed.

Language Arts (Grammar and Spelling):

  • Typically we complete our weekly grammar and spelling work every Thursday in block 3. In this block, students will:
      • complete a 10 word spelling test
      • submit the Spelling Story with the words from the previous week (will mostly be completed in class, but check in with your student)
      • receive the next set of spelling words
      • complete a grammar mini lesson OR a small grammar assessment/ review quiz
    • THIS week will be a little different, since I want to allow more time to work on City of Ember projects. We will still have the spelling test and stories due on Thursday, however I will push the grammar lesson to Monday, and instead give them time to work on projects during the usual grammar block.

This is Week #3. The words are:

      1. wear
      2. through
      3. where
      4. thorough
      5. were
      6. tomorrow
      7. we're
      8. awful
      9. awesome
      10. achieve
      11. BONUS WORD::: mischievous ::: (Students: you'll only know this mischievous word if you've looked a the website! Good work!!!)

Physical Education:

  • We are continuing our outdoor Ultimate Frisbee unit. Students should expect to be outside, and bring appropriate shoes, warm layers, and extra socks. All students should be changing into PE strip for EVERY PE lesson. Please ask your child how this is going.

*If the weather is deemed 'torrential' by our admin, we will offer PE in the gym, along with the other classes. For this reason, students should keep their indoor shoes at school as well.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for November 19th, 2018:

** This Friday the 23rd is a Pro-D Day: school is not in session.

** Please return the bottom portion of the form to confirm that you have received it.

** Please return the movie field trip form and fee as soon as you are able to.

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Language Arts (Novel Study):

  • Students are continuing to listen to the audiobook City of Ember in class, while completing mini assignments in small groups. The third Literature Circle Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th. Last week, many students were not prepared for their tasks. Please ask your child what his or her job is for tomorrow, to help ensure that the task is complete.
  • Students have received the outline for the final project. This is a very open-ended assignment, with a great deal of room for creativity. Students are starting to think about how they will demonstrate their understanding of the plot and/or characters and/or the setting of this story.

Language Arts (Grammar and Spelling):

  • We will complete our weekly grammar and spelling work every Thursday in block 3. In this block, students will:
      • complete a 10 word spelling test
      • submit the Spelling Story with the words from the previous week (will mostly be completed in class, but check in with your student)
      • receive the next set of spelling words
      • complete a grammar mini lesson OR a small grammar assessment/ review quiz

This is Week #2. The words are:

      1. whether
      2. weather
      3. recommend
      4. to
      5. too
      6. two
      7. vegetable
      8. preferred
      9. perform
      10. necessary

Physical Education:

  • Today we began our outdoor Ultimate Frisbee unit. Students should expect to be outside, and bring appropriate shoes, warm layers, and extra socks. All students should be changing into PE strip for EVERY PE lesson. Please ask your child how this is going.

*If the weather is deemed 'torrential' by our admin, we will offer PE in the gym, along with the other classes. For this reason, students should keep their indoor shoes at school as well.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for November 13th, 2018:

** Friday the 23rd is a Pro-D Day: school is not in session.

** Interim reports have been sent home. Please return the bottom portion of the form to confirm that you have received it.

** Field Trip form went home last week for a movie on December 19th. Please return the form and fee as soon as you are able to.

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Language Arts (Novel Study):

  • Students are continuing to listen to the audiobook City of Ember in class, while completing mini assignments in small groups. The second Literature Circle Meeting happened today, and many students were not prepared for their tasks. Please ask your child what his or her job is for the next meeting on Tuesday (the 13th), to help ensure that the task is complete.

Language Arts (Grammar and Spelling):

  • Today, the students were so excited to start their new unit on Spelling and Grammar! We have a focus on commonly misused punctuation and misspelled words, however we will be reviewing a wide variety of concepts. Students will even do spelling tests! The first one is this Friday. Here are the words:

1. different

2. grammar

3. there

4. weird

5. scissors

6. their

7. surprise

8. occurred

9. a lot

10. they're

Language Arts (Descriptive Writing):

  • The Best of Me assignment was due today, however a few were not handed in. Please ask your child about this assignment, and email me for any clarification. The assignments look wonderful on the wall! Please stop by to say 'hello,' and take a look at the work, if you are in the building.

Physical Education:

  • This is our last week of basketball. Students can expect to be inside, however we will typically run outside once a week, and students should have outdoor running shoes, warm layers, and extra socks. All students should be changing into PE strip for EVERY PE lesson. Please ask your child how this is going.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for November 5th, 2018:

**Our school is doing a food drive. Students are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to school to donate to the local foodbank. Thank you for your contributions!

**Royal Oak will host a Remembrance Day Assembly this Friday at 11am. Guests are welcome to join us in the gym. Students are asked to bring in a donation for a poppy this week, and will be given a poppy on Friday morning to wear to the assembly.

***Monday the 12th is a STAT holiday - no school in session.

**Interim reports will be coming home later this week or early next. Stay tuned for an update.

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Language Arts (Novel Study):

  • Students are listening to the audiobook City of Ember in class, while completing mini assignments in small groups. The first Lit Circle Meeting is happening tomorrow, Tuesday the 6th. Please ask your student what his or her job is for this meeting, and ensure that work is prepped for tomorrow. Students: come to me this week sometime and say, "The city is dark," for a treat. ;)

Language Arts (Descriptive Writing):

  • Students are working on a descriptive writing assignment called The Best of Me. Copies of the assignment have been emailed to and also shared with students on their drives. This is the final, culminating activity for this Descriptive Writing Unit. This will be likely due at the end of next week. Please stay tuned for an exact due date.

Physical Education:

  • Our current PE unit is basketball. Students can expect to be inside, however we will typically run outside once a week, and students should have outdoor running shoes, warm layers, and extra socks. All students should be changing into PE strip for EVERY PE lesson. Please ask your child how this is going.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for October 29th, 2018:

** October 30th - grade 6 immunizations (First thing in the morning)

**Halloween info: Costumes are welcome and encouraged on the 31st, however they are to be school appropriate (no masks, gore, violence, or realistic weaponry). Large, distracting props should be left at home. There will be a costume contest in the gymnasium at lunch!

**Our school is doing a food drive. Students are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to school to donate to the local foodbank. Thank you for your contributions!

**EASTER EGG TIME ;) Halloween Candy Time:

Any student who comes and says "Hooty Halloween" to me this week can have a treat. Sssshhhhh! It's only for students who check this website (parent reminders are encouraged!!) **

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Social Studies (Current Events):

  • Students have one more block to complete their What In The World assignments. These are due at the end of the day on Tuesday the 30th.

Language Arts (Descriptive Writing):

  • The next descriptive writing assignment is called The Best of Me. Please ask your child for details at the end of this week. This is the final, culminating activity for this Descriptive Writing Unit.

Language Arts (Novel Study):

  • By the end of this week, we will begin our first novel study. Students will listen to the audiobook City of Ember in class, while completing mini assignments in small groups.

Physical Education:

  • Our current PE unit is basketball. Students can expect to be inside, however we will typically run outside once a week, and students should have outdoor running shoes, warm layers, and extra socks. All students should be changing into PE strip for EVERY PE lesson. Please ask your child how this is going.

Weekly Update and Homework Information for October 22nd, 2018:

** Photo retakes on October 24th

** October 30th - grade 6 immunizations

**Students will be given back marks for their Mapping unit test and the 'Evolution Of' Language Arts assignment on Tuesday this week. Please ask your student to share these marks with you.

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Social Studies (Current Events):

  • Students are working on a Current Events unit: Reading provided articles, answering questions, and completing assigned activities. (Students writing the FSA assessments will be excused from this assignment.) This current events assignment is an In-Class one. No homework has been assigned.

Language Arts (Descriptive Writing):

  • We have started a unit on Descriptive Writing. Our first lesson at the end of last week was terrific! I anticipate some very creative work over the next weeks.

FSA (only grade 7s who have not brought in opt-out forms)

  • Students who are writing the FSA tests are currently working on them, and will continue to be given time throughout this week, while others complete the Current Events unit.

Physical Education:

  • Our current PE unit is soccer. Students should expect to be outside, rain or shine. They should dress in warm layers and bring a water bottle, plus extra shoes & socks!

Weekly Update and Homework Information for October 16th, 2018:

** THURSDAY is PIZZA day this week (since Friday is an non-instructional day)

** October 19th - NID (no school)

** Photo retakes on October 24th

** October 30th - grade 6 immunizations

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Social Studies (Current Events):

  • Students completed a test today for the mapping unit. Tests should be graded and returned and by the end of the week.
  • Students are beginning a Current Events unit: Reading provided articles, answering questions, and completing assigned activities. (Students writing the FSA assessments will be excused from this assignment.)

Language Arts (Descriptive Writing):

  • Later this week we will start a unit on Descriptive Writing.

FSA (only grade 7s who have not brought in opt-out forms)

  • Students who are writing the FSA tests will be completing them (5 blocks) throughout this and next week. Students are welcome to practice the online portion here. They will need to select the school district (Saanich 63), 'regular print', and enter any 9 digit number as a PEN. They will also need to select either READ7ENGLISH or NUM7ENGLISH to choose a practice test. The results are not connected to the student, and will impact the assessment, so practice is encouraged.

Physical Education:

  • Our current PE unit is soccer. Students should expect to be outside, rain or shine. They should dress in warm layers and bring a water bottle, plus extra shoes & socks!

Weekly Update and Homework Information for October 8th, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope that you are enjoying your extra day of rest with your families this weekend.

Social Studies (Mapping):

  • All Canada maps have been graded. The geography of Canada will be included on the Mapping Unit test, so I encourage students to review those maps while studying.
  • Currently, students are working on booklets in their socials duotangs. They are learning about elements of maps, directions & coordinates, longitude & latitude, and timezones. The unit test will either be at the end of this week or the beginning of next. I will include the details in my email home this week, but please check in with your child about it.

Language Arts (Google Slide Show):

  • Due to some lost class work time, we shifted the due date of the 'Evolution Of' assignment to Thursday this week. Students will have half a block on Tuesday to complete their slideshows, and will then be sharing their work, in small groups, on Thursday.
  • Next week we will start a unit on Descriptive Writing.

Physical Education:

  • Our next PE unit will be soccer. Students should expect to be outside, rain or shine. They should dress in warm layers and bring a water bottle, plus extra shoes & socks!

Weekly Update and Homework Information for September 27th, 2018:

Thank you for your patience as I have been working on getting this page up and running.

Using valuable feedback from last year, I will change the format for this year. This page will be a brief snapshot of what is happening each week, as well as a quick message to parents with any important updates. I welcome feedback and questions as you think of them. Thank you!

If you have not returned a comfort kit for your child yet, PLEASE return it as soon as possible. Those kits need to be placed in our outside bin right away.

Social Studies (Mapping):

  • Students have completed a group project, building a 3D continental relief maps. Come in and take a look, if you didn't see them at the open house!
  • Students wrote a mapping re-quiz on Tuesday. These second attempts demonstrated much improvement from the first ones. Be sure to ask your child about his or her test! Both quizzes have been placed into the Socials duotang.
  • Currently, students are working on their Canada maps. Criteria and marking rubrics were handed out and placed into the Social Studies duotangs. These maps are due on Friday the 28th, with a few extensions to Monday the 1st.

Language Arts (Google Slide Show):

  • Students have been assigned a topic for a new research project. The assignment sheets including the criteria are in their Language Arts duotangs. The details of the project can also be found here.
  • There will be blocks dedicated to this assignment next week. For now, it is not homework. We will review what is expected for the google slide show, so I encourage students to wait on creating their final piece of work. For now, we are officially in the research stage.

PE:

  • Students completed their first neighbourhood run this week. Well done! We are currently working on a Handball unit, and they should expect to be outside most days. Please encourage your child to dress in warm layers, bring outdoor shoes, and bring a water bottle. Many Thanks!