Author Archive: Steven Toleikis

Mr T is retired!

After teaching for 40 years, Mr T retired on December 31, 2017!!

What’s the plan for the field​ trip to the movie “Wonder” on Monday?

Students arrive at school as per usual.

All of the classes going to the movie leave on the rented school bus @ 9:15.  (Thank you to Scotia’s parent and Xanadu’s granny, who will chaperone on the bus and at the theatre.  They should arrive @ the school near departure time.)

9:45 – We arrive @ Silver City Cinema, Tillicum
10:30 am – The movie starts
12:30 pm – Anticipated movie end time
1:15 pm – Approximate return time to EMJS, then we have lunch.


Upcoming events for this week & next…There are lots!!

  •  You’re invited to attend our EMJS Winter concert @ 1:15 pm, either this Tuesday or this Wednesday, in the school gym. Hope you can make it – I think you’ll find it charming and heartwarming!
  • This Thursday, the Grade 4 and 5 students will be presenting their projects at our “Discover Canada Fair” in the gym. You’re all invited to come and take a look at all their hard work. The launch will be at 10:40. If you are unable to come at 10:40, feel free to drop-in anytime between 10:40 – 11:50 or 12:50 – 2:00.
  • Monday of next week many classes, including ours, are taking a school bus to enjoy the movie “Wonder”!
  • Wednesday of next week the class voted to have a “Secret Santa” party.  A notice went home on Friday about it. We will also test out our kid-made cars that day!
  • The last day of school (for 2017 😉 is Friday, December 22.

On Thursday it’s nobody’s birthday, so we’re celebrating.

It’s finally arrived!  Thursday this week is the day we celebrate everyone’s birthday – because it’s not anyone’s birthday (shades of Alice in Wonderland)

Here’s the notice that went home today:

“Dear Parent,
Quite some time ago the class voted to celebrate everyone’s birthday  – on a day when no one is having a birthday!  We’re calling it the “Un-Birthday”.  We’re doing this so that everyone in class, even those whose birthdays fall in the summer or on a school holiday, can celebrate their birthday in class.   The class chose this Thursday, November 23rd as the date for our “Un-Birthday”!
On that day, students are preparing to bring to class deserts that are birthday-like – cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cakes, brownies, etc.  Drinks, veggie, fruit and/or cheese plates are welcome too!  There is no need for everyone to bring enough for all of the children.  A dozen or so items it just fine – and this is a voluntary activity.  It’s up to  individual students if they wish to participate.
It’s going to be fun –
and a “Happy Un-birthday to You, too! ”



The homework to Monday is…

1.) Prepare for the science quiz on chapter 2 in the textbook on simple machines. Use the work in your Science duotang to study.

2.) Continue to take notes and prepare your materials for our vacation project. The details for this assignment were handed out a week ago and are in your SS duotangs or new vacation project duotangs.

The homework for the rest of the week…

…is not spelling.

It’s to practice multiplication facts for 5 minutes a day, and, to hunt for point form facts (re-written in your own words) about your Canadian province or territory for your Vacation Project.  See your Vacation Project handout for details on the kinds of information you are to be hunting down.!

Discover Canada: The vacation project

… was officially announced today! To find out details and deadlines about the project, check out your child’s social studies duotang or vacation project

The homework for tonight? Go on a treasure hunt for facts about your chosen province or territory!

Hint: See the information in the vacation project hand out about “chapter 1” for details on what sort of information students are hunting for.

The Remembrance Day assembly…

… is after recess tomorrow, and you are invited.

Students who are participating in the service have been asked to wear a white shirt or blouse, black long pants or black skirt and dark shoes (if they have them).

BTW The homework for tonight is to simply study for tomorrow’s spelling test and to spend 30 minutes or so practising math skills with Mathletics online.


…is an online way to practice numerous math skills. EMJS has a license for it until the end of November.

Students in our class each have an account and are enjoying using it in class.

They were asked to do Mathletics at home tonight for 30 minutes or so.

Hopefully they’ll have remembered their passwords & user names! 🙂

Homework: Nov 6

A new spelling worksheet!

How to create a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story using Google Slides

See the tutorial here!

The homework for tonight is to play games…

… online times facts practice games!

It’s time for students to improve the speed and recall accuracy of their basic times facts. Tonight, using our classroom blog, they can practice times facts using the online games that are on the right side bar of this blog page. Look for the section called “Practice Math Facts”. Students should practice with these games for at least 30 minutes tonight!