Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Curious to see the blog work the class has been doing?

Just visit:

When you get there, ask your daughter or son to sign you…. and enjoy! FYI – The class has now written over  200+ posts!

Remember, this Friday is the EMJS Canada Fair  The school gym will be packed full of displays about Canada from many, many classes and you’re all invited!!  (From 9:30 to 11:30)

Is our class joining “Hour of Code”? (And what is it anyway?)

Yes, we are!!

What is it? See here:

More to come soon……

On Monday we will elect a government…

… both in Canada, and in our classroom!


In our classroom, regular lessons will mostly be cancelled for the day as the students form “political parties”, elect leaders for their parties, create party platforms about student life in our classroom and in Margaret Jenkins School, make things and prepare for the election campaign, run election campaigns, and participate in a classroom election.

After the election, the classroom will be formed into a mock House of Commons where the students will propose, write, debate and vote upon “laws” and a budget proposed by the elected parties.

It should be an amazing, and highly educational, day!!

Some students have been so excited about this that they wanted to begin preparing over the weekend. This is great – but is purely voluntary. Students are not assigned to work on this on the weekend!

Some guidelines for the election campaign were posted and discussed in the classroom on Friday. Here they are.

First of all, students do not have to form or join a classroom political party – they can just be “citizens”. In fact, we need citizens or the election is likely to become skewed.   🙂

Guidelines for the campaign include the option to make all, some or none of these items (for each party, even a party with just one member). No other items are allowed to be included in the campaign:
• 2 election posters, on legal sized paper
• 1 super-sized election poster (paper to be supplied on Monday)
• a campaign song
• a campaign slogan
• a campaign logo
• a banner (made of 11 x 17 paper and only displayed during the debate)
• a 30 second video or slide show (if student faces appear in these, they can only be shown in the classroom, not online or in public)
• up to 20 copies of a handout or brochure (made on regular sized paper. They can be photocopied at school. Remember that we do not have a color photocopier.)
• up to 4 campaign flags (made on regular sized, or smaller, sized paper)
• up to 15 campaign “buttons” (circular, likely made of paper?)
• 1 extra campaign strategy (that does not reward, or appear to reward, someone for agreeing to vote for a particular party)

Each party will be required to appoint someone in their party (not necessarily the leader) to give a 1 minute speech and participate in a campaign debate. Different people can give the speech or join in the debate.

All citizens (including party members!) have the right to vote for whatever party they wish. No rewards are to be offered as an incentive to get citizens to vote for a particular party.

Posters, songs, logo, handouts, brochures, flags and buttons can only be displayed during the time limited campaign period. Posters can only be displayed on the identified bulletin board. Banners can only be displayed during the speeches and the debate. Their will be a set time for showing the videos and slide shows as well. Not adhering to any of these guidelines may result in the removal of the offending political party from the election!

Oh, and let’s have fun!!!!


Federal Election 2015 – Homework

On Friday the class will participate in a nationwide election experience when they “vote” in a mock national election being held at EMJS!  See Student Vote! for more info.

To prepare students for this, the homework for tonight asks students to identify their own riding, the parties and candidates running in their riding, and, some of the issues that have been presented in the national Canadian election.

To assist students in their research and work tonight, here are some links:

• To find out how the parties stand on issues important to you: Pollenize

• To figure out what riding you are in: Elections Canada: Ridings

• To find out the candidates running in your riding:  Elections Canada: Candidates (Hint: Type your postal code into the page!)

As well as joining in a mock national election on Friday, on Monday October 19th (the date of the actual election), students in our class will be having a hands-on election experience as they participate in a simulation/role playing day in the classroom.  They will be forming classroom parties, creating party platforms on issues and interests related to EJMS, campaigning in the class, voting, forming a classroom government, running a parliament and attempting to pass bills.  Should be an awesome day!

Oh, and BTW – there is no spelling homework this week!!

Our “Un-Birthday” is coming soon!

You may remember that rather than bring in birthday treat on their birthday (which is hard to do if your birthday is in the summer or during a holiday), the class voted in September to have an “Un-Birthday” one day this year.  On this day, all of the students who wanted to participate would bring in a “birthday” snack or desert treat for the participants (students will be expected to have their lunch as usual, of course).

When we first discussed this, the class wanted to do it April 1st  – but that just isn’t enough notice for parents, so-o-o-o, our class “Un-Birthday” is this Thursday!! This is meant to be a simple, fun activity….  A dozen of whatever would be fine – there is no need to bring in something for every child!

Hooray – We have a field trip coming up!!

Students were delighted to learn that all of the grade five and grade four/five classes will be going to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre Friday morning for a fun skating session! We will walk to and from the Centre, leaving at 9:45 am and returning at 12:00 pm.  The entrance fee for each student is $3.00.  Skate rental is free.  All children MUST have a helmet.  They will not be allowed on the ice without one.

We need at least 2 adult supervisors to help our class out!  If you can walk with with the class (to and/or fro) AND are able to skate with us, please email Mr T. (A link to Mr T’s email is on the right sidebar of this blog).  This is legal requirement in order for our class to participate in this experience.  Thank you!

Permission forms for this field trip were handed out on Friday.  They need to be returned to the school before a student can participate.  If a student does not have a form, one can be picked up at the office during the week (The office will be open at the usual times from Monday to Friday).

Please note: No child at EMJS will be denied access to this field trip due to an inability to pay.  Please contact the school principal if finances are an issue and a solution will be worked out.  Of course, your privacy will be respected.

Camp Thunderbird!

Students need to arrive tomorrow NO EARLIER than 8:15. The bus will leave at 8:30am.
We anticipate coming back to EMJS around 4:00, but that is only an estimated arrival time.

Fun, here we come!

Will Canada win gold? Make your vote count!!

About the Fall Fair “Movie Night” baskets…

Thank you to the 1/3 of the class who have contributed to this PAC sponsored school fund raising effort.

A reminder to everyone that the deadline for donations is fast approaching – It’s Friday!

We’re looking for things that would loosely fit our lottery basket theme “MOVIE NIGHT”!!

Our class theme for the Fall Fair fund raising basket is…

Movie Night!

Is there a parent (or parents) from our class who can help to “direct” this fun activity?  At the moment no one has stepped forward to be a class rep – so it would be great if we had some help with this one project – to “produce” a”blockbuster” basket!  It has to be completed and handed in to the PAC two weeks from Monday – so it’s not a long term committment.

Please email or drop off a note with your child if you’re interested in being a “star” for our class.  Thanks for “auditioning” this request.  (OK, that’s “The End” of the bad puns – for now!)

Does everybody want to be a cat?

We’re hoping that all students in the class will participate in the school’s performance of “The Aristocats” on Thursday night this week.  Should be tons of fun, as every student not on stage has practiced and rehearsed to be in the choir (which is where the cat song is sung BTW).

Students should come to my classroom dressed all in one colour (black, brown, white) at 6:00 on Thursday night to prepare for the performance (Cast members go to the music room).

A tip of the hat to all the parent volunteers coming to help that night!

Mozart & Hayden Come to Visit…

Or rather, we will visit them for I understand they will be in attendance at the concert 😉 Our next field trip is the free concert “Mozart & Hayden Festival: Best of Friends”, on Thursday, March 5.

Thanks very much to all of the parents who are driving! A passenger list has been arranged for your car. (If you volunteered, ask your son or daughter about what’s been arranged.)

Drivers, please come to the classroom at 8:45 am Thursday. We need to get to the Alix Goolden Performance Hall by about 9:15 to be seated. (Parking BTW will be on the street.) Driving parents are invited to attend this free performance, if they wish!

The concert ends by 10:15, so we should be back at the school by about 10:45.