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Monday, September 15, 2014

Grade 7/8 Points System Note is here:    Note Home – September 2014 (Points System)
Grade 7/8 September Parent Note is here:  Note Home 2014-09-15 First Letter Home
(if you would like a paper copy of either of these notes, please email me)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dear Grade 7 and 8 parents

In the next month, students from Grade 7 and 8 will be participating in 3 learning sessions that will address the Ontario Health curriculum expectations.  The sessions will be led by nurses currently working at Red Lake Medical Clinic.  To facilitate discussion, students will be divided into gender groups.  The gender groups will be supervised by the classroom teachers.  Curriculum expectations being addressed are listed in the table below.  For more information about the Ontario Health Curriculum, please see the following website:  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health.html

Grade 7 Overall Expectations:

  • describe age-appropriate matters related to sexuality (e.g., the need to develop good interpersonal skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively with the opposite sex)

Grade 7 Specific Expectations:

  • explain the male and female reproductive systems as they relate to fertilization;
  • distinguish between the facts and myths associated with menstruation, spermatogenesis, and fertilization;
  • identify the methods of transmission and the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and ways to prevent them;
  • use effective communication skills (e.g., refusal skills, active listening) to deal with various relationships and situations;
  • explain the term abstinence as it applies to healthy sexuality;
  • identify sources of support with regard to issues related to healthy sexuality (e.g., parents/guardians, doctors).

Grade 8 Overall Expectations

  • identify the physical, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of healthy sexuality (e.g., respect for life, ethical questions in relationships, contraception);
  • identify local support groups and community organizations (e.g., public health offices) that provide information or services related to health and well-being;
  • apply living skills (e.g., decision-making, problem-solving, and refusal skills) to respond to matters related to sexuality, drug use, and healthy eating habits.

Grade 8 Specific Expectations

  • explain the importance of abstinence as a positive choice for adolescents;
  • identify symptoms, methods of transmission, prevention, and high-risk behaviours related to common STDs, HIV, and AIDS;
  • identify methods used to prevent pregnancy;
  • apply living skills (e.g., decision-making, assertiveness, and refusal skills) in making informed decisions, and analyse the consequences of engaging in sexual activities and using drugs;
    identify sources of support (e.g., parents/guardians, doctors) related to healthy sexuality issues.

Session topics have been decided in advance and are organized in the following manner:

  1.  October 18th – Anatomy and Physiology/Fertilization
  2. October 25th – Contraception
  3. November (date to be announced) – Sexually Transmitted Infections

If you have concerns or questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher before sessions take place.

Thank you,

Michelle Parrish and Jim Reid

 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dear Parents

On Friday, September 23rd, the Grade 7 students will be taking part in a “Go Outside” field trip that will complement our current Science unit “Interactions in Ecosystems”. We will be travelling by bus to various boreal forest areas within the area. Representatives from the Ministry of Natural will be guiding us throughout this day with both information and interactive sessions.

It is my intent to meet the following Science 7 curriculum expectations:
– Assess the impact of selected technologies on the environment
– Analyze the costs and benefits of selected strategies for protecting the environment
– (understand and) use appropriate Science and technology vocabulary, including sustainability, biotic, ecosystem, community, population, and producer in oral and written communication
– Demonstrate an understanding of an ecosystem as a system of interactions between living organisms and their environment
– Identify biotic and abiotic elements in an ecosystem, and describe the interactions between them
– Describe the roles and interactions of producers, consumers, and decomposers within an ecosystem
– Explain why an ecosystem is limited in the number of living things that it can support

For further information regarding the curriculum, please see the elementary Science curriculum.

Please note the following necessities for this field trip:
1. Lunch and snacks (for both breaks as we will be gone from 9 am until 2:30 pm)
2. All-weather clothing, including:
a. Pants
b. Long sleeve shirt
c. Raingear
d. Shoes/rainboots
e. Warm sweater
f. Bug spray
3. Cameras are allowed (please send USB cord as well, we will be using pictures taken to complete a project)
4. Notebook/pen/clipboard (if available)
5. Backpack

This will be a very busy day, full of learning and activity. It is expected that all students will participate in all activities regardless of weather. If you feel that your child is unable to participate in this activity, please call me at school (735-2088) and I will make arrangements for them to work on similar content within a classroom at the school.

Please sign the attached permission slip and return to the school by Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

Michelle A. Parrish

September 15, 2011

Dear Parents

The Red Lake Heritage Centre will be presenting the movie Carbon Nation on Saturday, September 24th at 7:00pm. In recognition of your child’s contribution and commitment to our Eco-School initiative (and certification!), I would like to encourage you to attend with your child, or to make it possible for them to attend this event. I am also planning on attending the movie.

The movie will be followed by a live question and answer session with the director of the movie, Peter Byck. As it’s not every day there is an opportunity to interact with a “real live” movie director, your child may be interested in participating and viewing this discussion. Ms. Christine Polle (local environmental enthusiast and educator) will assist me in working with the Grade 7s to prepare them for this movie. It is our intention to put forth at least one question to the director, Mr. Byck. As you can see, this would be an excellent opportunity for your child to take their learning outside of the classroom! Ms. Polle will be visiting our classroom on Tuesday, September 20th to speak to the class about this movie, their ‘voice’ in environmental initiatives and the connection between what they are doing now and what can be done. I’m very pleased to have an ‘expert’  help me out with this topic and would like to extend a thank you in advance to Ms. Polle.

As noted earlier, I will be attending this movie, and therefore, I may be able to assist with rides from Balmertown and Cochenour. Please advise me if you are unable to provide a ride for your child and we can make arrangements to share travel.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at michelle.parrish@kpdsb.on.ca or call the school (735-2088).

Thanks,

Michelle Parrish

About the movie – carbon nation is a documentary movie about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. You’ll meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way.
For more information, visit: http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/about

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dear Grade 7 and 8 parents

In the next month, students from Grade 7 and 8 will be participating in 3 learning sessions that will address the Ontario Health curriculum expectations.  The sessions will be led by nurses currently working at Red Lake Medical Clinic.  To facilitate discussion, students will be divided into gender groups.  The gender groups will be supervised by the classroom teachers.  Curriculum expectations being addressed are listed in the table below.  For more information about the Ontario Health Curriculum, please see the following website:  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health.html

Grade 7

Grade 8

OVERALL EXPECTATION

  • describe age-appropriate matters related to sexuality (e.g., the need to develop good interpersonal skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively with the opposite sex).
OVERALL EXPECTATIONS

• identify the physical, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of healthy sexuality (e.g., respect for life, ethical questions in relationships, contraception);
• identify local support groups and community organizations (e.g., public health offices) that provide information or services related to health and well-being;
• apply living skills (e.g., decision-making, problem-solving, and refusal skills) to respond to matters related to sexuality, drug use, and healthy eating habits.

 

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS • explain the male and female reproductive systems as they relate to fertilization;• distinguish between the facts and myths associated with menstruation, spermatogenesis, and fertilization;• identify the methods of transmission and the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and ways to prevent them;• use effective communication skills (e.g., refusal skills, active listening) to deal with various relationships and situations;• explain the term abstinence as it applies to healthy sexuality;• identify sources of support with regard to issues related to healthy sexuality (e.g., parents/guardians, doctors).

 

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS

• explain the importance of abstinence as a positive choice for adolescents;
• identify symptoms, methods of transmission, prevention, and high-risk behaviours related to common STDs, HIV, and AIDS;
• identify methods used to prevent pregnancy;
• apply living skills (e.g., decision-making, assertiveness, and refusal skills) in making informed decisions, and analyse the consequences of engaging in sexual activities and using drugs;
• identify sources of support (e.g., parents/guardians, doctors) related to healthy sexuality issues. Printed on recycled paper

 

Session topics have been decided in advance and are organized in the following manner:

  1.  October 18th – Anatomy and Physiology/Fertilization
  2. October 25th – Contraception
  3. November (date to be announced) – Sexually Transmitted Infections

If you have concerns or questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher before sessions take place.

Thank you,

Michelle Parrish                                   Jim Reid

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