WELCOME!!!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Mr. McDowell's classroom blog. I am very excited to have a classroom webpage and I hope that you will find it useful. The purpose of this blog is to provide a convenient (and reliable) communication link between students, parents, the school and Mr. McDowell. I invite you to check this blog on a daily basis as I will be posting valuable information about the classroom and the school - including daily homework assignments, important dates, classroom/school news, etc.

For your convenience, you can also sign-up to receive "daily updates" from this blog that automatically gets sent to your email every day there is a new posting. Simply type in your email address into the 'submit' box found on the right side of this blog.

More importantly, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your son/ daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone, email, or this blog:

M.C. Knoll School - 786-5540
Email - benson.mcdowell@gssd.ca



Monday, March 30, 2015

Classroom News - March 30

I hope the long-weekend treated everyone well!

Ask your son/daughter about the mark they earned on the measurement math test...

The following people need to return their report card envelopes:
- AD              - KM


The following people need to return their survivor permission form and $30 fee:
- KK                - PM                 - CP

The following people have permission to leave the school before the Survivor dance:
- AD                 - BJ                - AS

The following people have handed-in their Survivor donations:
- AD ($100)             - BJ ($30)             
- CL ($20)               - AS ($10)

Reminders:
- Please return the Survivor permission form and $30 fee (blue-colored form), any Survivor pledges that you have collected (blue-colored form), the Survivor dance invitee form (beige-colored form), and the Survivor dance leave form (green-colored) by tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31)
- Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31) is the DQ hot lunch (for those who pre-ordered).
- Survivor is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2.
- There will be NO SCHOOL from Friday, April 3 until Sunday, April 12.

Homework:
Health - Growth and Development Unit TEST (Tuesday, March 31)
Math - Cartesian Plane Drawing (Tuesday, March 31)
Music - Musician Powerpoint (Wednesday, April 15)
LA - Crime Visual Representation or Essay (Friday, May 1)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- CP                                      

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Classroom News - March 26

Ask your son/daughter about their Math test...

Great job to those students who participated in "purple" day today (to raise awareness of epilepsy).

Survivor is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2.  Another newsletter was sent home today with information about the overnight portion of the event.

There will be NO SCHOOL tomorrow (Friday, March 27) as there is a school PD.  

Have a wonderful long-weekend!

Reminders:
- Please return the report card envelopes ASAP.
- Please return the Survivor permission form and $30 fee (blue-colored form), any Survivor pledges that you have collected (blue-colored form), and the Survivor dance form (beige-colored form) for those students who want to invite their friends from other schools.
- There will be NO SCHOOL from Friday, April 3 until Sunday, April 12.

Homework:
LA - Reader Response #6 (OVERDUE)
Health - Growth and Development Unit TEST (Tuesday, March 31)
Science - Big Idea 4 Quiz (Tuesday, March 31)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- CP                                      

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Classroom News - March 25

The Term 2 parent-teacher interviews continue after school today...

Also, tonight is your last chance to enjoy the MCK Book Fair!

Lastly, students are encouraged to wear "purple" tomorrow to raise awareness of epilepsy.

Reminders:
- Please return the report card envelopes ASAP.
- Please return the Survivor permission form and $30 fee (blue-colored form), any Survivor pledges that you have collected (blue-colored form), and the Survivor dance form (beige-colored form) for those students who want to invite their friends from other schools.
- There will be NO SCHOOL Friday, March 27 (School PD).

Homework:
LA - Reader Response #6 (OVERDUE)
Math - MP3 Player Design (Thursday, March 26)
Math - Measurement Unit TEST (Thursday, March 26)
Health - Growth and Development Unit TEST (Tuesday, March 31)
Science - Big Idea 4 Quiz (Tuesday, March 31)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- CP                                      

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Adventure Ed. - YRHS

Classroom News - March 24

The Term 2 parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for today and tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25).  I look forward to the conversations!

Ask your son/daughter about today's Adventure Ed. at the YRHS...

Reminders:

- Please return the report card envelopes ASAP.
- Please return the Survivor permission form and $30 fee (blue-colored form), any Survivor pledges that you have collected (blue-colored form), and the Survivor dance form (beige-colored form) for those students who want to invite their friends from other schools.
- Another wonderful MCK Book Fair is scheduled for tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25)!

- There will be NO SCHOOL Friday, March 27 (School PD).

Homework:
LA - Reader Response #6 (OVERDUE)
Math - Measurement Unit TEST (Thursday, March 26)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- KK             - CP                                      

Monday, March 23, 2015

Classroom News - March 23

Happy Monday!

As I said on Friday, I hope that there was a lot of conversation about the report cards over the weekend - conversations that were about your child's strengths, challenges and the improvements that are going to be made in Term 3.

Also, the annual MC Knoll Survivor event is just around the corner (Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2).  Two information items were sent out last week including:
- Survivor permission form and $30 fee (blue-colored form)
- Survivor dance form (beige-colored form)


Lastly, students will need appropriate gym clothing for tomorrow's (Tuesday, March 24) Adventure Ed. class.  The class has been scheduled from 11:00-1:45.

Reminders:

- Please return the report card envelopes ASAP.
Term 2 parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24) and Wednesday, March 25.  If you are unable to make the scheduled time, please contact me or the school ASAP.
- Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24) and Wednesday, March 25 is another wonderful MCK Book Fair!
- There will be NO SCHOOL Friday, March 27 (School PD).

Homework:
Art - Magazine/Calendar Picture (ASAP)
LA - Reader Response #6 (OVERDUE)
Art - Grid Art (Dino and Boat) (OVERDUE)
Math - 5.6 Area of Circles (OVERDUE)
Math - Measurement Unit TEST (Thursday, March 26)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- AB              - JH                - KK    
- PM              - CP               - AS                

Friday, March 20, 2015

Classroom News - March 20

YAHOO!!!  Term 2 Report Cards were handed out today.  I hope that there is a lot of conversation about the report cards over the weekend - conversations that are about your child's strengths, challenges and the improvements that are going to be made in Term 3.

Term 2 parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for next Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25.  Information was sent home earlier this week with specific details about your date/time.  If you are unable to make the scheduled time, please contact me or the school ASAP.

Also, the annual MC Knoll Survivor event is just around the corner (Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2).  Two information items were sent out today (in the report cards) including:
- Survivor permission form and $30 fee (blue-colored form)
- Survivor dance form (beige-colored form)

If students are interested in volunteering to help out at the parent-teacher interviews - either working the book fair or babysitting - please let Mrs. Hall know by Monday, March 23!

Reminders:

- Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 is another wonderful MCK Book Fair!

Homework:
Art - Magazine/Calendar Picture (ASAP)
LA - Reader Response #6 (OVERDUE)
Art - Grid Art (Dino and Boat) (OVERDUE)
Math - 5.6 Area of Circles (Monday, March 23)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- AB              - ASB             - AD          - JH             
- KK              - BM              - PM           - KM        
- CP               - AS              - SW

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Classroom News - March 19

If students are interested in volunteering to help out at the parent-teacher interviews - either working the book fair or babysitting - please let Mrs. Hall know by tomorrow (Friday, March 20)

Reminders:

- Term 2 report cards will be handed-out tomorrow (Friday, March 20).
If you are interested in ordering from the Dairy Queen hot lunch scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, please return the appropriate form and fees by tomorrow (Friday, March 20).  YUMMY!
- Term 2 parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for next Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25.  Information was sent home earlier this week with specific details about your date/time.
- Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 is another wonderful MCK Book Fair!

Homework:
Art - Magazine/Calendar Picture (ASAP)
Career G. - Vacation Presentation (OVERDUE)
LA - Reader Response #6 (Friday, March 20)
Math - 5.5 Estimate Area of Circles (Friday, March 20)
Art - Grid Art (Dino and Boat) (Friday, March 20)

* The following people have OVERDUE work:
- AB              - BJ              - BM              - CP                 - AS