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March 17
Weekly update

Our class will be swimming at the Fredericton Indoor Pool from 9:00 am - 9:50 am on the following dates: Mar. 18th, 25th, Apr. 1st, We remain in need of volunteers! If you are able to assist, kindly let me know. Thank you!

Harvey’s Studios will be here on Tuesday to take Group Photos. If your child belongs to any of the below groups, please have your child wear their leadership t-shirts!

Group list:



Beginner violin

Chinese dance

coding club

Boys cross country

Girls cross country

k-2 drama

3-5 drama


Green team

intermediate violin

junior choir

library club


Park Street yogis

peer helpers

rights respecting

student council


·         The Student Council would like to celebrate the first day of spring this Wednesday. March 20th. Staff and students alike are encouraged to dress in their favourite spring clothing (sunglasses, floral, bright colours, etc.) to help celebrate the arrival of sun and fun!


·       We have a new library day starting this week- Library is now on Wednesdays from 8:30-9 a.m.


·       Friday, Mar. 22 is a Professional Learning Day – no school for students


·       Park Street School’s 2nd Annual Heritage Fair is Wednesday, April 17 from 9-10 a.m. in the school cafeteria.


·       Grade 5 Celebration $25 due – Pay with School Cash Online or with Kathy at the office​

March 10


Our class will be swimming at the Fredericton Indoor Pool from 9:00 am - 9:50 am on the following dates: Mar. 11th, 18th, 25th, Apr. 1st, 8th

Please note our first swimming date is tomorrow. I only have one female parent volunteer for tomorrow and one female volunteer for Mar. 18.  We still need 2-3 more parent volunteers, including at least one male, to accompany us to the pool. We will be leaving the school at 8:30 am following the announcements and walking to the FIP. If you are available to help supervise on any of the days mentioned above, please let me know.

Thank you!
February 25
Weekly update

Hi there Grade 5 families:

Here are a few reminders for this week leading up to March Break:

1.    It’s PANDAMonium Week! PANDAmonium Week Activites.docxPANDAmonium Week Activites.docx  All week we will be celebrating something wild and fun!  .Tuesday is Crazy and Bright Day: Get out your brightest colours, craziest patterns or whatever you want to stand out!


2.    Our class will be swimming at the Fredericton Indoor Pool from 9:00 am - 9:50 am on the following dates: Mar. 11th, 18th, 25th, Apr. 1st, 8th


Please note our first swimming date is the Monday when we return from March break. I will try to send out a reminder over the break as I know it will be difficult to remember. We still need 2-3 parent volunteers, including at least one male, to accompany us to the pool. We will be leaving the school at 8:30 am following the announcements and walking to the FIP. If you are available to help supervise on any of the days mentioned above, please let me know.


Thank you!


3.    The Book Fair is this week!  Dates and are times are posted on the school website and on Fresh Grade and here is your reminder here as well:

Tuesday, February 26th - 8:30 to 3:30

Wednesday, February 27th - 8:30 to 12:30 and 4:00 to 7:00

Thursday, February 28th - 8:30 to 3:30

We hope to see you at the book fair!!!!

4.    Leading up to March Break students are working on:

In Literacy: Writing a good copy of a mini-adventure

In Maths: Practicing multiplication strategies and exploring division. Nightly practice for 15 mins. with XtraMath.org as part of homework is very helpful for development of key skills

In Art: Working on our medieval buildings, houses, churches, castles ... send in any extra materials your child may need!

In Music: Researching famous composers and creating social profiles for them for today’s era

In English: Working on our First Nations Peoples Research Project

5.    Thursday, Feb. 28 is the last day to bring in a loonie or two and support Rights Respecting: We Create Change Campaign, which is helping to raise funds for Haiti.  Students can choose to wear their hat or go sock-foot while making change in our world!

February 20
Weekly update

​Hi there Grade 5 families:

We are quickly closing in on February!  We are going to make it through these cold, cold days so hold on!

A few reminders:

-Sock Hop $2 - Tomorrow - Thursday, Feb. 21. Funds go to support Fredericton's homeless

-Students are encouraged to  keep on donating to our We Create Change initiatives as well. Students can donate $1 to wear their hat or sock feet or go wild and crazy with Crazy Hair! Rights Respecting is running the We Create Change fundraiser until Feb. 28.

-Pandamonium is next week! A week-long of activities leading up to our March Break 

PANDAmonium Week Activites.docxPANDAmonium Week Activites.docx

-Book Fair is next week for the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, February 26th - 8:30 to 3:30
  • Wednesday, February 27th - 8:30 to 12:30 and 4:00 to 7:00
  • Thursday, February 28th - 8:30 to 3:30
-The class is still in need of more boxes of Kleenex - if you can contribute, please do so!

- Please note the information posted regarding the Grade 5 celebration

I leave you with a couple of questions to reflect upon ... 
- How much is your child reading at home?
- How much math is your child doing at home?
-How can your child squeeze in a little more to help advance their efforts at school?

Please encourage at home reading and math practice, as we know that home support and practice really do make progress!


Mme Whalen

February 11
Weekly update

Hi families:

-The class is accepting Kleenex donations!  Can you believe we plowed through that huge wall of tissue boxes we had?? We are now down to only 1 box left!   As an aside .. I keep a couple of bottles of hand sanitizer in the room and it seems like I buy Lysol wipes weekly!  Trying to stave off wintery germs is challenging!  Please remind your child of the importance of proper hand-washing and general cleanliness.

-We are raising lots of cash-ola for our efforts with Rights Respecting in supporting Haiti!  (Approx. $55 so far!) Allowing the students to choose what they want to do or wear then donate-up for it has been a huge success - thank you for helping the kids have fun, at school, while supporting others and learning about compassion. Some choices have been ... Sock Day, Crazy Hair Day, Hat Day, Pyjama Day, Jersey Day, Twin Day, etc.  Students have been waltzing in in jammies, while in sock feet, and a hat on and then dropping loonies in our class bucket .. it's been great and fun! 

-We are just getting started on a "Moyen âge" art project. Students have been learning about the medieval village and the buildings contained within.  I have been collecting cardboard items for a long while but today a huge dent was made in the supplies as the kids rifled through paper towel rolls and shoe and kleenex boxes.  If your child would like to bring any other supplies of their own for their project they are encouraged and welcomed to do so at any time!

-Today we had our A.R.C.C. - Awareness Assembly. Think about engaging in conversations with your child about what it means to have awareness. The have great ideas!  How can we be more mindful of our actions, of our surroundings, our environment, more mindful of our habits, etc. A hot topic for 9-10 year olds is REACTING vs. PAUSING to stop and think for a moment BEFORE acting .. Determining the appropriate reaction to the size of the problem goes hand-in-hand with that as well.  Chatting about these types of things with intention helps kids with understanding and learning.

-Ending on a positive note: our daily VIP bin is a huge success! Students are really stepping up and waiting anxiously to see who the VIP is each day.  The goal is capture everyone so wait for it ... one day your guy or gal will walk in saying they got the bin today!  It's filled with things they can use all day and it's been a real hit.  I'm on the lookout for acts of kindness and compassion - so proud of everyone so far! Hoping the good vibes just keep spreading far and wide!!
Have a great week everyone!

Mme Whalen
February 04
Weekly update

Hi there families:

Say goodbye to January and cruise on into Feb. with a great atitude and enouragement to share with your child.  Now is the time for your student to really dig in and take part and get the most out of their last year at Park Street School! Grade 5 is a big year with a lot of growth and change ahead ... let's push hard trogether through these wintery months - the GOALS are 


Everyone ready? On y va!

  • Until Feb. 21 PSS is raising funds through the Rights Respecting group to suport Haiti in their rebuilding efforts.  Our class already had a PJ Day for $2. Tomorrow we will discuss this week's ideas.  One class is having c razy hair day, another is having shoe-less day .. Keep posted for our next fun idea so that your student can join in the fun for a good cause for only a buck or two.
  • In Literacy and Social studies we are working on writing an adventure story.  We are starting tomorrow with our "mini-aventure" practice. By the end of this week, students will be working in a new writing centre, practicing writing a "mini-aventure". Our goal is for LOTS of solid practice in the writing centre so that later on, students are well-equipped to write a full adventure story all on their own.
  • Tuesday we are fortunate to be celebrating the Chinese New Year with a wonderful celebration in the gymnasium.  Our Grade 5 class is performing the Tai Chi Fan Dance.  It will be great!
  • Tuesday is also library day - please return books.
  • Every Friday I host Yoga Club - if you think your child would be interested or could benefit from some slow-down 'me-time'.. please encourage them to come.  We are breathing and stretching and laughing and feeling great every Friday, second recess in the gym.  Every day I try to teach the kids strategies to help them cope with all that life throws at them, even at their young age, they are stressed and anxious and need support and ways to cope - ALWAYS!  Young or old, taking time to learn how to calm ourselves is the perfect way to help us gain perspective.  Students don't need a mat, just a willing attitude. 

Coming up ...Feb. 11 - Awareness assembly

Have a great week!

January 24
A note about Math

Hi there!

Mme Whalen here ... wearing my MATH teacher hat for a moment ...  :)

XtraMath is a site listed on our homework board for homeroom to do 15 minutes every evening. 

The logiciel math site is another site which has been shared in the past and is great for a variety of math games and acitivities. 

Dedicating this time to doing some math work online supports what the students are learning in class and can greatly help your child advance in their abilities and build their confidence.  

https://xtramath.org/#/signin/classroom - This site places your child based on a pre-assessment then advances the student once they master the skill.  It is a great site that might take some getting used to, but the weekly reports reveal gaps so every student is encouraged to make doing math work on this site nightly a personal goal.  

https://www.logicieleducatif.fr/indexce2.php​ - This site is great for everyone for fun activities and lots of variety, but usage or development cannot be tracked.

Maybe shake it up and consider a few minutes on each site nightly to make it more interesting OR even using other sites or worksheets that you and/or your child find or create together!   

Keep on calculating!  

Mme W

January 22
Weekly update

Hi there Grade 5 families:

Below are the homework items and reminders for this week:

- Reading 15 minutes in French per night; practice really does make progress!

-XtraMath - Settings are on multiplication AND division - how is your child doing?

- Tuesday we will be enjoying a presentation by the Calithumpians!

- The grade 5 celebration meeting has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Jan. 23  at 7:00 pm in the PSS library. Hope to see you there!

- There will be a Sock-Hop fundraiser Thursday. Bring $2 to get your groove on and help support the Out of the Cold shelter. 

- Friday we have the opportunity to go to the Willie O'Ree to watch a ringette Atlantics playoff game at 12:00 pm. If you are willing/able to volunteer to come with us, please let me know!

Upcoming dates:

- Monday, Jan 28th is a PD day, therefore there is no school for students

- Wednesday, Jan 30th is Bell Let's Talk Day to focus on mental health and awareness

- February will be Awareness month!

- Tuesday, Feb 5th will be our Chinese New Year Assembly

Have a great week!


January 15
Mme Whalen's Math Group

Hi there families:

In Grade 5 Math with Mme Whalen we are just starting to work on multiplication. The attached document was recently sent home with your child.  Please explore some of the websites included to additionally support and encourage your math-learning-student! 

Tips and Tricks for Practicing Multiplication Facts at Home.pdfTips and Tricks for Practicing Multiplication Facts at Home.pdf

January 09
Weekly update

Hi there Grade 5 families!

Welcome to a fresh new year at Park Street! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing break. I am looking forward to working lots of fun things with the students this term. Below are the homework items and updates for the fresh term:

  • Reading 15 minutes per night in French really helps students progress - the kids have been encouraged to revamp their nightly efforts and to take their time choosing and changing books to bring home 
  • Xtra-math: All student accounts for Xtra-math hace been set to work on Multiplication and Division facts as we we will be working on these functions next!
  • January is Compassion month at PSS. We will be discussing during our classroom meetings and school-wide assembly January 17th
  • In Social Studies we will be starting a new unit on the Middle Ages. We will be primarily exploring the social structure during the Middle Ages (feudal system) and comparing/contrasting with social structures today.
  • In literacy, students will be working towards writing an adventure narrative to go along with our Middle Ages theme. We will also be spending lots of time reading and summarizing narrative texts. 
  • There will be no library this week due to some exciting changes taking place! The big reveal will be next week!
Upcoming dates:
  • Jan. 16th Parent meeting for Grade 5 celebration (7 p.m.)
  • Jan 17th - School ARCC Assembly (Compassion)
  • Jan 30th - Bell Let's Talk Day (Mental Health Awareness)
Have a great week!
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