2018-19 School Supply List

Dear parents,

Here is the supply list for the 2018-19 school year (you can click on the link to open up the PDF). If you are still subscribed to the blog, but not coming back next year, please unsubscribe yourself to avoid further notifications.

Thank you!

2018-19 supply list

2018-19 Student Supply List for Mr. John’s class

What is required this school year?

  • Flash drive – with the increasing use of computers this is now essential (a safer place to save work and allows students to bring work home if required).
  • Colored pencils – we have a large selection of colored pencils in the class, but if you would like your child to have some personal ones then it is recommended.
  • Blue or black pens – four (two of each).
  • For new students to the class only: Three 2 inch or three 1-inch binders (one for math, language and social studies/science). Please do not bring anything bigger than a 2-inch binder – we are running out of shelf space! If you are a returning student then students should already have their own set of binders. We do not use composition notebooks in class.
  • Plastic dividers for each binder (pocket dividers are optional).
  • Trapper keeper. Can be optional, but a lot of students find them very useful.
  • Twenty four #2 Pencils. If the student prefers to use mechanical pencils, it will be their responsibility to supply leads.
  • Dry erase markers – one blue and one black, or a combination of blue, black, green and red.
  • Scissors – appropriate for your child’s size/age and left or right handed.
  • Handheld pencil sharpener with shavings catcher attached.
  • Erasers for pencils – 10.
  • Pink erasers – 2
  • Clipboard – This can be optional. We have approximately 15 clipboards in the class. However, these tend to disappear, so a clipboard with the student’s name is a good idea.
  • 12-inch ruler.
  • 4 Glue sticks
  • Compass and protractor for geometry.
  • 2 rolls of paper towels.
  • Plastic placemat for lunch – label on the back with your child’s name.
  • Refillable water bottle – labeled with student’s name in permanent marker.
  • Indoor shoes (slippers) – can be Croc-like, or plain slippers without cartoon characters or designs. No flip-flops please.

What is not required this year

  • Crayons
  • Kleenex
  • Index cards
  • Copy paper
  • Zip lock bags
  • Lined paper

Notice: the items on this list will be used during the regular school day. They may be brought from home on a voluntary basis. Otherwise, they will be furnished by the school.

The last week

Dear parents,

The schedule for next week is:

Monday: full day. We will be doing some debating, presentations and possibly making some salsa.

Tuesday: early out. Lower el graduation from 10.30-11.30. PTC from 2.10-6.50.

Wednesday: early out, Upper el graduation from 10.30-11.30. PTC from 1.30-6.50.

Thursday: early out. Movie in the morning: Coco, to tie in with our Hispanic Heritage work in September and October last year. PTC from 1.30-6.50.

Friday: early out, yearbook signing.

If you haven’t signed up for PTC, the link is: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/mapa and click on the link for “event sign ups.”

Early outs mean that school finishes at 1 pm.

Thanks everyone!


Crystal Hot Springs tomorrrow

Dear parents,

The schedule for tomorrow is:

8:30 – 9: meet in classroom.

9 – 9:45: drive to Crystal Hot Springs, leaving from North shore

10 – 10:30: lecture on the mineral properties of the hot springs

10:30 – 1.45: time in the pools and lunch

2 – 2:45: return to school for 3 pm pick up

Please make sure that your children have sunscreen, flip flops, towel and appropriate swim wear. Please also send a sack lunch. Children should be in Friday dress code, unless they choose to wear their swim gear before we leave. There is an area to buy chips, soda and candy, but that will be out of bounds for the students.

Thank you – John

Swap Meet on Monday, Spirit Week, continent and country reports begin

Dear parents,

On this Monday May 14th we are running our “Swap Meet,” with many other upper el classes. This will run in the morning from 9-11 am and students can bring baked goods from home (cupcakes, cookies, brownies etc…) and other items they want to swap or sell. However, please remember that school policies still apply with regards to no candy, soda, weapons, or potentially offensive material being traded. Also, we cannot run electricity to the black top where it will be held.

On Monday afternoon we will begin our continent and country report presentations. Some students like to bring food and other artifacts or souvenirs from their country for their presentation. I am more relaxed about what kind of food can be brought this time compared to the International Fair, as it is easier to control. However, please don’t allow your child to bring sloppy food, or food or drinks that can cause the marking or staining of carpets.

Spirit Week also begins next week and here is the rundown again:

Monday May 14th – Crazy Socks Day

Tuesday May 15th – Crazy Hat or Hair Day

Wednesday May 16th – Pajama Day

Thursday May 17th – Occupational Day (Dress as what you’d like to be when you grow up)

Friday May 18th – Dress Down Day (Field Day)

Lastly, I’ve just had a look at our driver situation for going to Crystal Hot Springs on Tuesday and at the moment we still seem to be a couple of drivers short. Please email Ms. Alisha at eventhair@yahoo.com if you can volunteer for this trip.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Many thanks – John


Parent teacher conferences and field trip

Dear parents,

Parent teacher conferences (PTC) are coming up on Tuesday May 22nd, Wednesday May 23rd, and Thursday May 24th. As before, you can sign up for a 20 minutes conference slot by visiting: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/mapa. Then click on “event sign ups,” find my name and choose the day and time slot you would like. Conferences start at 2.10 pm on Tuesday and 1.30 pm on Wednesday and Friday, and go on until 7 pm. There is a break from 4.50 – 5.30 pm for dinner, and no conferences are scheduled for this time.

Due to PTC, those days are early outs, as is the last day, Friday May 25th.

We are still in need of volunteers to drive us to Crystal Hot Springs for our last field trip on Tuesday May 15th. You can sign up to chaperone through the same link as above, and then click on event sign ups. The event is labelled “Crystal Hot Springs Drivers.” To enter the Springs will be $5; $7 if you wish to use the slides.

As usual, any questions, please email me.

Thanks – John