Year End Wrap-Up

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for an incredible year! Thank you for all the support you have shown our class and myself this year. I am so proud of the kids and all they have accomplished this year. Thank you for all you have done to support our learning and my own growth as a teacher this year!

The school has asked me to share the following newsletter with you:

A few last housekeeping things to end the year:

1) Report cards are coming home today! You can keep the folders as they will be given new folders next year.

2) Your student has told who their teacher will most likely be next year. As always, things can change based on enrolment and needs. The hope is that by knowing, students can ease any anxieties about next year.

3) Each of the students was given a water bottle today – They are hand painted and should not be scrubbed or put in to dishwasher so the paint does not come off. They will be fine to hand wash with water as they are an oil-based paint.

As you know, I will moving next year. I will be in Whitecourt at St. Joseph School teaching Grade 5. I am very excited to be teaching grade 5 again.

Have a great summer and best of luck next year in Grade 6!

Ms. Courtney Albrecht

Broxton Park Trip

June 11, 2015


Dear Parents,

We have an incredible opportunity to partner with a Grade 2 French Immersion class at Broxton Park to practice our reading in French. We have been invited to visit their class on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. We will be leaving school at 10:30am and walking to their school. We should be returning in time for lunch. There is no cost associated with this field trip.

If there are any questions, please let me know. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact the school or myself.


Thank you,


Ms. Courtney Albrecht



Heading towards the end of the school year.

We are currently wrapping up a lot of our work in our units. A lot of things will be coming home and I will be having students cleaning up the classroom bit by bit. My apologies about the lack of updates the last couple of weeks – there have been a number of technical issues.

Language Arts:
We have wrapped up our colour poetry unit. We have looked at various types of poetry and rhyme schemes. The students had fun with their poetry and we have used some of their poems to share with other staff in the building to showcase our work. We are going to be focusing on wrapping up our Book Clubs the next few weeks. If time permits, I’d like to do a viewing activity to compare 2 films to discuss how music, image and speech affect the story being told. We will likely look at examples from the new Annie, Wall-E, and Up

Social Studies:
We are putting the final touches on our coat of arms and recording our explanations of them. Links to the videos will be shared on the blog. Students will begin researching 5 great events that occurred in Canada’s history on Tuesday. They will have the opportunity to then build an artifact using clay and recycled materials.

Students will continue to work on their problem of the week from last week. The archimedes puzzle is definitely a challenge for the kids and working their perseverance and creativity. Students are also continuing with the Patterns and Equations unit with Mr. Letendre. They will begin their look at simple algebraic equations this week.

Students are wrapping up their exploration of wetlands. We will be returning to Jubilee park to talk about filtration. Many of the topics covered in this unit were explored in the study of ecosystems during Grade 4 Social Studies (Boreal Forest), Grade 5 Science ( weather and classroom chemistry – filtration and chemical reactions) or will be studied again in Grade 6 Science (Trees and Forests). The Students learned a lot during the field trip to DBG and were able to demonstrate an understand of their knowledge through various activities and reflections.  I will put together a photo slideshow this week and post it to the blog.

French (Field Trip):
We are hoping to be going to Broxton Park to read with Mlle Hawkes’s Grade 2 French Immersion students on Tuesday, June 16. Information letters will be coming home later this week. There is no cost as we will be walking. There will be some snacks provided. We will likely stop for lunch along the way back and have a picnic.

We are using the Pattern block shapes to work on geometric art. We will be working on with shapes the rest of the year to see how we can use them to create a variety of pieces. We will be doing an Art week  the week of the 15 – 19. Students will be given a challenge each day to complete in a specified time frame.

Classroom Cleanup:
We are going to be doing a major cleaning of the classroom on June 18. The remainder of the cleanup will occur on the morning of June 24. If you have extra reusable shopping bags for the students to put supplies and work in to take home, it would be appreciated if you could send them to school this week. I have exhausted my supply of bags during the last clean up we had done.

Library books:
Library books are due back on Thursday, June 11. Please ensure all books are returned at this time. We will not be going to the library this week so students may want to bring a DEAR book with them.

Innovation Week:
This week’s theme will be “Ethical Citizen – How can I help others?”. All projects must have the goal of helping others. We will not be fundraising money or cooking this week due to logistical challenges. Students will likely be planning their projects this week or early next week. Innovation week will run blocks 3-5 with a time to reflect during block 6.  Students will once again require parental consent to participate. The showcase will be on the Thursday morning.


Important dates:

  • June 11 – Library Books Due
  • June 16 – Broxton Park French buddies
  • June 18 – Greystone’s Got Talent
  • June 19 – Try-me Try-Athalon See details here –
  • June 25 – Innovation Week showcase in AM, Celebration of Learning and Grade 9 farewell in PM
  • June 26 – Last day of school, Year end trip (TBA), Report Cards go home


After a 4 day weekend…

Happy May long weekend everyone! I hope everyone had a great break and are ready to get back to some learning.

Language Arts:
We will continue working on our colour poetry and our reading groups this week. The Red free verse poems are awesome!

We will have our check up this week with Mr. Letendre. I am hoping to start a new POW this week as well. More details to be announced.

We will wrap up our weather unit this week with our weather forecast project so we can begin our Wetlands study. Testing the wind machines was a lot of fun and the reflections were amazing!

We will be wrapping up our clothing study with a fashion show on Thursday morning! Don’t forget to bring your outfits!

Social Studies:
We are continuing to finish up our study on the impacts of Canada the 7 groups had and creating our coat of arms with explanations of why we choose each part of the coat of arms and we will be creating a placard to explain the significance and impact the groups had on Canada.

This week we will be working on different types of shapes and how we can use them in our artwork. We are going to look at Jason Blower’s work. One of my favourite pieces to show shape is his print of Edmonton’s City Hall.

Please bring in your grocery shopping trip receipts or lists for health on Wednesday. Thank you!

Track and Field: 
Congrats to everyone on their awesome efforts this year at our track and field day. Way to go on having a positive attitude and showing great responsibility while participating. Some of our classmates even placed in the top 5! If you’d like to see the rest of the results, please check here.

Youth Boys
Stephen P – 100 m
Josh F – 200 m
Parker E – 800 m
Kaiden H – 800 m

Youth Girls
Cassia O – 100 m, 200 m, Long Jump, Javelin
Emma L – 100 m
Gillian W – 100m
Jaycie G – Long Jump
Katana L – Ball toss, Javelin
Brynn T – Javelin

This week at school

Hello everyone,

Happy Mother’s Day! Our kids had an amazing week. I was away both Thursday afternoon and Friday. The students were incredible and supportive of the guests in our room.  Here’s where we are heading this week:

Language Arts:

Due to me being away the latter part of the week, we did not start our Colour poetry. This is going to be a priority for us this week. While I was away, students started a writing piece of “My Teacher is Missing”. They will keep working on this as extra writing assignment. I am excited to read their plans. We have been continuing along with our Book Clubs. We are about 1/2 done our books now. The kids are working great through the reading roles and tasks using the habits of a good reader.


We have built our wind machines. This week we will test them, do our reflection and finish up our final blueprints. Miss Olivia and I were so impressed with the students and their building. We will finish up our unit with looking at the water cycle and recording our own weather broadcasts. As we wrap up, we will begin our Wetlands study. We have a field trip coming up June 1 to the Devonian Gardens. Permission forms will coming homes soon. The cost of the field trip was covered in the school fees.

Here are some photos from our Build day for the wind machine



Students are continuing to work on their Geometry unit with Mr. Letendre. They investigated quadrilaterals and categorized them according to equal sides and parallel sides. The students also completed a Photo Scavenger Hunt to help them better understand terms such as parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, vertex and  right angle. The kids had fun with the hunt and we will continue to share those photos into next week. The students will also complete a check-in next week to see their understanding of the concepts covered so far in the unit.

We also worked on this Problem of the Week with the students about how we round change without the penny. Seeing how many places like Tim Hortons quote the rounded price many of the students were not familiar with the process some worked on how change is rounded. One of the videos that really helped was CGP Grey’s video called Canada Gets Rid of the Penny since they could see the chart of how the pennies are rounded. This week we will use some change to physically see how the rounding works and finish our journalling.

Social Studies:

We are are finishing up our first critical challenge looking at the impact of Canada’s Greatest Legacies. We have completed Colour Symbol Image sheets about the impact these groups had on Canada and Canada had on them. We will create our Coat of Arms for each of the groups. The Critical Challenge we will be working on is about the Famous Five as it ties in with our Trickster Performance.

Here are a couple of examples of some of the drafts of our CSIs


We are shifting our focus this week to food consumption and cultural food trends around the world. We will be reading the book What The World Eats and exploring how we gain identity from our food. Students will be sent home with a letter detailing their at-home assignment by Tuesday. This letter can also be found here.


On Friday students started a piece called the 4 seasons. They are working on representing a Tree’s progression through the 4 seasons. We will continue this piece this week before moving on to our Spring Flowers piece.


Other Notes:

This week is a short one with the upcoming long weekend (Monday, May 18, 2015) and PD day (Friday, May 15, 2015). We also have Track and Field Day on Thursday! I am not sure if the letter was sent home with students on Friday. I have posted it here and will send home another copy on Monday. Stay tuned for more information!

Also our Student Vote video can be found here:



Health Inquiry – Next Steps

Dear Grade Five Families,

We have been learning so much about nutrition and the impacts it has on our health and overall well-being this term.

The students have monitored and kept a log of the foods they consumed for a week and shared their findings on their blogs. They then processed this information directly with the recommended nutritional guidelines found in Canada’s Food Guide and completed a full reflection on their food intake.

We are now into the second part of our Health Inquiry project and we require your assistance.

Students are asked to accompany you within the next week on a family grocery trip and take along a notebook or device to record the following:
Every purchased item and it’s cost (two separate columns)
Any purchased item that made them think twice about what they have learned in class
A copy of the receipt
A picture of the groceries purchased for the week

They will then be asked in class to tally up the costs, as well as look at cultural trends in our food consumption as we will be comparing and contrasting our weekly groceries with those of other cultures around the world. This need not be a large trip, but rather an opportunity to provide students some time to assess the foods they are consuming and the impact that nutrition has on their health.

Grocery trip logs are due back to school by Monday, May 17, 2015.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time should you have any questions.

Thank you greatly,

Miss D. Ariss Mr. B. Kolody Mrs. J. Krefting

Mr. C. Letendre Ms. C. Albrecht Mrs. M. Kerby


We will be hosting the Annual Greystone Centennial Middle School Track Meet at our school on Thursday, May 14, 2015. All students will be expected to take part in the track meet and all staff will be in attendance as well. There will be a concession available for those interested. This day is a hot lunch day as well, so if you order hot lunch, it will still be served. We would like to invite you to come join us for a day of fun and friendly competition.
Students finishing in the top four in the junior, intermediate and senior age categories in each event will have the opportunity to compete in the Zone Track Meet on Friday, May 22rd at Spruce Grove Composite High School. If a student in the youth category has a faster time/longer distance then he/she will advance in place of a junior athlete.
Following the Zone meet our athletes can advance to the Division Championships on Friday, May 29th at Stony Plain Central. If your son/daughter finishes in the top 2 in this track meet they will advance to the Zone 5 track meet in St. Albert on June 3rd.
Please remember that the track meet will run as long as the weather cooperates. The rain out date for our track meet is set for Tuesday, May 19th. Keeping this in mind, we would like to encourage you to remember to send the following with your child on the day of the track meet, as appropriate:
• Proper footwear
• Appropriate clothing
• Sunscreen
• Mosquito repellent
• Hat
• Money and/or a bag lunch
• Umbrella
• Blanket
• Sunglasses
• Water bottle (filled)
We are looking for volunteers to help out with the track meet. Please let us know at the school if you are available and interested by sending back the attached slip by Friday, May 8th. Any questions may be directed to Mr. Granley at the school (962-0357) or by facebook at Greystone Athletics. Thank you!

If you are interested in helping out during our Track and Field day, please email Mr. Granley @

Greystone takes on the polls!

Today students in LC 5 and LC 6 had the opportunity to vote in a mock parallel election called Student Vote. The students loved the experience. We tried to set up the voting similar to as you would see at a polling station, however we went to each class to vote. What an amazing experience for the students. I have heard amazing feedback from all the students about the process. Some of them were a little bit tired we had a lot of prep to do.  Greystone’s results will be announced Wednesday morning after the official election results are in so that students can compare their vote to the official vote. We are in the process of putting together a movie about our experience but here are some photos from our student photographers from our afternoon. Below are some of our tweets from the day.



Our Wrap Up Video:

Decision Greystone 2015 from Courtney Albrecht on Vimeo.

Student Vote

Student Vote is a parallel election program for students under the voting age that coincides with official election periods.

Students learn about government and the electoral process, and research the issues, parties and local candidates through classroom learning, campaign events and take-home activities. On Student Vote Day, students take on the roles of election officials and cast ballots on the local candidates running in their school’s electoral division. The Student Vote results are shared with media for broadcast and publication following the close of polls.

The program aims to achieve the following objectives among students:

  • Increase knowledge about the electoral process and levels of government
  • Foster a sense of civic responsibility and active citizenship
  • Encourage political dialogue with friends and family
  • Heighten interest about politics and current affairs
  • Practice critical thinking and decision making skills

LC5 and LC6 classes who are participating in the program at Greystone will have the opportunity to vote on May 4, 2015.

In 5A, students have been working on learning about the parties and candidates in the Spruce Grove – St. Albert provincial electoral riding (A list of candidates can be found here for each riding).  We have learned about the electoral process and explored a bit about majority and minority governments. We have also looked at how media influences our choices when we vote.  Students have also discussed a variety of important factors in who they vote for and looked at which parties match the important issues in their own voter profiles.

Parents: If possible, it would be a great experience to bring your children with you to the polls when you vote so they can see the experience first hand.  Please continue having the important discussions you have been having around issues important to you and your family. The students are engaged and excited about the election, and it is an awesome opportunity to connect while helping the students find their own voice.

Thank you for all of your support.

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