Report Cards

Report Cards

As we are ending our year, reports cards will be sent home this upcoming Monday, June 26th.   This year, our report card will look a little different in the learning skills portion of reporting.  The students have been doing some self reflecting over the past couple of weeks on their strengths and needs around their learning skills  and have been able to contribute to the Learning Skills comments on their report cards.

Through conferencing and input with myself, the students have been able to really reflect on themselves as learners and set goals for next year.  The first step of this process was that each student needed to understand the language of Learning Skills.  They would have to get what it means to be responsible, organized, independent, collaborative students that have initiative and self-regulation. So we completed a “self-report card” and they assessed themselves on each of these areas. I then sat down with each student and had a discussion about the accuracy of their self – assessment.  I was so impressed at how articulate each of the students were and how in sync they were with my assessments of them. Almost all students were able to identify strengths and weaknesses and set goals for next year.  They were all able to identify examples of these strengths and weaknesses with little guidance from me. I was so satisfied that the ongoing feedback they have been receiving all year was thought about.  They then applied this information to develop a paragraph which would be included as their comments in the learning skills section of their final report cards.

The success of this is in the fact that each student has a starting point for next year to jump off from.  As well, it really makes me self-reflect on my assessment strategies of them and perhaps the need for more self-assessment built into their learning for next year and because it was such a success, how I wished I had done this with each report!

To further back up my own observation is that plenty of research underlines that when students are engaged fully in assessment, they are really connecting and learning:

(Black & William, 1998; Chappuis & Stiggins, 2002; Rolheiser & Ross, 2001; White & Frederiksen, 1998).

Confidence and efficacy play a critical role in accurate and meaningful self-assessment and goal-setting. Rolheiser, Bower, and Stevahn (2000) argue that self-confidence influences “[the] learning goals that students set and the effort they devote to accomplishing those goals. An upward cycle of learning results when students confidently set learning goals that are moderately challenging yet realistic, and then exert the effort, energy, and resources needed to accomplish those goals” (p. 35).

By explicitly teaching students how to set appropriate goals as well as how to assess their work realistically and accurately, teachers can help to promote this upward cycle of learning and self-confidence (Ross, 2006).

From the Growing Success Document:

  • developing students’ ability to self-assess – as a way of increasing students’ engagement in and commitment to learning.
  • Assessment plays a critical role in teaching and learning and should have as its goal the development of students as independent and autonomous learners.
  • As a result of developing self-assessment skills, students learn to identify specific actions they need to take to improve, and to plan next steps – that is, to define their long- and short-term individual goals with increasing clarity and realism


June 12th-June 16th

June 12th-June 16th

We had a great time at Adventure Village last Friday.  It was beautiful weather for our end of the year trip!  Thank you to Mrs. Lalla for volunteering her time!  Here’s the week ahead:

Monday, June 12th – Day 5

  • Science Fair!!  Students are asked to come in at the bell (no earlier please) and drop off their projects in the gymnasium.  They may then go to class for attendance, etc.  and will be back in the gymnasium for set up at 9:40.  Please see below for the schedule.  We hope to see you there!



Tuesday, June 13th – Day 1

  • Volunteer Tea:  If you have volunteered in some capacity this year, please rsvp and join us in celebrating you!


Wednesday, June 14th – Day 2 

  • Class Pizza Party!!  No need to pack a lunch today parents.  Thanks to Luke Sowden winning the class pizza party at the Groove-a-thon, we will be enjoying pizza, veggies and dessert during first break today.


Thursday, June 15th – Day 3

  • Last school pizza day for the year!
  • Junior Choir practice


Friday, June 16th – Day 4

Enjoy the weekend!

Week of: June 5th-June 9th

Week of: June 5th-June 9th

What a busy week we have:

Monday, June 5th – Day 5

  • students may work on science fair projects both breaks with their partners today

Tuesday, June 6th – Day 1

  • students may work on science fair projects break #2 with their partners and during class periods 5 & 6 tomorrow.  Please come prepared with all their materials if needed.
  • Pizza Day today (instead of Thursday!)

Wednesday, June 7th – Day 2

  •  school track meet:  students should come with appropriate running clothes/shoes.  They should arrive at school wearing a hat and sunblock as well as extra sunblock for reapplication later in the day and will be responsible for doing this with reminders from teachers.  They will be outside all day!  Bringing a blanket / towel  to sit on outside is a great idea for lunch times and in between races.

Thursday, June 8th – Day 3

  • Adventure Village Trip (all day) – again, please send your child to school prepared for the weather with a lunch/snacks and water bottle
  • students should aim to have their science fair projects finished today, but do NOT need to bring in journals or project boards to school
  • students should bring in Science Fair Projects (including their science journals/duotangs) and drop off in the gymnasium after the 9:05am bell on Monday, June 12th.
  • Please see attached post on the Rousseau Website: Letter-to-parents-re-science-fair

Friday, June 9th – PA Day

No school today!



  • Tomorrow the grade four students will be travelling to the RBG for a fun day of outdoor learning.  Students please come prepared for the weather.
  • Grade 5 students will be sharing in a morning brunch and all students are asked to bring in some food to share with friends.
  • Please send back assessment duotangs with students
  • Adventure Village trip forms due Monday
  • Science Fair Back Boards distributed today
  • opportunities for students to work with their Science Fair partners each day next week during one of the breaks.
  • Fun Fair Friday!!

Friday, May 19th

Friday, May 19th


  • Holiday on Monday

  • Science Fair Stage 2 forms and duotangs sent home today – stage 2 due next Wednesday.

  • students who needed extra time to finish their writing piece from this week may do so over the long weekend but writing pieces should be submitted published, on Tuesday as we will begin our new writing piece for the week.


Have a wonderful long weekend!

Science Fair Stage One Worksheets

Science Fair Stage One Worksheets

Just a reminder that Stage One of the Science Fair worksheets are due this Wednesday.  Each student (even if working in a group)  should be submitting one Information Sheet this Wednesday.  This will be primarily a project completed at home, however there will be school time provided along the way and opportunity for feedback given to my students.  This is a mandatory project for 4/5L and students will be assessed on their depth of knowledge and the scientific process in their final presentations.

The next stage of this Project will be provided on Wednesday.  Good luck and if you have any questions, please ask!