Le Projet d’un Mot

Bonjour les parents, les familles et les étudiants! Désolé d’avoir manqué mon entrée normale le vendredi, mais la météo a causé des problèmes!

Hi parents, families and students. I am sorry for missing my regular Friday post, but the weather caused some problems. First and foremost, I am relieved to hear that everyone is safe. I repeat what Manordale tweeted: Screen Shot 2018-09-24 at 2.15.05 PM

On a lighter and more positive note, as promised, I have a completed look of our Project d’un Mot! If you managed to make it out to our Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, you might have seen your child’s work in person. I am incredibly proud of all of my students and cannot wait to see them work towards each of their goals throughout this school year.


Be sure to check your child’s specific grade page later this week to see the updated plans for the year 🙂


Travailler Dur et O Canada!

Another week has flown by and we have completed our first full week of school at Manordale! Just like last week, my students continue to amaze me and get me excited for the year ahead. Students are getting more comfortable with our school day routine and classroom expectations. Once again, I would encourage you to go over “Les Attentes” with your child this weekend just to ensure that they truly understand what is expected of them :).

This week we continued to work on our “Project d’un Mot”. Last week, students had to pick a goal for the year, something that they would work towards throughout the year. Once they had picked their goal, they needed to select a word that would sum up that goal. Then, they were to draw 4 pictures that could represent this goal. This week, we moved on to the written portion of the project. We discussed the importance of having steps on how we to achieve our goal. We related it to the concept of driving somewhere; when you are driving somewhere new, you don’t just get in your car and hope you will arrive. Instead, you look up directions so that you will be more successful on your drive there. Students had to think about 3 ways that they would achieve their goals, or reasons why it is important to work towards that goal. Look below to see if can spot your child’s work!

Lastly, the Grade 3’s and I have started working on singing “O Canada” en Français. I have added some videos below of us having some fun while we learn!

Notre Première Semaine!

Wow! I cannot believe that we are already finished our first week of the school year! I have had so much fun getting to know each of my students and beginning to learn their names (all 136 of them!). It has been wonderful learning about each of their unique personalities, their interests and what they are looking forward to doing this year.

As mentioned in the outline for September, we began our week by familiarizing ourselves with “Les Attentes de Mlle. Lyons” (The Expectation of Mlle. Lyons). With their homeroom teacher students discussed the rules of the classroom and the school, while also learning and understanding the expectations that I have for them during our 40 minutes together each day. I have attached a copy of “Les Attentes” here (if you scroll to the bottom of the document, I have also provided the expectations in English). If you have a chance, it might be helpful to ask your child what each of their teachers expect of them while they are learning and at school.

Also mentioned in the outline for September, we began working on “Le Projet d’un Mot” (The One Word Project). As discussed in my introduction letter, it is important to me and my teaching philosophy that my students think, set and work towards individual goals throughout the school year. This helps students build resilience, leadership qualities and accountability. By establishing goals for the year, students are taking an active role in their learning and their personal growth. As a class we came up with different goals that students might have for themselves for the school year. We then brainstormed words that could represent these goals (actif, positif, ami, gentil etc.,). Students then each picked what their word for the year will be. Students are tasked with creating a small art project where they creatively write their word and then find different ways to represent their word, through images (ex. gentil- image of someone holding a door, examples of kind words etc.)

While students are working on these projects, I have recorded what their word and goal is for the year in order to check in with them later in the year!

We will continue to work on the art portion of this project when we head into the new week and the grade 4-6 will also be adding a written component to this project as well. Take a look below at some of the ideas that students came up with together! I can’t wait to see their finished projects next week!

Passer un week-end fantastique!

Mlle. Lyons