Bon Retour!

**this is an entry published on the app Bloomz that a few of us teachers use! Please click the link and type in my name- Melissa Lyons to join your child’s class!

… and just like that March break has come and gone! I spent the week back home in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, visiting my sweet little 7 month old niece, along with my family! It is crazy to think that March break was our last big pause before the end of the school year… Where has time gone!? I am really looking forward to getting back with all of the kiddos and making the most of these 3.5 months.

Coming back from the break, I am going to try something new. As mentioned in the first week of school, I do regularly update my teaching blog ( with all of the resources that we are using in class. Each grade is organized into months and below each month you can find the topics we are exploring, along with almost all of the resources that the students need and are using. However, I am going to try to post a week at a glance on this platform. My intention is to ensure that parents and guardians are having access and understanding as to what their child is doing throughout the week. I want to stress that this is just what I anticipate the week ahead looking like. The reality is that we might end up moving quicker along some weeks, while other weeks we might progress more slowly. It is my hope that this will strengthen our teacher-guardian relationship, while also holding each student accountable for their work and it can also help spark some more detailed dinner table conversations 😛

This week, students will be getting their quizzes returned to them, which they wrote on the Friday before the break. If a student was absent, they will be writing it this week. We will be going over the quizzes as a class before continuing on. I will be asking some students to bring their marked quizzes home to be signed by their guardian. This week, we will continue to be working on learning the concepts of masculine and feminine nouns, definite and indefinite articles and the verb “être” (all concepts that were tested on their quiz). Please see the attached file for a more detailed look at the week!

Just Checking In!

Bonjour à tous! Cela fait un peu depuis que j’ai posté un blog, mais j’ai mis à jour la page de chaque note.

Hi everyone! It has been a bit of time since I last published a blog post, but I have been updating each grade’s individual page. Don’t forget, I try my best to keep each grade’s page updated with what we are currently working on, the assignments (pdf’s so that if your child has lost their copy or forgot it at school, they can get it at home), rubrics, vocabulary and helpful handouts.

As you know, progress reports went home last week. Make sure that if your child has not returned their blue interview slip, that they do so ASAP. Whether you would like to sign up for an interview or not, that blue slip (along with the report card envelope and the white slip) need to be signed and returned ASAP!. Interviews are taking place next Thursday evening and Friday morning.

We have been pretty busy in the French world, so here are just some snapshots of our learning along the way! Talk soon!

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