November 16 Updates

Good day parents of Grade 5P,

I hope that you are all well. This week has been a short, but full three days. The field trip to St. Helen’s to attend the performance and talk by Father Rob Galea went very well. A handful of very enthusiastic Grade 5P students kindly asked Father Galea for his signature, and he happily obliged. A few parents shared some pictures, so I won’t send mine… the parents took much better pictures than I! Otherwise, here is our Homework Board from Friday.

Please note that as December, and the end of the first term is approaching, the students are receiving some larger projects. They have already been assigned their Final The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe project, and are eagerly working on it. I will attach the instructions here so you have a reference.

We will be starting our major Religion/Language Arts assessment piece (a combination of expository essay and Saint Research) this coming week. The final Science project and assessment piece will be assigned on 25 November.

Have a very restful weekend and God bless.


Mr. D. Pham

A Month of Learning!


It has been a month of blessings, learning, and getting to know new students, a new school, and (for the class of 5P and their respective parents, a new teacher). I am quite excited to put up the first blog post of Grade 5P!

This month, we have covered a handful of topics in the many subject areas. In Language Arts, the students have been learning about many words and how to use them through our Word of the Day, in which we explore new words together as a class, and through synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and even a bit of genre!

Each day, the students are quite eager to see what I have written in “Mr. Pham’s Math Challenge Corner”. The challenges I put up often involve over 3 mathematical processes in order to solve. To my surprise and delight, a handful of students were familiar with numerals that have been squared and even cubed! In order to supplement mathematical thinking of sequences and patterns, the students were instructed to create their own tessellation patterns from one square post-it.



Our Science classes have proven to be full of motion… Both figuratively and literally. This term, we are covering the topic of Force and Motion. Whether it is pushing and pulling in a game of “Poke” (Students challenge each other, or myself, and must “poke” the other person without moving their feet from where they stand), or challenges involving getting a die to the other side of the room only using a ruler and gravity, there is always some sort of demonstration for the students in order to make Science a living experience.

As October comes around the corner, I am looking forward to seeing the students further develop their writing skills and ability to draw lessons and themes from our class novel study of C.S. Lewis’, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I am also very excited to finalize and announce some field trips and workshops (excluding the Victoria Trip to the parliament buildings, which has already been booked and finalized!). Expect such an announcement within the week.

I wish a very blessed and restful weekend to the families at St. Francis Xavier, and I look forward to seeing everyone again after the weekend!


Kind regards,

Mr. D. Pham.



Current Math Challenge of the Day written by One of the students… “For Fun….” (Mr. Pham rewards a successful completion of a Math Challenge with a Hi-Chew)…

600 people protest that people should get 15 km of land instead of 10 km of land. Hayden Yu (the person who would change the amount of land you get) is too busy trying to figure out how to open a zip lock bag. Everyday, 103, 018 more people protest. How many people protest by the end of 2 years?

(Mr. Pham knows the answer!)

Supporting a fellow student’s Growth and Learning

To all parents of Grade 5D,

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for supporting the Multicultural Food Festival last Friday. Everyone who attended had a great time, including the students.  It was awesome to see many of them promoting the country / culture that they studied.  As a bonus, there was tons of food which was also awesome!!!  (I was very full. Thank you.)

Second, on behalf of the Learning Assistance Center, I am making a request. There is a student who is learning the importance of making change, and being customer friendly.   Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the student with the help of the LAC department, has been running a small “store”.  The store sells a variety of items, mostly chips, small erasers, stickers, etc.  The LAC department and the student are NOT FUNDRAISING.  The object of the store is not to make money.  Rather it is to teach various skills that were stated earlier.

The LAC department and school would like the students of 5D to support this endeavor and help a fellow student succeed in these outcomes, as well as, to cover any expenses. The students do not have to buy.  It’s basically up to you.  The students are asked to not bring a lot of money.  I would suggest a maximum of $5.

Thank you for helping and supporting his learning.


Mr. Edward Dela Luna

Grade 5D Teacher


To all Grade 5 parents,

I’m personally excited for the upcoming Multicultural Food Festival that’s happening this coming Friday. I know that children are excited, especially after having done their group projects in the classroom and it’s now time to celebrate learning.

Just a couple of things.

1. It has been pointed out by a parent that they would like confirmation on the date and time. So with that in mind:
– The event is THIS FRIDAY
– Set up time is about 11:45 am.
– It will go through the lunch period.
– Both classes are attending.

2. Who can come?
– Any parent of a Grade 5 student is invited to attend. You don’t have to “volunteer”, however, those that do will be given volunteer hours. Please see me in order to fill out the volunteer hour form.

3. How much food to bring??
– This is always a hard one to answer, however, in the Project Criteria handout that EVERY student has, I stated that roughly $20 – $40 of food per person should suffice.
– As far as what type, whatever you want to bring, but keep in mind the following:
A. Know the ingredients. I have reminded the students that this is an ALLERGY AWARE school and that we need to take care of each other.
B. Each group needs to bring including food: Cutlery, tablecloth, Serving Spoons, Disposable cups and Drinks.
C. Mr. Dela Luna is providing Compostable Plates, Gloves and Cleaning supplies.
D. If your wondering if you can bring “spicy” food, I’m saying yes…however, lean on the “mild” side because most of the students prefer mild rather than spicy. (Some teachers on the other hand like it spicy.<hint, hint>)

4. How many people are attending?
– 56 Grade 5 students
– All SFX staff
– Various parents
So roughly 100 people???

If you have any questions or concerns, I have an open door policy feel free to talk to me at anytime.
Looking forward to seeing all of you on Friday. Have a great day.
Mr. Edward Dela Luna

Thank you for coming to see me.

To all parents of 5D,

I just wanted to say a brief thank you for coming out last week to see me to talk about your child’s progress this term.   I hope it was an informative day.  I just wanted to remind everyone that I do have an open door policy in case anyone still has any concerns.  I know that a couple of parents have seen me throughout the term and have come in to chat a little and have been very helpful.

I also want to thank all the parents who help out at the Grade 5 Pre – Halloween Party.  The children had a lot fun and I was definitely full.  And to all parents who came to the “official” Halloween costume parade it was fun to see the entire school abuzz with excitement.

Finally, I had a talk with my parent rep.  She had told me that some parents expressed concern over the blog.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing my due diligence in updating it.  I will do my best in keeping everyone appraised to the best of my ability.  I consider myself a “geek”, however, I’m not really a blogging kind of person.  I have a Facebook account and I haven’t looked at it in months.  However, this is a part of my job so I will put more of an effort in this area.  As I stated to my students, it comes with practice so I am hoping to take a more proactive approach.

I will update soon with the newsletter.

Have a great day.

Mr. Dela Luna

Thank you to all 5D Parents


To all parents of 5D,

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for supporting this year’s SFX Bazaar.  All of the students attended and their performance was successful and also a lot of fun to do.  I hope everyone had a wonderful time spending it as a family, but also as a parish and school community.  Looking forward to finishing the last month with everyone here.  Let’s finish strong!

Vivat Jesus

Mr. Dela Luna