Friday, May 26, 2017

Important: Grade 7 Yearbook blurb due tomorrow at midnight!

Email: or message your blurb to Mme Bournelis on edmodo

Yearbook blurb – 90-110 words

I have been a student at Belmont for 6 years.
Some of my best memories were…
I’ll never forget…
A quote that I feel represents me best is…
When I think of my years at Belmont I think of…
Some of my best moments were spent…
My favourite subjects are…. / My least favourite subjects were…
I’ll always remember…
I look forward to….
When I finish school I hope….
I will miss… I will not miss…
My name is _________ and I …….
I enjoyed competing in….
Some extracurricular activities I enjoyed during elementary school were…

My advice to future grade 7’s is…

Thursday, April 27, 2017

TAB-Choice Art Tutorials

Pencil crayons/felts
Line art - illusion of curvature
Form and flow of lines + illusions
Van Gogh style lines
Blending pencil crayons
How to draw a fish
Drawing a bird with 3 colours
cityscape perspective
Dramatic skyscrapers and vertical lines
Punny posters
Negative space split page - day and night
How to draw a sphere
Beautiful eye of death
Movement with lines
Op art - magic pictures

How to draw a snake
"Cute snake" and patterns
Drawing faces from any angle
Catchy Line Song 
How to draw a realistic eye
How to draw a gear
How to draw a gas mask
Punny cards
Concrete quotes
Sharpie blackout poetry using negative space
Drawing fashion - wedding dresses

Watercolour fuzzy bird
Techniques for watercolour textures
Scratch art
watercolour crab
Flowers in a vase
Girl with hat - pop art
Acrylic rainbow unicorn
Negative space inspiration - "What war is"
Beautiful birch trees (watercolour)
Watercolour negative space inspiration
Mixed-media bird painting
Dancer - negative space art
Floral prints (pretty easy looking)
Paint and rubbing alcohol abstract art technique

Converting Image to Ascii
Digital collages inspiration
Funny cat
Negative space movie poster
Design a negative space logo (inspiration)
Negative space poster
Paint like Jackson Pollock (note: this is not an assignment in itself -- it is more like a game that you could use for the basis of an assignment)
Weave silk
Science News ad - silhouette and negative space
Cherry blossoms (easy)

Maker space/STEM/collage/mixed-media
Geometric decor
Recycled roll art
Toilet paper roll wall art
Impossible paper puzzle
Make a military tank out of recyclable materials
How to make an ant out of a plastic spoon
Making baskets out of newspaper
Painting dandelions with toilet paper rolls
Mixed media collage
Photography and shadow art
Printmaking (easy)
Edible cardboard - lesson plan designed for grade 8 students
Sumo Paint - Paint in browser
Mondrian and ratios
shoe print pendants
Yarn painting of Huichol people
Recycling styrofoam
Mosaic group project

Oil Pastel technique
mountains smudge
funk! (this teacher is awesome!)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gauss math competition

Please let Mme Bournelis or Balzarini know if you plan on writing the Gauss math contest.

Monday, March 27, 2017

HW deadlines

• jeudi, le 30 mars: CSI paragraph for sciences humaines (colour, symbol, illustration paragraph on child labour)
• lundi, le 3 avril: class auction
• jeudi, le 13 avril: final project for lit circles (recherche sur une peuple autochtone)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

notes - Math 6 - la probabilité

Notes: la probabilité:
Ø Quand tu determines des probabilités, en réalisant une experience, tu determines des probabilités expérimentales

Probabilités expérimentale =
Nombre d’essais qui produisent le résultat
Nombre d’essais

Ø Tu peux aussi établir des probabilités sans realiser d’expérience. Ce sont des probabilités théoriques.
Quand tous les résultats sont également probables,
Probabilités théoriques =
nombre de résultats favorables
nombre de résultats possibles

è Tu lances une pièce de monnaie 50 fois. La pièce tombe du côté face 27 fois.
è Alors, la probabilité experimentale que la pièce tombe du côté face est de

La probabilité théorique que la pièce tombe du côté face est de

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

newsletter - going home tomorrow

Letter from Madame Bournelis
March 1, 2017

Dear parents, so far we have been quite busy with finishing our last term 2 assignments (Genius Hour, Iqbal novel study response, lit circle responses, daily math routines, and grade 7 exams). Term 2 Genius Hour produced some memorable projects with topics that varied from hairstyles & cultures to building a computer within a limited budget. Your children are inspiring.

Some reminders:
• We are currently counting the number of grade 6 students interested in participating in the Quebec trip for next year. If by chance your decision changes, please let Mme Balzarini or myself know as soon as possible.

• Our class, as well as the other French 6/7 classes, is participating in the French speech contest. All students are writing a speech in French. Grade 6 speeches must be 2-4 minutes in length; grade 7 speeches must be 3-5 minutes in length.
The rough copy was due today, March 1st. I will power-edit through these speeches so that they can be handed back to students for corrections and to be mounted onto flashcards. These speeches do not have to be memorized.

• Parent-teacher conferences take place next week, on the Tuesday and on the Friday. Regrettably, I was not able to make the conference date on the 8th due to a university commitment (like my students, I also have to deliver a speech, a.k.a. presentation).
I appreciate your flexibility on this matter.
Please note that these parent-teacher conferences are student-led and there will be up to 4 families in the classroom at a time.

• Grade 7 students met with a counsellor from Brookswood secondary yesterday to learn a bit about the transition to high school. They were given paperwork to fill out for enrolment to Brookswood.
This paperwork is due on March 6th.

• As we approach Spring Break, I look forward to starting more Genius Hour work (due in June), beginning an independent project on the Indigenous people featured in our French novels (due in April), science experiments on filtration and chemistry, designing and crafting tetrahedral kites for Sciences Humaines to connect to our novel study on Iqbal, and whatever more we are able to accomplish in our last days of school!

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

Homework due tomorrow:

• Speeches (have rough copy written out and ready for Madame to edit)
• also, grammar sheet on imparfait is due on Thursday.