Dear parents,

Beginning this year, all students at RCS who are studying French will be using a new online student portal to access the French resources formerly found on the DVD. Even if you currently possess a copy of the old DVD, please use this new online portal instead, as I will be using it to track how frequently students are reviewing their French at home. I have told all the students that they should spend a minimum of 20 minutes TOTAL of both the PORTAL and QUIZLET per week. This can vary week to week. Quizlet is helpful for spelling, and the PORTAL is helpful for the actions, and things video related.

All students between Grades 2 & 5 have been introduced to this new French AIM PORTAL. I have shown each student their username and password. I will show the grade ones how to log in and give the grade 1 teachers the login information soon as well.

To access the AIM online student portal, please click on the following link, then enter your username and password. For most students, username will be the same as AR (There were a few exceptions where that username was already taken). For ALL students, passwords will be the same as AR.

For families with multiple students, each student must log in separately in order to access the relevant material.

The vocabulary sections that you will need to be reviewing for homework can be found on the “regarder des vidéos”section of the website. Scroll down to “les actions”, and click on the relevant section. I will soon be uploading the wordlists under the “DOWNLOADS for PARENTS section”.

Mr. Lai

Grade 4 and 5 Quizzes!

Dear Grade 4E, 4S and all Grade 5 parents,

Last quizzes of the year are next week. Students were told of these dates over a week ago.

Grade 4 (Monday, June 12)
L’arbre Ungali, section B, plus questions based on the play.

Questions will be very similar to what has been assigned for homework:
a. Multiple choice/fill in the blanks

b. Total Questions – We have worked on these for a while now.

c. Put sentence words in order

If students feel like they need the script during the quiz, please let me know.

Online practice quiz: 

1. Open in your browser
2. Enter the 6-digit game code 600455 , and click “Proceed”
3. Now enter your name and click “Join Game!”
4. You will get an avatar, and then see a “Start Game” button. Click it to begin!

Grade 5 (5F and 5P: Thursday, June 15, 5S: Wednesday, June 14

-ER verbs (meanings and conjugations)

-All related worksheets should be studied.

-students must know the meanings and endings of the subjects (Je/tu/il/elle/etc)

Practice quizzes are available online; all info is on Edmodo.

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quizzes Upcoming!

Dear parents,

As we approach the end of the year, we will have some assessments in next few weeks. Quizlet is beneficial for all grade 3-5 quizzes coming.

Grade 3s will have their first official written quiz on Wednesday, May 24. 

There will be multiple choice questions / true false / sorting on the story we have been studying: Les Animaux du Bayou 

Spelling does NOT need to be memorized for gr 3.

Grade 4S and 4E Quiz: Thursday, May 18

Only one week notice for this, as it is only on vocabulary (Section A of l’arbre Ungali), and not the story. Spelling does count. There won’t be full sentences required for this one.

Grade 5 quiz information is on Edmodo. Lots of information and attachments are there. Please ensure your child has been checking there regularly.

5F and 5P: May 25 .
5S: May 24

Vrai ou Faux, with corrections in full sentences for “les faux”
Mets les mots en ordre . 3-4 sentences
Questions Totales 3-4
Questions Partielles – Know all the question words and what is required

Less focus on the vocabulary, as that was quiz #1. There will not be a “definitions” section.

Upcoming Written Quizzes for Grade 4 and 5

Attention Grade 4 and 5 parents,

As the end of term 2 approaches, we will be having written quizzes in the near future. As usual, regular practice at home using Quizlet is necessary for student success.

Grade 4S et 4E will write two (smaller) quizzes on February 20 and 27:

1. Feb 20 will be based on the French O Canada

Spelling does not count, but students should study the Quizlet set to ensure they know the meanings. They should be able to fill in the blanks for majority of the anthem.

2. Feb 27 will be on sections C and D of Comment y aller. There will also be general questions about the play, as well as definitions in BOTH languages. Spelling counts, but half marks will be given if there are spelling errors.

“Les Phrases Bizarres” (Coloured good copy) are due February 16.

Grade 5 will have their “Double verbs” quiz on February 20 (5F and 5S) and February 22 (5P)

All info is on Edmodo. Students should be reviewing their worksheets and the two different sets on Quizlet. All students should be practicing the online quiz

1. Open in your browser
2. Enter the 6-digit game code 743467

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Monsieur Lai



This is a message to all grade 1-5 parents,

All students will be learning the French lyrics to our national anthem. I have included the lyrics (and translation), along with two videos to help with home practice. I have also created a brand new Quizlet set that will help with vocabulary.

O Canada Traditional:

O Canada Faster version (Juli Powers)

French After-School Group Resumes January 16 in the 1C room 3-3:30PM

Dear parents of new and 2nd year students in Grades 2-5,

The after-school French group for new students will begin next week (January 16). It will take place in the 1C room from 3:00-3:30PM on Mondays. There is NO NEED to register online like the other clubs.

If your child is new to RCS this year, they are expected to be there. If they are in their second year, they are invited but not obligated to come.

We will follow the club schedule, so I will let the students know when we take a break until the Term 3 group begins. When there is the group, please plan to pick up your child promptly at 3:30pm. All students in the group are allowed (only) one unexcused absence

If you do not wish your child attend, please email me as soon as possible at

Monsieur Lai

Grade 4 quiz – December 15

Dear Grade 4 parents,

Students were told of their next quiz last week. It will take place on Thursday, Dec 15.

It will consist of:

  1. Section B vocabulary – (Matching and definitions) Spelling in French is required
  2. Questions on the play COMMENT Y ALLER: Multiple Choice / Putting words in correct order (*new) / True and False (with corrections for false sentences – spelling does NOT count here)

Grade 3

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

Some of the students should have brought home their French duo-tangs this weekend. This was for people who did not manage to finish during the class time.

Students should refer to the French and English scripts available in the Downloads section. Students should visit me before school if they have any questions. There are NOT any written quizzes this term.

Students in grade 3 are assessed on their participation and effort during the class.

Grades 4 + 5: Last Quizzes of Term 1

Dear Grade 4 and 5 parents,

There is one more quiz for each grade for this term.

Grade 4S and 4E: November 21 (Monday)

Two study sets are beneficial on Quizlet:

  1. Section A vocabulary
  2. Comment y aller (with images)

There will be multiple choice questions and definitions in English and French. Students should be familiar with the play Comment y aller (They have the script). English copies are available in the downloads section.

Grade 5S and 5F: November 14 (Monday)  5P: November 16 (Wednesday)

Section A of Louis la grenouille and the set with images. Students do not have to know details of the play. There will be:

  1. Matching/definitions in English and French
  2. Fill in the blanks.

Grade 5 students should be using Edmodo and keeping up with announcements there.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Here are some notes from the Parent-Teacher Conferences held November 2 and 3. It was a good chance to meet with some of you.

1. Quizlet is mainly for vocabulary/English meaning review.

Quizlet is a great tool for language learning, but is not all that we do in French class. I do not spend too much time reviewing English meanings. Once students are taught new words, they are expected to know the meanings soon after. This should be done at home using Quizlet. All students in grades 1-5 should spend a couple times a week reviewing using Quizlet. If you have concerns about screen time, email me, and I can send you the same material to print if you prefer. Almost all students have joined. Please email me or visit me if you need help getting an account and joining the correct class.

2.  Depending on your browser, there may be a drop-down menu (on computers) to access the different sections on the blog.

Some of the Grade 1-3 parents were not aware of the Downloads for Parents section. It contains a lot of material that you can access. Please do not share with families outside the RCS community. It is password-protected. The password is rcsfrench (I will remove the password from this post in 2 days).

3. There is also the YouTube section on my blog for primary students to practice at home. You can play the videos directly from my blog.

4. DVDs

DVDs for Grades 2-5: There is a small number of DVDs left. We will not be purchasing additional copies any longer, as they have discontinued the DVDs with 3 plays on them, making instead individual DVDs for each unit at $15 each plus tax, making it too expensive to purchase each year.

We are looking into registering our school for the ONLINE portal for September 2017, where students can access everything that was on the DVD. The cost is less, and will be built into the tuition costs.
As of November 4, this is our current stock of DVDs remaining. If you are interested, please see the secretary to purchase.

Grade 1  1st DVD:  8 remaining   2nd DVD: 4 remaining

Grade 2 + and all of Grade 4 (Dark Blue): 5 remaining

Grade 3 RED DVD – 0 remaining

Grade 5 (Light Blue): 14 remaining

5. Here is the site I suggested for extra-curricular material:

6. If your child thrives in French, HERE is the form to complete if your child does any enrichment and would like extra credit. Print it off and complete it with your child at any time. Examples of enrichment would be reading French books from the public library, doing extra French online materials above, watching French videos on YouTube (check out “Petit Ours Brun”). Grades 4 and 5 students may want to check out the app DUOLINGO (free).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at

Mr. Lai




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