Auctions for Grades 4 and 5


French with the grades 4 and 5 students has been a very fun and productive time so far this term!

Once a year, I will be asking each child to bring a prize (about $3-4 value) for our auctions (“ventes aux enchères”).

Items from home are welcome as well as prizes.

Examples of prizes include toys, stationary, stickers, books, candy, souvenirs, etc. The prizes are greatly appreciated by Monsieur Lai and all the students. Students earn euros throughout the year to spend at the auctions, held every two to three months.

Also, the number of euros each student receives is also recorded for marks. They can receive euros in the following ways:

  • Doing well on quizzes/tests/homework
  • helping the teacher/friends, and
  • answering questions in class.

I appreciate your help with these. I will bring some prizes myself to each class as well. If you have any questions, please email me.

***Auctions will occur during in the months of:

1. End of October

Grade 4 1st auction: Monday October 31

2. End of January

3. March (before Spring Break)

4. June (end of the year)

Please Join Quizlet (If You Have Not Had A Chance Yet)

img_3537Dear Parents,

All students have been introduced to Quizlet by now. (The Grade 1s were taught how to join today). Grades 4 and 5 have already signed up. So far, Grades 1-3 students have about a 30% signup rate.

Quizlet is an essential way to practice important vocabulary at home on any device (computer/phone/tablet). I have also just created new sets with images for all five grades. Please have your child practice as much as needed (1-2 times a week minimum).

If you have not joined yet, please take two minutes and sign up. Create a username and password. Then join the appropriate link for 2016-2017. Click here to get the links.

Quizlet has proven to be an excellent way to review material at home. Test results have been very good since we have begun using Quizlet.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support at home!
Mr. Lai




Grade 4 and 5 quizzes Coming Soon!

Dear Grade 4s/4E and Grade 5 parents,

We will be having some written quizzes coming up.

The First Grade 4 quiz is on NO EXCUSE WORDS on Monday, October 17.

The quiz will consist of:


-Matching and English Definitions of the No-Excuse words list

Quizlet will definitely be beneficial.

Grade 5s have their second quiz on Thursday October 20 for 5F and 5P and Monday, October 24 for 5S

This will be on LES CONTRAIRES. Please have them study the list on Quizlet. Spelling does count. (Please note that this will be more difficult than their first quiz last week.)

Welcome back 2016-2017!

Dear Parents,

Thanks for reading the French at RCS blog! Please subscribe to it by adding your email in the box.

If your child has entered  middle school, feel free to unsubscribe.

Here is the welcome back newsletter for all parents.

Here are the new Quizlet classes for home review of vocabulary words. These are automatic links. Please join the class that your children are enrolled in this year. Sets/Material will be added throughout the year. They will contain French and English meanings of all words that we learn. If you haven’t signed up for Quizlet yet, please register for an account at You can also download the app (free) for your iOS device here.

Grade 1:

Grade 2:

Grade 3:

Grade 4:

Grade 5:

DVDs: Check out this post to see which DVD is appropriate. DVDs are available at the office.

I look forward to meeting the new parents! Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions:

Grade 4 Quiz April 27

4S and 4E will have a French quiz this Wednesday, April 27.. The quiz was announced on April 14. It will be similar to the past few quizzes we have had. It will be on

-Vocabulary fo Section A of L’arbre Ungali

-Multiple choice questions based on the play

Students should study the various sets in Quizlet, along with downloading/reading over the scripts (in English and French) here on this blog. Finally, they should look over their work on pages 18-21(in their duo-tangs) that we covered during the past two weeks.

New Quizlet Sets with Images Added!


Quizlet has proven to be a very effective way for students to study vocabulary at home. Many new students this year have done a great job “catching up” by reviewing at home on their iPads or computers. Students can review the flashcards first and then play different games.

I have just added and updated the current sets with images.

This is our current pace:

Grade 1: 

Le petit chat cherche une famille, Sections A B and C

Class link here

Grade 2:
Boucles Violettes – Vocabulaire avec Images 

Grade 3: 
Les Animaux du Bayou – Vocabulaire avec Images

Grade 4:
L’arbre Ungali, Sections A B and C

Class link here

Grade 5:
ER Verbs

and soon, Noé

Raps for Primary

Here is a new rap we learned in Grades 1-3. It is also on the light blue DVD (grade 5) if you have it.

Students are encouraged to practice it and have it memorized for after Spring Break. We will try to make our own version in the new term.

La classe commence
Et tout le monde est prêt.
On doit parler seulement en français
Mais si quelqu’un parle en anglais
Cette personne n’a pas de carte et ça c’est vrai.
Ça c’est dommage mais on espère aussi.
Que tout le monde essaie d’aider ses amis.
En français on parle tellement bien,
Notre rap est terminé, oui c’est la fin!
Translation, line by line:
The class is starting
and everyone is ready
We must speak only in French
But if someone speaks in English
This person doesn’t have a card, and that is true.
That’s too bad but we also hope
that everyone tries to help their friends
In French, we speak so well,
Our rap is over, yes, it’s the end!

Here’s an even faster version:

Grade 4 and 5: Term 2 Quizzes


Dear Grade 4 and 5 parents,

Students will have quizzes upcoming.

Grade 4s  (4S and 4E only) will have a quiz on February 11 on the following:
1. Vocabulary section E of comment y aller. Students should study on Quizlet:
2. Also, the students will need to know the question words (handout this past Wednesday): (This is a new, correct set. The previous was incorrect)
3. There will be general questions based on the play (Comment y aller) that we have been studying since October.

Specific spelling does not have to be memorized, but students need to correctly answer part three in complete sentences, and try to spell the words to their best ability.

There will be one more short quiz before the end of February for Grade 4s.

Grade 5s have a quiz on “Les Contraires” (Opposites). The list was handed out one month ago, and is available on Quizlet as well here:

Spelling does not have to be memorized, but students need to recognize masculine vs feminine adjectives
5K and 5F: Monday, Feb 15

5P: Thursday, Feb 11

Any students requiring extra help are encouraged to email me or find me before/after school.

Monsieur Lai

After-School French Group Begins January 11!

Dear parents of new students in Grades 3-5,

The after-school French group for new students will begin next week (January 11). It will take place in the 1C room from 3:00-3:30PM on Mondays.

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.

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

Monsieur Lai

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