Mrs. Darlington's Class

Growing in Catholic faith 
Year 2 (Kindergarten) and Grade 1

As we continue our journey in our season of Lent, let us reflect on the virtue of the virtue of forgiveness. Lent is a wonderful time to reflect and renew, in our hearts, through our actions and in our words. Let us continue to keep our 'garden of love' at the forefront of all we do, treating others as we hope to be treated ourselves.

News/ upcoming:
1/ Growing class: Please welcome our new Ella, Year 2 Kindergarten (Ella G.) to our class. We also have another SK boy (Landyn) starting this coming week. Welcome to both of our new Year 2 students! 

2/ Fire Hall visit/ volunteers needed: We will be visiting the Fire Hall, as part of our focus on community (in April). I will be looking for 2 parent volunteers. (2nd Tuesday in April) If we do not have volunteers, we can not schedule this visit.**

** Please note, a police screening needs to be in place for all volunteers.

3/ Dress for the weather: s this time of the year can be muddy in the yard, I do suggest extra mitts and socks in your child's back pack, as well as splash pants as we transition to warmer weather.
4/ Golden Trash Award: A HUGE congratulations to our SK/ grade one friends. We won this Award this month= caring for our environment. All your litter-less lunches are making a difference! Way to go friends! Thank you to parents for your support with lunches! 

5/ Volunteers to share: I would like to start a "Wonder Workshop" once a month in our classroom, for us to explore something new. If you or a family member has a job that you or they might be excited to share in our class, please help our little ones grow with wonder. Send me a note in your child's communication log. Please note, a police screening needs to be in place for all volunteers.

Thank you for continuing to send in craft supplies. 

Items our busy bees could use:
- paper towels
- craft items
- old cookie trays (e.g., if you do spring cleaning & replace)

Updates on our class events are located on the left column of this page. 

Remind 101- e.g., if a reminder is needed outside of the web page. Reminder: This is a one-way communication log. For communication regarding your child on an individual basis, please use your child's communication log or contact me at the school.
Thank you to Ms. MacDonald (Nipissing student) for joining our classroom. Congrats to our little ones for winning the Golden Trash Award. Be proud for caring!!

March Birthdays

Balloons Charlotte- March 5th


Our Catholic Graduate School Expectations guide our practice as educators and our learning as students. As early as kindergarten, Catholic education begins to shape your child, to become:

   Discerning believers formed in the Catholic faith community
- Effective communicators
- Reflective, creative and holistic thinkers
- Self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner
- Collaborative contributors
- Caring family members
- Responsible citizens

math1 Mathematical learning in action. Adam (gr 1) using 10 frames to add 3 cards, while Kaylee (Year 2, kindergarten) is designing with 3D shapes (in the background).

Important information this week: (March 27th- April 1st)

Monday- Welcome Back! Library Day
Tuesday- Reconciliation
Thursday- Physical Education, Pizza Day, Mrs. Darlington off site
Friday-  Fun Friday!!!

Just a friendly reminder: We strive to have 100% peanut free environment. If you are not sure whether a snack has peanuts, please make another choice. We have allergies in our school that are life threatening. Thank you for your support.

                                        SK busy builders at work!!

SOME areas of learning this week:


Year 2 in Kindergarten ("Senior"):
Our curriculum connects to 4 inter-related frames as follows: 
1. Belonging and contributing
2. Self-regulation and well-being
3. Demonstrating literacy and mathematical behaviours
4. Problem solving and Innovating

Our Year 2 students (senior kindergarten) are continuing to grow in many ways, including in their understanding that:
- they can show care and respect for our environment 
- they can use and represent whole numbers to 10 in various ways
- they can explore different Canadian coins
- they can explore symmetry in their play experiences
- they can interpret data (e.g., we have more friends who like winter than summer)
- they can explore and explain the relationship between two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures (e.g., explain that the flat surface of a cylinder is circle, or that the flat surface of a cube is a square)
- they can use reading behaviours as they grow as primary readers 
- they can use classroom resources to support their writing (e.g,, word wall, words in class, lists, etc.) and writing simple messages
- they can use language to communicate their thinking

Note: I have sent home printing books in your child's folder (to reinforce letter formation). Your child does not need to practise every night, just as you are able and/or when he/she is keen to extend their home learning! Also, please support your child with printing and exploring numerals 0 to 10, as you are able. 

A good resource by the ministry for parents for reading/writing:

Grade 1:

Writing- Our grade ones are continuing to grow in their abilities to write simple forms. Journal focus (retells) will continue. We are working the use of conventions and punctuation, identifying supporting details, sorting ideas and making simple revisions to improve content. We will finish our short stories this week. 'Word work' will be done in class, if scheduled in the week. (Our students are encouraged to record these in their agendas in the event that they might like to write or build these words at home.) Please support your child with printing practise at home (proper printing formation). I would also ask that you review your child's journal (every other week) to support his/ her ongoing growth.

Reading- I will aim to read with your child at least once (as well as with our SK friends) within the week, either one to one or in a small group. Your child will also hear stories daily) "listening to literature", and have opportunities to read with each other, as well as reading buddies each month. Please support your child with daily reading (levelled books- each book 2+ times) as much as you are able.  

Robert Munsch is a wonderful author to listen to on line (visit his website: In his reading, he models effective use of "voice" very well!

Media Literacy- 
We will express our thoughts and feelings on simple media works (e.g., whether we like or dislike a character in a cartoon). To cover this week.

Math- We will continue to discuss relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Please help your child identify these shapes in your home and/or when you are out in the community. We will continue to focus on money concepts this week including coin identification. (You can support your child with this. The grade one focus is to amounts of 20 cents) Every week, we will work on addition/ subtraction strategies, as well as patterning concepts (as part of our 'brain fuel' work.) Our daily survey questions continue as part of our morning routines, including a focus on understanding what data results show us.


We are assessing kinds of waste produced in the classroom, and plans to help minimize waste. We finish our culminating project THIS WEEK. Feel free to provide input to your child if he/she is sharing in their design process. Please review and send in any materials you might have to contribute to this project. Thank you kindly for your support.

Social studies-  not covered this week

 We will continue to embrace our Catholic faith in all that we do, aligning with the liturgical calendar (our Lent season) and Religious Education. We will focus on deepening our understanding of the season of Lent. We will continue to integrate chapel visits each week, while also focusing on building community grounded in Christ. 

Physical Education- covered by Mr. Dorion

French- covered by Ms. Sledz.
Note: Year 2 Kindergarten students will have the benefit of starting french one year early, with our grade ones.

Dance/Drama- covered by Mr. Dorion

Visual Arts/ Music- We will continue our faith-filled music as part of our daily growth together. We aim to incorporate visual arts very week, to align with the grade 1 expectations.