Kinder News

Last Week of school - yes, there are 4 days left. Routines are still in place. Learning activities are scheduled as usual. Please remember to return all learning materials to school daily, as we continue to develop and practise skills. Student writing samples will be gathered and sent home in the next few days. Additional pieces of work will be added to the mailbags as they are created afterwards. End-of-Year Celebration...Tuesday, June 20 in the library at 11:45 See you there! Year 2 students go to big yard, starting next week... ... they will be given an opportunity to experience escorted recesses to the big yard in preparation for their transition to Gr. 1. Dismissal Time A gentle reminder to family members: Please do not go beyond the gated Kindergarten yard. Remain in the area between the yard and the parking lot. The rest of the school yard is off limits during school hours...please do not travel along the south fence area. Also be diligent of the movement of children in your care, as this is a busy spot where lots of movement occurs. Tornado Drills We do these every spring... We discussed what to do in case of a tornado while we are in school. We did not have a drill, but we practised for the future - we have our designated safe area - we know how to assume the protective position - we have practised this at school There may be questions about where you go at home. We have identified the basement as the place to go. The Butterflies have been released... We let them go this morning, in our garden. The school board director was visiting our school and was able to participate in the release with us. Pictures will be posted shortly. June A busy month! We are planning an End-of-Year Celebration This will be a social to celebrate the year Tuesday, June 20 at 11:45 Invitations with RSVP is going home this week so we can know numbers. Super Hero Day Tomorrow Super Hero Day There's been an interest in super heroes, lately. We'll be dressing like super heroes on Tuesday, May 30 Caterpillars are cocooning We will see butterflies soon! Ask your child about the life cycle of the butterfly... Spirit Day Friday May 26 - Twin Day We're all wearing our school colours - Blue The whole class will look alike. Trip tomorrow - Wed., May 17 - to the local library We will be walking. Send your child dressed for the weather and with comfortable footwear. If it's a nice day, we may have a picnic lunch there, before our return. Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to help with supervision! Sunscreen We have no known allergies to sunscreen. If you choose to send some in with your child, she/he should know how to apply it independently, as we are not permitted to do so. No spaghetti straps or muscle shirts, as per our school dress code. Tops that cover the shoulders fully are recommended - better sun protection. Happy Mother's Day Something for your viewing pleasure to honour your day...copy and paste link below: We welcomed a new member to our class this week: Diego joined us on Tuesday - welcome to our class. Trip Permission Forms went home today - due back by Wed. May 10. Mary Celebration on Tues., May 2. It is the month of Mary - we will begin with a celebration in the library on Tuesday. You are welcome to join us, as our Rosary Apostolate volunteers lead us in a ceremony to honour our Mother Mary. Spirit Day tomorrow (Friday April 21) - Maple Leaf Day - wear your fan paraphernalia or blue and white! Thanks to Ally's family for the donation of horticultural materials - we'll be planting some seeds this week. Happy Easter to all - It looks like Spring is in the air (feeling good). Please remember to send your child with proper clothing (covered shoulders - no spaghetti straps or muscles shirts) and appropriate footwear (sturdy sneakers are best). Please use velcro, unless your child knows how to tie laces - they become a tripping hazard otherwise. Stations of the Cross - today our Gr. 6/7 class re-enacted the Stations of the Cross. They gave a moving portrayal of Jesus' tragic last hours. The whole school was touched by the performance. Ask your child what they say and thought about it - we heard some astonishing things from our Kindergarten class. Allergy Reminder...We have a number of people in the class who could be grievously affected by the presence of nut products. Please remember to ensure that there are no potentially offending foods sent to the school in your child's lunchbox. Sacks that are sent without labels are snacks that cannot be ensured as being "safe". We will substitute and return these items with a reminder note. Thank you to all who have sent the recipe ingredients with home-baked goods...very helpful. Upcoming Excursion - We will be visiting the neighbourhood library in May. The plan is to walk to the site as we did to the grocery store in Autumn. If weather permits, we may have a picnic lunch on the site. More information and permission forms will be sent home shortly. Enjoy your Easter weekend - hoping the weather cooperates with travel plans. Worms "are in the air" - we've seen many and there have been loads of questions about them. Today, we watched them hatch out of cocoons! I didn't know they did that. Ask your child about other worm facts. Appropriate footwear - Spring is in the air (we think)....New shoes are coming into the classroom Please make sure that new shoes can be managed independently by the student. Velcro runners are the best or sturdy sandals that support the foot. Crocs are not ideal. Unless your child can tie laces, please do not end them to school. They become safety concerns as tripping hazards. Stone Soup - It smells wonderful in our classroom...we all look forward to tasting it tomorrow. Remember to send a regular lunch - the soup is on the side. We had 100% participation - great teamwork with the ingredients. We have an addition to Stone Soup: Button Soup! This is scheduled to begin a little earlier in the week back from March Break. Announcements regarding ingredients went home on the last day before the break. Reminder messages will go home on the Monday back from March Break regarding the ingredients due Tuesday March 21. We will start cooking our soups on Tuesday - crock pots are ready to go... We will eat our soups Wednesday and survey the students' preferences about which soup they like best. Please send a regular lunch for your child on Wednesday, as the soup will be a side to your child's regular meal. New Fundraiser package home today with "oldest and only". Thank you, in advance, for your always outstanding support. Stone Soup - A story about sharing. We read the book today. We will explore different versions of this story: other book versions and dramatizations on Youtube, then compare and contrast it in different media. By the end of the week, we will have created a recipe to make out own "stone soup". After the March Break, the recipe will be sent home with a request for a donation to the soup in the form of a vegetable or other ingredient - be on the lookout for this in your child's mailbag. Our plan is to cook it on one day and eat it the next. More specific information will be forthcoming. Homework - please note that the yellow folders will have some printing practice sheets this week. There are instructions for parents to read with some support material. About WOW butter - NOT ALLOWED IN THE SCHOOLS Please note this board policy has just come to our attention. The following can be found on the BOARD website in the policy and procedure section regarding student health care: It states the following: 4.4 SCHOOL PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT ANAPHYLAXIS PLAN The school’s duty is to provide a safe environment for all students. The School Prevention and Management Anaphylaxis Plan shall fulfill their obligations by: • sharing information and creating awareness; • developing reasonable procedures for avoidance of potentially anaphylactic situations; and • executing appropriate emergency procedures. While recognizing the parent’s rights to food choices for his or her child, most parents acknowledge the right to life and safety as greater, and will support procedures which protect the allergic child. Peanut butter substitutions such as “Wow Butter” are not to be brought into our schools in order to avoid confusion that may result in an accidental exposure to peanut butter which can cause anaphylaxis. Ash Wednesday is on March 1st - Ashes will be distributed during the liturgy at school, set to occur at about 11:45. Lent begins this week...we will be recognizing a different symbol of Lent each week...see the calendar to review the symbols - ask your child about it. Our focus throughout the Lenten Season will be on good deeds. Happy 100th day of school...and Happy St. Valentine's Day. Great collections of 100 things! We will continue to investigate what 100 looks like. Currently we are compiling a catalog and will share as soon as we're done...looks like it could take us the rest of the month. Chocolate leftovers and money due tomorrow - Wed. Feb 15 - Thank you for your support ! Allergy Alert Please remember that there are severe nut allergies in our classroom. We ask that you refrain from sending any food products that may be harmful. Please review labels and watch for ingredients that may offend (any nuts). Also, be aware of the "may contain" claim. Baked items will be returned, as we cannot guarantee their safety. Thank you for your support with this. February 14th - St. Valentine's Day - wear pink, red and/or white. AND it is The 100th Day of School We will be celebrating the 100th day of school by bringing in 100 things.... It will be a day of counting in all different manners. Make sure that what you send can fit into a small bag. It could be anything: toothpicks, paper clips, etc. Please avoid food products, as we have severe allergies in the classroom. Help your child count it out - make it fun. Put the items in piles of 10 and count to 100 by 10s, etc.
It's February!  It is Family Month and we are celebrating LOVE.  

Family Photos -  There's room for some more on our bulletin board.  If you have not sent one in, please feel free to add to our display.  Lots of conversation about siblings and extended family - the students are getting quite a kick out of seeing their classmates' family members.

I wonder if Willie will see his shadow tomorrow?  It's been the cloudiest January on record.  We need more sunshine, but maybe not at the cost of a few more weeks of winter

- new cycle starts this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

10 more school days until the 100th day of school.
 It falls on Valentine's day...We will be doing some 100th day activities focused on number sense, such as counting.

P.A. Day - Friday Feb 3 - No school this Friday.

Valentine cards - Many students will want to hand out cards to their classmates.  Instead of recording everyone's name, write "My friend" on the envelope.  This makes distributing cards much easier on the St. Valentine's Day.  The students will be able to do this more independently.

Chocolate Fundraiser - set to start...cartons go home today with the oldest or only ...  Funds and leftover chocolates are to be returned to the school by February 15. Extra boxes are available, for those who need them.  Good Luck!

ERROR DETECTED ON THE HOT DOG ORDER FORM:  There are 5 (five) hot dog days listed on the order form, so please multiply by 5 (not 3).

Request for more family portraits...
If you have not sent one in yet, please add it to your child's mailbag.  it will go up in the Cozy Corner.

Hot dog days -
a fundraiser for the Grade 8 trip.  Orders will be coming home today....
The dates are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Tuesday, Mar. 21
Tuesday, Apr. 25
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday June 6

Yellow Folders -
please remember to return these to school daily with all of the contents.  Early readers will not be exchanged, if not returned.  Thank you.

buses have been cancelled - school is open.  When dropping off, please go to the front lobby of the school where we will gather the students.  At the end of the school day, we will be dismissing them from there, as well.  Be careful out there.

Milk and Pizza:
 Orders going home today...due back Jan. 27.  Late orders will not be accepted.  I will add this notice to the calendar.

Late to the yard in the morning?  Please sign your child in through the office - do not open the gate and let your child into the Kindergarten Yard....if we're not there, it's a safety issue.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Class List for your reference:













Aiden Andraia




















Snow Days (when buses are cancelled) - please remember to present your child at the front lobby.  Day care has the yard in the morning and they will tell us who is present, however, the rest of the school population is to gather in the front lobby for a quick headcount.  Thanks for your help with this.

Thank you
 to all parents in sending things into the classroom - for craft supplies, tissues, paper towels and extra mittens (love the waterproof ones!).  This all goes a long way.

Welcome to GianFranco - new to our classroom, as of January 9, 2017

Assessments have begun and show that students have increased their knowledge base.  With reference to letter knowledge, they do very well when engaged in routine games and explorations, however, when new games or fonts are introduced they seem to think they don't know what they're looking at.  At home, parents and guardians can build letter knowledge and expand its application by pointing out environmental print to their children.

Indoor Shoes
- Remember that indoor shoes are needed - only a couple of pairs of stocking feet today.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - Hope all is going well this holiday season.  Be careful in the snow.  We are looking forward to hearing about all of the adventures.  Please remember to send indoor shoes to school in January.

Indoor Shoes Coming Home
- please check for sizing - feet have grown since September....

Christmas Holidays -
We are grateful for your kind and most generous gifts.  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  With warm hearts, we send best wishes for safe and happy holidays, hoping that all travel plans go smoothly.  Enjoy the company of family and friends during this blessed season.  We look forward to your return in the New Year.  See you January 09.

Mittens -
There is a crisis - many cold hands when we go out for recess.  Please send in the waterproof kind.  The knitted mittens are not entirely practical for outdoor play.  Thank you for considering this.  While we have extra, mismatched pairs in the classroom, there aren't enough to go around - we ran out today :(

Snow Days (bus cancellations due to weather) and Pizza -
Note that pizza day will be postponed to the following regular school day.  Please send a regular lunch if Thursdays happen to have bus cancellations.  School is open but pizza will be postponed.
We are in the CENTRAL zone - local radio stations will refer to cancellations in this manner.

Photo Gallery -
Check it out...We're still learning how it works - when we figure out how to rotate the photos, we won't be suffering from kinked necks.
Added to them are descriptions of activities and the learning that is happening

Family Photos - the display is creating lots of talk and curiosity with the students.  It is good to see the diversity in the different shapes and sizes families come in.

Change of Clothes - Seeing that the weather has changed to cooler temperatures...we will check students' extra clothing to make sure that it is season appropriate.  We will send home a request for a new alternative should any of the students need to change.

Label clothing - please remember to put your child's name on all articles of clothing coming to the classroom.  The students are still learning to recognize their personal belongings and how to care for them.

This year's Board-wide theme is "Celebrating Family".  With this in mind, we are asking for each family to send a family photo, so that we may create a display within the classroom.  They don't have to be originals.  It could become a cozy corner, where students can spend some quiet time. The photos can be inspiration for writing and math.  Feel free to update photos - send them in anytime.   

The cold weather is coming...practise with zippers