Kinder News for Kindergarten Room 141

Mar. 27, 2020 During this COVID 19 Crisis, we are all experiencing significant challenges. We are also experiencing uplifting events that demonstrate heartwarming examples of compassion in our community. Truly, a sign of the goodness in us all. There is concern about everyone's well-being. Some resources you may wish to explore can be found by accessing School Mental Health Ontario at the link below:
Take good care.
Mar 26, 2020
Wishing you all well, as we continue to come to terms with this new reality. A Thought We miss being in the classroom with our students and look forward to returning to them. Our goals in the Kindergarten classroom is to create an environment in which our students can engage in authentic, deep, self-directed and playful experiences that align with their individual development. This can happen, most naturally, at home. Don't feel pressured to recreate traditional school settings. That tightly-structured and scheduled 'desk time' approach is more appropriate in a formal setting where it offers instructors crowd control for learning opportunities. March 25 Two classmates are celebrating their birthdays today. Happy 6th Birthday to Jaxon! Image result for boy birthday cake Happy 5th Birthday to Layla! Image result for girl birthday cake Further to our conversation:
The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board rightly expects its staff to take expert directives seriously and so would be expected to take leadership roles in terms of both social distancing and self-isolation (as required). Our youth may have the most difficult time adhering to these directives and so the Board's psychology staff has created a resource called, We Need Teens To Lead The Way. We hope families find it helpful.

March 22, 2020

It is sad to be missing school tomorrow.

As information becomes available, the board will be sharing with staff, students and parents regarding the next steps to be taken during this challenging situation.  We are in a constant state of flux - an unsettled status for those of us who like to plan and prepare. BUT we are also flexible and will adjust.

Hoping to see you all sooner than later!

March Break Surprise!

Surprising revelations about school closures left all of us shocked, however, we understand that this is a decision made in the best interest of everyone's well-being.

The sudden announcement of the 'extended' March Break did not allow for preparation.  Without over-burdening parents, students may continue to keep up their skills at home with support. 

Below are a few ideas/suggestions:

1. read - every day (wherever it fits into your schedule - I found bedtime a natural point in the day to do this or listening to them read while I prepared meals) - many of the PM readers that have gone home for reading can be found at the local library (if they remain open).  You may choose familiar books that your children have already read.
2.  play board games that involve counting or spatial reasoning - visit the PARENT TIPS section of this website for ideas
3.  practise name-printing (first and last) and lower-case letter formation - review reference sheets for this in your child's folder
4.  keep a journal of daily/weekly activities - this can be shared at school when the students return (it could replace the Surprise Sack routine for a while)

We look forward to getting back in step with routines and wish all of you a safe and healthy time away from us.

Spirit Day

March 13 - Green Day
Wear green on this day for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day

Update for March 02 - 06

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Monday March 02- pizza and spirit day (wear your NEON colours)
- changed due to snow days

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Please note that when pizza days are interrupted, the delivery of slices to the students will be moved to the next consecutive day (one snow day - one day later; two snow days, two days later).

February 2020

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We had a new Kindergarten join our school this week.  This student has a severe, life-threatening allergy

While this student is not in our class daily, know that we share spaces with our Kindergarten peers regularly.

We ask all parents to be diligent in their monitoring of food that is being sent to school by carefully reading labels to observe the 'May contain' warnings.  Should these products escape your watchful eyes, we will be sure to return them to you and substitute a safe product in their place.

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We appreciate your assistance in keeping our learning space safe for all students.

Ash Wednesday:  Feb. 26
9:30 in the school gym - parents invited and welcome to the distribution of ashes

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Spirit Day
- Friday, February 28  "Neon Day":  Wear a bright neon colour!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Fruggles for sale this week during 2nd Nutrition Break at $2.00 a piece.

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4 more days until the 100th day of school!

Next week, we will continue with activities around estimating, magnitude (more/less than) and exploring large numbers (i.e., 3-digit numbers).

We will be exploring Spatial Reasoning and Geometry more deeply, beyond our 100th day of school.  Further ideas and thinking around this subject will be shared with parents in the PARENT TIPS section of this website.

Feb. 06, 2020

With the advent of St. Valentine's Day and the potential for treats being sent into the classroom, a request is necessary:
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We advise parents against sending treats without original wrapping into the classroom.  Any food without a wrapper that lists its contents will be returned home, as there can be serious fallout from students transferring contaminants to surfaces around the school.  Anaphylaxis is a reality for a number of students and teachers in the building.

We appreciate your support and participation in keeping our school a safe place for the people who are most vulnerable to offending substances.

Jan. 30

Our Spirit Day was a success...view some pictures of our class members in the gallery.

Jan. 27, 2020


Mon., Jan 27:  Literacy Day
- Older students in the school will pair up with younger ones to share some literacy activities
Tues., Jan 28: Dental Screening
- A team of caring and gentle professionals will take a look at the general oral health and 'count some teeth' of the children in our classroom
Thurs., Jan 30: Spirit Day and School Mass 
- 'Jersey Day': Wear your favourite team's sports jersey
- 9:30 is the time set for mass at the school (parents are always welcome to join us in the gym for this)
Fri., Jan 31:  PA Day
- there is no school for students on Professional Activity Days

Jan. 14, 2020

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Barrie Colts visit today.

We are the featured school on Sat., Jan. 25, 2020.  Tickets are available on Schoolday and will be delivered by the end of next week.

Visit our Photo Gallery to see pictures.

Jan. 06, 2020

Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events:

- Friday, Jan. 10 - Vision Screening for Year 2 students
- Sat., Jan. 25 - Barrie Colts Game - St. Michael's school is sponsored
                      - tickets now available

- Tues., Jan. 28 - Dental screening all Kindergarten students
- Thurs., Jan 30 - Spirit Day: Jersey Day

Welcome back.  Hope the Christmas Break was restful and joyful.

Friday, December 13, 2019

A Christmas Miracle in Room 141

- see photo gallery ...

Mon., Dec. 09, 2019

Wow, what a great response to our food drive so far....surely we will fill that cruiser on Thursday!

...and on another note:  Chocolate donations for the Parent Council basket raffle are also being welcomed.

Please be sensitive to the allergy factor in our school.  We hope that we can avoid any health hazards by getting nut-free donations.  Keeping this in mind, all chocolate in the baskets will have to be nut-free.  Your consideration of this is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

November 28, 2019

Upcoming food drive for the month of December.
We are collecting for the food bank.  Our task is to fill a cruiser with the items that are donated.
Please send in non-perishable food items by December 12.

We have finished with reporting to parents about student progress this far.  Thanks to all for your time to meet.

You will have noticed that the yellow take-home folders no longer have the sheets and stickers to practice building numbers on the 10 Frames.  We having completed numbers 0 - 10. 
Now, we will use this information and skill to continue with applying it to other learning activities in Math in order to build more number sense awareness.  Please visit the PARENT TIP section of this website to review the phases of the Number Sense trajectory, through which the students will be progressing.
We cannot stress enough, the importance of counting.  Take every opportunity to do so.  It builds number sense awareness in many ways.  Students practise many skills that help to build greater number awareness.

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 29 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day
Dec. 11 - School Mass
Dec. 12 - "Fill a cruiser" food drive
Dec. 16 - Spirit Day - TBA
Dec. 18 - School Christmas Concert
Dec. 19 - Spirit Day - TBA
Dec. 20 - Spirit Day - TBA

Nov. 20, 2019

Update:  Christmas Concert has been set for ...
Wednesday, December 18 at 11:45

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ov. 18, 2019 

Thank you to all parents who have met with us for parent-teacher interviews.  Your time is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming considerations

Advent is around the corner - a special time in our Liturgical calendar... and a really busy time of year for everyone.  Stay tuned for announcements.

 November 12, 2019

New pictures added to the Photo Gallery of our students enjoying the winter weather.

Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Today, we had our Remembrance Day Liturgy, led by the Gr. 7 class.
  Our class did a beautiful job, participating respectfully and with attentive ears.

Our first snow is upon us...we can expect more.  As this season goes on, please be aware of the potential for SNOW DAYS.  This means that bus routes will be cancelled, however, school is open for learning.  If your child usually takes the bus and you choose to drive your child to school in the morning, please remember that you will have to pick up your child at 3:15.

Wed., Nov. 6: 

1.  Class pictures went home today. 

2.  Also included in the mailbag were some Hallowe'en pencils and erasers.  These were mailed to the class by our Pen-pal.  We had started communicating with Lucas, a boy with autism, last year and continue to keep in touch this year.  We have brainstormed ideas for a response to this letter and have included tokens of our appreciation in a package to be mailed by the end of the week.

3.  Many have responded to the interview request form in School Day.  Thank you for these prompt responses.  Should you have any trouble with booking a time, please let us know with a note in your child's mailbag, so we may support you with this.  We look forward to seeing everyone.  REMEMBER:  Students are more than welcome to take part in the interview.

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These will be held starting after school on Thurs., Nov. 14 through Fri., Nov. 15 (PA Day).

CORRECTION:  Sign-up for interview times will be done through SCHOOL DAY.  

We look forward to seeing you.

Picture retakes - set for Thursday, November 7.

Halloween is coming up...

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On Thursday, October 31, we will mark the day by wearing black, orange and/or white.  There will be a school-wide assembly and a variety of pumpkin math activities.

There will be no costumes at school for the primary grades.

Past experience has proven that this is the best way to proceed, as it keeps students and costumes safe and in good repair for the evening activities.


Thurs., Oct. 10, 2019

Took a beautiful autumn walk yesterday.  Enjoyed the sights and sounds of the season.  Check the Photo Gallery for pix.

Wed., Oct. 09, 2019

Proofs have arrived from the photo company, Edge Imaging.
They have been placed in your child's mailbag.  You are encouraged to place your order online.
The due date for this is OCTOBER 17.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Upcoming Events

Terry Fox Run - Fri., Oct. 04 (raindate Mon., Oct. 07)
Rosary Apostolate - Tue., Oct. 08 (every 2nd Tues. of the month)
Thanksgiving - Mon., Oct. 14 (no school)
Mass - Wed., Oct. 16 at St. John Vianney Church
PA Day - Mon., Oct. 21 (no school)

Homework update

For some students, there is an additional piece in the take-home folders today (Just to share some things that we are doing in Math).  Students are being asked to build a number on a Ten Frame a couple of times a week and then to print it.  We have been working with these in school to keep track of the number of days in school.  Students are familiar with the 10 Frames.

There is an information sheet to go along with this.  It will help you help your child.  Included in the folder, are stickers to use on the Ten Frame.  They will be supplied as needed.  Students have been instructed that the stickers are to be used only on the 10 Frame.  Please make sure that the students do so.

By the end of the week, all students will have been given 2 numbers to work on.

See example, below.  A Ten Frame showing the number 10.
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Thank you - The Kindergarten Team

August 19, 2019

 Welcome to a new school year!

We hope that the summer has been restful and rejuvenating.  The weather has been most cooperative.  

We will be preparing for the start of school in the coming days.

The school will be open for administrative updates and registrations during the last week of August (26 - 30).  Please be sure to check the school and board websites for more information.  Classes will not be completely set up until the end of the week.  Changes may be required in September, according to registration numbers.

Your children will be returning home with 'fully-stocked' mailbags.  Please review the information in these mailbags regularly and remember to return them to school daily.

Thank you - the Kindergarten Team

September 11, 2019

We have had a busy start to the year!  We are currently doing some assessments to get ourselves organized and ready to go with learning groups.

With that in mind, there has been lots of learning going on around routines and getting to know some of the rules of being in school.
Next week, parents can expect to see some language activities in the yellow take-home folders that are in the students' mailbags.  This will include some printing sheets and easy readers.

For the Year 1 students (JKs), using a marker may be an option at home, if pencils prove to be tools of torture when practising their letter formation.  They are to trace the letters on the upper half of the sheet and then, have a go at it on the lower half.  Three to five good letter formations are all we need to see (the bottom half does not need to be filled).  The Yr 2 (SKs) will be challenged to work within lined boundaries. The sheets are self-explanatory.
The easy readers for Year 1 students will focus on a letter.  Help your child find the letter, say the letter and read the word which is represented in the accompanying picture.

NOTE: all readers are created to support early reading skills with pictures that the support the print.  DO NOT HIDE THE PICTURES.  They are there to help your child learn to read.

​P.S.:  We are not using agendas in our Kindergarten classroom.

Upcoming Events for the weeks ahead

Thursday, September 26

Picture Day

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Wear your smile!

Open House

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 5:00 - 6:30
See you there!