Full Day Kindergarten

We all had a great time last week at school. As we move into our third week, remember that your child has been very busy learning about a new environment, routines, rules, expectations, people, relationships and oh yeah – all sorts of information, too! Be intentionally about providing rest and “down time” so that your child is refreshed and recharged, ready and eager to be at school.  Last week, we learned that God created each of us unique and special. We have been practicing the skills to help our classroom become a happy and safe place to learn. We enjoyed singing the following songs last week. Your child will teach you the actions. 🙂

 

Let your child tell you what we did last week:

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This month, students will be learning about the core competencies through the vehicles of shapes & colours and the story of Creation.  Students will also begin our focus on literacy by beginning English Exercises – practices in hearing and manipulating English sounds.

Our students have started their switches with our specialty teachers. The following links are their overviews.

Art Overview

Music Overview

P.E. Overview

Reminders:

Fall: is almost here! Please dress your child in layers, with a warm waterproof jacket for outdoors.  Boots are a good idea when it is wet.  At RCS, we send the children out for exercise and fresh air whenever possible, sometimes that means being outside when it is sprinkling rain.  I try to take the children out everyday regardless of the weather.  If it is raining, we might go for a quick walk around the school, if it is pouring, we might do some activities outside undercover.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately so they can fully enjoy our activities.

Extra clothes: Please put a set of extra clothes inside your child’s shoe box (must have a lid) which is kept at school. Include: underclothes, a shirt, pants and socks. Please do check the shoe box regularly and make sure all the items are ready to use. When your child takes home a pair of wet socks, please bring a new pair to put into the shoe box the next day.

Lunch Drop off: If your child’s lunch is brought to school by a parent, grandparent, or other person during the morning, the drop off is located in the school foyer next to the gym doors. Please locate the box labeled with your child’s class name and place inside. This allows our students to work undisturbed in the classrooms and hallways and helps our front office staff to keep track of who is entering and leaving the building.

Emergency procedures: Over the next couple of weeks, students will be learning and practicing several emergency routines including fire drill, earthquake drill and a lockdown routine.  I explain to the students that sometimes these events happen and though it can be unsettling and unsafe, we can practice how to be safe during these things.  Knowing what to do helps us feel better and ready to learn.

Important dates:

September 16 – Meet the teacher night at 7pm (Parents only)

September 18 – Photo Day

September 20 – Scholastic orders due

 

Let’s Soar Together!

Dear K1 parents,

Please give yourself a round of applause! Thank you very much for preparing your child well for entering Kindergarten. Well done parents! I hope the children enjoyed the first week of school of learning different new faces. We played a variety of games to get to know our names. They were busy learning routines and following class rules. We have been talking about how to be KIND! We read a variety of books about friendship and how to show love and care to each other.

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Reminders:

Blanket/Towel: Starting next Wednesday (Full Day Kindergarten!), your child will need a small blanket for Rest time after lunch recess. Please choose a blanket that can stay in the classroom for the rest of the year. Label the blanket with your child’s name. I will send the blankets home to wash at the end of each month. There is a sample outside my classroom. Remember to choose a small, thin blanket for easy classroom storage. Help your child to know which is his/hers.

Good and Faithful helper theme: the schedule is printed on the calendar. When your child is Good and Faithful helper, they will bring an item from home to share with the class. Please help them pick something appropriate to bring to share and to think of some clues for the class to guess (ie. It is furry. It is brown. It says “grrrr”.) The rules for sharing is that the object is an appropriate size (not too big please) and mommy and daddy have to say it is ok to bring. September’s sharing theme is God’s creation (e.g. fall, colours, family pictures, summer vacations, something they like…etc). Some ideas may include things God made, or things your child made.

Scholastic orders: Please look through the fliers your child took home today, select the books they are interested in, and mark them at the back of the flyer. You have the option of either paying online by visiting parentpay.scholastic.ca or submitting a cheque to me payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd. Regardless of your form of payment, please return the order forms by Friday, September 20th. Every club order will help our class to earn bonus points, in which we will use to redeem for books to enrich our classroom library!

Healthy snacks: Thank you for sending delicious, healthy food for your children to enjoy. Please enjoy treats like cookies, chocolate, and candies with your family at home. 

Volunteer opportunity: I am looking for some parents who can help us recycle our household blue-bin recyclable items (e.g. plastic boxes, yogurt juice bottles, juice boxes, etc.) each week. Please email me if you are interested.  Thank you!

Meet the Teacher Night: is on Monday, September 16th (7 to 8:30PM).  Please mark this day on your calendars.  It is a very important time for our admin team and myself to be able to chat with you about our plans for this year.  Please arrange for child care as this is a parent only evening.  I look forward to seeing you and giving you our class schedule.

Photo day: will be on Wednesday, September 18th.  We will take our photos in the morning, so if you wish your child to wear dressier clothes, they will hopefully still look neat.

Pumpkin Patch field trip: will be on October 17th (9:00 to 11:00AM). Parents are to accompany their child for the duration of the field trip. More info to come.

Prayer requests

  • For the health and wellbeing of students and teachers as we’re back into full swing!
  • For the development and growth of students as they learn about routines, how to be in relationship with one another, and how to be a student.

Welcome to K1

Dear K1 families,

I am so excited to start Kindergarten with you this year!  I look forward to meeting your family on Tuesday and showing your child our classroom.  Just a quick couple of notes from me to get us in the groove of things for this year:

  • Email/ Blog: I use email and a blog as my primary means of communicating with parents.  My email is mwong@myrcs.ca, please email me if you have questions or need to let me know about vacations etc.  Every week, I update our class blog with what we are learning and upcoming events.  To facilitate that, please subscribe to this blog page.  It will automatically email you whenever I update it and you won’t miss out on our classroom events.
  • Schedules: By now, you should have received a schedule for kindergarten students’ first two weeks of school. Please follow the schedule to allow a gentle and measured transition into this new setting.  Plan to remain at school for the hour that your child is in class on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no need to remain on campus for the rest of gradual entry.  We appreciate your help & support in this learning process.  Let’s help these young people start the year strong!

When your child comes to school on Tuesday, bring along:

  • Emergency release form: (form)
  • Indoor shoes: Please ensure that your child has a pair of good velcro runners to leave at school.  They will be wearing these for gym class as well.
  • A backpack
  • A small shoe box with extra clothing:  under-clothes, a shirt, pants, socks, and plastic grocery bags for soiled clothing.
  • Two Tissue boxes (shared item; no need to label)

Kindergarten students will use the school library on a weekly basis.  Please have a sturdy, reusable bag clearly labelled with your child’s name for him/her to use on library days (Begins on Thursday, Sept.12th).  Ms. Huber, the librarian, has reusable plastic library bags for sale in the library for $1  to purchase after school.  Show your child where the library bag will be stored in his/her backpack.

Over the long weekend, please reflect on these things to be shared with me next week.  No need to write anything down! Just think about it 😉

  1.  What are your child’s strengths & interests?
  2. What are your goals for your child this year?
  3. What are some things that help your child succeed?

Your insight helps me to know your child better in these early days.

Thank you for entrusting your child to RCS this year, I pray that we will work together as a team to make this an eye-opening and awe-inspiring year for your child as they begin their educational career.  Can’t wait until we meet on Tuesday!

Blessings,

Mrs. Michelle Wong