Beautiful Butterflies

K1 Chapel: A big thank you to everyone of you! Your support and prayers are very much appreciated. I am very impressed with the students’ willingness to try their best even though it was their very first chapel. What a successful team work experience for our little ones! I pray that they will remember that Jesus is always with them wherever they will be. If you have photos, please email one or two to me. Thank you!

Caterpillars… into chrysalis… into butterflies! Many of our wiggly caterpillars have transformed into chrysalis over the weekend. We saw them have dropped into a J-shape last week! It’s very exciting. Come check them out!

Numeracy: We are practising concepts such as what is 2 or 3 more than 8 (for example). We played different math games to compare numbers and created beautiful symmetrical patterns.

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Reminders:

Victoria Day: NO SCHOOL on Monday (May 20th). 

Chapel is Family groups: on Friday (May 24th). We will be decorating our team banners for Sports day! At the end of each year, our students compete in Family Groups in friendly activities to have fun and foster community. Your child will either be on a red or blue team and can dress accordingly for Sports day. More info will come home. 

Sports Day: is on June 7th. Early dismissal at 12:30PM

Butterfly release field trip: is on Tuesday, May 28th. Please visit the “Permissions” page to approve your child for this field trip.

NO SCHOOL: on Wednesday, May 29th, for Kindies ONLY due to Kindergarten Orientation for the Pre-schoolers coming to Kindergarten.

Carnival: is on Friday, May 31st (2:30 to 6:30PM) at the Secondary School Campus. Come enjoy face painting, carnival games, bouncy castles and have a lot of fun! 

Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

 

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day: Thank you very much for taking your time and visiting our class last Thursday! Your presence and support meant a lot to our students. I hope you enjoyed their artwork, cookies and the Mother’s Day card. Happy Mother’s Day! May God bless you with strength and love!

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Hairy Harrys: had a haircut and went home safely last week. It’s fun to hear how they take care of Hairy Harry at home: put into their garden, water them, give them sunlight….

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Numeracy: We have been practicing concepts such as what is 1, 2, or even 3 more than 7 (for example), slowly progressing to 1 or 2 less than. We have learned different math games to strengthen our learning with teen numbers.

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Reminders:

K1 Chapel: is coming next Friday, May 17th. I am very proud of their hard work! Next week we will be rehearsing in the big gym to help familiarize our students with being up on stage. They are equally excited and nervous about performing. We have talked about how to keep on going even if we make a mistake. We can just start over and redo that line/action and it is OK! You may wish to chat with your child about their part in chapel and how they are feeling about it. We are looking forward to seeing all of you that morning and sharing with you what we have learned being a follower of Jesus. I will send a separate email regarding the dress code. Please stay tuned!

May and June Scholastic orders: were sent home this month. Please send in any orders by Tuesday, May 14th. Thank you!

No school: on May 29th for ONLY the Kindergarten students. It will be “Welcome to Kindergarten” for the current pre-school students coming into Kindergarten next year.

Welcome warmer weather: please dress your child appropriately for the changing weather. Our classroom can get quite hot at times. T-shirt and sweater layers are handy. Thank you!

The June field trip: is (tentatively) set for Friday, June 14th from 11AM-2PM.  It requires your help to drive and accompany us to Iona Beach Regional Park.  More information will come along with a final home project that we will use at the field trip.  All three kindergarten classes will attend this trip at the same time.

Caterpillars

Creepy crawlies: the real, live specimens of larvae have been arrived to our classroom. As we observe and record the growth of these insects, we will learn about life cycle of butterflies and also think of ways we can care for God’s creation. Our butterfly unit will end with a field trip on May 28th (Tuesday) to release the butterflies to a natural setting. Please review the online permission form. If the weather does not cooperate, we will cancel the field trip.  Thanks for thinking ahead!

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Hairy Harrys: are growing strong! Each day our students check on their Hairy Harry by pressing gently on the soil to see if it is damp or dry. They are learning to provide water and sunlight to help their plants grow. We will give them a haircut the coming week!

Numeracy: We have started learning the names of our coins.

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Literacy: May sight words: good, now, little, please and look.  Feel free to have your child play “I spy” for these sight words when reading, playing, etc.

Reminders:

Class photo: we will be taking our K1 class photo as well as the whole school panorama photo on Monday, May 6th.

K1 Chapel: Two more weeks to go for chapel! Our class has made props and we are diligently practicing our skits. It is so fun to watch our class take ownership of showcasing their learning. I am very proud of their hard work! Hope to see you all on May 17th for chapel that morning!

Scholastic orders: were sent home last week.  If you still have the Christmas gift coupon, please use it on this order.  The coupons expire this June.  Please place all orders by the end of next week.  Thanks!

Tissue boxes: If you’ve a bunch of tissue boxes sitting in storage, would you mind kindly donating a box to our classroom? We need 2-3 more boxes to make it to the end of the school year.  Thanks for your generosity!

The June field trip is (tentatively) set for Friday, June 14th from 11AM-2PM.  It requires your help to drive and accompany us to Iona Beach Regional Park.  More information will come along with a final home project that we will use at the field trip.  All three kindergarten classes will attend this trip at the same time.

Important dates:

May 6th – Class and panorama photos

May 9th – Mother’s Day performance (8:30 to 9:00am)

May 17th – K1 Chapel (8:30 to 9:00am)

May 20th – Victoria Day (NO SCHOOL)

May 28th – Butterfly field trip

May 29th – Kindergarten orientation (NO SCHOOL)

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for students to enjoy the process of practising and performing something close to their hearts.  Pray for any nervousness or anxiety to be settled as we do it together.
  • Pray for administration and staff as we do end-of-year tasks: for wisdom, insight and time management to get it all done before Summer!

Hairy Harry

Hairy Harrys: Wow! We’ve accomplished so much last week! As we continue learning about living things, we each have made a Hairy Harry! Last week, we planted a cup of grass to further our learning on how things grow and the cycle of plants. Come check out our Harrys!

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Science: We had hands-on experience to examine the parts of a tulip last week. Students carefully cut open a flower and observed closely how the flower has been made. We then labeled the parts. We are amazed by God’s wisdom as a creator and a farmer! We used the parts of the flower to create an art project. They all did a great job! Please come check out our bulletin board.

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Thank you for visiting our classroom last Wednesday. I hope the children and their grandparents enjoyed this special day together. The students took time to show their grandparents their journals and scrapbooks. They worked on a booklet as a team. It is great to see the interactions between these two generations.

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Literacy: We are continuing to work on our printing books on the lower case letters. We have been practicing out sight words and trying to make sentences.

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Reminders:

K2 Chapel: our class will be presenting chapel on Friday, May 17th. Through preparing our chapel, we have learned that Jesus is always with us and we need to listen to His voice and follow his ways. I will be sending home information about our K1 chapel presentation and how you can support your child at home. Let’s pray for our little ones as they are faithfully and joyfully preparing for this chapel. May God’s name be glorified!

Creepy crawlies: We will be continuing our living things unit with real, specimens of ….. you will have to wait and see! We will be receiving some creepy crawly friends soon and we will learn all about their life cycle and how to care for them. Stay tuned!

May calendar: I have sent the May calendar to your mail. We will have a very busy month. Please check out the important dates.

Blankets: I sent home students’ blankets to wash on Friday. Please bring them back the following Monday. Thank you!

He Is Alive!

Bible: We opened up all the eggs and recorded in our Easter Sharing journal as we learned about the story of Easter. Your child brought home the journal on Thursday; feel free to have your child share their journal with you. We are thankful that Jesus died and rose again. He is victorious! After the break, we will resume our learning about the 10 plagues God placed on Egyptians. We’ve learned that Pharaoh was very stubborn and he didn’t want to let God’s people go.

Field trip: We had a fabulous day visiting the Richmond Nature Park last Tuesday. We explored the nature through our senses: touching a little snake, observing little insects, smelling leaves, tasting dried blueberries, and hearing birds’ sounds, and many more…

I sent an iMovie of our field trip to your email on Wednesday.

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Easter egg hunt: On the same day, we had our own chocolate Easter hunt at school. Yummy!

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Numeracy: We have started learning how to represent data on a graph.

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Reminders:

K1 Chapel: our class has been waiting all year for this day. It’s our turn to present chapel on Friday, May 17th (from 8:30am to 9ish). We will begin learning and practicing our chapel presentation soon. Stay tuned for more chapel news and how you can support your child at home. If you are willing to make some props for us, please email me. Thank you!

Grandparents/ Grand friends Day: is on April 24th (Wednesday). Please let your child know whether or not someone is coming. This helps us in the classroom so that children know who to expect to come, or let me know if no one is coming so I can setup other activities for them.

May God’s grace fill your heart and your home with blessings this Easter! See you all again on Tuesday, April 23.

 

 

He Is Stronger

Bible: Last week, we focused on Easter and what Jesus did for us on the cross. we opened 2 Resurrection Eggs each day to discover an object relevant to Easter e.g. donkey, coins, whip, etc. Students then recorded their learning and wrote about the objects in their “Easter Sharing Book.”  Ask to see this book during noisy reading time next week and see what your child shares about Easter! We also created different art projects to deepen our understanding of how Jesus loves us so much that he gave up his life on the cross. He is alive! Please come and take a look at our creations.

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Easter egg experiment: We used whipped cream, food colours, and our imaginations to dye some hard-boiled eggs on Friday. The whipped cream was so yummy, and mixing food colours was  so fun. You may want to ask your child to teach to how to make them at home. The eggs are NOT for us to eat! 🙂

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Numeracy: We have continued to work on developing our number sense: breaking down numbers, combining numbers, ordering numbers and representing numbers in different ways.

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Reminders:

ICC envelopes: went home last week. Please make sure your child’s name is on the envelope. Each year we raise money for International China Concern (ICC), an organization that cares for abandoned and disabled children in China. Collecting ICC donations is voluntary. If you wish to participate, please read and discuss with your child in appropriate ways to ask for donations. Please return the envelope and donations by Monday, April 15th. Thank you.

Field trip: is on April 16th, Tuesday. We will go rain or shine. As a reminder, this is a school bus field trip and parents are NOT required to accompany or transport their children.

Scholastic book orders: are due Monday, April 15th if you are interested in purchasing books.

“GPS”: the Spring Musical is coming up soon! Grade 4 and 5 students will be presenting in the musical. Our kindergarten students will NOT be performing. There are 2 performances: Wednesday, April 17th at 1:30PM and Thursday, April 18th at 7PM.

Grandparents’ Day: is on April 24th, Wednesday

Prayer requests:

  • Pray that we will have a successful and safe field trip next week. We are going to enjoy God’s wonderful Spring creations.
  • Pray for students to continue learning and growing in the interpersonal and personal skills to help them have success in a school environment.

Spring, Spring, What do you see?

Spring & Living Things: our theme this month is about Spring and living things. It coincides nicely with the theme of Easter and new life. We will be learning about characteristics of living things and planting Hairy Harrys to help us learn about the life cycle of plants! We did some Science experiments to learn about how plants grow! 

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Cherry Blossom: We walked around our school and looked for signs of Spring. God’s creations are amazing and so beautiful!

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Literacy: We are continuing to work on our printing books on the lower case letters. We also have been recognizing the middle sound of a word. Sight words for this month: with, play, are, be like

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Reminders:

ICC: RCS pairs up with International China Concern (ICC) each year to learn about how this organization helps orphans in China.  On Friday, we watched the following Youtube video about the organization and discussed ways we can support the children. 

Throughout next week, classroom and whole school activities are centred around learning about issues such as sacrifice, love and care for abandoned children, how we can come alongside and help ICC, etc.  Students have received an information package, and they can also ask for donations for ICC and record it on their donation form.  Our class will be praying for a child named Yang Jiang Dong. I will post an information sheet in our room. 

Collecting ICC donations is voluntary. If you wish to collect, please read and discuss with your child appropriate ways to ask for donations.  A Donation Envelope (containing a pledge form and online fundraising instructions) went home with your child today, as well as a letter to parents. Online donations are also appreciated, please read the instructions to see how that can be completed. I encourage you to register and create a personal fundraising webpage for your child. It is an effective tool that makes raising awareness of ICC and fundraising easier. You can find our K1 team page here: https://chinaconcern.rallybound.org/icarefortheworld2019/Team/View/104008/K1

 All donation forms must be returned to school on Monday, April 15th. Thank you.

April theme: Easter, Jesus, Spring, Living things, something they made. Please help you child pick something that is related to our themes or is made by them. Thank you!

Grandparents/ Grand friends Day: is on April 24, Wednesday. Invitation card went home with your child today. 

Field trip: As part of our theme, we will be going on a field trip to learn more about Spring. Please check the online permission form to approve your child’s participation. We need one more parent volunteer. Please email me if you are able to join us that morning. Thank you.

Important dates:

April 16 (Tuesday): Field trip

April 19 and April 22: NO SCHOOL

April 24 (Wednesday): Grandparents/ Grand friends Day

May 9 (Thursday): K1 Mother’s Day presentations (8:30-9:00ish)

May 17 (Friday): K1 Chapel (8:30-9:00ish)

Spring is coming…

Last week:

Bible: We have begun the story of Moses by making little baby Moses out of plasticine and floating him down the river. Ask your child to tell you the story!

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Play time: is very important for our growth!  We are busy creating, communicating, problem-solving, and many more during our Centres.

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Incredible Chapel: Last Friday, Mr. Paul and Mr. P introduced us the new theme, Incredible Companion, for our chapel. They reminded us the importance of building each other up and working towards the same constructive goals together as a team. The Bible tells us Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10. In class, we discussed about what it means by being a  productive and positive companion to others. We then had our annual stuffy toss at the end of the chapel. Plenty of joy! 

Incredible Chapel video

Stuffy Toss video

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Literacy: We have continued learning about letters and sounds. We are focussing on writing and recognizing lowercase letters.

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Numeracy: We are so excited to practice dialling our phone numbers during numeracy rotations. They were curious how the old spiral telephone worked. 🙂

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Personal safety

  • For the rest of the Identity unit, students will be learning about personal safety.  Students have been practicing saying some of their personal information and why it’s important to know. Students have been looking for table spots with their phone numbers instead of their name tags.
  • Students will also be learning safety tips such as knowing correct terminology for private parts, what to do in an emergency, and identifying safe adults to talk to when they are feeling uncomfortable or unsafe.

Reminder: Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, March 9th.

Prayer requests:

  • pray for the health of our little ones
  • pray for safety for our families during Spring break
  • pray that we will have a soft heart to listen to God’s words and follow His teaching

MARCH IS HERE

Student-Led Conferences: were last Wednesday. I hope you had a wonderful time being your child’s student. I was so proud of how much they have learned. I especially love watching how they interacted with you as your “teacher”. Thank you for spending the time to show your child how special and smart they are. They are so unique and all have sparkling personalities! Check your mailbox this week as your child will receive the mail you sent on Wednesday! 🙂 

If you have not returned your child’s dark blue folder, please do so on Monday. Thank you!

Kindie parade: Thank you for taking your time and energy to create the amazing floats with your child! Enjoy our parade here: K1 Parade video (2018-2019)

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Numeracy: While we are enjoying the Osmo math game, we have started another fun activity called “Tiny Polka Dot” which helps solidify our number concepts.

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Coming weeks…

Community: this week we are looking at ways to take care of our community (recycling, reusing, picking up garbage…etc.), as well as ways to stay safe in our community (hazards outside, stranger danger, emergency calls…etc.)

Biblewe have finally finished the story of Joseph and watched the end of the Joseph movie where Jacob and Joseph reunited after 20 years apart. In March, we will begin the story of Moses by making little baby Moses out of plasticine and floating him down the river. Ask your child to tell you the story!

Library: is on Thursday. 🙂

Chapel: On Friday, March 8th our chapel theme will be “Incredible Companion” so bring your special friend who has been with you through thick and thin, also known as your favourite stuffy! We will have our annual stuffy toss at the end of chapel.

Scholastic Orders: are due on March 5th.

 

I AM….

Identity Float and parade: I hope you enjoyed the family fun time involved in creating your child’s float. Students love letting their creative energies flow and decorating their floats to their heart’s content. I hope it gave you a good time to chat with your child about what they want to be when they grow up and what they think they are good at. Car parade is on Tuesday, February 26th, from 8:40ish to 9:00.We will be parading around the inside hallways for the other classes to see. You are welcome to stay at school that morning to take pictures! We have been practicing how to carry our floats and walk comfortably with them in the hallway. Please put your child’s name on his/her float if you haven’t done so. Thank you!

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Our students play outside in all different kinds of weather in Vancouver… no matter it’s sunny, raining, snowy, or windy. Please dress your child appropriately and have extra clothes ready in their boxes.

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Student-Led Conferences: will be on Wednesday, February 27th, from 12 PM to 7:30PM. There will be no school this day. Conferences will be 30 minutes long and your child will be leading through 5 stations to show you what we have been learning. I will send you a list of our stations and questions to guide your child along. They are so excited to be the “teachers” and show you all they know!

Phone number: As part of our Safety Unit, students will start looking for their table spots using their phone numbers in March. Please email me the phone number that you want your child to memorize. Thank you!

March Calendar: has been posted on this blog. Please check out the important dates.