We Love Snow!

We had a great time skating together last week. I was so proud to see students trying hard and encouraging each other on the ice.  If you have any great photos of our field trip, please email them to me. Thanks!  Our next field trip will be a school bus field trip in April to celebrate the return of Spring.  More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Winter Fun: We read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books about winter, and we had fun playing in the snow outside. We constructed “structures” with snow and compared our heights with them. We self-assessed on our collaborative effort by drawing a picture and colouring a bear after the activity.

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Bible: We are learning about Jacob and Esau and their struggles with birthright and blessing. Students will learn about some bad choices Jacob made when he chose to do things his own way instead of following God’s plan. We will continue with Jacob’s story to see God’s faithfulness in how He was with Jacob and watched over him wherever he went. We have been learning a new song called “God will never stop loving me” by Karyn Henley. Your child can teach your the actions.

Literacy: We have continued with our table stations to learn about letter names and sounds. The sight words for this month: is, she, was, look, go

Kindness Jar: We have started a new behaviour management system at our class. The K1 students have been working hard to fill up the “Kindness” jar with gems by doing things that show love and care to others (help clean up, listen to others, work nicely together, saying kind words/encourage others…) Once we reach our goal of 10 unifix cubes, we will enjoy our extra play time. We have reached 3 unifix cubes already. Well done, K1’s! Please talk about why it is important to show kindness to others with your child at home.

Reminders:

Winter activity photos: Please send me your winter activity photos if you have not already. Thank you!

Dance Week: happening next week. Please wear comfortable, appropriate shoes, and clothing each day between January 20-24.

Extra clothes: If your child has brought home soiled clothing, please replace the used items in his/her extra clothing box.  Students go outside when it is wet – a hooded, waterproof jacket helps your child make the most of his/her time.  Fresh air and active bodies help students focus and regulate in the classroom.

K Vision and Hearing screening: has been rescheduled to January 30th, Thursday.

Prayer…

-For health as there is illness going around that is quite lengthy.

-For students to have soft/teachable hearts this term. They are willing to show love and care to each other.

 

 

Winter Wonderland

Winter: This month we will explore Winter and how this season looks and feels. We are grateful that we had an opportunity to play in the snow this morning. Thank you for equipping the students to be ready to play outside even in subzero temperatures.  Continue to remind them that hats, boots, gloves, etc. are necessary and prepare us to be comfortable while being active outdoors.  Students were also reminded that it is fun to play with snow, but at school we do not throw snow at others.  Feel free to have snowball fights at home with family though. 😉

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Winter STEAM activity: STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Students were challenged to build/ create/ design their very original snowflakes using marshmallows and toothpicks. This activity is a wonderful hands-on exercise for our kids. They are very creative.

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In Bible, students have been learning about Isaac, Jacob and Esau.  We are learning how God is in control and can use sinful people and bad circumstances for His Glory.

Numeracy: We have started learning about measurement. We will be practicing using unifix cubes to help us learn math concepts such as longer or shorter, more or less, equal and how to compare. Last week, we made snowmen with our names and compared the length of our snowmen. We found out that Mrs. Burmatoff’s snowman is the tallest.

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Reminders:

Scholastic book orders: are due next week.  I’d like to submit the order by next Friday for a timely January delivery.  The Christmas book coupon can be used for these orders!

Skating field trip: is on Tuesday, January 14th. I will meet you at the arena at 9:15am that morning.

Winter holiday photos: We will start sharing our winter pictures next week. Please remember to send me your photos if you haven’t done so. Thank you!

Important dates:

Jan. 14 – Skating field trip

Jan. 16 – Hearing/ Vision screening

Jan. 17 – Scholastic orders due

Jan. 20-24 – Dance week

Jan. 31 – Pro-D, NO SCHOOL

PJ DAY

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Tomorrow (Jan. 10th) is Pajama Day! Your child is invited to wear pajamas to school and bring a small stuffy. During Family Groups tomorrow morning, the students will be reading with a buddy. They are welcome to bring a favourite book from home, labelled with their first and last name. There will be no chapel in the gym tomorrow.

 

Happy New Year

Welcome back to school! I hope you enjoyed the season and all its festive events. I am excited to begin this school term with your children! Blessings to you and yours as we begin 2020!

Upcoming…

Family photos: we will start our “All About Me/ Identity unit” soon.  Thank you for those who have already sent me your family pictures. I hung them up on our FAMILY TREE in our classroom. They look awesome. Please email me 2 or 3 pictures about how your family celebrates Christmas and New Years by this week. For example photo of: family dinner, family travel, visits with extended family and friends, family play times, etc. Students will share the pictures with the class and discuss how our activities are similar or different.

PJ and Stuffy Day: is this coming Friday (Jan. 10th).

Skating field trip: We are going skating with the other Kindergarten classes next week. Please submit your consent as soon as you can. Also, parent participation is needed for this field trip. Thank you for your willingness to be a part of your child’s learning.

Rest time blanket: Please bring your child’s blanket to school.

The Home Project:

The home project for the Identity unit can be accessed by the link.

All About Me Parade

The due date for the float is Tuesday, February 18th. The parade is scheduled for the morning of February 25th (Tuesday). All floats will go home on February 27th. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions!

Prayers:

  • For good health and well-being so that we are ready to learn.
  • For students to have a deeper understanding of who they are and how they fit into God’s story.

 

Jesus’ Birthday

We are into the last week of school in 2019, with lots to learn before breaking for the holidays. We have been enjoying a variety of stories about Christmas. Students have been learning about the people surrounding the birth of Jesus including: Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wisemen, and even the animals! We have been considering each perspective and how people may have felt when they learned about Christ’s birth.  We’re reading through a book called “What does God want for Christmas?” Also, we’ve been looking at advent symbolism: hope, peace, joy and last week – love and Christ’s coming.

Thank you for your support and participation in the Christmas Concert last week. The students enjoyed performing! They were brave and sounded brilliant.  Merry Christmas!

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We enjoyed decorating gingerbread cookies with our family groups last Friday. All of them would like to share a cookie with you. They are very sweet!

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In Numeracy, we continue learning writing numbers, counting numbers, and representing numbers in tally marks.

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Reminders:

Jesus’ birthday party: On Thursday, Dec 12th, we will be celebrating Jesus’ birthday! It will NOT be a potluck party. We will have special Christmas themed table stations in class from 9:00 to 10:00AM. I have enough parent volunteers for this event. Thank you!

December 13th is our last day before the break. It will be a regular school day from 8:30 to 2:45PM. School resumes on Monday, January 6th. I will send home the rest time blankets next Friday.

Prayer requests:

  • For safe travels as families are away for the holidays.
  • For Christ to dwell in our hearts and in the hearts of our children during this celebratory season.

 

December is Here!

I can’t believe we only have 2 weeks left of school! During this busy, eventful time of year, let’s take some time to remember the reason for this season. Jesus was born! He loved us so much that he came to save us. Our big focus this month will be Jesus’ love for us and our love for others. December Calendar has been posted on this blog.

Our Grade 4 buddies came to help us create our teddy headbands and read bear books with us.

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We wrapped up our Bear unit with a fantastic, fun-filled bear picnic. Thank you for all your help and contributions! Your love to our class is much appreciated!

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Literacy: We are learning how to “spell” our sight words using Unifix cubes. Sight words for this month are: and, to, me, it, he

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Reminders:

Family Groups: Next Friday, December 6th, we will be decorating gingerbread cookies in our Family Groups. Each child will receive 2 cookies. Please bring 1/4 cup of nut free decorations for your child to use on their cookies. Some ideas include dried berries, pretzel sticks, marshmallows, gummies, etc. Students will not be allowed to share candies due to food allergies.

This event will go a little bit longer than a typical family group event.  Students will be permitted to eat one cookie after decorating and the other will be saved for home.

Rest time blanket: will be going home Friday. Please wash and bring them back to school the following Monday.

Report Cards: Your child’s first report card is available online next Monday, Dec. 2nd, at 3:00PM. Please log on to the Parent Portal to access your child’s report card. Happy report reading; your children have all had a very successful term 1 and we are looking forward to term 2!

Gift to the Manger: Thank you for supporting the Crisis Pregnancy Centre. Please continue to model generosity and care as we wind up Gifts for the Manger.

Skating field trip: We are going skating with the other Kindergarten classes in January.  Please review the permission form on MSM.  Also, parent participation is needed for this field trip.  Thank you for your willingness to be a part of your child’s learning.

Important dates:

December 2nd (Monday) – Christmas Matinee

December 3rd (Tuesday) – Christmas Concert

December 6th (Friday) – Family Groups

December 13th (Friday) – Last day of school in 2019

Prayer requests:

  • For the Christmas Concert that God’s name will be glorified and our hearts will be moved and changed by the songs
  • For students continue to grow and develop into the people God created them to be
  • For their willingness to show love and care to each other

 

We are going on a bear hunt!

WOW! We had a fantastic week with our teddy bears. Check out the pictures and ask your child to tell you what we did! Our kiddos created different art projects to reinforce their understanding with bears and their habitats. We are all looking forward to having our Teddy Bear Picnic next Tuesday!

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In Bible, we completed the story about the life of Abraham and Sarah and we learned how they obeyed God. Students were given opportunity to share how they could obey daddy and mommy at home. They then wrote down their responses in their journals.

Social/ Emotional: This week, we began a little bit of critical and social thinking on the topic of speaking other languages.  I presented the fact that it is awesome that kids can speak multiple languages, that knowing another language is good.  But the challenge is that our classroom is a place where everyone should feel included and safe, so how can we as class community navigate the path of speaking other languages while ensuring others are included and safe?  It’s a big question, one that will take time for us to experience, reflect and practice.

Reminders:

We are going to a picnic, a picnic! We’re going to a picnic and we’re going to have some fun! Thank you very much for signing up to bring a food item to contribute to our in-class picnic. 

Here is the sign-up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4cafab2ca4ff2-k1bear1

Teddy Bear Picnic – November 26 (Tuesday)

  • 8:30-9:00 Devotion and morning message
  • 9:00-9:15 Table time
  • 9:15-10:00 Centers
  • 10:00-10:30 Snack and calendar (PLEASE PACK A SNACK FOR YOUR CHILD)
  • 10:30-10:45 Recess
  • 10:45-12:00 Bear activity stations (Parent volunteers: please arrive at 10:55 AM)
  • 12:00-12:50 Teddy Bear Picnic! (Parent volunteers leave after the picnic) If your child will eat what is listed on our sign up, then that’s great! If you think your child won’t like our picnic food, please pack a lunch.
  • 12:50-1:15 Lunch Recess
  • 1:15-1:45 Rest time and sharing
  • 1:45-2:15 Bear picnic movie
  • 2:15-2:45 Circle time and Wrap up for home

Gift for the Manger: Families are encouraged to donate new (or select gently used) baby items for the organization Crisis Pregnancy Centre.  The items donated will support parents needing assistance with their young babies.  Thank you for modelling generosity this Christmas season.

Christmas Concert:

  • Please mark this important event in your calendar! Tuesday, December 3rd, will be our annual Christmas Concert held at UBC. Kindergarten students have been working hard with Mrs. Kinniston to practice their songs. Ask your child to sing to you; they sound really wonderful!
  • Christmas Matinee is on Monday, December 2nd, at 1:30PM. This concert is for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who are NOT attending the Chan Centre concert on Tue. Dec. 3rd.

Special Friend theme for December: Christmas, something red, white, or green, or something home-made. Please help your child choose an item which is related to our theme or is hand-made! Thank you!

Extra Clothes:  As the wet and cold season descends upon us, your child will be using the extra clothes from their box.  Please be diligent in replacing items so that there is always a fresh change of t-shirt, long sleeve, long pants, underwear and socks.  It may be a good idea to have multiple pairs of socks for those really wet days.

If you will be away for holidays and missing school days, please send me an email with the days affected.  CC the email to Mrs. R. Teodoro as well.  Thanks!

Prayer requests:

  • For hearts to be changed and moved as we consider the joy of the season.
  • For students to continue to grow and develop into the people God created them to be.  Pray for teachers and yourselves (parents) to have wisdom and insight into God’s character and guidance to support the growth of these young hearts.

Jesus is our Superhero

We had lots of fun on Super Hero day. We gathered in the gym where we met many doctors, fire-fighters, Supermen, Superwomen, and many more… Mr. Paul and Mr. P introduced the new Chapel theme for the coming months (Soar with Family).  We thank you God for giving us our family, and it is a blessing to serve at home. Please chat with your child what he/she can help out at home. They are all little superheroes/ super helpers.

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Bears:  We love our bears! We have enjoyed singing with our bears, playing with them, and eating with them at school! We had a book hunt to look for bear’s appearance and pretended to go on a bear hunt last week. We drew pictures of a bear and labelled its different parts.  The students tried their best to sound out the words on their own.

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We sorted and created patterns using bear counters.

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In the next two weeks, we will learn about where bears live, what bears like to eat, and more about their life cycle.

Reminders:

Teddy Bear picnicon Tuesday, November 26th we will be celebrating the end of our bear unit with a teddy bear picnic! This event will be held at school. I emailed the sign-up sheet for food on SignUpGenius. Thank you to those who have already signed up. Please follow this link to sign up if you have not done so:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4cafab2ca4ff2-k1bear1

Extra clothes: Please be diligent in replenishing your child’s extra clothes box.  Socks and pants are usually the most used items.

Gifts for the Manger: this year we are once again collecting donations for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre.  Please consider donating items towards this cause and chatting with your child about why we would donate.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the many blessings we have been given in our lives.  Please see the separate email from school regarding items to donate.

NO SCHOOL next Friday, November 22nd – Pro-D day.

 

We Remember

Remembrance Day: In Kindergarten, we teach Remembrance Day by focussing on poppies as a symbol that help us remember those who fought for us to have peace. We read some literature about peace and poppies. We also reflected on what Peace feels like after reading the book “What does Peace feel like?”  By Vladimir Radunsky. There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 11th.

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In Literacy, We continue to work on the “Hand-writing without Tears”. We are concentrating on learning the uppercase letter names and sounds. The sight words that we are working on this month are: I, a, at, see, the (bonus word: and)  You can reinforce your child’s sight word recognition by pointing it out and allowing him/her to read that particular sight word when you read books together, when you see it in the environment, play guessing games while you drive (e.g. I’m thinking of a sight word that only has 1 letter… etc.)

Bible: This month we will be going on a journey with Abraham. Students will learn that Abraham trusted God and was called God’s friend, and we can strive to do the same in our own life.

Numeracy: In math, students are becoming more creative with their patterns.  Recognizing and working with patterns become the basis of understanding more complex concepts and mathematic operations.  It helps people to develop generalizations and relationships to understand the world better.

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Social/ Emotions: Our class has continued settling in nicely to school expectations and classroom routines. Please pray for all of our students to find and make good friends in our class. I hope they will learn to include one another, to be kind and encouraging and to form lasting friendships. It is lovely to see when a child voluntarily helps out someone else, by pushing their chairs in or helping zip up their jackets. It builds a great atmosphere of helpfulness and support for all our learners. We have started using “You first, I’ll wait” to demonstrate our love to others. Bible tells us “Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.” Matthew 7:12

Reminders:

Boom! Zap! Pow! Put on your capes, because November 15th is RCS Elementary Hero Day! Come dressed up as your favourite hero — a Bible hero, a comic book hero, or a community hero, the possibilities are endless. This is your chance to get creative and honour all the superheroes in our lives — both fictional and the real-life.

Good and Faithful Helper theme: our theme for November will be something home made or something to do with bears.  Please encourage your child to choose something which is not related to toys but aligned to our theme. Help your child think of some clues to help us guess.  For example, what shape is it, what is it used for, what letter/sound does it begin with.

Bear Sleepover: Bears, bears, bears!.. is our theme for November.  Please have your child select a stuffed bear that can remain at school for the month of November.  We will do activities with our bears throughout the month.  Select a bear that is not a favourite i.e. required to sleep at night, as the stuffed bears will stay until November 30th.  Thank you!

Teddy Bear Picnic: on Tuesday, November 26th we will be celebrating the end of our bear unit with a teddy bear picnic! This will be held at school, each student will bring a picnic food to share. It is for lunch food but if you feel like your child won’t be interested in the potluck items, feel free to send him/her a lunch that day as normal. Thank you!

Prayer requests:

  • Excellent insight and time management as teachers prepare report cards.
  • Continual deep learning as the students live and learn alongside one another

God Keeps His Promises

Thank you for meeting with me at the Parent Teacher Conferences to celebrate and support your child’s learning. It was great to have one-on-one time with you! And your thoughtful and generous gift of books to refresh our class library is greatly appreciated! 

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Bible: We finished the story of Noah and the students retold the story to me. We acted the story out during our Bible lessons and wrote about how Noah trusted God in our Journal. They sure had loads of fun “building” the ark!

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Literacy:

  • We have been learning different uppercase letters and letter sounds. Our class loved watching the following video. Last week, we focused on letters R and B.
  • Morning message: we have been focusing on hearing different sounds at the beginning of words. Our “Talking banana” took some of the letters away from our morning message, and our kiddos helped me to fix the problem. They have been doing really well.

Numeracy: we continue to review numbers and work on patterns. We have been busy making patterns at table stations. I’m so pleased with how creative this class can be with their patterning.

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Pumpkins: To wrap up our pumpkin unit, we made a pumpkin volcano on Friday.  Anything pumpkin is always fun. We used a small pumpkin with the top cut off and the inside hollowed out, vinegar, liquid dish soap, food colouring, and baking soda. They enjoyed watching the frothy bubbly mixture poured out the top of our pumpkin.

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Jackets, backpacks and water bottles:  As we move into November, it is good practice for students to develop more independence.  A good way to foster independence is to give a child age appropriate tasks.  When your child comes to school in the morning, they can do their morning jobs on their own – change their shoes, hang up their jackets and backpacks, put their water bottles on their table, put rest cloths/library books into bins etc.  This encourages them to take responsibility for their own belongings, to think about what they need to do next, to think about joining the group plan to get ready for school, and to become faster at daily tasks such as un/zipping jackets and putting shoes on/off.  It may be more convenient and faster to do these things for them, but when we give them time to figure it out on their own, we are valuing their development and their attempts at independence.  I encourage you to find ways to grant independence to your child at home!

Reminders:

Field trip: is on Monday, Nov. 4th. Your child will enjoy his/her snacks before we get on the school bus at 9:10am.

Scholastic orders: are due on November 8th.

Super Hero Day- is on November 15th. Students can dress up as a “superhero” on that day. This can be a cartoon superhero (i.e. Batman) or a Bible superhero (ie. Queen Esther) or a community superhero (ie. firefighter). Please do not feel obligated to go out and buy a costume, many families just make one out of things they have at home.

Bear Sleepover: we will begin our bear unit soon! To make this unit unique and fun, your child is invited to keep a stuffed bear at school. We will use our stuffies to further our unit and help with some hands-on learning. Please help your child pick a bear that is appropriate in size and “attach-ed-ness”. The bears sleepover at school so they do NOT go home each day with your child. They may bring their bears in starting next week so that we will be ready to begin on our unit on Nov. 12th. 

Remembrance Day: NO SCHOOL on Nov. 11th.

Deeper Learning Parent Night: is on November 7th.

We kindly request that you use this link to RSVP. We want to ensure that we have prepared sufficient materials for those in attendance.

Please note that there will be no childcare provided and that the evening is not suitable for children.

If you would like more information about the evening, you can watch this video.

Prayer requests:

  • For our first bus trip on Monday.
  • For hearts and minds to be prepared for Remembrance Day next week.
  • For teachers to have good insight and time management as we embark on report card time this month.  Thank you!