Winter fun!

Bible:  We are continuing to learn about Jacob’s story.  Last week, we watched a short video about how Jacob ran off to Haran to escape from Esau.  We discovered that throughout Jacob’s story, many people made bad choices (Jacob, Esau, Isaac, Rebecca, Laban, etc.) but God could still use them in His great rescue plan.  We also learned that we can choose to follow God’s plan for our own lives and God always cares for us.

Numeracy & Literacy: We have been learning how to measure and compare different items in the classroom. We tried to sound out the items and wrote down the beginning sound.  We also explored numbers and thought of different combinations to make up a number. For example, 8 can be made up of 4 and 4 or 3 and 5. This activity will solidify their understanding of numbers.

Community: is our theme this month. We will learn that a community is where we live, work, and play. We will begin by a neighbourhood walk to see what makes up a neighbourhood and start thinking about places in our community. Please take a picture of your child with a building in our community (e.g. school, skating rink, house, restaurant, library, church, etc.) and email to me by Monday. Thank you for those who have already done so!

Small cardboard boxes: Please bring a small box for your child by Wednesday. We will use the boxes to make 3D community buildings. If you are available on Wednesday morning to help us wrap these boxes, please email me! Thank you!

Skating: Our first skating field trip will be on Tuesday, January 23rd. Please meet at Minoru Arenas at 9:15AM. DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL BEFOREHAND. We will skate from 9:30 to 10:30AM. Skates and Helmets are provided. Parents are welcome to join us on the ice. After skating, please provide snacks to your child and drive him/her back to school for the rest of the school day.

Jackets, backpacks and water bottles:  As we move into the second term, 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 the 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!

Important dates:

Jan. 23 & 30 (Tuesday) – Skating field trips at 9:15AM

Feb. 2 (Friday) – Canucks Jersey/ wear blue and green day


Winter Wonderland!

Pajama Day: We had lots of fun on pyjamas, book and stuffy day this past Friday. Our class looked so adorable in their pajamas, holding their stuffed animals. I wish we could have Pajama day every Friday!

Winter: We read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books about winter and we made a class book about what we see and feel in winter. Please come and ask your child to read the book to you. Students explored ice cubes at the Sensory table during Centers; and we figured out that ice will melt into water after a while. We made different art projects to reinforce our understanding about winter. We decorated our mittens with math pattern blocks. I was impressed with their creativity.

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 God 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. You may ask your child to show you the actions.

Numeracy: We are going to learn about measurement by using non-standard units to measure this coming week. Our favourite measuring tool in Kindergarten is unifix cubes! We will be practicing using unified 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 the longest snowman has 9 snowballs whereas the shortest snowman has 5 snowballs.

Literacy: We have continued with our table stations to learn about the letter names and songs. We have been focusing on beginning songs and writing our sight words: me, he, it, and, to

Extra clothes: Please check and replace your child’s box of extra clothes regularly.

Phone numbers: Beginning next Monday, we will be using our phone numbers to find our table spots. This helps our class learn their phone numbers for emergency situations. Please email me and let me know which phone number (just one number please) your wish your child to remember. If I don’t receive an email, I will be using your home phone number. Thank you!

Absences: To clarify procedures, if your child will be absent from school (due to sickness, holiday, appointments, etc.), you can either a) call the school office in the morning and leave a message AND give me a written note, or b) email me and the office ( The office has to know about absences otherwise they will call home to investigate.  I need a written/email note for record keeping purposes.  Thank you for helping us to keep track of your children.

Welcome to 2018!

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 2018!

Winter: this week we will explore Winter and how this season looks and feels. Expect our room to get very winter-y as our craft activities decorate our space. Another big theme this month will be Community. We will learn that a community is where we live, work and play. We will also learn about different careers in our society and how everyone works together to make a better place for us to live.

Phone number: Please help your child to memorize their phone number.  During Term 1, I had the class find their spot with their names.  I will start having the class find their spot with their phone number so they will need to know theirs.  If you would like your child to memorize your cell phone number, please e-mail me so that I write the correct phone number on their card.  Thank you.

Bible: this month we will continue our studies of the patriarchs by learning about Jacob and Joseph. Through their stories, we will focus on the themes of God’s plan for salvation and how He cared for His chosen people.

Field trips: we will be going to Minoru Arena two times for skating, on Tuesday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 30th. Students have always enjoyed this field trip! Parents are required to drive and accompany their child to these field trips. Please remember to meet at Minoru Arena at 9:15 AM.  We will skate from 9:30-10:30 and then return to school to resume our regular school day.  The arena has helmets and skates available for your child to wear.  Please note that there are bars available to help those who do not know how to skate or are just beginning.  If you would like to skate with your child, you are welcome to do so. Parents are not required to skate.Please read and approve the online permission form on MSM later this week.

Good and Faithful helper theme: winter, Community, Christmas vacation, something they created.

Library: Please bring the library books and library bag so that your child is able to take out new books tomorrow.

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

Scholastic Orders: are due Friday, January 19th. Thank you!

I am looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow! 🙂



Jesus’ Birthday!

We are into the last week of school in 2017, with lots to learn before breaking for the holidays. We have been enjoying a variety of stories about Christmas. To help the students learn about Jesus’ birth, I have started reading them the story of ” What God Wants for Christmas”. Each day, we get to open a box that has a person who was involved in Jesus’ birth. So far, we opened the gift boxes with Gabriel the angel, Mary and Joseph.

I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous evening prepared by our music teachers and students from K-12. They sang so well! May God’s name be glorified!

We had our Art Gallery field trip last Tuesday. Our kindies behaved very well that morning even though it was the next day after the concert. Thank you to the parents who volunteered to help that day.

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

Conversation between the children and their peers / adults improves children’s oral language, including vocabulary and comprehension. We have been practicing “talking” and “listening” in class during our sharing time. Students talked about what they did during their lunch time recess in groups of two, and then they shared with the class on what they had heard from their peers. I am impressed with how interactive they were when they listened and shared. At home, please try to spend some time to listen to and talk with your child. Such conversations can be brief and can take just a minute or two. Open-ended questions with many possible responses work much better.


Jesus’ birthday party: On Wednesday, Dec 13th 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 need 2 parent volunteers who could help run our stations. Please email me if you are interested. I would also like 2 families to prepare some light treats like mini cupcakes or healthy popcorn during our party. Please email me if you are willing to send in the snacks.

December 15th: is our last day before the break. School will be from 8:20 TO 2:45PM. School resumes on Monday, January 8th. I will send home the Rest Time blankets on Friday.


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. We will be using a candy cane metaphor to illustrate many parts of the Christmas story. Ask your child periodically in what the candy cane can tell us about Jesus.

Last week, we learned about what bears love to eat. The students researched in the bear books to find information about bear’s favourite food and then did a “gallery walk” to see the pictures that were found. We also watched the movie, “Knut”. It’s about a polar bear born at a zoo in Berlin. The class loved this movie!

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!

On Friday, our students experienced their first Gingerbread decorating activity at RCS! When they came back to K2 class, they told me it was the “best, best, best day ever”!

This week:

Christmas Concert: Monday, December 4th at UBC

  • Please pickup your child promptly at 2:45PM after school. Thank you! Your child may need some rest time before joining us again in the evening.
  • Please arrive at 5:30PM and go directly to the Coat Check area of the round entrance hall. Please prepare something for your child to eat before entering the theatre! FOOD AND DRINK IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE THEATRE.
  • Parents need to have their tickets ready to enter the hall.
  • We will provide your child’s ticket that evening.
  • If you do not have tickets for your preschooler, he/she will NOT be admitted.
  • You will sit with your child at the special kindergarten seating area. When it’s their turn to perform, I will come to bring your child to the stage. Parents, please remain seated in your section.
  • When they are done performing, I will bring them back to you at your seating area and they will sit with you to enjoy the rest of the show. (It would be a good idea to bring a colouring book, crayons, or paper in case your child gets bored.)
  • If you need to leave during the performance, please exit the hall as quiet as possible.
  • Monday Matinee at 1:30PM tomorrow: “smart casual” attire
  • Monday evening concert at UBC: “Sunday best, fancy clothes”

Art Gallery Field Trip: is on Tuesday, Dec. 5th. (Yes! It’s right after the Concert evening.) We will be taking a school bus to and from this field trip. We plan to leave school at 9:00AM. Please bring your child to school at 8:30AM on Tuesday, just like always.

Report Cards: Your child’s first report card is available online tomorrow, Dec. 4th, at 3:00PM. Please log in to the Parent Portal to access your child’s report card. A paper copy will NOT be coming home. We are going green! Happy report reading; your children have all had a very successful term 1 and we are looking forward to term 2!




Bear Picnic

WOW! We had so much fun with our teddy bears last week. We sang songs, played games, and read with our bears. Check out the pictures and ask your child to tell you what we did!

We also had another book hunt last week to learn about bear habitats.

Our kiddos created different art projects to reinforce their understanding with bears and their habitats. They brought home their 3D bears which were made by plasticine (clay). I love to hear their stories while playing with their bears.

In Bible, we continue to learn about the life of Abraham and Sarah and how they obeyed God.

In Literacy, students enjoyed working with our sight words at “Creation Station” this past week. They used unifix cubes to “spell” the sight words.

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

Teddy Bear Picnic – November 29 (Wednesday)

  • 8:30-9:00 Devotion and morning message
  • 9:00-9:30 Table time
  • 9:30-10:00 Movie: Teddy Bear Picnic
  • 10:00-10:45 Snack and calendar (PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS)
  • 10:45-11:00 Recess
  • 11:00-12:00 Bear activity stations (Parent volunteers: please arrive at 11 AM)
  • 12:00-12:40 Teddy Bear Picnic! (Parent volunteers leave after the picnic) If you 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.
  • 12:45-1:15 Lunch Recess
  • 1:15-1:45 Rest time and sharing
  • 1:45-2:30 Centres
  • 2:30 Wrap up for home

Family Group: on Friday, December 1st, 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.

Gift for the Manger: We will be collecting donations for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre this week. Please see the separate email from school regarding items to donate.

Christmas Concert: Please mark this important event in your calendar! Monday, December 4th, 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! We have also been learning to recite a Bible verse. Please practice with your child at home.

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

Extra Clothes:  As the wet and snowy 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.

Important dates:

Nov. 29th (Wednesday) – Teddy Bear picnic

Dec. 1st (Friday) – Family Groups

Dec. 4th (Monday) – Christmas Concert @ UBC

Dec. 5th (Tuesday) – Field trip to Richmond Art Gallery


Bears, Bears, Bears!

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 a picture of a bear and then labelled its different parts.  The students tried their best to sound out the words on their own. Come check out what we know! We made a bar graph to show how many of our bears have clothes, a brown nose, or a tail. We sorted and created patterns using bear counters. We used anchor charts (on big white boards) to display facts that we learn about bears.  In the next two weeks, we will learn about where bears live, what bears like to eat, and more about their life cycle.

Bible: We learned that God made promises to Abraham and one of the promises was to make Abraham into a great nation.

Literacy: We are continuing with Handwriting without Tears to learn how to form uppercase letters, as well as the phonics sounds. We have started working on sight words: at, a, the, see, and I.


Teddy Bear picnic: on Wednesday, November 29th 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:

Teddy Bear Picnic sign up

Richmond Art Gallery field trip: Please carefully review and provide appropriate consent for the field trip which will be taken place on December 5th.

Bible verse: We have been practicing hard at school to learn the Bible memory verse for the Christmas concert. Please ask your child to teach you the actions and practice the verse at home!

Luke 2:13-14

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

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

Family Group: on Friday, December 1st, 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.  An email was sent home yesterday with more details!

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.

Rest time blanket: will be going home this Thursday. Please wash and bring it back to school the following Monday.

NO SCHOOL this Friday, November 24 – Pro-D day.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

Last week:

One of the highlights last week was the power outage! We went to K1 classroom to play with other K friends, enjoyed our snacks in the hallway, listened to a story in the park, and many more new adventures. I am so pleased with how cooperative and flexible our students were during this unusual experience.

In Math, we continue to work on printing and recognizing numbers. This month we will be working on our sorting skills in addition to numbers and patterns.

In Literacy, We continue to work on the “Hand-writing without Tears”. We are concentrating on learning the letter names and sounds. We have been trying to spell during our chalk talk time and journal time where I say a word and the students need to write down the first letter of the word. I am so glad to see our students enjoy reading in small groups or on their own!

We spent much of the past week reading various books about peace and Remembrance Day. We had good discussions about why we honour the soldiers who fought for us. We worked in partners to draw pictures about peace on a peace poppy and made poppy prints using cotton balls. Each group had a “presentation” on Peace.

This week:

Bears: This week we will become bear researchers and investigate a bear’s appearance. We will use anchor charts (on big white boards) to display facts that we learn about bears. Come check out what we know! If you haven’t already done so, please help your child to choose a bear to keep at school this month. We will use our toy bears to help enhance our bear unit as we learn about bear appearances, habitats and seasonal activities. Some of us got to play with our bears during Centres.

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.

Teddy Bear Picnic: on Wednesday, November 29th 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 and we will do station activities. I will be posting a sign-up for the Teddy Bear Picnic this week. I will also need at least 2 parent volunteers closer to the date. Please stay tuned!

Vision and Hearing Screening: The public health nurse will be doing a vision and hearing screening on all the Kindergarten students on Friday, November 17th . They will usually pull out about 5 students at a time and do a quick 5-minute check on their eyes and ears in the office. You may wish to tell your child about this beforehand so that they won’t be caught unawares.

Our Christmas concert: is coming up on December 4th. For the concert, the Kindies have been learning two songs in their Music classes with Mrs. Kinniston. We will be practicing these songs with our students as well to help them learn the words. Please follow this to list to the song.

We are also teaching our students a memory verse for the concert. It is:

Luke 2:13-14

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Please help your child to learn this verse by practicing it with them at home. I will be introducing it to the class tomorrow.

Our school librarian, Ms Huber, took pictures for each class to “Thank you” parents who donated books to our school. Thank you to those who donated books to our classroom library from the book fair. You were very generous and gave our classroom some lovely books! I really appreciate it and so do the children!

Important Dates:

November 14th – Library Day

November 17th – Vision/ Hearing screening (at school)

November 24th – Pro-D day (NO SCHOOL)

November 29th – Teddy Bear Picnic

December 4th – Christmas Concert at Chan Centre (UBC)

December 5th – Richmond Art Gallery field trip (by school bus)

We Remember…

This month we focus on noticing other people’s kind words and deeds.  We talked about how we can be polite and kind too, but if we always talk about ourselves then that isn’t being kind.  So for Kindergarten Kindnesses, we are watching for others’ kind deeds and moving their car (name) on the board.  I hope this will help students learn to encourage one another by seeing others kind deeds and by saying kind words.

Last week:

Thank you for coming out to Parent Teacher Conferences. It was great to have one-on-one time with you!

We had lots of fun on Super Hero day this past Friday! We gathered together in our family groups and played Jesus Bingo. We also played outside after Chapel. We took some snow to our classroom and examined what happened to it after a few hours. We are all amazed by God’s wonderful creation!

We wrapped up our pumpkin unit and did a still-like painting. Come by our bulletin boards to see kindergarten artists at work!


Next week:

Bear Sleepover: Next Monday we will begin our bear unit! 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 this week so that we will be ready to begin next Monday.

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 will be reading some literature about peace and poppies and doing some art and journal lessons to reflect on how we can be peaceful. We will also be working on classroom behaviours such as joining the group plan, thinking about each other’s thoughts and feelings to help build a supportive and friendly classroom. NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13th.

Photo retakes: are on Tuesday, November 7th. Please remind me on Tuesday morning if you wish your child to have a retake.

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.

Treasure box: I hope your child is enjoying the home reading program at home. Our treasure box is still looking for more small toys! Thank you for donating used toys to our box! If you have any unwanted, lightly used small toys at home, please think about sharing them with other students. Thank you!

Scholastic orders: are due the coming Friday, November 10th.






Team work!

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 read “I can cooperate” last week and we discussed how to work well with others in a group setting. We enjoyed the beautiful sunny days outside last week and had loads of fun at the Neighbourhood park.

Last week,

Bible – We finished the story of Noah and the students retold the story to me. They all remembered that God keeps His promises. Please come and check out our class book.

We learned this song. Please ask your child to show you the actions.

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.

Literacy – We are continuing with “Handwriting without Tears” to learn how to form uppercase letters, as well as the phonics sounds. Last week, we practiced the letters “D” and “R”.

Home Reading Program: Most of you have already brought home the Home Reading Program. Thank you to those who attended Literacy Night to hear about how reading should look like in Kindergarten. I hope you are ready and excited to embark on this amazing journey into literacy! Each child is allowed to bring home 2-3 beginning readers each time. When you are ready to exchange the books, they are located in the red and blue buckets on the shelf beside the Home Sweet Home. You should be the one exchanging books, NOT your child. Once your child finished reading 10 books, please bring back the green folder and the paper for me to check. Please remember that this should be a fun, enjoyable time for you and your child to spend together. It is not “homework” and not something for your child to do alone. Come chat with me if you have any questions.

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Treasure box: I am looking for some small toys for our class treasure box. When your child completed 10 books, he/she will choose a small gift from our treasure box. If you have any unwanted small toys at home (i.e. toys from McDonald’s happy meal, dollar store, kinder eggs, stickers, etc.), you are welcome to donate to our class treasure box. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences: are coming on November 1st and 2nd. I look forward to having the chance to speak with you about how your child is doing in Kindergarten. Bring any questions you may have! Students DO NOT attend this conference, so please arrange for child care. Try your best to be punctual as the meeting is not long (only 15 minutes) and we need to be efficient with our time together. There will be no school on Thursday, November 2nd since conferences run from 12-8PM. Please click on the link below and sign-up for the conference if you have not done so.

Good and Faithful helper: Our theme for November will be something home made or something to do with bears. I am pleased to see how confident they are when they share in front of the class. Thank you for all your hard work, parents!

Volunteers needed: If you’d like to complete some volunteer time at home, this may be the job for you!  I’m looking for a few families to make play dough on a regular basis for our classroom.  Each batch you make and donate will be equivalent to an hour of volunteer time as you will be contributing your time and resources.  Email me if you’re interested in helping our class!  Thank you for your willingness.


Super Hero Day: is on Friday, November 3rd.

November book orders: are coming home this week. If you wish to purchase books, please return the form by Friday, November 10th.

Book Fair: Our school book fair is scheduled from Oct. 30th to Nov 2nd. If you are interested in buying books for your child, you can visit the fair at these times:

  • Monday: 9:00am-3:15pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am-3:15pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am-6:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm-8:00pm

You are welcome to purchase books for our classroom library. A wish list has been compiled.