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Welcome back to school after a nice long break over Thanksgiving! From your child’s conversations, it sounded like everyone had a busy and fun weekend, picking apples, travelling and playing outside!

Literacy: 

Pumpkins: We have been focusing on learning about pumpkins. We’ve learned about how God designed pumpkins to grow and the various stages it goes through. We examined the sizes and shapes of a variety of pumpkins and gourds, and we have created “I WONDER…” bulletin board outside our classroom. I love how they each asked “Mr. Pumpkin” a question. By the time we go on our field trip, you will have a little pumpkin expert on your hands! Next week we will learn the parts of a pumpkin and play a pumpkin game about the stem, shell, tendril, flesh, pulp, and seed. We have started using iPads to help us learn more about letters and sounds during our table stations. The App we have been using is called “Endless Alphabet”.

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Numeracy: Students have started to learn about patterns, practicing and noticing them in our environment. They have been making different patterns (ie. ABABA, AABBAABB) by using Fall manipulatives.

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Core Competency Self-Reflection: students have been practicing core competencies in their work and play. In particular, students have worked on their communication skill of listening to others and sharing ideas. Other specific facets of core competencies we will focus on include: Thinking – explaining your ideas, problem solving. Personal/ Social skills – knowing that others are different than myself.

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Reminders:

Field Trip: Our field trip is on Monday.  Please refer to the consent form and the email sent to you for information.  Thank you!

Literacy Night: On October 24th at 7PM, we will be hosting literacy night for Kindergarten parents at RCS. Please come and hear about our home reading program, ways to help and support your child in this journey of reading, and things we are doing here at school to help your child with literacy. This event is for adults only.

October Special Friend Theme: pumpkins, fall, numbers, patterns, Noah. When it is your child’s turn to be the Special Friend, help them pick something to do with any of the themes to share. Ideas might include: squashes, pumpkins, pine cones, something striped or dotted, animals, etc. Or, they may bring something they made. Please keep toys at home! 

Parent Teacher Conference: Just a note that parent teacher conferences are right around the corner! They will be on Monday, October 28th from 3:15 to 6PM, and on Tuesday, October 29th from 12-8PM. There will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, October 29th.

Prayer requests:

  • For our class to join in on “group plans” so that we act as a cohesive whole. We read the story “Group Plan” in class and have been using that language to help students think of being a class together, doing one activity together.
  • For relationships with peers and teachers to continue establishing in a strong and secure manner.
  • For the upcoming parent-teacher conferences that it may be a beneficial and productive time to touch base about the students’ development.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I pray that you all will have a great time celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. As Christians we have a lot to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is a great time to remember our blessings. Last week, we read “If you are thankful and you know it” and “Thankful” and listed items that we are thankful for. We also talked about how we can share our blessings with others. Our class decorated/ created/ drew lots of turkeys last week! Check out our bulletin board display for what we gave thanks for. We learned how to draw a turkey in a fun and easy way with our Grade 4 buddies. 

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Turkey Headband: Our students each made a turkey headband to celebrate Thanksgiving. To make this activity more interesting, students have to think how to change a square into a triangle for the turkey’s beak, to cut a square into two circles to make its eyes, and to cut a circle into two semi-circles to form its wattle.

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Bible– We completed God’s Creation booklets, and we talked about Adam and Eve last week. This month our Bible focus is on Noah and how God keeps his promises. Since most students know this story really well, we will be acting out the story together.  This should be a fun and kinesthetic way to learn a familiar story.

Reminders:

  • Scholastic Ordersare due on Friday, October 18th.
  • Photo Orders: were due on October 8th. If you missed the deadline, photos can still be ordered online. Photo retakes are on November 7th . Please let me know if you wish your child to retake his/her photo so I can add them to the list.
  • Field Trip: is on Monday (Oct. 21st). We will meet at the farm at 9:15AM! WE WILL NOT MEET AT SCHOOL BEFOREHAND. Please dress appropriately for the weather. It tends to be windier in Delta, so please layer up, wear rain boots as the farm is muddy and be prepared to be outside for an hour. Looking forward to our first field trip together! Please review the permission form and provide the appropriate consent.

Important dates:

Thursday and Friday (Oct. 10 & 11) – Pro-D, No school

Friday (Oct. 18) – Scholastic orders due

Monday (Oct. 21) – Field trip

Thursday (Oct. 24) – Literacy Night at 7pm

Monday (Oct. 28) – Parent-teacher conferences (3:15-6pm)

Tuesday (Oct 29) – Parent-teacher conferences, No school

October 28 to November 1 – Book Fair

Colourful Leaves

Fall: We have been exploring the changes in the weather – Fall is here! We went for a Fall Hunt. In groups, we created some pictures by using the leaves we had picked from the field. We’ve been collecting fall treasures to share with the class. With the treasures, we notice similarities and differences and observe with our senses.  Continue to walk outside with your children and collect fall treasures together! We read different books about Fall and discussed about what we see and how we feel in Fall. We also figured out that “fall” has two different meanings. Students made a class book called “Leaves on the…”. You are welcome to read the book with your child during noisy reading in the morning. 

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Literacy and Numeracy:

  • We have begun our printing program Handwriting Without Tears.  In Kindergarten we begin with upper case letters and move on to lower case letters in term 2.  My hope is that students learn to form letters the right way which will help them write faster and more fluently. We have also learned how to hold our pencil in a proper position so that we will not get tired of writing easily.
  • We have started our new reading booklet called “Leaves Everywhere”.
  • We completed our shape posters/ shape portraits/ shape artwork, and we will be focusing on sorting and patterns the following weeks.

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PrayerWe will also be working on our prayer life.  It is my hope that our children will learn to pray from their hearts, to bring their worries, happiness and wishes to God in a simple “chat”.  Our class has already experienced many types of prayer: in the morning and afternoons led by the special friend who has a choice to echo my prayer or make up their own, as well as singing our prayer song before eating.  This month we will be asking for prayer suggestions from the class.  I hope to vary our praying activities as the year goes on and our class begins to feel more comfortable praying – in partners, in small groups, etc.

Bible: We completed God’s Creation booklets. We will focus on Thanksgiving next week.

Reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL: there will be no school next Thursday and Friday due to Professional Days, and no school on Monday due to Thanksgiving holiday. Blessings for a thankful weekend!
  • Earthquake drill and Lockdown drill: in the following weeks, we will be practicing our earthquake and lockdown procedures so that we will be prepared for when our school does a drill together. These can be scary for children – especially the lockdown. You can pre-load your child for this as in a lockdown, students need to be in a classroom, the door gets locked, windows and blinds closed and we sit quietly because there is an emergency.
  • Field trip: is on October 21st, Monday. Please read your email for details.
  • Literacy night: is on October 24th (Thursday) at 7pm. Parents only.
  • Clothing: now that we are moving into Fall with its chilly and brisk weather, please consider dressing your child in layers.  A short sleeve t-shirt, with a long sleeve and a jacket are a good way to layer for the school day.  That way your child can take off layers after gym or outside recess if they feel too warm.

Prayer requests:

  • For students to continue transitioning to full days.  Pray that students will have easy and excellent rest in order to regulate his/her feelings and responses throughout a busy day.
  • For good health and wellbeing as cold & flu viruses are upon us!
  • For all of us to have reflective and thankful hearts as we approach Thanksgiving.

Fall is Here!

Reading Buddies: We are so excited to have Grade 4 students come to our class twice a month this term! It has been a great opportunity for our kindies to interact with their older buddies in our school and build up a sense of community. Last week, our buddies did an interview with us, and read us stories.

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Literacy Rotations:

  • We have been focussing on writing our names with an uppercase letter for the first letter and lowercase for the rest.  Take some time to encourage your child to use the right sized letters for their name!  I will be encouraging them to do this each time we have to write our name in class. My hope is that students learn to form letters the right way which will help them write faster and more fluently.
  • We have started our new reading booklet called “Colour Monsters”.

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Numeracy:

  • We understand that shapes are all around us. We learned about the shapes by their names and forms. 
  • We focused on one shape each day and coloured that shape on our pictures.
  • We went for a Shape Hunt.
  • We collaboratively created Shape Posters.

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Bible: We’re learning about Creation during bible time.  Students are hearing about the order of creation, and how God intended his work to be good.

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Social/ Emotional:

  • We will begin to explore how feelings impact our thinking and behaviour.  Using a set of stories called “The Incredible, Flexible You”, students see how they can be a positive impact when learning together in a group.

Reminders:

Rest blankets: Your child bring home the blanket today. Please wash it and bring it back on Monday. Thank you!

First field trip: permission forms were sent to my school management last week. Please review the form carefully and provide the appropriate consent in order for your child to participate. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

October Good and Faithful Helper Theme: pumpkins, fall, numbers, patterns, Noah.  When it is your child’s turn to be the Special Friend, help them pick something to do with any of the themes to share.  Ideas might include: squashes, pumpkins, pine cones, something striped or dotted, animals, etc.  If it is too difficult, then they may bring something they made.

Prayer requests:

  • For good health and wellbeing so that we can all be ready to learn.
  • For relationships with peers and teachers to continue establishing in a strong and secure  manner

 

God Made Me!

Bible: We are learning about God’s wonderful creations. We discussed about how we are different and unique. Even though we look different and come from a different family, God loves us the same. We are learning two worship songs about Creation. One is “God Made me”, and the other is “God is Powerful”. We also created our own pictures using manipulative. They are wonderfully made by our little ones.

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Chapel: We had an outdoor chapel that Mr. Paul and Mr. P were riding a zip-line to soar! We have learned that God is always with us, and if we are on His solid ground, we will not fall.

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Chapel movie

Literacy:

  • Literacy goals for the month of September include being able to recognize, read and print their own name.  Students are practicing capital letters and sounds.  Students are discovering that speaking & listening are skills we need to practice and grow so that we can learn. We read a book called “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and created our own coconut tree.
  • Last week, we started a phonological awareness (the broad skill of identifying and manipulating units of spoken language)  routine called “English Exercises” to build up our literacy muscles.  This activity is a large group activity in a call and answer style format led by the teacher.  During the Kindergarten Literacy night next month (October 24th 7PM), you will get to try it out for yourself!

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Numeracy:

  • Math goals for the month of September include identifying basic shapes, exploring how shapes are used in our world, and using shapes as a vehicle to create.

Social/ Emotional: Last week, we read two books – “Good Good Father” and “Fox and Squirrel – Help Out”. We talked about why God created us with two hands, and how we should use them wisely to show love and care to each other. Please continue to chat with them at home about how we use appropriate words and actions towards others. We created a “Helping Hand” bulletin board. Please come and check out what your child wants to do with their helping hands. I appreciate their creativity.

Coming events:

Library is every Thursday! Please equip your child with a sturdy, large library bag, clearly labelled with his/her name.  Starting next Thursday (Sept. 26), your child is allowed to borrow books from the library.

Our first field trip is booked for October 21 (Monday).  Look for a consent form notification next week.  This consent form must be approved via my school management.

Family Groups:  We will have our first Family Groups on Friday, September 27th.  Family Group activities several times a year to build community between the grades.  Your child will be going with 1 or 2 other students in our class to another classroom to form a Family Group with other K-grade 5 students.  This Friday will be an introduction activity where we get to know the other students.  Students come to our classroom in the morning as usual, when the bell rings we begin with Family Groups right away.  A grade 5 student will come to our classroom to pick up the Kindies.  After the activity, we will meet back in K1 classroom where the kindies return to me.  Please chat with your child about this so they know what to expect.

HeadphonesPlease bring in the money and form for the headphones if you have not done so.

Prayer requests:

  • For students to continue transitioning to full days.  Pray that students will have easy and excellent rest in order to regulate his/her feelings and responses throughout a busy day.
  • For good health and wellbeing as cold & flu viruses are upon us!

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