We made it!

We made it! We had a little graduation ceremony in our classroom this morning. I am very grateful to be their teacher this year in Kindergarten. They are all wonderfully and fearfully made by God, and I am sure God has a special plan for each one of them. Thank you very much for your kindness, prayers, support, and generosity. I will shop on Amazon remembering your gift this summer. Wish you all a blessed and safe summer! See you again in August (Back to school BBQ). 🙂

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WE ARE READY FOR GRADE ONE

Here we are at the end of Kindergarten! Can you believe all that we have done this year? We have learned, played, laughed, studied and grown together. It has been a pleasure and blessing to be part of their learning. Thank you very much for all your prayers, encouragement and support throughout this year! The students are like butterflies, carrying different shapes, sizes, personalities, and patterns. They are now ready to “fly” and search for their next journey. “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

Last week:

Force and Motion: we have continued exploring force and motion by performing small science experiments to learn about pushing and pulling. We took our stuffies to the RCS park to try out different activities and to think about what kinds of forces involved in those activities.

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Summer plans: We brainstormed some fun activities we can do during summer. Each table group made a poster of their summer activities and presented it to the class. I hope you all will have a fun-filled summer!

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Literacy and Numeracy: We have continued practicing writing letters and making sentences with our sight words. I am impressed with their confidence in “spelling” words. In numeracy, we are learning to tell number stories using manipulative.

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Here are some final notes for next week.

Library bags: please continue to bring a big library bag to school to help take home all your child’s work this year. Next week, activities books, extra clothes, and many more are coming home. A big reusable bag will be very helpful.

Last day: is Wednesday, June 19th. Students will attend half day school and be dismissed at 12:30 PM. Please bring a backpack, recess snacks, and water bottle. No lunch will be held at school as students will be dismissed early. This is the schedule for that day:

  • 8:30-10:15 AM – Classroom activities (devotion, name tag hunt, story, and graduation)
  • 10:15-10:30 AM – Eat snacks
  • 10:30-11:00 AM – Recess
  • 11:00-12:30PM – Year-end chapel at the big gym (parents are welcome!)
  • 12:30 PM – Dismissal

Report cards: will be available online on Friday, June 28th, at 3 PM. Please login to MSM to view it.

Push and Pull

Sports Day: We had loads of fun jumping, running, climbing, pushing, dancing, cheering and much more. Thank you very much for your help to make this event successful!

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Force and Motion: we have continued exploring force and motion by performing small science experiments to learn about pushing and pulling. In our table stations, we have explored different ways of making objects move (roll, spin, bounce, slide, fast slow) and what affects their movement (size, shape, material).

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Bible: We have started reading Jesus’ miracles this week. We love learning how Jesus changed water into wine, walked on water, etc.

Numeracy: students continue to work on developing their number sense: breaking down numbers, combining numbers and telling number stories.

Reminders:

Year-end field trip:

  • will be next Friday, June 14th. Please review and approve the field trip if you have not already done so. You may want to consider the following for the beach: an easy picnic lunch for you and your child, water bottles, labelled sand toys, picnic blankets, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, change of clothes, towel, sandals (or water boots). We will be walking out at low tide, please dress appropriately. There is a shower faucet to rinse off our feet at the end.

Here is the schedule for Friday:

8:20AM – Arrive at RCS for regular morning
10:00-10:20AM – Snack
10:20-10:45AM – Recess
10:45-11:00AM – Father’s Day presentation
11:00AM – Parents pick up and drive their child to the beach
11:20AM – Arrive at the beach
11:20-1200PM – Eat lunch
12:00-12:30PM – Play in the sand
12:30-2:15PM – Teacher-led activities
2:15PM – Dismissal from beach

Pack-up time:

  • Next week, students will begin bringing home school work and items.  Please leave a large bag/tote in your child’s backpack so that s/he can easily carry any excess.
  • Next week, I will also send home indoor shoes so that everything makes it home for the summer.

Prayer request:

  • For safety and well-being during these final days of classes.
  • For hearts and spirits to be prepared as students say good-bye and transition into another rhythm for the summer.

Force and Motion

Bye Bye: Last Tuesday, we released all our butterflies! 🙂 They were flapping their wings and looking strong and ready to experience life outside of our classroom. Our students brainstormed a safe place and time for our butterflies to head to the great outdoors.

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Force and Motion: We are fully going into the last month of this school year, and time is flying by! We have many special events coming up to celebrate the end of our kindergarten and our learning. This month, our theme is about Force and Motion. We will experiment with and learn about how force moves objects and the different ways objects can move (push/pull/spin/bounce…etc.) Ask your child what we did in class this past week. Throughout this theme, we will be learning about force, different types of motion, and what affects motion (friction, speed…etc.) We will end this unit with a field trip to launch the kites you are making at home.

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Reminders:

School books: As we look to the last few weeks of school, I encourage you to have a look around your home for any home reading books that your child has borrowed from the classroom so that you are able to return them to school. Many thanks!

Library books: Please bring back the library books next Thursday, June 6th. If you have any books overdue, lost, etc., please see Ms. Huber to discuss. Thanks!

Parent volunteers: I need some help with washing some of the toys in our classroom. If you can spare a bit of time and wash some toys, I would really appreciate it.  It can be done here at the school or at home. Please let me know if you are able to help.

Sports Day: is coming Friday, June 7th. Please note that Sports Day will run from 8:30AM to 12:30PM; students will be dismissed at 12:30PM.

Rest time blankets: are going home today. Please keep them home! We are going to have silent reading during our rest time from now on. Thank you!

I have emailed you the June calendar last week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

Flutter Flutter Butterfly

Family Groups: This morning, we had our Family groups activity. We decorated our team banners for Sports Day! Your child will be either be on a red or blue team and can dress accordingly for Sports Day. Please ask your child what colour team s/he is in.

Numeracy: We are beginning a series by Marcy Cook that helps students to develop their number sense. We have been practicing concepts such as what is 1, 2, or even 3 more than 7 (for example) using number tiles, slowly progressing to 1 or 2 less than. We have learned different math games to strengthen our learning with numbers.

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Water Table: We have a new toy in the classroom – The Water Table! We love it and we are learning how to make sure the water stays inside the water table… if it spills, we need to help clean up together! 🙂

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Butterflies: Our butterflies are all out now! Please come and check them out. We each made a butterfly mask. Let’s play a guessing game with your child.

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Core Competency Self-Assessment: In June, an envelop will come home with your child regarding Core Competencies and how we are practicing self-assessment. Please read over the parent letters, which will explain what the school and K1 have been focusing on and our process for self-reflections. Take some time to chat with your child over their self-refection and how they feel about their behaviour. I told our class that our self-reflections do not need to be shared with peers, as it is a learning tool for ourselves, so that we can see which areas we can work on to become a more Christ-like person.

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Reminders:

Butterfly release field trip: is coming Tuesday, May 29th. Please visit the “Permission” page to approve your child for this field trip. We will do various butterfly activities. Please send along a small bug cage (if you have one), a hat, proper outdoor clothing and a big dose of curiosity! Thank you! I will be contacting my parent volunteers so they know what to expect. We will return to the school around 10:45am. If you have any questions, please ask me!

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

Carnival: is on Friday, May 31st at the Secondary School Campus. Early dismissal at 2:00PM. Come enjoy face painting, carnival games, bouncy castles and have a lot of fun! See carnival emails or posters in the foyer for more information.

Sports Day: is on Friday (June 7th)! Please note that Sports Day will run from 8:20AM to 12:30PM, students will be dismissed at 12:30PM. There will be no classroom lessons that day. We will meet in the classroom at the beginning of the day and then split off into Family Groups to play the different Sports Day games.

Library: Next Thursday will be our last Library class for this school year. Please remind your child to bring their library books and bag if s/he would like to exchange books. 

Year-end field trip: will be on June 14th (Friday) from 11AM to 2:15PM. All parents/guardians are required to drive and accompany their child. The permission form will be sent to you soon. We will celebrate our Farther’s Day by singing songs and presenting gifts at 10:45am in our classroom. Fathers are welcome to join us. 

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.