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Kindergarden News

May…

  • Warmer weather means that we’re investigating bugs and insects! Earlier in the week, the K3 students discovered tiny bugs and caterpillars outside right before our butterfly larvae arrived.  The students are incredibly curious and interested in the specimen and came up with these observations and wonderings so far…

  • May sight words: said, big, be, like, are  Two bonus words: that, not.  Feel free to have your child play “I spy” for these sight words when reading, playing, etc.
  •  In the past, the May field trip was a school bus ride to Minoru park to release our butterfly specimen.  This year, we are modifying the butterfly release field trip to a neighbourhood walk to the Railway Walkway to release our butterflies.  The consent will be sent in the upcoming week.  If the weather does not cooperate, we will cancel the field trip.  Thanks for thinking ahead!
  • May calendar will be emailed to you shortly…
  • Scholastic orders were sent home this 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!
  • Class and whole school panorama photo is scheduled for May 6th.
  • Library will be closed in June!  Help your child remember to return library books to maximize their opportunities to borrow quality books!

Other notes…

  • 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!
  • Tomorrow’s chapel is cancelled due to scheduling conflict.  Our chapel performance is next week with a Mother’s Day theme!  Please come to encourage and support your child’s gift to you!  I will email information about Chapel attire (students will help me decide tomorrow…)
  • 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.

Prayer…

  • Thank you for your encouragement and prayers for my trip to meet my daughter.  It went smoothly and it was an invaluable experience.
  • 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!

 

Kindergarden News

  • The field trip to the Nature Park was a great success! Students enjoyed exploring the trails and learning about the local flora and fauna (we spotted lots of hummingbirds!).  We even got to pet a garter snake!
  • We learned about the 10 plagues this week during Bible time.  Students heard about how Pharaoh’s heart was hard and God showed His power and control through the plague “warnings.”  We will take a break from Moses to focus on the Easter story over the next two weeks.  Students will be opening 1-2 plastic eggs each day to discover an object relevant to Easter e.g. donkey, coins, whip, etc.  Students will record their learning and write about the objects in their “Easter Sharing Book.”   Ask to see this book during noisy reading time next week and see what your child shares about Easter!
  • Our school supports a local organization called International China Concern (ICC).  Each year during the iCare for the World week, we raise money for ICC who cares for abandoned and disabled children in China.  We will be talking about love, care and sacrifice for others, particularly the abandoned and disabled children in China.  Your child received a donation envelope today.  If you wish to participate, you can donate either online or offline using the directions on the envelope.  Please return all donations by Monday, April 15.   Thank you for your generosity!

Prayer requests

  • Praise for a wonderful week back from Spring Break! Students seemed well rested and certainly grew a lot physically and developmentally, I’ve noticed!
  • For the students over the next two weeks as they carry on learning with different teachers.

Kindergarden News

Spring is [nearly] sprung!

  • The sight words for March: no, here, play, up, down
  • We’ve started to learn about the story of Moses.  Students will learn about God’s power and sovereignty as He frees the Israelites from slavery.

Safety topic

  • Students have been learning about personal safety.  We’ve talked about safe adults and strategies to stay safe. Today we learned about the “doctor words” for private parts.  Knowledge equips students to protect themselves.  Tomorrow, students will bring home a gentle and sensitive booklet to equip them in case of abuse.  Look it over and chat with your child about the booklet.  Demonstrate to your child that you are a safe person to talk to about any topic that may concern him/her.  Here is an article explaining the importance of using appropriate names for body parts.

Reminders

  • Please wash and return rest time blankets/towels over the Spring break.
  • Upon returning from Spring break, we will go on a field trip to investigate signs of Spring at the Nature Park.  Please check your myschoolmanagement account to approve the field trip consent.  It is a school bus field trip.
  • Tomorrow’s chapel is presented by Mr. Paul.  The 2CH class presentation is rescheduled for Monday, April 29th at 8:30 due to sickness.
  • Term 2 report cards are published tomorrow on myschoolmanagement at 3PM

Prayer

  • Pray for safety as families travel over the holiday.
  • Pray for rest and relaxation over the break.
  • Pray for health and recuperation as many students in our school is sick.

Kindergarden News

Welcome, March!

  • Thank you for coming to the student-led conferences on Wednesday. It’s an encouraging show of support and positive feedback for your child as s/he celebrates and shares his/her learning journey.  I love seeing the interactions between students and parents: the confidence, the pride and joy!
  • Look for the feedback letter you wrote to your child in your mail this week!
  • I emailed the March calendar last week.  Please take note when we have library days – if students do not have their own library bag, they will not be permitted to borrow library books. Thanks for your help!
  • Tomorrow morning is a special postponed chapel from the week of the snow day.  It is presented by a grade 4 class.  It begins at regular chapel time and a regular school day will resume afterwards.

Personal safety

  • For the rest of the Identity unit, students will be learning about personal safety.  Students will practice saying some of their personal information and why it’s important to know.  If you haven’t yet provided the phone number you’d like your child to (or your child has already) memorize(d), please write it on a post-it for me.  Students will be looking for table spots with their phone numbers instead of their name tags.
  • Students will also be learning safety tips such as knowing correct terminology for private parts, what to do in an emergency, and identifying safe adults to talk to when they are feeling uncomfortable or unsafe.

Prayer

  • For safety as Spring Break approaches and families are out and about, travelling, etc.
  • For good time management and efficiency as teachers are wrapping up report card writing.

Hedgehog Maze

Over the last few weeks, students who were interested in building a maze for Mrs. Low’s pet hedgehog worked on this project using recycled products and help from Hanna’s dad, Mr. Nate, each Friday afternoon.  Thank you for lending a hand, Mr. Nate! And thank you for providing recyclable materials to create the project!

Today was the big day! Suika, the Low family hedgehog, came to visit and test the maze.  Here is the video of Suika.  (She was encouraged along by hedgehog treats – dried worms.)  Click the link to access.

Suika in Maze

Kindergarden News

Happy Family Day!

  • I hope you’re thoroughly enjoying today with family and friends! Thank you for all the generosity demonstrated last week for Valentine’s day!  The students were excited to share with others and all students tried some fruit salad, even if they weren’t sure at first.  One sweet student, who originally said right away that he didn’t want any salad, changed his mind when he found out that it didn’t have any vegetables in it 🙂

Parade float parking

  • Tomorrow when you bring your child’s “When I grow up…” parade float, please park it outside the side classroom door where it says “K3 parking.”  Park close together so there’s enough room for all the floats.  I hope you enjoyed creating with your child a project that represents who s/he is!
  • To wrap up our Identity unit, students will be learning about personal safety.  This includes knowing some personal information about him/herself, such as your phone number, so that s/he is equipped to self-advocate.  This week, please provide the phone number (just 1, please) that you’d like your child to memorize.  I will leave a post-it notepad on the whiteboard for this purpose.

Reminders

  • Students must have a library bag to borrow library books.  Our library day is on Thursday.  Thanks for supporting your child.
  • Wet clothing happened a lot last week – regularly check and replenish your child’s extra clothing in the classroom.
  • Student-led conference sign-ups started last week.  If you’ve not yet signed up for a time, please do so soon.  This is an important event for you and your child’s relationship demonstrating your loving care and attention to your child’s learning.  It allows your child the opportunity to teach you, which helps him/her gain a deeper understanding and solidify him/her learning, and to provide insight into your child’s days at school.  Thanks for partnering in and for your child’s education.

Prayer

  • For students to continue learning and growing in the interpersonal and personal skills to help them have success in a school environment.
  • For safety during this wild winter weather we’ve been having.

 

Kindergarten News

Wintry weather!

  • 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 😉
  • 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.
  • We had a great week being active and creative through our dance teacher Nando from Sound Kreation.  You have been sent a link to view our class dance alongside a grade 1 class.  If you cannot locate the link, let me know and I can send it to you.

February…

  • In Bible, we have been learning about the story of Joseph and how God is in control and uses bad things for His Glory and for good things.  We are using picture cards to learn and retell the story.  Also, we have been watching sections of the movie “Joseph, King of Dreams” by Dreamworks as we learn the story.  During the upcoming student-led conferences, students will have the opportunity to share what they’re learning with you.
  • We have been talking about our personal identities this week and what makes us special.  We’ve read stories about being unique and different: “The Ugly Dumpling” and “You are special, Daniel Tiger” to help us think about our strengths.  Students will create a personal identity poster to represent who they are.  This artwork will be shared with you during the upcoming student-led conferences also.
  • Valentine’s day is on Thursday!  Please have your child bring the fruit that you signed up to contribute towards a class snack.  Usually about a cup (i.e. 250ml) or two of cut up fruit per item is enough to serve the class.  I serve the yogurt on the side as a dip, rather than mixed in with the fruit.
    On Thursday, if your child has valentine cards or treats to hand out, please have it all ready in a bag.  Leave it in their backpack or coat hook and we will have opportunity during the day to hand out cards and treats into our valentine mail bags.  Thank you for modelling generosity and inclusion with each gift giving season!

Reminders

  • The home project “all about me parade float” is due after the long weekend next week.  If you’ve not yet started, the long weekend is a great time to work on the project together.
  • Thursday is our library day.  Remember that students must have a library bag to borrow books from the school library.  Reusable shopping bags, canvas totes, heavier plastic bags, work great for this.  Also, I have been asking a parent in person on Thursday morning to help return the full library bin to the library when the 8:30 bell rings, but sometimes I am busy with morning routines and miss the opportunity to ask.  If you are the last parent (or nearly the last) to leave, would you mind helping us to bring the full library bin to the school library for us on your way out? I’d appreciate that greatly.  Thank you!

Prayer requests

  • For soft, teachable hearts this term.  Students have become comfortable in the social environment and knowledgable of their peers; pray that students will have a deep understanding of themselves and others as they learn how to be a contributing member of a (classroom) community.

Kindergarden News

Recently…

  • Our Identity unit is in full swing! We started by sharing about our Winter Holiday activities with one another.  Students had opportunity to explain their activity and write about it.  I created a class book and during small group literacy rotations, students discussed how our activities are similar or different.  We talked about how observing similarities and differences help us learn and understand more about God’s world.
  • In Bible, students have been learning about Jacob and Esau.  We are learning how God is in control and can use sinful people and bad circumstances for His Glory.
  • Sight words for January: is, go, she, was, look

Upcoming…

  • We are going skating with the other Kindergarten classes at the beginning of February.  I will send consents through my school management.  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.
  • The home project for the Identity unit can be accessed by clicking the link.   ALL ABOUT ME parade-rfx9ox.
    This year, the project is similar to previous years with an intentional focus on an aspect of the student’s identity: what s/he wants to be when s/he grows up.  The cardboard “vehicle” of past years is now a parade float and can have symbols or items representing your child’s desired adult job.  I made a sample float that you can look at for idea of size and method.  It’s located outside the K1 (Mrs. Wong) classroom.  The due date for the float is Tuesday, February 19th.  The parade is scheduled for the morning of February 26th.  All floats will go home on February 27th.  Feel free to ask me if you have any questions!

Reminders…

  • Scholastic book orders are due next week.  I’d like to submit the order by next Thursday for a timely January delivery.  The Christmas book coupon can be used for these orders!
  • Please sign up on the Calendar for parent volunteer tasks.  I have things you can lend a hand with on a regular basis.  Thank you!

Prayer…

  • For health as there is illness going around that is quite lengthy.
  • For students to have a deeper understanding of who they are and how they fit into God’s story.

Kindergarden News

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!

It’s the last week of school in 2018…

  • Tomorrow is our field trip!  The school day will begin as normal, then we will take the school bus together.  Please have your child eat a filling breakfast before school.  Our snack time will be a bit later (about 11AM) when we return from the field trip. Pack a light snack so that students will still be able to eat lunch.
  • Please continue to model generosity and care as we wind up Gifts for the Manger.  This Friday’s chapel will be the gift presentation to the organization.  Donate baby items by Friday morning. Thank you!
  • Students have been learning about the people surrounding the birth of Jesus including: Gabriel, Zechariah, 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 this week – love and Christ’s coming.

Reminders

  • 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.
  • Please send me an email if you will be away for any reason.  CC the email to Mrs. Teodoro for record keeping.  Thanks for your help!
  • Friday is a regular school day from 8:30 to 2:45PM

Prayer

  • 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.

Kindergarden News

Thank you!

  • The Teddy Bear picnic was a huge hit! Thank you so much for your help and willingness to donate food.  And thank you to the parent volunteers who provided extra hands on Tuesday – we couldn’t have done it without you! I appreciate it.
  • If you haven not received your food container from the potluck and you do need it back, send me a quick message and I can follow up for you.

Gingerbread decorating event

  • This Friday is a special family group event: the gingerbread decorating event.  You have already received emails from the school about this special day.  Please ensure the decorating items you send with your child DO NOT HAVE NUTS (e.g. peanut m&m’s, chocolate almonds, etc.)  A small cup of items will be enough for the 2 cookies.
  • 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.

Christmas

  • We’ve started to look at the Christmas story.  Students will hear about the various characters involved in the birth of Christ.  We will think about the emotions experienced as each person realized the miracle of the Messiah’s birth.
  • Also, students will be introduced to our Christmas gift drive called “Gifts 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.
  • The whole school Christmas concert is next week.  Kindergarten families must sit in a reserved section of the audience so that when it is our turn to perform, students can easily meet the teacher in the aisle and go up to the stage as a group.  After Kindergarten students perform, I will lead the class back to the same aisle spot to return to parents for the evening.

Other December news

  • Sight words for this month: and (also last month’s bonus word), to, me, it, he
  • If you’ve not approved the consent for this month’s field trip to the Richmond Art Gallery, please log in to msm and approve the consent.
  • 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

  • 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.
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