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Kindergarden News

Full days are here!  It is a long and tiring day for students.  Help your child have great days by equipping them with good night time sleep (10 to 12 hours), healthy meals and lots of free play time when they’re not at school.  Avoid too much screen time (T.V. shows, movies, iPad/tablet games, etc.) as this stimulates the brain without giving it a chance to unwind & decompress.

This week..

  • Students are continuing to work on class routines and expectations.  This week, students will be introduced to a few more tools and activities such as rest time, drawing books and new manipulatives (tools that look like toys!) for our learning activities.
  • Take opportunities to discuss with your child how things happen at school and why e.g. for respect we are quiet when others talk or walk in hallways, we walk around to keep everyone safe, etc.
  • We wrap up the first portion of our Creation study, God made me, and will jump into the 7 days of creation.  When student booklets are complete, feel free to read your child’s booklet during Noisy Reading time.  The booklets are clipped on the string at the Book Nook.
  • We will also begin formulating our classroom rules this week.  As the rules take shape, I will post about it on the blog so that you can continually discuss and follow up with your child.

Reminders

  • Any lunches arriving at school after 8:30 AM should be labelled and dropped off at the lunch drop off location in the main foyer.  Place it inside the box labelled K3.  We begin eating lunch shortly after 12 PM.  Please have your child’s lunch ready by 12 PM.
  • If students do not finish their snacks or lunches, it will come home.  Please take notice of what your child doesn’t eat so that s/he can have different healthy choices.  Thank you.
  • If you’ve not yet supplied extra clothing for your child, please do so before the week is finished.  We are expecting wet weather this week and the students still play outside when it is raining.  Outdoor clothing, or dry clothing to change into, is important to help your child make the best of recess time.
  • There is no chapel gathering this Friday.  Students will be participating in a school wide event called “Family Groups.”  Family groups are groups with a lead teacher and students of mixed ages from kindergarten to grade 5.  They will together participate in a group activity before returning to class.

Prayer requests

  • Pray for God’s wisdom and discernment as I am getting to know the students.  Pray that He provides insight and strategies to interact with each child specifically as they are all unique and wonderful.  Pray for the continual establishment of an excellent teacher-student relationship.
  • Pray for the students.  Full-time kindergarten is a long day for the students.  Pray that they will have good energy and focus.  Pray that they will learn excellent social skills because this is the foundation for their positive relationships as they mature and grow.

 

Kindergarden News

We’ve had a great start to our Kindergarten year!  Students are learning classroom routines and school behaviours to enable their future success.  As children adjust to our active and busy school days, they will need as much rest as possible.  Aim for your child to get at least 10 hours of sleep each night so that they have optimal energy and concentration for our long, busy days.

Meet the teacher

  • Tomorrow evening is Meet the Teacher.  Please come to the school at 7 PM for a large group session in the gym.  Following that is a small group session with your child’s teacher in his/her classroom.  If you have multiple children in the school, classroom teachers will repeat his/her small group session immediately after so that you may participate in more than one classroom session.  Note that this evening is for adults only.

Recent Activities

  • Students have been very busy learning classroom routines and expectations.  As this transition occurs, talk with your child about what these routines and expectations are like at school.  Talk about the differences between school and home.  As students are able to talk about these things, they are internalizing the routines and expectations and will soon become accustomed to the change that is kindergarten.
  • This week, students will begin to establish our classroom rules as well as learning goals they may have this year.  Discussing and creating these topics as a group builds community and ownership for student learning.  As the rules and goals take shape, I will post them on our blog for home discussion.
  • Students have been working on a “God created me” booklet as we begin to discuss how God made us and everything in our world.

Upcoming Activities

  • Next week, students will begin our unit on Creation.  Students will learn the order of creation week, as well they will consider the types of things that God has made.  We will explore our environment through the lens of the colours and shapes that He has made.
  • Students will be visiting our school library on a weekly basis (Monday).  Please provide a strong, large (for bigger picture books) bag labelled with your child’s name

Picture Day

  • Wednesday, September 13 is our school picture day.  Individual student portraits will be taken on this day.

Family Connection

  • Every once in a while, I will post activities and information that may help you and your child develop deeper interaction for home and school.  Use these ideas at your discretion.

Reminders

  • Some students have already used their extra clothing from the classroom.  If your child has already changed their wet clothes over the past 3 days, please ensure that their extra clothing box is replenished with clean items.
  • Scholastic book orders are due at the end of the week (Friday, Sept 15)
  • I’ve noticed LOTS of healthy snacks and choices to eat during morning snack.  Continue this trend through the week and as you think about school lunches!  Woo hoo!
  • We are in the midst of booking upcoming field trips.  I will get you to “save the date” as soon as we have confirmations.

Beginning & End of day procedures

  • When you arrive at 8:20 AM, remind your child what s/he needs to do to complete their morning routines.  I’ve posted a task list to help you out 😉  Feel free to read books, the “plan” for the day, poems that are posted, etc.
  • If you arrive after the bell rings, please get a late slip from Mrs. Teodoro at the office.  This year, our classroom attendance is submitted electronically so once I submit the morning attendance, I cannot change it.  If you do not notify the office that your child has arrived, Mrs. Teodoro will contact you inquiring the whereabouts of your child.  Please make every effort to arrive to school on time as it is helpful to your child and the class when we can begin the day smoothly, without interruption.  If you are late (it happens!!), have your child come in and quietly complete his/her morning routines, then quietly join the circle.  This will ensure the smoothest transition possible.  Thank you for your assistance!
  • At the end of the day, please be patient when waiting for me to call your child to the door.  I am working to remember which child belongs to which grown up — I will eventually get there!  The entry can be crowded as well; to assist in helping students out the door as smoothly as possible, please leave space around the doorway so that students can exit when it is his/her turn.  Thank you for your help!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for God’s wisdom and discernment as I am getting to know the students.  Pray that He provides insight and strategies to interact with each child specifically as they are all unique and wonderful.  Pray for the continual establishment of an excellent teacher-student relationship.
  • Pray for the students.  Full-time kindergarten is a long day for the students.  Pray that they will have good energy and focus.  Pray that they will learn excellent social skills because this is the foundation for their positive relationships as they mature and grow.
  • Pray for safety as we will be practicing many safety procedures over the next couple of weeks including fire drills, earthquake drill and lockdown drill.  It can be a little bit scary and confusing for kindergarten students as the context hasn’t always been experienced at this age.  Pray for good listening ears and quick learning so that the students can help keep themselves and each other safe.

Kindergarden News

I enjoyed meeting the students and I’m looking forward to getting to know their personalities! Full days are beginning on Monday, September 18th.  Each day will be a new and interesting discovery for the students and for myself as well, as I continue to get to know each student and family.  I’ve already received email communication from some parents – awesome!  Continue to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or insight.  You are welcome in our classroom!

Arrival procedures

  • Enter the school through the main doors and proceed to the classroom at 8:20AM  If you arrive after the 8:30 bell, you will need to enter the school through the main doors and stop by the office to get a late slip.
  • If you arrive earlier than 8:20AM, take some time to play outside before you come into the school.  Help your child burn off excess energy and get blood flowing!
  • When you and your child arrive in the morning, please support your child in completing arrival routines.  Encourage him/her to change shoes, hang up personal belongings, and wash hands.  One of the goals for each student this year is for him/her to be able to perform self care tasks as independently as possible.  Adults can support the students when necessary.
  • During noisy reading time, remind your child that you can read more than one book, and also more than just books.  If your child is interested, read the pocket chart above the book shelf.  Or check out “today’s plan” so that your child can anticipate the day’s events.  Read a poem or song posted on the bulletin board.  Noisy reading is more than just books!

Special Friend 

  • Each month, I will email a monthly calendar to you.  On this calendar, you will see your child’s name on each school day.  That is when your child is the Special Friend.  On this day, prepare your child by having him/her select an item to “show & tell”.  This is our “Sharing” time.  Help your child think of 3 clues to tell the class.  Other students will try to guess your child’s sharing item!

This week and next…

  • The beginning of the school year is an important time for routines to be established and for children to get to know one another.  We will be making new friends and bonding together as a class.  Peek into the room and you’ll see us exploring the experience of being in school, learning to be a good student and friend, and practicing good behaviours and routines for a comfortable, happy, and safe year.  When you’re at home, support your child by talking about the routines we’re learning.  Talk about how we walk in the halls, how we show manners, what do we do when others are speaking, waiting our turn, etc.
  • Please pack a healthy snack for our half days this week and next.  Students will not be eating lunch at school and will become hungry.  Nutritious choices equip your child to learn and focus during this transition time.
  • This month we will learn through the topics of: God’s creation including how God created each of us & loves us, the seven days of creation, and colours & shapes in our environment.
Action required!
  • I have not received all necessary paperwork from each family.  Forms can be downloaded from My School Management.  Please complete all forms and hand in by next week.
  • Students require indoor shoes and extra clothing in a small shoe box all that will remain at school.  If your child still needs to have indoor shoes and extra clothing, please have it at school by the end of the week.  Remember to show your child and label it all.

Morning Meeting

  • Each morning, our class will begin with a Morning Meeting, a routine of carpet activities each morning to build community and learn together.  To that end, it is important that if you should remain in the classroom after 8:30AM, you will be a part of our Morning Meeting circle.  This is an important aspect of inclusion to build a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our students.
  • Each meeting follows this outline: Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity and Morning Message.  It lasts about 20-30 minutes every Monday through Thursday.  On Friday, we participate in the whole school event: Chapel.

Parent Volunteers

  • Extra adult hands are always appreciated in the classroom!  Please sign-up if you would like to take part.  The sign-up calendar is located on the the side door.  Write down your child’s name and the time you will be with us so that I can have tasks ready for your helping hands!
  • As a parent volunteer you will help with classroom organization and cleanliness, assist in teacher preparations and also in various student activities.  This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with your child’s class routines, establish good relationships with class friends, and be blessed by the joy and laughter that kindergarten children provide.

Lunch

  • Here is a note from Mrs. Schneck regarding lunch:
    • Lunch Drop Off Change:

      If your child’s lunch is brought to school by a parent, grandparent, or other person during the morning, the NEW 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.  Please, do not take lunches to the classroom.

      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.

  • If you pack your child’s lunch, please provide healthy and delicious food that your child can begin eating right away.  Sandwiches, wraps and warm food in thermoses are particularly easy for students to dig in.  For some children, it is helpful to have a variety of foods for them to select.  Include delicious, healthy choices like fresh fruit, rice crackers, veggies & dip, cheese and yogurt.  Yummy food is eaten food!  Please refrain from sending sugary snacks and treats as much as possible.  Save these for special occasions!  If your child’s lunch will be dropped off, please do so by 12 PM.
  • We do not have diagnosed nut allergies this year but I ask that we be diligent in avoiding nuts and nut products in your child’s food as it is a common allergen in our RCS student community.  Awareness will help us all keep each other safe.

Water Bottles

  • Water is our drink of choice as it is the healthiest option for us all.  Mark your child’s name on his/her water bottle.  Please avoid sending juice or milk to school as the sugars can cause sticky messes in our classroom.  Save these drinks for special occasions!

Clothing

  • We want to ensure our students’ physical safety as they participate in the gym.  Students require indoor shoes that are appropriate for running like sneakers or trainers.  Please avoid casual shoes such as crocs, as they’re not supportive enough for running activities.  Also, students will leave their sweatshirts, sweaters and/or hoodies in the classroom before going to gym since they will become warm participating in physical activities.  Cotton t-shirts (short or long sleeves) should not be be a problem.  Please try to have your children wear layers of clothing so that they can remove layers when necessary.  Thanks for your diligence in this planning.  It helps us save some time before the students head off to gym!

Meet the Teacher

  • Tuesday, September 12th at 7 PM is the elementary campus’ “Meet the Teacher.” Come to this informative session to learn more about your child’s teacher and your child’s upcoming school experiences.  The evening begins with a general session for all parents (in the large gym) before breaking into class specific sessions in each classroom.  Bring any general kindergarten questions you may have.  This is also a great chance to meet other kindergarten students’ parents.  Note: This is a parent-only event – leave the kids at home!  Hope you can make it!

Requests

  • Please contribute a box of tissues and a hand sanitizer pump to our classroom to keep us well stocked.
  • If you have multiples of these items, I would love to stock my “Creation Station” for students to use in their projects.  Please only donate items if you have multiples so that many students can use the items if they wish rather than only 1 or 2.
    • paper tubes, take-out chopsticks, small (jewelry) cardboard gift boxes, recycling (same size containers, bubble wrap, tissue paper, etc.) old office supplies (note pads, labels, elastic bands, envelopes, old business letterheads/stationary, old business cards, etc.), craft supplies (pipe cleaners, craft paper, googly eyes, feathers, sequins, jewels, popsicle sticks, etc.), hobby supplies (yarn, buttons, clips, dowels, etc.)
  • Thank you for your generosity!

Prayer

  • Please pray for God’s wisdom and discernment as I am getting to know the students.  Pray that He provides insight and strategies to interact with each child specifically as they are all unique and wonderful.  Pray for the continual establishment of an excellent teacher-student relationship.
  • Pray for the students.  Full-time kindergarten is a long day for the students especially since each moment, they must figure out and regulate what task they’re supposed to be doing.  Pray that they will have good energy and focus.  Pray that they will learn excellent social skills because this is the foundation for  positive relationships as they mature and grow.
  • Pray for safety as we will be practicing many safety procedures over the next couple of weeks including fire drills, earthquake drill and lockdown drill.  It can be a little bit scary and confusing for kindergarten students as the context hasn’t always been experienced at this age.  Pray for good listening ears and quick learning so that the students can help keep themselves and each other safe.

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