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Kindergarden News

Classroom happenings…

  • Last week, students learned about Remembrance Day, the symbolism of poppies, and the sacrifice of soldiers to protect the peace.  We re-read the story “Four feet, two sandals” to consider war & peace in a current setting through the eyes of children.  We also reflected on what Peace feels like after reading the book “What does Peace feel like?”  By Vladimir Radunsky
  • In our study of real bears, students have had the chance to “research” information about bears based on their own wonderings.  After we compiled what students already know about bears, we created questions we had about bears then took to non-fiction books to discover facts.  Students were given opportunity to share their learning by writing, drawing or speaking.  The collection of learning is posted in the classroom above the pretend kitchen.
  • As students discovered the changing weather, they noticed some interesting “seed pods” at the playground.  Last week, they harvested a basketful and we brought it into the classroom.  We recorded our observations, asked questions and drew pictures of the specimen.  During rotations, I showed them my “guess and check” method of looking up information on google (which many students could identify! ) to discover that their discovery certainly is a seed pod from a sweet gum tree.  Next week, we are planning to plant the seed pods to see what will happen…. stay tuned!

Seed pods from sweet gum trees

Social, emotional, spiritual…

  • Students were introduced to the next chapel theme: Words.  They saw more object lesson/experiments today teaching the principle that our actions show what our words express; actions and words ought to match the love that God gives us.
  • We read stories a first nations story about how the feeling of safety and security is a gift that we can give to others and take away from others.  This story lines up with the lessons learned in chapel today.  Students also were reminded of appropriate reactions when expressing anger or upset including: walking away, using words to say ‘I’m mad’, stomping feet, talking to an adult.
  • This week, we began a little bit of critical and social thinking on the topic of speaking other languages.  I presented the fact that it is awesome that kids can speak multiple languages, that knowing another language is good.  But the challenge is that our classroom is a place where everyone should feel included and safe, so how can we as class community navigate the path of speaking other languages while ensuring others are included and safe?  It’s a big question, one that will take time for us to experience, reflect and practice.

Upcoming…

  • Next week, I will send up a sign-up genius for our Teddy Bear Picnic Potluck.  The event is an in school event on November 27th.  It is for lunch food but if you feel like your child won’t be interested in the potluck items, feel free to send him/her a lunch that day as normal.
  • Next Friday, November 23rd is a Pro-D day.  There is no school for students.

Prayer requests

  • Safety in travel as there are still many families in our class that are away.
  • Excellent insight and time management as teachers prepare report cards.
  • Continual deep learning as the students live and learn alongside one another.

Kindergarden News

Rainy season is upon us. Please equip your child to be prepared for the weather.  Send them to school in boots and a waterproof, hooded jacket.  Ensure that extra clothing boxes are stocked with clean socks, pants, etc.

Learning…

  • Last week, students read a story called “The Pumpkin Patch Parable” which encourages us to be transformed by God and allow His light to shine out to others who see us.  Students created their own pumpkin faces using oil pastels.  We also started a new reading challenge pattern book this week called “Pumpkin life cycle.”
  • Continue to read the reading challenge books that come home periodically to encourage your child to practice and build on those early reading skills.
  • Pumpkin home project presentations begin next week.  If you have pictures for your child to present, please email to me by next week.  This is a simple presentation time.  I will display the photos on the T.V. and ask the students to tell us about the picture.  It is short and your child can be prepared by just chatting casually with you about what you did together (e.g. remember when we cut the pumpkin? can you describe how we did it? etc.)
  • Bears, bears, bears!.. is our theme for November.  Please have your child select a stuffed bear that can remain at school for the month of November.  We will do activities with our bears throughout the month.  Select a bear that is not a favourite i.e. required to sleep at night, as the stuffed bears will stay until November 30th.  Thank you!
  • The sight words that we will work on this month are: I, a, at, see, the (bonus word: and)  You can reinforce your child’s sight word recognition by pointing it out and allowing him/her to read that particular sight word when you read books together, when you see it in the environment, play guessing games while you drive (e.g. I’m thinking of a sight word that only has 1 letter… etc.)
  • We need to make a schedule change to the order of our specialty classes (Music, Art & Gym)  The order effective next week will be: 11AM Gym, 11:25AM Music, 11:55AM Art.

Home Reading

  • Home reading folders will go home next week.  The goal of the home reading program in Kindergarten is to develop a habit and enjoyment of reading.  Please read the letter found in the folder for information.  Also, feel free to switch between the sight word series (Sam) and the pattern reader books (begin with Level A).  Home reading books should not replace enjoying library books and favourite stories that you read regularly.  Keep reading together!

Thank you

  • Your generosity and love is so greatly appreciated! Thank you for all the wonderful books you’ve contributed to our classroom through the book fair wish lists.  It is, and always has been, such a giving and kind community.

Prayer

  • For health, safety and wellness during this season of sniffles.  We also have a few families that are travelling this month.  Let’s remember to pray for them.
  • For hearts and minds to be prepared for Remembrance Day next week.
  • For teachers to have good insight and time management as we embark on report card time this month.  Thank you!

 

Literacy night powerpoint

Here are a few of the slides from the Kindergarten Literacy night for your personal reference.

Kindergarten Literacy Night-20zxnna

Book Fair Information

A favourite time of year is upon us — BOOK FAIR!

Please see the information below from Ms. Huber.

  • There will be no AR quizzes after school next week. AR classes will continue as normal during the school day.
  • The library will be open for book exchange on Monday, Thursday and Friday as per usual (no book exchange on Wednesday)
  • Students will have opportunities to browse the fair during their library classes.  Kindergarten to grade 2 classes are not permitted to bring money independently; they must purchase accompanied by a parent.
  • All sales are final so please purchase wisely.
  • Students are not permitted to purchase things for their friends or to lend money to their friends.
  • Ms. Huber sent an email with specific details.  Please look at it for more information.

 

Kindergarden News

October is in full swing! I have already received some fall home project photos.  Continue to send pictures as you do activities with your children.  Students of this age love sharing about their experiences and learning.  They will have opportunity to share in the first week of November.

Learning…

  • Students have been considering feelings and what makes us feel various emotions.  We’ve come up with ways that we can calm down when we’re feeling upset or angry.  Take a look at the poster in our classroom and point out ways that *you* as a parent calm down.  See if the two of you can think of more ways that help calm yourselves when you’re feeling upset.
  • In math, students are becoming more creative with their patterns.  Recognizing and working with patterns become the basis of understanding more complex concepts and mathematic operations.  It helps people to develop generalizations and relationships to understand the world better.
  • Last week, students read a pattern reader called “Leaves on the pumpkin”  Throughout the day, students can choose to do “Reading Challenge” – where they read the book to a peer, record the peer’s name and is given a sticker for their reading practice.  The students are feeling very encouraged and excited to “read” this book independently and I’m excited that they’re pumped about reading, and practising their writing at the same time 😉
  • In Bible, we have been learning about the story of Noah.  We’ve been discussing how sin separates us from God, and how His heart breaks when he’s separated from His children.  We will learn how Noah represents God’s faithfulness to his creation and the principle that God keeps His promises.

Emergency procedures

  • Today the students learned about Lockdown and Hold & Secure drills.  These procedures are intended to protect students in the event of a safety threat.  I approach the topic by addressing that since there is sin in the world, sometimes there can be danger and hurt.  I also kept it matter of fact, that when we know how to listen and follow directions, know who the safe adults are in the school, we can help keep ourselves safe.  Students were very attentive and curious.  They asked appropriate questions and had interesting wonderings: what if all three emergencies happen at the same time? What if the building doesn’t keep us safe? What if during a lockdown there is a fire?  I addressed all their concerns, but know that they may have more questions as they process this information.

Reminders

  • Tomorrow’s special event led by Mrs. Schneck as you approved in my school management.
  • There is rain in the forecast.  Please help your child dress appropriately for the weather and ensure there is a good supply of dry clothing.
  • Thursday is library day.
  • Thursday evening is Kindergarten Literacy night.  If you attended the kindergarten literacy night last year, feel free to take the evening to read at home with your children 😉 The format is exactly the same as last year.  If you attended the kindergarten literacy night in previous years, please come again as it is different from before.  Thank you for partnering with us for your child’s education.

Prayer requests

  • For attentive, calm students and safety for tomorrow’s special event.
  • For the upcoming parent-teacher conferences that it may be a beneficial and productive time to touch base about the students’ development.
  • Praise for how God has helped students in our class feel comfortable, settled and connected with one another.  I am enjoying the front row seat in watching them grow together!

Kindergarden News

This has been a wonderful week filled with sunshine, learning and PUMPKINS! If you have any great photos of our students on our pumpkin field trip, please email me a copy.
I have already received evidence of the fall project from some families.  Enjoy this opportunity to do fun family activities with your child to connect learning from home and school.  Email me photos of the fall project activities by the first week of November (5th-9th).

Learning…

  • This week, students learned a new activity with Mrs. Low called counting collections.  This activity is done with a partner and allows students to practice math skills such as counting quantity accurately, social skills such as taking turns, and problem solving skills such as using different ideas to count items (e.g. counting in a line, in a group, on a 10-frame, etc.).  It also allows them to practice printing numerals as they record their collection number.
  • Students learn to print letters in a particular way to help them master writing and develop connections in their brains.  Help your child form letters in this way when you can – remember, encouragement is positive and productive tool when young children begin the writing process.
    For the letter “a”: At the leaf begin. Go round the apple this way. Then add a line down, so Annie won’t roll away.
    The letter “c” is: Curve round Clever Cat’s face to begin.  Then gently tickler her under her chin.
  • This week, we will take a close look at the process of identifying our emotions and finding a way to help ourselves calm our feelings.

Emergency procedures…

  • Today, students practiced our first earthquake drill.  We instruct them to stop & listen, cover (under a table), and hold (the table leg) throughout the shaking.  When the shaking stops, we count aloud to 60.  Then students wait for teacher direction to line up and evacuate the building as quietly, quickly and safely as possible.
  • Next week, students will learn about a hold & secure and lockdown drill.

Prayer requests

  • Thanksgiving – thank you for your prayers and well-wishes during that busy time around the teacher’s convention. It went smoothly and well.  I appreciate your love and support.
  • Pray for students to be calm and settled as we practice various emergency procedures.
  • Continue to pray for good health and well-being as cold & flu season is at our door.

Kindergarden News

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend. Students seemed very rested and ready to return to our class this week!

Learning

  • Last week, students reflected on Thanksgiving.  We wrote down what we’re thankful for as a class and also individually in student journals.  We read a story called “Four feet, two sandals” to consider what other children might be thankful for.  This story is available to read in our book nook.  It is a powerful story about two girls in a refugee camp in Pakistan.  From the mouth of babes: “That was a good story.”
  • We have been exploring the changes in the weather – Fall is here! 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 began our phonics program, Letterland, this week.  Students learned to write the letter c from the top to the bottom of the curve.  Ask your child to show you what s/he learned!
  • In numeracy, students have started to learn about patterns, practicing and noticing them in our environment.  Students will also begin counting and writing numerals this week.
  • Tomorrow, we will read a story about pumpkins. Look for a term 1 home project to be emailed to you this week.  Home projects are opportunities for your family activities to connect with our school learning.  Students will have a chance to share about their home project with their classmates.  It is a source of pride for them to share what they do together with you!

Reminders

  • Our field trip is on Tuesday.  Please refer to the consent form sent to you for information.  Thank you!
  • Thursdays are our library days.  If your child doesn’t bring his/her library books on Thursday, feel free go with your child to return the books and borrow books after school.
  • If your child has returned with soiled clothing, please ensure you replenish the box with the necessary items.  The weather is turning wetter — we need extra clothes handy! Thanks!

Prayer items

  • 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.

Kindergarden News

  • Last week was such a wonderful week of full days! Students enjoyed being at school all day, having lunch at school and taking part at lunch recess.  It is very, very quiet at rest time though 🙂  As students adjust to all the listening, remembering, and following of routines and directions, you can help them solidify the routines by chatting about it here and there.  When you’re at the grocery store waiting in line, talk about why and how you’re doing it then related it to school.  When you’re listening to each other talk about your days, notice aloud that you’re taking turns talking and listening actively to one another then relate it to school.  Students will begin to see that these skills are relevant and useful for every day life, not just for school settings.

Tidbits from last week

Students use various materials to construct a balanced, stable structure. They negotiate the purposes of each part, as well as take turns with different toys within the structure.

The building project expanded to house real bodies rather than toys. It is challenging for students to figure out how to enter and exit without knocking over their hard work.

These students have devised a “web” trap using yarn and tape. The paper squares on the floor are signs to distract people so that they might not notice the trap. This activity started early last week and has continued on to this week. Students diligently save their work and recreate it each play time.

Classroom happenings

  • Literacy goals for the month of September include being able to recognize, read and print your 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.
  • 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 25th 7PM), you will get to try it out for yourself!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  We recite the verse Genesis 1:1, 31 together and are learning two worship songs about Creation.  One is “God of Wonders” by Third Day, and the other is “In the beginning” sung by Rob Evans “The Donut Man.”
  • Students had a fantastic time participating in the Terry Fox run last week.  K3 students were very curious and interested in the story of Terry Fox.  They regularly look at my Terry Fox story book and have interesting questions and insight.  One student even shared about his family’s own cancer experience.

Upcoming dates

  • Library is every Thursday! Please equip your child with a sturdy library bag, clearly labelled with his/her name.  On Thursday morning, place the books in our library bin and we will compile all bags together in a single, larger library bag.
  • October 4 & 5 are Professional Development (Pro-D) days. Students do not attend school on Pro-D days while teachers are working on their professional growth.  Teachers will be attending a teacher’s convention hosted by the Christian Educators of B.C. alongside our southern counterparts, North West Christian Schools International (U.S.) participating in workshops led by colleagues and other industry professionals.  I am part of the committee that organizes this event, and I am also leading a workshop presentation this year!  I appreciate your prayers for excellent insight, time management and organization over the next two weeks.  Thank you!
  • Our first field trip is booked for October 16th.  Look for a consent form notification by the end of the week.  This consent form must be approved via my school management.
  • Also, please check my school management for information that went home last week from Mrs. Schneck regarding a safety procedure practice.  For security purposes, you will need to log in to learn more about dates and details.

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.

 

Terry Fox Run

Chapel is being moved on Friday to accommodate for the possible wet grass in the morning and to give the best chance to have an outside Terry Fox run. The chapel will highlight Terry Fox with a video, worship, some games and the run.  As a result, the chapel experience will take up more time than normal and we will be having chapel from 1:30-2:30.

Students can dress up as a hero: a superhero or an every day hero such as police officers, doctors, etc. to celebrate this run.  Our school typically participates in this run every other year.  The whole school will take turns running around the school field.  Parents are welcome to join and cheer on the students!  Also, students can bring a loonie or toonie to donate towards cancer research.  Thank you for demonstrating generosity!

Kindergarden News

Full days are here

  • The days are busy and full of thinking, learning, playing, interacting, growing, processing, formulating, etc… Equip your child to transition to full days by ensuring s/he has plenty of rest and “down time” which includes free play time, time outdoors and 10-12 hours of night sleep.  Avoiding excess screen time (T.V., movies, iPad, etc.) will also help your child’s brain to refresh and rejuvenate.  Curious about appropriate screen time for children?  Check out this article.
  • 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.

Housekeeping

  • Miss Laura has been assisting me in ensuring that emergency forms are correctly and fully completed.  If you have an incomplete form or missing information, she will speak with you to fix it.  Thank you!
  • Scholastic orders for this month will be submitted today.  Expect your child’s order by next week.  Thanks for contributing towards our classroom book budget!
  • Please return the CHIRP subscription form with either a YES or  NO (signature still required).  This helps our class earn stickers and free books.
  • Student blankets for rest time should be at school for after lunch recess quiet time.  Remember to choose a small, thin blanket for easy classroom storage.  Help your child to know which is his/hers.
  • Thank you for sending delicious, healthy food for your children to enjoy.  Their first lunch at school today went by quickly and they were hungry and eager to eat!  If dropping off lunch for your child, please use the lunch drop off box in the main foyer.

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.

Schedule change

  • I will email you a new schedule to replace the one that was given to you on Meet the Teacher.  Due to changes the schedules of our learning support from other teachers, I’ve had to modify our weekly schedule.  Also due to the schedule change, I’m not going to do “open snack” this year.  We will have a regularly scheduled snack time at about 10AM.  Sorry for the change! Thank you for your support and understanding.

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.
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