Picture Proofs come home today. Please check your child's backpacks. Unfortunately
the deadline for picture orders to return to school are already this MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd. Orders can also be made online. If you are wanting to order your child's pictures using the order forms in the envelope, please have your child return the picture orders to me on Monday. This is very short notice we realize, which is why we are wanting to make sure you get the chance to make your order.
Wow! What an awesome start to a year! We have settled into routines and expectations very well. We have had our first field trip to the firehall and would like to thank all the parent volunteers for helping out on that trip. It was a success!
Thank you to the parents that have already had their special day with their kids. For those parents that have not, I will briefly explain a couple ways that we use you in our classroom. On your child's special day, you will get quite a bit of time to be with your child experiencing the day from their eyes. We do have a small block of time where we have one small group of kids come to the parent center. Your role is to facilitate this activity (often a craft or a game) with this small group. This group DOES NOT always include your child...they may be at a different center. If you are bringing a little sibling to the special day, please consider the role of the special helper. If the little sibling takes all of your attention, it makes it difficult for you to run your assigned center (which our program relies on), and takes away the special one-on-one time with your Kindergarten child. Please consider alternate arrangements if you feel your toddler will hinder your involvement in our day. Siblings are welcome if they are fairly independent and tend to blend into our classroom environment. Our center time almost always follows circle time (when your child leads the class in calendar activities). If time is an issue, parents or special helpers are free to leave after center time.
June 8 - Hot Lunch Day - see the note that came home today.
June 16 - Sports Day - if you would like to volunteer to help run a center, please contact Mrs. Seaman or Mrs. Morton. This is also our kindergarten classroom moving day (as explained in a note that went home). While we are outside for Sports Day the classrooms will be being moved to our new locations. This is so that all moves will be complete by the end of the school year. If you would like to help volunteer for helping do this, rather than helping outside for Sports Day, please talk to Mrs. Seaman or Mrs. Morton.
June 20 - Birds of Prey field trip - we are in need of supervisors. If you would like to come on our final field trip, please let Mrs. Seaman or Mrs. Morton know.
June 22 - alternate Sports Day - ONLY IF June 16th weather is not suitable for Sports Day.
June 28 - Last Day of Kindergarten!
If you want a copy of the pictures that your teachers have taken this year, please bring them a memory stick labelled with your child's name. Due ASAP in order to give us time to transfer the pictures.
We had a great week returning from our Easter Break. We used the entire week to focus on the number 100, and celebrated our 100th day on Thursday!
Mike Mountain Horse has begun raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. The school will be doing a cancer walk on April 12 afternoon and we are asking our students to collect from family to help with our goal of raising $3000.00 for cancer research. The Kindergartens are not participating in the walk, but we are still passing along all donations brought in to the school fundraiser. Our beloved Mrs. Wik, from preschool, will have her head shaved at an assembly on April 19. There is a cash donation box in the office.
Reminder: The Kindergarten children now attend recess at the same time as the rest of the school. This is one of our many little gradual attempts to get the students more ready for Grade One. So far, the students have done great, and they follow all rules in place beautifully.
April 27 - Aggie Days Field Trip - please let your teacher know if you are able to help come supervise a small group of children as they explore the farm stations.
Dates to watch for: (more information to follow)
May 19 - MMH Dance-a-thon - Parent Council fundraiser
May 26 - Family Celebration - this is a celebration where we invite TWO guests per student (mom/dad, OR grandparents, aunts, uncles, good friends, etc...but we ask to find childcare for younger siblings). The children showcase some songs they have learned, serve their TWO guests cake and juice, and give them some gifts they have been making. This is usually the last 45 minutes of the regular school hours for your child's class. PLEASE MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDARS!!!
After MAY long weekend - the students will begin to start their day like they will in Grade One. You are to bring your child to the playground before school. The assistants will be outside at the playground. The students are to walk up to their classroom assistant (Mrs. Murray/Mrs. McMullin) make eye contact and say hello and then are allowed to play before the bell. Their won't be supervision before 8:10/12:10. They will be led in like they are at recess when the bell goes (8:20/12:25). This is just one more way that we start to get them ready for Grade One.
Sorry that there hasn't been an update recently.
We have been doing a book project with the students over the last 2.5 weeks. We have loved watching them create different styles of books, This past week they were able to use their skills and pick the book style they liked the best. Listening to them "read" their stories was awesome! We have decided we are going to record them telling their story, as it is just too cute not to capture! Their book bags full of their books will come home in a few weeks for them to share with you!
Leprechaun traps are due this Wednesday, March 16. This is always a fun family project. We look forward to trying to catch one of those sneaky little leprechauns on Wednesday night. PLEASE do not bring in the trap until Wednesday. We have 43 students between the two classes, and that would be LOTS of traps to store around the classroom all week. We will set the traps on Wednesday before they leave school to try to catch a leprechaun overnight! On Thursday, we will show our book buddies how our traps should work, kind of like a science fair.
Our Easter Party is coming up on Thursday, March 24. Easter break runs from March 25-April 3. When school resumes April 4, our Kindergartens will be learning all about the number 100, as we celebrate our 100th day of school on April 7.
We are super excited to begin a new project after the break. Your children will be creating, and publishing their own books. We are looking forward to showing the students that they can do certain jobs and skills they may not have realized before. We will help them find their entrepreneurial spirit in our Book Bonanza!
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE remember to send the four pictures we requested to school on the first day back to school. Just to remind you what we need, here is the note again:
Parents: PLEASE HELP
We are starting a mini-book project at school. We are super excited to watch the students learn ways to produce books. We need your help!
Please send these 4 items in the attached baggie: (ALL pictures need to be as small as the baggie)
Your child will create many different books over the two and half week project, and will be super excited to share their talents with you once the project is complete.
Have a wonderful week off! We hope everyone gets healthy and rested and is able to spend Family Day with family!
We had a good week last week. We made icecream, which was delicious. Ask your child about how they made it. Maybe, you could find the ingredients and make it at home.
In continuation of the four food groups and healthy living, we will be making pizza this week and really drawing attention to the food groups as we make them.
Mrs. Seaman and Mrs. Morton will be away on Thursday.
Next Thursday will be our Valentines Day Party. Please continue working on printing Valentines cards. The class lists for Mrs. Seaman's class are coming home today. You can start bringing in Valentines next Monday morning and helping your child fill the Valentines pockets.
Thanks for all you do!
In Kindergarten these last few weeks we have been learning about and doing activities around winter. Thank you for the amazing snowmen we have received for the homework project. The hallways look amazing!
Over the next two weeks we will be focusing on healthy living. Topics we will be discussing are nutrition and healthy eating choices. Please take some time as you pack a quick snack for your child at school to discuss what food group the snack represents. We plan to make ice-cream, and mini pizzas, in class time during the next two weeks. We will also be addressing such topics as hand washing and dental care.
The home reading program is up and running. The students are so proud on Thursdays when they get to sit with the teacher and read the book to them. This is wonderful to see. This is just a reminder that new books come home on Mondays and are to be returned on Thursdays please! We love seeing the picture journal responses the students make in their home reading journals. Try challenging your child to write a word or sentence that represents their picture. They can copy it from the book, or you could challenge them to use their sound knowledge that they have been learning all year. We have officially learned all 42 sounds using the Jolly Phonics program. I encourage you to continue to practice the sounds with your child, as new skills can easily be forgotten. Sight word sheets will be coming home and accompanying the home reading books. There is an information sheet coming home with the first sheet to explain how to practice sight words.
Valentines Day is fast approaching. We encourage the children to write on the valentines themselves. I would suggest breaking it up, and having them complete a few a night, so they do not get discouraged from writing. We will send home a class list of first names again soon, so you are aware of spelling.
Thanks for all you do!
Well, we survived our first week back. We had a wonderful trip to the Galt Museum on Wednesday. Thank you to the parents and grandparents that came along to help supervise.
We are back!!!! January seems to always be a long month, without breaks for the kids. However, we start to see a maturity switch in the kids often at this time of year, as they are becoming more ready for a grade one atmosphere. We begin to challenge the kids more, using the knowledge we have learned, for reading and writing and numeracy.
I just want to remind you that we go outside EVERY DAY for recess. PLEASE send mittens and toques with your children, and if inside shoes were taken home over the break please make sure your child has a change of shoes at school again. The puddles that are left if they wear outside shoes in are a danger for slipping, and they make a mess. Thank you for your cooperation with this!
We go to the Galt Museum on Wednesday, January 6. If you are able to meet us there and help supervise please let your child’s teacher know. Thank you to those that can!