February 16, 2018
"Children learn to smile from their parents." -Shinichi Suzuki
After the break, we will study the letter: "C". We will meet Cool Cat and sing a song about the "cool cat crawl". We are now focusing on the centre starting letters. Throughout the week we will build it with one big curve, print it on our chalkboards with a sponge, finger and drying cloth and lastly, print it with pencil in our printing books. In centres, we will write our own colour books, build letter "C" with cars, cotton, cupcakes, cats, cows and cubes, create a cat, camel, cow or caterpillar with shapes and count the shapes, read words on Raz Kids and explore mixing primary paint colours to make other colours. In music, we will sing about colour and practice for choral speech. In Religion, we will learn about the stations of the cross and work on doing good deeds during Lent. In gym, we will play "Old Gray Cat" and "Cat and Mouse". We will review numbers 1-10. Please refer to the rhymes that we use for each number listed below.
Please refer also to upcoming dates and supplies listed below.
If you need to contact me during the day or to report your child's absence, please call the school and leave a message. I am not usually able to check emails until after supper!
These are the rhymes we will learn to print the numbers:
1: Big line down and then you're done. That's the way to make a 1!
2: Big curve line and a little line will do. That's the way to make a 2! Or: Around and back on the railroad track. Two! Two!
3: Around a tree, around a tree. That's the way to make a 3!
4: Little line down and over, down once more. That's the way to make a 4!
5: Little line down, then around, hat on top and 5's a clown!
6: A big line down and a hoop are the tricks. That's the way to make a six!
7: Across the sky and down from heaven. That's the way to make a seven!
8: Make and "S" and do not wait. Go back home and that's an eight!
9: A hoop and a line make a naughty nine!
10: Straight line down with a zero at the end. That's the way to make a ten!
Please review these at home for extra practice.
Sign up at the link below for kindergarten volunteer jobs:
A 2017-2018 school year calendar can be found online on our school webpage under resources and publications.
For snack, I encourage you to send a napkin with your child. This way, they can spread it out on the table like a "picnic cloth" and all of the crumbs fall onto the napkin. The napkin is then folded up and discarded leaving less of a mess behind. Thank you for trying not to send "junk" food to school (e.g., pop, chips, cheezies, etc.) as our motto for healthy snack foods is "Fresh is Best!".
REMINDER: PLEASE DO NOT SEND NUTS OF ANY KIND IN YOUR CHILD'S SNACK TO SCHOOL. WE HAVE SEVERAL CHILDREN WITH SEVERE NUT ALLERGIES. IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT SAFE FOR THESE CHILDREN I NEED YOUR HELP IN MONITORING WHAT YOUR CHILD IS BRINGING INTO THE CLASSROOM.
School fees are due in September: Kindergarten is $40.00 ($40.00 for transportation fees and $10.00 for School Council). Please pay online on your "School Cash Online" account. Please see the school webpage for how to create an account.
***Please make sure to read the school newsletter each month (available online on the school home page) for additional school information.***
Library Days: Library day for the morning class will be on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY for the afternoon class. The children will be allowed to borrow one book each week. Please return the library book on or before library day each week. There is a purple bucket by the classroom door for them.
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Important Dates to Note:
Friday, February 2nd: School Skating Party at ATB (2:15-3:45)
Monday, February 5th: Save On Foods Field Trip (PM 1-2)
Wednesday, February 7th: Field Trip to Save On Foods (AM 9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Thursday, March 8th: BOTH CLASSES WILL ATTEND A PERFORMANCE OF "THE LITTLE MERMAID" AT ST. FRANCIS JUNIOR HIGH IN THE MORNING SESSION. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERNOON KINDERGARTEN TODAY.
Tuesday, March 13th: Choral Speech Performance at School (starts at 9:30 a.m.) BOTH CLASSES WILL NEED TO ATTEND IN THE MORNING SESSION TO PERFORM. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERNOON KINDERGARTEN ON THIS DAY.
Monday, March 19th: Report cards go home
Tuesday, March 20th: Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews all day. NO KINDERGARTEN CLASSES TODAY DUE TO INTERVIEWS.
Wednesday, March 21st: Interviews in the evening only (4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.) Regular classes.
Wednesday, April 11th: School Spring Photo Day
Wednesday, April 18th: Able Dental Presentation at School
Tuesday, April 24th: Field Trip to Aggie Days
Monday, May 8th: Field Trip to Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Thursday, June 14th: Scientists in Schools present "Bugs!"
Monday, June 25th: Kindergarten Farewell/School BBQ
Tuesday, June 26th: Sports' Day (AM)
Morning Kindergarten: 8:35-11:50 Monday-Thursday
Afternoon Kindergarten: 12:20-3:35 Monday-Thursday
2017-2018 School Supplies: The only school supplies you need to provide for your child are:
*1 package of 12 skinny
CRAYOLA felt markers (washable) - Morning Class
*1 package of 10 wide
CRAYOLA felt markers- Afternoon Class
*1 box of large
Ziploc bags – Morning Class
*1 box of small
Ziploc bags – Afternoon Class
*4 glue sticks (large)
– ELMER OR UHU brand
*1 bottle of white glue
*2 white STAEDLTER erasers
*1 pair SHARPIE MARKER (a bright colour)
*1 pair of
headphones, not ear buds, compatible with I-Pads (label with name)
*1 box of Kleenex
1 pair of running
shoes that can be left at the school (please put your child’s name on them)
1 lunch kit to bring
snack (label with name)
1 back pack for
carrying mail/library books (label with name)
1 leak-proof water
bottle (to keep in their backpack-label with name)
do not have to label the felt markers, Ziploc bags, Sharpies, erasers, Kleenex, glue bottle
or glue sticks as we will be combining these items for everyone to use. Please label their shoes, backpacks, water
bottle, headphones, lunch kits and personal clothing (e.g., coats). It is important for your child to be wearing
footwear at all times while in the school. If there were to be an emergency fire drill, or an actual evacuation of
the school, there would not be time for putting on shoes. Also, it is quite common to forget to bring
shoes during boot weather. We put our
boots on the shelf in the front entrance. By having an extra pair of shoes that remain at the school, your
child will not find him/herself stuck without shoes. Please
send runners, not sandals or slippers, for inside shoes. I also like them to have a water bottle in
their backpack so they can get a drink throughout the day as we do not have a
drinking fountain in our classroom.
***All personal clothing items that come to school (e.g., coats, mitts, etc.) should be labeled with your child's name.***