November 17, 2017
"Children learn to smile from their parents." -Shinichi Suzuki
***Please sign up on the volunteer link to help with the teddy bear sewing days and the Teddy Bear Christmas Gala. We especially need PM volunteers for helping with the teddy bears.***
We will now study the corner starting letter: "X". We will meet "Fergus the Fox". Throughout the week, we will build the letter with two big lines. We will 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 go on a treasure hunt and explore the classroom for "x' words, shake and spill pirate coins to make number sentences for ten, extend and create patterns with "X" and "O", read on the I-pads and paint an "X". In music, we will eXplore movement to different instrument sounds, play the xylophones and perform a pirate song! In Religion, we are studying ways that we can be peacemakers and pray with 5 fingers. We are now learning about the number 7. 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!
Mrs. Vanderberg's Webpage Link:
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.
Check out our new school mindfulness website at:
Important Dates to Remember:
Monday, November 6th: Bus evacuation practice
Thursday, November 9th: PD DAY-NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 14th: OPERA Presentation of Jack and the Beanstalk at 1:30 p.m. AM students are welcome to attend with their parents.
Wednesday, November 15th: Tropical Day
Thursday, November 28th: Field Trip to the Fire Hall
November 29th and November 30th: Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews to discuss the EYE results.
Wednesday, December 6th: Advent Mass at St. Martha's Church (AM)
Monday, December 11th: Field Trip to the Galt Museum
Thursday, December 14th and Friday, December 15th: Christmas Concerts at Southminster United Church (7-8:30 p.m.). There will be a dress rehearsal on the 14th during the day. More info to come.
Thursday, December 21st: Last day of Kindergarten before the Christmas break.
Monday, January 8th: Back to School!
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.***