September 14th, 2018
"Children learn to smile from their parents." -Shinichi Suzuki
This week we will be begin our letter studies. We will start with letter "F". We will build the letter with one big line and two little lines. We will write it on our chalkboards and then print it in our printing books. At centres, we will sequence a frog story from left to right, make fireworks with exploding lines, fish for five letters of the alphabet, follow lines with our fingers on the I-Pads and fingerpaint flying fish. We will play "Follow the Leader" and "Freeze Tag" in gym as well as "Fly Shoo Away". We will also be learning how, as members of God's family, to fill each other's buckets and be good friends to one another. The number that we are studing this week is #1.
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 2018-2019 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 OR SESAME PRODUCTS 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 days will be scheduled on Wednesdays. 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 Note:
September 4th-6th: Parent/Teacher/Student Orientation Meetings (a note will be delivered by email prior to September 4th for you to book in your time on School Conference Manager).
September 10th-11th: Staggered Start Days (1/2 the class each day)
Wednesday, September 12th: Full Class begins
Wednesday, September 19th: School Mass 9:00 a.m. Blessing/BBQ at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20th: School Nurse presentation on needle safety.
Wednesday, September 26th: Terry Fox run/walk (11:00-11:45 a.m.)
Thursday, September 27th: School Pictures
Monday, October 8th: Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday, October 9th: PD Day - NO SCHOOL
Thursday, October 18th: Student Retreat Day (more info to come)
Monday, October 29th: Able Dental: Dental Health Presentation
Wednesday, October 31st: Halloween Costume Party
Monday, November 5th: PM Field Trip to Fire Hall #1 (1:30-2:15)
Tuesday, November 6th: AM Field Trip to Fire Hall #1 (9:30-10:15)
Monday, November 12th: NO SCHOOL in lieu of REMEMBRANCE DAY
Tuesday, November 13th: PD DAY - NO SCHOOL
Thursday, November 15th: AM (9:30-11) and PM (12:45-2:15) Field Trip to Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Monday, December 3rd: PD Day - NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 6th: Christmas Concert Performances at the Yates
Thursday, December 20th: Field Trip to the Galt Museum
December 24th-January 6th: CHRISTMAS BREAK
Tuesday, January 22nd: West Wind Gymnastics Field Trip (9:30-10:30 AM and 1:00-2:00 PM).
February 18th-22nd: NO SCHOOL
Monday, March 18th: NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 1st: PD DAY - NO SCHOOL
Friday, April 19th-April 28th - PD DAY - NO SCHOOL
Monday, May 20th: Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 21st: PD Day - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 25th: Farewell Mass
Wednesday, May 26th: Sports' Day and LAST DAY FOR KINDERGARTEN!
Morning Kindergarten: 8:31-11:45 Monday-Thursday
Afternoon Kindergarten: 12:21-3:35 Monday-Thursday
NEW: 2018-2019 School Supplies: The only school supplies you need to provide for your child are:
*1 box of large Ziploc bags – Morning Class
*1 box of small Ziploc bags – Afternoon Class
*1 package of 8 Crayola crayons
*2 glue sticks (large) - STAPLES, ELMER OR UHU
*1 bottle of white glue - STAPLES or ELMER brand
*1 Hilroy small notebook/light blue/no lines on
the pages –at Staples
*1 9”x12” 32 page Scrapbook (North American
Paper Incorporated)-at Staples
*1 pair of small 5” scissors (C RAYOLA/FISKARS or STAPLES brand)
*1 SHARPIE Marker (AM:any bright colour; PM:black)
*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
1 lunch kit to bring snack (label with name)
1 backpack 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 Ziploc bags, Sharpies, crayons, scissors, 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.***