Salmon week Nov. 20-24

At school last week, we began small group reading instruction with Mrs. St. Pierre. We also discussed the rights and responsibilities of children. Popcorn day/Twin day was a fun treat! At Brae Island, children practiced making connections after reading the Robert Munsch story “Mud Puddle” by making their own mud puddles at the beach.IMG_20171115_135006 (1024x768)

We also enjoyed being Nature Explorers with Metro Park Interpreters. They helped us learn that a redd is a nest that salmon make to protect their eggs using gravel in the stream.IMG_20171115_104153

 

This week we are focusing on salmon, as they are making their way upstream from the ocean to spawn in creeks. We hope to observe them at the park. Salmon provide so much to our ecosystems, culture and economy. We’ll learn about their life cycle, the different species in BC, and how we can help them survive to spawn.

 

 

November 13-17

We enjoyed hunting for slugs at Lynn Canyon Park last week, even if the only one we found was rather unique! Thank you to all the parents who attended. Several kids shared afterwards that their favourite part of the day was sharing lunch and holding hands with their parents.

A windy, wet day is forecast for Tuesday, Nov. 14. Check your email in the morning in case of a change back to the school for safety. We hope to have a hot-dog roast at Campbell Valley park Nov. 29. Please sign up for bringing an item or volunteering to roast hotdogs at drop-off or pick-up this week.

Check out our learning about numbers 1 and 2 last week! Students showed their understanding of 1 and 2 by making collections of natural objects.

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  • Monday – Day off for Remembrance Day
  • Tuesday – At the park (unless too windy).
  • Wednesday – At the park. Metro Park programming in the morning.
  • Thursday – At school. Music, gym
  • Friday – At school, Library

Remembrance Day week

How things can change in a week! After very warm days on Monday and Tuesday, we enjoyed our first snow fall this Friday. It was exciting but also a reality check when we remember the feeling of cold fingers in wet gloves. Please check the mailbags for a letter regarding cold weather and outdoor ed programming. Thank you for your support during the Parent-Teacher conferences this week. I hope you enjoyed seeing your child’s progress so far.

Students loved going back in time for a day at the Fort and counting spooky decorations on our walk. We counted 22 pumpkins!

Fort pic 1 Fort pic 2 (1024x768)Around Halloween, treats are very hard to resist. The students are being guided to make healthy choices for recess snack. Healthy eating is one of our learning goals for Physical and Health Education this term. Thank you for packing healthy lunches. It really makes a difference in your child’s day.

We decorated poppies for our Remembrance Day wreath today, using oil pastels for the first time. The children were all able to use these special artist’s tools respectfully to make a beautiful, richly-coloured poppy.

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  • Monday – Field trip. Bus leaves at 9:00 AM, returning at 2:15 pm.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday – at the park all day.
  • Thursday – At FLE. Remembrance Day assembly at 11:00 AM. Parents welcome. Gym and Music.
  • Friday and Monday – Schools closed. No book exchange this week.

Halloween week

What a great week of weather we had! The parks were showing all their fall colours at their best. The Outdoor Ed students planted over 100 native shrubs, trees and ferns in the park Monday. What a wonderful way to take care of the special places we play and learn in. Planting at BraeAs well, we learned about spiders this week, combining math and science by building a spider out of 2 body parts and 8 legs. 4 + 4 makes 8!Spider leaf

I hope students and parents enjoyed the pumpkin patch! Jumping and climbing on the hay was a favorite activity for many.

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  • Monday – Drop off and pick up at school. We walk to the park. Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
  • Tuesday – At school for Halloween! Costume parade at 9:15, Big Buddy activities after recess, Class party 1:30-2:30. If you are sending food at drop-off that needs refrigeration please include ice packs and a cooler bag if possible.
  • Wednesday and Thursday – At school. Music and Gym. Dismissal at 1:45 for Parent-Teacher Interviews.
  • Friday – At school. Library.
  • Looking ahead – Remembrance Day assembly Thursday, Nov. 9. Friday, Nov. 10 and Monday Nov. 13 are days off.

Fun in the Rain!

Mushroom snailThis past week, we had a chance to see what chilly wet weather brings out in the fall forest and in the children. We learned about zombie fungus in maple leaves and found many fascinating mushrooms, snails and slugs. Learning how seasonal changes affect animals and plants is our Big Idea in Science this term so hurray for rain and cool weather!

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Outdoor chalkboard – finding letters in our names, making letter mountains, practicing printing and reading poetry made by park visitors – how much fun can literacy be!Chalk board

  • Monday – Planting at the park. Early Dismissal at 1:30. Please send in permission  forms for our field trip Friday so I can confirm we have enough drivers.
  • Tuesday & Wednesdays – Park days!
  • Thursday – Music & Gym
  • Friday – Library and Field trip. Drivers please meet at the classroom at 12:00. Bring a plastic bag for the pumpkin.

 

October 16-20

The upcoming week looks like a wet one! I will bring a thermos of mint tea for sharing. Please provide a small cup if your child would like a warm drink.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAYour kindie’s hands are important tools in learning. We have found that a wet wipe works well for cleaning without making them too cold and wet, and stretchy gloves are more practical than mitts for keeping them warm but usable.

  • Monday, Oct. 16 – Deadline for registration in Outdoor Ed for new K-3’s. Students who are continuing in the program next year do not need to register again. Link here. We are learning at the park all day today. November calendar will likely be sent home today.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 – At the same park. Park interpreters will lead our activities this morning.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 – At last week’s park location. LEPS will help us learn about the importance of water this morning. Thank you to Mrs. Jouan for volunteering today! ** The water at this park is non-potable. Please ensure you send water! Please return permission forms and photo order forms. You may also order photos online. Retakes are on Oct. 26.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 – At FLE. Today we will be “Planting a Promise” in the schoolyard – daffodil bulbs! Please return permission forms and photo order forms.
  • Friday, Oct. 20 – Professional Development Day – students do not attend. I will be at the Kindergarten Conference.
  • Monday, Oct. 23Now at park from 8:51-1:30 (Drop off and Pick up)

 

October update

Happy Thanksgiving!IMG_20171003_142531 (1024x768)These past two weeks, students have been working on exploring with mud and sand, building nests and practicing printing their names. We have been lucky to find toadlets which has inspired us to learn how they are different and similar to frogs.

For Thanksgiving, we practiced digging out weeds at the Community Garden, showing how thankful we are for having fresh food. We also made a sunflower garden to enjoy back at school. We should be able to distribute the sign-up info for School Cash Online this week, and payments will be able to be made for supplies and two upcoming field trips. Trip permission forms will also go home this week.

Monday – Enjoy your day off!

Tuesday – At the park all day.

Wednesday – At the same park all day.

Thursday – At the school, gym and music today.

Friday – At the school, library book exchange today.

 

Fall is here!

Fall leavesMonday, Sept. 25 – October calendar goes home today. We’re at the park all day. Please note that the intersection of 96th Ave and Mckinnon in Langley is sometimes closed for construction, especially if coming from the east in which case expect a 15 minute detour.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 – At FLE for Photo Day! Photos will be during the morning block so we’ll be able to learn outside afterwards in the school yard.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 – We’re at the park all day, and Metro Park Interpreters will be leading a program in the morning.

Thursday, Sept. 28 – At FLE: Music, Gym, Langley Environmental Partners Society will be visiting our class to teach us all about recycling.

Friday, Sept. 29 – At FLE: Orange Shirt Day, Math Games Day, Library

 

orangeshirtdayOrange Shirt Day – A special day to recognize that Every Child Matters! We may choose to wear orange and remember the sad history of residential schools for Aboriginal children. In our class, we will read a positive story about being valued for who we are and feeling a sense of belonging at school.

Math Games Day – A tradition at FLE! On the last Friday of the month, parents are invited to join their child in playing math games from 2:00-2:30. In order for you both to enjoy this special one-on-one time, please arrange childcare for younger siblings. We hope you can join us! If you aren’t able to make it this time, we’ll buddy your child up with another parent/child or with the teachers.

 

September 18-22

climbing treeOur second week was full of wonderful weather and learning routines such as mailbags, changing shoes, and eating at school. Here are a few highlights this week: Outside, we discovered an insect in the chrysalis stage, we counted and sorted acorns and observed a snail – oh, and problem-solved how to get a stuck beanbag out of a tree! Today, the children joined all the other students for their first regular recess.  We also visited the library for the first time – just learning the rules today, no book exchange yet. You can now click on the Div 12 Schedule tab to see library, music and gym days.

Reminders for the week: Regular Bell Schedule (8:56-2:45),please refer to your emailed or paper calendar for locations of drop off and pick up. I won’t be posting them on this website for your children’s security. A ‘Me Bag’ will come home with special helpers this week.

Preparation for outside days:

  • outside shoes or boots
  • rain jacket and splash pants
  • extra pants, underwear and socks in a ziploc bag
  • ziploc with wipes or a small cloth for handwashing

Requests for special supplies:

  • 4 paper tubes of two different diameters to make ‘telescopes’ and ‘binoculars’. Send those in Monday, Thursday or Friday, please (not on park days).
  • a request for 1 chopped vegetable will be in the mail bags on Tuesday. Thanks to the bounty of a teacher’s garden, we’ll be doing ‘zucchini science’ in class – Please send ingredients on Thursday to make a shared vegetable soup for lunch and a small bowl and spoon.
  • Also, on Thursday you may wish to send in a donation of a ‘Toonie for Terry’.

The week’s schedule:

  • Monday: We walk to the Park at approx. 9:10 AM, returning before lunch.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up at Park (see calendar).
  • Thursday: Music and Gym. Vegetable soup day. Send ingredient, bowl and spoon. Terry Fox Assembly and Run.
  • Friday: Library. Early dismissal at 11:30 AM for School Improvement Day.

First week – we made it!

Wow! Did that week ever go by fast! The interviews really helped me get to know your child – thank you to everyone for making time to meet with me. During the first week of Kindergarten, we had some important goals:

  • Learn each other’s names
  • Find the classroom, gym, library and bathrooms
  • Learn where K’s are allowed to play during recess
  • Begin to establish class routines and rules: wait your turn, raise your hand, be prepared (outside/inside shoes, jacket), be kind, listen and follow instructions, and clean up after yourselfK rules

It would be great if parents could ask about these things and review them with their child.

For the second week of gradual entry, both groups will be together so we can continue getting to know each other. We’ll add on a couple more learning goals as well:

  • Making mindful choices
  • Exploring our school grounds beyond the playground

Please send in your field trip permission forms and indoor shoes this week. Meet the Teacher (for the whole school) is on Thursday, 5:15-6:15, followed by a presentation in the gym to meet staff and PAC. Maybe I’ll see some of you again :)