I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. Kindergartens come up with the sweetest things they are thankful for, like garbage trucks, the grocery man and ‘my teacher’! I love hearing them share their ideas! Wonderful fall weather led to some marvelous days outside last week. We ventured down to the creek at the bottom of the hill (and made it all the way back up!) counting woolly bears on our way. We got up to 13! There must be a woolly bear population explosion this year! Students got to finally use their whistles as we practiced what to do if you get lost in the woods. All LEAP students are working on finding creative ways to play, as alternatives to destructive or risky games with sticks. Here are some examples: sliding down trees, caring for critters, acting out stories with toy animals, and building things.
The week ahead: October 12-15
- Sock-tober continues…please donate new socks.
- Monday: Holiday
- Tuesday: Outside at the park. Leaf art.
- Wednesday: At FLE.
- Thursday: At FLE. Library book exchange, fire drill.
- Friday: At FLE. Photo retakes. Once photos are finished, we will walk to the park, counting spooky decorations on the way. Send rain clothing, please.
Last week was a quick one and filled with important learning about Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt day and Terry Fox. Parents, you should know that you beat out Superman and Terry Fox in the class survey of ‘Who is your hero?’!
September flew by and already we’re preparing for the week before Thanksgiving. It’s a time for our class to reflect on all the healthy food that comes from the land along with other things to be thankful for. For me, healthy eating has always been synonymous with family time in the garden, orchard, kitchen and around the dining table. For other families, it might include fishing and hunting or tending the farm animals. We will share our “I am thankful for…” stories. In math, we’ve begun practicing A/B patterns. We’ll continue our learning by looking for patterns and making patterns in nature.
The week ahead at a glance: Oct. 4-8
- Monday, Tuesday – at the park – learning about safety
- Wednesday – at the school. Return mailbags for notices. Healthy eating.
- Thursday – at the school. Library book exchange – yes it’s finally time to send the book back in the bag!
- Friday – at the park. Patterns with leaves.
Happy Thanksgiving long weekend!
Happy Monday evening! Sorry for the late start to the week’s website update. Here are some photos from our first outdoor days – I hope you can see the wonder and curiosity just bursting out of the kiddos as they explored slugs, woolly bears, sunflowers and leaves!
This week I’ll try to introduce Truth and Reconciliation in an age-appropriate way. We’ll talk about how important it is to feel safe and accepted at school, no matter what you look like or how you dress. Students will decorate a paper orange shirt for a school-wide display. Orange shirts can be worn on Wednesday. I look forward to seeing all the bright colours around the school as we mark this important day together.
Friday is Terry Fox Run day AND photo day! We’ll be first in line for photos so hopefully the Kindies will still look somewhat well-groomed, haha! Terry Fox holds a special place in my heart and so we’ll be taking time to not only run and have fun outside but to discuss why Terry is a hero to so many Canadians. If you would like to donate a “Toonie for Terry”, I will happily collect them on our inside days this week.
*Parents, please let me know by email or a phone call at school if you notice your child is having trouble settling into routines. Sometimes I need your help to know what to follow up on. First-month hiccups sometimes include
- not eating or drinking enough
- anxiety around bathroom use
- struggling to play with others
- feeling blue/missing family
We begin our outdoor days this week. All the pertinent information was sent by both email and paper copy…please contact me if you have questions or didn’t receive the information. I’m looking forward to being outdoors in the last rays of summer sun and watching the children’s exuberant curiosity as they explore our new environment. What will they love the most? What will they find in the falling leaves? What challenges will they overcome?
The week at a glance: September 20-25
- Monday: At the park. Safety and routines outdoors are the themes today.
- Tuesday: At the park. We’ll learn about the changes from summer to fall.
- Wednesday: At FLE. Remember to send the mailbag back to school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Thursday: At FLE. Library.
- Friday: No school for students. School Improvement Day.
I strive to create a warm, safe class community for your child to learn, play, develop and practice skills. My core values as a teachers are:
This website will be an important part of our communication throughout the year. Please check it each week for updates on learning, reminders for things to bring, school schedule and events. In the interest of safety, I will not post our learning locations here. Instead, you can refer to the emailed calendar.
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- Monday and Tuesday: 9:30-11:30 AM (bring snack)
- Wednesday: 9:00-1:00 (bring snack and lunch)
- Thursday: 9:00-1:30 (bring snack and lunch), NO “Meet the Teacher” for K parents
- Friday: 9:00-1:30 (bring snack and lunch), Walk to the park