This is the start of our last month of kindergarten! Isn’t it astounding how much all the children have grown and learned?
Last week students really loved “Going on a Bear Hunt” basing our hike on the classic book. It turned into ‘going on a slug hunt’ because it was a cool, damp day just perfect for slugs!
The week ahead: May 29-June 2
This week we’ll be learning about oceans in preparation for our beach day.
Monday – at the park. We’ll be painting in the park and practicing our reader’s theatre.
Tuesday – Div. 12 (K) at FLE. Mrs. St Pierre will be away.
Wednesday – at FLE.
Thursday – at FLE. Last week of library book exchanges. Fun lunch.
Friday – Field trip to the beach. Students will ride the bus. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us in their own vehicle and to carry any beach toys students choose to bring. The day will be full of exploration of the tidal flats and pools. No swimming allowed. Send a lunch, water, sun hat, beach shoes/sandals, a change of clothes and a small towel.
*Coming up next week:
- Monday – UBC Teacher Candidates begin 3 week field experience with LEAP.
- Wednesday – BOGO Book Fair.
- Thursday – Dress up “ER” day – students are invited to dress like a ___-er (farmer, dancer, soccer player, singer…)
- Friday – Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Vancouver Children’s Festival virtual performance with our Kindergarten buddies in Ms. Bendo’s class. (We are at FLE all day)
Last week, we had a great time learning about flower parts and creating fairies out of flowers, leaves and sticks! We have written a letter to a fairy and made a house for her in our school garden. Hoping to check back this week for a response!
This week is a short one, due to Victoria Day. We will be at the park on Tuesday but back at school for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday also due to the Gr. 2 field trip and Gr. 4 Track Meet. Go Hawks!
- Tuesday – at the park. Drop off at the alternate picnic tables behind the washrooms. Pick up at regular shelter.
- Wednesday – at FLE.
- Thursday – at FLE. Book exchange.
- Friday – at FLE.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms in our class community! Students enjoyed learning about weaving traditions from different cultures while making their nature weaving for you.
To beat the heat this week, you can send ice in a thermos, a hat, apply sunscreen in the morning and if possible, opt for light clothing with long sleeves and pants. Shorts/tank tops are acceptable, but just know kids are risking a lot more minor scrapes. Running shoes instead of rubber boots are fine but closed-toe shoes are a must. If you wish your child to re-apply sunscreen, I can not apply it for them. We will seek shade, build in rest breaks, give plenty of chances to re-fill the water bottles, and allow them to splash cool water on their face.
The week ahead: May 15-19
Learning themes this week include 3D solid shapes, shapes in indigenous art, and flowers and fairies.
Monday – At FLE. Community Walk and cool down in the afternoon at school.
Tuesday – At the park.
Wednesday – At FLE.
Thursday – At FLE. Book exchange and Fun Lunch.
Friday – No school. Pro D.
Spring brings out all the fascinating creatures, like this western toad and garter snake! This week, we’ll learn about flowers by dissecting their parts, using them as inspiration for art and searching for them on our hikes.
- Monday – At the park.
- Tuesday – At the park. Due to other groups using the park, drop off and pick up will be near the washroom building today.
- Wednesday – At FLE.
- Thursday – At FLE. Book exchanges.
- Friday – At the park. Due to other groups using the park, drop off will be near the washroom building today. Pick up at the picnic shelter.
We’re looking forward to new places to explore and learn about! This week will focus on safety rules, learning routines and play boundaries, and wondering what might live in the pond.
Last week we learned about (and made) nests, had a fun marshmallow roast and ended our week with a final celebration skate. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the parents who came and volunteered to help with skates. We couldn’t have done it without your help! I hope your children enjoyed the experience.
The week ahead: May 1-5
If you would like to support Canucks Place, please send money in a labeled envelope in your child’s mailbag for the cookie sale on Thursday. 1 cookie = $1, 6 cookies = $5.
- Monday – At the new park.
- Tuesday – At the park.
- Wednesday – At FLE. Fun lunch.
- Thursday – At FLE. Book exchange. Talent Show. Canucks Cookie Day (LEAP classes only)
- Friday – At the park.
Hopefully we are into a stretch of nicer weather. Despite the rain, we had a great week of learning outside.
We went on a shapes walk with our Gr. 1 buddies.
We were so excited to see the daffodils we planted in October in full bloom! And we planted wildflower seeds for our Pollinator Paradise garden.
We listened to the traditional Kwantlen story of the swiwa (Oolachan) and had fun building water works and sand cupcakes at Brae Island.
Our team won the Kindergarten level of the Kitteringham Cup Floor Hockey tournament!
The week ahead: April 24-28
- Monday – at the park. Our theme is nests this week.
- Tuesday – at the park.
- Wednesday – at FLE. Entrepreneur Fair. To buy some of the creations, please consider sending $5 or so.
- Thursday – at FLE. Book exchange. Donut day.
- Friday – Fun Family Skating Day – parents are welcome, helmets recommended. Afternoon at FLE.
* Next week, we’re at the new park location.
We made charcoal drawing sticks at the park and then drew nature scenes.
We saw spring bursting into life last week: salmon fry, snails, daffodils and cherry blossoms!
The week at a glance: April 17-21
This week’s learning includes taking care of the Earth and looking for shapes in nature. Some of our students will be playing in Mr. Kitteringham’s floor hockey tournament this week. The rest of us will be cheering! On Friday we are going to the Fraser River at Brae Island to learn about the importance of the oolichan (swiwa) fish to the Kwantlen people, which is spawning at this time of year.
- Monday – at the park
- Tuesday – at the park
- Wednesday – at FLE
- Thursday – at FLE – Sushi Fun Lunch, Book exchanges.
- Friday – Drop off at skating, then Indigenous Learning with Fern Gabriel. Pick up at Brae Island.
I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend. I had fun seeing Rose, Isla and their family members at the Yorkson Salmon Release!
Last week, we searched for different types of buds on growing plants with Ms. Harder’s class, and created a mountain in 9 easy steps (time sped up a billion years or so)!
The week ahead: April 11 – 14
- Tuesday: At the park. We will try to make our own charcoal sticks in the fire for art.
- Wednesday: At FLE. Garden check-up!
- Thursday: At FLE. Library and Home Reading Book Exchanges. Your child should be nearing the 10 books read. Once they have completed their Reading Log sheet, they can return it in their mail bag for a sticker reward and a new sheet.
- Friday: Skating and then FLE. Just keep skating, just keep skating…what do we do? We skate! LEAP teachers are away in the afternoon at an Ecological Educators’ Leadership Workshop.
I loved seeing the children playing together so joyfully and kindly this week. Coming back to see friends after time away reminds us how much fun it is to be together. At skating, there was a big improvement in everyone’s skills and comfort level. Can’t wait to see them zoom around after three more weeks! Spring has definitely sprung to our class garden and we are SO excited about our budding daffodils, our sprouting potatoes, our baby Mason bees and the seeds we planted at the honeybee centre! We’ll be checking on their progress daily, measuring, watering and observing Nature’s changes.
The week ahead: April 3-6
- Monday – At the park. We’ll be making a mountain and learning about the rock cycle, and also going on another Story Walk. This week’s story has a message close to my heart: Yes I Can!: A girl and her wheelchair. It’s about including a child with different abilities.
- Tuesday – At the park. We’ll do some literacy Easter Egg hunting and some learning about rabbits and their relatives.
- Wednesday – At FLE. Easter craft time.
- Thursday – At FLE. Easter Scavenger Hunt provided by the FLE Hawks Leadership Team. We are very grateful for all their hard work putting this event on for the kindergartens!
Friday & Monday are days off for Easter. Enjoy the long weekend!
I hope everyone enjoyed spring break. Now it’s time to spring back into learning!
The week ahead: March 27-31
- Monday – At the park.
- Tuesday – At the park.
- Wednesday – At FLE. Hold & Secure drill.
- Thursday – At FLE. Library and Home Reading books can be taken home again. Please return any you might have found during ‘spring cleaning’.
- Friday – Skating in the AM and then PM at FLE. Caine’s Arcade – send quarters for students to play games made by Gr.6/7s – money goes to charity.