September 21, 2017

Hi Parents!

It was so nice to meet so many of you at our Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday. Please know that you are welcome anytime. If you were unable to attend and would like to come, please get in touch with me so we can set up a meeting.
This has been a great week. The kids are familiar with all the routines and we are really moving forward with a lot of great learning. Remember that homework begins next week.
Monday is Franco-Ontario day where we invite the students to wear white and green to celebrate the French language in our province.  There will prizes for the students who show their spirit. We also have our Terry Fox run next Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

September 9, 2017

Hi Parents,

           Wow! We had an amazing first week in Grade 1C! You all have amazing children and I am blessed to be working with them. We have had a lot of fun getting to know each other and establishing classroom routines. I have also begun some diagnostic assessments to see what your child's strengths and needs are. We will continue to do this in the upcoming weeks. By the end of this week, I will post the Learning Goals for September. Knowing this will help you support your child.
         If you haven't returned the verification form and park excursion form, please do so by Monday. I also encourage you to sign up for the Remind app. I will send the directions again to those of you who have not signed up yet. It is a great tool for communication. Thanks so much for returning the Agenda each day. Please feel free to write messages in it as needed. Finally, please send a water bottle with your child each day. This eliminates trips to the water fountain.
         Meet the Teacher Night will take place on September 19th. I look forward to seeing you all there!


     

     


September 2, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Welcome! My name is Lisa Akl and I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher. I am certain we will build a great partnership and have a fantastic year together. Communication is key to this relationship and therefore I will have several platforms for us to keep each other informed.


Communication


Classroom Blog: The Classroom Blog is a place where you can get monthly updates as well as find out about our monthly Learning Goals to support your child’s learning at home. http://aklocsb.blogspot.ca/


Twitter: The Twitter account is a place where you can get a quick snapshot at some of the learning taking place in our class. @LisaAkl1


Remind: Remind is an app you can get on your smartphone. You will receive short messages and reminders. Please see the sheet that was sent home the first day for information on how to set this up.


Agenda: The Agenda will go home each night. You are asked to sign it and return it the following day in the Ziplock bag provided. If you have a message for me, you can write it in there.


Phone Calls and Interviews: Feel free to let me know if you would like a phone interview or a face to face interview at any time. I am always glad to discuss your child’s progress.


Homework


Your child will have a Homework Folder that will go home each night in the Ziplock along with the Agenda. Regular homework routines will begin later in the month. More information on this will come. In the meantime, please make sure you do nightly reading with your child.


Food


Please make sure your child has a lunch and 2 snacks (morning and afternoon). Healthy food choices are encouraged at school. Please do not send sugary drinks. Also, we are a NUT FREE school. Please make sure you read all packages carefully before you send them.

Requested Materials


  1. Indoor shoes (non-marking running shoes for gym, no laces unless your child can tie them independently)
  2. Over the head headphones
  3. 1 box of tissue
  4. 1 large box of Ziplock bags
  5. 1 bag of plastic spoons or forks for the class
  6. 1 pencil case for your child with a glue stick, scissors, crayons

Other Information


-Please have your child at school on time; tardiness can cause disruptions to the flow of our day. Also, pick up time is no later than 3:45.
-If you need to change your child’s dismissal routine, please write a note in the Agenda or call the office before 3:00.
-There is NO parking in the bus zone.
-If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, please wait outside the fence.
-Please label all your child’s items.


God Bless,

Mrs. Akl

June 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

I wanted to take the time to thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been a real pleasure working with your children and witnessing their growth. They are each so unique and very special in their own ways. Though I am excited to be starting a new beginning, I will miss them very much. Replacing me with be Ms. Robb. The students all know her as she has done some work in supporting our students throughout the year. I am sure she and Mrs. Scott will make a great team.

I would also like to thank all for your generosity with items for the classroom such as donating snacks, playdough, craft supplies, puzzles... as well as with your time volunteering for things such as field trips, scientists in the school, reading with students, and preparing classroom materials.

Finally, at the end of all of our lessons, we have consolidation circles. At these times students talk about what they have learned. As I reflect on my past four years of Kindergarten, I find myself thinking about what I have learned in Kindergarten. I have certainly learned a lot, but my biggest lesson I think is realizing how much all kids really want and need is to be heard, valued and loved. So, as you spend your summer holidays with those beautiful children of yours, think about how valuable your time spent with them really is. Have a safe and wonderful summer and all the best to you in the new school year.

Mrs. Akl

June 19, 2017

Transition to Grade 1

Tomorrow all the students at St. Jerome will be visiting the next grade up as part of our school wide Stepping Up Day. This will happen during the third block tomorrow. All SK students will get the chance to go to a Grade 1 class and participate in a lesson. This is meant to help support their transition into Grade 1. Our class will be going to Mrs. Mendriski's class. This does not mean that she will be your child's teacher next year. JK students will stay in our class as per usual. Also, on Friday Mrs. Hutt's Grade 1 students will be coming to our class to read Fairy Tales and will also be our Grade 1 experts. Sk students will have the opportunity to ask questions about their transition. Finally, next week SK students will be taken out during regular school recess time to see what it looks like to be outside with the big kids. We hope the SK's will enjoy all theses experiences and give them a little taste of what is to come.

End of Year Celebration

Thursday parents are invited to come to the class at 10:30. We will present a song, certificates and a slideshow. After this, we will be heading over to the park for a picnic lunch. There is a small sprinkler there too and children will be welcome to use it. As such, please send in a bathing suit, a towel on Thursday. Parents are welcome to join us at the park or are free to leave after the classroom portion of the celebration, whatever works best for you. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

May 31, 2017

Hi Parents,

Here we are in the last month of school already. We've had a wonderful year so far and will surely have lots of fun in this last month too. There are a few activities taking place so make sure you check the calendar tab so you don't miss anything. Please continue to read the headings below.

Volunteers
Thank you so much to everyone for all the extras you have done to support our class. We are so grateful to have such a great bunch of dedicated parents.

End of Year Celebration
Our End of Year celebration will take place at 10:30 on June 22. We will start out in the class with a little presentation then will go outside for a picnic lunch. Children are welcome to bring towels and bathing suits as there is a small water sprinkler there. Should the weather not be favorable, the Celebration will end after the in class portion.

Communication of Learning
You will receive your child's Communication of Learning on June 27.

Grade 1 Transition
Throughout the month of June we will have few opportunities for our second year students to get aa sense of what Grade 1 will look like. More information on this will follow.







May 13, 2017

Hi Parents,

On Monday we will be going on our field trip to Baxter’s Conservation Area. Thanks to all the volunteers who are coming along with us. You can meet us in the classroom at 8:45. Because we have so many volunteers, the students will be in groups of 2-3. You will be assigned your group in class before departure. Please read the recommendations sent below and let me know if you have any questions. I have also included a flow of our day.

Here is a list of things for your students to bring with you :
·         Rubber boots (Necessary for the pond study. Baxter is also wet in the spring
·         Rain gear (Jacket, splash pants, etc. - Just in case!)
·         Water bottle (We do not have water fountains but water bottles can be filled at the sinks onsite)
·         Litterless lunch (We ask all groups to pack out any garbage they bring in with them. We DO NOT sell food onsite)
·         Extra change of clothes (In case it rains and clothes get wet)
The RVCA and local Health Unit recommend the following things for visits to any natural area:   
·         Long light coloured pants and long-sleeved shirts in lightweight fabric for breathability
·         Closed-toed shoes
·         DEET based insect repellent
·         Sunscreen and hat
·         Checking yourself for ticks when you return home:

Flow of the Day
Leave St Jerome 9:00

Arrive at Baxter 9:30
(introductions, snack and washroom break)
15 minutes
Program 1 9:45-11:15
~90 minutes
Lunch 11:15-11:45
30 minutes
Program 2 11:45-1:15
~90 minutes
Prepare to depart (snack and washroom break)1:15
15 minutes
Depart Baxter’s 1:30