November 14, 2018

Hello Parents,

Please see below for a few updates.

Review Word Wall Words

In your child's ziplock is a sheet for you to review all the Word Wall Words as well as the new Word Family Words we have been working on. I will do another test next week to see if they have improved. The highlighted words are those they were able to read during testing. We are working on revision at school also.

Extra Socks

With the cold weather upon us, it is a good idea to have your child keep an extra pair of socks in their backpack. We don't want anyone to have to have cold feet.

Little Books

You will notice in your child's bag a few books they worked on in class. You can keep them at home. I encourage you to read through them with your child.

Library Books

Your child took out their first library book yesterday. They will need to bring it back next Tuesday morning in order to take out a new one.

Thanks everyone, have a great rest of the week!

Mrs. Akl

November 11, 2018

Hello Parents,

Please see below for a few updates.


Thanks to all of you for coming in to meet with me to discuss your child's progress. I really enjoyed getting to know you all a little more. Your children are blessed to have such caring parents. If you were unable to make it in for a meeting, please know that I am always glad to meet with you.You do not have to wait until next reporting period.

Learning Commons

We will be going to the Learning Commons this week for the second time. This week each child will be able to choose one book to take home. We go each Tuesday. Your child will need to return his/her book the following Tuesday in order to get a new book.


Thank you all for keeping up with the homework. Though this week is a short week, I will send home homework but only due for Monday the 19th. Please also make sure you review all of the words learned since September. They should be able to read them all. You can make your own cards with them and play games like Memory and Go Fish to practice through play. I will send home a little assessment on the words learned so far this week.

Show and Tell

Though we don't have a specific show and tell time, if there is something special your child would like to share with the class at anytime, please let us know. We would love to hear about it (e.g. pictures from a trip, a new badge from Beavers, a medal from a sport they play...)

Have a great week!

Mrs. Akl

November 2, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please see below for a couple of updates...

Progress Reports

Please make sure to return the bottom portion of the second page of the Progress Report along with the envelope as we reuse the envelope throughout the year. Also, please sure that your interview time has been booked. I am looking forward to seeing you all.

Learning Goals

Please continue to support your children at home by completing homework and reading nightly. Also, check the Curriculum Tab to see our Goals for November and reinforce the expectations as you can.

Thanks to all the playdough volunteers! Have a great weekend everyone!

Mrs. Akl

November 1, 2018

Please choose an interview time at this link and email me your choice to enter into the document

October 28, 2018

Hello Parents,

Please see below for a few updates.


On Wednesday the children from grade 1-6 are invited to wear orange, black and white (there will be lights that will make the white glow),.  Costumes are only for the kindergarten classes. There will be a dance in the afternoon. Students are asked to bring in 2$ for a donation for our play structure. There will also be glow sticks for sale 3 for $1.

Progress Reports

You will get your child's progress report on November 1st.  You will be able to book an interview online, more information on this will come soon. If you cannot come and would prefer a phone interview let me know or need to schedule an alternate date, please just let me know.


Thanks so much for everyone who volunteered,  it is much appreciated.

Can Tabs

Please continue to collect the tabs from cans for Kawthar on Wheels.

October 24, 2018

Hi Parents!

Thanks to everyone for volunteering to make playdough for our classroom. Please see your assigned month below. If you have not volunteered yet and would like to make some, please let me know. I usually find a recipe online and double it. That amount usually lasts the month. As for colouring, any colour will do. Thanks so much for all your support!

Mrs. Akl

November ---- Kojo
December ----- Emma
January ------- Ibrahim
February ----- Angelo

October 21, 2018

Hi Parents!

Please see below for a few updates.

Zones of Regulation

As part of our morning routine, we always have a whole group discussion about the Zones of Regulation. The children are doing a great job talking about how they are feeling and sharing strategies to "upregulate" or "downregulate" as needed. I encourage you to use this same language at home. The optimum place to be is in the Green Zone. This is where students are calm and ready to learn. When they are in the Yellow or Red Zone they have lost some control and need to downregulate to get back to Green. If they are in the Blue Zone they may be tired or sad and need to upregulate to get back to Green. This morning check-in is meaningful and helps build our classroom community.


As part of our weather unit, we continue to talk about seasons and weather. I'm glad to hear many of you are talking to your children about the temperature and clothing choices. My next challenge for you is to take note of the time the sun is setting each day. We will be tracking this in order for students to see that gradually the sun is setting earlier and earlier, and that as a result, we are getting less sunlight.


We are now working on numbers. Please practice counting with your children to 30. Some of them find the teen numbers a little tricky. Please also use 10 as a benchmark for your discussions (e.g. 20 is 2 tens, 25 is 2 tens and 5 ones). It is important for the children to understand how numbers are composed and how they can be decomposed. Also, please look at the way your children count a set of objects. Encourage them to touch and move the objects as they count. This helps them understand that one the word is for one the object. It help also to eliminate error in counting objects. They should all have this basic understanding of 1:1 correspondence.

Photo Day

Tomorrow is Photo Day!


Please make sure your child's clothing is well labelled. I know it can be hard with gloves and hats but please try as best you can. It's frustrating for everyone when these things go missing. We are working on strategies to keep our belongings organized such as placing our gloves in our hats and hats in our coat sleeves.


I am looking for a few parents that could volunteer to make playdough. Ideally, we could have one per month. You could make the playdough at home and send it in with your child for the class to use that month. If you are interested in this, please let me know via the agenda and I will assign  you a month. Thanks in advance for your help!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Mrs. Akl