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

April 29, 2017



Hi Parents,

Please see the information below. Also, remember to check the Curriculum Goals tab for our Learning Goals for May.

Cultural Awareness Week

Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered to come in and share in our Cultural Awareness Week. It was an amazing experience for our students to be a part of. Each of the presentations surpassed our expectations. We appreciate all the time and effort that was put into this.

Education Week

See below for information regarding Catholic Education Week, May 1-5.

Monday

We will go to the Education Week Mass at 10:00.

Tuesday

We will have Reading Buddies today.

Wednesday

Open House at 7:30
We will go to the Book Fair today. If you want your child to purchase a book, please send them with money.
Talent Show at 12:30

Thursday

Welcome to Kindergarten Night for new students starting in September,

Friday

Dance Spot
Amazing Race 2:00
School Dance 6-8


Field Trips

Please return the permission form for our Baxter's trip ASAP. We will have another Field Trip to the Independent Grocery May 26th. More information on this will follow soon.

Algonquin Student

Mrs. Scott will be mentoring a student from Algonquin for 4 weeks beginning May 8th. Please see the bio below for more information.



Hello, my name is Brittani Benoit. I am an Early Childhood
Education student at Algonquin College and this is my first
placement. I am an ECE student who has wanted this career since I volunteered in a beautiful early learning program that showed me how amazing it is to be a part of teaching and watching children strive to learn every day. I also hope to travel the world learning different cultures and using my experience in the child care center I hope to one day own. I am delighted to be in the Kindergarten room and being mentored by Mrs. Scott. I am glad to have the pleasure of teaching and creating a warm, caring place for your children to grow all their aspects of development.


March 31, 2017

Hi Parents!


Please read the headings below for class information about upcoming events and projects.  Also, remember to check out the tab page to keep you informed as to our Learning Goals for the month of April.


Scientists in the School
On Wednesday the 26th of April in the morning (8:30-11:15), we will need four volunteers to support our Scientists in the School Workshop. Priority will be given to parents who have not yet had an opportunity to volunteer. Please let us know if you are free. We will then notify you if you are needed. Thank you!

150 Playlist
If you have a picture of your child participating in something active, please send it in. Our school is hoping to get to 150 different ways people are active. If it's an original activity you get a spot on the list but all photos will be displayed in the school.

Field Trips
All Kinder class will be going to Baxter's Conservation in May for a Field Trip. We are however not all going on the same day. Our class' day to go is May 15. We will need volunteers for this trip. More information is to come. Please mark your calendars. There may be a couple of more Field Trip, we will let you know as the details are planned.

Diversity Inquiry
Thank you to everyone for completing the Diversity Parent Survey. We  are excited to see how many of you are willing to come and share. We will be in touch with you soon with more information.

Change of Clothes
On Monday, we will be sending home your child's bag of spare clothes. Please check to make sure it fits and is clothing good for this time of year. Please return the bag Tuesday. Thank you!



March 3, 2017

Hello Parents!

We hope you are all doing well. The children continue to progress well and demonstrate lots of enthusiasm with their learning.
Thank you for your postive feedback on your child's Communication of Learning. Please be reminded that you are always welcome to have an interview either by phone or face to face.
Please read below for a few updates.

Absences

If you send us a Remind before 8:15 to let us know of your child's absence, we can notify the office and you will not need to call. Otherwise, you can call the office yourself. On the same note, you will need to send a Remind each day your child is absent. We can not assume if your child is not at school the second day that he/she is still sick. We will mark them as absent and the office will call you. We need daily updates. If you know they will be out for more than 1 day you can let us know and will not need to send a text each day.

Lent

This past week we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and had an Ash Wednesday service with Father Titus. The class is working on a few Lenten projects. We have a daily Lenten Goal bag where we choose from a bag a lenten goal for the day (e.g. help someone in need). Each student also worked with their Reading Buddy today to come up with a personal goal (e.g. I will share more with my brother). Please ask your child what his/her goal is for Lent. Next week more information about a third project will be coming home also.


Change of Clothes

Please be reminded that if your child has an accident at school, that you will need to send in a change of clothes the following day. Thank you.


Library

Please also be reminded that we go to library each Thursday and therefore books are due on Wednesdays. This week we had 14 people who were unable to take out a book as their last one was not returned.

School Wide Inquiry "What does it mean to be Canadian?

Our school has been working on a school wide inquiry about what it means to be Canadian. All kinder classes will be embarking on our own inquiry around this. Please stay tuned as this all unfolds into a great cross curricular learning opportunity. The children have already begun along with Mrs. Scott's guidance creating Niagara Falls. We are excited to see where this inquiry takes us!




January 29, 2017

Hi Parents!

I know it's hard to believe, but we are half way through the school year! The time has flown by and the children continue to progress well. We are very proud of their continued efforts. Below I have included some new information for you as we enter into another month.

Valentine's Day
Children are welcome to send Valentines to their classmates. We will send home a new class list which will include the name of our new student. (We had a new friend join 2 weeks ago. The Yellow Dragons did an amazing job at  giving her a warm welcome and making her feel like she belongs.) As for addressing the cards, you can do what suits you and your child best. You can write on all of the "to: My friend" or your child can write out the names of their friends. It is good writing practice but if your child is not there yet, they don't need to do that.

Communication of Learning
Your child will receive their Communication of Learning (this is what the new Kindergarten Report Card is called) on February 16. As mentioned at interviews it is based on the new Kindergarten Program and is divided into 4 Frames.  To read more https://files.ontario.ca/books/edu_the_kindergarten_program_english_aoda_web_oct7.pdf There will be no formal interview night this time. Interviews will be held by requests made by teachers and parents.

Volunteers
A big thank you goes out to all of the amazing parents who find the time to volunteer. We have 4 regular parent readers and it's still growing! We will get a new schedule together after March break to include any new parents wanting to read or do other activities for the class. Also, thank you for the playdough donations and for sending in materials for our 3D structures unit. We are grateful for all your efforts.

RazKids and Dreambox
Please try to find the time to access these two sites. They are great programs to support your child's Literacy and Math skills. lakl1 is the Teacher Password for Razkids should you be prompted to enter it. Dreambox doesn't ask for a password.

Finally, thank you for your ongoing communication through Remind, phone calls and informal conversations at school. We are blessed to have such wonderful parents to work with. Please be reminded that we enjoy hearing from you and we welcome any questions you have at any time.


January 6, 2017

Hi Parents!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and spent some good quality time with your children and other loved ones. I know how difficult it can be to take the time to breathe, relax and enjoy the simple things, but it is so important.

Here we are with a brand new year upon us and with the first term of school almost over. The children have been doing so well, the effort that they put into the Christmas Play was amazing. They all really took a lot of pride in doing their best for the performance. We were so proud of them. I think the break was well deserved and we look forward to seeing them on Monday ready to get back into routine and continue on their individual journeys in learning. The January Goals have been posted so please make sure to check that tab so you can support what we are doing in class. Also, please check the calendar tab to ensure you don't miss your "playdough week".

Most students brought their blankets home to wash over the holidays. If your child did not bring theirs home, please send a message through Remind for us to send it home to be washed. Also, please be reminded that the children go out everyday, With this in mind,we ask that they have an extra pair of socks and mittens in their bags in case theirs get wet. All items should be labelled.

Finally, on behalf of Mrs. Scott and I, we wish you a very Happy New Year filled with love, health and happiness.






December 3, 2016

Hi Parents!

 It was so nice to meet with most of you at our Parent/Teacher Night. Mrs. Scott  and I really enjoyed sharing our observations and discussing your child's progress. Please remember that such discussions do not have to be restricted to those formal meetings. We are happy to have those conversations whenever you feel the need. Below are a few items to take note of...

Please continue to use Remind to share other information such as your child's absence or other questions. Twitter continues to be a great way for you to stay connected with things going on in the class. Please make sure to follow Mrs. Scott also if you haven't  already.

December is going to be a fun filled month. We have been practicing for our Christmas Play. The children are very excited. We also have a Gingerbread Shop under construction in the class. They are very excited to take part in it in a number of different ways. We have also had two elves visiting our classroom. The children are enjoying reading their letters and writing back to them.

Our Christmas Play will be held on December 21st at 9:15 in the gym followed by a craft in the classroom. Everything will be over by 10:30. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Finally, I'd like to take the time to thank all the amazing parent volunteers in our class, those who make play dough, came on the field trip and volunteer with reading.  Mrs. Scott and I all very appreciative of your interest and willingness to support all of our Yellow Dragons.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 21st!