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

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!