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Peek at the Last Couple Weeks

Calgary Corn Maze – Wednesday June 12
– drop off is at the regular time at the kindergarten doors (as per usual)
– pick up is at 2:30 PM at the kindergarten doors. We will wait with any kids who can’t be picked up until 2:45 when school is normally done. Please make any necessary arrangements for your child as needed (daycare, dayhome, etc).
please be sure to check the weather so your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as we will likely be outside for most of the day: layers, jackets/sweaters, hats, proper shoes (in case of mud, rain, puddles, etc.), sunscreen (applied at home before coming to school).
– please send a good lunch AND snacks for your child as we will be at the Corn Maze all day.
– please send a water bottle for your child.

**Please send a large reusable bag on MONDAY, JUNE 17 for your child’s school things to bring home.

Transition Morning – Wednesday June 19
– every class in the school gets to rotate through each of the classes of their next grade. Our kinder kids will have the opportunity to meet the other Grade 1 teachers, get a sneak peak at the things they’ll get to do next year, and have a look at the Grade 1 classrooms.

Pizza Party – Wednesday June 19
– as a special treat for the kiddos, we will have a pizza party to celebrate our final days in Kindergarten together!

Last Day of School – Thursday June 20
– report cards will be sent home with your child.

Activity Day – Wednesday June 26
12:15 – 2:15 PM
– Even though kindergarten is technically finished, students are still welcome to join in on the fun at Activity Day at Ralph McCall!
– If your child would like to participate in Activity Day, please be aware that a parent/caregiver must stay with them the whole time. They can not be dropped off.

Peek @ the Week

I would say I’m tired of this cold weather, but we have been so spoiled so far! However, this cold weather can move on now…

I hope everyone has had a great week, despite the bitter cold! I can’t believe January is already done… and we’re nearly halfway through February! This week was Parent/Teacher Conferences, and it was great to meet some of you. For those who I haven’t officially met yet, please know that if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts, or anything I am very open so contact me at any time! I may not respond on the weekends, but I will get back to you ASAP 🙂

Over the last couple weeks, we have wrapped up our sorting unit, where the kids learned to sort various items into groups based on a sorting rule (ex. I sorted them based on colour/shape/size/etc). They also needed to identify what the sorting rule was from presorted groups…. which was sometimes a bit trickier! This is something they can continue to practice at home as they will continue to do sorting and more in Grade 1. This week, we learned a new word: SUBITIZING. A big word that lots of adults don’t even know about! Ask your child what it means and see if they can tell you 🙂 We will be playing lots of fun games with dice and cards to practice subitizing. There is a Subitizing Game in the Games & Activities tab at the top menu bar. 

Daily 5 – We have been practicing Read to Self during Daily 5 times and building up stamina to stay on task the whole time. So far we are at 4 minutes as whole group, and will continue to practice! We have also been learning about choosing Good Choice Books for the kids book boxes, that they can change as needed. I have a MASSIVE library of my own at home, so leave a comment below with books and topics that interest you, and I’ll try and bring some to school!
Some parents have asked about reading with their kids at home. In kindergarten, it is not in the curriculum to learn how to read, however reading is SO IMPORTANT and can be done in many ways! Under the “Helpful Resources” tab in the menu bar, click on “Tips and Tricks for Parents” and there a number of ways you can read with your child at home. One way that isn’t mentioned there is to do a letter hunt through the book. We are learning different letters (uppercase, lower case and sounds) in class, so they can even choose a letter and then do a hunt through the book to find words that start with that letter. Lots of ideas! But regular reading at home is a very important habit to start now to help foster a love for reading!

I Am Unique – we will continue working on our Cree Star Blankets by drawing something that is unique to each of us on the diamonds that will be used to create the star. This last week, they kids designed 2 diamonds with something that they were interested in. The remaining diamonds will be a self-portrait, country they are from, favourite colour, name, and talents/gifts. These would be great to talk about at home to continue the conversation from school as well as help your child have a good understanding about themselves and what makes them unique/special.

Coming Up:
* Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Library & Music
* Thursday, Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day – students can bring in cards for all of the students in the class and we will have a class party. Snacks will be provided.
* Friday, Feb. 15 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Learning Day for staff)
* Feb. 18-22 – NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

May is here!

I can’t believe that it is already May and there are only 2 months left of school! May is a very busy month for us, so please carefully read through the following updates:

~ “Hats on for Mental Health Day” is Wednesday, May 3rd. Kids can wear any hat they want for the day.

~ Raffle Baskets for Family Dance: the morning class basket theme is “Summer Fun”, so if you can send in any donations for the basket by Wednesday, that would be great! Afternoon class theme is “Chocolate and Candy” so any donations would be great. We have only had a few donations for the afternoon class, so the more the better! All the money going towards the baskets goes to the Airdrie Food Bank, so the more the better!

~ Family Dance Night: Thursday, May 2nd from 6-8 pm. You MUST have a ticket in order to come, so make sure if you haven’t already handed in the forms, do so asap as there is a limited number of tickets available!

~ Kindergarten Spring Concert: Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 pm. More information about costumes will be sent home soon.

~ No School May 19 and 22nd

~ Children’s Festival Field Trip: Thursday, May 25th. All forms and money due in by Thursday, May 18th. Please ensure that the bottom portion of the form is completely filled out, including your child’s name, method of payment, and signature. There will be both morning and afternoon classes attending at the same time, so the more volunteers we have the better!!!

~ Kindergarten Parent Orientation: Wednesday, May 31st from 6:30-7:30 at the school.

Valentine’s Day – February 14th

I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited to have a Valentine’s Day party on a Tuesday!!

If your child would like to hand out Valentines to the class, please look at the Star of the Week schedule to see all the names of the students for both AM and PM classes (and correct spelling!)

http://schoolblogs.rockyview.ab.ca/kindergarden/star-of-the-week/

If you haven’t done so already, or got the email invite, please click on the appropriate link below to sign up for snacks for the Valentine’s Day party.

Morning Class: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4fa5a72cabfe3-morning1

Afternoon Class: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4fa5a72cabfe3-afternoon1