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Who else has been enjoying the beautiful days this week?! Next to the sunny weather, we have some new baby chicks that have FINALLY hatched! Unfortunately, they chose to make their grand appearance after the morning classes had left, but thanks to the other teachers, we got some pictures and a video of one trying to break out of it’s shell! Check out our class twitter page to see the baby chicks and the video https://twitter.com/plettskinders?lang=en

Coming Up:

*Monday – Home Reading book swap

*Tuesday – Library and Music

*Wednesday, May 29 – Bring a toonie for an ice cream treat! All the proceeds go towards purchasing fruit for students who need healthy snack during school next year. Don’t worry if you forget on Wednesday though… you can always bring your toonie on Thursday as long as there are some left!

*Wednesday, May 29 – Celebration of Learning from 4-7pm. Come see what we have been doing in class!

*Calgary Corn Maze field trip forms will be sent home soon, so watch for that! It’s scheduled for June 12th, so mark your calendars!

 

Kinder Updates

We have had an exciting time in kindergarten this week! We got a surprise of some eggs that are being kept in an incubator to kick off our new inquiry into eggs and the life cycle of a chicken! We didn’t know what animal/creature the eggs belonged to at first and brainstormed some cool ideas: snake, sea turtle, lamb, chick, crocodile, rabbit, penguin, platypus, snake and butterfly. We also started drawing diagrams of our observations and are currently on Day 7 of the incubation period. We can’t wait to see how much the chick has changed by next week!

A couple updates:

  • The Calgary Reads Book Sale is a FANTASTIC opportunity to add to your home selection at the same time supporting an amazing organization to help early readers! It’s this weekend May 10-12.
  • In-Line skating is Monday and Thursday next week, so please don’t forget to send helmets!
  • NO SCHOOL next Friday May 17th and Monday May 20th
  • Walk and Wheelie Wednesday – this is a school-wide initiative to encourage families to ditch the vehicles and walk or ride your bikes/skateboards/scooters to school on Wednesdays! Feel free to do the same on the other days too though 🙂

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating your Moms, Grandmothers or Mom-figures in your life! Happy Mothers Day!

~ Mrs. Plett

Class Updates

Just a few updates:

*If your child is unable to do up their shoe/boot laces confidently on their own, please do not send them to school. Instead, send slip ons or velcro instead.

*I have a few things that need to be done, so if you are interested and available to help please comment below and let me know. Some things can be done in class, but for those working parents who would like to help out, it can be done at home too! Thank you SO MUCH in advance!

*I sent an email home today with the Alien In-Line skating information letter. We will be starting next week, so it is important to read all the information prior to Monday. Our class is scheduled to skate on May 8, 13 & 16. Protective gear is provided, however it is highly recommended to bring their own helmets. A regular bike helmet is great! Click on the link to view a video about the program  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXqdq-yR7tc

Alien Skating Parent Letter

*We will be hosting some eggs in kindergarten and we are all VERY excited and curious to see what will hatch! We read the book “What Will Hatch?” and journaled our predictions of what will hatch. My personal favourite is baby crocodiles… so we’ll have to wait and see!

 

 

Our Community

Over the past few weeks, we have been learning more about our community: the places we see/have in our community, the kinds of jobs that are in our community, and activities that we participate in. Tomorrow is our Community Day where there will be a few people presenting and sharing their job with the kids.

Home Challenge: over the next couple days, talk with your child about your job(s). Share with them what your job is called, what you do, and how it helps our community. Please leave a comment below with your job info you talked about with your child and then we will share them together as a class! 

Peek @ the Week(s)

Things have been busy in kindergarten the last couple weeks!

We have continued to learn more letters, so now we have learned how to print the upper & lowercase and also how the letter sounds for the following: F E D P B R N M H K L U V W X and Y. Continuing to practice these letters at home is a great way to reinforce concepts learned at school!

Subitizing is a fancy word for recognizing an amount without counting it individually (for example, using dice). The kids enjoy playing dice war with their friends! We are also going to start learning more about numbers 1-10 and how they can be represented in different ways (tally marks, 10 frames, etc.)

This last week, we started learning about our community with our student teacher, Ms. Smiley. We started with brainstorming what we already know or think about communities, what kinds of things we see and jobs around our community, and why they are important to our community. Ms. Smiley gave the kids a challenge to learn what their parents do for their jobs and how it can help our community. With your child, leave a comment below explaining what they learned about your (parents/grandparents) job and we can share it with the class next week!

Coming Up
– A few parents were having trouble receiving confirmation emails for subscription to the blog. I contacted the IT people and hopefully has been fixed. If you still haven’t received an email confirming your subscription, please let me know and I’ll fix it for you.

– TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND! Don’t forget to SPRING AHEAD an hour on Saturday night!

– Home Reading will be sent home hopefully this next week!

– Community Day Form – a form was sent home this week looking for parents who would be willing to participate in our Community Day and share about their job. Please return the bottom half of the form (keep the top half so you have the information!) by Wednesday, March 13th!

– Tuesday: library and music

Peek at the Week

This week we continued to work on sorting rules by one attribute, like colour, size and shape. Some of the kids tried to challenge themselves by sorting by a different attribute each time, and some came up with some really cool sorting rules! We are going to continue next week by sorting them ourselves using an attribute, but also identifying WHAT the rule is when it’s already sorted!

We also continued talking more about ways that make us unique. The kids all presented their Special Name homework about what their name means and where it came from. It was so interesting to learn where everyones names came from! Some were cultural, some were generational, some had special meanings… but all were chosen SPECIAL for each child which is what makes us unique! We also journaled about each of our special interests: some were interested in sharks, science, unicorns, gumballs, puppies, kittens, how mail is delivered, nature and many more! I’m going to have to raid my own library at home to bring in some books on these topics for the kids to learn more!!

Coming Up:

– Monday January 28: Dress Like a Word Day – choose something that starts with the same letter as your name (ex. Alex could dress up like an Apple)
– Tuesday January 29: Library (don’t forget your books!) and Music
– Wednesday January 30: School Talent Show at 1pm

Have a great weekend with your families!

Mrs. Plett

Peek at the Week

Happy Sunday!

I hope you all had another great week at school and a wonderful weekend together with your families!

This last week was another busy one! We have lots going on over the next few weeks especially, so our days have been jam packed. We are continuing to work on sorting in math by using one attribute and some even try to challenge themselves by using two attributes!

We are also continuing to learn more “Frog Jump Letters”; this week focusing on R and N. The kids had a good time learning what a Narwhal is and what a funny looking creature they are with their long unicorn-style horn…. which we learned is actually a long tooth! So far they have learned how to properly print both upper and lower case letters for Ff Ee Dd Pp Bb Rr Nn. Don’t forget to always start your letters at the top! 

This week we talked more about what the word “unique” means and how being unique is something special to each of us. We read the story “Chrysanthemum” about a little girl who had a unique name, but was something that made her very special. The kids brought home a sheet to fill out with their parents about what their name is and where it came from. Each of our parents chose our names special for us and it’s always interesting where the names came from! Please send the Name Homework tomorrow in your child’s mailbag if you haven’t done so already. The kids will start sharing about their names over the next couple days.

The class started learning about Daily 5 in December and we have continued to practice the first part this week. The kids learned about what a Good Choice book is, what is expected of us when we Read to Self, and then actually practiced choosing books, finding a spot around the class and reading on our own. So far as a whole class, we’re sitting at around 2.5 minutes where EVERYONE is on task the whole time, and we’re going to continue working on building stamina to read even longer! We’ll continue practicing Read to Self, choose books for their own book bins, and soon will open a new Listen to Reading centre! I am going to need a couple class librarians to help make sure the class library stays tidy and organized, so I’m going to be looking for kids who regularly treat books respectfully, are responsible, make good choices, and are willing to help!

Coming Up…

– Name Homework due Tomorrow!
– Book Orders due Thursday, January 24th
– Word Day on January 28th – Students will dress like something that starts with the same letter as their name
– Monday: Reading Buddies with 3Peterson
– Tuesday: Library and Music

Challenge: tell your parents what a Good Choice book is and what are some Good Choice books for you! 

Peek at the Week 2.0

Welcome to our class blog! We have survived the first week back to school; getting back into old routines, getting to know each other more, and it has been so fun! I am so excited to be back with all of you and look forward to the next 6 months with you all!

This week we started talking about sorting, which is the next unit we will be focusing on in math. We first played a game where the students sorted themselves into groups based on hair colour, length of hair, and eye colour. The next day, the students went on a Wonder Walk around the classroom looking for how are classroom was sorted. They made some very good observations! It made us stop and think about how CRAZY the classroom would be if there wasn’t anything sorted or organized!

Weekend Challenge: Your challenge for this weekend is to do a Wonder Walk around your own house with your family members to see how things in your houses are sorted.

Leave a comment below with some sorting ideas you found on your Wonder Walk! 

~ Mrs. Plett

Important Kinder Updates!!!

Now that we’re heading into the last few months of kindergarten (unreal!!!) there are some things that you should be aware of in the coming days/weeks:

~ Jersey Day on Thursday – this is in honour of the Calgary Flames first game of playoffs, however you are not confined to Flames gear or even a hockey jersey! Any jersey is fine!!

~ Easter Party on Thursday – please check your email or click on the link below to sign up to bring snacks in for our Easter Party on Thursday.

Morning:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4fa5a72cabfe3-morning2
Afternoon:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4fa5a72cabfe3-afternoon2

~ Kindergarten Musical – our kinder musical is May 17th. In the newsletter is said that the Dress Rehearsal is at 1:30 pm (which is the usual time for rehearsals), however this won’t work as the morning class would miss out!! We are currently figuring out a plan with Ms. Milner, so I will keep you posted as soon as we know the definite plan.

~ Community Day on May 2nd – so far we only have 4 parent volunteers (from our class)!! We would love to give our families priority to be involved, however if we don’t have enough then we will go explore in the community of Airdrie (which is okay too!). Please fill out and return the form that was sent home last week asap if you are able to be a special guest. Also, if you are able to volunteer for both morning and afternoon times, we would greatly appreciate it!!

~ Family Dance Night on May 4th – a letter will be sent home in the next couple days with more details about this awesome event our school is hosting as a fundraiser for the Airdrie Food Bank. Each class can sign up to build a themed gift basket to raffle off. We brainstormed some ideas as a class today, so when we decide tomorrow, we will send the forms home (be aware that there is info on BOTH sides of the page!!). Whatever the theme is, each student can bring in items of any value to contribute to our class collaborative themed basket. Once this is decided, I will post about it with some ideas to get the brainstorming wheels turning 🙂

~ Calgary Reads Book Sale – This is a massive, Calgary-wide used book sale that raises money for the Calgary Reads Program which supports early readers. Rocky View is connected with this program through the Wee Reads Program, where students from CW Perry and Bert Church High School come to read with students in our school. Any and all book donations are available to be dropped off at the Calgary Food Bank (April 18-28) or the Calgary Curling Club (May 2-7). The actual book sale will be at the Calgary Curling Club from May 12-14. This is spectacular and massive event that has significantly contributed to my classroom library. If you do go, I suggest going on Friday or Saturday (before everything is picked through) and be sure to bring a wagon to fill!! For more information, please visit http://calgaryreads.com/news-events/cbccalgary-reads-book-sale/

3D Shape Hunt

Today Miss Benson introduced 3D shapes to the class! We watched a video, read a poem and even did a shape hunt around our classroom.

Challenge:  At home tonight with your family, go on a 3D shape hunt around your house to find some more 3D items! Take pictures and/or post what you find in the comments for us to share next week! 

Shape Name Game video: http://viewpure.com/pQ5mZIInE6s?ref=search

 

 

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