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Peek at the LAST WEEK

It is very hard to believe that the last week of school is here! Below is some information to be aware of through this last week:

*Corn Seed – last week at the Corn Maze, the kids each planted their own ornamental corn seed (if they participated in the seed planting activity). This is a real corn seed, but it supposedly grows the multicoloured kernel style ornamental corn that you can use for decoration. Just so you are aware that it is a real seed that can grow!

*If you have not already done so, please return any missing library books AND both the blue Home Reading Duotang WITH the home reading book ASAP. A friendly reminder email was sent out last week to those who still need to hand in their library book.

*Students will be bringing home their work from this past year on Wednesday this week (I think I previously said Tuesday). Please be sure to send a sturdy, reusable bag (preferable not a plastic grocery bag as they tend to be too small and rip easily from the sharp corners of the books) by Wednesday for your child to bring home their work.

*Wednesday we are having a year end pizza party in kindergarten! If you would like to send other food/snacks for your child you are welcome to.

*Thursday is the last day of school! Report cards will be sent home in your child’s backpack.

*Wednesday June 26 – Activity Day at 12:15 PM – kindergarten students are welcome to attend, however parents/guardians must stay with them the whole time and can not just drop them off unsupervised.

Calgary Corn Maze

Tomorrow is our last field trip and we are all very excited!

It looks like tomorrow is going to be hot and gorgeous, so please make sure your child is properly prepared for tomorrow.
– apply sunscreen BEFORE school
– hat and/or sunglasses
– proper footwear (socks and shoes are a good idea)
– snacks AND lunch
– water bottle
– please do not send money for special snacks from the food booths
– light jacket or sweater just in case

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 at the Week

Earlier this year, the kids learned about 2D or “flat” shapes. Today we started looking at 3D or “fat” shapes. We did a hunt around our classroom for some 3D shapes, then went on a walk around the school to find even more! The kids challenge today is to find some 3D shapes at home to share with the class tomorrow. Please leave a comment below with some of the items you found together and what the 3D shape is! 

Field trip forms and payment (online please!) is due this Wednesday, June 5th. The field trip to the Calgary Corn Maze is next Wednesday, June 12.

Book order deadline is this Thursday, June 6. Check your child’s mailbag today for the book order.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  – Last day of school for kindergarten is Thursday, June 20th and Report Cards will be sent home then with your child.


Class Updates

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

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!


Zoo Field Trip Tomorrow!!

Tomorrow is our field trip to the Calgary Zoo and we all can’t wait! The weather looks beautiful too, so it will be a great day to be outside!

Just a couple reminders for tomorrow:

  • Please be sure to pack both healthy snacks AND a lunch for your child. A water bottle is also recommended as the students can use it throughout the day rather than a juice box.
  • Please sunscreen your child before coming to school.
  • Make sure that your child is wearing appropriate footwear for them to walk around the zoo all day.
  • Sending a hat and/or sunglasses would be a good option.
  • Dress your child appropriately for the weather. Layers is the primary style rule for Albertans, so a light jacket/sweater would be good.
  • Students will arrive at school as normal, but pick up will be at 2:30 pm at the kindergarten doors. If you haven’t notified your childcare provider about any changes, please do so before tomorrow.
  • If you have a zoo pass for your child and paid the appropriate fee, please be sure to send it with your child tomorrow if you haven’t done so already.
  • Volunteers – please make sure to come into the class first thing at 8:00 am to get your group lists and any information before meeting us at the zoo at 9:00 am. You may choose to drive yourself or carpool.See you all tomorrow!

A Couple Reminders…

Just a couple quick reminders:

Whether your family are Flames fans or not, tomorrow is jersey day! To celebrate the Flames first playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow, students can wear their Flames gear (or any jersey if you don’t have a Flames one) or lots of RED!

Tomorrow is our Kindergarten Performance. The dress rehearsal will be at 10:30, where the kids will be performing in front of the Grade 1s and 2s. Families are welcome to attend the Dress Rehearsal. The evening performance begins at 6:30, but students are asked to arrive and head straight to their classroom at 6:00 pm. The doors will not open until 6, so come early to try and snag some good seats! The students don’t have costumes, but they are chicks (except for one who is a speckled frog) so if they want to wear more yellow to go with the chick theme, they are welcome to. But they don’t HAVE to. If they have a favourite outfit picked out already, they can absolutely wear that too!

Zoo Field Trip: next Wednesday, April 17th. If you haven’t paid yet, please do so ASAP. Also, please make sure that you send in your child’s zoo pass if you have one. I have a bag to keep them all together and safe. My understanding is that I need to show the staff when we get there any zoo passes when we check in. So even if you are volunteering, please send your child’s in so I have them altogether. On the day of the field trip, please make sure they arrive by 8:00 am as usual and then pick-up will be at the kinder doors at 2:30 pm. If they are late, they may miss the bus and we wouldn’t want that to happen! If you’re child goes to a child care provider, please contact them to let them know of any changes to the regular schedule. As we’re there all day, please pack adequate snacks AND a proper lunch for your child. Also ensure they are dressed appropriately for the weather, including proper shoes for walking around the zoo all day. If it’s sunny, please make sure to apply sunscreen before they arrive at school, and it would be a good idea to send a hat too.

Class Updates

If you have not returned the report card envelope, please send it in your child’s mail bag on Monday.

Morning Drop-off – when dropping off your child in the morning, please make sure to stay with your child until they enter the school as there is no one supervising outside. The staff who is outside has other responsibilities and are not able to supervise your child. 

Home Reading

*All students are beginning with an A level book. As I read with each student, we will adjust as needed.
*At this point, Home Reading books are exchanged every Monday.
*Home Reading in kindergarten is intended as an activity done with a parent/guardian. The students are not expected to read the books independently at this stage.
*Repetition of a book is crucial for literacy development! If a student has “memorized” a book, that is okay! *Have your child point to each word as they read, rather than just saying all the words quickly.
*Do a letter hunt, where they need to find all the words that start with a specific letter. You could also do a word hunt of the high frequency words (ex. the, in, at, etc.).
*Encourage your child to “read” the book by looking at all the details in the picture.
*Ask questions through the book: What is happening in the picture? What do you think will happen next? What do you think this book will be about (before starting a new book). These all contribute to comprehension skills.

For more literacy ideas to support your child’s learning at home, check out the helpful tips and tricks tab or click on the link

Kindergarten Spring Performance

Thursday, April 11
Dress Rehearsal at 10:30 – families are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal (there will be much better seating!)
Students need to arrive at 6:00 pm and go to their classroom.
Performance begins at 6:30 pm.
Students do not need to wear a costume. They can wear their favourite spring outfit. The morning classes will be wearing chick headbands that are being made at school.
Students can be dismissed directly from the stage. If any students do come back to the classroom (to grab coats, etc.), please only send 1 person to get them as the hallways get very congested and squishy!

Zoo Field Trip

Permission forms and online payments due Wednesday, April 10th.
If you have a zoo pass for your child, please send it in by Wednesday, April 10th.
Drop off is at the regular time (8:00 am) and pick up is at the kindergarten doors at 2:30 pm.
We still need 2 volunteers, so if you have submitted a police check to the office and are able, we would love to have you!
If you are able to volunteer for the zoo field trip or any future field trips, please be aware that any younger children are not able to come along.

Zoo Field Trip Tomorrow

Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. As this is Calgary, layers are ideal. Please make sure to:

  • send a full lunch with snacks is sent as we will be there all day.
  • proper footwear to walk around the zoo all day (as well as potential weather risks, aka. rain)
  • hat and/or sunglasses
  • sunscreen and/or bug spray (applied prior to coming to school)
  • proper backpack – please make sure only necessities are in the backpack so they aren’t heavy as the kids will be carrying them all day (not the teachers or parent volunteers)
  • change of clothes, including socks and underwear
  • light jacket or sweater
  • water bottle

Student drop-off for ALL students (both AM and PM) will be at the usual morning start time, 8:05 am. We will be returning to the school at 2:30, so you will be able to pick up your child then at the kindergarten doors. Please make sure to advise your childcare/daycare of the field trip tomorrow so they can arrange for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Zoo Field Trip

Our kindergarten field trip to the Calgary Zoo is quickly approaching next Thursday, June 15! That means that the deadline for forms and money is TOMORROW, June 6th. I am currently still missing 7 forms (reminder emails have been sent), so if you could please make sure those are handed in by tomorrow that would be great!

Please make sure ALL the required sections are filled out! 

If you have signed up to volunteer, you MUST have a police check on file at the school before you can come. If you do not, you will not be able to join us on the trip. If you are unsure, please call the office to check and make sure they have one on file.

All students need to arrive at the school at the regular school start time at 8:05 and pick-up will be at 2:45. Please make sure to inform your daycare/childcare or make arrangements ahead of time due to the irregular schedule for the day.

If you have a zoo pass, please send them in ASAP. If you are planning on using the zoo pass between now and June 15th, please just make sure to send it in by Monday, June 12th as we will be booking tickets. If we don’t have a zoo pass for your child, we will assume that they need a ticket.

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