KinderGARDEN

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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 http://schoolblogs.rockyview.ab.ca/kindergarden/tips-and-tricks-for-parents/

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.

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! 

Home Reading

Last Thursday, a blue Home Reading duotang was sent home with your child. On the inside cover is some tips on HOW to read with your kindergartener, then some information about our home reading program, a table where you can record the books you have read, and finally a pouch page to store the book.

Home Reading duotangs and books are to be returned to school every Monday.

When sending the duotang to and from school, please make sure it is placed carefully in the Mail Bag to keep the books safe and protected. They come in a set and are very expensive to replace the whole set. Please be sure to take care of them!

Happy Reading together!

Coming Up…

100 Day is this Thursday!

This Thursday kindergarten will be celebrating the 100th Day of school! In celebration of 100 days, we’re going to keep things cozy and have a PJ party! Since it is the 100th day, if kids want to dress up like a 100 year old IN their jammies they are welcome to!

Please leave a comment below if you are able to send in any of the following 4 snacks for our party:
1 tray of meat and cheese
1 fruit tray
1 veggie tray
1 dessert (please make sure they’re individual…. not a cake to cut up)

 

Ralph McCall Spring Fling Basket

The Spring Fling at Ralph McCall is on April 4th here at the school. Each class or grade team is responsible for putting a themed raffle basket together for the event. Kindergarten will have 2 baskets with the themes of Summer Fun and Bath/Spa. If you have anything to contribute to either/both of the baskets, please let me know!!

Enjoy the beautiful weather today and see you all tomorrow!

Peek @ the Week

This week was another busy one, but learned many new things along with practicing things we have already learned. The kids have been practicing printing their names for a long time, but now we’re upping the game a bit by learning to print their names with proper title case (first letter is uppercase and the rest are lower case). This is something they can practice at home too! Also don’t forget to start ALL your letters from the top!!

Ms. Smiley, our student teacher from Mount Royal University, taught another lesson about jobs and how they help our community. The kids then journaled about a job by drawing an action that the job requires. Some drew police officers catching bad guys or handing out speeding tickets; bakers baking cakes for people to eat in case they didn’t have the ingredients or the time to make one themselves…. many creative ideas! I am definitely looking forward to our Community Day in a couple weeks where the kids will learn more about different jobs and how they impact our community.

Important Info

* For our Spring Concert on Thursday, April 11th, we need some headbands made for the kids to wear. If you are able to volunteer to help with this, please email me!

* Since the weather is looking rather AMAZING next week, we will hopefully be able to go outside to play and enjoy the sun. Please make sure that your child has an extra pair of clothes/socks in their backpacks in case of puddle incidents!

Coming Up…

March 18 – NO SCHOOL!
March 19 – Music and Library
March 21 – Crazy Sock Day in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Day!
March 27 – Community Day
March 28 – Report Cards go home

 

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

Pink Shirt Day

Tomorrow at Ralph McCall is Pink Shirt Day, where we collectively wear pink to remember to treat others with kindness! Good thing our kindergarteners and KINDergarteners!

Wear pink tomorrow to show support for Pink Shirt Day and as Ellen always says, “Be Kind to One Another!”

Parent Volunteer

I am in need of a parent volunteer this Thursday morning! If you would like to help out with a few things in the class, please leave a comment below and first to do so gets the spot!

Read-a-Thon

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the late note, but just remembered to send the amount of reading minutes from school from February 11-14 in case you need it for reading minutes for read-a-thon! We read a total of approximately 80 minutes that week.

Thanks for your participation!

Mrs. Plett

 

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)

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