Have a good summer

Chers amis,

Its our last day and on behalf of all your teachers, we are wishing you all a wonderful summer! Thank you parents for all the kind words yesterday. You were integral to our program!

I have created a page for resources to help with French skills. You will find that here!

Feel free to keep us posted on Freshgrade with your summer adventures!

Love,

Mme. Marando, Mme. Giugliani, Mme. Mauro and Mme. Jenny!

Au Revoir from Mme. Mauro

Congratulations on finishing your first year of elementary school! I’m so happy I was a part of it from September to December. You all worked so hard and learn so much. It was a pleasure to watch you grow and develop. Keep up the good work and good luck in Grade 1!!

Love,
Mme. Mauro

 

Ps here are some photos of Giorgia since I wasn’t able to come visit with her 💕

Lessons for June 22-26

 

Overview of lessons  June 22nd to June 26th 
Language  My Kindergarten Memories 
Math  Financial literacy – Sharing  
Science   Bee Project 

 

Mes chers amis, 

We have reached the last week of your kindergarten year! It has been our pleasure to be your teachers this year! We have had a very exciting year with Mme. Jenny joining us, to Mme. Mauro leaving to have her sweet baby girl. Then Mme. Giugliani joined us for term 2 and we began learning from home in term 3! You have been so resilient and adaptable through it all. And how lucky to have had 4 teachers plant the seed of learning for your kindergarten year 

Mme. Mauro will continue to be on maternity leave for the 2020/21 school year but she wishes you all the best in Gr.1! 

We congratulate Mme. Giugliani on getting a fulltime position as the French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher this upcoming 2020/2021 school year! 

Thank you parents for supporting your child’s learning this year but especially for your support with the online lessons. When we work together, amazing things can happen. I end this message with a quote from my favourite poem : 

“And each agreed they would have failed, if they had worked alone. 

For behind the parent, stood the school 

And behind the teacher, stood the home” 

Unity, Author Unknown 

 

We have prepared a special video for you as a keepsake of your kindergarten year. Here is the link. We hope you enjoy it! 

 

Lessons  Last Week of School Lessons – June 22-26 
 Monday June 22nd  

J’ai fini ma maternelle: DOWNLOAD 

Have your child draw their self portrait. They drew one the first week of school! It will be exciting to compare their picture from September to now.  

Practice the phrase: Me voici! 

Record their height and weight at the bottom. Additionally, measure their height using a piece of string and attach it to this worksheet! Keep this in their portfolio 

 

Tuesday, June 23rd 

 

Mon souvenir de la maternelle: DOWNLOAD 

Watch the video of our kindergarten year. What was your favourite memory? 

Practice this phrase: Mon plus beau souvenir est 

Examples: jouer avec mes amis, la sortie aux champe de citrouilles…etc 

Record video and post it on Freshgrade! 

WednesdayJune 24th  

En premiere annee: DOWNLOAD 

Read the story: The Night Before First Grade 

Practice the phrase “ En premiere annee, j’aimerais apprendre 

Take video and post to Freshgrade! 

Thursday 

June 25th 

 

Last day of school! 

We leave you with this message as you go off into summer break! “Say Something” By Peter Reynolds 

 

Pick up report card and portfolio between 10-12pm outside our classroom door. We can take photos together as long as we maintain social distancing 😊  

Friday 

June 26th  

Admin Day – No Students Attend 

 

If you are unable to pick up your report card on Thursday, it will be held for you until September. 

 

Math  

Spending and Giving Money 

We have learned that: 

  • It is important to think before we spend 
  • We can only spend money that we earn and save 
  • We make choices about how we spend our money 

The final learning expectation is:  

  • It’s a good idea to share with others 

It is important to develop an altruistic attitude around money. Altruism is concern for the well-being of others. To act in a self-less way. There are many ways to give to others: consider the food bank drives we have done at school, healthy snack day to raise money for PAC, the Terry Fox run etc. During the pandemic, there have been many organizations donating products to people in need. Find an example relatable to your family to explain to your child.  

Watch this read aloud, “Benny’s Pennies,” a little boy who heads out the market with 5 shiny pennies in his pocket. He works hard to meet the needs of his family, sticks to a spending plan, and comes back with gifts for all! 

Read about our kindergarteners Busy Town Donation to the Burnaby Hospital last year: https://www.bhfoundation.ca/news/the-biggest-100-ever-donated-to-burnaby-hospital/ 

How does sharing money impact ourselves? Others? Our community? 

Choose one way you will make an impact on someone else this week: Will you donate to a cause/agency? Will you perform an act of kindness? Brainstorm ideas with your parent! 

Science 

  

Remember to take the time to carefully look at the ground. It is important in science to be able to describe what you see/observe, smell, hear and feel in words. 

What do you see? What do you observe in your mini garden? Feel free to come by the school’s garden on Wednesday, or Thursday as well to try to look at the different sprouts. Do they smell like anything? Think about what they look like. Do they all look the same? Try to describe it.  

 

In this video here, there are some final thoughts and words. 

Thank you very much for your participation in the project! 

Remember to keep the native bees alive in certain areas we must be lazy gardener and let nature do what it does best! 

 

 

If you would like to complete the final sounds of the week (X,Y,Z), you can find the booklet here: https://sd41-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/e18041_burnabyschools_ca/EUXu4ZtjKH9KjIxVCm0W8hMB5DgdVodFjdnnhSrtHtm-QQ?e=G8yIv3 

You will have access to the class website all summer to review lessons and download worksheets, however it will not be monitored.  

Also the summer reading program is online! Follow this link to have your child participate! https://bcsrc.ca 

Merci mes amis! On vous souhaite un bon été! All the best for Grade One! 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate Vanessa Giugliani on being the successful candidate for the French Immersion Kindergarten position at Brantford! Brantford is very lucky to have gained Vanessa as a member of their staff!

Félicitations!

A message from Mme. Marando

Cher’s parents et le maternelle,

I had intended on sending this message on Friday with a little video surprise we have been working on for the students but news is travelling fast around the Brantford community and so I feel it’s best to share this today.

After 10 years of being a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher, I will be taking a leave for the next few years.  The decision to leave Brantford was hard. Mme. Mauro and I had an excellent teaching relationship and the staff, especially the primary wing, have been so incredible! But my own daughter will be starting French Immersion kindergarten this September! We are very excited for this new milestone but it did pose some challenges. After having my first daughter, I knew that I wanted to be a big part of my childrens’ formative years. We were able for me to return part time because my in-laws took care of my kids while I worked. Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, the situation with childcare became a bit more difficult, especially with my daughter starting kindergarten and the new school environment. At first, I was unsure about my decision to leave Branford, but in hindsight, this is the best situation for my family at this time.

I will miss seeing you all next door in your grade 1 classroom but I may show up as TOC from time to time! So keep a look out 😉 I plan to return to the classroom once both my children are school-aged. It has been my lifelong passion to be a teacher. When I was little, I would bring home worksheets from school and erase all the answers so that I could make my sister my student 😆

It has been a pleasure being your kindergarten teacher! I have loved my role of introducing children to the school environment and creating fun and engaging ways to learn. I strongly believe that our best learning happens when we are in a happy, safe and trusting environment and I hope I was able to convey that atmosphere in our classroom.

Please feel free to email me anytime to let me know how you are doing! I love staying in touch and love hearing from my students!

I will see you all next Thursday at report card pick up so I can say goodbye in person!

À bientôt,

Mme. Marando 💕

 

Lessons for June 15-19

A schedule will be coming out this upcoming week to layout the plans for the last week of school (June 22-26) but I thought I would give you a rough idea of how the week will go for planning purposes.

  • *THIS IS A TENTATIVE PLAN AND MAY CHANGE* Monday and Tuesday cohorts will attend MONDAY only. Thursday/Friday cohorts will attend TUESDAY. ESW students will attend Wednesday as their last day. (If you decide not to send your child, please let us know ASAP so we can plan appropriately).

 

  • Report cards will be picked up from school on THURSDAY JUNE 25th with Mme. Marando. Time TBA. The school is not mailing report cards out this year. If you cannot pick up, your report card will held until September. We will also hand out their portfolios and take year end pictures (while maintaining social distance, of course).
  • Friday is an administrative day. There is no school.

Here is the lesson plan for the week to download: Lessons for June 15-19

Overview of lessons  June 15th to 19th 
Language  Les sons de la semaine 
Math  Financial literacy- Saving money 
Science   Bee Project 
Music  Zoom class Friday at 11:30 
Additional Learning opportunities  Various activities to support all areas of the curriculum 

 

Voici les leçons de la semaine. Here are the lessons for the week. 

Please find ALL the sound worksheets in the following document: https://sd41-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/e18041_burnabyschools_ca/EUXu4ZtjKH9KjIxVCm0W8hMB5DgdVodFjdnnhSrtHtm-QQ?e=G8yIv3 

 

Lessons  Lundi  Mardi  Mercredi  Jeudi  Vendredi 

Literacy:  

les sons  

booklet 

Son R  Son S   Son  T  Son  U  Son  V 
Math  

This week, we will explore the concept of  Earning Money 

Lesson 1: Earning Money: What Can I do? 

Ask your parents, what do they do to earn money and why?  

What kinds of things can you do to earn money? Some ideas (I get money from birthday, I earn an allowance, I can have a garage sale and sell toys I don’t use anymore, I could make things that others want to buy)  

 

Make a plan by creating a money-making opportunity. Is there more than one way to earn money? Does work have value? Do objects have value? 

 

Lesson 2: Playing Store 

Set up a store in your home. Include coins, paper and pens for price tags and signs. If you have a calculator or cash register, add that too!  

Select 10 items around your home and price them for sale or select one of the ideas from lesson 1! (Make the amounts no greater than $10). Invite your family to visit your store. Make sure to keep track of what is sold and how much money you earn.  

 

What sold first and why? Does it have more value than another? What do you do with the money you have earned? 

 

Here is a story called Isabel’s Car Wash to help explore the concept of earning money 

 

Optional: Create a recording and send it to Mme. Marando via Freshgrade! 

Science 

Mme. Jenny Bee Project 

Last week, we made our bee house. This week let’s see if they have sprouted. 

 

Let me know if anything has changed for your seeds. What do you notice about your seedlings? Post a photo your seedlings if you have time and share a video to explaining to Mme. Jenny and Mme. Marando if you noticed anything different. 

 

This week, when the sprouts are 2-3 cm tall, we can start planting!  

In this  video,Mme Jenny will show you how to plant your sprouts in the ground.You may need a parent to help you make a hole in the dirt.  

 

Post a picture of where you have planted them. Make sure to think carefully where you are planting as the flowers will stay there for the next few years! Do not forget to decorate your sign (click here for PDF) to show where your garden is.  

 

Optional: Plant your flowers at school!! Come to school where the garden is ready for you to plant your seedings near the end of the week on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  

 

Music 

Here is  our weekly music lesson: Music Lesson  

We will also be hosting a ZOOM dance and sing lesson at 11:30 on Friday. This will be our last music class! 

Additional Learning Opportunities 

Move your body! 

Choose an activity from Heart Smart Kids!  

Art and Nature: 

Here is a fun Nature Crown activity from a good teacher friend of mine! 

 

https://www.breyenwee.com/blog-3/how-to-make-a-nature-crown-4-easy-steps 

 

Social studies: 

One of the big ideas from our social studies curriculum “Rights, roles, and responsibilities shape our identity and help us build healthy relationships with others.” 

Here is a kid-friendly  book to explain Racism for kids.  

Celebrating Father’s 

 

Storytime with Mme. Marando  

 

Ah! Les Papas! By Nick Bland 

 

Here is a Chanson to learn for Papa! 

 

More Father’s Day resources from Ms. Dias (librarian)

 

 

Mme. Marando’s Birthday is June 17th 

*Kindergarten students need amples amount of free play. It’s how they do their best learning. We typically designate 1 hour of free play in our kindergarten class.  

**Outdoor education is very important. It is recommended children get a minimum of 30 minutes of outside time per day 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons for June 8th

Cher parents, I am posting these lessons a bit early as I will be celebrating my daughter’s birthday this weekend! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. “See” you for the zoom calls!

Overview of lessons  June 8th to 12th  
Language  Les sons de la semaine 
Math  Financial literacy– Saving money 
Science   Bee Project 
Music  Zoom class Friday at 11:30 
Additional Learning opportunities  Various activities to support all areas of the curriculum 

 

Voici les leçons de la semaine. Here is the WORD document, in case you cannot view this properly on your screen

Please find ALL the sound worksheets in the following document

Don’t forget to sign up for a ZOOM call this week! Here is the link for ease

Thank you for picking up your gardening kits! If you did not pick up, Alternate pick up for the gardening kits will be Monday or Tuesday from 10-12 or 1-2. It will be outside our classroom door. Your child’s name will be on the bag.

Merci!
Lessons  Lundi  Mardi  Mercredi  Jeudi  Vendredi 
Literacy: les sons booklet  Son M  Son N  Son O (eau/au) et O  Son P  Son Q 
Math  

This week, we will explore the concept of earning, saving and spending money 

There are 3 important concepts to know when learning about the value of money: spending, saving and sharing. Last week, in Bunny Money, Max and his sister spent all their money that they were supposed to spend on their grandma. This week, we will learn how we can save money properly so that we spend it wisely.  

Watch the video of the story, “Just Saving My Money” by Mercer Mayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g4DBTMfE9I 

Project: Had we been in class, we would have been hard at work on our year-end project: Busy Town! We would have created a mini town in our classroom, where we speak French of course, and invited our families to come and visit. All the students would have a job and would work in our town. Parents would get to visit and purchase goods/services 

What do I want to be when I grow up? Quand je serais grande, je veux être… 

Take some time to think about, when you are older, what is a job you would like to have and why? How will it impact our community?

OPTIONAL: Create a recording using the phrase above and send it to Mme. Marando via Freshgrade! 

Science 

Mme. Jenny Bee Project 

Last week, we planted our seeds to attract our bee friends, this week, we will observe our seeds. 

Let me know if anything has changed for your seeds. What do you notice about your seedlings? Post a photo your seedlings if you have time and share a video to explaining to Mme. Jenny and Mme. Marando if you noticed anything different. 

This week, we’re going to make a bee home! When we have our garden, some bees can bury themselves underground while others need old logs and old trees. Some of them are starting to lose their home so lets help by making some new homes for them. 

In this video, Mme Jenny will show you how to make a homemade bee house that you can place above the flowers when they grow.  

Post a picture of your bee home. 

Music 

Here is our weekly music lesson: Music Lesson  

We will also be hosting a ZOOM dance and sing lesson at 11:30 on Friday. Invite on Freshgrade to follow. 

Additional Learning Opportunities 

Move your body! 

Draw pictures of different animals/insects on a a piece of paper. Cut into cards. Head outside or into an open space and move like the animal you have chosen. Invite a parent/sibling to play along! 

Art idea

Colours of Us. Watch this story being read on Youtube!  

If you have paints at home, try mixing the colours to find your shade! 

Or try this alternative 

Nature: 

Using outdoor chalk, create letters A-Z on the sidewalk or driveway. 

 Find collections that start with that letter.  

Social studies:  

Explore your neighbourhood. Are there services and stores in your area that serve your community?  

Take pictures and share on Freshgrade 

Celebrating Kindness 

Here is Mme. Marando reading the story “What does it mean to be Kind” 

Video

 

*Kindergarten students need amples amount of free play. It’s how they do their best learning. We typically designate 1 hour of free play in our kindergarten class.  

**Outdoor education is very important. It is recommended children get a minimum of 30 minutes of outside time per day 

 

 

Student Assessment Sign Up

Cher parents,

Please find attached the sign up form for the ZOOM calls next week. Each call will last approximately 10 minutes. We have allotted 15 minutes per slot.

To prepare your child for the zoom call, please download this worksheet and have it in front of them for the call, a pencil and some colouring tools. DO NOT FILL OUT. We will work through the worksheet with your child. Please allow time for your child to complete the worksheet at the end of the call. Then submit the finished product via Freshgrade or email. We will be discussing the following core competency for the term: I can try to do things in different ways. We felt this appropriate since the students have had to learn in a completely new format this term, online!

The following students, please sign up for a time on WEDNESDAY with Mme. Giugliani: CASPIAN, PETAR, CARINA, DAMIAN, LOGAN, TEAGAN, KALEAH, MAX (Eva, Elisa, Mythica and Ella will complete their assessment in class) 

The following students, please sign up for a time on  THURSDAY OR FRIDAY with Mme. Marando: JAMES, CONNOR, ALICIA, GEORGIE, SIMRA, RYAN, ELSA, IVAN 

Student Assessment Sign Up

Cher parents,

Please find attached the sign up form for the ZOOM calls next week. Each call will last approximately 10 minutes. We have allotted 15 minutes per slot.

To prepare your child for the zoom call, please download this worksheet and have it in front of them for the call, a pencil and some colouring tools. DO NOT FILL OUT. We will work through the worksheet with your child. Please allow time for your child to complete the worksheet at the end of the call. Then submit the finished product via Freshgrade or email. We will be discussing the following core competency for the term: I can try to do things in different ways. We felt this appropriate since the students have had to learn in a completely new format this term, online!

The following students, please sign up for a time on WEDNESDAY with Mme. Giugliani: CASPIAN, PETAR, CARINA, DAMIAN, LOGAN, TEAGAN, KALEAH, MAX (Eva, Elisa, Mythica and Ella will complete their assessment in class) 

The following students, please sign up for a time on  THURSDAY OR FRIDAY with Mme. Marando: JAMES, CONNOR, ALICIA, GEORGIE, SIMRA, RYAN, ELSA, IVAN 

Assessment Check-in via Zoom next week

We will be contacting all parents/students next week to schedule a  time on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to have a one-on-one zoom call with each student to do a check in on how they have been doing with the lessons thus far and to do a self-assessment evaluation. Details to be sent out with our June 8th lesson plans.