Harvest Time!!!

The class started with some disappointing news this morning that our Mobile Dairy Visit was cancelled due to illness but we filled our time instead with our potato harvest.  The kids had a blast digging through dirt, roots and stems trying to find all the potatoes.  We notices that they grew in bunches and that we really had to dig our hands into the tangled mess of roots to find all the teeny tiny potatoes.  We started with 15 seed potatoes back in March and after we sorted them  we had a final harvest of 193! I’m sure that there might have been a few more that we missed but there were 141 decent sized ones plus 52 teeny tiny ones that if we left for a few more weeks might have grown even more.   Our largest potato was 7 cm long and our smallest was less than 1 cm.    

Thank you again to Agriculture in the Classrooms for allowing us the opportunity to grow our potatoes through the Spuds in Tubs classroom program.  

Ms. Pasqualetto :0) 

Butterflies, Chickens and Cows Oh My!!

It has been a long time since my last update but part of the reason is because so much has been happening both in and out of our classroom.  

In Science we have been studying about plants and animals and their observable features.  We witnessed almost the entire life cycle of a butterfly when we first brought in tiny caterpillars that ate and ate and ate until they formed their chrysalides and eventually emerged as beautiful butterflies.  Most of the annex took a quick walk over to Willingdon Park to release them but they didn’t fly off immediately so many of the class were able to have them sit on their hand before they fluttered away.  One of the common things that could be heard was how much their tiny feet tickled as they walked along our palms. 

Butterflies were not the only thing that we have been able to observe.  Last week we had a visit from the Poulty in Motion truck.  It is a mobile poultry “barn” that our class was able to visit and see some 7 day old and 5 week old chickens.  Some students mentioned that they remembered seeing the chicken coops at the PNE so it was a neat experience to have them come and visit us at school.  It was also neat to be able to go and observe the chicken eggs in their incubator in Ms. Hardie’s class as both her and Ms. Laity’s classes are trying to hatch chicks in their rooms. 

We are now anxiously awaiting our visit from the Mobile Dairy that will be coming to visit us this week and also our potatoes that we have been growing in and outside of our classroom are ready to harvest.  If the weather cooperates we hope to harvest them and get to eat some of them this week!

Lots of great learning has been happening even though the school year is quickly coming to an end.  I can hardly believe we have only two more weeks left!

Ms. Pasqualetto :0)

 

Earth Month at Kitchener

Earth Day is on Sunday April 22nd and Kitchener will be participating in weekly activities that will raise awareness on ways that we can help keep our Earth clean.    Our first activity was held on this past Friday where we had our own version of Earth Hour called Kitchener Unplugged.  This upcoming week each class has been challenged to try to complete as many squares on our Earth Day Bingo sheet as we can (see picture below or the bingo board in our classroom window).  Tasks can be completed by as a whole class or by individual students with their families.   If you complete a task at home let Ms. Dente or myself know so we can mark it down on the sheet.   On Tuesday April 17 there will be a bottle drive at the school where students are encouraged to bring in returnable bottles from home with the proceeds going to the Chari Tree Foundation.  Our Kitchener Earth Day activities will come to a close on Tuesday April 24th when the whole school in their buddy class pairs will go around our community to help clean up garbage.   

I hope you have a great time participating in the challenges and activities!
Ms. Pasqualetto :0)

Maker Lab: Leprechaun Traps

We read the story the other day called How to Catch a Leprechaun By Adam Wallace and discussed what sort of traps we could devise to catch a Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.    The students have come up with their first edition drawings of their traps and they have now been tasked with bringing small boxes (shoe, kleenex, cereal etc.) or other items that they might want to use from home to try make their Leprechaun trap with the help of their Older Buddies.    

We will be building our traps Friday afternoon so please send boxes or any other clean recycled items that your child would like to use by Thursday March 8th.  I will provide tape, paper, toilet paper rolls and a few other items that they have asked for like the bait!   I can’t wait to see what the kids come up with. 

Ms. Pasqualetto :0) 

 

Billy Goat Fundraiser and more

Starting next week the whole school will be participating in tennis lessons as part of our physical education curriculum.  A notice was sent home earlier this week.  Please only return the notice to school if you are NOT wanting your child to participate in the lessons.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Pasqualetto or Ms. Dente.

The leadership team at Kitchener Elementary is trying to raise funds to purchase a billy goat to send to a Community in a Developing Country.   Leadership students will be coming around to the classrooms this week until February 28th to collect money for this campaign. 

Wednesday February 28th is Pink Shirt day to raise awareness about Kindness and Anti-Bullying.  Students are encouraged to wear pink to support this day and earn points for their House Team. 

The 100th day of school is quickly approaching on Thursday March 1st.  I hope that your children have been busy making/creating or collecting their 100 items to bring to class.   Students are encouraged to dress for the day as if they are 100 years old although they are not required to do so.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Pasqualetto. 

Thank you, 
Ms. Pasqualetto :0)

Science World

Wow we had such a great time at Science World.  Thank you so much to all the Parents who volunteered their time to make the field trip run as smoothly as it did and a special thanks to the PAC and to Science World for the bursary which made this trip a possibility.  For many of the students it was their first visit and for others it was another great day spent exploring all the fun things there is to do at Science World.  

The Radical Ramps workshop was a highlight for many of us and it let the students practice their growth mindset of not giving up when something doesn’t work the first time.  Other exhibits that were enjoyed included the Eureka lab (the air cannons and ball launchers were a huge hit) as were the water sprayers in the Our World Exhibit.  The Tallest man and the walk through snake were highlights for many in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Exhibit. 

Ms. Pasqualetto :0) 

Happy Holidays

I hope that everyone has been enjoying their Winter Holiday and that you were able to spend some time out in the brief snowfall that we had.  I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures during your vacation when we return to school. 

The last week of school was a very busy one for our class.  We spent lots of time with our Buddies in preparation for the Christmas Concert (which was amazing!) we also saw them while we made graham cracker houses and we joined them in eating pancakes in the gym.  

I hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays and have a wonderful start to the New Year.  The school will re-open on Monday January 8th. 

Ms. Pasqualetto :0)

We’re Going Green!

Well at least that is the colour our class needs to be wearing for the Christmas Concert on December 19th.  The concert date is fast approaching and it is the day the kids have all been working so hard towards.  There will be two performances (afternoon and evening) that all students in the school are performing in.  If there is any reason that your child will be absent please let us know ASAP.    For our costumes Mr. Turpin has asked that students wear as much green as they can including green gloves.   

Aside from practicing for the performance our class has been busy ringing in the season.  Ms. Dente led the class through a directed drawing of a reindeer (you can see their work above their coat hooks in the room).  We have also been reading lots of winter books and discussing our favourite activities to do in the Winter.   One of my favourite activities to do is to build gingerbread houses and decorate sugar cookies.  On December 21st we will be making/decorating graham cracker houses with our big buddies.  A short note was sent home on Friday asking for small nut free candies to be sent to class by Dec 18th so that way the kids will have them to decorate their houses with.   We are doing the gingerbread houses in lieu of a class Christmas party however if you are wanting to send something in please reach out to Nancy or myself.   A reminder that we are a peanut aware classroom and we now have 16 students in our class.  

It has been wonderful learning more about each student with their All About Me bags.  The kids are doing a wonderful job telling about the artifacts they are bringing in and why they are special/important to them.  When we return from the Winter Break the students can resume bringing a single item for their special helper day.  The January special helper calendar will be sent home with your child’s report card on December 20th.  

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 
Ms. Pasqualetto :0)

The Aqua Van and busy times ahead

Wow!  I can hardly believe that there are only 4 days left to November.  Time is going to fly by in December with all the great things that we have planned at school. 

Last week the students were all rock stars while we were watching the Aqua Van presentation in the morning and then during our small presentation in the afternoon.  Even though some students were hesitant at first to touch the sea urchin most really enjoyed seeing it up close as well as the sea star.  The students got to feel an Orca’s jaw and teeth and touch a piece of baleen.  While it wasn’t the same as actually going to see the animals in their natural habitat or visiting the Vancouver Aquarium it was a neat experience to have in our very own gym! 

Reminders:

Ms. Solomon is hosting our Scholastic Book Fair in the Library this week.  If you plan on visiting don’t forget your ballot that was sent home in the small book fair flyer a week or so ago to enter the draw for free books (I will also be sending home the classroom December Scholastic flyers this week if there is anything you would like to order from there.)

This week we are starting to collect for the WE Scare Hunger Food Drive Hamper donations.  Our class is collecting jarred/canned pasta sauce specifically but any non-perishable food donation would be greatly appreciated.  

The Christmas Concert will be on Tuesday December 19th so mark your calendars.