Wednesday, September 30th – Orange Shirt Day – is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools. Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is a reminder that every child matters; By educating people about residential schools, we foster respect and mutual understanding with all Indigenous people and all communities, thus helping us fight racism and bullying. Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on this day. (copied from our Kitchener School Website)
With Lunar New Year fast approaching we read a couple of books this week. One was called The Great Race The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey and we also read Sam and The Lucky Money by Karen Chinn. We learned about the story of how the Rat became the first character of the Chinese Zodiac and also about how we should be appreciative for what we have and help others when we can.
We ended our day with a visit to the big building by the annex Dragons. Each class designed their own Dragon and we visited our Big Buddies.
Wow what a busy past couple of weeks we have had. A visit to Science World, a Gingerbread Man hunt through the school, not one but TWO concert performances, making graham cracker houses with our Big Buddies and a yummy Pancake Breakfast today from our PAC. December has been filled with amazing experiences with lots of opportunities for learning and exploring.
We hope that you are able to spend lots of time with your friends and family over the next two weeks and we will see you on January 6th 2020 when the school reopens.
Wishing You a Safe and Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year!
Halloween is quickly approaching and the school will be having our October Celebration of Learning Assembly and Costume Parade in the big gym on Thursday. Students are encouraged to come to school already dressed in their costumes but please ensure they know how to get in and out of their costumes independently so they can use the washrooms. Costumes should be school appropriate (not excessively scary, graphic or gory) and masks/weapons should be left at home. While we are not having a Halloween Party in our classroom we will be doing a special activity involving a treat in the afternoon. If you would like to send anything for the class (we have 16 students) please ensure it is Peanut/Tree nut free due to severe allergies.
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at your child’s E-portfolio they can be accessed under the blogfolio tab using the passwords that were sent out to you a couple of weeks ago. If you need help please reach out to Ms. Pasqualetto.
We are excited to be celebrating Literacy Week at school next week.
We start off the week with our kick off assembly/buddy activity in the gym on Tuesday morning. Wednesday afternoon we will have guest readers visiting our classrooms and we will also be doing our read-a-thon that afternoon. Friday we will have our usual class Family Reading time in the morning but we also have a jammed packed day that includes an Author visit and our final Literacy Week assembly. A reminder that we are encouraging everyone to dress up on Friday Feb 1st as their favourite book character.
Read-a-thon pledge forms were sent home last week from Ms. Solomon and need to be returned by Friday Feb 1st. Please return all pledge forms even if no money has been raised.
We look forward to hearing about everyone’s favourite stories and seeing all the great character costumes.
Happy New Year!! We hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing Winter Break and that you had lots of opportunities to spend time with your friends and families. School starts on Monday and we can’t wait to hear all about what you did during your vacation.
Please remember to send a full change of clothes and inside shoes to keep at school especially since the weather is so wet and cold right now. Reminder that all students are expected to go outside at recess and lunch time to get fresh air. Please ensure that your child is wearing weather appropriate clothing (warm rainproof jackets with a hood, boots and many like having an umbrella for our unpredictable weather.)
You should have received a number of notifications this past week from your child’s e-portfolio. If you have lost your log on information or you need help accessing the e-ports please send Ms. Pasqualetto an email.
We look forward to seeing what 2019 will bring for Div. 13!
Teddy Bear Day was a huge success! We had a busy and fun-filled day. Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about adaptations that animals make in the winter. We talked a lot about hibernating and migrating. We made bear shaped salt dough ornament which the children painted. Today, for teddy bear day all students brought their teddy bears or favourite animal stuffy to school! We made bear hats and went on a bear hunt! We measured and weighed our bears, and used our data to compare them to other children’s bears. This afternoon, we each graphed a small bag of gummy bears and recorded it on our data collecting sheet. Lastly, we all had a yummy treat! Please look for the bear booklets and bear ornaments that came home in your child’s planner. Perhaps while you look through the booklet with your child, you can ask questions to see if they remember what adaptations animals make in the winter. Looking forward to January when we will begin a unit on Penguins! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
Hooray! we are starting to post more pictures that communicate the learning we are doing at school to our individual E-portfolios. At this time the majority of the posting and commenting is being done by Ms. Pasqualetto and Ms. Dente with input from the students but as the children become more comfortable with the process they will slowly take more control of what gets included in their E-ports.
Parents you will have likely received e-mail communication already indicating that you have been subscribed to this blog and to your child’s E-ports using the e-mail addresses you provided us at the Parents as Partners meetings. A notice will come home this week with your Parent log on ID and password as well as some tips on navigating the site, please change your password ASAP.
As always if you have any questions do not hesitate to email us or speak to us at pick up.
We are all very excited about Halloween this week and to ensure that everyone has a great time at school please make sure that if they are wearing costumes that they come already dressed in them as there will not be time to get dressed before the costume parade/celebration of learning Wednesday morning. If you would like to stay and watch you are welcome to and it will begin at 9:15. Students are reminded that masks and weapons or overly gory/scary costumes are not to be worn to school. We know that your children are likely very excited to dig into their Halloween treats that they get if they go out trick-or-treating but we do ask that items brought to school are nut free and that healthy snacks and lunches are still eaten as well.
Now lets just hope this rain lets up by Wednesday night!