This Week in Our Room:  September 26-30, 2016

A is an apple

A is an apple

This week we finished work on our first letter of the Alphabet, “A.”  The children will bring home their alphabet craft each week along with the Itchy’s Alphabet printing page.  Please help your child to collect each of the alphabet letters in the kitchen or their bedroom for review and discussion about the letters.  At school we brainstorm words beginning with the letter of the week and are beginning to draw a picture and label those words in our Alphabet Books.  You can help your child by talking about letters beginning with the letter “B” for next week’s brainstorm.

We were a beautiful sea of Canada red and white as Ridgeview School ran in the memory of Terry Fox.  Thank you so much for helping your child gather together clothing to show their national pride.  We ran laps around the gravel field with our Big Buddies and had a short time together on the playground afterwards.

Marigold is ready to run, are you?

Marigold is ready to run, are you?

We really enjoyed the Axis Theatre production of “Robinson Crusoe.”  With great humour and some silly antics by a parrot puppet, the actors told the story of Robinson Crusoe and his lengthy stay stranded on an island.  They had a fabulous set, lots of songs and a remarkable number of props that really kept our children engaged.  We were delighted with the Kindergarten children’s audience behaviour.  They sat peacefully or about 45 minutes, listened well and showed their appreciation through polite applause at the end of the show.  Here are some of the expectations we shared with our children before attending the performance. Click here for the link.

Sometimes at the end of the school day, the children are very tired and not their usual calm selves when you see them at 2:55 pm.  They might seem teary, restless or hard to please.  The children are playing and working very hard at school, and “keeping it together” as best as they can to persevere through the long day.  The energy and self-regulation required to be friendly, kind, cooperative, and a good listener for six hours straight is probably far more than we realise or can remember as a child;  our students are five years old and we think they are amazing.  When your children see you and let loose the gamut of emotions they have been holding in all day, when they can finally truly relax in your safe arms and love, they might have an emotional outburst.  A West Vancouver teaching colleague sent this article our way which has some great ideas for what to do at the end of a long day with your little.  Click here for the link.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

If you have not yet completed the Online permission form please do so as soon as possible. Each students must have a form on file and this allows them to participate in any walking field trip where we leave the school grounds. Click here for the attached link

We still have a few families who have not yet completed their Verification forms.  Please return those signed forms to the classroom as soon as possible. We do not have any emergency information or contact information about your child if these forms are not yet completed.

Please remember to complete your child’s Comfort kit.  They will go into the emergency storage bins next week.

We have been blessed with some beautiful sunny weather these past few weeks! With that said, we know the rain is coming…. Please remember to leave a change of clothes in a drawstring bag on your child’s coat hook. Rain boots can also be left at school on a permanent basis so we always have them in case of a sudden shower.

It’s Walk to School Week starting Monday. If you live close to the school please try and walk every day next week. If you live too far away, try and park a block or two away and walk from there.

Our schedule next week:

Tuesday: Library and Music

Wednesday: Buddies (Turkey Fun)

Thursdays: Music


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