February is off to a cold start with our below zero temperatures. We’re expecting the children are going to wear warm coats at morning and lunch recess, even if they are driven to school. Please remember to show your child how to do up their zipper (we’re happy to help during Kindergarten but all children should be independent before Grade One) on their jackets. And toque and gloves are necessary winter accoutrements right now! To make things a little easier for the children, we’re trying to teach them to put on their coats and do up their jackets BEFORE they put on their gloves. It’s a tricky process, dressing for the cold weather, but there you have it – we’re in the middle of a Canadian winter!
To keep the frosty temperatures at bay, we decided to keep warm and cuddly with this adorable “q is for quilt” craft! The children loved all of the pretty scrapbook paper designs and did a very nice job of attractively arranging all the “quilt squares.” Qq is a difficult letter to print with all of its parts (around and close, down, dig, slide up), but we were so pleased our children’s efforts!
We had a very exciting Thursday at the Multicultural and Diversity Day Celebration in our own Ridgeview Gym. What an amazing mix of colours, sounds and smells to excite the senses! Our children visited various countries to see the visual displays, participated in cultural activities games and collected their “passport” stamps. Their Grade 7 Buddies were laden with the lanterns and goodie bags of collectables belonging to their Kindergarten Buddies. Thank you so very much to the RPAC for sponsoring this amazing event for Ridgeview students.
For Chinese New Year in our classroom, we read some delightful stories, including a new publication, Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee and Joey Chou, which focuses on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. We invited the children to celebrate with some fun activities, including making Chinese banners, lycee bags and using tangrams. We even did some decorating with these colourful dragons!
We’ve had a challenging time of illness at Ridgeview this past week. We have many children with very bad coughs, fevers, runny noses and fatigue. If your children are sick, particularly vomiting, coughing and with fever, please keep them at home. We’ve mentioned this before as we are unable to look after sick children at school. We know your children still want to attend school, but they simply do not have the energy or stamina to complete regular classroom activities (sharing, taking turns and playing cooperatively with others comes quickly to mind) which includes going outside for playtime. As parents, we make the decision for our children to stay home. Although it might be inconvenient for you to have to stay home with your sick one, as a school community we must also consider the “greater good,” which in this case means we want the classroom to be a healthy place for everyone.
Our last health note is a reminder for you from our Public Health Nurse. At Kindergarten Entry there are various boosters your children should be receiving. If your children’s immunizations are now up to date, please send a copy of their records to school or to NSimmunizations@vch.ca. If your child still needs their latest immunizations, you are able to make an appointment through your local Community Health Centre. Questions? Please come in and speak to us. We’re happy to help.
Upcoming Events and Reminders
Library Book Exchange this Monday. Please return your book.
We will be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards next week. We made these pretty card holder bags with our Big Buddies on Friday. In Kindergarten, we write a card for each child in our class and put the cards into the individual bags. We will tie up the bags for you to open at home with your child on Thursday.
Friday, February 15: Reading Break – school is not in session
Monday, February 18: Family Day – school is not in session