It was amazing to us how quickly the past ten weeks flew by. We’ve already finished the second term of Kindergarten! The children were certainly feeling the progression of time and thinking about how much some of them were going to miss coming to school while we were all on Spring Break. Although we might talk about the school break “a change of pace” or “time for a break” it is not lost on us how much the classroom and friendships mean to many children.
We had a quiet, although very productive, week at school. We have suddenly arrived at the letter U in our alphabet work. Over the term, we’ve become quite particular about the printing of the children’s names, encouraging the class to always start their name with an uppercase letter, then follow through with lowercase. It’s been a hard transition for some, especially if they have been printing in all uppercase letters since their preschool days. We will continue working on this at school, as you can in reminding your child when they are printing their names on papers and cards at home.
We finished our work on the number 7 for math. In addition to all that we see in what they are learning about number sense, counting and flexibility in their thinking about number, we’re also really delighted to see the children’s social and emotional growth in their small groupings.
We typically create the math groups and designate seating for written work all through the year so our class is continually getting to work with everyone, strengthening new friendships while maintaining the ones they have from previous years. We believe the children should form as many friendships as possible; having just a “best friend” does not always work out, as we know from experience. Children get an opportunity to be a leader (putting away the math materials in their special places in the classroom), practise sharing and taking turns, help each other out and get to learn about their classmates in ways other than free and outside play.
The children sang one of their showpiece numbers, “Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” from Disney’s “The Aristocats” at our term end school assembly on Thursday. They are so musical and the cat hairbands helped everyone to “meow” their very best. Also performing at the assembly were the Grades Two/Three and Grades Six/Seven singing groups, and the Grade Six and Grade Seven Concert bands. It was a musical morning for sure!
On Friday morning we were privileged to have a small group of parents talk to the Kindergarten classes about the Persian holiday, Norouz, and the “Haft Seen” Table. The children were very interested, and it was a valuable learning opportunity for everyone to learn and appreciate the diverse cultural backgrounds of our Ridgeview families. The children enjoyed some delicious treats afterwards and quickly ate over five dozen cookies between them. Thank you to our parent volunteers for organizing this special event!
We wish you all a safe and relaxing Spring Break! We will see everyone in two weeks time!
Upcoming Events and Reminders
Monday, April 1 – School re-opens for the Third Term
Wednesday, April 17 – Do 1 Give (more information to follow)
Friday, April 19 – Good Friday (school is not in session)
Monday, April 22 – Easter Monday (school is not in session)
Wednesday, April 24 – Student Led Conferences (early dismissal at 2 pm)
Friday, April 26 – Ridgeview’s Family FundRaiser (more information to follow)