Big Buddy Grade Seven Promotion Ceremony

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It occurred to me this weekend that we do not have a child graduating this year.

I’ve been pretty busy until the last two school years with teaching Kindergarten, layered with a busy home life of my own with children going to school, performing in the Fine Arts and playing sports. I was in a non-stop graduation mindset for 24 months.  My daughter graduated from high school in 2016, then Christy and I had the double whammy of her daughter and my son graduating in 2017.  THAT was a very busy year.  There’s a lot of shopping for special occasion clothing, driving kids around for graduation events and watching them fill out University and mandatory (in our minds) Scholarship Applications (yes, it’s a lot of work but there is scholarship money available for students if they are willing to put in the effort).  

I can put it all behind me now until University graduation.  This year no one from my home is graduating.  Christy has a year of reprieve until her youngest graduates next year so for now we’re breathing a big sigh of relief.

But, we do have our Kindergarten children’s participation in the Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony to look forward to on Friday, June 21.  

So you are not rushed this week, here are our expectations for Kindergarten attire for the big event:

Girls– dress or skirt and top, dress shoes or sandals (no flip-flops)

Boys– a button-up shirt with a collar and tie or bowtie if you have these items(please do not go out and buy them), pants or shorts (not athletic wear), dress shoes or cleaned up runners.

At this time, we are still trying to fix the exact time our children will be walking the Grade 7s down the aisle.  We know for sure it will be in the morning, around 11:30 am.  You are welcome to come and watch and shed a few years with us as we realize how quickly this magical year has gone by.   We suggest you arrive for 11:20 am and wait for us in the hallway to pass you. Then follow us in.  As soon as more details are shared with us, we will inform you.

 

Starting Over with Self-Regulation: This Week in Our Room: June 10-14, 2019

We spent the week adjusting and regulating ourselves after the excitement of last week’s Sports Day, and changes to our classroom schedule over the last number of weeks.  We are reviewing the structures we’ve had in place since September so that the children are cognizant of the behavioural expectations as we move into the final weeks of Kindergarten.  Now, more than ever, there is a need for self-regulation as these sunny days, late nights and a myriad of evening activities have entered our calendar.  As you can tell, it’s still “business as usual” in the Kindergarten.  We will be working and playing hard right up until the last day of school.

We’ve been over the classroom routines, and focused on what does listening look like?  How do we listen with our whole body?

-eyes on the teacher

-ears are listening to the teacher

-hands and feet are still

-mouths are quiet

Something to consider and talk about at home is direct eye contact.  Who or what we are looking at is what we are thinking about.  So when the teachers ask your child to look at them, we want them to look at us.  Not around the classroom, playing with a shoe or trying to get another child’s attention.  This is especially important during instruction as nobody wants to miss the teacher’s directions for an activity.

We’re going to catch up on some work that was not complete from earlier.  So you’ll notice Math upages for 8, 9 and 10 are coming home.

We have some special art projects we’ll be working on to finish our scrapbooks.  We’ll let you know if the children need to wear play clothes to school because we’re going to be messy.

It was a tiny bit of a flurry this week as wrapped up (literally) our gifts for Father’s Day.  But what fun we had in preparing this very special gift for the Dads, Papas and Poppas in our lives.  We hope you like it.  Please ask your child to tell you a little bit about the process!  

Upcoming Events and Reminders

This coming week is the last week for Home Readers.  We need to count up our books and put them away for the summer.  All books should be returned by Monday, June 24.

Monday, June 17 is the Primary Talent Show.  We have some Kindergarten Performers this year!

Friday, June 21 is the Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony and our children will be presenting flowers to their Buddies and walking them down the aisle.  We always dress up for this occasion.  We expect to be “on” around 11:30 am.  You are welcome to wait for us in the hallway and follow us in so you can see your child at this very special event.  Please watch for the next newsletter on Sunday.

Monday, June 24 is our Kindergarten Fun Day!  We have a “beach” theme (we don’t actually go to the beach), but we will bring out bubbles, our water table, outdoor toys and we’ll be eating ice-cream cones for a fun treat!  If we could please ask one parent from each class to slice up a watermelon for us, then the children could have some fresh fruit as well.  Please let us know if you can help!

 

Sports Day 2019 and our Weekly Wrap-Up: This Week in Our Room: June 3-7, 2019

It was the age old question we address almost every year on Sports Day…will we have to hold Sports Day indoors because of the weather?

Thankfully, the sun smiled upon us and we were able to enjoy a very fun and pleasant day outside for Sports Day 2019.  And our Kindergarten had a marvelous time!

Our Grade 6 Leaders did a fantastic job looking after our children, ensuring they stayed with the group, helping them where needed for the relays and making sure everybody had fun.

The children participated in a myriad of relays, from dressing up to filling up buckets with water, the “over under” ball game and the perennial crowd favourite, the Tug of War.  We know that because we had a shortened Sports Day not all of the Kindergarten were able to participate in the Tug of War, but we have it on good authority that our Grade 7 Buddies are going to set-up that activity again for us so everyone will get a chance to pull the rope.

After a delicious snack of donuts and watermelon, the Kindergarten returned to their classrooms to eat again, followed by Centres and face painting.  It was very satisfying day.

It was a big week at school because not only was it Sports Day, but it was the last day for our UBC Teacher Candidates.

We would like to say Congratulations to Miss Ellis and Mr. Pang as they have now finished their extended school practicums.  We wish them the very best in all their future endeavours!

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Monday is Library Day.  All books are due to the Library tomorrow for summer inventory so please have a good look around at home for any outstanding books.

Home Readers can be returned tomorrow for exchange.

We will be going outside whenever good weather permits so please ensure your child always has runners at school.

Save the Date:  Friday, June 21 is the Grade 7 Promotion Ceremony.  Kindergarten children will be participating as we walk our Grade 7 Big Buddies down the aisle as the prepare to leave Ridgeview for high school.  We will be sending out further information about this special day.

Save the Date:  Monday, June 24 is a Kindergarten Fun Day.  We will have lots of fun summer Centres outdoors for the two classes!

Simba’s Story:  This Week in Our Room:  May 21-24, 2019

What a marvelous opportunity our children have had this week with the production of “Simba’s Story,” written specifically for Ridgeview’s Primary classes to accompany our Broadway version of “The Lion King Jr.” for our Intermediate Students.

The musical was our main focus this week with two matinee performances.  We are so very proud of our Kindergarten performers who sang and danced as young Simba lion cubs.  Their costumes were so cute. Thank you to our parent helpers for the preparation of the crowns and t-shirts.  And thank you to so many parents who took the time off work to come and see this special event. Your child’s smiles were all for you!

Our UBC Teacher Candidates have now completed Week 8 of their final practicums, and are teaching at 100%.  Christy and I are feeling a bit adrift, as you can imagine, but we are expected to provide the same opportunities we had as student teachers many years ago – to take full responsibility of the classroom instruction and duties while under the watchful eye of School and Faculty Advisors.  It’s part of our responsibilities as professional educators. It is only through this practical classroom work that student teachers really come to understand what is involved in being a teacher – and a Kindergarten teacher, at that. Our teaching positions are a bit trickier because not only do we have to have the same training in classroom management, lesson planning and preparation, lesson delivery, curricular subject areas, formative and summative assessment as other classroom teachers, but we have the added layer of Learning Through Play, and our specialty area of Self-Regulation.  

We have kept the classroom homefires burning with some very fun work in Fairy Tales.This week the children are learning more about Setting, one of the four elements of a story.  Our TC’s chose “Hansel and Gretel” and a very fun journey activity following glass pebbles from their classrooms, through the forest to a discovery of leaves (the woods), a gingerbread house (witch’s house) and water (crossing the river back to home).  The children are gaining an understanding how the setting of a story can affect the story characters’ actions and what happens (plot).

Our bean plants have begun sprouting and the warm weather has contributed to some super fast growth!  

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Monday: Library Book Exchange and Home Reading Book Exchange

Tuesday: PE for both Kindergarten classes – please wear runners as we will be in the gym

Thursday: Welcome to Kindergarten for the incoming Kindergarten children 2019-2020

Friday, June 7:  Sports Day

Division 15 (Mrs. Campbell)  is wearing red

Division 16 (Mrs. Daudlin)  is wearing blue

Kindergarten “Notes to You”:  This Week in Our Room: May 6-10, 2019

Just a few quick notes from last week and info for this upcoming week…

We hope all of the lovely Special Ladies in our Life enjoyed their gorgeous paintings and thoughtful cards.  We were so pleased with the children’s effort and thoughts of you as they prepared their specific gifts.

In Fairy Tales our children explored “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and explored the sequence of events and retelling the story.

The children started Measurement this week.  They are learning about measuring length with non-standard units and the concept of longer and shorter.  They also discovered the importance of measuring from the same starting point for both objects when making a comparison.

We will be rehearsing “Simba’s Story” in the gym this week in preparation for next week’s Big Show!

We had fun seeing our Big Buddies on Friday to make bean markers for the bean plants we will plant.

The Grade Two students from Mrs. Bird’s class have started a Battery Recycling cycling program.  The box for the battery collection is outside Mrs. Daudlin’s classroom on the shelf to the left of the door.  For Mrs. Campbell’s class it’s in the classroom by the meeting area.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

A reminder from the Ridgeview office: if your child arrives after O Canada, it is likely that we have already taken attendance and your child is marked late.  You must sign-in at the office.

If you take your child out early for an appointment, please go to the office FIRST to sign-up out your child, and then come down to pick him or her up from the classroom.

PE will take place outside for the next two weeks as students are rehearsing for “The Lion King” and “Simba’s Story” in the gym.

Monday and Wednesday are Home Reading Book Exchange days next week.  We’ve been listening to our children read their books in class and making adjustments as necessary.

Please remember to send your children dressed in their dark bottoms for Thursday’s “Simba’s Story” dress rehearsal for the Intermediate students.  We will remind you on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 16:  “Simba’s Story” dress rehearsal – dark bottoms required!

Friday, May 17: Professional Development Day (school is not in session)

Monday, May 20:  Victoria Day holiday (school is not in session)

Wednesday, May 22:  “Simba’s Story” presentation – even Division parents form our audience

Thursday, May 23:  “Simba’s Story” presentation – odd Division parents form our audience

 

May Blooms and the Kindergarten Does, Too!: This Week in Our Room: April 29-May 3, 2019

This week was very significant as we finished our Alphabet Book with the letter Z.  Imagine that our children have been working diligently on a page a week – they are real experts in where to print their name for written work, printing uppercase and lowercase letters on a line, finger spacing, following directed line drawings and labelling their pictures so the reader understands their meaning.  We’ll need a couple of weeks to complete pages that were missed due to absence; we will certainly try our best to finish everything but that may not be possible.  In this event, your child knows exactly the routine we use at school and can finish up at home.

We’re starting Fairy Tales during Literacy Time.  It’s one of our absolutely favourite integrated learning experiences for the children.  Under our watchful eye, our UBC Teacher Candidates will be teaching many different Fairy Tales, the structure of stories (beginning, middle, end) and the elements of a story (plot, character, setting, theme) with the Kindergarten.  The children will hear different versions of the same story to compare and contrast, complete a variety of written response activities, experience lots of oral storytelling and make some fun crafts so they can retell the stories themselves at school, and then at home.  The first story this week was “The Three Little Pigs.”  The literary focus was on beginning, middle and end; the children made Wolf puppets during Art and Piggie stick puppets with our Big Buddies.  

Our UBC Teacher Candidates (TCs) finished up their teaching of Geometry in Math.  The children learned about the basic two dimensional shapes (circle, square, rectangle and triangle) and their corresponding three dimensional figures.  The unit culminated this week with some fun shape pizzas!

We made our beautiful May self-portraits this week with a cute and colourful ruffle.  We’re so pleased to see how the children have improved in using line, shape and colour in their artwork.

Could Friday have been any busier?  It certainly stretched mine and Christy’s self-regulation but as always, the children go with the flow and were very flexible throughout the day as we needed to be.  

The day had no sooner begun with Centres then we were called outside for our class photos, and very cute and charming we were.

After recess on Friday is always busy with our Big Buddies, but the Grade Sevens got called to their classes photos in the middle of our Buddy Time!

Just when we thought we would settle in for a relaxing Friday afternoon, we were called to the playground one more time for the Ridgeview panorama photo.  We won’t try to explain what it’s like to organise approximately 390 students for a photo (with the Grade 7s at the top of the climbing net) but let’s just say…we can do it once a year.

The second part of the afternoon was great fun with a Forest Friday lesson.  Our TCs are observed weekly by their UBC Faculty Advisor (FA) and they proposed to show her a team teaching lesson where all the Kindergarten children were divided into three groups.  Each group completed a trio of forest activities – bark rubbings, nature colour matching and a drawing of a natural object.  The lesson was a huge success, the children were so happy to be moving and learning outdoors and it was all capped off with a Freezie (we took the gigantic Freezies from the Freezie sale and cut them in half and we will eat the other half this coming Friday–if nothing else, Christy and I are very thrifty).

The staging for the The Lion King” and “Simba’s Story” comes to the gym this week so PE classes will be moved outside for the time being.  We will be rehearsing in the gym during our Music classes, and for any additional rehearsals where are presence is requested.

We’ve had a re-think about our costumes for “Simba’s Story” and rather than our “best,” we’re thinking about dark bottoms and coloured t-shirts.  We’re going to leave it to you to locate the dark bottoms (no jeans, but navy or black) and girls may wear leggings instead of pants.

We are considering a lion cub headdress but we will get back to you on this later in the week.   Please check your Remind texts.  For the moment, you do not have to purchase anything.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

You have another week or so to get your Grade One School Supply order completed.

We’re still accepting April Homework Calendars for a sticker!

May Scholastic Orders are due this week on Friday, May 10.

Library Books should be returned tomorrow for our weekly Library Book Exchange.

 

Family Fun Week:  This Week in Our Room:  April 23-26, 2019

We will start off by saying thank you to all of our parents for coming out to your child’s Student-Led Conference. The feeling in our classrooms was very lovely indeed, filled with the delight, wonder and joy in learning that is Kindergarten.  It’s always such a special day when our children can show their school accomplishments to their beloved parents. This will be the first of many Student-Led Conferences for you and your child and we hope that you will embrace this wonderful time when we can all be learners.

We had several parents ask about the children’s schoolwork…yes, it is all yours to keep and we will be sending home these precious artifacts between now and the end of the year.  The Alphabet Books we will finish this week with “Z” and then we will take another day to catch up on pages and alphabet stickers which were missed due to holidays and illness.

The scrapbooks, our pride and joy after the children, of course, we will not send home until the last week of school.  We will have a tiny flurry at the end of June to gather up all the last of the children’s bits and pieces to staple and glue in.  As you saw, we’ve organised everything for you by month, and we will make a beautiful laminated cover as well so you will receive a beautifully made scrapbook as a memorable souvenir of your child’s Kindergarten year.  Writing and Math notebooks we’ll send home at the end of the school year.

Well, most of our week was spent recovering from the sugary haze of one too many marshmallow chicks and an obligation to eat up the last of the jelly beans.  There’s nothing better for idle hands than getting for Student-Led Conferences, so we got to work colouring in book covers and finishing art projects (children) and completing the scrapbooks at far as we could go (teachers).  

Thank you to Mrs. Kennedy for squeezing us in for a Library Book Exchange on Thursday.

We were able to make our “y” yo-yo craft and practise our printing.

And we started work on a beautiful project for the special ladies in our lives….

This week our UBC Teacher Candidates (student teachers) concluded teaching their Social Studies “Family” unit of instruction with a lesson on financial literacy.  The children have been learning about needs and wants, their parents’ work outside and inside the home and saving for what they want. Now they will shift gears and our student teachers will start teaching about Plants in Science.  Our student teachers will also wind up their Geometry lessons in the next few days and then start Measurement in Math. Christy and I continue to mentor our Teacher Candidates through teaching and guiding them in their lesson preparations so we know they are meeting BC Ministry of Education guidelines, observing their daily lessons, involving them in the assessment of student work, all the while encouraging them in their personal and professional growth.

Friday was a really terrific day.  We were finally able to write another big book on why we love the Earth to celebrate Earth Day!  We also saw our Big Buddies to make robins, and in the afternoon we had a great time splashing through the creek and playing in the forest.

 

We enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Family Fun Night!  Thank you for coming out to support our PAC. We loved seeing our children in the bouncy castle, watching movies and eating popcorn and grilled cheese sandwiches.  It was a nice way to end a week which was filled with family and community.

Upcoming Events and Reminders:We have a lot coming up for the next month.  Please do not hesitate to ask Christy or myself for clarification.  You can email us or talk to us at school.

The costume for Kindergarten children for “Simba’s Story,” the Primary retelling of “The Lion King” on May 22 and May 23, will be “party best.”  More information will follow but we wanted to give you a heads-up. If you have a crown(s) at home, please ask your child to tell us how many this week.  This will help us to decide if we should wear crowns/borrow crowns from home, make them at school, or do a Dollar Store run.

Monday:  Library Book Exchange for both classes

Tuesday and Thursday – PE for Division 15 (Mrs. Campbell)

Tuesday and Friday – PE for Division 16 (Mrs. Daudlin)

May

Tuesday, May 7, 1 pm:  Kindergarten Vision, Hearing and Dental Screening

Save the Date!  Wednesday, May 22 1:30 pm:  “Simba’s Story” with ALL Kindergarten students performing; Division 16 parents attend (even division parents invited to attend)

Save the Date!  Thursday, May 23 1:30 pm:  “Simba’s Story” with ALL Kindergarten students performing:  Division 15 parents attend (odd division parents invited to attend)

June

Friday, June 7:  Sports Day – Theme and Team Names to be Announced Soon

Division 15 is on the Red Team (you need a red t-shirt; red shorts and socks are optional)

Division 16 is on the Blue Team (you need a blue t-shirt; blue shorts and socks are optional)