The Self-Regulated Teacher

Our personal journey towards self-regulation in Kindergarten

Happy Turkey Day 2017

A very Happy Thanksgiving from our homes to yours…

 

And a few Thankful thoughts from the Kindergarten:

I am thankful for…

-a beautiful blue sky

-my family

-the ocean

-my Dad’s hugs

-playing at the beach

-the golden trees

-birds in the sky

-food to eat

-swimming in a swimming pool

-my teacher

-eating with my family

-clean water to drink

-my grandparents

-playing in the park, and a picnic

-the blue jays at my house

-my bird, Banana

-my garden

-nature and snow

-hugs and kisses from my family

We’re thankful for our friends and families, and our dear Kindergarten children.  We look forward to seeing everybody when school re-opens on Tuesday, October 10.

 

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A Gingerbread House Community

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We are fortunate to be a small part of a very special event here at Ridgeview on Tuesday evening, December 13, 2016.  Our Ridgeview Me to We Team will be hosting their second annual Gingerbread House Night.

Our District Innovation Support Teacher (Technology), Cari Wilson (@kayakcari) also teaches Grade 7 at our school, and she sponsors the Grade 7 Me to We Team.  Last year the Team decided to have a gingerbread house fundraising activity to help build a well in Kenya.  It was such a sweet success that we are hosting a similar event for a second year in a row.

Imagine, if you will, the sight of 100 gingerbread house kits, which include icing and candy, ordered and delivered to our school and waiting in the main office.  

For this particular school event, students have to be accompanied by at least one adult, and extra candy and icing can be preordered.

By the time Tuesday evening arrives, Ms. Wilson and the Me to We Team will have picked up the buckets of icing to “glue” the gingerbread house together, packaged many bags of candy and set up the gym with tables and table cloths.

Christy and I, long time gingerbread house builders and decorators ourselves, will be in the kitchen again to help the team by filling cups of pre-ordered icing and to provide support.

When we were ready to open last year, Christmas music was playing and excited students and their families began arriving.  How joyful it was for us to see so many Kindergarten families taking part!  We had never held an event like this before at Ridgeview.  We’ve had Bingo Nights and a spring fair (Mayfair), which brings out plenty of families.  But this particular fundraiser was different.

It was clear from the approximately 200 people in our gym, that the majority of families in attendance were all new Canadian families.  It was particularly moving for us to see so many families interested to to learn about a tradition many of us associate with the spirit of the season.

And it wasn’t just the Ridgeview students and their parents, but the entire family.  Moms, dads, preschoolers and grandparents were at school.  We loved watching grandparents helping their grandchildren with the construction of the houses, while preschoolers and toddlers were assisting or in their mother’s or father’s arms.  We noticed students were extremely focused on their task.  There was very little movement by students visiting other students.  Rather, they stayed very close to their families and seemed to have a deeper understanding this was a family bonding time for them with their family members.  We build strong families when family members across generations play and work together.  

We saw families from the same classroom gathering together around the long tables, talking, sharing candy and icing and getting to know one another better.  Of course, the children know each other from their class, and they were bringing their parents and siblings over to sit down to join a friend’s family.   We have a lot of working parents at Ridgeview so many parents have not necessarily met the parents of all their children’s classmates.  We build a strong classroom community when we strengthen our relationships between families; between classroom parents who are able to support and help each other; and between students when they see each other outside of of the regular school day.

When the night had finished we could see the many gingerbread houses, each one reflecting the personality of its family, but collectively forming a community.  We were united by several common goals:  as a fundraiser to help build a well for those in need; an evening of festive fun for our family; and as a school supporting our student leadership team.  We build a strong school community when we work together and support each other as parents, teachers and students, to provide an exceptional educational experience not only for our own children but all children.

With the money they raise this year, the Me to We Team will be supporting education in a developing country.  It costs $50 a child for a child’s primary education (K-6).  The Team’s goal is to pay for the education of an entire class of students. Please help us work towards our goal so that one day all children can have a basic education regardless of they live, their socioeconomic status or gender.   

It’s not too late for you and your family to come and join us for this fun and seasonal activity!  This year our school is using School Cash Online to complete family orders.  This is different from last year when you could send in a cheque.  You will need to set up your account first so you’ll have to check your Ridgeview Bulletin from November 18.  Your opportunity to order ends on Friday, December 9, so if you’re thinking about coming out, don’t delay.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, visit “Gingerbread Lane” at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Vancouver.  You’ll see an amazing array of gingerbread houses and gingerbread villages of all shapes and sizes.  It’s a family tradition of both of us to have a “Christmas in the City” day and visiting these spectacular creations is at the top of our list, along with the “Festival of Trees” at the Four Seasons Hotel.

A sampling of a few of our creations…

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Happy Turkey Day!

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Self-Regulated Teacher.  We’re thankful for our health, love of family and friends, and of course, our wonderful Kindergarten children and their families!

Here’s some Thanksgiving love for you from your children:

I am thankful for…

  • Hugs from Mom and Dad
  • My birthday because my friends bring me presents
  • Food to eat
  • Basketball
  • My garden
  • My home
  • My body being healthy
  • My brothers and sisters
  • My school
  • Friends to play with
  • My parents
  • Fall leaves
  • My mom for taking me on a Disney boat
  • My mom takes me to Grandma and Grandpa’s
  • My mom gives me presents
  • Activities to go to afterschool
  • Airplanes to take us places 
  • The beach

Dear little thoughts from very dear little people….have a wonderful day with your family!

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Happy Easter from the Self-Regulated Teacher

IMG_2674Happy Easter to all of our little Kindergarten Bunnies!  And the Big Bunnies, too.  There’s more than enough chocolate to go around.

Easter was a rather quiet affair this year in the Kindergarten, as the holiday was incorporated into our spring break this year (which we’re still on, until Tuesday).

However, far be it for us to let a holiday go by without some festivities!

We decorated our classroom as always….we know, very un-regulated of us, but it’s the holidays which are part of our tradition to celebrate all of the great festivals in our culture, even if it’s just a little bit.  And we can’t begin to tell you how much the children appreciate the beauty of our Easter trees and all the little decorations.

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In some ways we also consider this an opportunity to teach them that we can appreciate things just by looking, that we don’t have to touch everything.  They love to ask us questions about where we got our pretty objects, how long we’ve had them for, and we are able to teach them the importance of looking after one’s belongings and how to take care of them.  More life lessons from the Kindergarten….

 

IMG_2693We read some very beautiful storybooks about Easter.

  • Max’s Chocolate Chicken (Rosemary Wells)
  • Max Counts His Chickens (Rosemary Wells)
    • The Bunny Who Found Easter (Charlotte Zolotow and Helen Craig)

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We didn’t have a traditional egg hunt, but we filled plastic eggs with jelly beans, Easter grass and some cut out letters to spell a special greeting….

 

Wishing you and your Bunnies a very Happy Easter!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

FullSizeRender-5It’s Valentine’s Day and we know you’re enjoying the love of being surrounded by your wonderful children, family and friends.

For Valentine’s Day at school we decided to teach an integrated Social Studies lesson on “Family” with one of the themes of today’s celebration, love, and talk about family love.  We read The I Love You FullSizeRender-6Book by Todd Parr.  The children loved how the book tells of the many reasons why and when they are loved, from feeling shy to when they can’t sleep.  We reminded them of the unconditional love they have from their families (and teachers!) no matter what the situation.

The children shared some of the ways in which their families care for them, and on this day of love and friendship, we share a few of their ideas with you.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Self-Regulated Teacher!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

IMG_2278We love Christmas, it’s our favourite time of year.  But a Kindergarten Christmas is extra special.

The children have been practising their songs for the upcoming Christmas concert these last few weeks.  This will be the children’s first time on stage with their classmates, singing and performing for their parents.

We’re decorating our classrooms already.  Although it might seem early to some, we’re going into the last two weeks before the Christmas break.  We have some children leaving early and we want to enjoy the feelings of excitement and anticipation with everyone before we go our separate ways.

We’re trying to adhere to some of our self-regulation guidelines for keeping the classroom calm and peaceful, while still making it a beautiful and special Christmas space.

We’ve changed the fairy lights from autumn orange to Christmas multicolour.  We’re still keeping the overhead lights off, except on the darkest days when we turn on just one bank of lights so we can read our books.

FullSizeRender-4We’ve set up a small Christmas tree for the children to contemplate when we’re listening to quiet music, part of our after the morning recess routine.

We’ve downsized the Christmas clutter of figurines and signage.  We’re going to create a Christmas word bank instead so our “decoration” will also be a useful writing reference.

Confession time….we have hung small Christmas stuffed animals from the wires we’ve strung across the classroom which are definitely distracting.  But the little stuffed teddy bears, angels, Santas, reindeer and snowmen are just so cute and the children love them.  Call us old-fashioned Christmas softies, but Christmas comes FullSizeRender-5once a year and you’re only young once.  We clarified our expectations with the children (no jumping up to grab the toys) and so far, things are going pretty well. We’ll talk again in two weeks.

This Week in Our Room:  November 30-December 4, 2015

The big excitement this week was that our Kindergarten classes got to see their Big Buddies not once, but twice!

FullSizeRender-3We made our annual Christmas Crackers with our Buddies for our traditional donation to several local organizations this year, including. The Union Gospel Mission and our sister school, Grandview Elementary in Vancouver.  We fill a paper roll with your Hallowe’en candy donations, and wrap it beautifully in Christmas paper and ribbon.  Our children have learned that there are many children and adults in communities close to us who will receive only this candy as a gift this year.  We are firm believers that if we are able to share some of what we have to bring comfort and a little holiday joy to others, then we should.  Thinking globally begins at a very early age; talking about the gratitude for the privileges we receive, whether through hard work or good fortune, is a discussion a Kindergarten child is able to participate in.

Our other Big Buddy project this year is a secret.  We started working onFullSizeRender-1 our Christmas gifts for our families!

We browsed the Scholastic Book Fair and enjoyed looking at possible gift purchases.  We did not take out a library book this week as the book fair bookcases were blocking access to our storybooks.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

The Primary Musical is called “Toys” and our Kindergarten children will be dressing up as Prince and Princess Dolls.

Girls: please wear a princess costume (Disney Princess is fine) and crown.  No wands, please.

Boys:  please wear a long sleeved green top and black pants.  We will supply the gold garland sash and prepare the crowns at school.  If you already have a crown, please let us know by Monday, December 7.

Wednesday, December 9 is our second annual Reindeer Games Activity Party.  We will be having some fun, reindeer themed activities for our class.  If your children would like to dress up with reindeer or Santa hats, Christmas jewelry and headpieces, or Christmas t-shirts, this would be a good day to do so.

Also on December 9, our Me to We Team (Grade 7) is hosting a gingerbread house evening.  You can make a wonderful gingerbread house with your family.  Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent.  You can order your gingerbread house kit, extra icing and candies, with the form we sent home earlier this week.  Please see the office if you need another one.  Mrs. Daudlin and Mrs. Campbell will also be attending this evening to support the Me to We team, make there own gingerbread houses and look forward to seeing the Kindergarten families who may be in attendance!

 

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Countdown to Christmas…

IMG_4717As we enjoy another clear, crisp and sunny day in Vancouver this last Sunday in November, our thoughts have already turned to…Christmas.

We’re well past Remembrance Day now, so we’ve allowed ourselves to indulge in thinking about Christmas at home and school.

We’re both early decorators at home for the holidays. Christy has earned

The adorable Christmas Village...

The adorable Christmas Village…

the illustrious nickname of “Christy Christmas” so you can imagine how fun and cute everything is at her house. Me? This picture from my Twitter profile gives you a clue as to what my Christmas obsession has been for the past 15 years.

 

Some of my favourites from my vintage Christmas ornament collection

Some favourites from my vintage collection.

Some favourites from my vintage collection.

Besides planning for the festivities (we’re both cooking Christmas dinner this year), decorating (Christmas tree, outdoor lights, decorative touches around the house, fresh floral arrangements), baking (cookies, cookies and more cookies for the teenagers) there is the final and inevitable task of…Christmas shopping.

We don’t enjoy Christmas shopping like we used to. When our kids were much younger, Christmas shopping was a lot more fun: we would buy what we, the parents, wanted to give them. We would be able to visit one or two wonderful toy stores and cover the majority of our lists. Now their Christmas lists are very specific, from far-flung stores and might we say…expensive?

Here’s a little poem about Christmas gift-giving we came across a few years ago from a comment a reader left in a personal finance blog….

Something you wish for
Something you need
Something to wear
And something to read.

When we proposed this to the teenagers, it didn’t go over particularly well (“What? Only four gifts?”) But they did understand the sentiment behind it, that perhaps simplifying gift-giving at Christmas might be something to be considered when we reflect on what Christmas is truly about on a personal level.

However, the one gift that we haven’t changed too much is the Christmas Book Bag.

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blogA Christmas tradition from our homes has been to give a book bag every year to our children (thank you to Dianne W. for this wonderful idea).

When they were young, we bought mostly picture books, activity books and comics; and although it’s changed to reference books, novels and magazines as they’ve grown older, it’s a gift our kids still look forward to every year. It’s the one present they can open while they’re waiting for the parents to get up. We have to admit it’s pretty funny to walk down the stairs on Christmas morning and see your kids sitting quietly reading around the tree! But it’s extremely gratifying as well.

We thought we’d share with you some of the Christmas books we’ve selected over the years. All of these books are beautifully written, rich with language and charming illustrations. We hope that you might find one (or more)…

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Remembrance Day Reflections-Art, Writing and Literature

IMG_2145We read two very special books this Remembrance Day, A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson and Ron Lightburn and The Peace Book by Todd Parr.

We read A Poppy is to Remember on Tuesday, before we headed off to our Remembrance Day Assembly.  It’s a gorgeous book, beautifully illustrated and an excellent jumping off point for our young students.

IMG_2094One of the art projects we worked on for Remembrance Day was to make a poppy using a block print made from an acorn squash.  The acorn squash had been hanging out in the classroom for a few days, along with a few other gourds.  Each time we passed them as we were lining up, two or three children were always touching them, feeling the deep grooves and ribs and bumps of these fascinating vegetables.

The children watched us cut it open (you don’t often get to see your teacher doing food prep) and a few children excitedly scooped out the seeds.  Then we cut the potato and we were ready to begin.

IMG_2117We painted the acorn squash red and printed it onto grey construction paper.

Then we painted the potato black and printed the centre of our poppy. Gorgeous!

 

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Most of you know that we are huge Todd Parr fans and the The Peace Book is one of our favourites.

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We introduced the book earlier this week, and started with a discussion about the topic of peace.  Here are some of the children’s thoughts:

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And the work they completed for our class big book.

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FullSizeRender-2With our Grade 7 Buddies we made our peace doves.  It’s been really fun with our Buddies over the past number of years because Christy and I taught these very children when they were either in Grade One or Kindergarten as that was the time of our job-share.  We can have a bit of a laugh with the Big Buddies as they remember the crafts from when they were little (and many of them still have their Kindergarten work) and we can all share some stories about their Kindergarten class.

This Week in Our Room:  November 8-13, 2015

Please ensure that everyday your child comes with a full kit of clothing for the wet, cold weather.  A warm jacket, hat, gloves and boots are necessities.  If your child wishes to have an addition fleece layer, we think that’s a great idea.

Some of the children have asked us if they can stay inside for the rainy recess times.  Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff for supervision of individual students.  If your child is not feeling well, and cannot manage all aspects of the full day of school, it’s probably best to stay home for a few days, rest and come back to school ready to play.

We’re still collecting wrapping paper, ribbon and clean, tissue-free paper rolls for our Christmas Cracker project.  Thank you for your donations.

 

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Hallowe’en Fun in the Kindergarten: Part 2

FullSizeRender-12We’re going to share our Hallowe’en booklist for you in case you missed it.  It was buried deep in last week’s post.

A holiday post from us would not be complete without a booklist.  Here’s the best of what we’re reading to the Kindergarten for Hallowe’en.

  • Franklin’s Hallowe’en (Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark)
  • The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin (Margaret Wise Brown and Richard Egielski)
  • Harriet’s Hallowe’en Candy (Nancy Carlson)
  • Ten Little Beasties (Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley)
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Jill Esbaum)
  • A Day at the Pumpkin Patch (Megan Faulkner and Adam Krawesky)
  • The Pumpkin Book (Gail Gibbons)
  • It’s Pumpkin Time (Zoe Hall and Sheri Halpern)
  • The Littlest Pumpkin (R.A. Herman and Betina Ogden)
  • Little Goblins Ten (Pamela Jane and Jane Manning)
  • The Biggest Pumpkin Ever (Steven Kroll)
  • From Seed to Pumpkin (Wendy Pfeffer and James Graham Hale)
  • 10 Trick-or-Treaters (Janet Schulman and Linda Davick)
  • Big Pumpkin (Erica Silverman and S.D. Schindler)
  • One Spooky Night (Kate Stone)
  • Too Many Pumpkins (Linda White and Megan Lloyd)
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd)
  • The Pumpkin Blanket (Deborah Turney Zagwyn)

IMG_0435This Week in Our Room:  October 25-29, 2015

With everything that’s been going on for Hallowe’en, we did not work on our next letter, “F.”  We will be back to working on the alphabet next week.

Both of our classrooms had the protective film on our windows replaced this week.  It helps to reduce the light and glare off of our whiteboards which can make it difficult to see when the sun is shining really brightly.

We sent home the November homework calendar.  Please bring back October’s homework calendar next week for a sticker.

IMG_0437Hallowe’en Centres Party

We had a really fun and exciting time at our Hallowe’en Centres party on Wednesday!  First of all, we must say a big “thank you so very much” to the parent volunteers who helped to make this special event possible.  The children had a truly enjoyable morning making their bat craft and decorating their spider cupcakes, creating a Hallowe’en Math pattern, sculpting with play dough and drawing in their Hallowe’en colouring books.

IMG_2069Hallowe’en Parade and Assembly

The Kindergarten led the way through our school hallways as we led the Primary students in our costume parade.  Thank you so much for helping your child to prepare for our fun day!  The children all looked so wonderful.

During our Assembly, we sang Hallowe’en songs and reviewed the safety rules for trick-or-treating:

  1.  Light your way-make sure you can be seen.
  2.  Let’s talk about the route-be certain you know where you are going.
  3.  Don’t touch that-if you don’t know what it is, back away.
  4.  Follow the rules of the road-walk on the sidewalk and wear reflectors if necessary.
  5.  Don’t run-walk carefully so you don’t trip on your costume.
  6.  Get home safely, stay together-being safe is the most important part of the Hallowe’en night!
Party's over....

Party’s over….

Well, Hallowe’en celebrations are finished at school for another year.  We wish everyone a safe and happy Hallowe’en!

 

 

Upcoming Next Week:

Library Day for Division 15 is Monday, and Library Day for Division 16 is Tuesday.

We’re looking forward to seeing our Grade 7 Buddies next week and getting started on our Peace Doves and other art projects for Remembrance Day.

Dates and Reminders:

Wednesday, November 11 is Remembrance Day.  School is not in session.

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Hallowe’en Fun in the Kindergarten: Part 1

FullSizeRender-13Five years ago was the beginning of a changing lens on Hallowe’en for Christy and I at school.  Our school hallways are traditionally decorated, and a grotesque figure in the main foyer one year upset a Kindergarten child.  She refused to walk past it, and we had to shield her view to usher her into the library which was our destination.  We’ve never forgotten that incident and it continues to shape much of what we do today.

Outside of school, the children have lots to be excited about on Hallowe’en. The idea of dressing up as your favourite character and collecting candy is very appealing.  But Hallowe’en has become noticeably scarier over the years, with more gore and hints of creepiness evident in costumes and commercial decorations.  We struggle every year as we try to focus on the best and most appropriate parts of Hallowe’en for our young students in the classroom.

Reconciling a calm, self-regulated learning environment and Hallowe’en has required some thoughtful planning and reflection on our part.

IMG_2027We’ve added some beautiful orange fairy lights along some of our bulletin boards. With the cloudy days being a little darker, the lights are warm and welcoming. We’ve actually just been enjoying looking at the lights and listening to a little Charlie Brown jazz music.  (True story:  as I was hanging up the lights during lunch, one of my students asked, “Mrs. Daudlin, why are you putting up Christmas lights already?”  While I was pondering my response, another student replied, “Oh, those are for Hallowe’en.  She’s going to put up rainbow lights at Christmas.”  How cute is that?)

IMG_2026We’re putting up far less Hallowe’en “stuff” on our walls.

Instead, we brainstormed some familiar Hallowe’en vocabulary and created a Hallowe’en word bank with pictures and labels to support the children in their drawing and writing.

We’ll be learning about the life cycle of the pumpkin and the names of the various stages.

And we’re providing more opportunities for oral language as we sing FullSizeRender-15Hallowe’en songs and chant poems.

We’ve created some fabulous Hallowe’en themed art to decorate our classrooms.

FullSizeRender-14We drew and coloured our beautiful monthly self-portraits.  We love looking back at the growth in maturity as the children’s drawings of themselves become more sophisticated over the school year.

Deep Space Sparkle Pumpkins. We introduced warm colour mixing with red, yellow and orange on pumpkins we had drawn with white pastel. We mixed the paint right on the paper.  Then we were inspired by a photo of some pumpkin art from our Principal. We found ourselves cutting out our pumpkins to mount on black paper, then added painted paper stems, leaves and grass.  We’ve hung them up quilt style, and next week, we will add the Jack-o-lantern features for some Hallowe’en fun.  These are our favourite kinds of art projects as we love creating the anticipation for completion.  We will have taken three weeks from start to finish, and our children are learning the valuable lessons of patience, perseverance and delayed gratification.

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Hallowe’en Wreaths.  Our wreaths are in progress as we make them with our Grade 7 Buddies.  Each Big and Little Buddy pair use tracers to trace and cut out the four shapes of pumpkin, bat, moon and ghost.  These are decorated simply with crayons, and glued onto a wreath shape.  Bows and stickers are the final details to complete our sweet project.

FullSizeRender-12Of course a holiday post from us would not be complete without a booklist.  Here’s the best of what we’re reading to the Kindergarten for Hallowe’en.

 

  • Franklin’s Hallowe’en (Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark)
  • The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin (Margaret Wise Brown and Richard Egielski)
  • Harriet’s Hallowe’en Candy (Nancy Carlson)
  • Ten Little Beasties (Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley)
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Jill Esbaum)
  • A Day at the Pumpkin Patch (Megan Faulkner and Adam Krawesky)
  • The Pumpkin Book (Gail Gibbons)
  • It’s Pumpkin Time (Zoe Hall and Sheri Halpern)
  • The Littlest Pumpkin (R.A. Herman and Betina Ogden)
  • Little Goblins Ten (Pamela Jane and Jane Manning)
  • The Biggest Pumpkin Ever (Steven Kroll)
  • From Seed to Pumpkin (Wendy Pfeffer and James Graham Hale)
  • 10 Trick-or-Treaters (Janet Schulman and Linda Davick)
  • Big Pumpkin (Erica Silverman and S.D. Schindler)
  • One Spooky Night (Kate Stone)
  • Too Many Pumpkins (Linda White and Megan Lloyd)
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd)
  • The Pumpkin Blanket (Deborah Turney Zagwyn)

One of the benefits of a simpler Hallowe’en has been to downsize our decorations.  We’ll be making the drive to the Salvation Army this weekend.

This Week in Our Room:  October 19-22, 2015

This week we learned the correct formation for the letter “E.”  As we are brainstorming ideas, segmenting words and labelling our pictures, the children are solidifying the sound/symbol relationship of each of the alphabet letters.

In Math, we’ve been creating AB, AAB, and ABC patterns using manipulatives during our Math rotations.  This week we represented our learning by choosing a pattern and creating a patterned frame around our name.

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Our school watched our first Cultural Event, “Marimba Muzuva” on Wednesday.  We were delighted with the children’s audience behaviour; they sat politely and listened for almost an hour in a very hot gym.  The children were able to enjoy some of the songs, stories and dances of Zimbabwe and participated with clapping, chanting and dancing with the rest of the student population. Thank you very much to our RPAC for sponsoring this event.

Reminders

It’s a Professional Day tomorrow and students are not in session.  We are attending the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative Leadership Roundtable tomorrow, “Building School Capacity to Support Student Success:  Creating Quality Learning Environments Through a Self-Regulation Lens.”  We look forward to learning more about creating the best self-regulated learning environment we can for our students.

Library Day is Monday for Division 15, and Tuesday for Division 16. Please return your Library Book so you may borrow a new one.

Our classes are starting to catch colds and coughs and some children have had fevers.  It’s probably a good time to review the use of Kleenex, hand washing and coughing into your elbow at home again with your child.  If your children are sick, please keep them at home.  We know the children want to come to school but they simply do not have the stamina and energy required for the full day.  As their parents, you can and should make that decision for them.  The children need to stay at home, and come back to school rested and in good health.

Next Wednesday we are holding our annual Hallowe’en Centres party for our children, from 9-10:30. The children do not need to dress up in their costumes, but they may certainly wear their Hallowe’en t-shirts, black and orange, headpieces and jewelry.  They will be very busy participating in Hallowe’en themed activities!

All next week Ridgeview will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the “We Scare Hunger” Campaign, sponsored by our Grade 7 Me to We team.  Please send the donations to our classroom and your children will deliver them to the collection area in the main hallway.

Friday, October 30, is another great Ridgeview tradition:  Our annual Hallowe’en Parade and Assembly.  All students are invited to dress up in their Hallowe’en costumes.  Please remember not to send in any items that resemble weapons.  Our Principal will lead our costumed students through our hallowed hallways as we make our way to the gym for a fun assembly of Safety Information, songs and stories.  This will take place from 9:15-10:00.

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