The Self-Regulated Teacher

Our personal journey towards self-regulation in Kindergarten

This Week in Our Room: May 23-26, 2017

We’ve had a lot going on around here, so please forgive us if we seem a bit distracted. Time to practice more mindfulness!

We’re having a lot of fun teaching Fairy Tales the past couple of weeks. For Sharing and Special Helper this month, the children are bringing in a favourite Fairy Tale, so we are getting a high rate of exposure to many stories and it’s broadening our understanding and perspective of this important genre.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are back in town, and we’ve had an interesting time of it, reading three different versions of a familiar and much loved tale.

We started with a fun provocation: a basket filled with treats. We showed our basket to the children and slowly went through the contents, asking the children to think of a Fairy Tale where a basket has a part in the story. Inside the basket: fruit, juice…pizza. (Seems we had no croissant in the house corner). Admittedly, the pizza threw everybody off for a moment, but with a few good clues for our guided inquiry (“I’m going to Grandma’s house;” “I wear a red hood and cloak”) our well-read children were able to narrow down their guess to Little Red.

Our focus has been on story structure, and we’re talking about the beginning, middle and end in a Fairy Tale. We’re looking for common elements such as a story beginning with “Once upon a time…” and ending with “…and they all lived happily ever after.”

We then moved onto to house-building with “The Three Little Pigs.” We have had so much fun reading aloud familiar portions of the story; the children have really enjoyed being the little pigs (“Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin”) to our Wolf (“I’ll HUFF, and I’ll PUFF and I’ll BLLOOWW your house down.”) Here, we are teaching about recalling and sequencing the main events within the beginning, middle and end of a story.

The children loved making these delightful little books which they read to themselves or to a friend when they’ve finished sequencing and stapling together the pages.

As for next week, well, we’ve got some magic beans we can trade you for your cow….

We’ve also been investigating shapes in Math, and looked for squares and rectangles in our classroom. Who would have thought we could have found so many? In continuing with our tradition of inspiring children’s literature, we read  Perfect Square by Michael Hall, and Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book and Grey Rabbit’s Odd One Out by Alan Baker.

We’re teaching PE to both classes simultaneously right now, as we start practising relays. Sports Day is fast approaching, and all of the races our teams participate in are relays. Not all the children have had an opportunity to see a Ridgeview Sports Day or run a relay, so we’ve formed small teams and started running relays down the length of the gym, turning around a pylon and passing a small piece of equipment among the team members. There is a high safety factor when teams are running simultaneously and turning, so the children’s ability to listen to the teacher to complete the task correctly is very much evident.

The children brought home their class photos earlier in the week. We were delighted to be able to use the “Seussical” background for our photo from our Intermediate Musical. We’ll send home a list of names in order of the photograph for your reference.

Upcoming Events and Reminders
Tonight is our Ridgeview Parent Gala in support of the Library Modernization Project at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. Our beautiful platters will be available for auction. Best of luck to all the bidders!

Next week we’re talking about the jobs our families do inside and outside the home. Please have a wee chat with your children about the kind of work you do outside the home so they can share that information at school. The children are all quite familiar with the work you do at home — they know about the grocery shopping, cooking and baking, washing up of dishes, gardening, laundry and ironing, just to name a few tasks. We were delighted to hear about how many children help with dinner preparations and fold the laundry (“that’s my job”)!

We’re sending home a form from our Music Teacher, Mrs. Soderling, for children who are interested in auditioning for the Primary Variety Show. Please read carefully the expectations for the audition process. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Soderling directly at hsoderling@wvschools.ca

Tuesday, May 30 is Library Book Exchange for both classes.

Home Reading Book Exchange is Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

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The Week in Our Room: May 8-12, 2017

We can’t believe it’s already Friday, and almost the middle of May!

For a regular five day school week it was actually pretty busy, with many changes, delightful interruptions and special visitors.

Our Library Book Exchange moved to Monday this week, instead of our regular Tuesday. By Monday at 2:55 pm the majority of children had two library books out (who knew last week’s book had to be returned for Monday?), rather than one, and that created great confusion about which book (one? both?) needed to be returned this week. We’re not really sure ourselves so we’re looking forward to next Tuesday when things return to normal. Please bring ALL school library books for Tuesday so we can start again.

On Monday we also had a wonderful visit from Elmer the Safety Elephant and Ruff the Dog of the North Shore Safety Council to talk about pedestrian safety. We always enjoy seeing our favourite elephant and dog and we were so pleased with our classes who know a great deal about keeping themselves safe while out walking in their community.

West Vancouver Secondary School’s Concert Band and Concert Choir came to Ridgeview on Wednesday to perform as part of their Feeder School Tour. These were amazing performances with so many Ridgeview alumni and our children were fortunate to see what the future looks like in the performing arts of their local high school. The children’s listening behaviour was outstanding. We are so proud to be their teachers.

We worked on a special art project for our contribution to the Ridgeview Parent Gala and Auction in aid of the Library Modernization Project happening at our school. We’re so grateful to our parent helpers who helped our children with their fingerprint flowers on what will be a gorgeous platter when it’s all finished. We will be sharing more information about the auction and how you can place a bid as soon as the details are finalised.

 

We had more performing arts fun when Mrs. Segers invited us to watch her Grade 3 students perform “Jane and the Dragon” and “Hearts and Tarts.” You might well imagine how tickled Christy and I are when we get to see our beloved Kindergarten children now in Grade 3 acting and speaking with such incredible confidence. These children might not be in Kindergarten anymore but they always, and forever will be, our students.

 

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Home Reading Book Exchange: Monday, Wednesday next week
Library Book Exchange is on Tuesday for both classes. Please return ALL library books.

Thursday, May 18 is Welcome to Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 Kindergarten students.

Friday, May 19, is a Professional Day. School is in session for teachers only.

Monday, May 22, is Victoria Day. Schools are not in session.

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This Week In Our Room: May 1-5, 2017

It’s been a super busy week with the Intermediate Musical, our Mother’s Day project, Alphabet Book finish-up, class photos and a discombobulated schedule. We are so proud of our classes for coming through it all with maturity, flexibility and a let’s do this attitude. We know ourselves how difficult it can be when our class’ timetables and schedules get switched around as we try to accommodate everything going on in our school. But we see the benefits of teaching self-regulation strategies to our children, talking aloud about our feelings and valuing the character traits of perseverance and resilience as we’ve pushed through. Everyone should take some well deserved rest over the weekend.

This week we coloured our Alphabet Book covers and glued them to the front of our books. We’re progressing slowly to finish up as much of the missed pages as we can, but we will only continue this for another week or so. At that point, we will send the books home and children can complete missed work at home.

It’s the beginning of May so we completed our beautiful self-portraits. It`s been amazing to watch the children’s skills develop as we revisit this project every month.

We started our study of Shapes and Geometry this week. We read Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book and did a very through brainstorming of know two-dimensional shapes. We will continue to explore the shapes through a variety of geometric math manipulatives, the common shapes we see in our environment and introduce some simple vocabulary.

We’re into Week 2 of Let’s Talk About Touching, focusing on ways to keep ourselves safe and healthy such as visiting the dentist and doctor when necessary. Tools such as toothbrushes, bandaids, soap and tissues are all useful items for looking after our bodies. Our next lessons will focus on fun and helpful touches.

We are successfully exchanging our Home Reading Books in class. We’re so happy to see the children remembering to return their books on the appointed book exchange days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Please remember this book is in addition to your daily read alouds at bedtime. Our children still need to hear you reading higher level books so they can learn more sophisticated vocabulary, complex sentence structures and questions and see you model reading aloud with expression and humour. We guarantee that these times of reading with your children will be among those most treasured by them as they grow up.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

We’re back in the gym again for PE next week so please make sure your child has runners on your class’ PE days. We will be working together with both classes to teach the children how to run various relay styles in preparation for Sports Day on Friday, June, 16.

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This Week in Our Room: April 24-28, 2017

Now, look at this adorable little craft. It’s enough to make us go through the alphabet all over again just to get to this cutie-pie Zebra! Thanks again to Pinterest for their awesome alphabet craft inspiration this year. This is the last letter we will make in Kindergarten. Your child should have an (almost) complete set now hanging up at home, so that they can review the letter names and sounds.

It was another BIG week in the Kindergarten. We finished our last Itchy’s Alphabet sheet and this page, along with the zebra, will be sent home next week. It also meant that we completed our Alphabet Book!! Let’s have some thunderous applause (we certainly did in class!). We’ve been talking a lot about perseverance this week, and our children certainly demonstrated that as we made our way through 26 gorgeous pages of printing, drawings and labels over the past eight months. We’re going to add a bit of decoration to the cover and these precious books will be your children’s to keep. It’s time to buy a Rubbermaid container to store all of the wonderful Kindergarten keepsakes we will slowly be sending home.

In Social Studies, we continued with our discussions on Needs and Wants. The children are learning that Needs include food, shelter and clothing, and Wants are things like toys and video games. But to extend the concept, they are also discovering that some Needs, like clothing, can be also be divided into necessary clothing (warm, long sleeved shirt) and clothes we just want to have (branded shirts, fancy runners). We’re very proud of the children who seem to have quite a good understanding that Needs are things that keep us safe and healthy and beginning to articulate this more clearly.

As you know, April is Earth Month. We’ve seen the Earth Rangers, and back in March we watched Dreamrider Productions “Zero Heroes.” At school we have a food waste management program. And we even wrote our own big book!

But we couldn’t let it go by without asking our own Jacqueline and Nic Way (Tyler’s mom and older brother) of http://www.365give.ca to come in for both classes to talk about celebrating our Earth and how we can help to give back to our planet. Our children have an amazing knowledge base of the importance of recycling and they are all familiar with sorting papers, plastic, glass and organic food waste. Many have even been to the dump and know about donating clothes, footwear, toys and books as a means of reusing items. For a special give back to the earth and the honey bees, we planted sunflower seeds which the children will bring home after the plants have sprouted. We’ll be blogging our entire class discussion and activity in the next week.

Very quietly at the back of the classroom, we’ve been working on a special Mother’s Day project….we’re loving listening to your children talk about you It’s very sweet.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Library Book Exchange – on Tuesday as usual for Division 15 (Mrs. Campbell’s class). Please note that Division 16 (Mrs. Daudlin’s class) will have their book exchange on Thursday due to a conflict with the Ultimate Jamboree for Grade 7s.

Seussical – we’ll be watching a special dress rehearsal for students only on Tuesday morning. Thank you to Ms. Wilson for inviting us to watch our older brothers and sisters and Big Buddies!

The May homework calendar went home this week. Please return April’s calendar to school for a sticker.

We will start our Home Reading Program on Monday so look for a book coming home. We sent a letter regarding this program earlier this week.

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This Week in Our Room: April 18-21, 2017

There’s a sense of change in the air and it’s more than just the late arrival of Spring. We’re at the end of our huge focus on the Alphabet as we completed the letter Y this week. As we were looking through the children’s Alphabet Books in anticipation of last Thursday’s Student Led Conferences, it made us realise the ever increasing pace of the passage of time as we head into our final two months of Kindergarten. We’ve seen remarkable progress over the year and certainly a big jump again since Easter, in self-regulation, refined fine motor skills, emotional maturity and resilience when confronted with conflicts. We still have many fun and exciting activities planned for our classes and look forward to seeing their increasing independence as they approach this unique time of Grade 1’s in training.

Christy and I are feeling particularly nostalgic, and it’s going to get worse, as Christy’s oldest daughter, and my youngest child, my son, are beginning to think about their upcoming high school graduations and all that that entails. They’ve been been accepted by their universities of choice, so now it’s on to scholarship applications. Then, there’s the course finals, the Grade 12 Provincial English exam, graduation banquets and Convocation, not necessarily in that order, but all part of what we’ve got going on this Spring. Kindergarten children moving on to Grade 1, and our own kids moving on to…life.

This week we will complete Alphabet Z. Then, we’re going to have a few catch-up days to finish up the odd Alphabet page your children might have missed from sickness or travel. We will do what we can in class; however, if your children missed a great deal of school or was late to start in Ridgeview Kindergarten, you can certainly finish up the pages at home when we send home the books.

We will be starting our Fairy Tale unit next. We’ve told all the children the next theme for Sharing will be Fairy Tales, so please start talking about what Fairy Tale your child would like to bring to school for us to read aloud. It shouldn’t be more than about 15 minutes long so we can read it during Storytime.

We finished our big unit Numeracy unit this week, culminating with 10 and the delightful book, 10 Black Dots by Donald Crews. Using the frame, “___ dots can be a ___” our children each made a page to contribute to a big book of the same name, which we showcased as part of our Big Books Centre at Student Led Conferences. In the same way we revisit Patterns, Sorting and Classifying all year, we will continue to integrate Numeracy in our upcoming Math units on Geometry and Measurement.

On Wednesday we saw our Big Buddies, and started decorating our classrooms for Spring with our cute little robins. Our Buddies also brought books about Spring with them for a cosy Big Buddy Little Buddy reading time.

Of course, our big focus this past week was Student Led Conferences. The children were very excited to have you visit our classrooms so they could present their work. We just love watching our children with you, your deep love for one another and your interest and pleasure in looking at their printed letters, iMovies and colourful art work. One of the most fun things we did to prepare for you was walk through all the Centres and pretend we were “Mum.” Many of the children call us “Mum” by accident at school when they are super excited to show us something (“Hey Mum, I mean…”), an emergency bathroom visit (“Mum, I need to go…I mean…”) or they’ve had a spill on the table “MUM!” So imagine the smiles and giggles as we questioned and praised our “daughters” and “sons” for practise at each Centre! We would like to thank everyone for your kind and thoughtful words in our Guest Book. We both feel very privileged to be your child’s first schoolteacher and to participate in their learning, development and understanding of what it means to be a Ridgeview Dragon.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Library Book Exchange is on Tuesday. Please bring your book back to school and into the classroom so it can be placed in the Library Book Bag.

Our class photo and school panorama photo will be taken on Friday, May 5! Please mark this important date on your calendar because we will want every student to be at school that day. Kindergarten classes usually have their photos taken first (while we are still neat and tidy, before we eat at recess) so it’s important to be on time for school as we mobilize very quickly following the morning bell.

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This Week in Our Room: April 10-13, 2017

There was a lot of talk about kisses and hugs this week…we’re working on the letter X in the alphabet! We read one of our favourite books, Alphabet Mystery by Audrey and Bruce Wood, as our literacy connection (and indulged my fondness for mystery books of all kinds). Only two more letters to go and we will have finished teaching all of the letter names, sounds and formation for upper and lower case letters. Our children will show you their Alphabet Books on Thursday, at their Student Led Conferences. You will be amazed at their progress this school year.

 

The Earth Rangers came by with a special presentation on the protection of animals and their habitat. Special visitors included Quillo the porcupine; Crimson the Tegu lizard; Katira the falcon; and Sonic the barn owl.

 

The Easter Bunny came early to the Kindergarten in the way of some very fun crafts and activities. First up — wax crayon resist patterned eggs. We had quite a bit of fun dreaming up patterning ideas using lines, dots, letters and symbols with our crayons. Then, we applied a paint wash using tempera paint pucks. Our efforts created a beautiful Easter basket full of eggs.

Next — Easter egg decorating! Thanks so very much to our parent volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to help our children make two kinds of decorated eggs: a simple wax crayon resist egg, and a batiked egg. We used crepe paper to make our dye (pour boiling water over the cut up crepe paper to drain the colour; let it sit overnight and remove the paper in the morning). The children already knew what to expect from the wax crayon resist technique, but using pipettes to dribble colour on their fabric wrapped egg was a new method.

For a little more Easter fun, we gave each of our children an Easter egg which contained some alphabet letters, Easter grass, jelly beans and mini chocolate eggs. With a bit of colouring, letter matching, gluing and snacking on sweet things, we’ve created a special message for you:

Upcoming Events and Reminders
Library Book Exchange on Tuesday. Please bring your library book into the classroom for the library book bag.

Thursday, April 20: Early Dismissal at 1:50 pm for Kindergarten students only. Please be on time. If you child attends Camp Ridgeview, we would appreciate it if you could inform them of this change in schedule.

Student Led Conferences: We’ve got just about every family signed up for Student Led Conferences on Thursday. Please remember to bring your Kindergarten child to the conference. We would prefer that arrangements be made for siblings so that you can focus on your child’s conference.

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This Week in Our Room: April 3-7, 2017

Well, the weather outside this Spring is frightful, but here in the Kindergarten, we’ve moved on to summer (at least in our thoughts) with our delicious “w is a watermelon” craft this week. We’ve been updating all of our Alphabet crafts this year so the children can create them with more independence. This might have been a bit of a stretch with all of the gluing, measuring and trimming but we think our classes did an admirable job.

Speaking of Spring, we are having a ton of fun with our Sharing Theme, “Signs of Spring.” Thank you to everyone who has had a turn so far, for bringing in photos and cuttings from your gardens, hand-drawn pictures, Easter baskets, bunny ears, stuffed animals and storybooks. We are learning so much about seasonal changes from Winter to Spring (technically, that is, as the warmer temperatures are nowhere to be seen). We’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible. For sure we can say that our rainboots are getting a lot of use this year.

We saw our Big Buddies on Wednesday to make the Bunny Baskets for Easter egg decorating this week.

On Tuesday we held a very special Nowruz celebration that was organised by our Farsi-speaking parents in the two Kindergarten classes. The children participated in five different centres in their own classrooms, including several crafts, and learning about the haft seen table. This was a cross-generational occasion with classroom parents, grandmothers and a parent from last year’s Kindergarten to help and join in the fun. Then, all 40 students gathered in my room to enjoy a food tasting, banquet style, of savoury and sweet delights. Truly, all of the great cultural celebrations are centred around the sharing of food, conversation and enjoyment of others’ company. We feel very privileged to have had such a the high level of parent involvement in our classrooms.

Let’s Dance! You’re looking at the next generation of hip hop dancers! We’re so proud of our Kindergarten — what an accomplishment in learning such a complex dance routine, following our dance teacher’s instructions and working together as a group. Thank you for helping your child with their dance “costume” – we looked really awesome!  (Photo from Twitter)

Upcoming Events and Reminders
Tuesday is Library Book Exchange. Please have your children bring their library book into the classroom to place in the library book bin.

We’ll be colouring Easter eggs next week. Thanks to the parents volunteers for coming in to help.

Save the Date: Student Led Conferences take place on Thursday, April 20. We will let you know through a Remind text when the sign-up sheet is posted. We plan to accommodate only 5 families at a time, for a 25 minute conference for student and parents. This conference is for your Kindergarten child so siblings should wait on the playground. Kindergarten students only will be dismissed at 1:50 pm. Our conferences start at 2:00 pm promptly so please be on time to pick up your child. For parents new to Student Led Conferences, you need to bring your child to the conference. The children will be in charge and leading the conference.

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This Week in Our Room: March 27-31, 2017

Welcome back, everyone! We certainly have finished this week on a high note with the return of the sunshine. Hopefully we have left the winter behind and focus on enjoying ourselves outside.

This is a very unique time in the life of Kindergarten, for the children and ourselves. Suddenly, the children are very mature. They’ve returned to school quite serious, with keen listening skills, a sharp interest and more awareness in what they are doing. The children understand the importance of the school day routines, their self-regulation and how that affects their learning. We love how the children have internalised the expectations of the classroom, and their behaviour reflects that knowledge in how they clean up the classroom, set-up their printing page or line-up to leave the classroom, just to name a few. They are making connections between our daily activities and literature, to nature, and the broader scope of their environment and the world and verbalizing it. We’ve had a few “A HA!” moments already this week. It’s really quite amazing, and we are so privileged to be a part of your children’s learning.

Without missing a beat, we’re right back at it with the letter “V is a vine” for our alphabet work.

We’re continuing to work through our numeracy unit as we explore the number 8. We can see many children are used to playing games with dice as they recognise that 2 4s are 8 in a dice throw. They also showed 8 using different kinds of materials such as blocks and bingo markers. Sometimes, children got carried away and discovered they had bingo marked 9 or 10 dots for their picture; that led us to a good discussion about the importance of counting, keeping track of where we are and being mindful of the task.

This week we started two weeks of Dance instruction during PE. We’re fortunate to have Mr. Aerhyn Lau here to teach us a great little hip hop dance to “Enjoy Yourself” by Michael Jackson. We’re pleased to see so many children trying to focus on the steps and sequences with energy and a positive attitude. Our sessions are long, and the children are on their feet the whole time; there’s lots of listening and repetition so they are to be congratulated for their perseverance in learning their dance. Please note that our students need to wear black pants and a yellow top for their dance performance on Friday, April 7. They will also need their running shoes.

Upcoming Events and Reminders
We’re still collecting the report card envelopes for our classes. The insert is yours to keep and we will recycle the envelopes for our third term report cards.

We sent home a number of letters from Vancouver Coastal Health regarding Kindergarten student immunization. If you have already had your child immunized but forgot to notify the school, please make a copy of the immunization record and return it to your teacher so we can pass the information on to our school public health nurse. If you are not intending to immunize your child, please note that on your letter and return it to school. For everyone’s personal safety, Vancouver Coastal Health must be aware of who has not received immunizations so that in case of an outbreak, families can be notified.

We will be celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on Tuesday, April 4. Thanks so much to our parent group for organising this special occasion for our Kindergarten children.

We’re starting a new round of Sharing and Special Helper on Monday. Our theme will be “Signs of Spring.” We’ve read a few books and had several discussions on what would be appropriate to bring for sharing. We’ve talking about flowers from our gardens, pictures of our home garden, books about spring, things we might use in the spring (garden tools, baseball season begins, hockey playoffs) and a return of animals we see in the spring. So we have a few ideas and we ask parents to please support their child in finding something together to share at school. It’s fun for your child if you help them to write a little descriptive explanation for him or read to read (or for us to read) and explain.

Wednesday, April 5th at 9 a.m. there will be an ELL Parent Cafe in the Ridgeview Library. Parents/guardians of Ridgeview second language students are invited to attend an informational workshop about Spring Assessments for ELL Learners. Please join Ridgeview ELL teachers to learn about the assessment process in West Vancouver. Ridgeview ELL teachers Mrs. Yioldassis, Ms. Wong, and Ms. Price will be available to answer your questions following this workshop.

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This Week in Our Room: March 6-10, 2017

Okay, what’s going on with the weather? We certainly seemed to need these this week.

We’ve made it to letter “u is an umbrella” before Spring Break, certainly a reason for celebrating. The children have done an amazing job, working very diligently week after week, to do their printing, alphabet crafts, and drawings and labels in their Alphabet Books. A few more weeks until we get to “z” and then we will be focusing on literature themes.

We welcomed Mrs. Bundic’s Grade Two class this week and last with their Reader’s Theatre presentation.

We’ve had a big focus on numeracy this term. We’ve been working on subitizing (recognising familiar number patterns such as dice formation), counting and creating sets using boxes of classrooms treasures and using 5 and 10 frames as frameworks to help us think about and organise our counting of numbers (eg., 3 and 4 is the same as 5 and 2). Here’s some work the children made this week to show different ways to make 7 using blocks.

We have finished painting our beautiful snowy owlets and to add to the “bird” theme, decided to make some baby penguins for a fun craft!

We would like to wish everyone a fun and sunny Spring Break!

Upcoming Events and Reminders

School re-opens for the Third Term on Monday, March 27.

Please return your report card envelopes in the week following Spring Break. We will recycle them for the final report card. The report card itself is yours to keep.

We will begin Dance in PE. All children should have running shoes to wear. Our first lesson will be on the Monday following Spring Break.

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This Week in Our Room: February 27 – March 3, 2017


img_0176We’ve been quite this busy this week with a potpourri of activity.

This week saw us create “t is a tree,” thanks again to Pinterest. We made a few modifications with our “fruit,” using sparkling sequins. The Kindergarten has come to expect there will always be lots of glitter, sparkles and sequins in most crafts we do. It was a bit of a relief for the children to work on “t” as the simple straight lines are ones everyone can understand. We’ve had quite a few challenging letters lately, such as ‘q” and “s” which have lots of curves and circles. It’s a good reminder for all of us that it’s ok to take a step back and work on something simple, practise our skills and feel successful with our efforts.

We’ve almost finished all of our beautiful snowy owl paintings from Deep Space Sparkle. This was quite a feat for Kindergarten. Every student painted their backgrounds (pink or blue) at the same time; that means liquid tempera paint on all the tables and every Kinder child has a paintbrush. The next day, everybody painted their owls white. We’re pleased to report we had no spills or major mishaps to the carpet. We moved to small groups for the next phase which was painting the details such as yellow eyes, orange beaks, a brown branch and black for outlining and other finishing touches. Funnily enough, lots of children got paint on themselves this time.

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In PE this term we have been learning to use small equipment such as bean bags, hoops, skipping ropes, frisbees and scarves. We learned how to safely use each piece of equipment during specific lessons. We’ve been focusing on staying in our personal space while moving around the gym, obeying whistle commands and cooperating with our small group in a station approach. We now have stations set up around the gym with specific tasks for each piece of equipment. Some fun dance music while we’re at each station has made it a lot of fun!

We met with our Big Buddies to continue working on our iMovies. We’ve completed the research and image collection and now we’ve moved on to the business of movie making. You’ll be able to read more about our digital literacy projects in our next post.

The Grade Two students in Mrs. Bird’s class also came to visit us on Wednesday with a Reader’s Theatre production from a Frog and Toad story. We were so pleased with the Kindergarten children’s attention and good manners throughout the student reading. We look forward to a visit from Mrs. Bundic’s Grade Two students next week.

img_0175This was really good practise for us as on Thursday we joined Grades 1-5 to watch an excellent play by Dreamrider Productions called “Zero Heroes.” In this story, Esmeralda and Goober, our heroes, taught us about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. “Use it for a minute and it’s garbage forever” was repeated to us several times.
-we all need to look at the amount of garbage we’re creating and try to reduce it
-we can refuse to purchase and use things which are disposable
-we need to compost our organic food waste and plant material in the Green Bin program
-buying things might be entertaining, but it doesn’t make us happy. Often, these one time purchases end up in the trash
-each thing we purchase uses up a piece of the earth: we take things from nature, turn it into a product through factories, use it once and then toss it into the dump
-all the purchases we make come with packaging and that is another thing for us to consider
-a litterless lunch is one positive step we can take to reducing the amount of garbage we create

Can you believe it’s already March? We cannot believe how fast we sped through February. But another month has gone by so of course we had to draw our Penguin self – portraits for March.

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Upcoming Events and Reminders
We are meeting with parents who are interested in helping us to plan our Persian New Year celebration in Kindergarten. We are meeting in Mrs. Daudlin’s room on Monday at 8:15. This meeting is for parents only. Please arrange to have your child arrive at school with another parent. Children are not allowed to wait in the hallway.

Library is on Tuesday for both classes. Please remember to return your Library book.

Friday, March 10 is the last day before Spring Break. All students are going to be dismissed at 2 pm. Please mark this on your calendar. School resumes on Monday, March 27.

Ridgeview is sending home Second Term Report Cards on Friday, March 10. We are unable to send them home before that time if you are leaving early for Spring Break.

If you are going to be away before or after Spring Break, please inform us and the office.

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