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February 22, 23 February 21, 2018

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Just a couple of notes for this short week-

No guided reading books went home due Monday’s holiday. But we are still reading in class!

Fundations is rolling along. You will notice that at the beginning of each week papers are sent home. These are great ways to practice our printing, and it might be helpful to your child to go over them a time or two each night.

We are looking forward to our muffins and juice with our families in the morning! There will be a gluten free option available as well.

I can’t believe February is almost over- it’s amazing how fast time goes once we get into January!

Here are some pictures we wanted to share with you!

 

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February 12-16 February 13, 2018

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Hey Parents!

You’ll notice in your child’s homework bags- their guided reading books have gone home! They’re very excited about this, and I am sure you are too. Please read the note that accompanies the book, and remember that the books are due back by¬†Thursday of each week.

Wednesday is our Valentines Party- we have a lot going on that day, so it will be busy!

Remember there is no school on Friday due to Professional Development. And there is no school on Monday as it is Islander Day.

Next Thursday, February 22 is a special morning. We are inviting you to come for muffins and juice from 8:30-9:30. It’s just a special way we want to honor our families.

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Just a glimpse at our Fundations time!

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Pictures from our Chinese New Year Celebration

Have a great rest of the week!

Ms. Marshall

 

February 5-9 February 5, 2018

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Hello Parents! Here’s what’s happening this week in KD:

-I sent home class lists for Valentines Day. Please note we have two new students!

-Friday is wear Red day in honour of Chinese New Year. We will be having our assembly at 9:30 sharp!

-I have been spending time these past two weeks doing some assessing, getting ready for the next round of Learning Reports. Those will go home on February 28, with Parent/Teacher interviews on the evening of March 1 and all day March 2. I generally use the same times for these interviews as the fall ones. If you have a time you would rather meet, please let me know and we can arrange it.

-Guided Reading has been “in house” since January. Beginning next week I will begin sending books home. More information about that will go home with the books.

-I hope you have all seen and used the Fundations notes that are sent home each week. These notes are very important as they inform you of what we are learning in class and how you can best support your child.

-We have been reading the book Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear by Eric Carle. Now we are moving on to a series of books about a penguin named Tacky. I am sure you’ll be hearing lots of stories about in the next few weeks!

-For our sight words we will be adding yes, no, and love.

-In Math we are looking at the numbers 7 and 8

I think this about covers it! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Ms. Marshall

Thinking about the number 6

Creative development in action!

 

January 29-Feb 2 January 30, 2018

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Hey Parents,

Sorry I’ve been remiss on the blog this month. I got wolloped with some kind of bug and it took a lot out of me! Anyway, back on track!

I hope you’ve been reading and keeping the Fundations letters that have been sent home. This is a program we are piloting, and with two weeks into it, I am impressed, and the children really seem to be enjoying it as well. The expectations for home are not too much, I do ask that if you are going over the printing that you really encourage your child to form the letters the way they are instructed. In the long run this will make printing and writing much easier on your child as they go up through the grades. One thing I really like about this program is the holistic nature of it. It includes letters, sounds, word work, even some writing instruction.

This week we will be finishing up the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? And look at some of Eric Carle’s artwork. We are learning the sight word you.

For guided reading we are assessing and moving groups around, and as a group we are continuing to emphasis pointing to the words we read, and reading the words on the page.

In math we are looking at the number 7.

Reminder: No School on Wednesday due to a Professional Development Day.

Have a great rest of this week,

Ms. Marshall

 

 

January 8-12 January 8, 2018

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Welcome to January! Interesting week we had last week, here’s hoping we have more days together so we can build some momentum! This is an exciting time of year in kindergarten! Guided Reading begins this week. I will be sending more information about that home later. While we will begin it in the classroom, it might be until February before books will be sent home. We will see how it all unfolds. Our writing will also be stepping up to the next level. Up until now, we have been focusing on our pictures telling the story, but we will begin to put words to our pictures. All in all, this is when you are going to see tremendous growth!

In math we are finishing up our look at patterns. In literacy we will be reading the book The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, and also focusing on rhyming and producing rhymes. We will also be talking about using our “pointer power” to point to the words we read.

We have started something new in KD, we call it being an “Everyday Hero”. It’s finding kind things to do for others, being good friends and members of the class, all of those things that make us really fun people to be around. For our first Everyday Hero, we wrote a letter to a young girl who was hit by a car. All she wanted for Christmas was cards from people, so we sent her a get well letter:

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Before Christmas, we were learning about people from all over the world. We read a story called Friendship Salad, and we made our own from fruit grown in so many different places. It was a lot of fun to learn about how other people live and celebrate life!

 

On Christmas Eve, my phone died. Right in the middle of texting someone! I lost all of my pictures that I had taken that last week of school. Luckily I had already uploaded some to the blog, so I thought I’d give you a taste of some of the things we were working on in December. Now I have a new phone, so I can’t wait to take more pictures!

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I am looking forward to this month getting started! And I am looking forward to watching your children grow even more than they already have!

Ms. Marshall

 

December 18-22 December 19, 2017

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Last week before our break! Your children have worked so hard this year, they deserve some time off, and they are ready! Just a few housekeeping items:

-It’s now winter which means cold and snow! Please, please, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. That means snow pants, coats, hats, mittens. We go out every day and it makes for a miserable recess when we aren’t dressed appropriately. Remember, there are no bad weather days, just poor clothing choices!

-Please make sure EVERYTHING is labeled. I can guarantee you that even though you think your child knows/admit that something is theirs, they won’t. I can’t tell you how many mittens I have to put in lost and found because no one will claim them. I have even given a child a pair of mittens with their names in them and the child will say they aren’t theirs. For some reason, this is something that we work on every year. If your items are labeled with the last name, so many switches and lost items won’t happen. That doesn’t guarantee your child still won’t lose something, but if the name is on it, it sure makes it easier to identify.

-Friday is “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day” or dress in Christmas colours. We will be having a bit of a party in the morning. I will notify those who signed up for treats. There are 15 children in our class.

-Friday is the last day of school for 2017. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 3rd!

And finally, how about some pictures of our week?

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Working on patterns was so much fun!

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Happy Holidays to all of you! See you in 2018!

 

December 11-15 December 11, 2017

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Ten more Kindergarten days until our break! It’s hard to believe. Here’s what’s up for this week:

Literacy: The big book “This Is My House”, a book about people around the world. The letters this week are K and U, and the sight word is “is”.

Here are the sight words covered so far: see, can, do, to, the, and, go, do. Add is to that list!

In math we are still focusing on Patterns.

In writing we are looking at the author Mo Willems, who writes our favourite Elephant and Piggie books.

We are also talking about maps and mapping.

On Friday it is backwards day, and Thursday is our field trip to the bowling alley. If you have not returned your permission slip, please do so. Without a signed permission slip your child cannot attend.

Have a great day!

Ms. Marshall