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September 16-20 September 15, 2013

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Hello Parents! I have noticed how many of you have signed up for the blog, if you know of a parent in our class that hasn’t signed up, please encourage them to do so! This initial post may be a bit longer than most others, but I will try to keep it as concise as possible!

First of all- information from Meet the Teacher Night

Safe Arrival: Please make sure your child is at school by 8:30. If they will be late or absent, please phone the school (569-0550 ext. 300) to let them know. If you would like to send me an e-mail, that would be great, but a phone call to the school is a must! If you are dropping your child off late, or picking them up early, please check in at the office. If you are dropping them off at the regular time, please drop them off in the lobby. They will be able to make their way down to the classroom from there.

Daily Routines:                                                                                                                                                                                         -We have gym on days 1,3,5 and music on days 2,4,6, and Computer Lab on day 4. Please make sure your child has sneakers at school for the gym days. If they do not have proper shoes, they may not be allowed to participate in the class.    

-A quick snack time is available first thing in the morning if the students are interested.   Our main snack time is at 10:50. Lunch is at 12:40.  First recess is 10:30-10:45 and second recess is 12:20-12:40.            

 -Independence: Please allow your child the opportunity to get themselves ready for the day, including putting on and taking off their own coats, etc. If they have tie shoes, please make sure they can tie them themselves. This is important for their own self-confidence. When they can take care of their own personal needs, they are more confident with their own abilities, which gives them confidence in their daily learning.               

-If you have any issues or concerns, please let me know! E-mail is probably the simplest. If you would like to speak with me, you can either e-mail me to let me know, and I will phone you at the earliest moment, or you can phone the school between 2:45 and 3:30. I am usually there until 4, but I cannot guarantee that I will always be there until 4.

-Learning through play: We learn through play in Kindergarten. Whether it is in the block area, the kitchen area, or in the math area, my goal is to make learning fun, joyous, and meaningful, because that is when true learning happens. I try to balance active, hands on learning with group learning (both large and small groups). Play is an important part of my teaching, and I am passionate about it! If you have any questions, please let me know!

The Week Ahead:

We are focussing on “All About Me”. It is a great time of year to do this as we are getting to know each other. In Math we are going to begin looking at the numbers 1-5 focussing on 1:1 correspondence and using our 5 frames. In Science we will begin talking about our 5 Senses. We will also be spending time strengthening our Fine Motor muscles which will help us build our stamina when we begin writing.

Information for You to Know:

Sept. 24 – School Photos for Kindergarten 

We are beginning a new Artist in Residence program. This year the focus is on dance and we will have a special time set aside for her to come and work with our class. Maria Brychuk, our Artist in Residence, will be here next week in the mornings to begin her presentations with classes. The program is all about “Dance Awareness.”

Lions Club Fundraiser for Breakfast Program The Stratford Lions Club will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 28th. This is a fundraiser for our school breakfast program. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $18 for a family.

Remember there is No School on Friday, Sept.20 as it is a Professional Development day for the teachers.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Marshall

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