This Friday, have your child come dressed as their favourite Superhero! Please feel free to create your own superhero or superhero costume, with items that you already own. There is no need to have a store-bought costume. Have a super evening!
Bon soir ! We have been watching the interests of the children and discussing where we want to go and what we want to learn.
A few trips and activities have been planned.
Andrew's Scenic Acres on October 10th.
Guelph Library. We will confirm a date shortly.
Guelph Humane Society will be visiting our classroom on October 20th. They typically come in with a well-mannered dog and teach the children about being careful, respectful, and safe around animals.
Pottery-to-Go is a great opportunity for the children to learn visual art techniques taught by a local artist. We have had her come in for the past three years and she works wonderfully with our students. This activity is an activity where we will be asking you to pay. Normally the cost is under $10.00. Our Pottery-to-Go date is scheduled for October 22nd.
November 12th, we will be invited to the gymnasium to watch a play entitled, Cinderella and the Frog Prince.
Scientists in the School has been booked for January. This has been paid for by the FAH Parent Council. MERCI!
For the safety of our students, we request that you report to the office when picking up your children early from school. We will gladly meet you with your child at the front office. Merci!
TOUTE LA GANG !
Please remember to come out tonight (from 6:00pm -7:00pm) to our school Open House.
Today we talked about Terry Fox and how he ran across Canada to help raise awareness and money to help people with cancer. On Thursday, September 25th, the entire school will participate in the Terry Fox Walk/Run, by walking around the playground. Please feel free to donate a loonie or a twoonie to help the fight against cancer.
These are some of the things that the children have been working on:
Mathematics: Counting, patterning, sorting, graphing, 3d shapes - building blocks, puzzles, weight
Language Arts: Names, words that rhyme, French language acquisition (J'aime, Je m'appelle, Est-ce que)
Visual Arts: Learning about lines, techniques with paints and pastels, All About ME page
Music: Learning French songs
Physical Education: Outdoor adventures, catching, throwing, and passing
Health: Nutritious eating, hand washing
Science: Learning about plants (evergreens, sunflowers, changes based on the season), ramps and velocity, worms, rocks, transparency, weather
Emotional Development: making and keeping friends, using our words, keeping our classroom clean,
Yesterday, we read the story, Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Schooler. This story is about kind things that we can do throughout the day to make the world a better place (e.g., being a good friend, sharing, helping, using kind words, etc). We have sent home a sheet of paper with six heartprints. When you see your child engage in an act of kindness, please write it down on a heartprint and return it to school. Please cut the heartprint out and ensure that your child's name is on the heart. Our goal is to have 100 heartprints by the 100th day of school.
Have a wonderful evening and we hope to see you tonight.
Mme Tipler et Mme McMillan
We have been amazed at how active, inquisitive, thoughtful, helpful, and loveable your children are! Everyone has been happily engaged in many different activities. We have begun to venture into the forested area and are developing some great expectations to follow as we explore.
Some of the children have been so interested in making various objects spin. Wondering which items will spin the longest, the farthest, or the fastest. These children would like to make their own spinning "tops", therefore if you have any items that you think would help our spinning inquiry please send them into school.
Other children have been busy creating paintings and drawings. A few children worked with a teacher as we learned some brushstroke techniques as we painted sunflowers picked from our garden. Today we were all excited to finally paint our special rock that we had brought back from an adventure in the forest.
Potions and transparency peaked the interest of other students, as they created various types of coloured liquids with sparkles that we placed on our light table.
Ramps and cars is another favourite activity. Cars almost flew into our coffee cups today!
Thank you for working with your child and finding family photos and pictures of things that they love. They have been using these items to create their page for our classroom book. It is nice to see them get so excited when they share their stories with their friends. Please continue to keep finding things together and sending them in.
We are always interested in your recyclable items: plastic and glass bottles, apple sauce containers, tin can without any sharp edges as well as the lids, wine corks, bread tabs, meat trays, old CD's, marbles, water bottle caps, etc.
Thank you for engaging in the idea of Boomerang Lunches! This is a great way to teach our children about the importance of keeping our planet healthy. We are very happy to see such healthy and delicious lunches! We wish you could make our lunches too!
We are expanding our Kindergarten Library. Join us in fostering literacy in our classroom by participating in our Mabel's Labels fundraiser. Mabel's Labels are terrific for labelling all of your child's belongings. They are washable and durable. Please visit the website https://www.mabelsfundraising.com/c/15478f135668 if you wish to participate. Thank you for your support! MERCI !
We have had truly wonderful days and feel very blessed to be working with you and your child. We have had very few tears in the morning and they quickly disappear once we start our activities. Please feel free to communicate with us as often as you need. We are generally free at the end of the day, but please know that we sometimes have scheduled meetings and may need to speak with you on another occasion. To set up a meeting or to contact us with any concerns that you may have, please remember that you can always email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Furthermore, if your child has an appointment and will be late, picked up early, picked up by another person, or absent for the day, this is the best and fastest way to communicate with us.
If you have not returned all of your forms, please do as at your earliest convenience. We would like to start posting photos of our day and need these forms before we may do so. Merci !
Have a great night!
Mme Tipler & Mme McMillan
We had a terrific first week! Our senior kindergarten (SK) students have been wonderful role models to their new junior kindergarten (JK) buddies. Tomorrow will be the first day that all of our students will be attending school full time (all day, every day). We are very excited to have everyone together.
Since we were over capacity in the kindergarten division, we will be reorganizing the classrooms to create a 4th kindergarten class. Parents have been contacted by Jane Bibby (the principal), notifying them of this change.
We are sad to see our new friends go, but they will not be far away and we will have many opportunity to play and work together. We would like to welcome our new kindergarten teacher, Katie Young, to our school. Bienvenue, Mme Young !
The class has already begun the morning routine of separating into two groups. Mme McMillan has been concentrating on math skills (patterning, two-dimensional figures, counting, graphing), as well as teaching the children how to recognize, say, and use French weather vocabulary. Mme Tipler has been working on French language acquisition using songs, poems, and stories, as well as recognizing syllables. We both have also been focusing on making our new friends feel comfortable, safe, and secure within the school, as well as working on our social development skills (how to be a great friend, remembering our manners, using our words when we have a disagreement, keeping our classroom tidy and safe). We have been extremely impressed with how responsible and wonderful everyone has been. BRAVO !
Today we made oven baked potato wedges. We washed our hands, picked a potato, washed the potato, and then brought it to the cutting board and used an adult knife (with supervision and assistance) to slice up our potatoes. While we were in the forest gathering bark, leaves, and feathers, as well as looking at different types of trees with Mme Clews and Mme McMillan, the potatoes baked in the oven. Right before home time, we were excited to try our homemade potato wedges. MIAM !
Please remember to send in all of your forms. Once we have received FOI forms, we will be able to post photos of our day!
Looking forwarHave a wonderful night!
We had another amazing day. Today we began our routine of splitting the class up into 2 groups. These groups are based on friendships, personality, and compatibility. We find that splitting the classroom up into 2 groups in the morning allows for better connections between the children and the teachers, as well as reduces the number of children in one area at one time. Our focus today was introducing the children to the concept of filling each others' "bucket" (e.g. respecting our friends, helping each other, being kind), as well as learning song French songs and poems.
We do spend quite a bit of time outside and we thank you for dressing your child for the weather; especially with the cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Please remember to send in a pair of indoor shoes if you have not already done so. Merci !
We would like to also thank you for completing and returning the forms so promptly.
FYI...We did not bake potatoes today, as the day just seemed to fly by. We will definitely do this either this week or next.
Please note that Scholastic Book forms are sent home on a monthly basis and there is no obligation to purchase books. If you do choose to purchase books through Scholastic, the classroom teachers receive credits to purchase books and supplies for the classroom. Furthermore, these books are generally cheaper than purchasing them in a store. Scholastic Book orders will be due on September 15th. Merci !
Please feel free to come and visit the classroom and the teachers for our Open House on Thursday, September 18th from 6-7pm.
It looks like we will have a sunny evening! YOUPI ! Have an awesome night!
Mme Tipler and Mme McMillan
We are excited to see and welcome our former and new students! It is so amazing to see how much they have grown over the summer. Today and tomorrow will be a special time for the SK students as we make new friends and get ready to invite our new JK's into our classroom. We had a lot of fun getting to know one another today. We were able to explore and play outside in the morning and although it rained in the afternoon, we had a great time exploring the classroom in the afternoon.
We were both very impressed with how the children interacted so well with one another and the responsibility they took to take care of their belongings and the classroom. We did not have any misadventures nor any tears. It was an extremely happy day! We are also sure that the night custodian will think that we didn't have any children today! It was amazing how well we all worked together to tidy up after each activity. BRAVO !
We sent home a "sac de communication" that has a lot of information for you to read. Please read through this information carefully, as well as complete the forms and return them promptly. We love to be able to explore the nearby forest and the children have been asking to go already. We cannot venture off school property until we have received all of the forms from all of our students. Although our primary mode of communication is through email (email@example.com), please return you child's "sac de communication" on a daily basis. This communication bag is used mainly for office communication.
We are a play-based learning environment and little paper will be sent home. In order to see your child in full learning mode, we request that you return the Internet permission form. This way you and your family can witness all of the wonderful learning that your child has been engaged in.
We have begun our first class project. Over the course of the year, we will be creating class books that are authentic to our students and their learning. This month we will be creating a book about the students in our classroom. An envelope was sent home today with a note. Over the next couple of weeks your child is ask to bring this envelope back and forth to school. Inside this envelope we ask that you place photos of your child with their family or doing things that they love. Your child may draw small pictures and cut out pictures from magazines or flyers of activities that they enjoy doing, food that they love to eat, or places that they have travelled. They will work at the leisure, creating a page about themselves. The size of the page that they will be decorating is 11"X13".
This year will be cooking and baking at least once a month. Please inform us if your child has any dietary restrictions. We would also welcome any recipes that you may have. Tomorrow we plan on making healthy potato wedges with the children, using only potatoes, oil, salt. We also like to be very connected with our families and would welcome any cultural traditions/recipes that you would like to share.
In order to reduce the amount of garbage in our school, we would ask that lunches be as litter-free as possible. We would like to start a boomerang lunch program, which would mean that all packaging that your child brings to school would be returned home (i.e. granola bar wrapper, yogourt container, etc). This has been very successful for many schools and teaches the children about being environmentally conscious. As a side note, thank you for providing your children with such healthy lunches!
We are always in need of recyclable materials for our science and art projects. We are currently in need of used CD's, tin can (with no sharp edges), buttons, beads, old jeans, silk flowers, ribbons, and baby food jars. Merci !
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the contact page on this website. Please be aware that Mme McMillan and Mme Clews (Science Teacher) will be dismissing your children at the end of the day, but that Mme Tipler will be in the school. We believe that we are a team (you, your child, and the teachers) and we are very excited to be to working together this year!
Have a great night!
Mme Tipler and Mme McMillan
UGDSB Kindergarten Teacher