We would like to welcome you and your child to the start of the 2013/2014 school year. We hope everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to an exciting year in Kindergarten! We are going to have an awesome year, filled with a variety of learning activities. The first couple of weeks we will focus on school routines, getting-to-know-you activities, as well as creating a classroom environment that feels safe and welcome to everyone. This year we will be learning with our head, hands, and heart ensuring that everything that we do is meaningful, active, and thoughtful. We will be talking in depth about “Acts of Kindness” and things that we can do within our communities to achieve our goal of over 100 kind things that we can do throughout the year. At least once a week we will keep you informed about our activities and learning on our classroom website/blog, also using Google calendar, and posting photos for your pleasure. Our website is linked to École Fred A. Hamilton’s website or you can go directly to www.mmetipler.weebly.com.
We have included Éocle Fred A. Hamilton’s back to school information that needs to be thoroughly read, filled-out, and returned. Please have your child bring their “Sac de communication” every day as we will use this as a form of communication to send FAH school information to and from home. Please remember that our primary form of communication will be through email (email@example.com) and our website. If you do not have access to a computer, please inform us as soon as possible.
We are very excited to start the year with you and your child and welcome any questions or concerns that you may have. We are open to communicating with you at any time; however, please respect the school’s policy of reporting to the office first instead of coming directly to the classroom. We may also have other commitments before or after school and may need to reschedule a time to meet with you. You may also call the school and leave a message on our voicemail.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a smooth and successful transition into Kindergarten.
Tosh Tipler and Theresa McMillan
How to Beat the Morning Rush
Indoor Shoes – All students need a pair of indoor shoes at school. These shoes should be running shoes with non-marking soles that can be used in the classroom and in the gym. For safety reasons, shoes must be worn properly. Please do not send shoes with laces unless your child can tie them independently.
Extra Change of Clothing – All students will need a well-labeled bag of a complete change of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear, and socks). Please label the clothing inside the bag as well.
Communication Bag – Please return the communication bag to school every day so important messages/papers can be sent to and from home. Our class likes to communicate through this website with messages sent via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This communication bag is mainly for office communication.
Practise Getting Ready – Please practise getting ready with your child during a calm time of the day. Students need to be as independent as possible, therefore if they are able to zip zippers, button buttons, change their shoes, open and unload their backpacks, and pack them up again this will give them a great sense of accomplishment. Snowsuit practice too! J
Money, Orders, Forms – When sending money, cheques, and forms to school, please put the items into a clearly marked envelope with your child’s first and last name.
Scholastics – Scholastic Book Order forms will be sent home about once a month. Scholastic books are a great investment to the literacy needs of your child.
Play dough – We are in need of volunteers to make play dough for the class. If there is a month that works well for you, please let us know. A recipe can be found in the volunteer letter or online http://www.theimaginationtree.com/p/play-dough-salt-dough.html
Donations – Any donations of the following consumable items would be greatly appreciated: Kleenex, art supplies (toilet paper and paper towel rolls, googly eyes, glitter glue, small boxes, coloured paper, stickers, pompoms, old puzzles, games, etc…), wet ones, magazines and greeting cards for cutting.
You – If you have a special talent or hobby that you would like to share with the class, please send me a note and we can set up a time for a special visit.
Thank you so much again………..Mme Tipler and Mme McMillan