January 17, 2020

Brrrr…

In Math this week we have been working on patterns again.  This week we worked on creating, extending, reproducing and identifying patterns.  So far we have been focusing on colour patterns, but moving forward we will begin looking at different types of shape, size and object patterns. 

Since receiving our glass fusions art on Monday with a focus on self-portraits, it was fun to draw ourselves in our creative journals and compare how much we have grown (literally and with our drawing skills).  It was fun looking back at September and seeing how we used to draw ourselves. 

We continue to focus on our sight words and this week we looked for them in our poetry book.  You will see some words highlighted on our poems this week.  Please remember to practice reading the poems with your child during the week and bring the folder back to school every Wednesday. While reading with your child this week, focus on the rhyming words as identifying rhymes is a great first step into reading. 

The morning class had a lot of fun in-line skating this week and I was so proud of all of them being able to stand up and skate by themselves on the last day.   Reminder that next week is in-line skating for the afternoon Kindergarten class.  Please bring a helmet if you have one at home.  Family Skate night is on Thursday.    

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 20-23:  Alien In-Line Skating - Afternoon Class
  • January 22:  Library books due, return Green Poetry Books
  • January 23:  Family Skate Night
  • January 31:  No School (PD Day for Teachers)


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January 10, 2020

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a relaxing, joyous winter break.  This week our centre time theme has changed from snowflakes & snow to animals.  The vet centre is a hit as well as the sand table with the animals.  During centre times this week, we have also been working on our journaling (drawing & writing) and printing the letters “I” and “N”. 

We were very lucky to have Clay for Kids come in again this week to re-do our glass fusion self-portraits.  They should be fired in the kiln today and returned back to us on Monday.  I may keep them on display in the classroom for a few days, but will send them home by the end of the week. 

With the addition of a couple of teachers to our staff in the New Year, we’re very excited to have Mrs. Jaimie Baidoo working with some of our Kindergarten students in the morning and afternoon.  Her focus and specialty is literacy and the students are excited to work with her for a few minutes each day.  We have also hired Ms. Amanda full time at the school and so our music schedule for the week has changed to every Friday for 30 minutes. 

On Friday this week, we began our Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge. I was sent a box full of one material and the challenge was to design and build an invention, artwork or any other type of project that demonstrates movement and energy.  The material that was sent was a box full of elastic bands…many different sizes and colours.  This is a project-based maker challenge that is more about the process than the result, it’s okay if the final result doesn’t work.  We are working on this project with our Grade 6 Buddies at school and began the research and design phase today.  We will continue working on this with our Grade 6 Buddies every Friday for the next few weeks.  I’m thrilled to see how this project transforms.  It also excites to me to see some students talking about this with their families and bringing their own inventions from home. 

Sharing and Show and Tell is something that the students have all begun to look forward to each day.  It allows them a chance to stand and present something of interest in front of their peers.  This is not a mandatory thing that students must participate in.  Some students bring something every day while others enjoy watching the presentations.  I would like to ask that you discuss with your child what they are bringing in to share if they choose to do so that way you are aware what they are bringing to class.  Once their presentation is over, they are asked to put it back into their backpack and not play with it during class time.  If a student continues to play with their item during class time, it will be taken away and returned at the end of the day.

Reminder that next week is in-line skating for the morning Kindergarten class.  Please bring a helmet if you have one at home.  The afternoon Kindergarten class will skate the following week. 

Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 13:  Popcorn Orders due
  • January 15:  Library books due, return Green Poetry Books, and Scholastic book orders due.
  • January 13 - 16:  Alien In-Line Skating - Morning Class
  • January 20-23:  Alien In-Line Skating - Afternoon Class
  • January 23:  Family Skate Night
  • January 31:  No School (PD Day for Teachers)

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December 19, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Our Christmas Collective was a huge success this year.  The Kindergarten class sang so lovely in their concert.  We hope you enjoyed the evening festivities with your family. 

This week your child brought home their green poetry folder with two new alphabet sound songs and actions.  If you’re curious on how the songs sound, you can look them up by googling “Jolly Phonics songs”

I am still looking for one more parent volunteer for Clay for Kids in the afternoon kindergarten class, so if you available on January 9th at 12:30pm until 2:00pm, please email me at slmchardy@cbe.ab.ca

We hope you have a happy and safe winter break and we all see you back to school on TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020.

Upcoming Dates to remember:

  • Friday, December 20 – No school  (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
  • Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)
  • Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  
  • Thursday, January 9:  Clay For Kids Glass Fusion Art Project
  • January 13 - 16:  Alien In-Line Skating - Morning Class
  • January 20-23:  Alien In-Line Skating - Afternoon Class
  • January 23:  Family Skate Night
  • January 31:  No School (PD Day for Teachers)




December 13, 2019

Hello Parents.

This week we continued our inquiry into snowflakes and snow.  The biggest thrill of the week was a new centre where we painted snow.  The students loved this centre. 

      

Since our glass fusion art project was damaged we were busy all week making a new snow globe art project for our class display next week at the Christmas Collective on December 18th.  Clay for Kids has re-scheduled our glass fusion project for when we get back after winter break on Thursday, January 9th.  I’m looking for a few parent volunteers to help out, so if you’re free to help, please email me at slmchardy@cbe.ab.ca

We continued our focus on the alphabet sounds and printing the letters.  This week we focused on the letter T.  I will be sending home two new letter sounds next week to practice over the winter break. Please remember to return the green poetry folder on Wednesday so that the new songs can be added.  Due to the Christmas Collective next Wednesday, the library has been set up for the art show and therefore we will not have a book exchange in the library next week.  Your child is welcome to keep their library book over the winter break or return it, however, they will not be getting a new book until the new year. 

On Thursday, Nicole, our physiotherapist, came in to do a whole class movement exercise where we made the alphabet with our bodies.  I will be sending home a handout next week from Nicola with ideas on how you can do this at home with your child.    

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, December 18 – Return poetry folders
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Christmas Collective (concert and art show) . 6:00pm Kindergarten (and Grades 1, 2 &3)  performance in the gym;  6:45pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 performance in the gym.  Before or After your child's performance, you are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for some seasonal activities, including an Art Walk.  
  • Thursday, December 19 – PJ Day…wear your pyjamas to school. 
  • Friday, December 20 – No school  (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
  • Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)
  • Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  

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December 6, 2019

Happy December!

This week we have shifted our focus to snow and snowflakes. A lot of our centres are now featuring this as well.  We read a few books about snow and snowflakes and found out that snowflakes always have 6 identical sides and every snowflake makes a different pattern.  We made snowflakes at our art centre this week by making a wax resist where we drew a snowflake with a white crayon and then painted over top of it with watercolour paint.  The students were very impressed that they snowflake showed up even better once they painted it. 

We have also been focusing on patterning this week.  We made some beautiful snowflakes using beads and pipe cleaners.  The goal was for the snowflake to have a pattern on each side using two different colours.  They are beautiful and you will get to see them at our Christmas Collective concert and art show.

Two very important procedures took place this week:

  • The PM class had their first fire drill.  They were very well behaved and evacuated the building very quickly.
  • The AM class had their first lockdown practice.  They were also very well behaved and were very quiet during our practice. 

Today your child brought home their yellow folder with Alien In-line skating permission forms and the songs to their Christmas concert to practice at home.  Please put these songs into their Poetry folders and return them on Wednesday. 

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, December 11 – Return library books and green poetry folders
  • Thursday, December 12 – Physcial therapy whole group sessions in class.
  • Friday, December 13 – Return Alien in-line skating forms
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Return library books and green poetry folders
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Christmas Collective (concert and art show) . 6:00pm Kindergarten (and Grades 1, 2 &3)  performance in the gym;  6:45pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 performance in the gym.  Before or After your child's performance, you are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for some seasonal activities, including an Art Walk.  
  • Thursday, December 19 – PJ Day…wear your pyjamas to school. 
  • Friday, December 20 – No school  (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
  • Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)
  • Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  



November 30, 2019

We've had a very busy and fun week in Kindergarten.

Our week started with Clay for Kids coming into our class to do some glass fusion art with us.  The students made self portraits of themselves and they all turned out fabulous.  I can't wait to see the final product once they are fired in the kiln.  We will have them on display at our Christmas Collective on December 18th.  

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As we began our week with our self-portraits, we continued by talk about what makes us unique and special.  We read a book called, "The Best Part of Me" by Wendy Ewald and then journaled our best part of ourselves and why we like it.  

We continued to work on our alphabet sounds and added the letter "T" sound.  You will see the new songs for our new letter sounds "P" and "T" in your child's poetry folder this week.  Please read through some of the poems on a daily basis and please remember to bring the poetry folder back to school on Wednesday to get our new songs/poems for the week. 

Another fun project we worked on this week was making marble paper.  This was so much fun, so easy to do and the results turned out amazing.  We used the marbleized paper to practice our cutting skills and made 3D snowflakes with our Grade 6 buddies' help.  

      

In math, we continued to talk about patterns and building numbers during our calendar time.  The students also love to play a new game (that they made up) called, "Guess my number".  They love writing their numbers on the whiteboards and have you guess their number that they are thinking of.  I'm sure they would love playing this game at home as well.  

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, December 4: Library books due; Return Poetry Folders; Scholastic book orders due.

Wednesday, December 18: Christmas Collective:  6:00pm Kindergarten (and Grades 1, 2 &3)  performance in the gym;  6:45pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 performance in the gym.  Before or After your child's performance, you are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for some seasonal activities, including an Art Walk.  

Thursday, December 19:  PJ Day!  Last day of school before winter break.

Friday, December 20: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)

Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)

Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  

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November 22, 2019

  • Hello Kindergarten Parents!

  • Thank you to all of the parents who were able to meet with me over the past couple of days to go over your child’s EYE reports and their current learning.  It’s wonderful to see all of the parents so involved in their child’s learning journey. 

    This week we continued to use our stick words (the star of “are”, the hand of “and” & the king of “-ing”) in our daily message.  The students get very excited when they see the words in the message or even in stories that we are reading.  I’ve sent home a couple of new poems in the poetry folder this week and challenged the students to impress their parents by finding some stick words in their poems and pointing them out to their parents. 

    We did some journaling about our weekend at the beginning of the week.  It’s fun to hear about all of the exciting adventures the students partake in over the weekend.  As we continue to do our weekly journaling, some student are eager to begin writing their own words by sounding them out with the help of Ms. Shauna.

    In Math this week we have been focusing on subitizing, patterning and making numbers using ten frames.

     

    Upcoming dates to remember:

    • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)
    • November 27 – Library books due & Poetry folders returned.
    • Friday, November 29 – Crazy Hair and Hat Day
    • Wednesday, December 18 – Christmas Collective


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November 15, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Parents!

This week we focused our work on identifying our feelings and expressing our feelings in appropriate ways.  We made “Breathing Buddies” to help us when we are feeling discouraged and need some help.  Kindergarten students expressed how our new Breathing Buddies can help us when we are happy, sad, mad or angry. 

We continued our work with printing our alphabet letters and numbers correctly, always starting from the top.  We received new poems in our poetry folder and got to take our folders home to share them with our families.  Please remember to bring your folders back on Wednesday to add new poems for the week.

Parent Teacher Interviews are next week (November 21 & 22).  Please be sure to book a time with Ms. Shauna to go over your child’s EYE Report and their current learning.  If you are unable to make it one of those days, please let Ms. Shauna know so that we can book another time to meet. 

 

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, November 20 – Scholastic Book Orders Due.
  • Thursday, November 21 AND Friday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN (Parent Teacher Conference)
  • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)
  • Friday, November 29 – Crazy Hair and Hat Day

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November 8, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Parents!

This week we focused our work on Peace and Remembrance Day. 

We began journaling this week with drawing a picture and writing about it.  We are beginning to write using the beginning sounds of a word.  This week, we journaled about Halloween and “What does peace mean to me”.

We also began practicing printing our letters.  We are starting with the letter “a” and moving forward with the letters and sounds we have learned so far. 

Next week, you will be receiving your child’s poetry book.  It will include songs and actions for the letters and sounds we are learning in class.  This folder is for you to read/sing over with your child on a weekly basis.  You will return your child’s folder every Wednesday so that we can add to it each week. 

In Math this week, we started our calendar time and looking at ten frames and friendly numbers.  We are also beginning to look at patterns.  Our work with Ms. Lisa this week continued to focus on writing numbers (0-10) correctly and in the right order. 

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Monday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Remembrance Day)
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten classes begin
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Bootle Drive.  Drop your bottle by the flag pole at the front of the school to raise money for the school
  • Wednesday, November 13 – Library books due
  • Thursday, November 21 AND Friday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN (Parent Teacher Conference)
  • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)

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November 1, 2019

Happy Halloween!

 We continued our pumpkin investigation this week.  We read a book called “How many seeds in a pumpkin?” by Margaret McNamara and found out that if you count the number of lines on a pumpkin, the pumpkin with the most lines will likely have the most seeds.  So we decided to test this theory.  In small groups, we counted the number of lines on each pumpkin.  Then we guessed which pumpkin would have the most seeds.  The bumpy pumpkin had the most lines, so a lot of the students guessed it would also have the most seeds, and they were correct.  A total of 233 seeds in the bumpy pumpkin.    

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One of the students wondered if all of the pumpkins would be the same colour on the inside.  We decided to make some guesses about which colour inside the green pumpkin would have.  The majority of the class guessed (or hoped J) that it would be pink.  To our surprise, we were wrong, it was dark orange. 


          

The investigation continued with measuring the pumpkins to see which one was the biggest and smallest in height and weight.    The week ended with a pumpkin art project that allowed us to practice some of our cutting skills. 

On Halloween day, we were very fortunate to be able to have some time in the gym for the Halloween Happenings.  The Grade 6 students hosted the event and had a bunch of games and activities for us to engage in. 

At centre time this week, we were excited to see a new sand table filled with sand and bugs.  There was also a new art table to do our own arts and crafts. 

**If you are still not receiving the weekly school update text messages from Ms. Lisa, please read this link on how to set yourself up for this. http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Cedarbrae/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/ci/post.aspx?oaid=4c55d304-3173-4291-8ce4-00bc8ad98499&oact=20001

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Friday, November 1 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Learning Day)
  • Wednesday, November 6 – Library books due
  • Friday, November 8 – Remembrance Day assembly 10:30am.  Although Kindergarten will be dismissed at 10:00am, you’re still welcome to join us with your child in the gym for the assembly.
  • Monday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Remembrance Day)
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten classes begin
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Bottle Drive.  Drop your bottles by the flag pole at the front of the school to raise money for the school
  • Wednesday, November 13 – Library books due
  • Thursday, November 21 AND Friday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN (Parent Teacher Conference)
  • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)

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October 25, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Families,

We began our week with our first inquiry project...PUMPKINS!  The students observed the pumpkins and noted what they saw.  We then made a huge list of questions we have about pumpkins.  The students have been adding to the list of wonderings all week.  We did some observational drawings of the different pumpkins we have in the room and we also labeled the parts of the pumpkin in our visual journals. 


In literacy, we continued learning a few new letter sounds.  This week we learned the letters "S" and "P".  The new letters worked well with our pumpkin investigation as we labeled the stem and skin of the pumpkin in our visual journals.  During centre time this week, Ms. Shauna worked with small groups of student with some name writing, letter formations and some book reading with students.  


In Math, Ms. Lisa continued to work on numbers in small groups of students.  The students are learning how to write and form their numbers correctly.  They continued to work on numbers to 10 and using ten-frames.  

At our centres this week, the students were very excited that the Lego wall was finally in place and ready to use.  There was also a challenge for the students to build a gate for the 5 little pumpkins to sit on.  


It has been a very exciting week in Kindergarten and I am looking forward to continuing our pumpkin investigation next week with more math, science, art and literacy links.  

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 28 - Picture re-takes

Wednesday, October 30 - Library books due

Thursday, October 31 - Halloween.  Students can come dressed in their Halloween costumes.  We will be participating in some Halloween Happenings in the gym at some point during the morning.  

Friday, November 1 - NO SCHOOL.  Teacher Professional Learning Day.

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October 18, 2019

We have had an "A"mazing week in Kindergarten.  At the beginning of the week we started to learn about the sounds that letters make with a focus on the letter "A".  In Kindergarten, we all learn different ways and so is learning the sounds of the alphabet.  Throughout Kindergarten, you may notice that your child is singing different songs or doing different actions to help them remember the sounds that a letter makes.  With the letter A, we learned a song about ants crawling on our arms along with actions of our hand moving along our arm like an ant.  "Ants, Ants, Ants on my arm.  Ants, Ants, Ants on my arm.  Ants, ants, ants on my arm.  It's causing me alarm.  AH!"  We practiced writing the letter A in uppercase and lowercase letters and found different words that begin with the letter A.  While reading books, we identified words that begin with the letter A or the sound that A makes.  

In Math this week, Ms. Lisa began working with students in making numbers up to 10.  We are practicing writing our numbers, using 10-frames and our fingers.  We also had new centres for math this week that involved rolling a dice and colouring leaves.  Also placing leaves on trees based on the number on the tree.  

We learned a new poem about pumpkins this week.  The students are eagerly awaiting Halloween and very exciting to share their costume ideas.  

The next time you're in our room, please check out our Learning Intentions and Success Criteria board.  This is for parents to know what our Math and Literacy goals are for Kindergarten and what we are currently working on with your children.  

Have an "A"wesome weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 - Scholastic book orders due.  Library books due 
  • Monday, October 28 – Picture re-takes
  • Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Happenings
  • Friday, November 1 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Learning Day)

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October 11, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

First off, I want to thank all of the parents who were able to come to our first parent teacher conferences this week.  If you were unable to attend, please speak with me about booking another time to speak.  Thank you!

This week we continued our focused activity on the assessments in the Early Years Evaluation.  I’m glad to say that the assessment portion is complete. This week we focused on relational and positional concepts.  We also learned a new poem about 5 little pumpkins.  During our morning message, we continue to learn different letters and their sounds.  Next week we will start more focused work on our alphabet/letter sounds as well as numbers/number formation. 

At centre time this week, we used playdough to form numbers by rolling them like snakes and balls.  The cutting/scissors centre as well as the bakery continued to be a big hit. Another centre that was added this week was the name writing centre where the students can practice writing their names and their peers names.  As part of our literacy time this week, we learned a new poem called 5 Little Pumpkins.

Have a great long weekend!

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Monday, October 14 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)
  • Wednesday, October 16 – Library books due
  • Monday, October 28 – Picture re-takes
  • Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Happenings
  • Friday, November 1 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Learning Day)

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October 4, 2019

Happy Fall!

We started our week off with Orange Shirt Day.  We were able to get together with our Grade 6 buddies on this day and talk about the importance of making sure that every child matters.  We worked with our buddies to write our words about Orange Shirt Day onto Orange Shirts and Yellow Hands which you can see hung around the school hallways.  

Some other learnings this week included sequencing events and stories, learning about colours and practicing our cutting skills to make a snowman.  We also started our morning message this week and focused on the letters W (for Wednesday), T (for Thursday) and F (for Friday).  In gym class, we have been learning basketball and how to dribble and bounce pass a ball.

At Centre time, our dramatic play centre turned into a Bakery.  We've also been able to expand to the room next door to allow for more space at our centre time.  The new centre area is now home to our building blocks, dollhouse and games/puzzles.  Another new centre this week is a cutting table where we practice using our scissors to cut various types of paper.  

Upcoming Dates:

October 9:  Library Books Due

October 10:  Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30pm

October 11: NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00am-12:30pm

October 14 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

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Kindergarten

January 17, 2020

Brrrr…

In Math this week we have been working on patterns again.  This week we worked on creating, extending, reproducing and identifying patterns.  So far we have been focusing on colour patterns, but moving forward we will begin looking at different types of shape, size and object patterns. 

Since receiving our glass fusions art on Monday with a focus on self-portraits, it was fun to draw ourselves in our creative journals and compare how much we have grown (literally and with our drawing skills).  It was fun looking back at September and seeing how we used to draw ourselves. 

We continue to focus on our sight words and this week we looked for them in our poetry book.  You will see some words highlighted on our poems this week.  Please remember to practice reading the poems with your child during the week and bring the folder back to school every Wednesday. While reading with your child this week, focus on the rhyming words as identifying rhymes is a great first step into reading. 

The morning class had a lot of fun in-line skating this week and I was so proud of all of them being able to stand up and skate by themselves on the last day.   Reminder that next week is in-line skating for the afternoon Kindergarten class.  Please bring a helmet if you have one at home.  Family Skate night is on Thursday.    

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 20-23:  Alien In-Line Skating - Afternoon Class
  • January 22:  Library books due, return Green Poetry Books
  • January 23:  Family Skate Night
  • January 31:  No School (PD Day for Teachers)


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January 10, 2020

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a relaxing, joyous winter break.  This week our centre time theme has changed from snowflakes & snow to animals.  The vet centre is a hit as well as the sand table with the animals.  During centre times this week, we have also been working on our journaling (drawing & writing) and printing the letters “I” and “N”. 

We were very lucky to have Clay for Kids come in again this week to re-do our glass fusion self-portraits.  They should be fired in the kiln today and returned back to us on Monday.  I may keep them on display in the classroom for a few days, but will send them home by the end of the week. 

With the addition of a couple of teachers to our staff in the New Year, we’re very excited to have Mrs. Jaimie Baidoo working with some of our Kindergarten students in the morning and afternoon.  Her focus and specialty is literacy and the students are excited to work with her for a few minutes each day.  We have also hired Ms. Amanda full time at the school and so our music schedule for the week has changed to every Friday for 30 minutes. 

On Friday this week, we began our Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge. I was sent a box full of one material and the challenge was to design and build an invention, artwork or any other type of project that demonstrates movement and energy.  The material that was sent was a box full of elastic bands…many different sizes and colours.  This is a project-based maker challenge that is more about the process than the result, it’s okay if the final result doesn’t work.  We are working on this project with our Grade 6 Buddies at school and began the research and design phase today.  We will continue working on this with our Grade 6 Buddies every Friday for the next few weeks.  I’m thrilled to see how this project transforms.  It also excites to me to see some students talking about this with their families and bringing their own inventions from home. 

Sharing and Show and Tell is something that the students have all begun to look forward to each day.  It allows them a chance to stand and present something of interest in front of their peers.  This is not a mandatory thing that students must participate in.  Some students bring something every day while others enjoy watching the presentations.  I would like to ask that you discuss with your child what they are bringing in to share if they choose to do so that way you are aware what they are bringing to class.  Once their presentation is over, they are asked to put it back into their backpack and not play with it during class time.  If a student continues to play with their item during class time, it will be taken away and returned at the end of the day.

Reminder that next week is in-line skating for the morning Kindergarten class.  Please bring a helmet if you have one at home.  The afternoon Kindergarten class will skate the following week. 

Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 13:  Popcorn Orders due
  • January 15:  Library books due, return Green Poetry Books, and Scholastic book orders due.
  • January 13 - 16:  Alien In-Line Skating - Morning Class
  • January 20-23:  Alien In-Line Skating - Afternoon Class
  • January 23:  Family Skate Night
  • January 31:  No School (PD Day for Teachers)

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December 19, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Our Christmas Collective was a huge success this year.  The Kindergarten class sang so lovely in their concert.  We hope you enjoyed the evening festivities with your family. 

This week your child brought home their green poetry folder with two new alphabet sound songs and actions.  If you’re curious on how the songs sound, you can look them up by googling “Jolly Phonics songs”

I am still looking for one more parent volunteer for Clay for Kids in the afternoon kindergarten class, so if you available on January 9th at 12:30pm until 2:00pm, please email me at slmchardy@cbe.ab.ca

We hope you have a happy and safe winter break and we all see you back to school on TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020.

Upcoming Dates to remember:

  • Friday, December 20 – No school  (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
  • Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)
  • Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  
  • Thursday, January 9:  Clay For Kids Glass Fusion Art Project
  • January 13 - 16:  Alien In-Line Skating - Morning Class
  • January 20-23:  Alien In-Line Skating - Afternoon Class
  • January 23:  Family Skate Night
  • January 31:  No School (PD Day for Teachers)




December 13, 2019

Hello Parents.

This week we continued our inquiry into snowflakes and snow.  The biggest thrill of the week was a new centre where we painted snow.  The students loved this centre. 

      

Since our glass fusion art project was damaged we were busy all week making a new snow globe art project for our class display next week at the Christmas Collective on December 18th.  Clay for Kids has re-scheduled our glass fusion project for when we get back after winter break on Thursday, January 9th.  I’m looking for a few parent volunteers to help out, so if you’re free to help, please email me at slmchardy@cbe.ab.ca

We continued our focus on the alphabet sounds and printing the letters.  This week we focused on the letter T.  I will be sending home two new letter sounds next week to practice over the winter break. Please remember to return the green poetry folder on Wednesday so that the new songs can be added.  Due to the Christmas Collective next Wednesday, the library has been set up for the art show and therefore we will not have a book exchange in the library next week.  Your child is welcome to keep their library book over the winter break or return it, however, they will not be getting a new book until the new year. 

On Thursday, Nicole, our physiotherapist, came in to do a whole class movement exercise where we made the alphabet with our bodies.  I will be sending home a handout next week from Nicola with ideas on how you can do this at home with your child.    

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, December 18 – Return poetry folders
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Christmas Collective (concert and art show) . 6:00pm Kindergarten (and Grades 1, 2 &3)  performance in the gym;  6:45pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 performance in the gym.  Before or After your child's performance, you are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for some seasonal activities, including an Art Walk.  
  • Thursday, December 19 – PJ Day…wear your pyjamas to school. 
  • Friday, December 20 – No school  (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
  • Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)
  • Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  

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December 6, 2019

Happy December!

This week we have shifted our focus to snow and snowflakes. A lot of our centres are now featuring this as well.  We read a few books about snow and snowflakes and found out that snowflakes always have 6 identical sides and every snowflake makes a different pattern.  We made snowflakes at our art centre this week by making a wax resist where we drew a snowflake with a white crayon and then painted over top of it with watercolour paint.  The students were very impressed that they snowflake showed up even better once they painted it. 

We have also been focusing on patterning this week.  We made some beautiful snowflakes using beads and pipe cleaners.  The goal was for the snowflake to have a pattern on each side using two different colours.  They are beautiful and you will get to see them at our Christmas Collective concert and art show.

Two very important procedures took place this week:

  • The PM class had their first fire drill.  They were very well behaved and evacuated the building very quickly.
  • The AM class had their first lockdown practice.  They were also very well behaved and were very quiet during our practice. 

Today your child brought home their yellow folder with Alien In-line skating permission forms and the songs to their Christmas concert to practice at home.  Please put these songs into their Poetry folders and return them on Wednesday. 

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, December 11 – Return library books and green poetry folders
  • Thursday, December 12 – Physcial therapy whole group sessions in class.
  • Friday, December 13 – Return Alien in-line skating forms
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Return library books and green poetry folders
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Christmas Collective (concert and art show) . 6:00pm Kindergarten (and Grades 1, 2 &3)  performance in the gym;  6:45pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 performance in the gym.  Before or After your child's performance, you are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for some seasonal activities, including an Art Walk.  
  • Thursday, December 19 – PJ Day…wear your pyjamas to school. 
  • Friday, December 20 – No school  (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
  • Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)
  • Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  



November 30, 2019

We've had a very busy and fun week in Kindergarten.

Our week started with Clay for Kids coming into our class to do some glass fusion art with us.  The students made self portraits of themselves and they all turned out fabulous.  I can't wait to see the final product once they are fired in the kiln.  We will have them on display at our Christmas Collective on December 18th.  

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As we began our week with our self-portraits, we continued by talk about what makes us unique and special.  We read a book called, "The Best Part of Me" by Wendy Ewald and then journaled our best part of ourselves and why we like it.  

We continued to work on our alphabet sounds and added the letter "T" sound.  You will see the new songs for our new letter sounds "P" and "T" in your child's poetry folder this week.  Please read through some of the poems on a daily basis and please remember to bring the poetry folder back to school on Wednesday to get our new songs/poems for the week. 

Another fun project we worked on this week was making marble paper.  This was so much fun, so easy to do and the results turned out amazing.  We used the marbleized paper to practice our cutting skills and made 3D snowflakes with our Grade 6 buddies' help.  

      

In math, we continued to talk about patterns and building numbers during our calendar time.  The students also love to play a new game (that they made up) called, "Guess my number".  They love writing their numbers on the whiteboards and have you guess their number that they are thinking of.  I'm sure they would love playing this game at home as well.  

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, December 4: Library books due; Return Poetry Folders; Scholastic book orders due.

Wednesday, December 18: Christmas Collective:  6:00pm Kindergarten (and Grades 1, 2 &3)  performance in the gym;  6:45pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 performance in the gym.  Before or After your child's performance, you are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for some seasonal activities, including an Art Walk.  

Thursday, December 19:  PJ Day!  Last day of school before winter break.

Friday, December 20: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)

Monday, January 6: No school (Professional Development Day for teachers)

Tuesday, January 7: Return to school from winter break.  

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November 22, 2019

  • Hello Kindergarten Parents!

  • Thank you to all of the parents who were able to meet with me over the past couple of days to go over your child’s EYE reports and their current learning.  It’s wonderful to see all of the parents so involved in their child’s learning journey. 

    This week we continued to use our stick words (the star of “are”, the hand of “and” & the king of “-ing”) in our daily message.  The students get very excited when they see the words in the message or even in stories that we are reading.  I’ve sent home a couple of new poems in the poetry folder this week and challenged the students to impress their parents by finding some stick words in their poems and pointing them out to their parents. 

    We did some journaling about our weekend at the beginning of the week.  It’s fun to hear about all of the exciting adventures the students partake in over the weekend.  As we continue to do our weekly journaling, some student are eager to begin writing their own words by sounding them out with the help of Ms. Shauna.

    In Math this week we have been focusing on subitizing, patterning and making numbers using ten frames.

     

    Upcoming dates to remember:

    • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)
    • November 27 – Library books due & Poetry folders returned.
    • Friday, November 29 – Crazy Hair and Hat Day
    • Wednesday, December 18 – Christmas Collective


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November 15, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Parents!

This week we focused our work on identifying our feelings and expressing our feelings in appropriate ways.  We made “Breathing Buddies” to help us when we are feeling discouraged and need some help.  Kindergarten students expressed how our new Breathing Buddies can help us when we are happy, sad, mad or angry. 

We continued our work with printing our alphabet letters and numbers correctly, always starting from the top.  We received new poems in our poetry folder and got to take our folders home to share them with our families.  Please remember to bring your folders back on Wednesday to add new poems for the week.

Parent Teacher Interviews are next week (November 21 & 22).  Please be sure to book a time with Ms. Shauna to go over your child’s EYE Report and their current learning.  If you are unable to make it one of those days, please let Ms. Shauna know so that we can book another time to meet. 

 

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, November 20 – Scholastic Book Orders Due.
  • Thursday, November 21 AND Friday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN (Parent Teacher Conference)
  • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)
  • Friday, November 29 – Crazy Hair and Hat Day

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November 8, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Parents!

This week we focused our work on Peace and Remembrance Day. 

We began journaling this week with drawing a picture and writing about it.  We are beginning to write using the beginning sounds of a word.  This week, we journaled about Halloween and “What does peace mean to me”.

We also began practicing printing our letters.  We are starting with the letter “a” and moving forward with the letters and sounds we have learned so far. 

Next week, you will be receiving your child’s poetry book.  It will include songs and actions for the letters and sounds we are learning in class.  This folder is for you to read/sing over with your child on a weekly basis.  You will return your child’s folder every Wednesday so that we can add to it each week. 

In Math this week, we started our calendar time and looking at ten frames and friendly numbers.  We are also beginning to look at patterns.  Our work with Ms. Lisa this week continued to focus on writing numbers (0-10) correctly and in the right order. 

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Monday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Remembrance Day)
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten classes begin
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Bootle Drive.  Drop your bottle by the flag pole at the front of the school to raise money for the school
  • Wednesday, November 13 – Library books due
  • Thursday, November 21 AND Friday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN (Parent Teacher Conference)
  • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)

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November 1, 2019

Happy Halloween!

 We continued our pumpkin investigation this week.  We read a book called “How many seeds in a pumpkin?” by Margaret McNamara and found out that if you count the number of lines on a pumpkin, the pumpkin with the most lines will likely have the most seeds.  So we decided to test this theory.  In small groups, we counted the number of lines on each pumpkin.  Then we guessed which pumpkin would have the most seeds.  The bumpy pumpkin had the most lines, so a lot of the students guessed it would also have the most seeds, and they were correct.  A total of 233 seeds in the bumpy pumpkin.    

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One of the students wondered if all of the pumpkins would be the same colour on the inside.  We decided to make some guesses about which colour inside the green pumpkin would have.  The majority of the class guessed (or hoped J) that it would be pink.  To our surprise, we were wrong, it was dark orange. 


          

The investigation continued with measuring the pumpkins to see which one was the biggest and smallest in height and weight.    The week ended with a pumpkin art project that allowed us to practice some of our cutting skills. 

On Halloween day, we were very fortunate to be able to have some time in the gym for the Halloween Happenings.  The Grade 6 students hosted the event and had a bunch of games and activities for us to engage in. 

At centre time this week, we were excited to see a new sand table filled with sand and bugs.  There was also a new art table to do our own arts and crafts. 

**If you are still not receiving the weekly school update text messages from Ms. Lisa, please read this link on how to set yourself up for this. http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Cedarbrae/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/ci/post.aspx?oaid=4c55d304-3173-4291-8ce4-00bc8ad98499&oact=20001

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Friday, November 1 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Learning Day)
  • Wednesday, November 6 – Library books due
  • Friday, November 8 – Remembrance Day assembly 10:30am.  Although Kindergarten will be dismissed at 10:00am, you’re still welcome to join us with your child in the gym for the assembly.
  • Monday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Remembrance Day)
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten classes begin
  • Tuesday, November 12 – Bottle Drive.  Drop your bottles by the flag pole at the front of the school to raise money for the school
  • Wednesday, November 13 – Library books due
  • Thursday, November 21 AND Friday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN (Parent Teacher Conference)
  • Monday, November 25 – Clay for Kids coming to kindergarten to do an art project ($7 fee payable in the office or online)

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October 25, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Families,

We began our week with our first inquiry project...PUMPKINS!  The students observed the pumpkins and noted what they saw.  We then made a huge list of questions we have about pumpkins.  The students have been adding to the list of wonderings all week.  We did some observational drawings of the different pumpkins we have in the room and we also labeled the parts of the pumpkin in our visual journals. 


In literacy, we continued learning a few new letter sounds.  This week we learned the letters "S" and "P".  The new letters worked well with our pumpkin investigation as we labeled the stem and skin of the pumpkin in our visual journals.  During centre time this week, Ms. Shauna worked with small groups of student with some name writing, letter formations and some book reading with students.  


In Math, Ms. Lisa continued to work on numbers in small groups of students.  The students are learning how to write and form their numbers correctly.  They continued to work on numbers to 10 and using ten-frames.  

At our centres this week, the students were very excited that the Lego wall was finally in place and ready to use.  There was also a challenge for the students to build a gate for the 5 little pumpkins to sit on.  


It has been a very exciting week in Kindergarten and I am looking forward to continuing our pumpkin investigation next week with more math, science, art and literacy links.  

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 28 - Picture re-takes

Wednesday, October 30 - Library books due

Thursday, October 31 - Halloween.  Students can come dressed in their Halloween costumes.  We will be participating in some Halloween Happenings in the gym at some point during the morning.  

Friday, November 1 - NO SCHOOL.  Teacher Professional Learning Day.

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October 18, 2019

We have had an "A"mazing week in Kindergarten.  At the beginning of the week we started to learn about the sounds that letters make with a focus on the letter "A".  In Kindergarten, we all learn different ways and so is learning the sounds of the alphabet.  Throughout Kindergarten, you may notice that your child is singing different songs or doing different actions to help them remember the sounds that a letter makes.  With the letter A, we learned a song about ants crawling on our arms along with actions of our hand moving along our arm like an ant.  "Ants, Ants, Ants on my arm.  Ants, Ants, Ants on my arm.  Ants, ants, ants on my arm.  It's causing me alarm.  AH!"  We practiced writing the letter A in uppercase and lowercase letters and found different words that begin with the letter A.  While reading books, we identified words that begin with the letter A or the sound that A makes.  

In Math this week, Ms. Lisa began working with students in making numbers up to 10.  We are practicing writing our numbers, using 10-frames and our fingers.  We also had new centres for math this week that involved rolling a dice and colouring leaves.  Also placing leaves on trees based on the number on the tree.  

We learned a new poem about pumpkins this week.  The students are eagerly awaiting Halloween and very exciting to share their costume ideas.  

The next time you're in our room, please check out our Learning Intentions and Success Criteria board.  This is for parents to know what our Math and Literacy goals are for Kindergarten and what we are currently working on with your children.  

Have an "A"wesome weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 - Scholastic book orders due.  Library books due 
  • Monday, October 28 – Picture re-takes
  • Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Happenings
  • Friday, November 1 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Learning Day)

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October 11, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

First off, I want to thank all of the parents who were able to come to our first parent teacher conferences this week.  If you were unable to attend, please speak with me about booking another time to speak.  Thank you!

This week we continued our focused activity on the assessments in the Early Years Evaluation.  I’m glad to say that the assessment portion is complete. This week we focused on relational and positional concepts.  We also learned a new poem about 5 little pumpkins.  During our morning message, we continue to learn different letters and their sounds.  Next week we will start more focused work on our alphabet/letter sounds as well as numbers/number formation. 

At centre time this week, we used playdough to form numbers by rolling them like snakes and balls.  The cutting/scissors centre as well as the bakery continued to be a big hit. Another centre that was added this week was the name writing centre where the students can practice writing their names and their peers names.  As part of our literacy time this week, we learned a new poem called 5 Little Pumpkins.

Have a great long weekend!

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Monday, October 14 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)
  • Wednesday, October 16 – Library books due
  • Monday, October 28 – Picture re-takes
  • Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Happenings
  • Friday, November 1 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Learning Day)

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October 4, 2019

Happy Fall!

We started our week off with Orange Shirt Day.  We were able to get together with our Grade 6 buddies on this day and talk about the importance of making sure that every child matters.  We worked with our buddies to write our words about Orange Shirt Day onto Orange Shirts and Yellow Hands which you can see hung around the school hallways.  

Some other learnings this week included sequencing events and stories, learning about colours and practicing our cutting skills to make a snowman.  We also started our morning message this week and focused on the letters W (for Wednesday), T (for Thursday) and F (for Friday).  In gym class, we have been learning basketball and how to dribble and bounce pass a ball.

At Centre time, our dramatic play centre turned into a Bakery.  We've also been able to expand to the room next door to allow for more space at our centre time.  The new centre area is now home to our building blocks, dollhouse and games/puzzles.  Another new centre this week is a cutting table where we practice using our scissors to cut various types of paper.  

Upcoming Dates:

October 9:  Library Books Due

October 10:  Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30pm

October 11: NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00am-12:30pm

October 14 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

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