EDC/ Preschool 

May 2019 | Grow Grow Grow

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour Families

The little gardeners in EDC/Preschool have been working hard to plant and care for our sunflowers and plants in the classroom. We have also been learning to care for our new classroom visitors- the bucket of composting worms that are visiting us for the month. We love them!

I wonder...

are the worms big or small?

what do the worms like to eat?

what is that smell?!

Together we have been exploring the worms and their surroundings and learning the importance of using gentle hands. 

We love the story Toto's Apple about a brave worm trying to get to an apple from a tree.

Bear Witness Day

We celebrated #bearwitnessday and #jordansprinciple by bringing our teddy's to school. 

https://fncaringsociety.com/BearWitness

We looked at pictures of Spirit Bear and discussed how our bears keep us safe and how we can always hug them.


Fun in the Sun

We have been enjoying the sunshine, and like to spend a large part of our day outside when we can. A hat and proper footwear is a great idea!

Looking Ahead:

June 11: AM students to Telus Spark

June 12: PM students to Telus Spark

See you soon!



March/April 2019 | We Love Na'a

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour Families

We have been busy in EDC/Preschool lately. It has been a time of learning about new beginnings and growth.

As a school we have been exploring the ways in which we can take care of Mother Earth, Na'a. Each morning we discuss how grateful we are to Natoosi for giving us a beautiful sunny day to play. 

At circle time, we have been exploring Spring, flowers, and colours. We have read "Little Blue Truck's Springtime", "Raindrop Plop", and "Planting a Rainbow". Outside, we have began to cultivate our garden space in the backyard. Students have been choosing their favourite colour of the rainbow to plant. We will begin our planting next week. 

Music Therapy

We are very fortunate to have Christina from Blue Sky Music joining us again this year. Christina has been with us every Tuesday since we returned from Spring Break and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year. Ms. Christina has small group time with each student to sing, play fun instruments, and work on targeted learning goals in an exciting new way. The students absolutely love their music time. 


Happy Easter

We had fun decorating Easter Eggs and even had a visit from the bunny out on the playground!

Looking Ahead

We have an exciting two final months of the year coming up. We will continue to plant, grow, and take care of our garden. We are getting a special visit from some creepy, crawly earth worms! We also have a fun field trip to Telus Spark coming up in June. 

See you soon!


February 2019 | Gitsagakomim My Friends


Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Hello families,

Although it has been very chilly outside, we have been feeling the love in Preschool. We have been drumming and singing Gitsagakomim (I love/honour you) to each other throughout the day and I love seeing the student's eye light up as their friends honour them with song. 

We have been talking about our feelings and learning some new strategies to use when we feel a certain way. We are learning to say if we feel happy/mad/sad/sick/silly/tired. This has become a new routine at our daily circle time. 


MY HEART FILLS WITH HAPPINESS WHEN...

We have been exploring what it means to use kind words and how this makes our friend's hearts feel. This month our circle time focus has been about what makes our heart feel happy. As the story reads, we feel happy when we walk barefoot on the grass. We are looking forward to doing this outside in no time!

We have started a class "heart jar". Each time one of the students is caught doing/saying something kind to another they get to add another heart to our jar. It is filling quickly. Our class is filled with kind acts every day, like helping each other with shoes, or saying a nice compliment. 

At circle, we have shared what makes our own heart feel happy. Here are some of my favourite responses from the children:

"I feel happy when...

I see my Daddy.

I have cake.

I hug my Mom.

I play with my little sister."


HEALTHY HEART, HEALTHY BODY

As a part of our school-wide study of healthy eating and healthy bodies, each class cooked a healthy recipe to enjoy. Our class chose to make homemade granola. The students were wonderful chefs! They listened carefully to instructions and made sure to cook the granola with extra love. We enjoyed it later that day for snack and topped it with yogurt and sliced bananas. Here is the recipe, I know your student would love to show you how to make it at home!

Easy Granola

Heat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix 3 cups rolled oats and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a bowl.

Melt 1/2 cup coconut oil and mix with 1/2 cup honey and pour onto the oats. Mix well. 

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. 

Add a handful of raisons when done. 

Allow to cool, and enjoy with yogurt and bananas!



LOOKING AHEAD:

Our students in both AM and PM Preschool really love playing with and learning about animals. In March we will explore some new stories about zoo and farm animals. We will be starting with some "Elephant and Piggie" stories by Mo Willems. 

In April we will explore the new season that is (hopefully) ahead, checking out all of the new growth around us, and see how big we are getting too!

                                                                                    We had fun sharing Valentine's Day goodies with each other!

See you soon,

Ms. Jocelyn 


January 2019 | Happy New Year!

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Hello,

What a wonderful start to the year we have had in EDC/Preschool. I can’t express how fortunate I feel to have returned to the classroom, celebrated Solstice together, and be spending the days with your little ones. Hiy Hiy.

For those I have not yet met, I look forward to seeing you soon. I returned to Niitsitapi at the beginning of December after spending the last year with my little one and his big brother, now one and three years old.

Please always feel free to write, call, or come for a visit any time. I am doing my best to send agenda messages home, please write back with any updates or questions. My e-mail is jlhachey@cbe.ab.ca 

Here is what we have been up to…

 

                                                           The students made ooey, gooey, pink slime. They explored the feel of it and it's funny smell.



                                   

WHO IS IN THE MITTEN?

                                                                                         I wonder what animal is in the Mystery Mitten?

I wonder… where the bear went?

I wonder… why the eagle went into the mitten?

I wonder… why the sun is not out today? Where is Natoosi?

This month in EDC/Preschool we have been asking and answering these questions and more while reading an adapted version of the story, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. In our special story, one student loses their mitten in the woods on a cold and snowy day. To keep warm, various animals crawl, fly, stomp, run, or even hop into the mitten. That is, until wapos’ whiskers tickle kyiyo’s nose and he says AH-CHOO! This is the students’ favourite part because they get to watch the animals come flying out of the mitten and up into the air. Through our storytelling, we have been learning and practicing six new Blackfoot and Cree words:

Iinii (Buffalo)

Siinopaa (Fox)

Piita (Eagle)

Maami (Fish)

Kiyo (Bear)

Wapos (Rabbit)

We had a lovely visit with Elder Randy this week, he taught us even more names of animals we may see outside in the snow. He shared with us how Na’a (Mother Earth) is a painter of beautiful colours on the land. Right now, we are enjoying the sparkling snow and it will soon be time to see the green grass, colourful flowers, and exciting bugs and insects outside. As we move into the warmer months, we will remember to practice gratitude to Na’a and appreciate all of the new colours and growth. 


LOOKING AHEAD

  • For the remainder of the month, we will be exploring “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. This will give us the opportunity to practice our preposition vocabulary (on, in, under, beside) as we read about climbing big mountains of snow, and have some sensory play with puffy paint that looks like snow.
  • We are looking forward to February, where we will be looking at our hearts, and the many ways in which we care for our hearts and others. We will do this by beginning with the story, “My Heart Fills With Happiness” by Monique Gray Smith. I can’t wait to hear what fills our hearts with love and joy.
  • Weather permitting, we do try to head outside each day, so please send warm outerwear with your child. Labelling everything with their names really helps avoid mixups too!
  • Our next Celebration of Learning will be Thursday, January 31 from 11:15-11:45AM. 

See you soon,

Ms. Jocelyn 




November 2018 | Happy November!

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

We have been so fortunate to have had some beautiful weather in October and have been enjoying time playing in our backyard and on the school playground.  Please remember as we move into November that the weather will be getting cooler and we are outside every day!  Children need to be wearing gloves/ mittens, hats, snow pants, scarves, etc.  We have also had a sickness running through our school and we are working on washing our hands after we sneeze, before we eat, and at other various times throughout the day.  If your child is sick, please keep them home to stop it being spread around the school.  Thank you for your cooperation!

November was a fun month and we spent time learning about our colours through various books including "The Colour Monster", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", and "The Coloured Chameleon".  "The Colour Monster" was timed around Halloween and we loved exploring with monsters around the classroom!  The scary eyes in the sand table were a huge hit!   

Drumming with Darcy

We also had quite a few elder visits this month for children both in the afternoon and afternoon groups.  We had Elder Kerrie come in and speak about Winter Solstice and sing "The Deer Song".  Elder Darcy came in and did some drumming with the children and Elder Shirley came twice and did some traditional dancing.  For Metis month, we were fortunate to have Ms. Shalome come in and do jigging with the children!  They really enjoyed participating in that.  Our bannock making was postponed until next week.  

We are also very fortunate to have the Calgary Public Library come to our school every Tuesday for the next month (ending December 14).  Morning and afternoon groups will enjoy story time and song for a half hour block every Tuesday.  She is incorporating Indigenous stories and songs into the session and the children and we love listening to what she has to share. 

Important Dates:

December 7: PD Day (NO SCHOOL)

December 13: Parent Conferences 4:30-7

December 14: Parent Conferences 12:30-2:30

December 21: Christmas Concert 1:15-2:30 (There will be a Christmas feast for all families at 12:30)

December 22- January 10: Christmas Holidays

January 10: First day back at school


Have a great weekend!



EDC/ Preschool 

October 2018 | Happy Fall!

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!  

We have been very busy in preschool this month and have been enjoying this beautiful weather!  Our focus this month has been on fall and we have loved watching the changes that are happening around us.  We have been taking advantage of this beautiful weather and having circle time outside. We are learning about the leaves changing colours and why they are falling off the trees.  We have talked about different seasons and why fall is special.  Our story focus has been "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" and we enjoyed 'feeding' the old lady all the things to make a scarecrow!  We also learned some new songs and enjoyed using the parachute to shake some leaves around!  We also read "Leaf Man" and learned all about leaf man's body parts and how to put him together!  We especially loved singing his song (which follows the 'Mat Man' tune).


In the classroom, we have enjoyed lots of different activities to help us learn about fall.  We learned all about fall colours and how yellow and red make orange in art, we used fall cutters to make leaves out of play dough, played with leaves in the leaf table, practiced our fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up little pumpkins and put them in the correct space, and practiced our scissor skills by cutting up straw and paper pumpkins.  We especially love hammering golf tees into our pumpkins!  


We are also getting very excited for Halloween.  Children are more than welcome to dress up for school; we are going to have a fun day!  We cut open the pumpkins on Tuesday and pulled out all the seeds and guts.  Then, on Halloween, we will bake the seeds and enjoy them for snack! Our story focus this week is "Go Away Big Green Monster!" and so we will have some monster crafts and activities around the room.  We have also enjoyed some spooky stories and songs.  

Important Dates:

November 15: Picture Retake Day

November 16: Grandmother Tea Ceremony (12:30-2:00)

November 23:  PD Day - No School

Reminders:

Please make sure children come dressed for the weather (hats, gloves, scarves, etc) as we go outside every day.   If it snowing and you have snowpants, please bring them!  It is always fun to play in the snow :)  


I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

Miss. Lauren


EDC/ Preschool 

September 2018 | The Three Little Pigs

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!  I hope everyone finds this message well.

We have been busy in EDC!  We have been exploring new materials, learning new songs, and making new friends.  Everyone is working really hard to settle into our routines: we are remembering to wipe our placemats and clean up after snack; how to wait in line; and to switch our indoor shoes and outdoor shoes!  I am attempting to send agendas home more frequently.  They are to be used for home- school communication, so please feel free to leave any notes or questions and I will respond and send the agenda back home.  Notices will also go inside agendas, so please make sure to check them when they go home with your child.

Nursing students from Mount Royal University taught us how to keep our teeth clean!


In circle, we have all been working very hard to practice good listening skills and sit nicely (and wait our turns!). We have enjoyed reading "The Three Little Pigs". In circle, we loved using pictures to put the story in order and using pigs to help with our counting!  We have had lots of fun making new artwork as well.  We made pigs, Big Bad Wolves, and houses!  We learned which materials were stronger than others and which ones we would use to build our house.  We also found different materials from around the classroom (eg. lego, crayon, book, paper) and tried to huff and puff as much as we could to see if the items would blow away!  We learned the book was really heavy and lighter items, like paper, blow away easily.  Our favourite art activity was when we were able to pretend to be the big, bad wolf; we practiced our huffing and puffing and blew paint around on paper (with a straw). We enjoyed learning about colours and how they mix together to make new colours!

We had circle outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather!


As we move into October, we will be focusing on seasons changing, specifically fall.  We will learn new songs, play with new sensory tables, and learn about all the beautiful colours we see!  Our story focus will be "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Leaf" and "Leaf Man".





Reminders:

If you pack grapes or small tomatoes, please make sure they are cut in half (lengh-wise) before they come to school.  They are a choking hazard and they need to be cut at school.

We go outside EVERY day, so please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately: jackets, gloves and hats (if necessary), and boots.

Important Dates:

October 1:  Please wear orange shirts to show support for Orange Shirt Day (Every Child Matters)

October 4: Parent-Teacher Interviews (4:30-7:00)

October 5: Parent-Teacher Interviews (12:30-2:30)

October 8-12: NO SCHOOL

October 25: Celebration of Learning

October 26: NO SCHOOL


Thank you!  Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns: leblakely@cbe.ab.ca


EDC/ Preschool 

August 2018 | Welcome to the New School Year!

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer!  At Niitsitapi Learning Center, we are all ready and excited to work with your children. Our early learning team had a wonderful first couple weeks playing with children and learning more about who they are.  We are excited for what the school year may bring!

Our first week and a half has been very busy!  We are settling well into our routines and are enjoying playing with all the new toys and meeting new friends.  We have especially loved exploring the sand table, making playdough, and Smudging.  We have learned “The Wheels on the Bus” and our story/ song focus this week is “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.  We are learning all about different farm animals and the sounds that they make.

This year, we are very fortunate to have a large classroom support staff. Ms. Wendy is our classroom Early Childhood Practitioner and is joining us this year from Kindergarten with Ms. Sarah.  Ms. Diane is our Speech Language Assistant and has worked in a variety of schools within the Calgary Board of Education.  Both Ms. Wendy and Ms. Diane are in the classroom every day of the week and we are so grateful for their support!


We also have Ms. Lindsay, our Occupational Therapist, who joins our room once a week to help with fine motor skills and daily activities such as toileting and getting dressed/ ready for school.  Ms. Mandy is our Speech Language Pathologist who is in and out of our classroom throughout the week, working with children on speech goals independently and in small groups.  Ms. Kim is our Physiotherapist who joins us once a week to help children with their gross motor skills.

Reminders:

We do try and go outside every day, so please dress your child appropriately for the weather as it is starting to get colder out.  You are more than welcome to send food with your child, but we do serve snack and breakfast/ lunch (dependent upon whether your child is AM or PM). Please ensure these are healthy snacks and that they are nut free.

Important Dates:

September 3:  NO SCHOOL – Labour Day

September 6: Meet the Teacher/ Open Houser – 4:30- 6:30

September 21: NO SCHOOL – PD day


I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!  Please feel free to contact me anytime via email: leblakely@cbe.ab.ca or you can call the school and leave a message.


Miss. Lauren

EDC/ Preschool 

May 2018 | Flowers, Caterpillars, and All Things Spring

Hello everyone!  I hope that this blog finds everyone well and you all have been outside enjoying as much of this beautiful weather as possible!  We have had lots of time outside in EDC and loving every minute of it.  We always make sure to go to the main school playground and we often, as well, go out to the backyard of our classroom.  Please remember to dress your child appropriately for the weather: this includes hats, sunscreen, and proper clothing (Eg. shorts and t-shirts).


Painting our 'house'

We have been learning all about spring and how things grow, our focus book for the first two weeks of May being "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog".  Children loved participating in this story; they got new items to 'feed' to the old woman every day.  We talked about seeds, how sunlight and water make them grow, and other tools that we use in the garden.  We have loved 'gardening' in our garden table; there were bean seeds mixed in with the dirt and they are growing up a storm! We are now practicing our scissor work and cutting them back (and making sure they have water every day!). Our role play center has been turned into a flower shop and children have enjoyed putting flowers in the basket and 'buying' them, and wrapping flowers and giving them to their friends. 

Bubble painting!

We have recently started reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and we love learning how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.  We have started learning about the caterpillar life cycle and how it forms a chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.  We are so lucky to have real caterpillars in our classroom so that we can watch this process happen!  Our caterpillars have only just started forming their own chrysalises.  We watched a caterpillar make its own chrysalis today and it was very exciting!  Once a caterpillar forms its chrysalis, the process will take about 7-10 days for butterflies to emerge, so hopefully we get to see it happen.


Practicing our fine motor skills

I hope you all have a great day and are looking forward to summer break!  Our last day of school is Thursday June 28. Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Miss. Lauren





EDC/ Preschool

April 2018 | Spring is Almost Here!

Happy April everyone!  I hope that everyone had a restful spring break. We have been settling back into our familiar routines and have enjoyed playing with our friends at school. This month we practiced both a lockdown drill (AM) and a fire drill (PM). Children have been doing an excellent job at staying calm, quiet, and listening for adult instruction. With spring finally on its way, we can have lots of fun outside and explore the world as it starts to grow again. We have been excited to find the dandelions that are starting to come up in our backyard!  As the weather gets warmer, we will be doing more play and centers outside. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather and make sure they have sunscreen on on days when it is going to be hot.

Celebrating Earth Day


In big circle we have been practicing counting up to 5 in the books "Bear Counts" and "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons".  Children have been practicing counting up to five with buttons, frogs, and the animals we see on the pages. We love counting how many geese and river otters there are!  We are working on our one-to-one correspondence skills, which is counting one object at a time.  Lots of us can count, but it is much harder to count objects one at a time!


In little circle, we have been reading "I'll Wait, Mr Panda".  Children have loved using the puppets for various animals and finding out what the surprise will be each day! It has been adapted this past week to include different animals in Blackfoot in the story "I'll Wait, Kyiyo". Students are learning how to say bear, butterfly, buffalo, cat, fish, and eagle in Blackfoot.  Next week, this will be shared with children in the big circle.

Counting and cutting out Easter eggs.


In June, we will be going on a field trip to Telus Spark Science Center. Children who attend in the morning will be going on Thursday June 7 . Children who attend in the afternoon will be going on Thursday June 14.  They will be bussed to and from Niitsitapi Learning Center. I will be looking for volunteers for both sessions, so if you are interested in joining with your child, please let me know!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Miss Lauren



EDC/ Preschool

March 2018 | Happy Easter!

We loved painting Easter eggs!

Practicing our fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up the carrots and put them in the eggs.

Learning about animals in Blackfoot with Anita Eagle Bear.

EDC/ Preschool 

March 2018 | Three Little Pigs and a Big, Bad Wolf!

Hello everyone!  It is hard to believe it is time for spring break already! Thank you to all the parents and guardians who came to meet with me during parent-teacher meetings, I always enjoy meeting with you and sharing what your wonderful children are doing in the classroom.  If you were unable to make Thursday evening or Friday and would like to still touch base, please feel free to either call the school or email me at leblakely@cbe.ab.ca .


We had a busy March and very excited for some warmer weather in April!  Our story focus has been the "Three Little Pigs" and we loved reading the story and acting it out with the three pigs and the big, bad wolf!  We learned about straw, wood, and brick and which materials were the strongest.  We enjoyed playing at our sensory tables; we cut up straw and built houses of straw, wood, and "brick" in the sand table.  Our favourite activity was the wolf puppets we made on Wednesday; we had lots of fun practicing our growls and eating up the little pigs (and practicing using scissors)!


We were very sad to say goodbye to Ms. Colleen who has been teaching us music every Tuesday since January.  We learned lots of fun songs and how to play a few instruments.  It was a fantastic experience and the children loved seeing her each week. Some of our favourite songs included the Pizza Song, the Animal song, playing with the scarves, and the egg shaker game.


As we move into April, we will be learning about all things spring!  There will be lots of fun crafts, songs, and activities (including some science!). Please remember that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as we try to go outside every day.  We can expect rain and puddles everywhere as the snow melts.  Ensure that children have rain boots and jackets so they don't get wet!  They have been having lots of fun jumping in the puddles the last few days as they snow starts to melt around the playground.


Some dates to remember:

March 24- April 10: Spring Break

April 25: Spring Blessing

I hope you all have a restful spring break!  See you on Tuesday April 10.


Ms. Lauren


EDC/ Preschool

February 2018

Hello everyone!  I hope this newsletter finds everyone well.  We have had a busy month in February and unfortunately have had to spend a few too many days inside due to the cold weather.  Hopefully spring is just around the corner!

Our literacy focus at the beginning of the month has been on "The Mitten" for circle.  The children in big circle spent time learning about the different animals in the story and sequencing beginning, middle, and the ending together.  We loved using the finger puppet animals to act out the story, especially when all the animals flew out of the big mitten in the end!  We enjoyed some other activities related to the story such as mitten printing and making stained glass mittens to put on our windows.

We had a special day on Valentine's Day and we loved sharing our cards with our classmates.  We were all very excited to see what our friends gave us!  Thank you to all the parents and guardians who brought cards for children to share.  We spent a lot of time talking about how we treat out friends in our class, using kind words, and gentle voices.  We enjoyed making our friendship bracelets and making our Valentine's Day collages!

Every Tuesday we are so fortunate to have Miss Colleen come in and have music class with us! We have been enjoying learning new songs and playing new instruments.  We especially love playing with the castanets and singing the pizza song!  We will be having music class every Tuesday until Spring Break.

I have also been spending some time working with children and practicing counting.  We have also been reading "Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons" and using real buttons and taking them away as we read through the story.  One of our main songs we have been working on is "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" and we love making our frogs hop into the pool!

We are currently reading "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and love using puppets to act out the story.  Next week we will be making trolls, so stay tuned for pictures!

Please remember to bring hats, gloves, and snow pants with your child as we try and go outside every day, whether it's the back yard or the big playground.

Some dates to remember:

Pizza Day: March 22

Parent-Teacher Meetings: March 22 (4:30-7:00) and March 23 (9:00-12:00)

Spring Break: March 23- April 10

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  

Miss. Lauren

EDC/ Preschool

January 2018 | Story & Song

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a restful break!  It is lovely to see everyone’s cheerful faces back in EDC.  We have been enjoying our time back getting settled into familiar routines, playing with our friends, and exploring activities around our classroom. 

Our Winter Celebration was a huge success, thank you to all parents and guardians who were able to make it!  The children loved practicing “I’m a Little Snowman” and had lots of fun singing it to family, friends, and the rest of the school.  We enjoyed making snowman faces to wear during our performance and were excited to see what the other students around the school were working on.  Everyone worked so hard and it was an incredible concert.

We did many fun activities prior to the Christmas break to celebrate the holidays in preschool.  We were fortunate to have Santa visit our classroom and deliver presents this year. The Calgary Police Service bought presents the children asked for and they were so excited to open them up and play with them.  We are incredibly grateful to them for providing children with such a joyful experience.  We also enjoyed cookie decorating, winter crafts, and learning new holiday songs.

Our new story we are focusing on now is “The Mitten”.  It is a Ukranian story about a little boy, his lost mitten, and different animals that find the mitten in the snow. This week we used mittens to make mitten prints with paint on paper. Children mostly loved the glitter that was put on top of the paint afterwards.  We have some projects coming up where we will be making stained glass mittens with tissue paper, practicing our fine motor skills by using yarn to thread paper mittens we have painted, and learning about the animals we are introduced to in the story.

The new term also brings us weekly music therapy sessions with all children. During morning and afternoon sessions, children enjoy learning new songs and playing with the instruments.  They are using the wooden frog, shakers, and sticks to play along and sing together. They are learning to listen and work together to stop playing at the correct parts of the song.  Children absolutely love this program and we are fortunate enough to have it continue until we leave for spring break.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.  It was lovely to meet with those of you who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences in December.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Ms. Lauren

EDC/Preschool

December 2017 | Biography & One Snowy Day Theme

Hi everyone!

Some of you have seen my face in the room, but my name is Ms. Lauren and I am the new teacher who is in for Ms. Jocelyn while she is away. I am very excited to be working in the EDC at Niitsitapi Learning Centre and have had a wonderful week getting to know your children in the morning and afternoon classes. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Last week, we continued our circle time story and song and were introduced to some new counting songs including “Five Little Ducks” and “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”. We also spent some time adjusting to my new face around the classroom and further establishing daily routines. The students did an excellent job at listening and following instructions during the fire drill on Thursday and we had a great discussion on how to stay safe during a real fire.

As we move into next week, we will be starting a new winter theme and our story focus will be “One Snowy Day”. There will be various centres around the room that tie into this winter theme. These include a snowy sensory table, new art projects, and fine motor snowflake beading. Next week is also our last week of Métis month and we also have included some specialized Métis artwork as well as a Métis preschool-adapted movement song.

Please note that parent-teacher conferences are being held December 7th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM and December 8th from 9:00-12:00 PM. The conference manager is now open for you to book your conference. If you would like to arrange a time to see me but are unavailable during those times, please contact me and I would be happy to arrange a time with you.

Ms. Lauren

Ms Jocelyn

EDC/ Preschool 

May 2019 | Grow Grow Grow

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour Families

The little gardeners in EDC/Preschool have been working hard to plant and care for our sunflowers and plants in the classroom. We have also been learning to care for our new classroom visitors- the bucket of composting worms that are visiting us for the month. We love them!

I wonder...

are the worms big or small?

what do the worms like to eat?

what is that smell?!

Together we have been exploring the worms and their surroundings and learning the importance of using gentle hands. 

We love the story Toto's Apple about a brave worm trying to get to an apple from a tree.

Bear Witness Day

We celebrated #bearwitnessday and #jordansprinciple by bringing our teddy's to school. 

https://fncaringsociety.com/BearWitness

We looked at pictures of Spirit Bear and discussed how our bears keep us safe and how we can always hug them.


Fun in the Sun

We have been enjoying the sunshine, and like to spend a large part of our day outside when we can. A hat and proper footwear is a great idea!

Looking Ahead:

June 11: AM students to Telus Spark

June 12: PM students to Telus Spark

See you soon!



March/April 2019 | We Love Na'a

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour Families

We have been busy in EDC/Preschool lately. It has been a time of learning about new beginnings and growth.

As a school we have been exploring the ways in which we can take care of Mother Earth, Na'a. Each morning we discuss how grateful we are to Natoosi for giving us a beautiful sunny day to play. 

At circle time, we have been exploring Spring, flowers, and colours. We have read "Little Blue Truck's Springtime", "Raindrop Plop", and "Planting a Rainbow". Outside, we have began to cultivate our garden space in the backyard. Students have been choosing their favourite colour of the rainbow to plant. We will begin our planting next week. 

Music Therapy

We are very fortunate to have Christina from Blue Sky Music joining us again this year. Christina has been with us every Tuesday since we returned from Spring Break and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year. Ms. Christina has small group time with each student to sing, play fun instruments, and work on targeted learning goals in an exciting new way. The students absolutely love their music time. 


Happy Easter

We had fun decorating Easter Eggs and even had a visit from the bunny out on the playground!

Looking Ahead

We have an exciting two final months of the year coming up. We will continue to plant, grow, and take care of our garden. We are getting a special visit from some creepy, crawly earth worms! We also have a fun field trip to Telus Spark coming up in June. 

See you soon!


February 2019 | Gitsagakomim My Friends


Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Hello families,

Although it has been very chilly outside, we have been feeling the love in Preschool. We have been drumming and singing Gitsagakomim (I love/honour you) to each other throughout the day and I love seeing the student's eye light up as their friends honour them with song. 

We have been talking about our feelings and learning some new strategies to use when we feel a certain way. We are learning to say if we feel happy/mad/sad/sick/silly/tired. This has become a new routine at our daily circle time. 


MY HEART FILLS WITH HAPPINESS WHEN...

We have been exploring what it means to use kind words and how this makes our friend's hearts feel. This month our circle time focus has been about what makes our heart feel happy. As the story reads, we feel happy when we walk barefoot on the grass. We are looking forward to doing this outside in no time!

We have started a class "heart jar". Each time one of the students is caught doing/saying something kind to another they get to add another heart to our jar. It is filling quickly. Our class is filled with kind acts every day, like helping each other with shoes, or saying a nice compliment. 

At circle, we have shared what makes our own heart feel happy. Here are some of my favourite responses from the children:

"I feel happy when...

I see my Daddy.

I have cake.

I hug my Mom.

I play with my little sister."


HEALTHY HEART, HEALTHY BODY

As a part of our school-wide study of healthy eating and healthy bodies, each class cooked a healthy recipe to enjoy. Our class chose to make homemade granola. The students were wonderful chefs! They listened carefully to instructions and made sure to cook the granola with extra love. We enjoyed it later that day for snack and topped it with yogurt and sliced bananas. Here is the recipe, I know your student would love to show you how to make it at home!

Easy Granola

Heat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix 3 cups rolled oats and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a bowl.

Melt 1/2 cup coconut oil and mix with 1/2 cup honey and pour onto the oats. Mix well. 

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. 

Add a handful of raisons when done. 

Allow to cool, and enjoy with yogurt and bananas!



LOOKING AHEAD:

Our students in both AM and PM Preschool really love playing with and learning about animals. In March we will explore some new stories about zoo and farm animals. We will be starting with some "Elephant and Piggie" stories by Mo Willems. 

In April we will explore the new season that is (hopefully) ahead, checking out all of the new growth around us, and see how big we are getting too!

                                                                                    We had fun sharing Valentine's Day goodies with each other!

See you soon,

Ms. Jocelyn 


January 2019 | Happy New Year!

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Hello,

What a wonderful start to the year we have had in EDC/Preschool. I can’t express how fortunate I feel to have returned to the classroom, celebrated Solstice together, and be spending the days with your little ones. Hiy Hiy.

For those I have not yet met, I look forward to seeing you soon. I returned to Niitsitapi at the beginning of December after spending the last year with my little one and his big brother, now one and three years old.

Please always feel free to write, call, or come for a visit any time. I am doing my best to send agenda messages home, please write back with any updates or questions. My e-mail is jlhachey@cbe.ab.ca 

Here is what we have been up to…

 

                                                           The students made ooey, gooey, pink slime. They explored the feel of it and it's funny smell.



                                   

WHO IS IN THE MITTEN?

                                                                                         I wonder what animal is in the Mystery Mitten?

I wonder… where the bear went?

I wonder… why the eagle went into the mitten?

I wonder… why the sun is not out today? Where is Natoosi?

This month in EDC/Preschool we have been asking and answering these questions and more while reading an adapted version of the story, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. In our special story, one student loses their mitten in the woods on a cold and snowy day. To keep warm, various animals crawl, fly, stomp, run, or even hop into the mitten. That is, until wapos’ whiskers tickle kyiyo’s nose and he says AH-CHOO! This is the students’ favourite part because they get to watch the animals come flying out of the mitten and up into the air. Through our storytelling, we have been learning and practicing six new Blackfoot and Cree words:

Iinii (Buffalo)

Siinopaa (Fox)

Piita (Eagle)

Maami (Fish)

Kiyo (Bear)

Wapos (Rabbit)

We had a lovely visit with Elder Randy this week, he taught us even more names of animals we may see outside in the snow. He shared with us how Na’a (Mother Earth) is a painter of beautiful colours on the land. Right now, we are enjoying the sparkling snow and it will soon be time to see the green grass, colourful flowers, and exciting bugs and insects outside. As we move into the warmer months, we will remember to practice gratitude to Na’a and appreciate all of the new colours and growth. 


LOOKING AHEAD

  • For the remainder of the month, we will be exploring “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. This will give us the opportunity to practice our preposition vocabulary (on, in, under, beside) as we read about climbing big mountains of snow, and have some sensory play with puffy paint that looks like snow.
  • We are looking forward to February, where we will be looking at our hearts, and the many ways in which we care for our hearts and others. We will do this by beginning with the story, “My Heart Fills With Happiness” by Monique Gray Smith. I can’t wait to hear what fills our hearts with love and joy.
  • Weather permitting, we do try to head outside each day, so please send warm outerwear with your child. Labelling everything with their names really helps avoid mixups too!
  • Our next Celebration of Learning will be Thursday, January 31 from 11:15-11:45AM. 

See you soon,

Ms. Jocelyn 




November 2018 | Happy November!

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

We have been so fortunate to have had some beautiful weather in October and have been enjoying time playing in our backyard and on the school playground.  Please remember as we move into November that the weather will be getting cooler and we are outside every day!  Children need to be wearing gloves/ mittens, hats, snow pants, scarves, etc.  We have also had a sickness running through our school and we are working on washing our hands after we sneeze, before we eat, and at other various times throughout the day.  If your child is sick, please keep them home to stop it being spread around the school.  Thank you for your cooperation!

November was a fun month and we spent time learning about our colours through various books including "The Colour Monster", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", and "The Coloured Chameleon".  "The Colour Monster" was timed around Halloween and we loved exploring with monsters around the classroom!  The scary eyes in the sand table were a huge hit!   

Drumming with Darcy

We also had quite a few elder visits this month for children both in the afternoon and afternoon groups.  We had Elder Kerrie come in and speak about Winter Solstice and sing "The Deer Song".  Elder Darcy came in and did some drumming with the children and Elder Shirley came twice and did some traditional dancing.  For Metis month, we were fortunate to have Ms. Shalome come in and do jigging with the children!  They really enjoyed participating in that.  Our bannock making was postponed until next week.  

We are also very fortunate to have the Calgary Public Library come to our school every Tuesday for the next month (ending December 14).  Morning and afternoon groups will enjoy story time and song for a half hour block every Tuesday.  She is incorporating Indigenous stories and songs into the session and the children and we love listening to what she has to share. 

Important Dates:

December 7: PD Day (NO SCHOOL)

December 13: Parent Conferences 4:30-7

December 14: Parent Conferences 12:30-2:30

December 21: Christmas Concert 1:15-2:30 (There will be a Christmas feast for all families at 12:30)

December 22- January 10: Christmas Holidays

January 10: First day back at school


Have a great weekend!



EDC/ Preschool 

October 2018 | Happy Fall!

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!  

We have been very busy in preschool this month and have been enjoying this beautiful weather!  Our focus this month has been on fall and we have loved watching the changes that are happening around us.  We have been taking advantage of this beautiful weather and having circle time outside. We are learning about the leaves changing colours and why they are falling off the trees.  We have talked about different seasons and why fall is special.  Our story focus has been "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" and we enjoyed 'feeding' the old lady all the things to make a scarecrow!  We also learned some new songs and enjoyed using the parachute to shake some leaves around!  We also read "Leaf Man" and learned all about leaf man's body parts and how to put him together!  We especially loved singing his song (which follows the 'Mat Man' tune).


In the classroom, we have enjoyed lots of different activities to help us learn about fall.  We learned all about fall colours and how yellow and red make orange in art, we used fall cutters to make leaves out of play dough, played with leaves in the leaf table, practiced our fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up little pumpkins and put them in the correct space, and practiced our scissor skills by cutting up straw and paper pumpkins.  We especially love hammering golf tees into our pumpkins!  


We are also getting very excited for Halloween.  Children are more than welcome to dress up for school; we are going to have a fun day!  We cut open the pumpkins on Tuesday and pulled out all the seeds and guts.  Then, on Halloween, we will bake the seeds and enjoy them for snack! Our story focus this week is "Go Away Big Green Monster!" and so we will have some monster crafts and activities around the room.  We have also enjoyed some spooky stories and songs.  

Important Dates:

November 15: Picture Retake Day

November 16: Grandmother Tea Ceremony (12:30-2:00)

November 23:  PD Day - No School

Reminders:

Please make sure children come dressed for the weather (hats, gloves, scarves, etc) as we go outside every day.   If it snowing and you have snowpants, please bring them!  It is always fun to play in the snow :)  


I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

Miss. Lauren


EDC/ Preschool 

September 2018 | The Three Little Pigs

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!  I hope everyone finds this message well.

We have been busy in EDC!  We have been exploring new materials, learning new songs, and making new friends.  Everyone is working really hard to settle into our routines: we are remembering to wipe our placemats and clean up after snack; how to wait in line; and to switch our indoor shoes and outdoor shoes!  I am attempting to send agendas home more frequently.  They are to be used for home- school communication, so please feel free to leave any notes or questions and I will respond and send the agenda back home.  Notices will also go inside agendas, so please make sure to check them when they go home with your child.

Nursing students from Mount Royal University taught us how to keep our teeth clean!


In circle, we have all been working very hard to practice good listening skills and sit nicely (and wait our turns!). We have enjoyed reading "The Three Little Pigs". In circle, we loved using pictures to put the story in order and using pigs to help with our counting!  We have had lots of fun making new artwork as well.  We made pigs, Big Bad Wolves, and houses!  We learned which materials were stronger than others and which ones we would use to build our house.  We also found different materials from around the classroom (eg. lego, crayon, book, paper) and tried to huff and puff as much as we could to see if the items would blow away!  We learned the book was really heavy and lighter items, like paper, blow away easily.  Our favourite art activity was when we were able to pretend to be the big, bad wolf; we practiced our huffing and puffing and blew paint around on paper (with a straw). We enjoyed learning about colours and how they mix together to make new colours!

We had circle outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather!


As we move into October, we will be focusing on seasons changing, specifically fall.  We will learn new songs, play with new sensory tables, and learn about all the beautiful colours we see!  Our story focus will be "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Leaf" and "Leaf Man".





Reminders:

If you pack grapes or small tomatoes, please make sure they are cut in half (lengh-wise) before they come to school.  They are a choking hazard and they need to be cut at school.

We go outside EVERY day, so please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately: jackets, gloves and hats (if necessary), and boots.

Important Dates:

October 1:  Please wear orange shirts to show support for Orange Shirt Day (Every Child Matters)

October 4: Parent-Teacher Interviews (4:30-7:00)

October 5: Parent-Teacher Interviews (12:30-2:30)

October 8-12: NO SCHOOL

October 25: Celebration of Learning

October 26: NO SCHOOL


Thank you!  Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns: leblakely@cbe.ab.ca


EDC/ Preschool 

August 2018 | Welcome to the New School Year!

Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer!  At Niitsitapi Learning Center, we are all ready and excited to work with your children. Our early learning team had a wonderful first couple weeks playing with children and learning more about who they are.  We are excited for what the school year may bring!

Our first week and a half has been very busy!  We are settling well into our routines and are enjoying playing with all the new toys and meeting new friends.  We have especially loved exploring the sand table, making playdough, and Smudging.  We have learned “The Wheels on the Bus” and our story/ song focus this week is “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.  We are learning all about different farm animals and the sounds that they make.

This year, we are very fortunate to have a large classroom support staff. Ms. Wendy is our classroom Early Childhood Practitioner and is joining us this year from Kindergarten with Ms. Sarah.  Ms. Diane is our Speech Language Assistant and has worked in a variety of schools within the Calgary Board of Education.  Both Ms. Wendy and Ms. Diane are in the classroom every day of the week and we are so grateful for their support!


We also have Ms. Lindsay, our Occupational Therapist, who joins our room once a week to help with fine motor skills and daily activities such as toileting and getting dressed/ ready for school.  Ms. Mandy is our Speech Language Pathologist who is in and out of our classroom throughout the week, working with children on speech goals independently and in small groups.  Ms. Kim is our Physiotherapist who joins us once a week to help children with their gross motor skills.

Reminders:

We do try and go outside every day, so please dress your child appropriately for the weather as it is starting to get colder out.  You are more than welcome to send food with your child, but we do serve snack and breakfast/ lunch (dependent upon whether your child is AM or PM). Please ensure these are healthy snacks and that they are nut free.

Important Dates:

September 3:  NO SCHOOL – Labour Day

September 6: Meet the Teacher/ Open Houser – 4:30- 6:30

September 21: NO SCHOOL – PD day


I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!  Please feel free to contact me anytime via email: leblakely@cbe.ab.ca or you can call the school and leave a message.


Miss. Lauren

EDC/ Preschool 

May 2018 | Flowers, Caterpillars, and All Things Spring

Hello everyone!  I hope that this blog finds everyone well and you all have been outside enjoying as much of this beautiful weather as possible!  We have had lots of time outside in EDC and loving every minute of it.  We always make sure to go to the main school playground and we often, as well, go out to the backyard of our classroom.  Please remember to dress your child appropriately for the weather: this includes hats, sunscreen, and proper clothing (Eg. shorts and t-shirts).


Painting our 'house'

We have been learning all about spring and how things grow, our focus book for the first two weeks of May being "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog".  Children loved participating in this story; they got new items to 'feed' to the old woman every day.  We talked about seeds, how sunlight and water make them grow, and other tools that we use in the garden.  We have loved 'gardening' in our garden table; there were bean seeds mixed in with the dirt and they are growing up a storm! We are now practicing our scissor work and cutting them back (and making sure they have water every day!). Our role play center has been turned into a flower shop and children have enjoyed putting flowers in the basket and 'buying' them, and wrapping flowers and giving them to their friends. 

Bubble painting!

We have recently started reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and we love learning how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.  We have started learning about the caterpillar life cycle and how it forms a chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.  We are so lucky to have real caterpillars in our classroom so that we can watch this process happen!  Our caterpillars have only just started forming their own chrysalises.  We watched a caterpillar make its own chrysalis today and it was very exciting!  Once a caterpillar forms its chrysalis, the process will take about 7-10 days for butterflies to emerge, so hopefully we get to see it happen.


Practicing our fine motor skills

I hope you all have a great day and are looking forward to summer break!  Our last day of school is Thursday June 28. Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Miss. Lauren





EDC/ Preschool

April 2018 | Spring is Almost Here!

Happy April everyone!  I hope that everyone had a restful spring break. We have been settling back into our familiar routines and have enjoyed playing with our friends at school. This month we practiced both a lockdown drill (AM) and a fire drill (PM). Children have been doing an excellent job at staying calm, quiet, and listening for adult instruction. With spring finally on its way, we can have lots of fun outside and explore the world as it starts to grow again. We have been excited to find the dandelions that are starting to come up in our backyard!  As the weather gets warmer, we will be doing more play and centers outside. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather and make sure they have sunscreen on on days when it is going to be hot.

Celebrating Earth Day


In big circle we have been practicing counting up to 5 in the books "Bear Counts" and "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons".  Children have been practicing counting up to five with buttons, frogs, and the animals we see on the pages. We love counting how many geese and river otters there are!  We are working on our one-to-one correspondence skills, which is counting one object at a time.  Lots of us can count, but it is much harder to count objects one at a time!


In little circle, we have been reading "I'll Wait, Mr Panda".  Children have loved using the puppets for various animals and finding out what the surprise will be each day! It has been adapted this past week to include different animals in Blackfoot in the story "I'll Wait, Kyiyo". Students are learning how to say bear, butterfly, buffalo, cat, fish, and eagle in Blackfoot.  Next week, this will be shared with children in the big circle.

Counting and cutting out Easter eggs.


In June, we will be going on a field trip to Telus Spark Science Center. Children who attend in the morning will be going on Thursday June 7 . Children who attend in the afternoon will be going on Thursday June 14.  They will be bussed to and from Niitsitapi Learning Center. I will be looking for volunteers for both sessions, so if you are interested in joining with your child, please let me know!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Miss Lauren



EDC/ Preschool

March 2018 | Happy Easter!

We loved painting Easter eggs!

Practicing our fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up the carrots and put them in the eggs.

Learning about animals in Blackfoot with Anita Eagle Bear.

EDC/ Preschool 

March 2018 | Three Little Pigs and a Big, Bad Wolf!

Hello everyone!  It is hard to believe it is time for spring break already! Thank you to all the parents and guardians who came to meet with me during parent-teacher meetings, I always enjoy meeting with you and sharing what your wonderful children are doing in the classroom.  If you were unable to make Thursday evening or Friday and would like to still touch base, please feel free to either call the school or email me at leblakely@cbe.ab.ca .


We had a busy March and very excited for some warmer weather in April!  Our story focus has been the "Three Little Pigs" and we loved reading the story and acting it out with the three pigs and the big, bad wolf!  We learned about straw, wood, and brick and which materials were the strongest.  We enjoyed playing at our sensory tables; we cut up straw and built houses of straw, wood, and "brick" in the sand table.  Our favourite activity was the wolf puppets we made on Wednesday; we had lots of fun practicing our growls and eating up the little pigs (and practicing using scissors)!


We were very sad to say goodbye to Ms. Colleen who has been teaching us music every Tuesday since January.  We learned lots of fun songs and how to play a few instruments.  It was a fantastic experience and the children loved seeing her each week. Some of our favourite songs included the Pizza Song, the Animal song, playing with the scarves, and the egg shaker game.


As we move into April, we will be learning about all things spring!  There will be lots of fun crafts, songs, and activities (including some science!). Please remember that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as we try to go outside every day.  We can expect rain and puddles everywhere as the snow melts.  Ensure that children have rain boots and jackets so they don't get wet!  They have been having lots of fun jumping in the puddles the last few days as they snow starts to melt around the playground.


Some dates to remember:

March 24- April 10: Spring Break

April 25: Spring Blessing

I hope you all have a restful spring break!  See you on Tuesday April 10.


Ms. Lauren


EDC/ Preschool

February 2018

Hello everyone!  I hope this newsletter finds everyone well.  We have had a busy month in February and unfortunately have had to spend a few too many days inside due to the cold weather.  Hopefully spring is just around the corner!

Our literacy focus at the beginning of the month has been on "The Mitten" for circle.  The children in big circle spent time learning about the different animals in the story and sequencing beginning, middle, and the ending together.  We loved using the finger puppet animals to act out the story, especially when all the animals flew out of the big mitten in the end!  We enjoyed some other activities related to the story such as mitten printing and making stained glass mittens to put on our windows.

We had a special day on Valentine's Day and we loved sharing our cards with our classmates.  We were all very excited to see what our friends gave us!  Thank you to all the parents and guardians who brought cards for children to share.  We spent a lot of time talking about how we treat out friends in our class, using kind words, and gentle voices.  We enjoyed making our friendship bracelets and making our Valentine's Day collages!

Every Tuesday we are so fortunate to have Miss Colleen come in and have music class with us! We have been enjoying learning new songs and playing new instruments.  We especially love playing with the castanets and singing the pizza song!  We will be having music class every Tuesday until Spring Break.

I have also been spending some time working with children and practicing counting.  We have also been reading "Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons" and using real buttons and taking them away as we read through the story.  One of our main songs we have been working on is "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" and we love making our frogs hop into the pool!

We are currently reading "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and love using puppets to act out the story.  Next week we will be making trolls, so stay tuned for pictures!

Please remember to bring hats, gloves, and snow pants with your child as we try and go outside every day, whether it's the back yard or the big playground.

Some dates to remember:

Pizza Day: March 22

Parent-Teacher Meetings: March 22 (4:30-7:00) and March 23 (9:00-12:00)

Spring Break: March 23- April 10

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  

Miss. Lauren

EDC/ Preschool

January 2018 | Story & Song

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a restful break!  It is lovely to see everyone’s cheerful faces back in EDC.  We have been enjoying our time back getting settled into familiar routines, playing with our friends, and exploring activities around our classroom. 

Our Winter Celebration was a huge success, thank you to all parents and guardians who were able to make it!  The children loved practicing “I’m a Little Snowman” and had lots of fun singing it to family, friends, and the rest of the school.  We enjoyed making snowman faces to wear during our performance and were excited to see what the other students around the school were working on.  Everyone worked so hard and it was an incredible concert.

We did many fun activities prior to the Christmas break to celebrate the holidays in preschool.  We were fortunate to have Santa visit our classroom and deliver presents this year. The Calgary Police Service bought presents the children asked for and they were so excited to open them up and play with them.  We are incredibly grateful to them for providing children with such a joyful experience.  We also enjoyed cookie decorating, winter crafts, and learning new holiday songs.

Our new story we are focusing on now is “The Mitten”.  It is a Ukranian story about a little boy, his lost mitten, and different animals that find the mitten in the snow. This week we used mittens to make mitten prints with paint on paper. Children mostly loved the glitter that was put on top of the paint afterwards.  We have some projects coming up where we will be making stained glass mittens with tissue paper, practicing our fine motor skills by using yarn to thread paper mittens we have painted, and learning about the animals we are introduced to in the story.

The new term also brings us weekly music therapy sessions with all children. During morning and afternoon sessions, children enjoy learning new songs and playing with the instruments.  They are using the wooden frog, shakers, and sticks to play along and sing together. They are learning to listen and work together to stop playing at the correct parts of the song.  Children absolutely love this program and we are fortunate enough to have it continue until we leave for spring break.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.  It was lovely to meet with those of you who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences in December.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Ms. Lauren

EDC/Preschool

December 2017 | Biography & One Snowy Day Theme

Hi everyone!

Some of you have seen my face in the room, but my name is Ms. Lauren and I am the new teacher who is in for Ms. Jocelyn while she is away. I am very excited to be working in the EDC at Niitsitapi Learning Centre and have had a wonderful week getting to know your children in the morning and afternoon classes. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Last week, we continued our circle time story and song and were introduced to some new counting songs including “Five Little Ducks” and “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”. We also spent some time adjusting to my new face around the classroom and further establishing daily routines. The students did an excellent job at listening and following instructions during the fire drill on Thursday and we had a great discussion on how to stay safe during a real fire.

As we move into next week, we will be starting a new winter theme and our story focus will be “One Snowy Day”. There will be various centres around the room that tie into this winter theme. These include a snowy sensory table, new art projects, and fine motor snowflake beading. Next week is also our last week of Métis month and we also have included some specialized Métis artwork as well as a Métis preschool-adapted movement song.

Please note that parent-teacher conferences are being held December 7th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM and December 8th from 9:00-12:00 PM. The conference manager is now open for you to book your conference. If you would like to arrange a time to see me but are unavailable during those times, please contact me and I would be happy to arrange a time with you.

Ms. Lauren

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Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

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RT @YourAlberta: As the school year winds down, hats off to all our students for a successful year and congratulations to Alberta's class of 2019! 🎓 🎉 #abed https://t.co/KJw6wNa3Lo