Our countdown to Christmas is on! I hope everyone is starting to feel the Christmas spirit.
We had lots of fun in November. We started the month off by reading and retelling the 3 little pigs. We loved to be the big bad wolf and blow things down!
In gym class we had visiting teachers from Sound Kreations. This was a program funded by the Kaiti Perras’ Love of Dance Grant organized through Education Matters. Two dance instructions joined us for a week and taught us a couple of hip hop routines.
From November 15 – 19th we celebrated National Metis week. We made and ate bannock, coloured some mocassins and painted some dot flower art. We also learned about the Metis sash and practiced some finger weaving. We were lucky to have two vistors that week. Elder Kerrie and Ms. Chantelle came in to share different stories with us.
We ended the month by reading a book called “Time to sleep” that talked about different animals who hibernate for the winter, and we added that word to our growing vocabulary! And as always we continue to focus on developing our core literacy and numeracy skills.
As we head into December, out centers will take on a Christmas theme. We will keep discussing the changes we see in animals and people in the winter. We will continue to go outside, even when it is chilly! So please send you child with boots, gloves and a toque. If you need help getting any of these items, please let me know! If you ever have any questions or concerns please e-mail or call anytime!
Happy Halloween! We had so much fun wearing our costumes on the 28th! Everyone is very excited for trick or treating J
We started the month of October with reading “I am grateful.” We discussed what it means to be grateful and took turns sharing what we are each grateful for. We then created some art that turned into our own classroom gratitude book. They were all so thoughtful in thinking about what fill their hearts and what they are grateful for.
We now have a display on our bulletin board of our pictures with our animal masks and the Blackfoot word for each animal we choose. We are slowly learning the Blackfoot names for some animals! We have also been working on different greetings. At the beginning of the year we started off our sharing circle by saying “Oki” and now all of our kindergartens can say that with confidence so we have been practicing “ Tansi “which we are getting very good at! We also had a visit from Ms. Shirley at the end of the month who taught us some Hoop Dancing.
After the break we jumped right into Halloween activities. We did a Witches brew activity which helped us practice our counting. And read some Halloween books including “10 timid Ghosts” and “In the Old Haunted House.” Both books incorporate counting and rhyming.
We finished off the month with our Halloween celebration, painting some spider webs and having a fall flavours taste test!
Looking forward into November we will be celebrating Metis Week. We will be doing some jigging, listening to Metis music and start practicing greeting each other with Tawnshi
We will also have a Remembrance Day Celebration on November 10th. And the school with be closed on November 11th in recognition of Remembrance Day and there is no School November 12th for a Professional Development day
Please let me know if you need any supporting getting any winter clothing for your child, as we will continue to go outside as the weather gets cold and snowy.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend Trick or Treating!
I hope everyone has been enjoying this wonderful weather. We have been enjoying spending sometime on the land looking for signs of the changing seasons. We’ve been collecting leaves to use in different ways in our classroom. We will continue to talk about fall and all the changes that it brings to Na’a and how we adapt to those changes.
We had a lot of exciting visitors to our school this month!
Ms. Shirley came to dance with us in our garden. And we had our first drumming session with Mr. Darcy in the central gathering area. The students had so much fun at both these and are looking forward to our next visit.
We also had a visit from The Calgary Police Service, who brought a few of their vehicles for us to check out and helped handout our donated backpacks.
It was so beautiful seeing so many students dressed in their orange shirts on September 29th. They all listened so intently at our virtual assembly and showed such respect for the day
As we move forward in fall, we are getting excited for a very talked about holiday.. Halloween! We will be bringing some pumpkins into our classroom and doing some other Halloween activities when we return from fall break!
If you haven’t yet booked a parent teacher interview please e-mail me to set up a time. I look forward to speaking with all of you.
Oki, Tanis, Hello
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! My name is Kaitlyn Love and I am excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year. I began teaching at Niitsitapi in 2017, and I have just returned from a maternity leave. I grew up on a farm in southern Alberta where my parents still live. I moved to Calgary in 2016 after living in British Columbia for a few years. Calgary is where myself, my husband and my son call home. We love exploring the city and the surrounding area to see what it has to offer!
Full day Kindergarten is a big adjustment for many students (and adults J) So we have spent the first few weeks getting to know our classroom, our routines and our new friends. We will continue to build our sense of community in our classroom as well as our school as we move into September.
At Niitsitapi we try to learn from the land, Na’ a and Natoosi as much as we can. As we get closer to fall we will be spending time looking for different signs of fall and discussing how animals and people prepare for the seasonal change.
What to Bring
Please send your child to school with:
· A backpack
· Pair of outdoor and indoor shoes
· Water bottle
We continue to wear masks within our school as well as frequent hand washing and increase sanitizing measures to keep students and staff safe.
Please feel free to call or e-mail anytime you have questions, concerns or comments