Ms. Lauren

Happy Fall!

Oki families!

We have been busy in Kindergarten! We have been spending time observing and learning about fall and how the seasons and months move around the medicine wheel. Children are outside each day learning from the land and observing what o'ko looks like. We are loving seeing all the colours! We are learning to use our five senses to see, smell, touch, and hear what fall looks like. Children have enjoyed bringing fall into the classroom as well. We are using leaves, pinecones, and branches to make art, use in our sensory table, and help us in math and literacy. Each week we have had a new book about seasons to help us make sense of the world around us. 

In literacy, we have started working through the Jolly Phonics program. So far, we have worked with /s/, /a/, and /p/. Each sound comes with a song and action - you may have heard these songs at home as the kids have learned them well! We have also been building phonological awareness skills daily by practicing segmenting, blending sounds, sound isolation, and seeing how inserting/ deleting sounds changes a word. In math, we are continuing to work with shapes and counting. In October, we will be using pumpkins to aid in our learning! There are many fun activities planned. 

We honoured Orange Shirt Day by focusing on how each of us is special and has unique gifts to share with the world. We talked about each one of us matters and is important. Age-appropriate language was used during discussions. Each child enjoyed decorating an orange shirt and sharing what makes them special. 

Important Dates:

October 8: PD day - NO SCHOOL

October 11 -15: Fall Break - NO SCHOOL (for schools on modified calendars)

October 18: PD day - NO SCHOOL

Parent-teacher interviews will be happening next week via phone. You can either respond to my email with a date and time that works best or I will call and arrange a time. I am looking forward to talking about all the wonderful things your child is doing at school! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great fall break!


Welcome to Kindergarten!

Hello families! Welcome to the new school year. I am looking forward to working with your children this upcoming school year! We have been spending our time learning new routines, exploring the school, and making new friends. Like preschool, play is an integral part of our day and children have morning and afternoon time. This fosters the development of critical learning such as social skills, solidification of learned concepts, and exploring new ideas and topics. Along with working on transitions and routines, children have also been introduced to new activities such as lunchtime in the gym, outside playground/ field time, library, and music with Ms. Katie. The kids are loving going to music! Three times a week Ms. Katie works with the kids on literacy, music, and art which children enjoy very much. We have also started working on name activities, counting, and 2-D shapes. You may have heard some of our calendar songs! Children have already picked them up. 

COVID regulations are still in effect. All students MUST wear a mask throughout the school day and on the bus. Please ensure your child has masks in their backpacks. We also sanitize our hands upon entering the school each time, changing center activities, and before snack. Children are also learning a hand washing song to aid in appropriate hand washing time. There are also school cleaning measures in place to accommodate COVID regulations. Please let me know if you have and questions or concerns regarding this.


1. We go outside every day - please ensure your child his dressed appropriately for the weather.

2. The school provides lunch and snack, but you are also welcome to provide food for your child.

3. Please pack indoor shoes and a change of clothes.

4. Please pack masks for your child.

I am always available by phone or email - feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns you have about your child.

Have a great day,


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