Friday, 16 February 2018

Newsletter #22

February 16th Edition of
The K/1 Class News


Hello Everyone!
Here are some highlights from our week:

Monday there was no school due to the Family Day holiday. We hoe you enjoyed the long weekend.

On Tuesday the class was excited to have baby Max visit again during Roots of Empathy. We worked in our journals and also studied earthworms outside. The class worked on breaking up sentences into words and then recreating meaningful sentences during our Oral Language Groups.

Wednesday was Valentines Day! The kids had a fun day. Thanks to the parents who sent in snacks to share, it always makes these days more special. We had Jodi from UVIC visiting and she enjoyed her time. The class went on a number hunt during math and we learned about the First Nations legend of why Mt. Maxwell is bent over while we were visiting the bog.

Thursday Mrs. Van Riel was home sick so Mr. B. covered the class. The kids had free choice in gym, went to Whole School Meeting and Music. Later they learned about shapes in nature.

Friday was a school day and was also Ms. Klare’s first day back in our class. The kids practiced their printing, enjoyed centres time and created natural mandalas outside. Welcome back Ms. Klare.

Next Thursday we plan on taking a walking field trip down to Pebble Beach. We will leave the school at 1pm and be back in time for busses and pick up at the end of the day. If anyone would like to join us on our adventure please let us know. We always appreciate an extra adult or two when walking on the road; however we will be taking the back way so traffic will be light.    

Important dates to remember:
February 22 Walk to Pebble Beach
February 28 Pink Shirt Day
March 8 Early dismissal for Student Led Conferences

Warmly,
Ara and Klare
avanriel@sd64.bc.ca
kyakabuski@sd64.bc.ca

                             A counting activity around the room.      



Creating mud monsters in the forest after hearing the First Nations legend of how Mt. Maxwell became hunched over. 








 



Thursday, 8 February 2018

Newsletter #21

February 8th Edition of
The K/1 Class News


Greetings Everyone!
Although we are technically still in winter, it is hard not to feel that spring is around the corner. Buds are starting to open and flowers are shooting up all over the place!

On Monday we started learning about the “Uu” team of letters (U, V, X, Y and Z). It was surprising to learn how difficult the children found it to remember these letters when starting at this unusual spot. You could try making a game of it at home, or in the car, by giving them a random letter to start reciting the alphabet from and see how they do. We also worked on a spring art project and had free choice in the gym.

Tuesday was the first day the Math Playground was set up in the gym. The kids had fun exploring some of the different math games. Later we worked in our journals (they are really getting good at this) and learned about how a group of words make up a sentence in our Oral Language Groups.

On Wednesday we continued with the Math Playground, worked on ‘making ten’ and practiced our reading. Later we worked on the school mural. This project is really starting to come to life and the kids are taking pride in their work.

Thursday we had our last day with the Math Playground, we made Valentines Day cards, went to the Whole School Meeting and Music class. Later we practiced our reading and enjoyed the sunny day outside.

Next Wednesday is Valentines Day. If your child chooses to bring cards or anything to school, we ask that they bring one for everyone. We have made little bags to collect the cards in. A class list was sent out last week but if you need the names again please let us know. We will be having a shared snack on Valentines Day. If you would like to send something to share, the kids would be sure to enjoy it.  

Important dates to remember:
February 12 Family Day (no school)
February 14 Valentines Day/class party
February 16 School in session (Ms. Klare’s first day teaching in our class)
February 28 Pink Shirt Day

Warmly,
Ara and Kaz
avanriel@sd64.bc.ca
klundgren@sd64.bc.ca

                        Jude practicing his writing during centres 

                                    Franky and Mina painting

                                                David having fun with water play
                                               
                              They boys working in the store

                           Eli building at the light table
     

 



Thursday, 1 February 2018

Newsletter #20

February 1st Edition of
The K/1 Class News


Happy February Everyone!
It was an eventful week.

On Monday we worked on our printing, made some rain inspired artwork and welcomed Eli back from his trip to India! It’s so nice having you back Eli.   

Tuesday Mrs. Freeman taught the class while Mrs. Van Riel and Kaz were at an Early Literacy In-Service. The class wrote in their journals, welcomed baby Max back during Roots of Empathy and created more beautiful art.

On Wednesday we played math games, had an extra Roots of Empathy class and practiced alphabet knowledge during our outside time.

Thursday we learned about the “am” word family, Franky, Ava and Eli presented at Whole School Meeting and the kids went to Music. Later we worked on the school mural. On Thursday we also welcomed two new students, Jasmijn and Jan, into our class. We are all excited to have them here and look forward to getting to know them better.

As many of you have probably heard by now, Ms. Mullen will be away for three months starting February 14th recovering from a wrist surgery. Kaz will be acting as principal during Marie’s absence. We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Klare back as the successful candidate to teach our class on Mondays, while Kaz is covering for Marie. It should be a very easy transition for the kids as they all know and love Ms. Klare.

Thanks to everyone for getting on board with the home reading program. The kids are always happy to pick a new book to take home each day. Remember that the reading time at home should be an enjoyable experience and a good excuse to snuggle up for a few minutes and read together. Don’t worry if you miss a night, it should be stress free.

A reminder that Family Math Night is coming up on Thursday, February 8th. Families are welcome to come to the gym and explore math games and puzzles in the Math Playground. We will have a short information session for parents to learn about how math instruction has changed and how parents can support their children in math learning at home. The Math Playground will be open in the gym from 6-7:30 pm and we will have the parent info session around 7 pm. We hope that many of you join us for this event.

Important dates to remember:
February 8 Family Math Night
February 12 Family Day (no school)
February 14 Valentines Day/class party
February 16 School in session
February 28 Pink Shirt Day

Warmly,
Ara and Kaz
avanriel@sd64.bc.ca
klundgren@sd64.bc.ca

                                An alphabet game out in the rain!



                                              Crafting!




    

 



Friday, 26 January 2018

Newsletter #19

January 26th Edition of
The K/1 Class News


Hi Everyone!
Another week goes by. Here is a recap of some of the things we did.

On Monday there was no school.   

Tuesday we continued learning about rhyming in our oral language groups and played some high pace tag games in the gym to help calm some of the wiggles of the group. We also wrote about our weekend in our journals, the kids had a lot to say! On Tuesday we started our home reading program with the kindies (the grade 1’s have already begun). Please take a few minutes each day to read with your child and return the book each day. If you can keep the book and green reading log together in the planner it would be appreciated.

On Wednesday we welcomed Jodi Streelasky, from UVIC, in to observe our class. Jodi will be visiting our class periodically throughout the year. An information/consent form was sent home on Wednesday. Please have a look and return it to school. Wednesday we practiced math, using tens frames, and learned about tally marks in the outdoor classroom.

Thursday we practiced reading sight words, Franky and Emma presented at Whole School Meeting and the kids went to Music. Later we combined art and math and made number rain clouds pictures.

On Friday we did printing practice, made rain clouds, and did a scavenger hunt in the forest. We played a describing game with some of Kaz's natural treasures. We closed our eyes and described the object without saying what it was, before opening our eyes we guessed what was in our hands. Sometimes we were right and other times we were surprised.

Family Math Night is coming up on Thursday, February 8th. Families are welcome to come to the gym and explore math games and puzzles in the Math Playground. We will have a short information session for parents to learn about how math instruction has changed and how parents can support their children in math learning at home. The Math Playground will be open in the gym from 6-7:30 pm and we will have the parent info session around 7 pm. We hope that many of you join us for this event.

Important dates to remember:
January 29 Hoop Dance presentation
February 8 Family Math Night 6pm
February 12 Family Day (no school)
February 14 Valentines Day
February 16 School in session
February 28 Pink Shirt Day

Warmly,
Ara and Kaz

avanriel@sd64.bc.ca
klundgren@sd64.bc.ca

     

     Emma, Lizzy and Franky showing off their shelter built out of fallen branches.

 The kids all took turns holding the baby doll gently during Roots of Empathy.





                                                  Some of our snow-people.



Newsletter #22

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