The Primary Times News from Room 128: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2019.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardians: We certainly have a full month ahead of us! Here are a few items I would like to share with you at this time:
Festive Bake Sale On Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th there will be a festive holiday bake sale taking place at lunch. The funds raised will go towards Mountview initiatives and school-wide projects. If you would like to contribute a treat to the bake sale, there is a sign-up sheet outside of Jennifer’s room. On these days please feel free to send your child to school with a loonie or a twoonie and the kindergarten team will assist them in buying a treat.
P.A.Day On Friday, December 6th we will be having a P.A. Day for Federation Day. I hope you enjoy this extra time with your family.
The Winter Concert We will be holding a school-wide rehearsal in the R.C.I. auditorium on Monday, December 9th in the morning. The Mountview Holiday Concert will take place in the R.C.I. auditorium on the evening of Tuesday, December 10th. For the concert we are asking that the students wear a white top and black or navy blue pants. On the night of the concert please drop the students off in our classroom at 6pm. The concert will start at 6:30pm. If you would like to volunteer to help get the students transition on stage please let us know as soon as possible.
Pop-Up Shop On December 12th & 13th the Green Team will be running a holiday pop-up shop. To assist with this event please donate gently used toys, books and house hold items to the labelled bin outside of the office. Students will have a chance to purchase these items as holiday gifts for their family.
Friendship Assembly On December 19th, the students will be participating in our Mountview Friendship Assembly. At this event, the students will work on team building exercises in mixed-grade group. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Dianne Hadad: firstname.lastname@example.org
Classroom Celebration On Friday, December 20th we have a few events taking place. It is pajama day, pizza day and we will also be having our classroom party. The students will have the opportunity to participate in various holiday themed centres. Centres will include making their own gingerbread houses and holiday soaps. To make this event a success we will require 4 parent volunteers in the morning and afternoon. Please let us know asap if you are able to attend. To make our gingerbread houses we would love classroom donations of graham crackers, gluten and dairy free icing and candies. Thank you in advance for your help!
The Winter Break Friday, December 20th will be the last day of school before The Winter Break. School will start again on Monday, January 5th. I hope you have a wonderful break with your family.
Our Integrated Inquiry Unit This Month: In our unit of study this month the students will examine December celebrations, ceremonies & traditions.
Social Studies: *Students will examine traditions they experience with their families in December. *Students will examine the differences and similarities between celebrations such as Channukah, Christmas & Kwanzaa.
Mathematics: *Students will continue to examine 2D & 3D shapes. *Students will explore measurement, capacity and the properties of solids and liquids using our weekly recipes. *Daily number exploration of the number of the day (0-100) using printing, tallies and base ten units. *Daily counting songs (counting by 5, 10 and 25 to 100.
Language: *Writing: Students will use drama, art and building centrest to inspire their writing centres. *Shared Reading: This includes the group reading of morning messages, big books, songs of the day and songs of the week *Independent & Buddy Reading: This includes learning to choose “Just Right” leveled books.
Let’s have a great month together! ~Amy
The Primary Times News from Room 101: Friday, November 1st, 2019.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardians: We certainly have a full month ahead of us! Here are a few items I would like to share with you at this time: Photo Retake Day On Thursday, November 14th we will be having photo retake day at school. If you would like your child to have their photo redone, please send me a note in their red folder or an email. On this day we will also be doing our classroom group shot so be sure to send your child to school ready to smile!
Progress Reports On Thursday, November 14th, the Elementary Progress Report Cards will be sent home. The progress report card in combination with the parent & teacher interview will give you insight into the development of your child’s learning skills and work habits. It will also fill you in on their general progress in how they are achieving curriculum expectations.
Parent & Teacher Interviews & P.A. Day The Kindergarten Team will be holding parent/teacher interviews on Thursday, November 14th and on the P.A. Day on November 15th. Please stay tuned for the online sign-up form so you can book your interview time.
Music Wall Starting this month, we will be working with the students in choir and with Roberto’s grade 6/7 class to start building a music wall for the Kindergarten yard. This music wall will be made with re-furbished construction skids from R.C.I. We are looking for donations to attach to this music wall. If you are able to bring in any pots, pans, muffin tins, or other interesting musical material to affix to this wall, please bring it to room 128 as soon as possible. Our Integrated Inquiry Unit This Month: In our unit of study this month the students will continue to examine the changing seasons. Science: *Students will investigate how the position of the earth in relation to the sun causes the change in the seasons. *Students will look at how animals respond to the changing seasons by migrating, hibernating and adapting. Mathematics: *Students will use 2D & 3D structures to build animal homes. *Students will explore measurement, capacity and the properties of solids and liquids using our weekly recipes. *Daily number exploration of the number of the day (0-50) using printing, tallies and base ten units. *Daily counting songs (counting by 5, 10 and 25 to 100. Language: *Writing: Students will use drama, art and building centrest to inspire their writing centres. *Shared Reading: This includes the group reading of morning messages, big books, songs of the day and songs of the week *Independent & Buddy Reading: This includes learning to choose “Just Right” leveled books.
Let’s have a great month together! ~Amy
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardians: We certainly have a full month ahead of us! Here are a few items I would like to share with you at this time:
Curriculum Night I look forward to meeting you all at Curriculum Night on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30pm. On this night I will be presenting the routines and learning structure of the Mountview Community Kindergarten program. If you cannot attend, a full overview of the program is posted on our classroom website homepage: www.mountviewcommunitykindergarten.com
Terry Fox Run On Monday, October 7th from 2:15pm-3:00pm our school will be participating in the Terry Fox Run around the Runnymede track. On this day we will also be holding a bake sale to fundraise money. If you would like to contribute a peanut-free baked good to this sale please bring it in on the Monday Morning. Long Weekend School will be closed on Friday, October 11thfor a P.A. Day andMonday, October 14th, for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy this extra time with your family. Farm Trip On Monday, October 21st, Kindergarten to grade 3 will be going on a trip to Round the Bend Farm. On this trip students will have the opportunity to pick organic vegetables, learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin, learn about different animals on the farm and engage in a series of other farm related activities. On this day, please pack a lunch with your child and send them to school in weather appropriate clothing. We are looking for 5 parent volunteers to join us on this trip. If you would like to volunteer on this trip, please let me know as soon as possible. Picture Day Picture day will be held on Wednesday, October 16th this year. On this day, be sure to send your child to school wearing their brightest smile!
Helper of the Day Attached to the calendar is the schedule for the Helper of the Day. On this day please ensure to send your child to class with a Mystery Object. They will be answering a series of questions on this object. These questions can be found on our classroom website. Halloween Celebration On Thursday, October 31st, we will be celebrating Halloween in room 101. On this day we will have a small party filled with educational and fun Halloween games! In the afternoon and be going on a school-wide costume parade around the neighbourhood. If you would not like your child to participate in the Halloween celebration, please let me know and alternative activities will be provided.
Upcoming Integrated Inquiry Unit This month the students will find out that our class has been given a baby tree in our yard to care for. In caring for this tree the students will: *Examine changes in the tree during the Autumn and generate questions to guide our inquiry (changing of the leaves & cycles in nature) *Use leaves for the purpose of counting to 50, sorting & classifying and making patterns *Use leaves to explore primary and secondary colours and make leaf art
Let’s have a great month together!
Monday, August 8th, 2019.
Easing the Transition Starting Junior and Senior Kindergarten can be a big transition for your child. Here are a few things you can do to help your child. Over the Summer:
Walk to school and have your child become familiar with the school building
Establish bedtime and morning routines
Make up and practice a fun goodbye routine for the first day of school
Help your child practice their name in fun ways such as writing it out in the sand, with sidewalk chalk or build their names using natural items in the park such as twigs, leaves or stones.
Extend their play by counting things out (blocks in their tower, steps, shells at the beach)
Encourage your child to complete the following activities independently:
put on and take off their shoes
eat without assistance (unzip their lunch bag, open and close small containers and feed themselves)
take care of their personal needs (washroom, putting on their jacket when they are cold, getting a snack when they are hungry)
On the First Day of School:
Introduce your child to a new friend in their class
Reassure your child that you will be back at the end of the day and cannot wait to hear about all of their new adventures
Give your child a kiss and a hug and say goodbye. We promise we will help your child feel confident and secure in our class!
Items Needed for the First Day of School The following are items your child will need to bring to school:
Backpack (lightweight and a comfortable size for your child). Large enough to hold library books and Special Daily Folder.
Snack/Lunch-bag (to keep backpack clean)
Healthy Snacks & a Water Bottle-Children are asked to bring two healthy, NUT-FREE snacks in reusable containers (i.e., veggies, fruit, yogurt, crackers, and cheese) and a water bottle to accompany their lunch each day.
Boomerang Lunch- As Mountview is an Eco School we have adopted a “Boomerang Lunch” for children in the lunch program. Everything that comes to school goes home. All garbage, food waste etc. goes home. We are trying to reduce the amount of garbage accumulated at school.
Indoor shoes–Your child will need indoor running shoes that he/she can keep at school. They must be safe for gym and easy to put on. Velcro shoes are recommended. Please avoid laces unless your child can tie them independently and quickly. Please ensure that the shoes are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Extra clothing sent in a labelled Ziploc bag for “life’s little accidents,” food spills etc. (this is to be kept at school).
***Please LABEL all of your child’s belongings (e.g., shoes, clothing, backpack, snack pack, water bottles etc.). Cubbies: Each child will have a cubby and hook to place their backpack, indoor shoes and clothing.
Parent Communication & Involvement Parent-teacher communication is essential to your child’s growth and development. As the start of each day will focus on tending to your child’s needs here are ways we can best keep in touch: Special Daily Folder Your child will be provided with a plastic folder which will be used as a means to send correspondence between home and school. Please check the Folder on a daily basis. You may also leave notes for us, as we will be checking the folders daily. Please go through the bag every night and send it back to school the following day. We ask for your help in encouraging your child’s independence by reminding your child to remove the ‘Daily Folder’ from their backpack. Telephone, Email & Meeting in Person If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please feel free to call the school or send a note in your child’s Special Folder and we can arrange a meeting. You may also reach our team through the contact page on our classroom website. Classroom Blog Over the course of the year, we will be posting a weekly blog to keep you informed of your child’s learning. This is a wonderful way to engage with your child about what they have learned in school. To access this blog, please visit our classroom website at: http://www.mountviewcommunitykindergarten.com/ Class Parents Two parents will be selected to help liaison between home and school. These individuals may contact you with regards to offering support around volunteering in the classroom, school-wide fundraising and other special classroom occasions. Volunteering in the Class After the first month of school when the students have settled into our classroom routines it is wonderful to have parent volunteers in the classroom. Our classroom learning centres can always benefit from an extra pair of hands to help extend the learning that takes place. We also will have special events and field trips where parental volunteers are essential! Other Ways to Contribute We can always use extra supplies/products for our classroom. If you are interested in donating any of the following items to our classroom, please send them to school with your child.
Loose Parts for our little artists: feathers, buttons, pompoms or stickers
Paper towel, wet-wipes and Kleenex
Classroom Set-Up Currently, our classroom is under construction. We are hoping to have access to our rooms the week of August 26th to set up and would love help from a few parent volunteers. If you are available at this time to help please let us know via email. Curriculum Night Curriculum Night will be held October 4th at 6:30pm. During the evening we will be providing additional information and discussing the program in more detail. This will be a great time to ask any additional questions you may have about Kindergarten and our class programs.
Classroom Routines The Kindergarten Program Our Junior and Senior Kindergarten program is a child-centered, play-based program that reflects the developmental needs of young children. Classroom activities and challenges are modified to meet the individual needs of each learner. This program is designed around the Ontario Kindergarten Program which is available online at: www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/kindergarten.html Snack Time The will have an opportunity each morning and afternoon to sit down at the snack centre for a snack. We will be discussing healthy food choices so I encourage you to provide your child with a healthy snack and beverage. Birthdays We will be celebrating birthdays of children in the classroom. In order to acknowledge your child’s birthday, the class will celebrate by singing the Birthday Song, reading a Birthday story and various other birthday themed activities. If your child’s birthday falls on the weekend we will celebrate the Friday before. Summer birthdays will be celebrated the last week of June. As we have various life-threatening allergies in the class, please refrain from sending in baked goods on your child’s birthday. If you would like to send in something special for your child’s birthday to share with the class, please consider sending in a wrapped copy of your child’s favourite book to add to our classroom library. Another idea is sending a wrapped puzzle, toy for our imaginary play area (play food, tea-set etc.), or building materials to add to our classroom centres. Please feel free to contact me should you have any concerns regarding birthday celebrations. Helper of the Day Starting the second week of school we will be having a Student Helper of the Day. This student will be responsible for helping me with a variety of jobs such as taking the attendance and helping me to lead our daily routines. Mystery Object When your child is the Helper of the Day they will be responsible for bringing a mystery object from home. Please send your child’s mystery object to school in concealed bag. The other students in the class will use their deductive reasoning skills as they attempt to infer what this mystery object is using five specific questions. The purpose of this activity is to foster self-confidence, questioning and answering skills, problem solving and leadership in our students. I recommend that children choose a household object which sets the stage for the use of clues and inspires class discussion. The fun is in the guessing! These five questions will be asked of your child: 1. What letter does it start with? 2. What colour is it? 3. What material is it made of? 4. Where can you find it in your home? 5. Do you use it or see it every day? You can help your child to prepare for their mystery object presentation at home by reviewing these questions with them.
Daily Schedules Being On Time: At Mountview Community School we believe in teaching our students that we all work together as a team to help run the daily routines and learning structures. To ensure that your child feels a part of the classroom and can learn the routines so they may take on a leadership role please ensure they are on time every day. Entry Time and Location: Construction on our new classrooms and school yard has officially begun. If all goes to plan (I will keep you posted), we will be meeting the first day of school in the new Kindergarten yard at 8:30am. As entry time is at 8:45 am this will allow the students to play and meet their new classmates and have time for a few photos before we go inside. Lunch Time: Lunch time in the Kindergarten Program is from 11:20-12:40pm. Having this extended lunch time for those wanting to go home for lunch and gives the students a nice break in the day. Dismissal Time/Procedure: Pick up time for your child will be at the same location as their drop off. We end our day at 3:10pm. In order to ensure safe dismissal, the children will be dismissed one at a time to a parent or caregiver. If someone else will be picking up your child other than the designated person, please notify me by sending a note in your child’s Special Daily Folder. In order to ensure your child’s safety, your child will not be released to anyone unless I have written notice of any changes. Important Information: To ensure the utmost safety of your child and to ease with pickups each day (especially if there is ever a substitute in the class) I ask that you please fill out the following information by August 15th at the latest. I would like to assemble a booklet of this information to have ready for pickups on the first day of school.
Child’s Name: Parents/Guardians Names & Phone Numbers: Emergency Contact: Allergies: People Authorized to Pick-Up Your Child: (Please also insert photos here) Child’s First Language:
We look forward to having a wonderful year together! ~Your Kindergarten Team: Amy, Jane & Hyma