Important to Note – MAP and End of Year Celebration

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Hi everyone,

We have started practicing for our End of Year Celebration. Each child has a line to say for the performance. I have sent home your child’s line in their folders today. When they have time, please have them practice their lines. It would be great if they could have them memorized by Sunday with a nice big voice.

MAP testing for our class will be May 29th and 30th. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time.

Thank you,
Michelle


Important to Note (End of Year Celebration and Ramadan info)

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Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend! Thank you to all the parents who helped to throw an awesome Ramadan party – the kids had a blast for sure!

Just a couple important things to note:

We will be having an End of Year celebration on Thursday June 7th at 9am. The students will sing songs and celebrate their completion of kindergarten.

Homework: There will be no homework during Ramadan

 

Ramadan – Things you need to know

  • School begins at 8:00 am (bell at 7:50)
  • KG2 car riders picked up at 12:50
  • KG2 bus children put on buses at 12:55
  • We will have one recess and one set eating time
  • Children will have the option to eat again during playtime at the end of the day if they are hungry.
  • We will eat lunch in the classroom, not the cafeteria so they will not have a microwave available to them.
  • A plan has been set in place by the school for indoor recess once the temperature gets too hot.
  • KG2 children will be allowed to drink water outside and, in the classroom, as usual.
  • Please try your best to be on time to pick your child up at the end of the day. With the entire school being dismissed at the same time it is going to be very crowded and hectic.
  • Swimming is finished. We will have regular PE, some taking place in the classroom. We will begin Art on May 24th.
  • We will still cover all of our subjects, however there will be some shifts in the time that we do them. We will alternate Arabic and Islamic/or skills club every other day.

 


Week in Review

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Hi everyone,

A few of the moms in our class have so graciously offered to throw a Ramadan party on Monday. Your child may wear their fancy party clothes if they would like to.

There is no school on Sunday – enjoy your long weekend!

Monday will be the last day of swimming. Please make sure to bring swimwear.

Here’s a recap of our week

Language:

Writer’s Workshop – We continued doing our “How To ___” writing pieces with a focus on labelling our pictures to help the reader.

Reader’s Workshop – We acted out some of our non-fiction books in partners to emphasize the importance of feeling how the characters feel. We also learned about Avid Non-Fiction Readers. We realized that Non-Fiction books can be really entertain us and can make us ask lots of questions.

Math:
We review subtractions and worked on a number bond booklet. We completed number bonds for the numbers 5-10.

UOI:
Our Author Study this week was Leo Lionni. We read Fish is Fish, Alexander and the Toy Mouse, It’s Mine and Swimmy. We learned about the story elements including setting and characters.

Have a great weekend!



Weekly Review

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Hi everyone,

I have finished assessing all sightwords and you should have your new list at home now :).

Swimming will be Monday and Wednesday again this week.

Here is a glimpse into our busy week!

Language:
Reader’s Workshop: As avid readers, we learned about how important it is to block out distractions so that we can focus on our work. We practiced giving our full attention to what we were reading regardless of the craziness that might be going on around us. We also set up “Reading Playdates” where the students picked a book for their reading partner based on their partner’s likes/interests and read it together.

Writer’s Workshop: We continued on writing How-To books by writing our own “How to Make Fruit Punch” book for Ms Daramola’s class. After spending a few days preparing our instructions, we actually made the punch and had a picnic with KG2TD. They also made us a snack with a “How to” book.

Math: Our focus is still subtraction and we are learning how to solve word problems. After reading the word problems, we drew out the problem, used a number line and then wrote the number sentence. On Thursday we made our own word problems!

UOI: This week was all about Robert Munsch! Given that our unit is Books Alive, we will do an author study using various authors each week. We started with my favorite – Munsch! We read Aaron’s Hair and did a craft with a writing piece explaining what would happen if our hair ran away from us. We also learned about how fiction books have a beginning, middle, and end. We read The Paper Bag Princess and sorted the plot into beginning, middle, and end.

Have a great weekend!


Hag Al Laila

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Hi everyone,

Tomorrow is Hag Al Laila – a celebration of Ramadan that promotes the values of sharing and giving. If your child would like to, they may come to school in festive/party clothes.

Also, if you have not done so already, please fill out the survey on my previous blog post. This will help us a lot with planning.

Many thanks,
Michelle



Tomorrow

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Hi everyone,

As you probably know, tomorrow we will be swimming. On Mondays we have PE back to back with Islamic class so the schedule is pretty tight. To cut down on time, could you please send your child with the swimsuit under their clothes so we can make sure we are at the pool right on time? We start PE around 9am so the won’t be wearing them for long. They will get changed right after swimming and will be sent either to Islamic or Skills Club. |

Thank you,
Michelle


Swimming starts NEXT WEEK :)

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Next Sunday (April 29th) we will begin PE as our special class. We will have regular PE on SundayTuesday and Thursday. They should wear their PE clothes and sports shoes.

On Monday and Wednesday, we will be swimming. Be sure to send a change of clothes, pool shoes, a towel, and a swim cap. They can bring goggles if they want them.

If they do not do so already, please let your child practice dressing independently because it can take a long time to do so after swimming class if many children need help to change. This would really help with smooth transitions into the classes that follow swimming.

We will swim on the following PE days:

  • April 30
  • May 2
  • May 7
  • May 9
  • May 14

We will not swim during Ramadan.

Thank you,
Michelle


**Conference Reminder**

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Hi everyone!

If you haven’t already, please sign up for a conference time for this Wednesday OR Thursday.
Here is the link that explains the process:
Student Led Conference Letter to Parents

Just a few things to keep in mind for the conferences:

 

DO

 

  • DO ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO TALK ABOUT THE STATION THEY ARE AT
  • DO ASK STUDENTS QUESTIONS REGARDING WHAT THEY ARE DOING
  • DO ROLE-PLAY AS A STUDENT AND GO ALONG WITH THE FUN
  • DO VISIT MUSIC AND ARABIC CLASSES

DO NOT

  • DO NOT COMPARE YOUR CHILD TO ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE CLASS
  • DO NOT ASK THE “TEACHER” ABOUT YOUR STUDENTS PROGRESS (if you want to set up a one-on-one interview, we can do so for another time not during SLCs.)
  • DO NOT TAKE PORTFOLIOS HOME