For Primary Fun Day on Friday Team Awesome was put into mixed groups of K-3 students and a teacher led each group. Because I was responsible for a group, I was unable to get many pictures of all of the children, other than those with me and some in the groups before and after us, so the first video is light on pictures of all of team Awesome. And as for the second one... well, those kids move fast.
In the past I have burned a CD containing the photos and videos for the year and put it in the year end report card envelopes of every child in my class. It was hours of work the last week of school, fraught with various difficulties. Last year it was necessary to buy a new computer and it does not have a CD burner, raising the question of how to get all the photos to you so you can download, save or print them as you wish. Naturally, I put off making any decisions of how to go about this until last week when I had a slight panic attack (although it had been niggling away at the back of my brain for a good month or so and I had been trying my best to ignore it). Google photos to the rescue! I am attempting to transfer all (11,000!) of the photos I have taken this year into albums on Google Photos and give you access to them. This has had a learning curve as I have discovered Google Photos is not the most user friendly. However, some time in the next little bit (when, not if, I have them done) you will receive a number of emails from me giving you access to every album (each holds approx 2,000 photos) from which you should be able to download and print whichever photos you like, without editing them in the album in any way. Have fun sorting through all those pictures for your favourites and revisiting all of our Kindergarten adventures this year!
This is it- the very last Friday Housekeeping for this school year. Some of you are relieved, I know, and some are sad, because it means Team Awesome is ready to move on to grade one and they aren't very little any more. Remember how small and vulnerable they seemed in September and how hard it was to let them go at the door? Now they hardly look back when they say their goodbyes in the morning. The new kindergarteners in the fall always seem so young and dependent in comparison with the ones that leave me for the summer at the end of June and I know this year won't be any different.
Our trip to Isobel Lake is on Tuesday, June 27! So here's the plan- although it is wobbly as out there in the forest we are not restricted to time constraints so things are fairly relaxed other than our departure time at the end of the day.
We will be leaving the school as soon as possible in the morning (8:45ish). Be sure to pack lots of lunch/snacks (they turn into voracious eaters on field trips), a water bottle, a sweater and a hat. The children will be expected to carry their own packs all day so make sure they are manageable. The weather is supposed to be warm but of course is unpredictable, so please dress your child appropriately. Apply sunscreen and bug repellent before leaving the house as the children have a tendency to share and over-apply, getting it into eyes/hair etc. The bus will drop us off at the top of the hill and we will either use the bathrooms (outhouses) at the top or the bottom of the hill... or both. Children will be divided up among the adults after we get off the bus and the groups will be encouraged to explore but to stay together. We will eat our snacks after a short walk and take our garbage with us. We will make our way around the lake, stopping and exploring and staying out of the water. It is not inconceivable that someone will 'accidently' fall/ slip into the water (it has happened before) so I will pack a change of clothes just in case. Partway around the lake we will stop to see what we can see in the lake from the shore and the pond kits will be brought out to use and later we will carefully go out onto the docks. Slightly further on we will stop in a large grassy area with covered picnic tables to eat our lunches and then slowly make our way back to the bus so we can leave by 2:00. Sometime during the day we will get a picture of all the Ks together. Sounds like a great day! Hope you can join us.
PS The document below states 'no preschoolers' but I'm OK with it so long as you keep a close eye on them as we will be near water. I am not responsible for them.
The Primary Fun Day events are scheduled for Friday, June 23, with an alternate date of Monday, June 26 if the weather doesn't look good. We will be participating in fun sporting events such as races and relays in multi-age groups K-3 outside for the course of the morning. Hats, sunscreen and a water bottle are necessary as we are hoping it will be hot and sunny. In the afternoon K-3 students will have some water fun out on the field. Please send a towel and hat and have your child's suit on under their clothes or in their bag to change into after lunch. A plastic bag to put wet things in might be handy. If your child would like to bring a water gun please have it clearly marked with their name and I will be collecting them in class to hold until the afternoon. There will be buckets of water and a pool to fill water guns in and a shady area to spread out our towels that will be off-limits for water gun usage. The whole day was a huge success and so much fun last year! Come have a blast with the primary students on Friday!
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.