Thank you so much for making the time to stop in for a bit on Wednesday morning for our school Meet & Greet. Team Awesome loved having you in our classroom and showing you around.
I am so thankful that it is a short week for Team Awesome as the days are taking their toll. The children are tired but managing to mostly keep it together. A three day weekend will give them a chance to recuperate as the next two weeks are our first real full weeks, with plenty of activities, and I expect our little peeps to be tuckered by Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy your extra day with Team Awesome!
Thursdays will be our library day and the children were very excited for our first visit last week. They met Mrs. Leflufy, our librarian, and had a look around the library. Mrs. Leflufy read us a book about 10 crunchy carrots and then we listened to the song by Charlotte Diamond and played a game with the felt carrots. She also showed us how to use our Spot Cards to mark our place when we remove a book from the shelf and then we chose a book and signed it out on the computer. We will be bringing a new book home every week as long as we have returned the book we borrowed the previous week. If the book becomes lost or damaged, it will have to be paid for before another book can be signed out. We put our books in the special library book bags to keep them neat and clean for the trip back and forth between school and home. Returned library books can be taken out of their bags and put, with the bag, in the Library bin beside our door. We loved going to the library!
By now I am sure you have heard plenty of garbled stories about the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, which we read last Friday morning. To our surprise there was a note at the end of the book from Chester Raccoon inviting us to find him somewhere in the school. So off we went, following the clues, meeting new people and seeing new places in the school. We were sad not to catch Chester as we were so certain that we would, but he did leave us each a heart for our hand and some apples before returning to the book. Boy, do I wish I could have bottled the energy, excitement and joy generated by this activity (to be imbibed by me at a later date, probably around Xmas). We have since read the book twice more (hoping we would find another note but alas), and we will act it out with paper Chester puppets we will make this week. We have also learned to sign 'I love you' so if your child has been making punk rocker 'devil' finger signs at you they are actually trying to show you how much you are loved. We love Chester Raccoon!
This week we will be talking about fire drill procedures and practicing what to do as the first of six fire drills will happen at the end of the week. The bells will be loud, doors will slam and adults will be encouraging the children to move quickly, all of which might frighten or overstimulate the children. After the first two fire drills the children are usually much calmer as they know what to expect and things go smoother. Obviously, the first priority is to get the children safely out of the building but if they are screaming or upset it is hard for them to listen for directions. Supervising the front of the line, the middle of the line and the back of the line of screaming/crying/hysterical children all by myself, and still managing to get to our spot without losing anyone can be quite a feat. So. This week we practice.... and discuss .... and practice some more. Wish me luck.
It never fails to surprise me how empathetic children are. When do we lose some of that? This week we participated in the Terry Fox Run but before that happened, I wanted the children to know what and who they were running for. We watched a short video about Terry Fox but the children had more questions and had missed some of the crucial information I wanted them to know so we watched a longer one. Of course we are all familiar with Terry's story but for Team Awesome it was new. And they were rapt watching him run with one leg and they had so many questions. We discussed his grit and determination and perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity and how we need to be like Terry when faced with something that seems just as difficult as running a marathon every day, whether it is writing our name or zipping up our coat. And they were sad, so sad, that Terry only had one leg and that after everything that happened he got sick and died. And so we ran. And it felt hard. But not as hard as it was for Terry.
Team Awesome did well for their first partial week. I am so proud of them! Please give them kudos at home for their good listening ears, helping hands and inside voices. Sometimes applying these concepts immediately is difficult for little peeps but Team Awesome did a great job. We have talked every day about being a team and working together and taking care of our school family just as we would our home family and Team Awesome worked very hard on doing all those things this week. Does that mean we won't revisit those ideas almost daily and need reminders for the rest of the year? Nope. But it is an awesome start to their Kindergarten year.
The BEST PAC has sent home our first fundraiser of the year today- coupon books- but I noticed there were no instructions with the envelope, just an order form. If you would like to buy a book of coupons keep the one that was sent home with your child and return $10 in the envelope. If you would like more than one booklet, there is an order form inside the envelope to fill in and return to the office by the due date. The extra books will be delivered to you at a later date. If you do not want any of the coupon books, please return the book sent home today to the office in the envelope it was given in by the due date. If you have any questions, please call the office (250-376-2205). Thanking you in advance for your support of BEST and our students.
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.