- Trey shared a Megazord, Aidan had a ball with a cool puzzle inside, Myles showed us a Transformer car and Carson also shared a car.
- Please sign and return the report card envelopes.
- Ms. Kipp was terribly pleased that most of us exchanged our library books this week.
- Family projects are due April 8.
- Next Friday, April 4, is our last parent/ teacher interview so dismissal will be at 12:30 for the children. Please let me know if you like to see me.
Go forth and Be Awesome!
I am sure by now you have received the call from Mr. Hembling or watched the news regarding the incident close to BEST today. I would like to apologize to parents for not informing them of the situation as they were dropping off the children this morning. I had very little information other than the school was open and was operating as normal while the RCMP investigated an incident across the street. I am truly sorry if I caused you undue worry and anxiety about the safety of your child today. Happily, the incident was resolved without anyone being harmed.
Stars With Susan
pictures in the sky, even if we had a hard time discerning how the stars joined up to make the pictures. The black cards we took home today can be put in front of a flashlight or in a window so everyone can see the constellation we created.
Sugar and Juice
The World Health Organization is again urging people to lower the amount of sugar they eat. The global health agency says getting daily sugar intake to below five per cent of one's daily caloric intake would be optimal but reiterated that restricting intake to no more than 10 per cent is also good. Did you know that Health Canada does not have specific recommendations in terms of teaspoons or grams per day of sugar Canadians should consume? According to Statistics Canada, in 2004, the average Canadian consumed 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. That works out to 40 kilograms per year - or 20 bags. Experts say that amount should not exceed 13 teaspoons per day, if sticking to the 10% benchmark. I know you're thinking those scary statistics only apply to adults but according to the USDA Economic Research Service the average kid under 12 consumes 49 pounds of sugar per year. Even scarier is that a twenty- or thirtysomething adult's intake is actually lower (46 pounds). That means your child could be gobbling up more sugar than you are, even though her body may be less than half the size of yours.
The ugly truth is that all this sugar means empty calories that put kids at risk of obesity and dental/ health problems that can show up as early as adolescence. An easy, relatively pain-free way to cut out some of the sugar in your child's diet is to reduce their juice consumption. Changing your child’s diet can be a challenge, but remember that children can only eat or drink what is given to them.
Looking For Leprechauns
Well, that sneaky little leprechaun foiled us again despite our cleverly hidden traps. And not only that, but he also felt the need to make a huge mess, take a bubble bath in our sink and leave tiny green footprints all over our room. If I didn't know better I would say our resident compact green guy invited his friends and they had a big party and forgot to clean up afterwards. We were excited to find he left us a nifty poem stating that he won't be returning (Boo!) and part of his pot of gold (Yay!). Team Awesome was glad he came to visit us but sad to learn he won't be sticking around. We displayed our traps with other students' in front of the office for the day and then took them home in the hopes that we might catch a leprechaun there. If you do happen to catch one, don't forget they disappear in the blink of an eye- and don't give him directions to our classroom. One leprechaun party a year is quite enough.
I hope you are enjoying the extra time with Team Awesome at home this week. I rushed out of school Friday afternoon to go to Victoria to visit with two of my sons for a few days. It seems like such a short time ago that the three of them were squabbling and getting in my hair (and on my last nerve) and I could hardly wait for the weekends they spent with grandparents or friends. Now I don't get to see them nearly as often as I would like and wish they lived closer.
There were squeals of delight and excitement this morning as the children checked their leprechaun traps and discovered tiny potatoes and teenier shiny shamrocks spread around their traps. But alas, no leprechauns. As we looked around we discovered the smartypants had changed the calendar by turning everything upside down, messed up our name cards and played with some of the toys. We resolved to catch him tonight. To that end, we shared how our traps were supposed to work, why we thought they didn't, and how we could improve them and this afternoon we spent some time upgrading our designs. Some of us made totally new traps. Bigger and better traps. And we were sneakier when setting them up- we hid them in places the unsuspecting leprechaun was sure to go based on where he went last night. Cross your fingers we are luckier tonight than we were last night.
Our leprechaun traps will be displayed tomorrow afternoon in front of the office with traps made by other students. The children will be bringing them home at the end of the day and don't be surprised if they want to set them up there too. May the luck of the Irish be with you!
There was a mention on the announcements this morning that a leprechaun had been seen in the school. And as Mrs. Farber's class has been talking about the cheeky leprechaun who has been messing up their classroom and evading their traps, Team Awesome was already aware that a little trickster had been hanging around. Which led to a flurry of activity this afternoon during free choice time as the children built their own traps and Wanted posters to catch the little man. If you picked up your child at the end of the day you might have seen the posters hanging on the wall outside our room and the traps placed willy- nilly around the class. If we don't catch the leprechaun this evening we might have to revisit and revise our traps as many of them don't actually have doors that close. So while many traps have some bait in the form of shiny things, fake gold and even bits of bread and a banana to lure the fairy creature inside, there is nothing to keep the leprechaun in the trap after he eats the bait and has a nap. And that's what scientists do- revisit and revise ideas if they don't work the first time! We'll keep you posted on our leprechaun adventures.
Bits and Bites
We are going to make a trek to the river tomorrow, Wednesday March 12, with the other Kindergarten classes to do a bit of exploring. The children have been reminded to wear rubber boots if they have them and sturdy shoes if they do not. You are more than welcome to join us if you are available as extra hands and eyes are always appreciated. We will leave after recess at approximately 10:40 and return just before lunch.
Many of the classes will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day by pronouncing this Friday 'Green Day'. Of course we will be joining them. Who will wear the most green?
The children won the You/Me game yesterday, which means we got to cook today. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we made shamrock-shaped biscuits. If your child came home with more lunch than usual, it could be because we ate them at lunch time.
The PAC catalogue fundraiser is due into the office now.
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