- We are only missing 2 library books. Great work getting them all returned!
- BLSC will join us the afternoon of Monday, June 24 to help us explore bubbles.
- We will spend Tuesday, June 25 at Isobel Lake. Parent helpers will be needed please. More info has been posted.
- All student materials will come home Wednesday, June 26.
- Thursday, June 27 is our very last day of Kindergarten and will involve an assembly in the gym and final report cards coming home. Please send a back pack and recess snack. The assembly should end prior to 12:00 and you are welcome to take your child and all their belongings at that time.
- June sight words are: day, has, made, off, saw, they, them, went. If a word comes up repeatedly in our studies we will sometimes add it to our words for the month. Please feel free to practice them at home.
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You know that 'hurry up/ slow down' feeling you get when you are waiting for something that you know is going to be great and you wish time would hurry up but at the same time you wish it would slow down so you can savour the anticipation? That's June. We have one eye on the prize at the end of the month but at the same time are trying to soak up and slow down every minute left in our classroom. Regardless of whether we are rushing June or trying to slow it down, the end always comes and here it is- the last Friday Housekeeping for the school year. I will post last week's and this week's photos later this weekend or the beginning of next week and try to finish all of our year end videos by next Friday or the beginning of the next week at the latest so keep an eye out for them. Don't forget you can download and save all of the pictures and videos to your own computer so you will always have them. As usual, the end of next week and the completion of the 2018/19 school year is going to come entirely too quickly. I'm going to savour every minute.
Our trip to Isobel Lake is on Tuesday, June 25! 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 children not in my class.
The Primary Fun Day events are scheduled for Friday, June 21, with an alternate date TBD 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 bathing 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!
A few years ago Mrs. Farber and I had this brilliant (we thought) idea to take our classes to Centennial Park in Westsyde by city bus for the day. We could cover some of our socials curriculum (transportation, bus driver, community) and give the children an experience many of them had not had previously. It was a great idea in theory. We filled out the paper work to obtain our free bus passes and dutifully lined our little Ks up at the bus stop on 8th St to eagerly await the bus. And wait. And wait. And once the bus did arrive we learned that the bus driver had no knowledge of us and the bus was already partly full, making it difficult to accommodate 40 small children and 2 anxious teachers. We found it necessary to triple up in the seats and our children were seated all over, making it hard to keep an eye on them. But they were thrilled! The return trip was much the same, with the added stressor of having to cross 8th St at the lights with tired, dragging children who were not up to walking at the quick march it takes to get across the road before the light changes. Thankfully drivers were patient.
This year calmer heads have prevailed and on Wednesday, June 19, we will be catching the school bus in front of the school for our trip to Centennial Park in Westsyde. We will look at the animals across the street (unfortunately through the fence), maybe feed them some goodies we can buy from a vending machine (the goats are very greedy!), participate in an outdoor activity, play on the playground, have our lunch under the trees and splash in the water park for the rest of the afternoon before our return to school at the end of the day. If you would like your child to go through the park sprinklers please have their suit on under their clothes or in their pack and send a towel (one year a parent forgot and the little guy went in his undies). Hats and sunscreen and a plastic bag to put wet things into are a good idea. We will catch the return school bus at about 2:00. Please join us at the park for a day of fun and adventure!
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