Tomorrow we will be talking about fire drill procedures and practicing what to do as the second of six fire drills will happen on Friday morning. The bells can be loud and frighten the children but after the first two they are usually much calmer 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. Tomorrow we practice....and discuss .... and practice again. Wish me luck.
This Friday, Sept. 13, BEST will be hosting our Terry Fox Run. All classes will meet in the gym at 1:20 to watch a brief video tribute to Terry Fox. After the tribute, students will be led onto the primary field, where an athlete from TRU will lead the students through warm-ups, while teachers/CEA's supervise. After the warm-ups, intermediate students will run (led by Mr. Wielgoz) down to Schubert drive, and then along the River's Trail to Westmount School, and then return to BEST. Primary students will run laps of the inside of the school fence. The gaps/gates in the fence will be manned by supervisors to keep the students going in the right direction. If you would like to send a Toonie for Terry there will be a donation jar in the classroom. It promises to be hot so please dress your child for the weather and a hat is a good idea. If you would like to join our class at the event please feel free but dismissal will occur from the classroom NOT from the field so please do not take your child from the field unless you have talked to me first. Look forward to seeing you here!
David Goes To School by David Shannon was our favourite book read today. Some children liked that he was throwing airplanes in class, some liked that he was late and others enjoyed the food fight illustration. Of course my favourite part of the book is the end, when the teacher gives David a gold star even though he has been making her CrAzY all day (I thought gold stars went out with the 70s). We all agreed that David had a hard time remembering our classroom rules which are Be Safe, Be Clean, Be Happy and that we would not be like David. Check out the book on video with your child and enjoy!
What a great first day! I hope all of the children came home excited about their time in school and with stories to tell about the things we did and their new friends. A few were anxious about being left but settled in quickly and a few had to be convinced to leave (which secretly makes my heart a tiny bit happy). I am looking forward to our first full days next week.
Just a few housekeeping items that have come to my attention:
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