- Retakes are for students who were absent on original photo day or who are unsatisfied with their original photo
- To receive a retake, a student needs to KEEP the proof flyer from originals to bring to the camera with the word, “Retake” written across it (No money is needed). This gives the photographer a visual as to why the student would like a retake. If the student does not have the retake flyer, a retake photograph can still be done.
- Proof flyers for retakes will be printed for students and parents to view and order from (just like on original photo day).
- All retake orders sent in to the school before the retake important due date will be printed and sent back to the school prior to the Christmas break.
Tomorrow is the last day to get your photo orders in. Retakes are Tuesday Oct. 29. Prior to retake day you need to know. . .
Today we learned how to apply the slogan "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" to the lunch items we bring to school, with an emphasis on reducing our garbage output and reusing items. We will be participating in the Waste Free Lunch Challenge sponsored by the city of Kamloops next week and tracking our lunch refuse. Fingers crossed we win a prize!
On Friday one of the children noticed that a student in the other Kindergarten class had something behind his ear and wondered what it was. As it happens, the other child is hard of hearing and had hearing aids. This led to a discussion of hearing aids and why they are worn. Ms. Browett, a CEA, was in our class at the time and wears hearing aids herself. She volunteered to tell us about her hearing aids and why she wears them. We also discussed sign language and lip reading. The children were very intrigued by the idea that machines can help others do something we take for granted and had many questions.
As per the usual Friday format, just a few notes and reminders.
The science table has proven to be extremely popular and has led to many discussions about signs of fall and, lately, seeds. We started by observing some chestnuts with pincers and magnifying glasses then added other fall items such as leaves, cones, rose hips, maple 'helicopters' and today a sunflower. Of course we opened them all to see what was inside. I would be surprised if most of you haven't heard about our discussion around how seeds travel to new places via bird poop. We have also been using the words 'observation' and 'infer' often. Today we made hypotheses about how some chestnuts got squished and carried out a few simple experiments to test and ultimately disprove the hypotheses the children made. When I told them the clues I had observed around the squished chestnuts (tree by the driveway where a truck was parked) they immediately inferred the truck had run over the chestnuts. YAY! How awesome are they?!
There has been what seems to be copious amounts of papers going home and for that I apologize. Today I sent home the permission slip for our trip to see Jack And The Bean at the Pavilion Theatre on Oct. 24. It is not due back until Oct. 18. I like to send them out early so I can ask for them back early. That way I have a chance to send home a second one if needed. Permission slips for our Tranquille Farms visit Oct. 28 will come home later in the month.
Photo proofs also went home today and orders are due by Oct. 17. Please use the envelope provided in the package and return them to me. Retakes are Oct. 29.
Tomorrow the forms to schedule appointments for Parent/Teacher interviews will come home. Please fill out only one per family and return it to the office if you would like to see me. If I feel that I must talk to you about your child I will contact you but otherwise they are optional as we just had interviews in September. As always, I am available most days after school for any concerns you have or if you are unable to make the official interview times and want to make alternate arrangements.
Look for a package of Personal Information Consent forms on coloured paper as well tomorrow >whew< and return them to me when you have completed them.
On a different note, our Scholastic Book Fair begins tomorrow! Our class has a preview/ purchase time of 11:30 tomorrow. If your child has money they are welcome to purchase their books at that time and avoid the crowds and if they don't have money they are welcome to look at the books offered and go home to bother you to buy them some (be prepared). A portion of all books sold comes back to the school so we may purchase new books for the library. It's a win-win!
Monday is River's Day at BEST and all classes will be making their way down to the river to rotate through a number of presentations/ stations by local organizations. I am excited to participate as this will be my first River's Day. Extra supervision will be welcome.
For your information:
Schedule of events:
10:15 Opening remarks & Welcome from First Nations
10:30 Session 1 Big Little Science Centre
11:15 Session 2 Fisheries & Oceans
12:30 Session 3 Primary Explore
1:05 Session 4 River Stuff
1:50 Clean up / Return to School
It looks like fall is going to leave off a bit and give us a few all-too-brief rays of sunshine for the weekend. Yay!
During the month of September we have been focusing on learning to use the math manipulatives appropriately. Concepts such as sharing, cleaning up, working together and being creative have been stressed. Math manipulatives are a useful and beneficial tool for students to learn concrete concepts. Math has many areas--patterns, measurement, geometry, statistics, and more--and they're often unfamiliar, abstract, and confusing to students. Children need help to develop the ability and confidence to find their way around in each of these areas, see how they connect, and know what to do should they forget a fact or procedure. Here are five reasons manipulative materials do just that:
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