On Wednesday or Thursday we will have a discussion about what Team Awesome can expect on Friday, Oct. 29 and we had better share the details with you before you get a 5 year old's version (which we are sure would include tons of treats in their lunch and a new puppy each). The children are welcome to wear their costumes throughout the day (or not) but no weapons, masks or gore are allowed. Please note that if your child wears their costume all day it probably will not come home in the same shape it came to school in. Please label all costume pieces with names and refrain from sending little bits and pieces/ accessories as they are difficult to keep track of and often end up lost. Various Halloween activities will take place throughout Friday, including a Halloween safety review discussion, some fun stations and a dance towards the end of the afternoon. Unfortunately we can not share food/ treats. Please refer to the letter from Mr. Law for more info. Fun fun fun!!
Please refrain from sending more than 1 Halloween treat to school each day with your child. They will be encouraged to eat their healthy food (ie sandwich) before having the treat at lunch.
The school is required to conduct two lock down practices during the year and our first one will be Thursday of this week. During the procedure an announcement will be made over the PA system that just says, "Lock down." Because our classroom doors are locked at all times in case this procedure needs to happen for real, all that needs to be done is closing the doors, turning out the overhead lights and keeping the children as quiet as possible (we usually whisper-read a book). We will be explaining to the children that we need to practice in case there is an emergency in the school that requires us to stay inside our classrooms. Because they are four and five year olds who have active imaginations they will inevitably come up with all sorts of situations in which this procedure might happen. Please rest assured that at no time will we be elaborating on reasons for which we might have to activate the lock down procedure. Mostly the children see it as an adventure but sometimes they become anxious or scared, especially when the door is rattled from the outside to see if it is locked. We try to answer any questions and relieve their fears before/during/after the activity but some extra hugs and explanations might be needed at home. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Law at the school.
The school day seems long when you are four or five and sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the things we do in a day. If we had been able to have an Open house this week, as we have in the past, we would have posted some question suggestions for you to initiate conversations with your child while they were showing you our classroom. But school conversations often happen at home so we are going to post them here as a jumping off point for those conversations to happen outside of our classroom. We are sure you will think of many others. Ask your child:
What is easy/ hard about school?
What do you like/ dislike about school?
What are you proud of?
What are you still working on?
Which book bin is your favourite? Why?
Which centre is your favourite? Why?
How are you respectful/ responsible/ safe at school?
Can you tell me more about _____?
Tell me about your friends.
Tell me about your classroom jobs.
Mrs. Bowden &