On Monday we will have a discussion about what Team Awesome can expect on Tuesday, Oct. 31 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 the day, 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. 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.
Summer is over and fall has certainly arrived. In fact, it seems as if it arrived when I wasn't looking because wasn't it just too sunny and too hot out there? In Kindergarten, one of our Big Ideas in Science is that daily and seasonal changes affect all living things and therefore we keep a close eye on the weather. In September Team Awesome was surprised we changed the season from summer to fall when it seemed as if it was still summer outside but with all the falling leaves has decided that it is now indeed autumn. To notice all the changes the cooler weather has brought, Team Awesome took a 'Signs of Fall' walk around our school. We began with a review of our senses and which ones we could use to investigate changes fall has brought to the world around us. We smelled the air and leaves and pine cones, we listened closely for autumn sounds and crunched leaves in our hands, we felt the cool wind on our faces and talked briefly about which things we love to eat in the fall (pumpkin pie!). Then we used our sense of sight to search for signs of autumn in our schoolyard and finished up with a discussion of the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees. Throughout our walk we gathered up items Mother Nature had thrown away to make a poster to label and display so we could share our signs of fall with the rest of the school. Now, how will we make a 'Signs of Winter' poster?
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. At our Open House this week, as we have in the past, we 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.
Monday is our visit to the Pete Murray Corn Farm's pumpkin patch in Chase and Team Awesome is very excited. We will be leaving on the bus as close to 8:45am as possible. The weather in the mornings has been damp and chilly and the corn maze can get muddy so appropriate footwear, as well as a heavier coat (with a tissue in the pocket), hat and mittens are suggested. We can all choose one small pumpkin to bring back to school where we will use them for some scientific observations. The children must be able to carry their own pumpkin, either in a labelled bag or their pack, and we will mark names on them before loading them up. We will explore the pumpkin patch and corn maze, walk to the river and have a snack from our lunch kit before returning to BEST. We will eat our lunch upon return to the school. If you are joining us please make sure you have prearranged it and your smaller children have a sitter. There is a cost of $5.00 for each parent joining us.
*You are welcome to drive your own vehicle/ carpool or join us on the bus although we have a limited number of seats available.
Pete Murray Corn Farm rules:
Pumpkin Patch Rules
Do not kick or throw pumpkins
Do not sit on pumpkins
No running in the pumpkin patch
No rough-play in the pumpkin patch
No smoking in the pumpkin patch
Do not roll pumpkins to your destination. Our pumpkins might look tough, but they are easily bruised and are no good once damaged!
Sorry, no dogs permitted on the property with the exception of service dogs.
Corn Maze Rules
Stay on the trails! No cutting through corn.
Do not touch, pick, or throw corn
No running in the maze
No smoking in the maze
Call for help if you get lost, someone will come lead you out.
Be courteous to others. Rude and disrespectful behaviour to our customers and/or staff will not be tolerated.
Sorry, no dogs permitted on the property with the exception of service dogs
Bert Edwards Spirit Wear 2023 Fall (click here to go to the site)
Online ordering for Bert Edwards Spirit Wear 2023 Fall ends on Sat, Nov 11, 2023 (11:59 PM PST)
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