Friday, 26 January 2018

Newsletter #19

January 26th Edition of
The K/1 Class News

Hi Everyone!
Another week goes by. Here is a recap of some of the things we did.

On Monday there was no school.   

Tuesday we continued learning about rhyming in our oral language groups and played some high pace tag games in the gym to help calm some of the wiggles of the group. We also wrote about our weekend in our journals, the kids had a lot to say! On Tuesday we started our home reading program with the kindies (the grade 1’s have already begun). Please take a few minutes each day to read with your child and return the book each day. If you can keep the book and green reading log together in the planner it would be appreciated.

On Wednesday we welcomed Jodi Streelasky, from UVIC, in to observe our class. Jodi will be visiting our class periodically throughout the year. An information/consent form was sent home on Wednesday. Please have a look and return it to school. Wednesday we practiced math, using tens frames, and learned about tally marks in the outdoor classroom.

Thursday we practiced reading sight words, Franky and Emma presented at Whole School Meeting and the kids went to Music. Later we combined art and math and made number rain clouds pictures.

On Friday we did printing practice, made rain clouds, and did a scavenger hunt in the forest. We played a describing game with some of Kaz's natural treasures. We closed our eyes and described the object without saying what it was, before opening our eyes we guessed what was in our hands. Sometimes we were right and other times we were surprised.

Family Math Night is coming up on Thursday, February 8th. Families are welcome to come to the gym and explore math games and puzzles in the Math Playground. We will have a short information session for parents to learn about how math instruction has changed and how parents can support their children in math learning at home. The Math Playground will be open in the gym from 6-7:30 pm and we will have the parent info session around 7 pm. We hope that many of you join us for this event.

Important dates to remember:
January 29 Hoop Dance presentation
February 8 Family Math Night 6pm
February 12 Family Day (no school)
February 14 Valentines Day
February 16 School in session
February 28 Pink Shirt Day

Ara and Kaz


     Emma, Lizzy and Franky showing off their shelter built out of fallen branches.

 The kids all took turns holding the baby doll gently during Roots of Empathy.

                                                  Some of our snow-people.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Newsletter #18

January 18th Edition of
The K/1 Class News

Hello Everyone!
It is nice to see the skies are getting lighter as the days grow longer.

Monday we started learning about the ‘Nn’ team. We practiced printing and worked on throwing and catching in the gym.

On Tuesday we continued learning about rhyming in our oral language groups and practiced rolling at a target in gym. We also welcomed baby Max in during Roots of Empathy! The kids are always so happy to see him and note the growth he has made. Later, we enjoyed the sunshine in the forest and visited our special trees.

Wednesday we practiced counting using domino addition. The class learned about proper hand washing and what germs are. After recess the primary classes were visited by Ann Donahue, a local author. Ann showed the kids a beautiful slideshow of pictures of different animals that live in coral reefs. Ann is a scuba diver and has published the children’s book, “Dive into Colours”. The kids all enjoyed seeing the beautiful pictures and then later hearing the story. We followed them ocean theme throughout the day.

On Thursday we talked about the seasons and wrote about what happens in winter. The class also had Music class, art and participated in our Whole School Meeting. Thanks to those families who sent in change to contribute to the Change for Community collection. The kids were happy to get out to the forest in the afternoon and we identified a few different types of buds on the trees and bushes just waiting for warmer days. 

Next week we will begin our home reading program for the Kindergarten students. The goal is for the children to read the book they bring from school with you each night and then return it the following day to switch it for a new one. You can help your child record the title of the book they read and the date it was read in their reading log. Once they have filled up their log they get a little prize. Keeping the log and book in the planner will help them from getting lost. Happy reading!

Important dates to remember:
January 22 No School
January 26 School in session
January 29 Hoop Dance presentation

We hope you have a nice weekend and that you are staying well.

Ara and Kaz 
                                   Using dominos in math

               Ann Donahue talking about her book, "Dive into Colours" 

                                  The kids playing together in the forest

                               Jude using his found rock tool to cut a branch

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Newsletter #17

January 11th Edition of
The K/1 Class News

Welcome back Everyone!
We hope you all had a good holiday and are ready for a great new term.

On Monday the students were very excited to be back at school. They were bursting with stories about their winter break. We did printing practice, visited the library, and wrote in our journals. In the afternoon we went outside and learned how to identify Douglas Fir cones.

Tuesday Ms. Freeman was in for Mrs. Van Riel. The class worked in their journals, started back up with the Oral Language groups and went to the outdoor classroom.

On Wednesday we started working on ball skills in the gym, made little books about a snowman, worked on our counting and visited the bog. It is very full now!

On Thursday the class made snow people names, had Music and Whole School Meeting. Jude and Ava read their snowman books for the school, well done! We also welcomed Quentin and Johanna in to talk about the creation of the new school mural. Each class will be helping create a panel for this art project. The new mural will replace the big sun that has been deemed unsafe as it is starting to fall apart. We are all excited to be a part of something that will hopefully be a part of Fulford School for many years to come.

We continue to encourage the children to bring in any spare change to donate to Change for Community every Thursday.

Important dates to remember:
January 16 Elizabeth May visits
January 17 Dive into Colours Author Presentation
January 22 No School
January 26 School in session

It was a great first week back. We hope you enjoy your weekend.

Ara and Kaz

              Some of the kids having fun during centres!

                                         Starting our work on the school mural.

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