Hot Dogs

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Mr Hancock has arranged to have a food truck come to the school on Wednesday, October 28 to feed us a special lunch!  Each child will be offered a hotdog and a bag of chips.  So, all you’ll have to send to school that day is a snack for recess.  Enjoy the easy lunch prep that day!

PS: Remember we will also be dressing in Fall colours that day!


Pumpkins in the Garden

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Next Tuesday, October 20th, we, along with the other Kindergarten class, will be taking a “field trip” to the Highroad garden where Mrs. Larsson and I will have set up a pumpkin patch of sorts.

We are inviting students to wear their Knight shirts and casual bottoms and are asking that you ensure they are dressed for the weather (jackets, boots etc).  We are also asking that you send along a plastic grocery bag (doubled up would be great) with your child so they can put their pumpkin inside and take it home.

We are hoping to read a story there and also enjoy a little pre-packaged treat together.  Pray for nice weather!

 


Picture Day

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Just a quick reminder that this Thursday is photo retake day.  If your child is a part time Kindergarten student and did not already have their picture taken please plan to bring them in.  You can check in at the office and they will direct you on where to go.

 


Go, Team!

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We’ve just finished 3 weeks of full days in Kindergarten!  Yay, us!  The children are certainly settling in.  They are learning so many things, including “expected behaviours” in their school environment.  They are also learning how to deal with the BIG FEELINGS that they sometimes experience when things don’t go their way.

We are having lots of discussions about what we can do to solve problems.  If someone is bothering us, for example, we can  walk away, ignore it, talk about it, or seek help.   It takes time to learn these problem solving skills and we recognize that children will make make mistakes along the way.

As a parent, I’m sure you would like to know if the behaviour becomes a recurring issue or if it is of a more serious nature.  This will give you a chance to talk to your child about their school behaviour at home and will allow us to work as a team.

Since our busy day prevents me from sending home nicely-worded emails, I have come up with a quick little behaviour report that I will be using to keep you aware of any problematic behaviours that arise.

If you see this bright yellow form in your child’s home folder please read it, sign it, and return it to school the following school day.

Thanks so much!
Have a great weekend!

 

 

 



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We are working on how to behave in a lineup (waiting nicely, walking with our hands at our sides and our eyes to the front with our lips zipped).  This week I introduced our class to a special “secret student” award.  Each day I will choose a secret student and will write their name under a special sign on our whiteboard (so I don’t forget – haha!). Each time we line up for recess, lunch, gym, music, or library I will especially watch my secret student to see if they are behaving as expected.  At the end of the day if they did a good job they will get a secret student tag to bring home.  It’s a big deal! If your child comes home with one of these they definitely earned it!


Zones of Regulation

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Last week our class also learned a little bit about the Zones of Regulation (a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control).  We learned about 4 colours that indicate the state that our minds and bodies can be in.

Blue = the blue zone is used to describe when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored

Green = the green zone is used to describe when one feels calm, happy, focused, or content

Yellow = a person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, or fear when in the yellow zone.

Red = a person may be experiencing anger, rage, explosive behaviour, panic , extreme grief, terror, or elation when in the red zone.

Everyone experiences all of the zones at one time or another.  The lessons and learning activities that we will be doing are designed to help students recognize when they are in the different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in.

You might start to hear your child talking about these zones at home.  Hopefully, this quick introduction will give you a bit of a context for that!


W-I-T-S

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Last week the children were introduced to the WITS program, a resource used at our school to deal with peer conflict.  We feel that it is important for children to learn to advocate for themselves so that they can feel empowered in social situations.  We ask that children try to solve the problem by either walking away, ignoring, or talking it out.  This usually is all that is needed to resolve the issue.  If these tools don’t work, students can then seek help from an adult supervisor.  Feel free to check out www.witsprogram.ca for more information.


October Dates

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Well, the first month of school has already come and gone.  Can you believe it?

Here are some important dates coming up in the month of October:

 

Monday, October 5 – b verse tested

Tuesday, October 6 – emergency kits due

Friday, October 9 – Knights Day

Monday, October 12 – Thanksgiving holiday

Tuesday, October 13 – C verse tested

Thursday, October 15 – Student photo retakes

Friday, October 16 – Knights Day

Monday, October 19 – d verse tested

Friday, October 23 – Pro D Day (no school)

Monday, October 26 – e verse tested

Wednesday, October 28 – Fall Colours Day

Friday, October 30 – Knights Day