Miss Schmidt's Kinder Kids

Crestomere School - Kindergarten - June Newsletter

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Wow! It's June!

It is absolutely crazy to say it is already June! This year has seriously flown by! Let me take this opportunity to say thank-you. Thank-you for allowing my first full year of teaching to be as awesome as it was. A great class with great families made it so enjoyable and memorable!

May was such a great month! It was jam packed with so many exciting things including a cute q & u wedding, a Red Deer River Watershed presentation, making homemade ice cream, a field trip to the ice cream store and Wildeboer farm, a great EXPO day, and an awesome trip to the Calgary Zoo and to Bluffton for Track Day!

Looking ahead, June will be just as exciting as we wrap up our Kindergarten year! We'll be focusing on Father's Day and being outdoors. Should make for some fun as we prepare for summer! And we can't forget . . . our trip to the Telus Spark Centre.

Note: We will be having a year end party on Monday, June 15th. Please stay tuned for more info! :)

Play, Learn, and Grow...Together!

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Important Dates

Monday, June 1st - crazy hair day

Wednesday, June 3rd - Jersey day (organized tag games at lunch recess)

Jump Rope for Heart Activity - 1:00 p.m. (families are welcome to attend)

Friday, June 5th - Field trip to the Telus Spark Centre in Calgary

Monday, June 8th - Buddy Reading

Class sharing day (everyone brings one last sharing item)

Wednesday, June 10th - Learning PJ DAY!

Friday, June 12th - No school (PD Day)

Monday, June 15th - All Library books due back today

Kindergarten Year End Party - (please stay tuned for more info)

Wednesday, June 17th - Lawn chair learning day (please stay tuned for more info)

Friday, June 19th - Last day of school

Recognition assembly & Potluck Lunch (please see below for more info)

Retirement Ceremonies

Our school's retirement celebration for Mrs. Gillard and Mr. Adams will be held on Thursday, June 11th at 1:15 p.m. Even though we do not have Kindergarten on this day, I encourage ALL Kindergarten students and their families to attend.

The community retirement celebration for Mrs. Gillard and Mr. Adams will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. All families are welcome to attend.

Making Homemade Ice cream in a Baggie!

Some general notes!

Wrapping up the rest of the year

Even though it is the last month of school, please continue to send your child to school. I am in the process of doing final assessments for report cards and it makes it a lot easier when the students are at school :) If your child is sick or going to be away, please make sure you let me know. Thank you!

Book Order

June's book order is due on Wednesday, June 3rd.

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Crestomere Book Swap! - UPDATE

I would personally like to say thank-you to those who participated in our first Crestomere Book Swap! It was such a great afternoon and the students were SOO excited! Now that the event has come and gone, if you have any feedback you would like to share with me as I prepare to plan future events please let me know. Thank-you in advance!

Looking for some herb plants! Buy them from us :)

The Crestomere School Eco Club will be selling oregano, basil, parsley, and thyme in single pots as well as planters. They will be available from June 8th until we sell out! Please help support our students' entrepreneurial spirit :)

Telus World of Science Field Trip!

Please make sure you send your child's permission form and money to the school by Wednesday.

**Please note - if you are driving your child, please make sure you give me a written note letting me know you are driving.

For this field trip, we are asking that ALL parent helpers meet us at the school on the day of the trip before we board the bus so we can tell you your groups.

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June Progress Reports

Your child's June progress report (along with their yearbook if you ordered one) will be available for pick up on Friday, June 26th after 1:00 p.m. If you are unable to come get your child's report on this day, it will be mailed to you.

What's coming for the month of June . . .


We will be wrapping up our Jolly Phonics alphabet program to learn the alphabet. For the remainder of the year, we will be focusing on the alphabet as a whole and reviewing the letters the students are still mixing up.

As mentioned, we will focus on sight words and segmenting words to break down the sounds. We will also be continuing with finger tracking when we're reading to make sure we don't miss any words :)


It's review time! Doing a general review of the concepts taught throughout the year through games will keep things fun for the last month of school!

As I stated in last month's newsletter, we will be representing numerals in two parts and practicing naming those parts. For example, looking at the different ways to make the number 5. (5 and 0, 4 and 1, 3 and 2). This is the first step of addition! :)

Science & Social Studies

For Science and Social Studies, we will be reviewing what we've learned throughout the year and will be enjoying the beautiful weather. We will be using the naturalization area as well!

Health & Life Skills

We will be learning about water safety to prepare for swimming! :)

Thank-you very much for allowing your child to complete their daily tasks on their own. I would like to ask that you continue to do this at home as well :)

Fine Motor practice

To remember how to hold the scissors correctly, I have taught the students a simple song:

"Up, down

Up, down

Thumb is always up".

This helps them remember that their thumb always has to be pointing to the sky. To assist in your child's fine motor development, please have them continue to practice cutting on zig zag lines at home. Be sure to remind them their other hand has a job too! (To hold the paper and turn it as needed rather than turning the scissors). I will be assessing their zig zag cutting skills this month.

For the last couple months of Kindergarten, we will work on mastering our straight lines, curved lines and cutting circles. At this point in the year, the students need to know how to hold their scissors correctly. This is just one of the many things that will make things a whole lot easier in grade one :)

Interested in purchasing a Crestomere School yearbook?

Order forms will be coming home soon and can be picked up with your child's progress report on Friday, June 26th.
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Thank-you very much to those who joined us for our EXPO day! I am so proud of the students! They did a great job :)

Mental health activity with Miss Steph

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Kindergarten for 2015-2016!

Know a little one ready for Kindergarten? We are now taking registrations for the 2015-2016 Kindergarten year! Please contact Mrs. Gillard in the office for more information :)

We got some awesome new book boxes for Read to Self!

Last day of school festivities!

Student Recognition:

On Friday, June 19th, we will be hosting a Student Recognition Event from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Students in all grades will be receiving recognition awards for their academics, athletics, citizenship, AR and overall school involvement.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please come and help recognize the successes here at Crestomere School.

Year-end Potluck Lunch:

Following the recognition event, community members are welcomed to join us for a potluck lunch. Please remember to bring your own cups, plates, and cutlery.

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Red Deer Watershed Alliance presentation

Do you have a child ready for Kindergarten? Come to our Orientation!

We will be having a 2015-2016 Kindergarten Orientation Day on Tuesday, June 23rd from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. If you have or know a child who is Kindergarten age, I encourage you to bring your child! Please stay tuned for more details!

Bluffton Track Day! What a Blast!

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Kindergarten Days in June

Monday, June 1st

Wednesday, June 3rd

Friday, June 5th

Monday, June 8th

Wednesday, June 10th

Monday, June 15th

Wednesday, June 17th

Friday, June 19th