Room 104 News. Issue 10

February 7th 2016

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Happy Lunar New Year From Room 104

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News and Information

As we were talking about Groundhog Day the children asked what a shadow was. So now we are investigating shadows. We will try to answer some of the questions they had, such as "Why does my shadow follow me?", "What makes a shadow?" etc. We have flashlights, and lots of fun materials to experiment with. Ask your child what they have discovered about light and shadows this week.

Next week will be quite busy, Lunar New Year is on Monday and there will be a Lunar New Year assembly on Tuesday morning, the kindergarten students will be performing a song. Pizza lunch is Wednesday and Friday is of course a PA day for parent/teacher interviews. Plus, of course Valentine's Day and Family Day the following weekend.

The children will be decorating valentine's bags to collect the Valentines they receive from each other. We would like to remind parents NOT to send in food for Valentine’s Day as there are children in the kindergarten classes with food allergies and restrictions. If you wish to send something with your child, cards, stickers, pencils and small toys are more than welcome. A class list was sent home on Friday for your information. Thank you.

Information and Reminders!

  • No library book exchange this week. Keep the book at home and enjoy reading together.
  • Poetry Folders come home every Friday, please have fun reading the poems/songs together. Make sure the folders come back to school in the mailbag on Monday so we can add the new page.
  • Many of the children have the same or very similar clothing and they do not always know which items belong to them. This is taking up a lot of our time and causing some upset feelings. Please, please help us out by making sure that all removable clothing has your child's name written on the inside label. Thank you.
  • The Ministry of Education has added an extra PD day to the current school year. So on Friday, April 15th 2016 there will be no school for the students.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 8th: Lunar New Year

Monday, February 8th: Last day to send in pizza orders

Wednesday, February 10th: Pizza Lunch

Thursday, february 11th: Parent/Teacher Interviews after school

Friday, February 12th: Parent/Teacher Interviews in the morning. No School for students

Sunday, February 14th: Valentine's Day

Monday, February 15th: Family Day. No School

Tuesday, February 16th: Dance Workshop led by X-Movement (8:50-9:15)

Wednesday, February 17th: Dance Workshop led by X-Movement (8:50-9:15)

Wednesday, February 17th: Dairy Farmers presentation (9:30-10:15)

Wednesday, February 17th: Scholastic Book Orders Due

Wednesday, February 25th: Family Literacy Night 6:30pm

Winter Clothes and Spare Clothing

The weather was warmer for a few days but has turned colder again and winter will be here for a few more weeks. We will continue to spend time outside every day (unless the temperature goes below -21) so please make sure that your child has snowpants, gloves, hat etc. at school at all times.

Getting dressed and undressed continues to take a long time so it will really help us if your child is as independent as possible. Please talk to your child about putting their clothes on in the right order, some of them are trying to put snowpants on after their coats etc and this just does not work well :-). Also many children are still having difficulty with their zippers. Please practise at home.

A good order would be: 1. snowpants 2. coat 3. neck warmer and hat 4. boots 5. gloves/mittens.

This is also a good time to review the emergency clothes that are at school. Do they still fit and are they suitable for the season? Please make sure your child's spare clothes are in a sealed bag that is clearly labelled, large ziplocks bags work well.

Computer Corner

The children have really been enjoying BrainPop videos as they relax for a few minutes after lunch.

If your child would like to watch Annie and Moby at home the information is below.

www.brainpopjr.ca

Username: joyce1

password: pop1

Show and Tell 20 Questions

For the month of February we are going to continue being detectives. We are also going to practise asking good questions. So on your child's special day they should bring in a mystery object of their choice. They do not need to have any clues ready this time as the class will ask yes/no questions to gather information and then try to guess the object. Please make sure your child knows as much as possible about the object they bring in so they can answer the questions correctly. Some examples could be food (apple, cracker etc.) or something from your kitchen (fork, sppon, cup etc.) or a piece of clothing etc. This will help them to practise using questions that will help them to narrow down the guesses.


Here are the special helpers for next week.


Monday, Feb. 8th: Jaiden

Tuesday, Feb. 9th: Kristina

Wednesday, Feb. 10th: Melissa

Thursday, Feb. 11th: Anika and Charles

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Contact Us

Sonia Callea: Teacher

Helen Le: ECE

Brian Chandrapal: EA

Mrs. Cariazo: Lunchroom Supervisor