What's New In 126a

Weekly updates and reminders

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What We've Been Up To

Thank you to everyone for your support and understanding throughout the work-to-rule job action. It has been very difficult for us not to be able to share all the amazing learning that we have been doing at school.

We certainly have been busy:

September is a time for us to get to know one-another and to learn about the routines and expectations at school. We made new friends and by the end of the month we were into full-swing with all students completing Weekly Walk Science Observation Journals, and SKs completing Weekly Writing, Math Journals, and Reading Tasks.

In October we engaged in a deep study of letters and numbers. We became more familiar with the letters in our names through our show and tell assignments and through our daily graph questions. We found environmental print to add to our alphabet wall (which is nearing completion and will soon be on display in our room). We also played many alphabet games and read a lot of alphabet books!

We also explored the many changes that happened in our school yard. The colours around us changed on an almost daily basis, until, all of a sudden one day there were no more leaves left on the trees!

In November we welcomed a student teacher, Ms Ashfield, who is working towards her MEd at OISE. With her help, we have been learning about Canadian Animals, their habitats and their habits. We built a beaver dam and we measured how many of us it takes to be as long as a beluga and an orca! We will be very sad to see her go at the end of this week, but we wish her lots of luck (and we look forward to some visits)!

Our grade 3 reading buddies have also been helping us learn about Canadian Animals. They have collected our questions and helped guide us through some research to find the answers. They're away on a field trip this week, but we eagerly look forward to more inquiry time with them next week!

Coming Up This Week

Special Helpers

This week's special helpers are:

Monday Nicholas

Tuesday Ellis & Spencer

Wednesday Lucas

Thursday Sarah & Elliott

Friday Paige

Special helpers are reminded to bring in an artifact that represents their favourite animal and to be prepared to talk about that animal (ie/ where does it live, what does it eat, etc...)


While we celebrated birthdays in the classroom, belated email wishes go out to:

Rhys, Ted, Elliott, and Ella who celebrated birthdays in September;

Sofia and Nate who celebrated birthdays in October.

Happy birthday to Lucas who celebrates his birthday this week!


Monday Music with Mr Latter

Tuesday Gym with Ms Stigas

Wednesday Music with Mr Latter (no reading buddies this week)

Thursday Weekly Walk and Library with Ms Edgar

Friday Gym with Ms Stigas

Each week we explore our Hillside Garden and the community around us. Parents are always welcome to join us for the walk. We will be leaving for our walk at 9:00 on Thursday morning and should be returning by 9:30. If you would like to join us, please email me at taye.maddison@tdsb.on.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: Kindergarten begins at 9:00am. Lunch is at 11:30am until 12:30pm. Dismissal is at 3:05pm. Throughout the day we may be anywhere in the school or school yard, and at lunch children are under the supervision of a lunchroom supervisor. Therefore, to ensure the safety of all students and for ease of pick up or drop off, we ask the following:

If your child must be away for a morning due to an appointment, please drop your child off at 12:30.

If your child must be away for an afternoon for an appointment, please pick your child up at 11:30.

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Classroom Reminders

Please Return All Classroom Materials On Mondays!

In order to help us prepare materials and to ensure that your child is ready for library day, we ask that all school materials (poetry folders, library books, etc...) be returned to school on Mondays. This way, we can follow up regarding any missing materials in a timely manner. Thanks

Cubby Stuff

As the weather is getting cooler, we are coming to school with more layers. We have heard that some layers are going missing. We do have a lost and found bin (located just inside our balcony door). However, we can better make sure that lost items are being returned to their owner if each item is labeled with your child's name and classroom number (126a). This includes any hats, mitts, and scarves.

Also, if you haven't already done so, please provide your child with a pair of indoor shoes that can stay at school. With damp weather, a lot of sand and mud is being tracked into the classroom, and we would like to keep this to a minimum. Indoor shoes should be shoes that your child can put on by themselves (ie/ velcro if they can't tie shoes), and should be suitable for gym class (ie/ no slippers, crocs, or 'fancy' shoes).

As the cooler weather is arriving, we are noticing that some students' spare clothes are not appropriate for the weather (ie/ t-shirts and shorts). Please send a clean, warm weather, change of clothes in your child's zippie. We will change out the summer clothes for you.

Finally, in large, older schools, it is sometimes difficult to maintain consistent temperatures. Some days our room is very hot, and some days it is very cold. Please send your child to school in layers that can be removed or added as needed.


Scholastic order forms will be going home this week. Scholastics is a great way for you to add to your home library, as it offers many age appropriate books and resources. It is also a great way to add to your child's classroom library. With each order that I place on your behalf, I receive points in my account that can the be used to purchase new resources and to replace old ones.

If you choose to buy any scholastics this month, orders are due by Monday November 23rd. Please include the order form and payment in your child's zippie.

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