October News

Happy October!

We are looking forward to our first school trip of the year to Barrie Hill Farm on Thursday to investigate how they grow apples. If you have been selected as a trip volunteer, you have been notified in your child’s communication book. Thank you to everyone who offered to volunteer, we will keep you in mind for our next event. We’d like to ask our volunteers to please use their own transportationfor this trip-we will be leaving the school at approximately 9:45am.  Please remember to dress your child according to the weather on trip day, as we will be going rain or shine. The children will have a quick snack and a washroom break before we leave the school at about 9:45. We will have lunch after we return to school.

Sister Catherine Donnelly School is currently collecting food for our We Scare Hunger Food Drive. Thank you to those families who have already sent in food-we appreciate any donations you can offer to help Barrie families in need.

We have been working on learning classroom routines and school expectations, recognizing and writing our names (SKs are starting to work on writing their last names), simple patterning games, and songs/poems with actions. We have practiced some fire drills and will be practicing code red drills shortly. It has been a very busy few weeks!

There are lots of things happening in October. The SKs will begin bringing their reading folders home next week (JKs will be starting in January-February), we will be having our first visit from the Rosary Apostolate on the 10th, our kindergarten classes will be having a Pyjama Day on Thursday, October 25th, there is a P.A. Day on the 26th, and we will celebrate Halloween on the 31stby wearing Black and Orange(no costumes please) to school. Phew!

Please label ALL outdoor clothing. We can’t keep track of everything! Help your child practice putting their hat inside their coat sleeves when they take it off (prevents possible spread of head lice). We have small baskets above our coat hooks for them to keep their mittens in.



-Library day is Friday for our class.  Please help your child remember to return their book on those days so that they are able to select another.

-Please check the School Day website for ordering pizza, milk and hot lunches.

-Please check again to see that your child is able to open/close their lunch containers/water bottles. Many of the children cannot get into their food by themselves and this limits their independence greatly.

-Please allow your child to dress him/herself at home-we need to practice! Cold weather is coming up and it takes considerably more time when the children need lots of assistance. Practice the order in which we put winter clothing on.  Snow/Splash pants, boots, coats, hats and lastly, mittens.  (No gloves please!)  Please see the “Let’s Get Dressed” and “Let’s Eat” links on our classroom website for suggestions.

-We are already getting our hands messy!  Thank you for the excellent response to our play dough schedule!  (fastest response EVER!)

Thank you again for all that you do (and all that you have done) to help make your children’s transition into the new school year a smooth one. We really appreciate all of your support.  Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving weekend with your families-we all have so much to be grateful for!

Mrs. Sadlon and Mrs. Panico


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