October News

Happy October!

What Have We Been Up To?

We have been continuing to work on learning classroom routines, how to tidy up, recognizing and writing our names (SKs will be starting to work on writing their last names), simple patterning games, songs/poems with actions and we have practiced fire drills in class. Our first few weeks of Star Students have been doing an excellent job of leading class prayers, songs, line-ups, and jobs. The Star Student calendar can be found on the google calendar on our website at scdroom123.com. We have been doing daily phonemic awareness lessons that help us to learn about rhyming words, breaking words into parts, and listening for beginning/ending sounds in words.

Every Wednesday afternoon, we visit Mrs. Goodbrand up in our Learning Commons (formerly known as the library). We have an opportunity to play at different centres such as whiteboards, Lego, S.T.E.M. building station, yoga and Dot and Dash Robots with ipads. At the end of each session, we choose new library books to borrow for the week. Please remember to return all library books by Wednesday of the following week.

This week, we have been exploring and learning about pumpkins. We are taking advantage of the lovely weather today and having our own pumpkin hunt out in the kindergarten yard this afternoon. September and October are very busy months!

On Friday, October 29th, we will celebrate Halloween by wearing Black and Orange (no costumes please) to school. We will also celebrate with a short Halloween video in the afternoon. Unfortunately, this year we will not be allowing treats (homemade or pre-packaged) to be sent in from home for distribution at school. We are following Covid regulations as put forth by our school board. Thank you for your understanding.

The Weather is Changing…

Please label ALL outdoor clothing-many children come in with similar looking items and they can’t tell them apart from others’ clothing. Sometimes pieces of clothing (mittens, hats) get taken off and dropped outside in the yard, the children often can not identify their own things.

At home, please have your child dress themselves and start to practice the order of how to dress for winter-snow pants/splash pants first, then boots, then coat, then hat, and last-mittens!  Some of our students stand helplessly with arms/legs outstretched waiting for us to dress them at recess time. We will help with zippers if needed, but the children should be able to independently dress themselves.

**Our students also need to be able to take their own clothes off and change into fresh clothes from their bin, should the need arise due to a toileting accident. These are good things to practice at home on the weekend when getting ready to leave the house.

Help your child practice putting their hat inside their coat sleeves when they take it off (keeps them from getting lost and decreases the chance of spreading head lice). We have small baskets above our coat hooks for them to keep their mittens in. Please send your child in with mittens instead of gloves-most cannot put gloves on independently or do up mittens with zippers on them. Neck warmers are easier and safer than scarves too. Sorry if this seems like a lot of information about getting dressed, but getting 24 children ready for outdoors, three times a day keeps everyone pretty busy!

School-Day Website

If you have not already done so, please be sure to fill in all school information forms on the School-day website. This site is also where all lunch orders are filled out/paid for and where you will find our online Parent/Teacher Conference sign up.

Reminders…

-Our classroom website has a lot of useful information about our class, such as our schedule, all newsletters, Kindergarten Homework Calendars (for basic skills practice), teacher email, etc. It can be accessed through the SCD website under Parents & Students/Teacher Websites. It can also be accessed here:  https://scdroom123.com/

-If you have not already done so, please remove all additional items from your child’s backpack-they do not need workbooks, pencil cases, bottles of hand sanitizer, and clothing in their backpack and we do not have the room to store loaded backpacks.

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. We are grateful for the opportunity to spend time with your children every day!

Mrs. Sadlon, Mrs. Panico and Mrs. Franchetto

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