September News Updates

Hooray! We’ve made it through our first full week of Kindergarten!

We understand how challenging the first week of school can be and our students and parents are doing great! We really appreciate everyone’s efforts with all of our school safety measures. Thank you for your patience as we continue to learn to recognize everyone at pick up time too.

The children are settling in well, getting to know one another, exploring their surroundings, and learning routines. For the first few weeks, we concentrate mainly on safety rules in the school and daily routines. If you are not getting a lot of information about your child’s day at school, we suggest asking them more specific questions (Who did you play with at recess today? What song/movement activity do you like best? What was the read aloud book today?), this may help elicit more details from them.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. To celebrate, our school is doing a modified Terry Fox Run fundraiser on Wednesday, September 29. Our class will be participating by doing a Terry Fox 41 workout in our yard. We will do 41 lunge/muscle flexes, 41 marching steps and 41 jumping jacks. The school has sent out more details on how you can donate to this year’s fundraiser online-the pledge sheets are just for information.

We have lots of housekeeping reminders for this time of year to help things continue to run smoothly. Please disregard if you have already looked after these:

-Please send in a 4×6” family photo as soon as possible. We are hoping to fill our Family Wall.

-Your child needs an extra change of clothes to be left at school in case of accidents or spills. Having clothes readily available helps keep the classroom running smoothly and keeps occasional toileting accidents more discreet. Please send these in if you have not done so already.

-Correspondence between parents and teacher is being done by email only this year.  or tpanico@smcdsb.on.caWe are using zip bags to send home your child’s work or any school correspondence. Please return zip bags to school in your child’s backpack every day.

-As we are storing backpacks in a large bin in the classroom, we ask that families please remove all extra items from backpacks and leave them at home. The children need only to bring their lunch bags, water bottles and masks to school. They do not need toys/pencil cases, etc.

-Many of our students are struggling to open lunch containers and packaged items during our nutrition breaks. Please practice with lunch containers at home and make small snips in packaging so that your child can open food independently. School staff are trying to refrain from handling any of our students’ food, especially with all of the cleaning protocol in place. Please check to see if your child can pack up their lunch containers independently after eating.

Masks are mandatory at school, we strongly encourage practicing with masks at home. If you would like your child to change their mask throughout the day, please send them in a bag in their lunch bags. We will remind them to change them at snack/lunch time.

Star Students-We will be starting to work with our Star Students of the Week. Every week, there will be two students scheduled to be our Star Students. They will have several fun responsibilities for the week, such as leading our morning routine, prayer, and calendar. The Star Student schedule will be posted on our class calendar page on our website in the next few weeks.

-Many of the children do not recognize their own belongings yet! Please label everything-outdoor clothing/sweaters, lunch containers, backpacks.

-Our school is on a traditional day schedule this year. This means that the children have a snack time in the morning (we encourage healthy choices), then lunch, and then another snack in the afternoon (a good time for a treat).

-Growing our children’s independence is so important! Please make sure that your child can take their shoes on/off (no laces unless they can tie them), make sure that they are able to remove their own clothing and redress themselves (in case of a toileting accident), and start practicing with outdoor clothing/zippers now before the cold weather comes.

-Please talk to your child about keeping their hands/bodies to themselves. We practice “hands off” (especially right now during Covid times), this includes hugging/kissing as well-we remind the children that hugs and kisses are for our family only. We have been experiencing a lot of rough play and busy hands this week.

Just one last thing… We would just like to apologize in case our reply emails are in point form or seem somewhat abrupt. We try and keep them short (but sweet!) in the essence of time as some days there are many to reply to. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Thanks again for your support and patience during this busy time. We are really enjoying getting to know your children!

Mrs. Sadlon, Ms. Panico and Mrs. Franchetto


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