Thursday, 28 April 2016

May Newsletter


Please remember there is no school tomorrow!  I hope you have a great long weekend. 

Here are some news and notes:

Le 28 avril 2016

Chers parents,

We are looking forward to the month of May as we look back on some wonderful activities we did in April.  We had a great restaurant simulation this week with our care partners.  The kindergarten students did quite well ordering food in French and being customers as our care partner class served and welcomed us to the restaurant.   We also enjoyed an artist workshop that spanned two sessions with local artists and personal friends, Phil Rivard and Marlys Vango Rivard.   We painted still life bowls of fruit and learned about shadows and light, composition, realism, abstract, impressionism, (even a nod to Fauvism).  The finished products are on display in the glass cases in the LRC.  It was a great experience.  This past month we were able to take home some homemade cardboard pizzas and learned about toppings and fractions while doing so.  A big thanks to Little Ceasar’s in Stonebridge for the donation of boxes to make the craft complete!  We enjoyed learning and singing “Je suis une pizza” as part of that.   April 22nd was Earth Day.  We watched the original video narration of The Lorax and on Earth Day we participated in cleaning up some of the school yard with Mme McCrea’s class.  It was so good to see our class eager to help out and contribute to making our school yard better.

We will be enjoying a few upcoming special events.  Tuesday May 3rd we will be going to The Roxy Theatre for a film entitled “Le Manoir Magique.”  We will be leaving at 9:00am and returning after 11:00am.  The following day we will be having our Mother’s Day Tea, Wednesday May 4th at 9am-9:45 in the LRC.  The students have been working very hard on their gifts as well as practicing for the short performance we will be giving.  We will have more field trips and special events in June as well that I will let you know about. 

For your child’s special day this month we will share about an activity we love to do with mom, auntie or grandma.  Please remember that this is not a time to bring toys but rather a chance for our class to get to know each student better through some questions and answers. 

A newsletter went home today about an occurrence of lice; to help prevent the spread we will not be using the dress up clothes in the classroom for the time being.  Hopefully this will help.  I would like to remind parents and students while all the road work is being done to please use the crosswalks when picking up and dropping off students, rather than crossing in the middle of the street.  As I have been on bus supervision I have seen some close calls and it has been quite worrisome.  Hopefully as a kindergarten class, we as students and parents can set an example for the rest of the school.  Thank you for your help in this. 

Merci,

Mme Jennifer Wallace

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Chers parents,

We have a wonderful month of activities ahead.  Please check your calendars that were sent home.  For your child's special day he or she can talk about a favourite springtime activity. We are continuing our unit on food and nutrition.  Today we explored the effects of vinegar (which contains acid) on an eggshell.  It was great to see the reactions of the children to what happened with the egg in the course of one day.  We recently worked on a placemat for our restaurant simulation.  We will be working on putting words on the foods the children want to order.  On the 23rd we will have our restaurant experience.  The kindergarten class will be the customers and our care-partners will be the restaurant workers.  We will be eating a shared snacked of a party mix and have juice boxes for a drink.  Tomorrow we are looking forward to baking cookies.  We will have some as a snack as well. Thank you to our two parent volunteers, Robina Hanif and Dawn Martens-Koop for helping with this endeavour.  We will also be going to Extra Foods for a tour next week Wednesday.  Thank you to Dawn and Robina for volunteering for this as well.  There is room for more if you would like to join us.  Next week we have some guest artists who will help us as we have an artist workshop doing still life paintings of a bowl of fruit.

Every year I have done a Mother’s Day/Spring Tea in honour of Mother’s Day and a Dad’s Day/ Play Day in honour of Father’s Day.  The Mother’s Day tea will take place Friday May 6th at 9am-10:30 in the LRC.  If you are unable to attend this event and can send another special adult in your stead (a dad, grandparent or that would be great).  It is a special time that we like to share with the children and the adults.  For the play day if you are unable to attend another adult is also welcome to join.  The Dad’s Day/Play Day takes place in the gym in June (also from 9am-10:30am) when the rest of the school is at a swimming pool.  I will let you the date as soon as that is known.

We will have more field trips in May and June as well that I will let you know about.  It is exciting to take part in these activities!

We have been having great sharing times that include experiences that students have had with Solange and Simon.  Thank you for taking this on.  The children have been really enjoying their time with the monkeys.

We are looking forward to more spring fun!

Merci,

Mme Jennifer Wallace

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Les pyjamas et Crayons et Croissants~Whole School Pajama Day and Crayons and Croissants

Tomorrow is Pajama day for the entire school and Crayons and Croissants before the start of school at 8:15 in the LRC.  We look forward to some great participation! 

Thank you for the wonderful participation in PINK Day/ Anti-Bullying Day.  We also got to enjoy a great concert from the "Blues in School" program.  The kids were a great audience.

Also thank you for the work and participation that went into our 100 days of school celebration.  We had some wonderful projects that the students shared.  We also enjoyed a very fun snack and worked with our care-partners to make some fruit loop necklaces--that may or may not have made it home!    I greatly appreciated help from Dawn and Robina in this endeavour.

Mille Mercis!

Mme Wallace

Friday, 12 February 2016

Bravo!

Félicitations!  Bravo!  I am so proud of our kindergarten students and their performance today.  They did very well.  Thank you to all those who were able to attend and show support.  It is clear that our students have learned a lot; their voices carried very well and they knew their words well. 
Today we distributed Valentine’s cards in our community with our care-partners.  It was a great day.
Tomorrow is our last day before the Winter Break. We will be doing a Valentine craft with our care-partners and we will exchange Valentine’s cards with classmates.   Please refer to the list I sent in a previous email for names.
Thank you for all your support for this class and the learning we are doing!  I hope you all have a great  holiday!
Joyeuse Saint Valentin et Jour de famille!
 
MERCI!
Mme Jennifer Wallace

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chers parents,

Happy Chinese New Year!  We had a great visit from our class monkey Simon le singe this morning to celebrate the year of the monkey.  He was our special friend.  He shared about his friend the snowy owl and the kids asked some good questions.

I want to send a couple of reminders before the break:

February 11th we are having our Kindergarten Winter Assembly at 9:00am in the gym.  It is also pajama day!  The kids are welcome to wear their pajamas to the assembly to be in the spirit of the day.

February 12th the children can exchange Valentine's Day cards and we will be having a visit with our cali-partnenaires.

Feb. 15-19th Winter Break

Feb. 22 Welcome Back
Feb. 23rd We will be celebrating 100 days of school.  Please remember to send along the 100 days project and a 100 days snack in a baggie.  Ideas for a project can be found on-line if you are needing help with brainstorming.  It can be simple and fun: buttons, ribbons, bottle caps, beads...

MERCI!

Mme Jennifer Wallace

Friday, 5 February 2016

Alphabet song book

Chers parents,
An alphabet song book is going home today.  Your child can read and sing the words, sounds and letters on the pages up to the letter “P.”  The letters /songs are not in order so that the children can learn their letters individually.  We have begun working on sounds the letters make with other letters as well.  A couple of songs have different words in the songbooks than what we have practiced.  Either version is acceptable.  For example, your child might sing: “Benoît le beau bébé (2) se baigne dans sa baignoire avec son ballon bleu”—instead of “…avec son bleu bateau.”  Doing this overview is optional but it is good when your child can share what he or she is doing in class with you.  Please return the songbook on Monday in your child’s dossier as we will continue to do work on the songs in class.
 
Please remember—next week we have our assembly Thursday February 11th at 9:00am in the gym.  All our kindergarten students will be performing our winter songs for this.
After the break Tuesday February 23rdwe will celebrate 100 days of school.  Please bring a baggie with 100 small snack items to add to a bowl.  Your child can also bring a 100 days project that he or she has worked on—to share with the class. 
 
Merci!
 
Mme Jennifer Wallace

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Beach day, experiments and more...

Salut!  Tomorrow is beach day.  Students can dress (under their winter gear) in clothes for the beach--no swimsuits however please.  Sun hats, shorts, sundresses, t-shirts, sunglasses...  We will bring some sun to our school on a cold day.  Please ensure that your child still has appropriate clothing for recess.
 
In class we have been exploring and predicting doing experiments with water.  Our science experiments take place on Tuesdays.  We have completed our alphabet testing in French this past week and a lot of progress has been made--Bravo!  We are also learning new alphabet songs for each letter and the sounds each one makes. In math we have been learning about bigger than, smaller than and equal to (<, >, =).  We finished a booklet entitled Où sont mes mitaines? We will share them with our cali-partenaires during reading time today and the students will bring them home. We have been sharing about our favourite winter activities and have been learning some songs for our assembly.  I will get the date finalized and have that for you soon.  In February, on the Tuesday after the break, we will be celebrating 100 days of school.  If your child would like to do an 100 days project at home and bring it to present in February that would be great.  I will explain the project in the days to come.
 
Mme Jennifer Wallace