Good morning and welcome to November! With Halloween behind us, we have some exciting new things coming up in November. Below is a list of important dates and an overview of some of our new projects this month.
New French Songs:
We have added some new French songs to our repertoire! We are thinking of themes such as Remembrance Day, winter, and even Christmas.
Braves soldats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqN15wcBbl4
Un bon chocolat chaud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdNsQVBPkSE
Douce nuit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu55DXQTz0I
Please don’t forget to bring in items to fill our Christmas gift baskets! Our theme is “brunch” (for KAC) and “baking” (for KMH), so anything that fits with either theme will be greatly appreciated (no perishables please!). These baskets need to be filled by November 12th, since we would like them on display during parent-teacher interviews on the 15th.
Kindergarten interviews will take place on Thursday, November 15th, beginning at 4:10pm. Please make interview appointments with your child’s HOMEROOM teacher. If your child’s teacher is Mrs. Reely and is in KAC, you need to make an appointment with Mlle Emma. If your child’s teacher is Ms. Logi and is in KMH, you need to make an appointment with Mrs. Hayward. Otherwise, you will not get a chance to speak with both teachers in your child’s class.
The deadline to order your child’s school photos is today (Nov. 5th). If you have not yet paid and wish to place an order, please do so online before end of day today. There will be re-takes happening in the near future, so you can order re-take photos if you missed the deadline.
Thank you for reading and we hope everyone had a safe and restful weekend after the chaos and excitement of Halloween!
The Kindergarten Team
This afternoon, KAC and KMH had their first outdoor learning session. We started our adventure by brainstorming what we could perceive using our 5 senses. The students were very perceptive and eager to share their responses. “We might see a squirrel!” “We might feel sweaty!”
Because this was our first outing with this many students, we decided to stay close to the school. We walked to a nearby park, crossing over a bridge and through a path. Before playing on the new play structure and swing sets, we all sat in one big circle and focused for two minutes on what we could see, hear, feel (emotionally), touch (physically), and smell.
After playing at the park for a little while, we returned to school to finish our senses inventory. We re-read our guesses and checked them off if we were correct. Then we added things that were not originally on our list.
One major thing we had to add for seeing and touching was … SNOW! That’s right! When sitting in our circle, it began snowing! The students were so excited!
Our outing today was fantastic and we cannot wait to go again next Wednesday! Check out these cute shots of our classes making sense of their outdoor environment 🙂
Today’s Fire Drill:
This morning, we had our second school-wide fire drill to practice fire safety. We are happy to report that the entire school made it safely out of the school and onto the yard in UNDER FOUR MINUTES! We would like to congratulate all our kinders for being able to drop what they were doing (even though it was centre time) and follow procedure. Great job KAC and KMH!
New French Songs:
As a new month and season begin, we have updated our French song playlist! We still sing the same songs listed before, but please check out these newer ones!
Comment ça va? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uvzHXvqDrk
Les couleurs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zduapTwsSwA
C’est l’halloween! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYfmQ5eAQlg
La chanson des squelettes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-TtJJLIK64
Picture Day & Show and Tell:
This Friday, October 12th will be picture day for all students. Photos can be ordered online once they are ready. It will also be show and tell day for KAC (Mlle Emma and Mrs. Reely’s class). For this, they will simply need to repeat sentence starters such as “voici” and “Je l’aime parce que” and fill in the rest in English.
We will be holding parent-teacher interviews on Thursday, November 15th. The following day will be a PD day (no school). Each interview will last roughly 10 minutes and we can talk about your child’s progress, strengths, and concerns. We will provide you with more information closer to the date, but we wanted to put this on everyone’s radar.
Today was our Terry Fox run for cancer research! We would like to thank all the students and parents that donated money for our fundraiser. At 2:30pm, the entire school went outside to simulate Terry Fox’s cross-Canada journey. We even got to dip our sneakers in water like he did (although many of our kinders opted to not get their shoes wet)! We are so proud of our students and their persistence today!
Attention all KAC parents!
For some reason, we did not receive paper scholastic flyers in French for Mlle Emma and Mrs. Reely’s class. So we are posting the pdf version here in case any parents are interested in ordering some French books. Our recommendations are: “Pat le chat: J’adore aller à l’école,” “vive la maternelle,” and “le bisou secret.”
You can pay online at scholastic and select our school information (city = Kanata; school = St. Martin de Porres sch). Then, select “Malette, Emma” under “teacher name.” You can also print the PDF flyer and sent it into your child’s teacher with a cheque. The due date for either payment method is September 25, 2018.
English scholastic flyers will be sent home today in your child’s mailbag. For some reson, we received those ones on paper.
Enjoy your weekend and sorry for the inconvenience!
Click here to access the PDF: September Scholastic
We have started to practice some new songs in hopes of growing our French vocabulary. Below are a list of the song titles, as well as youtube links in case you want to watch and practice at home! Most have the lyrics in the video or in the description below the video. Our newest additions are marked with two stars, as they need the most practice. You may recognize some of the melodies if your children have been humming them. Many of our SK students already know most of these songs, and our new JK’s are learning very quickly 🙂
** French O Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Sw6ScUmnk
Bonjour, bonjour! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atNkI6QFZ50
French ABC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LYy3P2okyw
French colours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4kNeFGBAcw
French numbers 1 – 20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY
** Lundi matin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRbnUcxz1iA
We hope you enjoy getting to sing these with your children as much as we do! We certainly do have two musically talented groups 🙂
It’s been a busy week getting to know all 56 students in homerooms KAC and KMH! This week was the first time we alternated French and English days, and we could not be more thrilled at how well the children adjusted.
As you may have seen on Twitter, we have been working very very hard at printing our letters and spelling our names. We have done this using paint, ripped pieces of paper, and even pencils! The children also had the opportunity to draw and paint self-portraits, which will be on display for Program Night (Wednesday, September 19th).
In French, we have begun to practice our days of the week, our alphabet, and our numbers. We have also been focusing on text-to-self and text-to-world connections, in which our students use real-life examples to better understand the messages in a particular book. We are so impressed by their ability to make these connections and share them with their peers.
We would also like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of our SK’s this year, as they have been so helpful with showing our new JK’s where to go and what to do when at school. We are so proud of their ability to show empathy and compassion when our JK’s feel upset or scared, and their willingness to help when our JK’s are unsure of what to do.
We wish everyone a safe and restful weekend, and look forward to seeing all these little faces again on Monday!
Pictured: Mlle Emma with the students in KMH, trying to identify patterns within our calendar – some answers included “rouge, rouge, rouge, rouge,” and “pomme, crayon, pomme, crayon.”