Happy New Year. It feels like it has been a long time since December, but only one month has gone by. In fairness the first month of 2019 has been an extremely busy one.
We welcome our new friends with January starts and look forward to the start of these new friendships. We also welcome a new volunteer (Miss Jade), a Montessori practicum student (Miss Nancy), and a high school work experience student (Miss Sachi). Miss Jade came all the way across the pond from Bath, England, and will be with us until Spring Break. Jade will return home to continue her university courses. Miss Nancy is working on her Montessori practicums, and will be with us until the end of this school year. Miss Sachi was with us the first and last weeks of January on a high school work experience term. Sachi is now finished her time with us. Thank you Sachi.
With the cold winter weather, a warm snack will be very welcome. We have been making dollar pancakes on the kitchen griddle. We made our own dry mix, and a very big batch. Pancakes will be something we make fresh next month as well. Served with a dot of Canadian maple syrup. Yum. We started January with studies of winter, animals and hibernation. Hibernation booklets and pages have been going home throughout the month. For this school year, our ‘Celebration of Light’ included the Moon Festival, Diwali, Khushali, Hanukkah and Christmas. Last December, our afternoon Kindergarten Prep class made Khushali cards for seniors in the community. Thank you to Aura and Simeen (mum) for making a beautiful video of the seniors receiving the cards. Aura even brought in popcorn to watch the video. We are so impressed with the kindness of the Kindergarten Prep children. Not one child asked to keep the card they made. They gave freely from the heart to all the grandparents. The video brought a tear to all of us. An amazing experience, done with some amazing children. We will conclude our Celebration of Light unit with Chinese New Year in early February. In case you were wondering why your child came home wearing a pig crown, this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Pig.
Our first continent for 2019 was Antarctica. We discussed the animals found in the Antarctica region and the dinosaurs found under the ice. This brought up the discussion of the super continent Pangea, when Antarctica was much warmer than it is today. The teachers then made ice blocks with dinosaurs buried below. The children then took turns chipping out the dinosaurs with a hammer and chisel (and goggles of course). Dinosaurs were chipped out daily, and everyone got at least one turn to be an archaeologist. Africa was introduced with Small World trays, filled with a variety of natural materials and miniature animals for the children to make their very own savannah. Just like our classroom rainforest, this an interactive activity that inspires and teaches, while being a ton of fun. Miss Stacy started teaching one of our favourite African songs ‘Funga Alafia’, which we know you will be hearing at home. It is a really catchy tune that you just can’t shake. Try it at home! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_7UUA7oM5w
Tax receipts went this week of school in your child’s file folder. If you cannot find your receipt or accidentally tossed it out (it happens), or there is a mistake (that happens too), please let us know and another will be made for you.
Progress reports were sent home in early January. Most have been returned, but some are still lagging behind at home. Please bring the reports back so we may continue to keep records of your child’s work in the classroom. They will be returned to you in June.
Scholastic Book orders are due on Friday, February 1st. You could squeeze by on Monday morning as well. This will be the last Scholastic Book order until after the Spring Break.
It’s that time of year again! Science Show and Tell will be in the first two weeks of March, right before Spring Break. Notices will be sent home in mid-February, so please make a note of your child’s special date, as school will be closed right after (no time for make-up days). Do a little research on the topic (keep it simple) and allow your child to practice at home so they will feel confident demonstrating their experiment to the class. We will of course be there to help assist them. All Show and Tell items should be age appropriate and safe (no sharp edges or easily breakable).
Reminders were placed in your child’s file folder of upcoming school closure dates.
- Friday, February 15th (district wide schools closure day)
- Monday, February 18th (BC Family Day holiday)
- Monday, March 18th to Friday, March 29th (Spring Break)
All district schools throughout Vancouver close for Spring Break. It is good to note these dates on your calendar if you want to book a vacation or an activity camp, as these dates book quickly.
So many families go on vacations or business travels throughout the year. Thank you Keira for the wonderful book ‘Aloha is…’ for the classroom. Thank you Veronica for bringing pineapple gummy bears for all the children to enjoy.
On a final note, Miss Lori has started a school Instagram account of some of our activities. We do not show children’s faces or mention names. You can follow us at strathconamontessori.