Welcome back from the holidays (seems like a very long time ago) and into a new year. Before the break we finished our travels across North America. The Pre-K students have completed their North America animal books, which have now been sent home, and have already started their Europe books. There is a book for each continent, each with animals that are indigenous or unique to that region. Continent studies on Europe started with the children trying on wooden clogs from the Netherlands. Although we will cover many parts of the continent, we will have a special focus on the far north this year. Please let us know if you are travelling overseas and have a moment for some extra shopping. We are always on the lookout for child-sized traditional clothing, especially traditional footwear which is difficult to find locally. The children connect to different parts of the world through a hands on experience and really have fun doing it. Thank you Willow for bringing us ‘The Goodnight Gecko’ book, a gift for the school from her trip to Hawaii. It will be enjoyed by many for many years to come. Next month will bring our final installment of winter festivals of light with Chinese New Year, and the year of the dog.
The study of winter and its effects on weather, plant and animal life continues. We have already made homemade snow to give a special and fun addition to the sensorial materials. We may even bring it out again if time permits. Easy to make if you want to play at home, but be warned that fun comes with a mess. The pre-K children are working on mini books about animals that sleep and hibernate. Our winter craft was the pine cone bird feeders, made by every friend to take home and feed the little birdies. They were really goopy and sloppy and a lot of fun to make. (Oddly, spell check did not underline ‘goopy’. Who knew?)
Initial Progress Reports were sent home the first week we returned in January. We use these reports to record what every child is working on and their individual progress in each area. Although most reports have been returned, there are still a few that have not. In order to continue documentation, reports must be returned as soon as possible. They will be returned to you in June for your keeping. If you have questions regarding your child’s report, please feel free to talk to us at any time. To help your children with literacy, remember that lower case letters is how we first learn. Look at most children’s books and you will see the use of lower case. This is what they are taught at school as well.
Scholastic Book orders are due on Friday, January 25th (Monday morning at the very latest). Some have asked about using cash as they do not use cheques often. We can take a cash payment for an order as long as you have the exact amount. We can write a school cheque to cover the total of all cash orders.
Registration packages were sent home the first week in January, and are due back by January 31st at the very latest. Please return complete registration packages which will secure the space. Let us know if you are waiting for a cheque order and we will make a note. This is greatly appreciated and a huge time saver at our end at this very hectic period. Our Open House will be on Sunday, February 4th from 1pm to 3pm, and everyone is welcome. Historically, many pre-K students enter the afternoon Kindergarten Prep class, where a strong focus is placed on getting ready for Kindergarten. Please make note that the afternoon class always fills first and fills quickly with only 16 spaces. At the end of class on Friday, we had very few spaces remaining for both morning and afternoon. We open registration for new families on February 1st.
All 2017 tax receipts were sent home in your child’s work folder in December. If you cannot locate it, please let us know and we send another home.
Science Show and Tell will be held the last two weeks in February. Notices will go home next week listing your child’s day, the theme and what it’s all about. Helping Hands give children their first roles of leadership, and Show and Tell is an extension. Each child will have the opportunity to sit at the front and show everyone their particular experiment (with a teacher assisting if needed). Remember to keep the items or experiment age appropriate. And most important, have fun helping your child choose. Have a trial run at home before the school day show. Science is everywhere and it’s a lot of fun to learn. Baking is a science too!
Some children may wish to bring in Valentine cards on Valentines week, but is not required. The idea will not be understood by the youngest children, however the older children may want to hand out cards. We will have class lists available on request at the end of next week.
A calendar reminder for February. School will be closed on Monday, February 12th (BC Family Day) and Monday, February 19th (Vancouver district school closure). We will send out another reminder in February. Please remember to pass these dates on to caregivers and family members who pick up at school. This year Spring Break in Vancouver runs from March 19th to March 30th. Mark your calendars. Reminders are always sent out prior to dates (we know everyone is very busy).