January 2022

Coming back from the break, we heard many stories of what families did over the holidays. It sounds like families stayed close and spent a lot of together time. It was very heart-warming to hear the children get so excited about spending time with mum or dad. It’s amazing what a simple puzzle or movie night can do for making lasting memories.

Our first month of 2022 has been a busy one. Our focus in January has been on animals that migrate, sleep and hibernate in winter. We finished North America in November and started our travels in Europe this month. The junior-K class will start Europe books in February. Our winter craft was a toque collage, with fuzzy bits and snowflakes. Very cute. The study of winter and its effects on weather, plant and animal life continues. Our final winter festival of light is Lunar New Year, and the year of the tiger.  Children made their Year of the Tiger headbands, and practiced cutting by making the vents of their paper lanterns. Every child folded, stamped and stickered a lucky red envelope. Teachers placed a yummy chocolate coin in each envelope.

A sudden change of weather gave us a snow day only a few days after we returned from the break. The children didn’t miss a beat, and were promptly absorbed in popular activities of colour mixing, building felt fabric snowmen, window and table washing, pin poking, lacing, button sewing, and of course beading.  This is a very busy classroom. Exercises and activities are meant to be fun and engaging, but are all multi-leveled for skill development. Hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and concentration skills are progressing with each project. Many of the children in the afternoon class are showing great interest in sounding out words and writing them. To help your child with literacy, please note that lower case letters are what we first learn, not capitals. This is what is taught at school level as well. You will find the use of lower case in most children’s books. We teach the sounds of the letter first rather than the name of the letter. Recognition of the letter will be through sound. Each sound will be joined together to form a word. The letter ‘b’ is taught as ‘buh’, not ‘bee’. The sounds of ‘buh’, ‘ah’, and ‘tuh’, will eventually sound out and flow into ‘bat’. From there, early reading will emerge organically and with self-confidence.

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 made their way back (hint, hint). In order to continue documentation, reports must be returned. 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.

We have finished registration of returning students for September 2022. We are happy to see so many returning children, and so many returning families. As a small independent school we are not eligible for grants or funding. In order to budget for the coming school year, we must get our ducks in a row in the first few months of the school year. We truly appreciate everyone getting their registration packages back to us in a timely manner. Thank you. Over the past two years we have not had the opportunity to spend much time with parents and other family members. Hopefully things will be getting better soon. We are optimistic by nature around here.

It is not required to bring in cards during Valentine’s week, but some children may wish to do this. Maybe some parents too. We will have emailed a class list and also placed a paper list inside each child’s folder if you wish to participate. Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, so we are planning classroom activities on the 10th and 11th (Thursday and Friday). The lists indicate the names of children who attend on Thursday and Friday. Please bring only one Valentine per child (not two).

Tax receipts for 2021 were sent home in your child’s home folder. Please be on the look-out for it. If you cannot locate it, please let us know, and we send another home.

Dates to note:  School will be closed on Friday, February 18th (school district Pro-D day), and on Monday, February 21st for the BC Family Day holiday.  School will also be closed for Spring Break, which runs from Monday, March 14th through to Friday, March 25th. Mark your calendars.  Reminders will be sent home via email and also in folders. Please remember to pass these dates on to caregivers and family members who pick up at school.

The January start children and families have joined our group of wonderful families.  Welcome, welcome, welcome!