It was a pleasure to meet with some of you last week to discuss the Hilson Kinder Program and your child's progress. All Kinder students will be receiving a Communication of Learning document on Feb.15th. There will be no designated interview days at that time. As always, parents who have concerns or would like to meet with any of their child's educators are to write a note in their child's communication book and we can make arrangements to meet with you after school or to discuss things by phone.
Thanks so much to all the parents that generously signed up to make playdough for our Kinder classes. Playdough is a popular tool in Kinderland as it meets sensory needs as well as builds fine motor skills. There are still many spots available for playdough duty therefore if you would like to help please send a note in your child's communication book. We will then send you a recipe and assign you a date to drop off your playdough.
It was great to hear that many of you are reading this blog on a regular basis. Many of you have asked that we post more photos. Please note that Weebly, the host company that owns the domain for this blog, is public therefore everything we post is visible to the whole wide web. Everytime we post to the blog, we have agreed to allow Weebly to own its content, pictures included. For this reason, we only post pictures of learning activities, busy hands and tops of heads.
Visit the Classroom Learning page of this blog to see all the photos we have posted thus far. http://hapskinderland.weebly.com/classroom-learning.html
We post to this page throughout the month and send out a reminder that it has been updated at the end of each month.
These pictures can be used to strike up some great "Tell me about" conversations with your children. If you click on the pics, they become larger and if you hover over them you can see a caption that tells you a bit about what the learning behind the activity was.
Hilson's Annual Food Drive for the Parkdale Food Centre
Both Kinder classes are collecting food for the Parkdale Food Centre until Nov. 30th. This week is our big push to fill up our class boxes. Feel free to send in non-perishable food items and toiletries with your child. Alternatively, you can drop them off at your convenience in the grand hall in the many boxes that are there. Thank-you to all the families who have already donated.
Let's Talk Science Workshop - Dynamic Dinos
Madame Raquel has partnered with Let's Talk Science this year. They are a non-for-profit initiative to bring more hands-on Science into schools and learning centres. Workshops are free and led by University of Ottawa student volunteers who are studying in a field of science. Both Kinder classes will be having their first workshop on Monday, Nov.28th. The workshop will be about 60 minutes and be all about dinosaurs.
Upcoming Events, Important Dates & Reminders
Every Tues. 2nd Nutrition break - Pizza Day
Every last Tues. of the Month - Sub Day
Every Fri. 2nd Nutrition Break - Lunch Lady - please be aware that Lunch Lady no longer provides cutlery, please pack your own
Fri.Nov.25th - Family Movie Night more info to come
Mon.Nov.28th - Let's Talk Science workshop - Dynamic Dinos
Thurs.Dec.1st - Bus Evacuation Safety Drill
Tues. Dec.13th - Parent-Council meeting, 7pm library
**Please note there will be a Holiday Showcase this year, date TBD
Dec.24th-Jan.9th - Holiday Break