This week marks our first full week of Kindergarten! Madame Raquel and Mrs. Hallard will begin their rotations this week. For families who are new to Kinder, please note the following:
The Kinder 'A'corns are with: Madame Raquel every Monday & Wednesday
Mrs. Hallard every Tuesday & Thursday
The Kinder 'B'ee Hive is with: Mrs. Hallard every Monday & Wednesday
Madame Raquel every Tuesday & Thursday
Fridays rotate every week.
This week Madame Raquel will be with Kinder A and Mrs. Hallard with Kinder B.
Next week, Madame Raquel will be with Kinder B and Mrs.Hallard with Kinder A.
Don't worry! Mrs. Espinoza is always with Kinder A. Ms. Saraj is always with Kinder B.
Please note that the first month of Kindergarten can be exhausting for JKs & SKs. You may not be receiving the best of them when you see them at the end of the day. We encourage a lot of rest and establishing predictable evening and morning routines for your little one. Let us know at drop off or via Remind how things are going in this regard and we can encourage them to rest or have some quiet time throughout the day.
Help us fill our Family Trees!
Both classes are collecting a family photo from each of their students in an effort to fill up the branches on their Family trees. The pictures are a great way for the students to gain a sense of belonging and contributing to their new classroom environments, can be used to help students share about themselves and come in very handy when soothing a child who is missing mom & dad. Please send them in at your earliest convenience.
Media Release & Use of Technology Forms
Both of these forms went home in Note Totes on Friday, Sept.8th. Both are OCDSB forms that will need to be filled out at the beginning of every school year.
The Media Release form is to indicate whether or not you give permission to have your child photographed at school and then published on the school website, School Council facebook page or Hilson twitter account. Please note we do not post pictures of Kinder students on this website. On our Classroom Learning page, we post pictures of tops of heads and busy hands but no faces. Educators do send pictures of class activities via the Remind app from time to time but those pictures are not shared publicly.
The Use of Technology form is a blanket OCDSB form that is given to students K-8. Some of the statements that need to be initialed can seem a bit much in the context of a Kinder student. Parents can initial these on behalf of their child or if they feel their child is ready they can use the statements to initiate a discussion on the safe use of technology. Throughout the year, students may be using technology to to take pictures or videos as a means of documenting their learning, using educational apps or visiting educational websites.
The OCDSB School Year Calendar
A small cardstock version of the OCDSB calendar was sent home in Note Totes on Fri.Sept.8th. It can also be found online here:
Please make note of PD Days to arrange for childcare. The WCC generally has full day programs on those days for students who are enrolled in their aftercare program.
Upcoming Events, Important Dates & Reminders
Tuesday, Sept.19th - Meet the Staff Night, 5pm-6:30pm, followed by School Council Meeting at 6:30pm
Friday, Oct.6th - PD Day
Monday, Oct.9th - Thanksgiving
Tuesday, Oct.31st - Halloween
Sunday, Nov.5th - Daylight Savings Ends, Clocks Fall Back - all the Kinders and their younger siblings lose their minds...oh wait no that's their parents, in solidarity we salute you at this time! (Just kidding and having some fun while writing the blog today! ;0)
Saturday, Nov.11th - Remembrance Day
Friday, Nov.24th - PD Day
Dec.23rd-Jan.7th - Winter Holiday Break