Mr Eby and Mrs Boyd's Class

Mr Eby And Mrs Boyd's JK/SK Class

Happy Valentines Day

February is one of the shortest months and yet it is one of the busiest. We will be wrapping up our shapes and moving onto measurement. We will be celebrating Valentine's, Ground Hog Day, 100th Day, and Family Day. Report cards are coming out this month. Although there are no formal interviews we would be happy to meet if you have any questions or concerns.

If you would like to help out and the office has a background check on file please let us know. Students are asked to wear red, white and pink. Please check with us before sending any edible treats. We will send class lists closer to the party for making Valentines.Valentine's addressed to "my friend" are always easier to hand out.

We have supplied all of our SK students with reading folders at this point. The early years are an important stage in a child's learning. Children who see themselves as strong readers do better in all areas of the curriculum. Students who have strong early years carry that confidence forward. Read the book that comes home every night. Read each book in the reading folder 2-3 times (until it is easy). Read lots of other books for fun and discuss them together. Please return folders on Monday so that we can replace the book.

As the weather gets wetter, please remember it is a great idea to have 2 pairs of mittens for students to change when they get wet. We will do our best, but their seems to be a magnetic attraction between puddles and some students, no matter how cold it is.

We are now almost at the half way mark. We could really use some paper towels, plastic shopping bags, or paper napkins if there are any laying around that you are not using. 
Mrs Boyd and Mr Eby

Sight Words
Here are a few activities you can do to help your child learn their sight words.

-use magnetic letters to spell on a cookie sheet.
-scavenger hunt for words in books, magazines and newspapers.
-print words with sidewalk chalk
-make words with sticker letters or coloured tape
-use dry erase markers and white boards to write them.
-trace them in glitter glue, play dough or wikki sticks.
-put craft sand or shaving cream on a plate and write them with your finger.
-jump, hop or clap each letter.
-write the words on sticky notes and hide them around the house. Play hide and go seek.

Have Questions About Parenting?
Positive Parenting Program!
The website is a great resource for any questions or concerns that you may have. All families have challenges. Raising children is not an easy thing to do. Check out the website for some tips, questions and great resources for helping a parent or addressing topics that are difficult with your kids (i.e. death, divorce, drugs, bullying).

Important Dates

Mon and Thurs Pizza Day
Wed Hot Dog day
Reading folder sent back to school every Tuesday
Library day Mondays
Milk Available everyday $1
(as supplies are available)

February 2 Groundhog day
February 2 Groundhog day
February 2 Ground hog day (hehehe)
February 3 PA Day (No school for students)
February 14 Valentines Day Party (Wear Pink, Red or White)
February 15 Mass
February 16 Scholastic Due
February 20 Family Day (No School)
February 22 Reports go Home

Centre Spotlight

Art Centre
Our class has created an open ended organic art centre. I am asking for any donations of items that the students could use to make art pieces. Ideal items are toilet paper rolls, masking tape, coloured paper, glitter, feathers, glue sticks, old wall paper, material, yarn, or anything else collecting dust that you do not need. Thanks

The Kinder Garden
We have built 3 gardens for our kindergarten classes. Students will take Science learning outside. We will learn about plants by planting seeds, growing plants, and harvesting veggies and flowers. Thank you to our community friends, Wasaga Beach Home Hardware, Joe Donato Construction, St. Noel Parent Council, and Owen Sign Craft for all their help.

Kinder Garden

Moose Monday
Every Monday Mr. Moose visits our class. Moose is new to our school and is very shy. When students write a letter to Moose and put it in his mail box, he writes back. Students then bring the letter home to share with their families. Students experiment with writing and practise writing their names (How else could Moose return their letters?)

As the year goes by the letters become more personal as he answers their questions and shares new stories. Have you seen a Moose letter? Ask your child today!

Mr. Moose

Science Centre
Students love the Science Centre because its interactive and provides open ended opportunities to discover and explore. The science centre changes through the school year to reflect student interests, seasons, and class themes. Rotating the items in the centre keeps the children engaged and keeps the Science Centre new and fresh. There are always new items to explore using our senses. 

Items are labelled with words and pictures and sorted into bins that explain how the children are to use them. There is another bin that provides Science themed books that they can take and read. Whether it's smelling smell bottles, observing discovery bottles, playing with magnets, or feeling different textures kids love to visit the Science Centre.
Has your child been to the Science Centre lately? 

Science Centre

Drama/Imagination Centre
Throughout the year the Drama Centre changes. It becomes a Church, Santa's Workshop, Tim Hortons, A house, A Post Office and many other locations. Students enter to engage in dramatic play. Dramatic play is more than just fun. It is also educational.

Dramatic play remains an integral part of a child's education by allowing children to develop their skills in many different areas such as abstract thinking, literacy, math, co-operative play and spoken language.

What did you child pretend to be today?

Imagination Centre

Students have so much fun looking for words all over the classroom. We have a set of theme words and picture cards that we have hidden (often in plain sight). Students take a worksheet, pencil and clipboard and have to find each word. After they find each word they write it on the worksheet. When they have completed the worksheet they return to show the teacher.

Which words did they find today?

Write Room