Mr Eby and Mrs Boyd's Class

Mr Eby And Mrs Boyd's JK/SK Class

Our class Christmas tree. Please notice how big our food bank donations are getting. Keep up the great work Families.


We hope everyone had a great break. It was nice spending time with our families and seeing some old friends this Christmas. January is a short and very busy month. Please make sure that you have labelled all new mittens and hats before sending them to school please. Our lost and found pile is getting very big. 
The week of the 15th we will be doing some letter and reading assessments. We may not have time to send home reading folders, but will do our best to try.
Please keep an eye on the weather this month as they are predicting a very erratic January. It is alwyas best to dress in (labelled) layers. 
Lastly we will be having a PA day on February 2nd. As a result our Groundhog day fun will be on February 1st  this year.

Notice: Milk is now available. Please send $1 in if you would like your child to have milk or chocolate milk for lunch. Please put it in a plastic bag in their mailbag as we do not check their lunches in the morning and milk is ordered at 9:30. Please label it with thier name and if you would like them to have white or chocolate.

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.

Urgent Notice!!

PLEASE PUT NAMES ON ALL SCHOOL ITEMS!!! This includes Tupperware and snack, sweatshirts, shoes and jackets. We had 3 tupperware containers and 8 sweaters that are going to the big lost and found this week. The kids cannot identify them. We realize that we are nagging a bit, but clothing is expensive and we feel bad when a sweater is left unclaimed. Often kids forget what they were wearing by the afternoon and many parents shop at the same stores (there is no way to tell the clothing apart). When winter comes it will be chaos if we don’t know what belongs to whom. Thanks for your understanding and your LABELLING.

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

Wed Hot Dog day
Reading folder sent back to school every Monday
Library day Tuesdays
Milk Available everyday $1

January 16 Mass (9:30 in gym)
January 17 Scholastic Due
February 1st Groundhog day celebration
February 2nd PA DAY (No school for students)

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

Writing Centre

At our writing centre children are encouraged to explore writing. There are different markers, pencils, crayons, tools, and a variety of cool paper. We have decorated a window and always have a variety of seasonal words to help provoke their thinking. 


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