Monday, 16 October 2017

Week of October 16 - Letter and Word of the Week

Each week, we will be looking at a letter and a word of the week.  The intent is that the letter of the week is for the jk students and the word of the week is for the sk students.  The word of the week is a high frequency word that we call a "popcorn" word.  These popcorn words are words that are found in simple books which are easy to sound out for the children.  We will get a new letter and word every Monday.  Our activities on Monday will involve this letter/word at some of our tabletops.  I would encourage you to check the blog at the beginning of the week so that you can ask your child to point the word out during nightly reading (sk's), practise printing the letter/word with their magic finger, think of words that have the letter sound in them, etc.  Make it fun! 

Our letter of the week is the letter "a".  We learned that this letter makes 2 sounds ("ahh' and it says it's own name "a").  We had lots of fun with the letter a.  All the children with an "a" in their name stood up.  We noticed that most of the kids in the class have an "a" in their name so it must be an important letter!  We also came up with a list of words that have an "a" in them.  

Our word of the week is "a".  We read a poem about pumpkins and the children had fun "buttering" the popcorn word!  We will do this every Monday.  We will read a poem together and keep an eye out for the word of the week.  The children will take turns "buttering" the word of the week.  This means they will colour the word in yellow. See the pictures below from today.

The sk students then went on to write a sentence or a thought using the word "a".  Mrs. T and I were so proud of their work.  See pictures of their work below.

The students also took great interest in our pumpkin exploration.  They enjoyed writing and drawing about the different pumpkins that we had on the table.  Some of the things they wrote about was the pumpkin's size, colour and the difference between the variety of pumpkins.

We also used pumpkins for Math today.  We turned pumpkins into geoboards and explored shapes using the elastics on the pegs.  This was a big hit in the classroom this afternoon!

Last week, we had a lovely day learning outside.  It was a brisk morning and the kids were happy to be outside! They came in refreshed and hungry!  It was so nice to be able to take advantage of the outdoor classroom and learn in a different environment.  We will definitely be using the outdoor classroom again soon!

On Friday, we came together as a kinder group and celebrated a lovely Thanksgiving mass.  The children were engaged and did a great job sitting and participating.

Here are some picture from today and the later part of last week:


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Week of October 10th

Today was a busy day in Room 138.  The jk students practised printing their name and recognizing the letters that make up their name.  The sk students were busy writing about why sharing is important and what they like to share.

The students also took on the role of engineers and loved it.  They built creations out of loose parts and we're asked to draw their creation as well as count how many screws, bolts, washers etc they used.  They did such a great job!

In the afternoon, we had a chat about who Jesus was.  Some of their answers were priceless! Check out their responses in the picture below!

Tomorrow we will be extending our learning outside for Outdoor Classroom Day.  We are very fortunate to have an outdoor classroom on our yard so we will be taking advantage of the nice weather and our cool new classroom! Perhaps we will explore letters and numbers using chalk paint, leaf rubbing in Griffin's Grove and listen to a read aloud on the rocks! It will be a morning full of fun and learning in the sun!

We will also be having our kindergarten Thanksgiving liturgy tomorrow morning.  We have so much to be thankful for and it's always nice to come together and pray.

Thank you again for all the Playdoh Club volunteers.  It starts on Monday, October 16th. Yahoo!!!

Here are some pictures from today:

Monday, 9 October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for.  Enjoy your day with family and friends.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Playdoh Club Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Playdoh Club.  I have sent a paper copy with your child today in their mailbag.  Thank you for helping!

Playdoh Club Schedule

October 16
Anna Goodings
January 8
Jodie D.
October 23
Bonita Gagne
January 15
Mrs. Deslauriers
October 30
Jodie D.
January 22
Kim M.
November 6
Jessie Yanchus
January 29
Bonita G.
November 13
Kim Moher
February 5
Michele W.
November 20
Andrea Setya
February 12
Andrea S.
November 27
Sathy Paskaran
February 20
Jennifer D.
December 4
Jennifer D.
February 26
Sathy P.
December 11
Michele W.
March 5
Anna G.
December 18
Anna G.
March 19
Bonita G.

March 26
Jodie D.

April 3
Jessie Y.

April 9
Kim M.

April 16
Mrs. Deslauriers

April 23
Michele W.

April 30
Andrea S.

May 7
Jennifer D.

May 14
Sathy P.

May 22
Mrs. Deslauriers

May 28
Mrs. T

June 4
Mrs. Rocco

June 11
Jessie Y.

June 18
Mrs. T

June 25
Mrs. Rocco

Monday, 2 October 2017

Week of October 2nd

Welcome October! September was a month to learn the rules and routines of kindergarten as well and meet new friends and bond as a classroom community.  We are very excited to explore and observe Fall this month.  We are still waiting for the leaves to change colour and fall off the branches but we are in no rush!!!!!

Today we read a book about being thankful for our family and for all the things we have in our life.   The children had such wonderful answers of what they were thankful for (mommy, daddy, siblings, clothes, their lunches and healthy food, books, toys etc).  They traced their hands and wrote one thing they were thankful for. Their hands will become the leaves for our "Giving Thanks" tree.  More pictures to come.

We also read a book called "The Best Part of Me" which is a story about children writing about their favourite part of themselves.  I asked each child what the best part of them is and they came up with the most adorable answers. I can't wait to document their work and put it on display for everyone to see. I will post pictures once it's all done.

In Math, we are focusing on number recognition and counting forward by ones.  If you could continue to count at home it would be very beneficial.

Our jk friends worked in their name books today.   The children are at all different stages so Mrs T and I are ensuring that everyone is holding their pencil properly and writing their name in highlighter for them to trace if needed.   This is the first step for their name books.  Other children are using their name block as a model while others can write it independently.  It is also important for them to recognize the letters in their name.  We will be starting up the word and letter of the week in 2 weeks so this will help the students with letter recognition.

October book orders were sent home today.  They are due back on October 10th.  I am now listed on the parent pay program so if you would like to order books but pay online instead of send a cheque, it is now an option for you.

Here are some pictures of the day:

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Terry Fox Walk Info

St. Gabriel Catholic School
400 Keyrock Drive, Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2T 0G6
Tel: (613) 271-6181

September, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our school will be holding our annual Terry Fox Walk fundraiser to commemorate
Terry Fox’s inspirational Marathon of Hope on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.
Millions of students are expected to participate across Canada. Since Terry’s Marathon
of Hope began in 1980, annual Terry Fox Runs have contributed millions for cancer
research. Your generous contribution of donated funds total more than $13,000. Please
help us make this year another successful Terry Fox Walk!
Student in Grades 1 - 6 will be walking a loop to the Beaver Pond and then returning to
the school. Parent volunteers are needed to assist each class, please consider
volunteering your time.

The Terry Fox Walk for the kindergarten classes will be held in our school yard.
In order to show our support for cancer research, we are requesting that each student
make a donation of $1.00 or $2.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation. You can make this
donation is a number of ways:

1) You can donate through “School Cash Online”:
2) You can have your child give his/her classroom (homeroom) teacher $1 or $2.
3) Families also have the option to make donations online at . You
can donate to our school fundraiser at:

In an event of rain, the Terry Fox Walk will be on Wednesday, October 4th.
Thank you in advance for your support.
The Staff of St Gabriel

Monday, 25 September 2017

Week of September 25th

It was so nice to see and talk with you last week at Pizza Night.  The kids were so happy to show you their work and their classroom.

Today we had a great time learning all about sunflowers with our sunflower exploration.  The students painted and sculpted beautiful sunflowers on paper and using plasticine.  We have budding artists in Room 138! Some of our sk students added words to their pictures by sounded out their desired words.

We were hoping to get outside to observe the trees and collect multi-colored leaves in Griffin's Grove but the hot weather kept us indoors all day.  We will hopefully get outside on Wednesday to collect leaves.

The students enjoyed using mini letters to spell their names as well as simply looking at how the letters are formed.  We will start our letter and word of the week in the very near future but please continue to explore letters and sounds at home during your nightly reading.

Important Dates:

Thursday, September 28th-

The kinders will be walking around the schoolyard at 9:15 am in honour of Terry Fox.  Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. If you are sending in a donation, please put it in a ziplock with your child's name of it.

Friday, September 29th-

Picture Day!!! We will hopefully be getting our pictures taken in the morning to ensure that the kids stay clean!

Here are some pictures from today: