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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Spreading some Christmas Cheer!

video
Today we wrote Christmas cards for the seniors in Springside with our Grade 7 Reading Buddies.  The pairs also made pictures to go with their cards and Mrs. Robertson delivered the cards for us!

Congratulations Mara!

Mara entered the Scholastic Swamp Water contest in October and was one of the 10 Grandprize winners from across Canada!
http://www.scholastic.ca/clubs/seesaw/
(scoll down to see all the winners)
Mara won a signed copy of Swamp Water and Munsch Mania!  She also won a copy of Munsch Mania! for the class!

Friday, November 29, 2013

About the blog

Since I have started using Remind 101 to send home daily reminders via text message, I have not been posting them on the blog.  In the future, I will be posting pictures/video and activities that we do in class on the blog.  The most up to date calendar is always on the blog and I will only be sending paper calendars home to those families that request them.  There are also school calendars on the school website http://spring.gssd.ca

If you ever have any suggestions for links to add to the blog, send them to me and I will add them!
If you would like information on receiving Remind 101 messages, please send me an email @ janel.schultz@gssd.ca


A look at our schedule

Some things change from day to day, but for the most part this is our daily schedule.  We have not started show and tell or using the computers in the lab yet.  You can also see when I have supervision or my prep time if you need to contact me throughout the day.
PERIODDAY 1
8:10 - 8:25
8:25 - 8:30HOMEROOM
8:30 -9:20                (50 min)Morning Routine/Arts ed
9:20 - 10:10             (50 min)Discovery Play Time/Snack
10:10 - 10:25Supervise In
10:25 - 11:10             (45 min)Library story and book exchnge
11:10-11:55            (45 min)Prep (PE)
11:55 - 12:15
12:15-12:35Supervise Out
12:35 -1:20              (45 min)ELA/Math
1:20 - 2:00                (40 min)ELA/Math
2:00-2:15Supervise Out
2:15 - 3:00               (45 min)Agendas/ Show and Tell/FM dev.
3:00 - 3:02BUS DISMISSAL
 3:02TOWN DISMISSAL

DAY 3
HOMEROOM
Morning Routine/Science
Discovery Play Time/Snack
Computers/Reading Buddies
Prep (PE)
Intramurals
ELA/Math
ELA/Math
Agendas/Show and Tell/FM dev.
BUS DISMISSAL
TOWN DISMISSAL
DAY 5
HOMEROOM
Morting Routine/Science
Discovery Play Time/Snack
Supervise Out
ELA Inquiry/Social
PE (PSP MTGs)
Intramurals
ELA/Math
ELA/Math/Agendas
Dinosaur School
BUS DISMISSAL
TOWN DISMISSAL

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How Things Move

We will be looking to the different ways things can move.  To begin, we will look at how things can move through the air with some paper helicopters and paper airplanes.  We will investigate if there is a difference between big or small paper helicopters and which paper airplane can fly the farthest.
The patterns we will use to make these can be found here:
Paper Airplanes
Paper Helicopter

Feel free to try these at home and send your models to school.  At home you could even do an investigation and share your findings with us at school.  Does the paper used make a difference?  What if the weight at the bottom of the helicopters is different?  Can any of the airplanes carry a passenger?  Does inside (warm air) or outside (cold air) make a difference in how the paper airplanes move?  Be creative!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween

Happy Halloween! Have a safe night. Kindergarten Tuesday and Thursday next week. Remembrance Day program Thursday @ 11.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Early Childhood Education Council

As you know I was away last Friday at the ECEC conference in Saskatoon.  It was a fantastic conference and I came away with several new ideas to try in my class.  One highlight for me was attending 2 sessions by author/illustrator Barbara Reid.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Picture Retakes

Just a reminder that picture retakes are on Oct. 24.
We will also be retaking our class picture so that everyone (including Ms Schultz) can be in it.

October 9

Today we talked about Fire Safety for Fire Safety Week.  We also toured the school looking for fire extinguishers, fire hoses, exit signs, and fire alarms.  The children have been encouraged to find the smoke detectors in their homes and talk about fire safety with their family.  We discussed Stop Drop and Roll and a hand out came home today for you to practice with at home.  I am in the process of planning a trip to our local fire station this month as well.
Our class enjoyed our second session with our reading buddies.  Everyone enjoyed listening to stories from the library and the classroom.
We have now learned letter sounds for c, d, a, and g.  The letter g story also came home today.  In math the children have been working on showing what they know about numbers so that we know where everyone is and where we need to go with our learning.  By the end of Kindergarten children can:
Say the whole number sequence by 1s starting anywhere from 0 to 10 and from 10 to 0.
Recognize, at a glance, and name familiar arrangements of 1 to 5 objects, dots, or pictures.
Relate a numeral, 0 to 10, to its respective quantity.
Represent the partitioning of whole numbers (1 to 10) concretely and pictorially.
Compare quantities, 0 to 10, using one-to-one correspondence.

We also have new play dough that smells like pumpkin pie!

Friday is our Family Picnic!  I look forward to seeing those of you that can make it in!

Please remember that Kindergarten children come to school on Oct. 31 and do not come on Nov. 1.
Our Halloween activities include dressing up and a parade followed by a school sock hop in the gym.  even the teachers get into the fun and dress up!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Newsletter

October 1, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians,
September has zoomed right by and October will be just as busy!

We will be wrapping up our work with apples and moving onto leaves and pumpkins.  If anyone has pumpkins they would like to donate to the class, they would be well used!

Today we made apple crisp and took it to the Seniors Center to share.  We also had our first period of Reading Buddies with the Grade 7/8 class.  Our buddies came to the class and read stories to a partner.  Everyone had a great time.  I will post some pictures on the blog soon!

Please note a date change on the October calendar.  There will be Kindergarten on October 31 so the class can participate in the Halloween parade and activities, and there will be NO Kindergarten November 1.

We have been working on patterns in Math and will be moving on to some work with Numbers up to 5.
We have also been exploring ladybugs in our sensory table.

Some essential and helpful skills that you can work on at home to build independence in your child include: doing and undoing zippers, buttons, snaps, and shoe laces, opening containers, using a microwave.  These are all things we do throughout the day in school.

Education Week is the third week of October.  There are many special events happening in the school during that time.  I hope to see you all at the Open House!

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, send me a note in the agenda, email: janel.schultz@gssd.ca, or call the school: 306-792-2080.

Ms Schultz

*If you do not want a paper copy of these newsletters and calendars and prefer to use the blog, please let me know and I will go paperless for you.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Applesauce!

Today was applesauce making day!
After reading the take home story Applesauce last week, the class was excited to make applesauce today.
We followed six steps to making applesauce:
1. Wash the apples
2. Cut the apples (everyone that wanted to had a chance to use a pairing knife to quarter apples)
3. Cook the apples
4. Mash the apples (we use a sieve)
5. Add cinnamon (everyone that ate the applesauce tried some cinnamon)
6. Eat the applesauce (everyone that are applesauce really enjoyed it)

Next week we will be visiting the seniors at the center in town and are going to make apple crisp to share with them for Seniors Week.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Raz Reading

This link needs a password and is not set up yet.  I will let you know when this is up and running.  Until then, I recommend using Tumblebooks which has free access through the public library system.

If you find a link that no longer works, or would like to suggest something to add, please let me know so I can add or fix.

Email

I love that parents are sending me emails with questions etc., however there is something wrong with the school email accounts right now and our emails are blacklisted as spam on a lot of servers and we cannot send mail from our accounts.  I still get your emails, but they are getting bounced back.  The tech staff is working on this, but it is taking some time. I will try to respond as quickly as I can.
I do get my email forwarded to my phone, however most days at school I won't be able to check my email until the end of the day, so if it is urgent, please phone the school and leave a message at the office and I will get back to you during recesses or my prep time.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples!

We have been using lots of apples in our class.  Last day we were sorting apples.  Today we read a book about applesauce (and everyone gets to take one home) and we will be making patterns with apples.
Next week, we will make applesauce together.  Everyone tasted some cinnamon today and decided that we will need to put some in our applesauce.
We have learned the letter C (a cookie with a bite out of it) and are now learning letter D (dog with a tail).  The letters we learn will all follow a progression of how they are printed.  Once you can make a C, then you can use that to build up to making d, a, o, and q.  With each letter we learn songs and chants to help us remember to song.  We also watch a video you can see on YouTube on the havefunteaching channel.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Day of School

Well, our first day is done and I am sure we could all use a nap.  We had a very busy day making new friends, touring the school, putting away our school supplies and doing an art project.  I have taken first day of school pictures that will be put into the children's binders that will become their portfolios (a collection of photos with student reflections and work samples).

A lot of paper came home today, so be sure to read through it carefully.  Book orders were in the stack of papers.  They will come home monthly if you are interested in ordering any books.  Last year my class really enjoyed the Piggy and Elephant (Read Every Day flyer) and Pigeon (Elf flyer) books by Mo Willems.  Another book that has a great message is How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer (See Saw flyer).  I read another book by those authors during the year that is about filling buckets by saying and doing good things to other people, it is a great character education series of books.  One of my favourite authors is Robert Munsch, his books are so much fun to read and there is usually some of them in each flyer.  We Share Everything is one book he has written about starting Kindergarten.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Snacks and Lunches

With school quickly approaching, that means packing lunches and healthy snacks.  I have found some wonderful ideas on Pinterest in case you ever get stuck for ideas.  Here is a link to my board Healthy Snacks and Lunches
Feel free to leave your own suggestions and favourites in the comments to share with other parents.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Awards and Kinder Grad

Awards and Kinder Grad are at 7pm tonight!  Come early to get a good seat.
Kinder Grad is at the beginning of the evening.  There will be a video and presentations for the students.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Last Day!

On Thursday, the last day of Kindergarten,
1) The class will get to meet their new teacher and classmates for one period.
2) We will all go for an ice cream (Ms Schultz is treating the class!)
3) We will have our last assembly and will be taking a picture of the whole school.
4) It is early dismissal at 11:30
5) Your child will take home their remaining supplies, work, extra clothes.  If we miss anything, it will be ready in the classroom on June 18th.

Our Kindergarten Grad is Tuesday, June 18 (sorry for the confusion with the different date in a previous letter and post).  It will be held in the gym at 7pm.  Please use the doors by the gym that night.  Come before 7 to ensure you get a good seat since we will also be giving out awards for the whole school that night.

Goldie and Silver have their adoptions arranged.  Silver will be going to live with Morgan and Goldie will be going to live with Tristan.  Please send a container on Thursday so the fish will be ready to go home on Tuesday after Kindergarten grad.  I am sure they will be very happy in their new homes!

Remember to come get your report cards on June 28th in the morning.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Important Dates


Important Dates
May 14 – National Denim Day (wear denim in support of Cancer research)
-     Return bike rodeo form and bike inspection sheet (it is important that I get this information back so that we can make arrangements for students with no bikes)
May 16 – Bike Rodeo (we will start at 12:30 with a 20 min. safety presentation then we will go out to the obstacle course and go for a bike ride around town)
-     Book orders due (last book orders of the year)
May 22 – Dental Health presentation
May 28 – Responsibility presentation (Caught You Caring program)
May 30 – Assembly
June 7 – Field Trip (a note will be coming home soon, we are going to Good Spirit Camp)
June 11 – Pizza Party lunch with lunch helpers (provided by the school and made by the Kindergarten class as a thank you for the helpers)
June 13 – Last Day of Kindergarten, Early Dismissal
-     Meet the teacher and class (Kindergarten will spend some time with Ms Holtkamp and the Gr.1 class during 1 period in the morning)
June 18 – Awards Night and Kindergarten Grad, 7 pm in the gym

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Kindergarten Orientation

I would like to welcome all the parents and children to today's Kindergarten Orientation.
We will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the computer lab together.  Then the children will come with me to the classroom to get a taste of what Kindergarten is like while the parents remain in the computer lab to hear some special presentations.  There will be a time for questions at the end, so please write them down as the day goes.
-Ms Schultz

Monday, May 6, 2013

Only 13 more days!

There are only 13 more days of Kindergarten!  They will be jam packed and super busy.
Home reading needs to come back to school every day because the students read their stories to partners and myself during our ELA time.
Bike Rodeo notes need to come back this week so that we can be prepared for the Bike Rodeo on May 16th.

Whoever completes the bicycle inspection form and sends it back to school by the Bike Rodeo will be entered into a draw to win a watermelon bike helmet.  Bikes that come to the bike rodeo must be safe to participate (ie. if you check "repair brakes," brakes must be repaired before the Bike Rodeo.)

May 22nd is our dental health presentation.  Today we started brushing our teeth after snack.  On Friday, the class will take home their toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day


Earth Day – Monday, April 22, 2013

Garbage Free Lunch


To recognize Earth Day and demonstrate one way we can care for our Earth, Springside School will be participating in a garbage free lunch.
Please try to pack lunch items in reusable containers and lunch bags to participate in this activity.  Recyclable items such as juice boxes do not count as garbage.

For more information on Earth Day and activities you can do at home, please visit www.earthday.ca

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dental Health Month

April is Dental Health month.  We will discuss how to care for our teeth and brush our teeth at school with our own toothbrush and toothpaste (provided).  Unfortunately the Dental Health Educator is booked for the month of April, but she will be visiting us on May 22 to share information on caring for our teeth.

Book Orders

Elf and SeeSaw book orders went home on April 10.  If you choose to order, they are due back on Tuesday, April 16.  Remember to use up those free book coupons your child has been getting for Christmas, Easter, and when they are Star of the Month!  I love reading and books and this is my way of sharing my love of books with my students.

Springside School on the News

CTV was out at the school during our Pink Shirt Day activities on April 10 and aired the footage on April 11.
http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=903571

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Activities


Today we read the story “An Egg is Quiet” and it told us about the different types of eggs (size, shape, colour, texture, fossilized) and we made textured eggs of different shapes and sizes.  Next week we will be making different coloured eggs.  To do this I will need everyone to send at least 2 hard-boiled eggs to school on Monday, March 25.
On Wednesday, March 27, Kevin MacKenzie will be in our school.  He is a professional storyteller from Regina.  He will be going to each classroom and doing workshops with each class around storytelling.
Please return report cards before or at Parent Teacher Interviews.
See you all next week,
Ms Schultz

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Report Cards

Parents, if you still have your child's report card, please return it to school on Tuesday so that I can fill it out for Term 2.
Thank you!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dinosaurs: What we think we know and what we want to know

Today we began discussing what we know about dinosaurs.  I even learned about some different dinosaur cartoons that the children watch.
Here are the ideas and questions the class came up with during our discussion: (I typed while they talked and they were very impressed with how many words they came up with because they were watching on the SMART board as I typed their words.)

T Rex – walks on 2 legs, meat eater, sharp teeth
Pterodactyl – fly, we want to know if they eat fish
Triceratops – 3 horns, plant eater, does it have spikes on it’s back?  What is that curved thing around it’s head called?
What is the dinosaur called with plates on it’s back?
What is the dinosaur called that has spikes on it’s back?
Stegosaurus – what does it look like?
What are the other dinosaurs?
Brachiosaurus – it has a long long neck, plant eater
Is a Myosaurous real?
The dinosaurs died.  How did they die? Did they get zapped by aliens or did a meteor hit the dinosaurs? Or was it a flood? Was it a volcano that erupted?  What is a meteor?
How do we know dinosaurs were real?  What is in the dinosaur museum?  Skeletons of dinosaurs?  What are those skeletons called?  Fossils.  What are fossils?  What do fossils look like?  What are fosslis made from? Bones.  Are they only bones?  How do they turn into fossils?
People dig all over the world to find them and take them to museums.  What are these people called?  Scientist (parenteologists)
They lived a long, long time ago.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mystery Box

We did our first Mystery Box activity today.  The class loved it and the were thinking about what was in the box all day.  This morning, we read the clues and held the box.  Some even gave the box a gentle shake.  After circle time, everyone drew a picture of what they thought was in the box and whispered to me what they drew.  At the end of the day we looked inside the box we filled out the paper that tells what is in the box and marked if our guesses were right, if we were surprised or if we were disappointed.  Here are some pictures from our first Mystery Box.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jump Rope for Heart - Tomorrow!

For tomorrow, everyone needs to dress in their team colour.  Their team colour is the same team as intramurals.  We will be going outside, so everyone also needs to bring ski pants, boots, mitts, etc.  Our Jump Rope activities will being at 10:45 with an activity outside.

If you have not returned you fundraiser forms, please do so tomorrow.  Please return them even if there is nothing in them.  

It is Subway Hot lunch tomorrow.  Please remember to send a snack still.

We will be exchanging our Valentine's cards and decorating a bag for the cards in the morning.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bits and Pieces

I am on the look out for a box with a handle, something similar to what the band chocolates have come in.  If you come across something like this, I would really appreciate it if you could send it to school.  We will be starting a Mystery Box activity in place of Show and Tell after the February break.  More information about this activity will come home before the break.
Book orders are now due Wednesday, February 6.  

Please remember that next week Kindergarten is on Tuesday and Friday so the class can participate in Jump Rope for Heart.

Hot Lunch forms are due Wednesday.  Get your forms in for the Subway hot lunch!

Here is the new song we are singing for the alphabet: Snowball Fight

Chit Chat Homework


Each week we will be completing the Chit Chat page during circle time on the SMART board.  That same day the Chit Chat page will be coming home for you to review with your child at home.  They will need to print the letter in each of the small lines and fill the circle (with your help) with either words or pictures (drawn or from a magazine) of items that being with that letter.  Please return the completed Chit Chat page to school the by the end of the week.  We will be keeping track of who completes their homework in a chart during circle time.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

New website

I was looking through Pintrest and found this website with learning games.
http://www.cookie.com/
Let me know what you think...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pow Wow

The pow wow is tomorrow afternoon instead of the morning.  Families are welcome to attend.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Family Literacy Day - 15 Minutes of Fun!

Here are some ideas to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Sunday with your family:
http://abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/15-minutes-of-fun

A note went home yesterday with activities you can do too.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ski Trip Cancelled

The ski/tubing trip is now scheduled for Monday, January 28.  A not went home today with information regarding the changes.  If you did not get a note, please contact the school tomorrow.  Please do not send your Kindergarten child to school tomorrow.  There is not Kindergarten as it is not a regularly scheduled Kindergarten Day.  The ski/tubing trip on Monday is on a regular Kindergarten day.

Here's hoping Monday is beautiful so we can all have a great day in Assissipi.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Reminders

 - Please get Ski/Tubing trip forms in tomorrow.  Hot lunch forms are also due.

- Show and Tell letters will be coming home.  This week we learned K and next week we will learn U.
 - Show and Tell for letter U on Tuesday, Jan. 22 will be for: Lucus, Summer, Morgan, Stephan, and Tristan
 - Show and Tell for letter R on Monday Jan. 28: Taylor, Tali, Marcus, Shawn
 - Show and Tell for letter N on Monday Feb. 4: Taylor, Tali, Marcus, Shawn
 - Show and Tell for letter M on Tuesday, Feb. 12: Lucus, Summer, Morgan, Stephan, and Tristan

Date Change:
There will be no Kindergarten on Thursday, Feb. 14 (early dismissal day).  There will be Kindergarten on Friday, Feb. 15 so the Kindergarten class can participate in Jump Rope for Heart in the afternoon.  We will also deliver Valentine's cards on the 15th.

Friday, January 4, 2013

January

This month will be packed with many exciting events!  We will have several different Elders coming into the school to teach the children about First Nations: history, drumming, beading, storytelling and games and the Pow Wow.  Please see the calendar for when these events are occurring.
Jan. 25 is the Ski/Tubing trip for the school.  This will be an extra day for Kindergarten.  I hope the weather cooperates because this is a very fun day for everyone!