Welcome to Fultonvale Kindergarten 2018/2019

January/February Curriculum Connections

Early Social Studies

During the next months, each child will have the opportunity to share a special item that is meaningful to them. (soccer trophy, picture, toy etc.) When your child brings home, The I am Unique bag, please send an item in this bag back to school, the following school day.

Early Fine Arts

In the coming months, we will be comparing different artists and using different art pieces as inspiration for our own works of art. We will also be looking closely at native birds and owls, and representing these birds in a variety of mediums.

Early Language Arts

During the next two months, we will continue to build on our growing literacy skills. We will revisit all of the letters and sounds through our daily morning messages. We will listen for rhyme and practice breaking words down orally in to syllables. We will be learning to read sight words, often called snap or popcorn words. In our lifebooks we will be using our knowledge to write letters, words or sentences. We will be listening to many different types of stories, beginning with Raven stories.

Early Numeracy

The children will continue to build their numeracy skills through games and problem-solving activities. Throughout the year all mathematical concepts are incorporated during the school day.

Physical Health and Well Being

The children will continue to have daily physical education in the gymnasium where they will be introduced to a variety of dances and new games. The children will also be going on nature hikes during the winter months. We will have the opportunity to snow shoe at The Wilderness center at the end of January.

Early Science

The children will be working on a long-term project of their own choosing in The Maker Space. They will come up with their own ideas and work together to develop a plan. The project will enable the children to learn to work cooperatively, planning out their project. They will be able to test theories, and continually adapt and revamp their projects.

Personal and Social Responsibility

The children will continue to work on their ability to be part of a dynamic and respectful classroom community. They will be able to show the ability to listen appropriately and take their turn accordingly. They will be responsible for their belongings and will be able to show respectful and helpful behaviours.

Upcoming Important Dates

 

January

KT January 9 Early Dismissal (we will not be participating in pj day as we had our pj day in December)

KM January 10 Hot lunch

KT January 11 Popcorn sale $1.00

KM January 16 KT and KM attend together: Building bird houses. PIZZA DAY

KM January 24 Hot Lunch

January 25 No school for kindergarten

KM January 30 Pizza Day

 

February

KM February 6 Crazy Hair Day Early Dismissal

February 7,8 Teachers’ Convention

KT February 13 Pizza Day Valentine's Day

KM February 14 Valentine’s Day

February 15  Professional Learning Day School Closed

February 18 Family Day

KM February 21 Hot Lunch/ Hawaii Day: Dress in summer clothes, beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses. (change of clothes to play outside)

KT Feruary 22  Hawaii Day: Dress in summer clothes, beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses. (change of clothes to play outside)

February 25 On line booking open for Parent student teacher interviews 3:00 p.m.

KT February 27 Pink Shirt day Pizza Day

November/December Studies

Early Social Studies

The children have been learning about the concept of being unique. We are learning about how we are the same and different and how we should celebrate our differences. We are reading many different books about cultural differences and stories that celebrate unique individuals. We continue to learn about our names and study the sounds within our names. During the months of November and December we will look at different winter celebrations around the world.

Early Fine Arts

The children will continue to be introduced to a variety of artists throughout the school year. We talked about the work of Georgia Okeeffe and drew our own magnificent flowers and designed natural sculptures. During November and December, we will be working in The Maker Space and learn how to use loose parts to create our own designs, inventions and art pieces. We will be looking closely at birds and our native coniferous trees and we will use a variety of art materials to create paintings and line drawings.

Early Numeracy

The children have spent time classifying and sorting objects in October and November. The children will now learn about patterns in music, art, math and language. We will look at making patterns and continuing patterns. We will take the time to notice patterns in our environment. The children will also continue to play games which builds their numeracy skills. The children will play card games and dice games where they will practice their subtizing skills. (Being able to see a number without counting).

Early Language Arts

The children will continue to play with language through emails from our favourite friend. We will use this foormat to learn how to read from left to right. learn our letters and letter sounds and learn to read high frequency words. We will also compose our own letters together as a group and also draw and write in our lifebooks. The children have been working on the letters:s,a,t,p,i and n. The next group of letters we are working on is: m,d.g.c.o.and k. Your child will be bringing home a sheet of letters when we have completed each group. Play with these letters. You can make three letter words by combining the letters in the first group. Listening to stories is a big part of literacy learning. We will read and discuss a varitey of literature. Reading you your child daily and talking abou the book is the most important homework!

Physical Health and Well Being

The children have been introduced to ball skills. We have been practicing ball control, throwing, catching and bouncing. We will continue to work on ball skills and various movement activities.

Early Science

The children will continue to learn about the environment as the seasons change. We will continue our outdoor nature study. We will be learning about our native birds and coniferous trees.The children will also be working in The Maker Space. We will will also be working with a variety of building materials and playing with science concepts.

Personal and Social Responsibility

The children are well aware of our classroom routine and should be able to take care of their belongings and follow our classroom schedule without reminders. We continue to talk in our daily sharing circle where we talk about our feelings and solve classroom problems

Important Dates for November/December

 

·      Wednesday, November 21                Pizza Day $4.00

 

·      Thursday, November 29                     Hot Lunch

 

·      Tuesday December 18                       KM and KT attend together Dress Rehearsal 1:00p.m./Matinee Concert

                                                                     (All parents and guests welcome to attend)

 

·    Tuesday December 18                          Christmas Concert 6:30 p.m.

 

·      Wednesday, December 5                    Early Dismissal

 

·      Tuesday, December 10                        KM Christmas party a.m.  

 

·      Wednesday, December 11                 KT Christmas party a.m.

 

·      Thursday, December 12                      Pizza Day $4.00

 

·      Friday, December 14                           Family Christmas breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m.

       Tuesday December 18                        KM and KT attend together Dress Rehearsal 1:00

                                                                     All parents and guests welcome to attend)

·    Tuesday ,December 18                         Christmas Concert 6:30 p.m.

     Wednesday, December 19                   No school for Kindergarten

     Thursday, December 20                        Hot Lunch

 

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October Studies

 It has been a busy month.  The children are making new friends and learning how to get along in a big group.  In October we will ead the book, The Three Questions. by Leo Tolstoy , retold By Jon J. Muth.

Who is the most important one? 

  • The one you are     with.  

What is the most important thing to do?   

  • Be good to the     one you are with.

What is the most important time? 

  • NOW 

We will be spending time each day in a sharing circle where we will be talking about how we can be good to the one we are with. We will be reading many books and discussing how we can be a good friend to each other and to our natural world.

The children will be be participating in mindful exercises.  We will be learning to be mindful of our actions and words.  We will be learning how to read our bodies and will learn calming exercises to help us deal with our feelings

Early Fine Arts

The children will be exposed to many forms of artistic expression.  They will be taught how to care for the various art materials. They will be encouraged to choose their own art materials and projects during wonder time.  In October we will be talking about using our eyes and the power of observational drawing. We will be focussing on different  lines and shapes and how different artists use line in their artwork.

Early Numeracy

We are continuing to study the concept of sorting.  The children are using their sorting skills to solve real life situations, and as a class we have discussed the value of sorting in our everyday lives.  We are playing the sorting game. You can play the sorting game at home by sorting different materials into two different categories and asking your child what the sorting rule is.  Encourage your child to sort their materials in different ways. The children will be engaging in games and activities to build number sense throughout the school year. We will be working with numbers up to 10.

Early Language Arts

During the month of October we will be using our names to study the following literacy concepts, letter identification, and beginning, middle and end sounds. We will also be listening for rhymes and clapping our names. We are also practicing writing our names with upper and lower case letters. We will be writing in our lifebooks. We will draw pictures and tell our unique stories. We will be listening to a variety of stories and discussing the stories.

Physical Health and Well Being

The children are participating in a variety of movement games and activities.  We have movement and dance breaks during the day and will go to the gymnasium on a daily basis.  We are concentrating on playing space awareness games and learning how to move safely.The children will also be participating in fine motor activities.  Special attention will be given to hand dominance, grasp and strength.

Early Science

We will continue in October to go on Nature Hikes. Please dress your child in appropriate clothing (mitts,hats, boots and snow or splash pants are required). We will continue to observe the natural environment throughout all of our seasons. We will look closely at nature and learn how to make observational drawings. The children are working in their nature notebooks, asking questions about the changes in the seasons. They are making their own hypotheses and coming up with their own experiments.

Reminder Special Days in October

October 10: Pizza Day $4.00 (KT)

October 22: Both classes will go on a field trip to Strathcona Wilderness Center

October 18 Hot Lunch (KM)

October 23 Interviews for Kindergarten 8:00-2:00 4:30-4:30 (No Kindergarten classes)

October 24 Interviews 4:30-7:30

October 25 No school for Kindergarten students

October 30 Halloween Party a.m. (KT)

October 31 Halloween Party a.m. (KM)

November 1 Hot lunch (KM)

September Studies

  • Begin our Nature study
  • Commence our unit “I am Unique!” and key on getting to know our classmates and school community
  • Discuss safety and discuss ways to care for ourselves, our classmates and our classroom
  • Focus on the early numeracy skills of sorting and patterning.
  • Begin our writing journey, daily writing in our lifebooks, and learning letters and sounds through our name study.

The Classroom Environment

The kindergarten environment is carefully and thoughtfully arranged in order to engage the children.  It is important that the classroom be a direct reflection of the children.  In order to achieve this goal I would like to ask that you send in picture of your family that can be displayed in the classroom.  I also encourage the children to bring in natural objects that can be displayed and studied.  We will be looking closely at Nature for our first study.

Show and Tell

During the month of September your child can bring an item from nature.  

Over the next 2 months we will be getting to know each other and learning how we are all unique.  We will be talking about how we all contribute to our classroom community.  

Volunteering

During the month of September I will be letting the children get used to the routines of Kindergarten. I will not be having volunteers in the classroom. In October I will send home a note asking for volunteers. I will be needing volunteers for our upcoming  Safety city field trip and our Halloween party.

Snacks and lunch

Please send two snacks and a lunch daily.  We recycle in Kindergarten.  All left-over food items will be sent home. Please send nut free snacks and treats. Please send a water bottle everyday.

Busing

The Kindergarten children that are taking the bus should have their bus tag with their bus # and name attached to their backpack.  During the first weeks of school I will be at the front door to greet the children.  Once the children are comfortable with the routine they will be entering the school on their own.  At the end of the school day I will be taking them out to the buses before the general population.

It is very important to inform the school if your child is not going to take the bus home.  If I do not receive a note or a message from the office I will need to put your child on the bus.  For those parents that are driving to school please do not park in front of the school.  This area is designated for the school buses. Please come to the front doors of the school where I will be or bring your child directly to the classroom.

Hot Lunch

The Fultonvale School community has the opportunity to participate in a hot lunch program and a pizza day. Information will be sent home at a later date.

Backpacks and Labeling

Make sure to send your child with a large backpack to accommodate large library books.  Please label all shoes, boots and coats.  We often have identical items.

Dressing for Learning

Please do not send your child in flip flops, crocs or fancy shoes. It is important that they wear running shoes as we will be doing physical activities both inside and outside of the school. There are often accidents in Kindergarten. Please place a change of clothing: sweat pants, underwear, socks and a t-shirt in a labeled ziplock bag. The bag will be kept in your child's backpack.

The Milk Program

Fultonvale School offers a milk program.  You can buy individual milk tickets or a group of tickets from the office.  The children can keep their tickets in their lunch boxes and the milk will be delivered daily to the classroom. Check the Fultonvale website for more information.

Special Days

September

September 5                       Early Dismissal 1:38

September 10                     KM Pictures

September 11                     KT Pictures

September 12                     Meet the Staff BBQ 5:00 p.m.

September 21                     Safety City field trip for both classes  

September 24                     KM Terry Fox Run           

September 25                     Bus Evacuation drill/Terry Fox Run for KT

September 26                     Pizza Day              

September 28                    Orange Shirt Day

October

October 3                          No Class for KIndergarten

October 5                            Professional Development Day No classes

October 8                          Thanksgiving school closed

October 10                        Pizza Day

October 15                        Little Elk Island Adventure Bus training

October 16                        Little Elk Island Adventure Bus training

October 18                        Hot Lunch

October 22                        Wilderness Center Field Trip for Both classes

October 24                        No ECS   Parent/Teacher Interviews  (8:30-2:30   4:30-7:30)    

October 25                        Parent/teacher interviews (4:30-7:30)                       

October 30                        KT Halloween Party (am)

October 31                        KM Halloween Party (am)

Field Trips/Special Events for Both Classes

Safety City September 21

Strathcona Wilderness Center October 22

Christmas Concert Matinee and Concert December 18

Gallery 501/Library January 16

Edmonton Symphony Orcherstra May 1

(Refer to our Fultonvale Kindergarten calendar as there are changes from the district calendar to reflect the fieldtrip dates and the deletion of some dates) Parents are welcome to come to all field trips. The only field trip that I cannot accommodate all volunteers is The ESO field trip where I can take 4 volunteers