JK - September 29 / 2017

Weekly Highlights:

Another fantastic week in JK! The children are becoming more comfortable at school and friendships continue to develop.

Many of the language activities that the children work on in class involve sound/symbol association, listening to and identifying the first sound of a word and/or other sounds within a word.
 
We continue to explore different types of play around the world. This week we played a game from Kenya that the children loved. We discussed and examined how great games can be created by using your imagination! We have also begun to look at how each child likes to play while at school and how to make new friends while you are playing.
 
This week we discussed the line of inquiry “How we communicate through play.” We will be helping the children to work on strategies on how they can stand up for themselves, applying behaviours that enhance  well-being, comfort, and acceptance for themselves and others.

In Art, the JKs began their play and discover art piece. Students will spend the next few classes exploring different tools such as sponges, balls, rollers, corks, sticks, and many more. The JKs will learn about texture and the layering of colour.

In French, this week, the students were introduced to numbers in French, in particular from one to ten. The students learned a new song called, Le boogie woogie des chiffres, to learn their numbers.

Looking Ahead:

We would like to give you advanced notice that the children are asked to collect and bring in pictures of themselves at play. We would ask that each child bring in 8 - 10 pictures (photocopy version, 3 x 5) that they will turn into a collage. The children will then present their collage to their peers at the beginning of November to wrap up the unit of Who We Are.
 
Next week we will continue to learn about, “how we communicate through play. We will learn through books, class discussions and role playing. The children are enjoying creating and extending patterns and sorting by varying attributes. Ms. Meg and Ms. Maria will continue working one-on-one with the children in both Math and Language doing diagnostic assessment.  

The JKA and JKB classes are looking for old magazines to use for cutting and pasting. We would appreciate child friendly magazines if you have any old ones to spare.

Co-Curricular Programme Dates:
December 18th - 21st:       Last week of Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme
November 24th:                 Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme Guide online
December 7th - 10th:         Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme online registration
January 9th - March 9th:    Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme

New Circles: The Junior School continues their support of New Circles Community Services. New Circles is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. We provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada. Each year New Circles collects gently used Halloween costumes for children. They already have appointments for 400 families and now have a waitlist because they are in need of more costumes. Here is their website for more information about the organization and this programme. The Junior School will be collecting gently used costumes from Monday, October 2 to Friday, October 13th. Bins will be in the Gathering Place for items. 

Reminders:

Winter uniform: The winter uniform begins on Tuesday, October 10th. The children will continue to wear their outdoor shoes for recess but their uniform black shoes will be worn when indoors. We know that shoes and uniforms can be confusing, so please don’t hesitate to email or ask!

Assembly: The JK children have been invited to attend a music assembly (at the Junior School) performed by Michael Mitchell on Friday, October 13th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. If you wish your child to attend, please have them here by 8:20 a.m. on that day. 

Scholastic: The first set of Scholastic flyers were sent home with your child on Friday. When parents purchase Scholastic books through the school, the teachers earn points, enabling us to purchase extra books and materials and resources for our classrooms. This book company offers amazing prices on all their books and novelties. To submit an order, please fully complete the forms, place them in a sealed envelope with a cheque, made payable to Scholastic Canada and place your order in the Scholastic envelope taped next to your teachers door. The first order is due by Tuesday, October 10th. Please note that if you are ordering Halloween books, they may not arrive on time at this point but we will try our best. If you have any further questions please speak to Ms. Maria and Ms. Meg directly.