JK - October 5 / 2017


WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS

This week, the JKs continued to look at pictures of how children play in different parts of the world, often with very limited resources. We discussed how our creativity and imagination allow us to play in many different ways. We also looked at children with special needs and how everyone is able to play! We are talking about being caring and respectful towards one’s self and others, taking turns and listening to each others' ideas. We encourage the children to “cooperate” with their classmates and play together peacefully, while at the same time advocating for themselves when they don’t like the type of play. Some of the phrases the JK students are learning are “friendship moves and friendship blocks,” which refer to actions that would help a friendship develop vs. actions that would block a friendship. We have also been talking about whole body listening and following the group plan (listening to and following instructions).

The children have continued to work on letter recognition, sound and symbol association and forming their letters correctly. We are teaching the children how to hold their pencils correctly and we ask that you help support the correct grip at home:

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We have been collecting various items from around the classroom, and, as a class, we sort them according to the various attributes that the children identify. Thank you to all the families that have discussed patterns at home; we can really see how the children are excited about patterns and are quickly noticing them in their environment. We are still continuing this investigation so please continue to send in patterns!

In Art, the JKs continued to work on their play and discover art piece. They used different tools and colours. The final abstract pieces look beautiful and will be kept in the art room for the art show which will take place later in the year.

In French, the students have been practising the play, Le lievre et la tortue, with their teacher, and are getting very familiar and comfortable with the vocabulary words of the play.

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.
 
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.

REMINDERS:

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. 

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!

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
 
Scholastic: 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.