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Mindful Moments

Before the winter break, we launched our Mindful Moments challenge in KB and this will be the focus of my personal growth plan this year. We started this challenge at school and continued to incorporate it every Monday for “Mindful Mondays”. Every Monday, the students pick one rock and put it in the jar. Each rock has a different inspiring word on it. As a class, we discuss what the word itself means, and then the kids sit or lay comfortably and quietly, thinking about what that particular rock means to them.  

The first rock we picked had the word “brave”. We discussed how we can be brave at school and at home. We then meditated for 2 minutes thinking about how we can be brave.

Switching to online learning we have continued to do these mindfulness activities! Don’t be shy and come join in with your child.

Why become a mindful classroom?

Studies show that having a daily mindfulness practice in the classroom has been proven to:

  • Improve attention
  • Help with emotional regulation 
  • Increase compassion
  • Significantly reduce stress and anxiety 






Morah Taylor

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten, Science

Polar Bear Den STEAM Challenge

Over the last week or so, the kids in Kindergarten have been learning all about polar bears….. where they live, what they eat, how they hunt, and how they stay warm in the Arctic temperatures.  Unlike most bears, polar bears do not hibernate, but mother polar bears do build dens under the snow to have their babies during the winter months.  Together, we discussed what these dens might look and how they would need a hole for air and a tunnel for the bears to get in and out.  Then we all crafted a polar bear den design using different materials (white paper, cotton balls, white paint, etc.).  Afterwards, the kids were challenged to build their own polar bear den with whatever materials they could find at their houses.  Needless to say, we were bear-y impressed with the results…. Check out these paw-some polar bear dens!!!

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to Ethan (KA) who turns 6 on January 13th

to Asher C. (KA) who turns 6 on January 20th

and to Judah (KA/B) to turns 6 on January 25th!!

Posted in French Studies, General Studies, Jewish Studies, Kindergarten

Happy Chanukah from the K team!

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the winter break!!  How did that happen?!?

Speaking of winter, the weather is getting colder and we thought we should clarify our Outdoor Play plan for the winter months.  If it is colder than -20 (with or without the windchill), we will not be playing outdoors.  As with rainy days, if we are not on the playground at 8:30, please drop-off at the front door.  While we will strive to get outside as much as possible, we will take advantage of the gym when the weather is not cooperating.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Tomorrow (Dec. 18th) is a school-wide Pyjama Day for Dress Down Day and we will be collecting donations for Sit With Me Dog Rescue.

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to Harry (KA/B) who turns 5 on December 18th

to Nate (KB) who turns 5 on December 24th

to Jackson (KB) who turns 5 on December 30th

to Oliver (KB) who turns 6 on December 30th

and to Miriam (KA) who turns 6 on January 2nd!!

It is has been a great few weeks celebrating Chanukah in Kindergarten!! From singing, dancing, and getting crafty, to practicing the brachot, Dreidel math and learning Chanukah words in French & Hebrew, it has been tons of fun!! In case you missed the Ks performance during Tuesday’s school wide Chanukah Celebration, you can watch it here:

We hope you all had a fantastic holiday with your families and we just wanted say thank you for the very generous Amazon gift cards we received from both classes!!  We wish you all a wonderful winter break and cannot wait to see everyone back at school in 2021!!

Morah Andréa, Morah Shira, Madame Sophie, Morah Taylor & Morah Mushki

Posted in French Studies, General Studies, Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Uncategorized

Kindergarten App Recap

First things first:

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to Isaac (KB) who turned 5 on December 8th!!

And now down to business….

During Parent-Teacher conferences last week, we had a lot of questions about the apps and online programs we are using in class as well as the ones that could be used at home.  We thought it would be helpful to give you a recap of all of these programs, how your child  might be able to use them at home, and how you can support your child as they are using them.

IXL Online Math Forum

IXL is an online forum that provides diagnostics of learning skills, promotes review, mastery and extensions of skills through practice, as well as providing students, teachers, and parents valuable information on student’s progress through grade data points.  You should have received a handout that explained how to log in and provided your child’s login and password; if you need a reminder contact Morah Andrea.  We use this program at least once a week in class, but practice time at home is also encouraged! For a more in depth tutorial on how to set up the program for your child as well as highlights of the program, check out these blog posts from our Math specialist, Mrs. Cleveland:

IXL: Online Math Forum for Personalized Learning

IXL: Four Highlights to Understand


JiTap  is a program that can be used on a computer, iPad, or phone. It supports Hebrew language learning and Jewish holidays with games, songs and other activities.  Every week, new games are assigned to support what is being learned in class.  Use your child’s OJCS account when logging in; the passwords are either kaojcs or kbojcs, depending on your child’s class.
Boukili is a French reading app that allows your kids to read books online or to be read to in French.  As they read books, they earn points and rewards like games and outfits for their avatar.  This program is mainly for practice at home and is not necessarily assigned by Madame Sophie.
Flipgrid is a platform where students can record short videos of themselves answering a prompt. It is a great way for them to demonstrate their oral language skills. To log in, use your child’s class code or followed by your child’s school email and password. Use of Flipgrid will either be assigned in class or via the distance learning schedule where the code for specific assignments are posted, eg:
Classkick is a site that allows your child to work online while receiving live support from their teacher.  You may see it referenced on our distance learning schedule.  To login, select “sign in with Google” and ensure that you are using your child’s ojcs email and password.

Teach Your Monster to Read 

This app is available for purchase on the App store ($6.99), and we recently learned that you can download a desktop version that is free, though there may be some differences in the program.  We use this app in class and the kids absolutely love it!!  It covers everything from letters and their sounds to reading full sentences and short stories.

Kids Learn! Sight Words 

This app is designed for iPads and is available for free on the App store, though there are additions available for purchase.  It combines fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension practice with entertaining, engaging graphics in a fun learning format.

Spelling Games for Kids 

This app is designed for iPads or iPhones and is available for free in the App store.  It helps to hone your child’s spelling skills through a variety of games that feature over 900 words.

Any more questions? We are here to help!!

The K Team

Posted in Francais, French Studies, Kindergarten

Ma famille

Good morning!

We will be finishing our family unit this week with a short oral presentation. Each child will be tasked with introducing their family to us in French. We will practice this activity in class using repetitive vocabulary such as:

“Voici ma maman. Ma maman s’appelle ______”

“Voici mon petit frère. Mon petit frère s’appelle ________”
For this activity, I kindly ask that you either email me a picture or drawing of your family or send one to school with your child.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, tefilah, Uncategorized

?מה חדש בגן What’s new in Kindergarten?

Our yeladim have taken learning to a whole new level! Instead of having an assisting role, they are now leading our morning routing as the (חזן חזנית) chazzan/chazzanit and (עוזר עוזרת עם הלוח השנה) ozer/ozeret im haluach hashanah.


They are also becoming experts at printing their Hebrew names, thanks to a part of our new morning routine!

We have also been immersed in learning the story of Jacob (Yaakov) and had so much fun building ladders to heaven after hearing the story of his dream. We raced to gather the maklot (sticks) and then built sulamim (ladders) and counted the rungs in Hebrew to see who’s was the tallest. It was amazing to see all of the different designs! We have some incredible engineers!

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Shira and the Kindergarten Team

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten, Science, Uncategorized

Let’s Talk Science….. Playful Machines

Yesterday was a very exciting day in Kindergarten.  We had special virtual guests join both classes and lead us in a Let’s Talk Science virtual lab. Nia and Kelvin, Science students from the University of Ottawa, taught us about 3 different kinds of simple machines: a wheel & axle, a lever, and an inclined plane.  Then they led the kids through the construction of a playground where each structure was one of the machines build out of everyday materials, such as pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks.  The students were so engaged and enthusiastic as they built their merry-go-rounds, slides, and teeter-totters.  Special thanks to Morah Taylor for organizing this special, super-fun experience!!


Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten, Science, Uncategorized

Kindergarten Has Gone Nocturnal…..

What a wonderful way to spend a day…. To wrap up our Nocturnal Animal theme unit, KA & KB celebrated Pyjama Day at school!! We stayed comfy and cozy and the kids all brought special things that they like to have at bedtime to show and share with their friends.  Over the last few weeks, we have learned about bats, flying squirrels, owls and skunks.  Today, the kids journaled about which animal was their favourite and compared which had the most votes with the least.  We also sang all of our favourite Nocturnal Animal songs and had special Owl cookies as a treat!!

Here are links to the songs so you can listen at home:

Vowel Bat

Flying Squirrel

The Skunk Song

Here are some cute, cozy pictures from Pyjama Day…..

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to Sari (KB) who turns 5 on November 22nd!!

Since tomorrow is a PD Day, wishing you all a great weekend!!

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten

In November, we remember…..

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…..

KA and KB have spent some time over the last week learning about Remembrance Day and why it is such an important day.  We read stories about being brave and courageous, we talked about the men and women who made sure and continue to ensure that Canada is safe and free, and we learned why we wear poppies as a symbol on this day.  Of course, we crafted poppies of all kinds!!

The kids learned a poem called Little Poppy and were featured in our Remembrance Day virtual assembly (you may have heard them practicing it at home)…. In case you missed the assembly, you can watch our video by clicking the link below:

Little Poppy by KA & KB – Large

If your child forgot to bring in some tzedakah for their poppy today, you can still send it in tomorrow!!

Lest we forget….