Welcome back to what sounds like a great Winter Break! As you can see the children were very happy to be back and with their friends. Our outdoor play today was a perfect authentic science class. The snow has begun to melt and the discussion of evaporation and what happens to ice when the weather gets warmer was amazing to listen to.
Just a few reminders for you:
Tomorrow is the beginning of the Jewish month of Adar. There is a phrase, “as the month of Adar enters we should be happy.
Tomorrow our class will be participating in a Rosh Chodesh Assembly, where our choir will be singing the song by Pharrell, Happy.
On Wednesday, Feb.26 the Kindergarten – Grade 2 children are invited to a Parsha and Pancakes s at 8:00 downstairs in our makerspace. Please click on the following link for more information.
One last reminder. Our School Wide Innovation Day will be held on March 5th from 8:45-9:25. The children in Kindergarten will be working on a S.T.E.M project that we will be making in class. If you are unable to make it, we will be sure to take pictures and/or videos to share. This will be a group project that the children will be working on together. More information to follow.
We have completed our 21 day challenge with our mindful moments rocks!
Encourage your kids to continue to take a mindful moment when they need to or want to. Even though our challenge might be done, we will be still be using the vocabulary and taking a minute or two for mindfulness. Our class loves to have calming music play in the background while we do our mindful moment.
What a Great Global School Play Day we had. Thanks for sending in such great games to use in the class and play with. The class demonstrated great sharing, inclusiveness with their games and making everyone feel welcome to play, and of course using great critical thinking and creativity while using our time to collaborate with each other. Here is a snapshot of what it looked like in the Kindergarten today. I was so proud of our children and being a part of this huge global awareness day.
Here is a letter from our Winter Fun Day Planners.
Good morning K parents and students!
Our exciting Winter Fun Day is quickly approaching and before we can fully immerse ourselves in the wonder of snow and ice… We need consent forms filled and returned. I have printed paper copies for those who have not handed back in and extended the return date to Friday, February 7th, 2020. These copies will be coming home tonight.
As mentioned in a recent email you can indicate on the form whether your child wishes to partake in skating or tobogganing so we can allocate appropriate numbers of staff to each activity.
Tomorrow is Global School Play Day that our class will be a part of. If you have any board games or items you think can be incorporated into our day, you are welcome to send them to school tomorrow. Unstructured play helps children develop 21st century skills.
In a world where education places emphasis on “academics” why would a school dedicate a certain amount of the day to play? There are many good, solid reasons:
Boosts Creativity — When children create make-believe games, they use their imaginations and develop abstract thinking.
Teaches Social Skills — Playing together, children learn how to get along with others. They develop empathy while learning to negotiate and compromise.
Develops Critical Thinking Skills — During unstructured play, children take risks, make mistakes, and learn important problem-solving skills.
Promotes Emotional Health — Free play reduces anxiety and stress in children, allows them to sleep better, and improves overall emotional health.
Fosters Independence — Children learn to make decisions, follow their own interests, and gain self-confidence.
Improves Physical Fitness — Playing actively helps children improve gross motor skills and build healthy bodies.
Thanks for your support in helping make this Day a Great One!
*On another Fun Day Note… please send in your permission slips for Winter Fun Day by Tomorrow if you haven’t already. They were sent home electronically.