September 15th marks the anniversary of the publication of best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds’ The Dot, a “story book for all ages.”
Starting in 2009, a group of educators began celebrating this date as International Dot Day — a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity, and self-expression.
The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. In Peter’s book, the teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to “make her mark.” Vashti’s breakthrough begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Encouraged by her teacher she sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspire others.
from The Educator’s Handbook for International Dot Day
To mark this special day yesterday, after reading the book, the kids got to explore their own creativity by making their own unique dot. They experimented with colour mixing by using markers on coffee filters and then spraying them with water at the Saturation Station. They also drew their own special masterpieces to make their mark. We listened to and watched a video of the “The Dot Song” written by Emily Arrow and Peter H. Reynolds…. you can watch the video and do the actions at home here.
The school year may have just begun, but the kids in Senior Kindergarten have already made their mark in a big way!! Check out the pictures below and then keep scrolling for some important upcoming dates!!!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Back to School Night at 7:00 pm (in person!!)
Friday, Sept. 23 – OJCS Terry Fox Run
Monday, Sept. 26 & Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Rosh Hashanah (NO SCHOOL)
Friday, Sept. 30 – Dress Down in an Orange Shirt for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. All proceeds from loonies and toonies will go to the Orange Shirt Society.
Belated wishes to Evie who turned 5 on September 2nd
Belated wishes to Aliza who turned 5 on September 5th
and to Mason who turns 5 on September 23rd!!