We are starting a new program in our class. Castle Reading is our kick-off to reading instruction. It's an incentive program in which students read books to earn bricks and help build a classroom castle. Each book read to or by your child counts and we keep track using a Castle Reading Log. Your child will learn to record these books for themselves and their reading log will be sent home every day with a couple of books to share with you.
Click on the following to find out more about helping your child learn to read:
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Visit the clasrooms any morning. You can stay for a minute or an hour and read with us. Come on the day your child is scheduled to read to the class. You'll watch us work together and coach each other through the task of reading. It's the best way to learn how you can help at home!
You can view our reading schedule here. If you'd like to choose a day that better suits your own schedule, please let me know. We'll do everything we can to include you in this important program.
Professional Development Day - January 16
Frog Fables & Turtle Tales - January 26
On January 26th we will visit the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary to tour the site and attend the workshop "Frog Fables & Turtle Tales". This cost of the workshop has been covered by the Optimist Club of Victoria. We'll take a school bus to and from the sanctuary. The cost of the school bus has been covered by the school and by the proceeds of our juice box recycling program (We have recycled more than 1800 juice boxes since November). The students are justly proud of the funds we have raised and of our plan to spend them. We do need help to supervise this event and, as always, you are welcome to attend. Please let me know. A permission slip will be sent home early next week.
Teddy Anderson Performance - January 27
Teddy Anderson will perform at the school on January 27. The concert starts at 9:00 in the gym and you are welcome to attend. The following is from Teddy's website:
"Teddy Anderson is an internationally recognized performer, motivational speaker and children’s book author. Teddy has performed over 1500 performance/talks in 20 countries in the world including China, Malaysia, Uganda, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand and many more. Teddy goal is to inspire all people to see themselves as member of One Human Family."
"Teddy employs the First Nation’s Hoop Dance as his vessel to teach the important message of unity and inclusion. Dancing with up to 30 hoops at a time Teddy captives and inspires audiences of all ages to bring about greater levels of community."
Kindergarten Registration Week - January 23 to 27
Registration for Kindergarten in September 2017 will be held at the school between January 23 and 27. If you know someone whose child is eligble for Kindergarten, please encourage them to register their child sometime during the week. We'll also host "Welcome to Kindergarten" in May when they can attend Kindergarten for part of the day.