Yes, as hard as it is to believe it is October 14th and Kindergarten has only been in session for 12 days. We have covered a lot of ground and the children seem to be settling in nicely. It is important to keep in mind how significant this period of learning is for your child: new routines and new expectations. For most, it requires a new level of independence and self-reliance. And as fun and exciting as Kindergarten is, some tears and tantrums are expected. They can be a part of the process which my wife reminds me is eased by good nutrition and plenty of sleep. I have done well adjusting to my September bedtime of 7:30.
We are fortunate to have extra support for learning in our classroom this year. Katherine Mcvie, Denise Walpot (Ms Deni), and Adele Vey are educational assistants in our school who visit the Kindergarten class through out the day. In addition Sylvia Fee, our school's Aboriginal Education Assistant, visits on Wednesday afternoon.
Parent/Teacher Interview will be held October 15th and 16th in the afternoon. The students will be dismissed at 11:50 but may attend interviews. After all, we will be talking about them. The schedule has been posted to the classroom calendar. There are open time slots available for parents who need to book one. Please email me to arrange a suitable time.
Scholastic Book Orders
Scholastic book orders for October will be sent home early this week. Scholastic makes quality books available to parents and students at a good price. Orders also earn dividends for the classroom which can be used to buy books and other learning materials. Please consider supporting this program by ordering books for your child. The deadline for orders is October 31st.
Salmon Run Fieldtrip
Our first fieldtrip of the year will be to Goldstream Provincial Park on November 17th to view the salmon run. It's an all day event and the kick-off to our year long study of salmon during which we will raise and eventually release 100 salmon fry.
November's event is for the whole family. We'll take a hike, attend a workshop at the Nature House and have a cook out. Smores for everyone! We'll need drivers and volunteers to help organize and run the day. I'll send more details soon; but for now just remember to set the day aside!