Winter Holiday Wrap Up

Tomorrow will be our last day of our winter holiday advent calendar.  The students have really enjoyed this unit and we have all learned so much about the different winter holidays and celebrations around the world.  Today, your child will be bringing home a little holiday craft that I hope you are able to add to your collection of holiday decorations.  Candles were a common theme among all of the winter holidays and so Ms. Holmes and I felt it fitting that we sent home a little memento that represents our learning. There is also a little poem that goes along with it. Whatever holiday your family celebrates, have the merriest of days with lots of food, fun, and family!  See you all tomorrow in our pyjamas!

More Concert Info

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I have attached the memo that explains about the concert performance schedule:

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For the afternoon performances, please try and be in your seats by 1:30 at the latest.  For the evening performances, the classrooms will be open for supervision at 6:10.  If you arrive before this time, you will be responsible for supervising your child.

Many of you have asked about taking your child home with you after the afternoon performance.  I am fine with this but just need to know in advance so I am aware.

Monday Announcements

  • No sight words or word family this week.
  • Remember that last names A-K students perform on Wednesday this week and L-Z perform on Thursday.  I will be here on Wednesday night and Ms. Holmes will be here on Thursday to supervise.  Students should return to their classroom after the performance and leave from there!  The evening performances get quite full so if you (or any grandparents who wish to attend) have the opportunity to attend the afternoon performance, I highly recommend it.  The afternoon also gets busy but it is not quite as full
  • We are continuing with our Holiday Advent calendar and are currently learning about Kwanzaa.  Students are learning all about different symbols, customs, food, and colours that are associated with the holiday!

Adopt A School

A notice went home today about our holidaay program where we collect gifts to provide to students who may not be as fortunate as we are.  My class is collecting gifts for girls ages in Grades 1 or 2.  In addition, we are collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, mitts, and holiday treats as well.  We are collecting donations until WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH.  I have attached the notice on this post just in case id didn’t make it home!

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If you are wondering what all those green, red, and black papers are all about, today students continued to explore holidays by learning about a special mat used by people who celebrate Kwanzaa.  The mat is called a mkeka.  Students practiced their cutting and weaving skills (it was not easy!) and they all did a fabulous job.  The only problem is that many of the mkeka fell apart when transported home so if you’re looking for an activity on a cold day have your child teach you about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the mkeka!

Friday Update

It has been a busy week!  Concert rehearsals are in full swing–just a couple more days before the big show! On Wednesday, students with last names A-K will have a dress rehearsal, an afternoon performance, and an evening performance.  I will be responsible for supervising my students as well as Ms. Holmes’ students that perform this day.  The L-Z students will be with Ms. Holmes for a good portion of the day.  On Thursday, we will switch and Ms. Holmes will be responsible for supervising the performances and I will have all the A-K students with me.  For the evening performance, all students need to return to the classroom and be picked up from there.  This is very important so please make sure to check in with either myself or Ms. Holmes! 

If you haven’t paid for bowling yet, please go online and pay.

Thanks!

Writer-In Residence Trevor Herriot

Today, both grade 1 classes were so fortunate to be visited by Regina Public Library Writer-in-Residence Trevor Herriot!  Trevor is a published author and also a local bird expert and many of you may have heard his call in show on CBC.  He came and read Owl Moon to the classes which led to some amazing discussions on birds, winter, and migration.  The students had plenty to say and lots of wonderful questions for him.  To end his time with us, he gave us some quick tips on drawing a Great Horned Owl!

The books that he was written are not children’s literature so maybe you would like to pick up a copy for yourself or someone on your list!  Here is a bit more information about him and the RPL program: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/writer-in-residence-trevor-herriot-1.3738553

 

Monday Announcements!

  • The next few weeks are quite busy with holiday activities, concert rehearsals, and just general busyness around the school.  I will not be doing any sight words or word families until January to accommodate these activities.
  • Today, we flipped over the day on our Advent Calendar to reveal that our first holiday we will be learning about is Hanukkah!  We talked about the symbols of Hanukkah–including the Menorah and the Star of David.  Over the next few days, we will learn different poems, traditions, and foods that are associated with this holiday.  If oyu haven’t returned your own holiday sheet, please do that as soon as possible.
  • If you haven’t paid for the bowling field trip, please do that this week.
  • Please send your child’s elf hat with their name inside and I will keep them here.
  • Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather!  It is going to get cold this week and we try as best as possible to get students outside at recess.  They need hats, mitts, and ski-pants!
  • Have a great week!