Guess what emerged out of their chrysalis? Yes, our butterflies decided to make an appearance at 2:45 on Friday - right after the students left for the weekend. Ah, nature has it's own timeline. The children will be very excited on Monday morning! Here is a glimpse of some of our painted lady butterflies.
On Friday the primary students took part in the Jump Rope for Heart. This is not only a chance to get active and get jumping but it is also a fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. So far, we have raised over $3000. Amazing! Thanks to all of the families for your support.
In our groups waiting to start:
It's time to start skipping & jumping! See some of our skippers in action:
As part of a pilot project to promote and develop math skills, the district started a new program called "You Can Count On Me". This week we invited parents to attend a session to learn math games and then teach and play them with their child. What a fun way to spend time with your child and also practice math! Families that were able to attend got to take home a package of math materials to play the games. We hope that this will encourage families to play math games over the summer to help further develop math skills.
We had a fantastic time in the Woodshop at Westsyde Secondary this week. Mr. Connolly set us up making birdhouses with one of his classes. All of the students - kindergarten & high school - had a fantastic time working together.
Everyone hard at work. It's definitely not quiet with all the drilling and hammering going on!
We started by having Mr. Connolly help us use the drill press to make the hole for the birds to enter the birdhouse. We got to wear safety glasses to protect our eyes from the sawdust. I think some of the children would have worn the glasses home if they could have!
Next, with their high school buddy they put the birdhouses together like a puzzle and then hammered it together. It was a lot of hammering - and a lot of sideways nails! Our big buddies were very patient.
After we hammered and hammered and hammered...we drilled two holes and put the screws in.
We were very close to finishing now! We got to brand our birdhouses by heating up the brand with the torch and then burning it into the wood. Very exciting!!
The final step - sanding it.
After all that hard work, it was time to relax! The high school kids barbequed hot dogs for everyone. We got to sit outside and eat our lunch.
Our final products. We have a class full of future woodworkers!! A big thanks to Westsyde Secondary for hosting us and to Mr. Connolly for getting us organized.
Last Friday we celebrated diversity, acceptance and a better understanding of Autism with our fourth annual Canucks Autism Network Walk. The We Can Be Friends program helps children celebrate all differences. We began the afternoon with an assembly where we watched a video about Rosie, a young girl who has autism, and some of her other autistic friends and family members. We listened to Nan Stevens speak about living with her son, Westin, who has autism. After the assembly we joined up with our buddies and walked the dike with them. At the train bridge we met up with Digger who was there to high five all the students. We were very lucky that the weather held out for us!
Thanks to Cooper's Foods for supplying water bottles for everyone after our walk!
We CAN Be Friends
Last week we met Pinkus. He is part of our Canucks Autism Network, We CAN Be Friends program. He visited us many times during the week to talk about great ways to be a "Friendship Superhero". Throughout the week the children have also had a chance to wear the "Friend of the Day" cape. So far, many of the children have a had an opportunity. We have great friends in our class!! Pinkus left us the cape so that we can watch for more "Friends of the Day" this week.
Our Superhero Friends of the Day:
As a part of Dental Health month we took a trip to Cedar Dental Centre. The children rotated through four different centres. They got to go on chair rides, make thumb statues, get a happy face on our fingernail with a laser, heard some dental stories, and met "Mr. Thirsty". Lots of fun! Thanks to all the parents who drove us. We can't do these trips without you!
I'm Mrs. MacDonald. Welcome to a window into our kindergarten classroom. My goal of this blog is to give you an opportunity to see some of the things that we are doing at school. Enjoy!