When I left school on Wednesday, I took this photo of the school's garden and thought it would make a great shot to show that we had snow in September....and then we all woke up on Thursday to a real winter wonderland! Dress your kiddos up warmly please, because the forecast is for more of that frozen stuff all weekend long!
When you open your child's agenda this weekend, you will see the orange and yellow brochures along with the one page registration for Monday night's meeting for all families who are going to assist their children in Grade Two (or older grades) prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion this year. I'll see you there....and if there is someone in your family that would like to consider taking the journey towards becoming Catholic, the RCIA program will walk with you on your faith journey. Please contact our parish.
Today was the day that the first student took on the role of Teacher's Pet. That means that the student will be able to 'share' with the class on Monday. The first sharing activity is to create the 'All About Me' backpack and put five small (inexpensive and not fragile) items inside to talk about the next day. Here's a visual in case you aren't sure how to put it all together.
Don't forget to fill in the information on the back!
Today was also the first day that the students are bringing home a Literacy Bag for the weekend. They are returned on Monday along with the family journal, that looks like the spiral notebooks that you see above. The parents are asked to please share their observations with me through this communication tool, allowing us to keep in touch and celebrate the learning.
Here's the whole lot of the new bags....different than the ones used last year. They are, for the most part, filled with more books at a more difficult reading level, and with more activities to work on. One bag has a movie in it, one has the story in French with a CD player, some have puppets, one has rubber stamps to create a scene, and all are meant for you to engage with your child in a non-threatening way, and see the difficulties or challenges that the child may be experiencing or recognizing the growth and successes that come with a full year of school behind them.
Here's an example of one of the Literacy bags...
complete with 4 books to choose from, (try one on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday), a plush character, a game for the family to enjoy.
and two books to work on, including an experiment that involves a cookie.