Monday, September 11, 2017

Bienvenue a la maternelle! Welcome to Kindergarten

We’re very excited for a great year of full-day learning and inquiry!

We have a shared classroom blog for Rooms 153 and 154.  Together, Mme McCann and Mrs. Bean will be posting information about the learning that is happening and other current events that are taking place within the school community. Please follow our blog by entering your email address.  You will receive notification of each new blog post to your email. On the blog you will also find helpful links for both French and English and suggestions on how to help support learning at home).

September will be busy with routines and getting into the swing of things so, in keeping with that, here are some housekeeping items for the start of the year:

There is a Twitter account for each homeroom.  Twitter will keep you up to date on daily events such as specific learning inquiries, events, photos, news or creations.  To follow Mme McCann & Mrs. Parnell’s homeroom, search for the twitter handle @kinders154. To follow Mrs. Bean’s and Ms. Couch’s homeroom, search for the twitter handle @kinders153.  Please turn on your notifications so that you will be notified when a new Tweet has been posted.  Also, feel free to like or comment on the things we share …. We love to hear feedback!  

Our Team:

For room 154: Mme. McCann (French) & Mrs. Parnell ( RECE). Homeroom partners.
For room 153: Mrs. Bean ( English) & Mrs. Couch (RECE). Homeroom partners.

Family Tree: Our classrooms will have a family tree that students can look at to remind them of home.  Please send a family photo with your child to school (remember to write their name on the back). This special photograph will hang on our Family Tree all school year and will be returned to you at the end of the school year.

It is strongly encouraged that parents label their child’s belongings. Shoes, coats, school bags, hats, mitts….tupperware…. everything.  :)  This will help us keep your child organized and will make sure misplaced items are sent home with their rightful owner.  

- If your child has not brought in a small (towel sized) blanket for rest time, it would be appreciated that you could provide one. However, we do ask that no stuffed animals be sent (as a general rule, we would ask that you please not send any toys to school with your child). These blankets will be sent home to be washed throughout the school year.

- A gentle reminder that your child will need separate indoor running shoes that he/she can do up on their own. Please do not send your child with shoes with laces as they do not know how to tie them up and can be a tripping hazard. These shoes will stay at school for the school year.

- Your child has been given a mailbag (ziplock) with their name on it. We will use this bag to send home any notes/communications. We would also encourage you to send any notes (i.e. if you need to take your child out early for an appointment) in the communication book so we can easily see it as we do not go through the children’s backpacks.  Please send the communication folder back each and every morning.

Everyone has accidents and we want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible should this happen. We would ask that you please send a ziplock bag with your child’s name on it containing some extra clothes in case an accident occurs. If an accident does occur we will send home the dirty clothes in this ziplock so you can send back some more extra clothes the next day.

Just a reminder that our school is nut free so please do not send any nuts or nut products (i.e. peanut butter) in your child’s lunch or snacks. We do have a child in our class who has anaphalaxis to nuts ( room 154). If you send a snack with WOW butter in it, please put the sticker on so we know exactly what it is. Our classroom has a continuous rotation at a snack table that occurs within the first block and third block. We also have lunch period. We encourage healthy eating. if possible, please send nutritious snacks for your child to eat (i.e. fruits and vegetables). We would also ask that you not send in treats for your child’s birthday. However, if you feel that you would like to send something on their special day, you could send in a wrapped, age-appropriate book that your child can unwrap, read as a class then donate to the classroom library.

Taking Care of the Environment at St. Gabriel:
We are an eco gold school. Our initiatives are to be more paper free. Therefore, we will post any type of newsletters online through this format on our blog. In regards to children eating their lunches or snacks, we ask for you to consider litterless lunch options (tupperware and reusable containers). We also practice “boomerang” lunches to reduce waste consumption. A boomerang lunch is a lunch that has every piece of it return to its source. In other words, everything in the lunch goes back home at the end of the day. No matter if it is leftover food, containers, recyclables or garbage, it all goes back. Yes, even the garbage!

Thank you very much for your generous donations of kleenex, ziploc bags, markers, glue and crayons!  We greatly appreciate your support.  

Welcome to our EA’s (Educational Assistants)
We are fortunate to have Ms. Brittany Wallace working with our friends in room 154.

We are also very fortunate to have Ms. Marlene Friss working with our friends in room 153.

Our Rotation Schedule:
As we are a 50/50 school for both French and English instruction, we

For Room 154: Monday/ Wednesday: French Days
Tuesday/Thursday: English Days
Friday Am or PM: French/ English (1/2 day of each language instruction).

For Room 153: Monday/ Wednesday: English Days
Tuesday/Tuesday: French Days
Friday AM or PM: French/English ( 1/2 day of each language instruction)

Our 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start and we all look forward to working with you as partners in your child’s education.  Please do not hesitate to contact us us there are any questions or concerns.  


Mme. McCann & Mrs. Parnell,  Mrs. Bean & Ms. Couch