Information about lunch time

Dear Parents,

We are experiencing serious congestion outside the cafeteria and this is creating problems for our students and staff to access the cafeteria.  Not only is this a safety concern, but we are also seeing students becoming upset and/or reliant on their parent or AYI to help them with their lunch.

Please be reminded that parents and Ayi’s should not be waiting outside the school cafeteria with lunch for their child at lunchtime.  Your co-operation is most important.

We continue to work on developing a sense of independence with our students and therefore students should bring lunch with them to school in the morning.

If a student should forget to bring a lunch we can arrange the purchasing of lunch through our caterer, Nom Nom.  If parents want to provide warm food, from home, then the lunch box should be delivered to the Mountainside or Parkside office before your child’s lunchtime.

Thank you for your co-operation.
Mr. Kanabar

A few reminders and updates

Thanks to all the children who have brought in their artifacts. Please help your child to remember to bring them in by Monday if they have not. Please make sure your child understands why the artifacts are important to your family so they can tell us in class.

Please remember that school starts at 8:00. Children should be here by 7:55 so they are ready for class at 8:00. I know circumstances come up and your child is late. If so, please let me know why. Your child should not be late for school more than 2 or 3 times a month. The first 15 minutes of school is when the children are practicing their reading both independently and with a partner. It is a very important time of the day. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

We are learning about solid (3D) shapes in Math. Cylinders, cones, spheres and cubes are the four solid shapes we  are focusing on. We are using words to describe the attributes of these solid shapes…vertices (corners), edges, points, flat and curved faces. We are sorting them according to some of these attributes.

In writing, we are learning how to make our pictures more interesting by adding speech bubbles, lines to show that something is moving, and by highlighting what is important in the picture.

In the next few days, a sheet of words will come home with your child that we have used in class. These are the words we are using the most. It might be fun to play a game using these words to help your child recognize these words or to help your child spell these words. Any game can be adapted to use these words. For example, when playing a board game, each person has to say or spell the word before having a turn.

Enjoy the weekend.




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Please follow the instructions below to sign up for access to your child’s Seesaw blog. You need to wait until I send your child’s QR code in your child’s take home folder.

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Thank you for supporting your child’s learning. If you have any questions, please email me at

Sharlene Cormack

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We need your help with our next unit of inquiry.

Dear Parents,

The Kindergarten teachers are busy preparing a new unit that will start in January. Our new Unit of Inquiry is based on the theme Where We Are in Place and Time. In this inquiry unit, the students will look at personal histories and how they help us learn about who we are and where we come from.

In order to do this, we need your help. With your child, please find at least 3 artifacts from your family history. Talk about their significance with your child and then have them bring the artifacts to school. These artifacts can include, but are not limited to: photographs, clothing, cultural relics, books, games, music, etc. These artifacts will stay in the class for a while so please make sure your name is on them.

We want to use these artifacts to help the children peek into the past and see how their life may be similar or different to their family’s life in the past.

We are sending this information to you before the holidays so you can collect the artifacts if you are visiting your home countries or home towns.

Please bring these artifacts into class after the break by Friday, January 12th.

The Kindergarten team

What have we been up to?

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks and we still have one more to go. Our literacy focus has been ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story. As well as reading the story, making a gingerbread man cookie, hunting for the runaway gingerbread man and making a paper gingerbread man (or girl), we used the gingerbread man story to focus on other literacy goals.

We read a different version of the story called, ‘The Gingerbread boy’. We discussed how the two stories were similar and how they were different.

We also studied the recipe to learn where some of the ingredients come from.

We researched where cinnamon, ginger, cloves, brown sugar and molasses come from. Did you know molasses is a type of sugar, cinnamon is the bark from a cinnamon tree, ginger is a root, and cloves are part of a flower? We felt, tasted and smelled all of these things. I was very impressed how willing the children were to try everything. We were surprised how spicy a piece of clove and ginger tasted and loved the brown sugar and the molasses.

We’ve also been reading the stories we’ve written with our classmates so we will be ready to share them with KC on Thursday, our publishing day. The stories are small moments that have happened to us. The children will be bringing them home on Friday.

In math, we’ve been finding shapes around the room and school. We are also learning a bit about how to find the area of these shapes by covering them with smaller shapes.

Lastly, we are learning how to use a blog app called, ‘Seesaw’. We have been busy adding some of our learning to it in anticipation of sharing it with you. This week, I will send information to you about how to access Seesaw.

Our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit is coming to a close. I would like to challenge you and your family to be conscientious about how you treat our world so we can continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

Winter party Wednesday, December 13

We will have a little party before the winter holiday on Wednesday, December 13 at 12:45-1:15. You are welcome to attend. A few of the parents are organizing something special for the children to do at the party. Your child will also have a special present to give to you. If you cannot make it, no worries. Your child will take the present home for you.

Don’t forget…Monday is library day and Friday is pajama day and a half day.