Thank you to everyone who made it out to Culture Day this morning! The children were excited to show you their work and the work of their friends!
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate Easter! We hope you all enjoy the extra long weekend and we look forward to seeing the children back on Tuesday. Please remember that many of the sweets your child may receive this weekend will not be nut free. We have several children in the school who have anaphylactic allergies to nuts. Please do not send any dessert / or treats with your child so that we can ensure that everyone is safe and healthy at all times. Also, keep in mind that children who receive the prepared lunches, do not receive desserts or treats with their meals. Please help us to develop healthy eating habits by avoiding sweets and treats when packing lunches.
Tuesday is Earth Day. Students will take part in a few activities to celebrate our Earth and learn ways to care for it the best we can.
Tip of the Week:
Our yard is FINALLY starting to dry up, but as we are sure you’ve noticed, the mud is sticking around! Please continue to send rubber boots and splash pants to keep the kiddos dry and clean(ish).
What a busy week we have had in Casa! On Monday, Aimee’s Mom “Chef Anne” came in to help the children make fruit salad. It was a hit! Irish Millie was also visiting that day and brought along her fiddle to play for the children. Some children even had the opportunity to touch the fiddle and try out the bow on the strings. On Tuesday, Evan Ng’s Mom, Jenny, visited both Casa classes to teach the children more about Chinese New Year. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and use chop sticks! Today, Jimmy Chapman was back for another exciting session of break dancing. You can ask your children if they can show you “the robot”, “the worm” or “cut the cheese”. Remember to check out the photos we post to see some photos of these events as well as students completing daily work.
Tuesday will be Pancake Day at KMS. This is a wonderful morning when the Lower Elementary students prepare and serve pancakes to the whole school! The pancakes will not replace a meal, so please still send along whatever food you normally would. Please also send your child with a plate and fork in a bag. More details can be found in the email sent out by Kristi this morning.
Don’t forget there is no school on Friday, March 8th, as teachers will be hosting parent-teacher interviews.
Tip of the Week:
Thank you so very much for all of your donations of milk / juice cartons. We have received enough cartons to begin our bird feeders!
We have a new student teacher in Casa for the next seven weeks. Her name is Nanae and she is currently completing her ECE diploma at Fleming College. We encourage you to introduce yourself if you see her in the halls!
What a strange week we all had! From frozen pipes to snow storms and freezing rain! Through it all, the children kept smiling. It’s been so lovely to have snow in the backyard again! If your child wants to bring their sled back to school, there is enough snow to toboggan once again. Please remember to label the sled so that we can keep track of whose sled belongs to which child.
On Tuesday we have a special guest coming to run the annual “Teddy Bear Hospital” in the two Casa classrooms. Angela Carruthers (mother to Brennah in UE) will be teaching the students all about life in the ER and will show the students how to care for a variety of stuffed animals with pretend injuries.
Public Open House:
There is a Public Open House tomorrow from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you know of anyone who would like to come and tour the school and learn more about the Montessori philosophy and KMS, please extend an invitation on our behalf. We’d love to meet them!
This week in Casa, students had 2 exciting events take place that we are sure you will hear all about this weekend (if you haven’t heard already!).
Thursday was our annual Santa Shop, run by the Lower Elementary students. Casa students loved the opportunity to buy special gifts for their family members and also enjoyed some special one-on-one time with their Upper Elementary shopping buddy. We hope you like your gifts!
Today we had Molly’s grandma, “Gummy” come to do a special craft with the Casa students. They will be sent home next week and can be hung anywhere you want around your home (perhaps a Christmas tree or another special place). Gummy says they will still be edible weeks from now!
A surprise guest will be visiting on Monday to bake a special treat with the kids! We know the students will be excited to use the kitchen and have an opportunity to create something delicious!
Middle School toy drive continues all next week. Donations can be left in the grey bins in the foyer.
Tip of the Week:
If you’re looking for something to do time this weekend, please have your child(ren) practice “It’s a Small World” for the Holiday Concert!
This week has been full of Halloween fun! The week began with a visit from a special guest – Kim MacLean! The children loved doing Halloween Yoga with her and playing funny games with Pete the Pumpkin. The children enjoyed sharing their plans for Halloween costumes and the teachers LOVED seeing the pictures you sent in from the big event!
All week we will be making paper poppies to share at the school-wide Remembrance Day Ceremony that will take place on Friday. Middle School students are organizing a meaningful ceremony and all students will take part.
The Parent Child Open House will take place after school on Wednesday. Details on how to respectfully observe your child in their environment will be e-mailed to you on Monday. We hope to see you all there!
Tip of the Week:
Don’t forget to change your clocks back this weekend. A friend shared with us a few years back that instead of being woken up at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning and then having to tell your child it’s actually only 5:00 a.m. (yuck!!!), consider waiting until mid-morning and changing the clocks then!
We had our first school-wide fire drill this morning and the students did really well! This will happen at the end of each month so the children become familiar with the process. You can ask your children questions like “where do you go when the fire bell rings?” (answer – out of the school), “where does your class meet once you get outside?” (answer – at the back of the parking lot), “who do you stay with during a fire drill?” (my teachers).
Welcome October! We will be working on a Thanksgiving craft this week and are asking that each child please bring in a Mason jar on Monday or Tuesday. If you do not have one and won’t have a chance to buy one this weekend, please let us know and we can see about finding an extra. Thank you for your help! We will also spend time this week talking about gratitude and giving thanks as we lead up to our Thanksgiving long weekend. Reminder: there is no school on Monday, October 8.
A reminder that we post pictures on the password protected section of the KMS website each week. You will not get an email notification when we post them so please check in every once in a while to see if there are new pictures of the students. You may notice that the photos from last year have been archived so hopefully they will load faster now. In case you forget the steps to login, please see them below:
Hover your mouse over “KMS Parents’ Page” until the drop down appears
Hover your mouse over “Classroom Pages” and then click “Casa”
Enter the password
Remember, if you signed the photo restriction form when you registered, your child’s photo will not appear on the website. If you would like to remove this restriction, please see Dianne in the office.
Lessons were in full swing this week! Students are learning the importance of repeating work until mastery. They are beginning to understand that once they have practiced their new lessons we can then show them the next piece of work. Everything in Casa has an order!
Casa Cooks was a hit this week! Students enjoyed making butter at circle time. This involved a lot of shaking of whipped cream.
Next week, Casa students will be practicing their first monthly fire drill.
Just a reminder that Friday, September 28th is a PA DAY.
Drop off is between 8:30-8:45. Lessons will start promptly at 8:45, so please arrive on time!
Welcome to your very first Casa Weekly Website Post for the 2018/2019 school year! This is a place where the Casa teachers will share information regarding your child’s week, provide reminders for the following week, and share any tips we think you may find helpful. You will receive an e-mail notification when these posts are updated each Friday. We will also add photos to the classroom web pages each week but a notification will not be sent. We are still working on a way to archive last year’s photos and will hopefully have a solution for this next week.
We were happy to welcome 21 new students into the Casa community this week! Our new friends spent the week becoming familiar with their new classrooms, meeting new classmates, and learning their first lessons!
We can’t wait for our returning Casa students to come back to school on Monday! Files containing communication books, a list of important dates, as well as our classroom schedule will all be sent home on Monday. Please remember to initial the communication book each day to let us know you have seen our notes.
A reminder that Wednesday morning will be our first Phys. Ed class outside. Students will leave their backpacks and files in the foyer and shake their teacher’s hand before heading straight outside.
On Friday morning we are having a special guest come in to make apple sauce with the children!
Tip of the Week:
Labeling your child’s clothing and belongings is extremely helpful for teachers to identify what items belong to each student. This includes backpacks, jackets, shoes…you name it! Tip: Sharpie Markers work well on labels, as well as making Duct tape labels. “Mabels Labels” is also a wonderful company to order fun personalized labels for your children’s belongings.