What’s Happened:

This week students thoroughly enjoyed cooking with our guest, Chef Kari! In small groups, students worked on their peeling, cutting and chocolate dipping skills. They were very excited to make Mini Apple-Caramel pies and Reindeer. What a great experience to learn how to follow a recipe, understand the sequence of steps, build confidence and bond with each other. Thank you so much, Chef Kari!


Students in Lower Elementary have also been working hard like little elves to get ready for our 17th Annual Santa Shop. This year the proceeds from our shop will go towards “The Food Cupboard” in our own township to benefit local families. The class is responsible for wrapping each and every present (including tying bows for each one), manning the different sections, set up and clean up, and operating the cash.


Next Week:

Students will continue preparing for Santa Shop with Santa Shop taking place on Thursday morning. LE students are welcome to dress in Christmas attire as well as, wear an elf hat.



Week of November 13-17

What’s Happened:

This week students decided to write Christmas cards to Jacob Thompson who is a 9 year old boy with a terminal illness. He is celebrating his Christmas early and loves letters from other children. This prompted discussions around what each and every one of us can be thankful for! Every week our class has a classroom meeting which is chaired by a student, who announces the Agenda and a minute person who records the minutes of our meeting. Usually our Agenda includes “What is going well?”, “What do we need to improve?/ Personal concerns” and “What’s New.” As a class, we have decided to add a new item to our meetings and this is “Gratitude!” This is an amazing way to close our meetings every week!

Next Week:

Remember next week interviews are scheduled where parents can see their children’s work.


Please label all clothing and water bottles. It makes is so much easier to get them back to their owners. Thank you!

Week of November 6-10

What’s Happened:

This week the Lower Elementary students participated in lessons and discussions around Remembrance Day. We enjoyed our visit from our friends from the Hastings Legion. They shared stories from their area veterans, answered questions and delivered our poppies to us. Students also wrote “Postcards for Peace” to thank a veteran and these will be handed out to veterans on Saturday at the Ottawa ceremony. The LE’s diligently practiced the poem “In Flanders Fields” and presented it at our KMS Remembrance Day ceremony. Students did an amazing job and it was a powerful presentation. They should be proud of themselves!

Next Week:

Next week, lessons for Zoology will wrap up and we will begin lessons in Geography.


Please remind your children to dress for the weather. It was quite a chilly day out there today in our windy yard!

Week of October 30-November 3

What’s Happened:

This week the Lower Elementary students participated in Halloween Festivities. The students enjoyed writing Halloween stories and sharing them with their classmates.  Students were supportive of each other through the writing process and gave encouragement to each other when reading aloud. We also highly enjoyed having Drama on Wednesday with Kristi’s daughter Kaitlin and her friend Jordan. They are both Grade 9 students in the Drama program at TAS and it was “Take your kid to work day”. The students just loved learning from official teenagers. So much fun! 

Next Week:

We will be having lessons and discussions about Remembrance Day and preparing for our KMS, whole school ceremony held on Friday.  Members of the Hasting legion will be visiting us on Wednesday to speak about Remembrance Day and answer questions.


Don’t forget clocks fall back on Sunday!

Week of Oct 23-27

What’s Happened: This week we completed our Fall garden prep and planted bulbs. The Grade 3’s participated in the “Wanna Bet” workshop with the Upper Elementary class. In class students are working hard at balancing their day with all areas of the curriculum.  Students are enjoying creating their own Halloween stories.

Next Week: With Halloween on Tuesday, students can wear orange and black. We ask that costumes are saved for Halloween night.  We will be celebrating Halloween with story writing and various activities.     

Tips/Reminder: We hope you can make it to the KMS chapters fundraiser on Wednesday from 5:30-8:30.  Don’t forget Friday is a PD day.

Week of October 16-20

What’s happened:  This week students enjoyed participating in decorating two class pumpkins for the Keene Pumpkin Festival. As a group, they brain stormed designs for the face of one pumpkin and took turns scooping out the insides. Our KMS abstract pumpkin was created by layering paint by every student. We finished off our craft by roasting the seeds! We also loved having a visit from the Ottonabee-South Monaghan Fire department. They showed us their equipment and spoke to us about the importance of Fire safety and having a family meeting spot. Students asked a lot of good questions and enjoyed the presentation.

Next WeeK: Picture Day is next Tuesday so come with your best SMILE!

Tip/Reminder: In class we are having lots of group discussions about how to show respect and kindness. If parents could please continue to support this at home it would be appreciated.

Week of Oct 2nd


This Week:

It was a busy week in Lower Elementary. We were learning about the history of Thanksgiving, having group discussions about what we are thankful for and students completed a thankful turkey.

We were proud of our grade 3 students who participated in cross country. They represented KMS and showed a great deal of support for one another.

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family!

Week of September 25-29

What’s happened: This week students enjoyed a beautiful hike through Burnham Woods where we explored the natural world and had discussions about the Fall season. We also participated in our first practice fire drill and the students did a great job.

Next week: The grade 3’s will be participating in the annual cross country meet at Beavermead park on Thursday, October 5th. Also, just a reminder the Annual General Meeting takes place next week, followed by the Fall Parent Social.

Tip/ Reminder: Please label your child’s water bottle and ensure they are leak proof, thank you.

Week of September 18-22


What’s happened: In Lower Elementary, students have had a great first few weeks of school! We had an amazing field trip to the Peterborough Zoo to kick off our Zoology lessons. We toured the animals, participated in the Education Program with Jim and watched the zookeeper feed the camels! This is week three in LE, and we are all continuing to learn the routines of the classroom and settling into our daily work. Students are beginning their individual notebooks, and in Culture we have been learning and classifying Vertebrates and Invertebrates.

Next week: We will continue with our Zoology lessons and dive into the world of Geometry. On the 28th we have a Parent/Child Open House from 3:45-4:45 pm. You can look forward to your child acting as your tour guide in the classroom!

Tip: Some students are a little tired right now so please make sure they are getting to bed on time. Please remember to read to your child daily and have them read to you as well, because extra practice is always important.