Getting to know you…!

Today we spent all day at King Edward Park in Peterborough. We played large group games like Capture the Flag and Circles, and also had some time to play our choice of games. There was bocce ball (kind of like bowling), grounders in the play structure, and badminton. Some folks were brave and enjoyed the splash pad when the sun came out. It was a terrific day of getting to know each other!

U.E. Update – So Much Testing !

Here in U.E., we have just finished our non-modified CAT testing (Canadian Achievement Test). Your child’s results will be given to you on the first week of June 2019. Modified CAT testing will be from May 6th 2019, to May 10th 2019. If your child is in the modified CAT test, make sure they get a good sleep on the week of testing. Studies have shown the average child at this age needs 10 to 11 hours of sleep. The CAT test is a standardized test that goes all around Canada. Unlike EQAO, the CAT test is not just provincial.

Some events that are coming up are the art show and showcase. The art show is a great way for kids to show their art. Kids are asked to bring in 3 pieces of art, or art that your child has made at school. The art will be placed all around the school. It will go from May 13th to May 17th.

Showcase is essentially a talent show. Kids will perform a class performance, and have the option to do an individual or group performance. Showcase will take place on May 24th 2019 in the evening.

Casa News: April 15-18

This Week:

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!

Next Week:

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).

Casa March 25th-29th

This week:

This week we gave a warm welcome to our new friends who joined our classrooms! We had a blast making carrot soup and exploring the lower field in the sunshine.

Tip of the week:

Please say “Hello” to our placement student Nanae if you see her in the hall. She is with us for two more weeks! We do like to spend time outside so thank you for sending your children in weather (and mud) appropriate clothing! We have had a lot of fun!

Next week:

Our Public Open House is next Saturday, April 6th from 10am-12pm! Please feel free to share this information with any friends or family interested in learning more about our school.

Casa News: February 25-March 1

This Week:

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.

Next Week:

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!

UE Update -Epic debating and wipeouts!!!!

This week: We are learning how to solve conflicts in class by doing lots of persuasive writing, debating, and meditating. We are doing debates in class like “Is UE better than LE”. The hardest thing, we are finding out, is to think of arguments FOR something you don’t agree with, or AGAINST something you do agree with.  It helps you think of the other side of an issue or problem, though. We went to Trent for gym on Wednesday, and it is still so fun! Joe reminded us this gym about showing sportsmanship while we play games. We play games like octopus, dodgeball and circles. We sometimes have choice in the gym time to join in a competitive game and a ‘chill’ game, because some of us really care about winning and others just want to have fun.  Jimmy Chapman the breakdancer is coming today to KMS and teaching us some sweet moves.  At recess, some kids sled down the big hill beside the school. Some people crash in the bushes and stumps.

Next week: In UE in the second term the kids get to come to the interviews, and do all the talking!  We did some self-assessments this week on our learning, and the teachers have said that overall we did a great job reflecting and writing about how things were going for us academically and socially in the classroom.  We can’t wait to share with you at the interview!  Next week we get pancakes on Tuesday because it’s Pancake Day.  All of the pancakes are made by the Lower Elementary students.  Yum! and Thanks!  We also have games day and then big clean up because we have interviews. We clean first, and then play games, because as Joe says, “Work hard, then play hard!” We also have the last Trent day of this year on Wednesday, so don’t forget your gym stuff!

Have an excellent weekend…

by Evan and Fiona



Family Trees and Zoologies

Hey there, long time no blog! Sorry, what with snow days and holidays, we have gotten out of routine. However, we are back to share what is going on in UE lately!

First of all, check out the photos. Yes, we do work here! We want to share a couple of stand-out pieces of work we are proud of as well as telling you how we are doing with both social and academic things in the class this year. So make sure to sign up for a time slot — it’s a STUDENT LED one, because that’s what we are all about here at KMS. Student led!

Many of us worked on our family trees – check them out in the hallway. Sohun did an amazing family tree of Greek Mythology — check it out beside the office!

There seems to be a lot of PERSUADING going on this term. We have learned all the tricks to persuade someone, in Ads, in arguments…so we have been applying that to paragraphs and now essays. The grand finale? DEBATING! Our teachers say that there is nothing more worthwhile than CIVILIZED ARGUING. That’s debating. First one will be on Monday, if you want to come and watch it.

We are all on an Energy Diet these days. Ask us what electricity actually IS, and how it is made! We have started work on that. We are currently (haha, energy joke there) learning about all the ways Ontario makes electricity. We really need to use less to save the planet from greenhouse gases, and global warming, so we are doing a NO POWER HOUR at school for the next…well, maybe forever!

That’s all for now, and have a great weekend!