UE Update

The countdown is on! Students in UE have been enjoying a few festive, holiday season things this week. On Wednesday we made a very traditional shortbread recipe that Kristina brought in. She told us that her friend’s Nana’s Nana used to make these cookies back in Wales, over an open fireplace in their home! Students worked in groups and shared the baking and the delicious results. Hope you got to sample some at home. We have been continuing the card-making, too, in art. There are some creative brains in our class! Also, today we shared our Three Wishes stories with each other. What would YOU wish for, if you had three wishes? One for yourself, one for someone else, and one for the world?

Next week we have fairly normal days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday we will be doing a morning run-through of our performance at the Venue, (and then a games afternoon) so that we can be ready for our Friday morning show for you!

Have a great weekend!

Casa News: December 2-7

This Week:

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!

Next Week:

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!  

LE News: Dec 2nd-7th

This Week:

Santa Shop was a huge hit for our Lower Elementary students. We spent the week, wrapping and organizing presents and setting up the specialist room into a shop. On Thursday, each student had a job to do. Many students were in charge of running a table full of gifts. Other students were in charge of the cash, tags, and emergency wrapping. The school raised over $1000 dollars for a local homeless shelter! Way to go KMS!! 

Students also sang Christmas carols to residents of Springdale Nursing Home. The students enjoyed having juice and cookies with the individuals.  Thank you Korina for all your hard work to make this event happen! 

Next Week: 

The Middle School toy drive continues next week. Donations can be put in the grey bins in front of the kitchen. 

The Christmas party is fast approaching.  Students have been assigned a variety of songs  and are encouraged to practice over the next couple weeks.  Their choir folders should be kept in their backpacks. 

Quote of the Week:

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UE Update – giving means you get. Ha!

Well, in an improbable way, we are beginning to connect some things here in UE. This week, we have figured out that giving means you get. No, really! It’s true! Just read these examples…

This week, we did something we always enjoy. We help the Casa students go shopping in the school Santa Shop! The Lower Elementary students set up a small shop in the library where students can come and shop without their parents. We help the really young ones — it is so exciting for them but they usually need a bit of help, seeing all the choices of presents, and managing their money. They bring a list and we help them write name tags on the presents and everything! It’s hard work, but in the end it is so worth it! They are pretty cute and make some funny purchases!

Another thing that has been happening in the yard is building the DaVinci bridge at recess. We take turns holding it for each other, because it is pretty wobbly. When you hold it for others for awhile, then you get a turn walking g over it. Another example of giving and getting!

We also have started scheming for a class Secret Santa event, where we both give and get a present! We really blew it the first time we drew names — hardly any of us kept our secret, and everyone knew who had who in about two days. We really messed up. So, we had a meeting and voted to really try to keep our person SECRET, since that’s what it’s called for a reason. We are really trying hard not to even TALK about it, so that we don’t spill our secret. This is one more example of how we work self-regulation into our day here at KMS.

Oh, AND we just sang at Springdale Nursing Home! We gave, (singing, cheerful smiles) and we got (cookies, juice, made elders happy).

Looking forward next week to more students presenting their independent projects, and on Wednesday we will be doing baking in the kitchen in addition to art, music, and gym.

LE News: Dec 2nd-7th

This Week:

Santa Shop was a huge hit for our Lower Elementary students. We spent the week, wrapping and organizing presents and setting up the specialist room into a shop. On Thursday, each student had a job to do. Many students were in charge of running a table full of gifts. Other students were in charge of the cash, tags, and emergency wrapping. The school raised over $1000 dollars for a local homeless shelter! Way to go KMS!! 

Students also sang Christmas carols to residents of Springdale Nursing Home. The students enjoyed having juice and cookies with the individuals.  Thank you Korina for all your hard work to make this event happen! 

Next Week: 

The Middle School toy drive continues next week. Donations can be put in the grey bins in front of the kitchen. 

The Christmas party is fast approaching.  Students have been assigned a variety of songs  and are encouraged to practice over the next couple weeks.  Their choir folders should be kept in their backpacks. 

Quote of the Week:

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KMS CLOTHING IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Our KMS Clothing online store is now open through the company, Imprinted Apparel Store. Gym clothing and other items are now on sale! The only required item for gym is a KMS t-shirt, however the children can also wear the KMS shorts if you so choose. Please click on the link below to access the online store. In order to receive these items by the holidays, orders MUST be in by this Sunday at midnight. We apologise profusely for the short ordering window, there were delays that were out of our control.

http://imprintedapparelstore.com/KMS

LE NEWS

Last week: LE students enjoyed reading the “Stone Soup” story as a group and making the soup. They enjoyed tasting the concoction and learned about the power of gratitude and working together as a community. This week: students thoroughly enjoyed visiting Lang Pioneer where we toured the village, made a craft, and baked gingerbread cookies. Students especially enjoyed spending time at the school house. Lots of mouths dropped open when discussing the punishments for children! Many of them decided they would not like to be Pioneers!

Next week:  The LE class will be working hard to prepare for our “Santa Shop” which takes place on Thursday. We will be busy wrapping gifts and tying ribbons, and transforming the classroom into a store for the whole school. We are all very excited!

Quote of the Week:

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Casa News Nov. 25th-30th

This Week:

We can’t believe it is the last week of November!

We had a busy week here in Casa with lessons and beginning to practice singing and signing our Christmas songs.

We have gathered a number of clothing items from the week. Please see the picture of the Casa Lost and Found!

Next Week:

Santa Shop is happening next Thursday. Students will get a chance to go shopping with their Upper Elementary friends to buy gifts for their family members.  Stay tuned for more communication around this.

On Friday next week, “Gummy” Molly Harris’s grandma is coming in to do some Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments with both Casa Classes.

We are looking forward to getting in the Christmas spirit with both of these fun activities.

Tip/Reminder:

‘Tis the season for colds and flu. Please make sure to keep your child home if they are sick in order to refrain from spreading germs.

Secondly, please ensure you have all your child’s winter clothing labelled.   Also please double check backpacks for items that may not belong to you!

 

 

 

UE Update – carnivores, DaVinci, and cookies!

We can’t believe it will be December next week! This Wednesday we practiced our singing for the trip to Springdale Nursing Home next Wednesday morning, and OE was our last one for the term with Nancy in the woods. We got to play a spectacular game of Survival, with herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores running around and eating each other in Burnham Woods. So much fun! In December we get to do some seasonal baking again on Wednesdays in the kitchen, so get ready for delicious things coming home in backpacks the next couple of Wednesdays!

Our Celebrations Committee got together and organized a Secret Santa — $10 maximum, homemade gifts very welcome, exchange on the 20th of December. Hopefully your student will remember whose name they got! It is a true exercise in self- regulation: can you keep a secret? For how long?

Today the grade 6 students learned about the DaVinci Bridge, and how to make it! Now they are experts in beam, truss, arch, and suspension bridges. Mountain building will begin on Monday with the grade 4 students, and grade 5s are continuing their investigations of pulleys and simple machines.

Have a great weekend!

GIVING TUESDAY!

You may have heard about it on the radio or social media that today is Giving Tuesday. After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is a moment that is growing around the world dedicated to giving back.

For more information, and to find out ways you can give back, please go to givingtuesday.ca

Have a great day!