Week of October 10-13th
We were excited to begin a Culture unit in Zoology this week, that will continue over the next few weeks. Grade 4s and 5s will focus on Taxonomy, body systems, and vital functions. Grade 6s will focus on a study of the cell. Thursday was a great day for all our students. Some participated in a whole school Thanksgiving ceremony which showcased what we are grateful for, and other students represented KMS exceptionally well at the All Peterborough Separate School Board Cross Country meet. Well done, everyone! Friday, we finished off our week with pumpkin carving. Come see all the school pumpkins at the Keene Festival tomorrow! See below for some photos.
We are looking forward to a visit from the Fire Department next Thursday, to talk about fire safety and prevention.
Have a great weekend!
Kristi, Kristina, and Joe
This week: Our Casa students relished in the bounty of the season and made homemade apple juice using a cider press. Making our own fresh and tasty beverage with our own 2 hands was so exciting! Grinding Gala, Courtland and MacIntosh apples and then turning the crank to grind the fruit into a pulp was a highlight of the week! Delish!
Casa students also took pride in participating in a whole school Thanksgiving ceremony outdoors. We all have so much to be thankful for!
Next week: We will be having visitors from the Otonabee-South Monaghan Fire Department to teach us about fire safety.
Our school is hosting a public Open House on Sat., Oct. 21 and invite you to spread the word to any friends or family members that are looking for an accredited Montessori program for their children.
Tip of the week: As pesky cough and cold season is upon us, we remind families how important it is for students to get extra sleep, drink plenty of water and protect themselves and others from germs. Practice blowing noses by keeping the germs contained in a kleenex, and then washing hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards. This may seem obvious, but little people need lots of practice and reminders to trap cough and sneeze germs in their elbow to keep everyone healthy!
The Lower Elementary students had a great time creating animal masks during our Art Class this past Wednesday. The students chose which animal masks they wanted to make from such choices as a rabbit, a fox, an owl, a cat, a dog, and a mouse. They put solid effort into their creations. We then had Drama, and after some warm-up games, the class broke up into small groups and using their masks as characters, they created little skits to present to the class. They were quite funny! There are a few photos posted below.
We are looking forward to the Fire Department visiting next Thursday to talk with us about Fire Safety and Prevention!
Have a good weekend!
Kristi, Cindy, and Becky
Photo Day Tips
We know you have a lot going on during the busy back to school season. To help you prepare for your school photo day, here are some helpful tips and tricks to getting the perfect photo of your child.
Before Photo Day
- Aim for a haircut at least a week before the photo day, this allows hair to grow into a comfortable length for photos.
- Check to make sure your child’s uniform or clothing for photo day is clean and wrinkle free.
- Help your child practice their smile in front of a mirror.
On Photo Day
- Bright and solid colours help emphasize your child’s smile.
- You might want to send a comb to make sure their hair is perfect for their photo.
- If your child normally wear glasses, feel free to wear them for your photos. Our photographers are trained to reduce glare on the lens.
It doesn’t matter sometimes how clean they are when they leave the house in the morning, young children like to run and play. Edge Imaging offers 2 different retouching services to make sure your child’s photos look the way you meant them too. We can remove the spaghetti stains, the dirt from recess and the marker from art class.
See you on October 24th!
As you may have heard, mumps has been circulating in Peterborough recently. We are contacting you to provide some advice on how to keep yourself, and our schools, healthy and safe.
Mumps is caused by a virus. It causes swelling of one or more salivary glands, fever, loss of appetite, tiredness and headache. Mumps is spread by droplets or saliva from the person who is infectious. We advise that everyone take extra care not to share drinking bottles or cups, stay home if ill, and wash hands frequently, especially before eating or touching your face.
As immunization helps to decrease the risk of becoming ill with mumps, Peterborough Public Health is reminding everyone born after 1970 to check to make sure you have had two doses of the vaccine given after the first birthday and a minimum of 28 days apart. The mumps vaccine is part of the MMR or MMRV vaccine combination.
If we have documented spread of mumps in a school setting, the Immunization of School Pupils Act does mandate school principals to exclude any student who does not have two doses of the mumps vaccine. Peterborough Public Health will also require non-immune staff to stay home for the period of risk. So please make sure you are protected and if not, see your health care provider or call Peterborough Public Health at (705)743-1000, ext. 131, to receive your mumps vaccine.
If you develop symptoms, do not go to school and call your health care provider. Your health care provider may order tests to diagnose mumps if he or she suspects this to be the case. Because mumps is a reportable disease, Peterborough Public Health may be in touch to work with you and your contacts to help prevent the spread. Mumps is infectious 7 days before the onset of symptoms. In addition, a person with mumps can spread the illness for 5 days after becoming ill.
To check whether your immunizations are up to date, visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca or call your health care provider. You will also find a fact sheet with further details about mumps symptoms, prevention and risks on their website.
Our recess and gym equipment is starting to look really tired. As staff we are always looking for ways to fill a need creatively – we are very aware that we all can collect ‘Sports Stuff’ that seems to linger in the corners of our basements or garages and soon becomes forgotten. Well, if you have gently used or new sports equipment that you no longer wish to have – we would be so grateful if you donated your items to KMS! There is a giant box in the hall ready for your kindness.
Before considering a donation, please take the time to look at our Needs List below. We have limited storage so if you have an item that is not on the list, but would like to donate it, please come and see me. Thank you!!!
KMS Recess and Gym Equipment Wish/Need List
Pylons – orange ones or flat ones
Mixed balls – mixed sizes, softer balls
Exercise ball (large)
Nerf balls (for dodge ball)
Tennis balls (many)
Volleyballs and net
Recess Materials: (items kept separately from gym equipment)
Badminton rackets and birdies
Bocce ball set
Ping Pong net and rackets
Mixed toys for playing ‘house’/’store’
The KMS campus is officially in the Otonabee South Monaghan Township and what better way to get involved in our community than a Fall Fair in Keene this Saturday!
We will have a KMS booth at the Keene Pumpkin Festival and our students will have their decorated pumpkins on display! So please make the trip to Keene and support KMS Kids on Saturday October 14!
Here is a link to the Keene Pumpkin Festival – Hope to see you there!
This short week flew by! We can’t believe it’s over already. A special shout-out to our Middle School Cross-Country Runners: Grace, Izzy, Mikal, Jasper, Luke and Patrick who represented their school very well at the Catholic Board Cross-Country Meet on Thursday.
Congratulations to Patrick who came in 3rd in the Grade 8 boys race. What an accomplishment!
We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend and we look forward to getting back to work on Tuesday. Please ask your son/daughter which historical figure they have chosen for their Soliloquy project in Humanities. We look forward to their presentations on Thursday!