Happy New Year from Casa!

Happy New Year to all of our Casa families! We hope you had a happy, healthy, fun-filled, and relaxing holiday with your family and friends. We’re excited to be back and have lots planned for Term 2 with your children.

Friendly reminders:

  • If you haven’t already, please return your child’s indoor shoes and extra clothing bags.
  • Check in to see photos of your children working and playing at school. You will not receive notifications when we post photos so check in every once in a while to see what’s new!
  • If your child stays for recess, please consider sending two pairs of mitts on Phys.Ed days so they have a dry pair at recess.

What’s happening in January:

  • January 21st – Teddy Bear Hospital. Your child does not need to bring anything for this special morning in Casa
  • January 29th – Expert Day. Details will follow but this will take place during drop off for Casa families (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Tuesdays in Term 2 – Yoga with Kim from Tree Song Yoga

LOWER ELEMENTARY OCTOBER NEWS!


THIS MONTH

October has been a very busy month in Lower Elementary! We enjoyed our field trip to the Petroglyphs where we went on a hike in the woods and learned about the Indigenous rock carvings. We also had a visit from the educators from the Trent Tracks program. We spent a wonderful afternoon in Burnham Woods and participated in activities surrounding indigenous teachings, including learning about the medicine wheel. The exciting news for students this month is that we expanded the Lower Elementary Program into two homerooms. We continue to come together as a group for many different aspects.

NEXT MONTH

In November we look forward to Our Parent-Child Open house and meeting with Parents during interviews the week of November 18-22. We will also be having discussions and activities around Remembrance Day. Students will be participating in our school ceremony with a group presentation. 

TIP/REMINDER

P.A. Day November 22

With the cold weather approaching please ensure your child is prepared for all weather conditions.

Medicine Wheels, Early Humans, and Ukuleles

What an October we have had! Our Wax Museum turned out well, and we enjoyed presentations of some famous people all morning! Well done students, and thanks to those who came out to see them.

Some lovely folks from TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) came to visit, and shared some teachings around Medicine Wheels.  We learned, of course, out in Burnham Woods with the fall colours all around us.  Do you know what the colours mean?  Your child does, now.  We also learned about the hemlocks in the woods, how to identify them, and how they got there.  Do you know what a drumlin is?  We do!  We also know how Canada geese fly — and many details about the sounds they make and the turns they take on their great migration.  Group work in nature…

The Grade 5s learned about all of the different early humans, and worked in pairs to present their findings to their classmates. We learned that sometimes it’s tricky to work with a partner on something. Deciding, communicating, reading, researching, summarizing, drawing, compromising… working with a partner is trickier than it looks. It’s always great practice to share what we learned with others by doing informal  presentations with others!  Other cultural classroom learning has involved researching Early Civilizations, Structures, and of course learning about and presenting party platforms for the recent election.  Busy month!

Joe has once again started up the Ukulele club, where UE students who are interested can learn basic chords and strumming patterns in a medium – sized group.  We have some returning members, which really helps, and everyone is really enthusiastic!

Please join your child November 6th at the Open House to see exactly what we do all day here.  There will be a time right after school that Wednesday where you can come in with your student and have them show you what they are accomplishing!  If Wednesdays are difficult, another night is alway a possibility.  Just email the teachers!  Life does get busy but coming to see your child’s work lets them know you are invested and involved.  It’s hard to make the time, but “The Hard Thing is the Right Thing to Do.”

Here are 5 reasons you should get involved in your child’s education (though there are many more than just these):

  • Cognitive gains – Studies of parents highly involved in the educational process showed that their children were more likely to improve in their academics.
  •  Increased confidence – When students feel supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement.
  •  Better behaviour – Kids develop better social skills and show improved behaviour when their parents are involved at school.
  •  Improved  community – Research shows that parent involvement can help improve the quality of schools, raise teacher morale, and improve a school’s reputation in the community.
  •  Parents benefit too – When parents become involved in their children’s education, they become more comfortable in the school building, gain confidence in their parenting skills, and feel more capable of helping their children learn. They’re also more likely to continue their own education.

Songs We Love

The Green Grass Grew All Around

Oh in the woods there was a tree
The prettiest tree
You ever did see
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all aroundAnd on that tree
There was a limb
The prettiest limb
That you ever did see
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all aroundAnd on that limb
There was a branch
The prettiest branch
That you ever did see
And the branch was on the limb,
And the limb was on the tree,
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all aroundAnd on that branch
There was a nest
The prettiest nest
That you ever did see
And the nest was on the branch
And the branch was on the limb
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all aroundAnd in that nest
There was an egg
The prettiest egg
That you ever did see
And the egg was in the nest
And the nest was on the branch
And the branch was on the limb
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all aroundAnd in that egg
There was a bird
The prettiest bird
That you ever did see
And the bird was in the egg
And the egg was in the nest
And the nest was on the branch
And the branch was on the limb
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all aroundSource: LyricFindSongwriters: William Jerome / Harry Von TilzerThe Green Grass Grew All Around lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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!