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.

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!

UE Update – Fish Business And Epic Wipeouts!!

This week we had some awesome fun hitting the bunny, green, blue, and black hills at Brimacombe while at top speed.  Some hit some epic air and some hit epic wipeouts.     : )  Our class loved the cafe at Brimacombe as much as the hills, which is really saying something!  Also this week we received sad news that our beloved fish Carl sadly passed away. 😭

Next week on Wednesday we are going to Trent for gym. Remind your children or child to pack their gym clothing and make sure not to do it for them because at KMS we encourage the children to learn independence. Also next week on Friday January the 25 we are going to go cross country skiing at Kawartha Nordic.

Have a fun weekend in the snow!

by Grace and Hunter


UE Update -Freaky Jan!!!!

The Upper Elementary and Middle School students were lucky enough to get to see the TASS production of Freaky Friday. It was very well done ! The actors, singers and dancers have been practicing the play since OCTOBER !!!!!! We are very glad that we got to see the amazing production by the TASS students . This week we began our weekly visit to Trent for gym. We will be going for two weeks every Wednesday for the rest of the term . We ran hard, played hard, and had a great time!

Next Wednesday, we are going to Brimacombe to ski and snowboard . We will be there for the whole day! You are able to buy food there and you can rent equipment, if you don’t have any. We are allowed parent volunteers, so if you want to come you can. We are starting a Zoology unit in culture next week to learn more about animals, how they are grouped and classified, special adaptations, and other things. We’ll let you know how it goes…

Work hard , play hard !!!! by: Jenna & Zoey

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!

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.

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!