Dear Parents and Students,

As I walked into our classroom this morning it put a huge smile on my face. I am so excited to be learning and growing with each and every one of my students this year. We have such a bright and welcoming environment in our classroom and it really helps to facilitate the learning that happens every day. Here is a picture of what I smiled at this morning:

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This week, we will continue to explore and inquire into Who We Are and build on our understanding of the Central Idea: Building relationships develops our understanding of ourselves and others. Using the Key Concept of Connection and the Related Concept of Relationshipsstudents have been sharing their connections to their families with each other during Family Picture Presentations. Every day, two students have a turn to stand up in front of the class and tell us about their families, responding to teacher prompts and sharing whatever they like about their families. Students are able to see how they are similar and how they are different, like that we all have moms and dads, but some of us have only sisters and some of us have only brothers, while some of us have both, and some students do not have any brothers or sisters yet. We have had so much fun exploring similarities and differences amongst our families, sharing our thinking, and graphing our discoveries.

In our classroom, students have ample opportunity for free play. Play-based learning allows our children to develop naturally and to gain a deeper understanding of their world. According to the Early Years Learning Framework, play-based learning is defined as “a context for learning through which children organize and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations” (EYLF, 2009, p. 46). Dedicating time for free play allows student choice and fosters many aspects of development. While students play, it allows the teachers the time to interact with them, question and prompt, and observe and record through anecdotal notes. To give you even more ideas, here is a document that shares what students learn through various types of free play:

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At Home Connections

You can support growth and development at home by continuing to talk about family and how we are connected to each other. We talk a lot in class about how we do things for each other and help each other because we are friends or family and we want to build our relationships. You can also watch your child’s Family Picture Presentation by following this link: Family Pictures Presentations. Please take the opportunity to watch your child’s video with him/her and discuss more about your family. If your child’s video is not yet there, it will be up after they go. It usually takes me a day or two to upload them, so please be patient!

Important Dates:

Monday, September 26th: Last day to hand in your Scholastics order forms and money.

Tuesday, September 27th: Staff PD Day. No school for students.

Wednesday, September 28th: PreK Principal’s Assembly. This is only for students, we just wanted you to know so you can ask what your child did at school that day.

Thursday, September 29th: Spirit Day: Book Character Dress-Up/ Free Dress Day. Your child can come dressed as his/her favourite character from any favourite book. Alternatively, your child can come in non-uniform clothes.

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