Dear Families,

Last week, we had very special visitors come from Pet Zone. We got to meet all sorts of animals like dogs, a cat, an iguana, fish, turtles, a tortoise, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, and bunnies. The kids loved meeting these new friends and interacting with them. We were able to pet, hold, and look at the different animals. Some kids were far more interested in holding the animals than others; some kids were just content to look.


What’s Happening In Our Class This Week

This week, we will continue learning about the properties of living things and how human behaviour impacts them. Pet Zone has left us with some different animals to be our classroom pets for the duration of this unit. We have 6 different kinds of pets: birds, bunnies, fish, a tortoise, turtles, and hamsters. Each class will get to learn about and take care of the pets for one week, and then we will trade pets with another class. This will give us the wonderful opportunity to learn of the needs of various living things and learn about how our behaviour impacts different animals and how we need to be responsible for different kinds of animals.

This week, we have the bunnies in our classroom. Carrot and Lettuce are our classroom pets. Carrot is the one with the bit of orange/rust colour on his back and nose, and Lettuce is the one with the black markings on his body and around his eyes. The kids love them very much already and are learning how to take care of them. We are learning to feed them and give them water, to let them run and have exercise, how to pet and hold them gently, and when to leave them alone so they can rest. This is a great hands on experience for the kids as they really can connect their learning to what they are actually doing.


At Home Connections

Learning about the properties of living things is a challenge for some children. It can be hard to differentiate between living and non-living things, especially if they are not familiar objects. It would be great to categorize living and non-living things with your child. At school, we have used picture prompts to help students understand what separates living things from non-living things:

Living things eat food and drink water.

Living things go to the bathroom.

Living things breathe.

Living things grow.

Living things move by themselves.

Living things can have babies.

You can point out different living and non-living things with your child. To help sort them into living or non-living groups, you can ask them if they eat and drink, if they go to the bathroom, if they breathe, if they grow, if they move by themselves, and if they can have babies to help them classify the object.

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 7th: No school for students. Staff Professional Development Day.

Thursday, February 23rd: Dress Down/Free Dress Day

Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th: National Day/ Liberation Day. No school on Sunday, February 26th.