Dear Families,

Last week we took a slight break from our Unit of Inquiry learning to focus on celebrating Kuwait! We had a fun week of activities, songs, and crafts that helped our students to feel the excitement for the long weekend of celebrations for Liberation Day and Kuwait National Day. Thank you for sending in all those Kuwaiti treats for our students to share. We really enjoyed all the delicious tastes. We hope you all had a wonderful, fun long weekend. Please enjoy some pictures from our Spirit Day:

What’s Happening In Our Class This Week

Last week I intended to spend some time on our unit, but because of Kuwait National Day, we spent our time on those activities instead. This week, we will actually spend time learning about and enjoying our class pet, Marco the fish. He will be a neat pet to observe as he is not one we can play with and touch, like the other pets we have had so far. We will be inquiring into how we, as humans, need to be responsible for living things and how our behaviour impacts animals like fish. We will revisit the properties of our real fish vs. our toy fish, like when we compared Ms. Kate’s fish Magic, to our toy fish, Johnson.

At Home Connection

If you have a pet at home, give (or continue to give) your child some responsibility for taking care of the pet. As your child is caring for the pet, you can ask questions to help your child think about why he/she needs to care for the animal. Some suggestions are: Why do you need to feed the cat every day?; What might happen to the dog if you don’t give it water?; Why does the fish need to stay in the water?; Why do we need to clean the bird cage?; How do you think the rabbit feels when you play with it? Why?

Zoo Field Trip on Thursday

We will be going on a field trip to the zoo on Thursday! We will go from approximately 8:30-12:00. We need 4 parent volunteers PLEASE! It’s a big space and there are lots of children to be watched, so if you can please come and help, we would really appreciate it!

For parent volunteers, we are asking parents to meet us at the front entrance of the zoo. We are giving them the option of sending their child to school in the morning or driving with the child to the zoo. Parents can take their child home at the end of the trip.

During our time at the zoo, we will do the following:

  • train ride around the zoo
  • picnic at the tables in the grassy area
  • walk around the zoo at our own pace, depending on students

We will have a picnic lunch in the grassy area of the zoo. So that students do not have to carry their bags around all day, we are asking that each parent send in a proper sandwich (not a croissant) and some veggies or fruits in a Ziploc bag with a small, disposable bottle of water. You can write your child’s name on the bag and the water bottle. This way, I can carry everyone’s food and water in a backpack and the kids will be able to wander without holding things. If you are sending your child in with food that needs a fork or spoon or lunch box, we will leave those ones at the school for when we come back from the field trip.  The lunch for the zoo should look something like this:

Important Dates

 

The March calendar is now posted on our calendar page.

Thursday, March 2nd: Field Trip to the Zoo from 8:30-12:00

Tuesday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 15th: 3-Way Conferences from 4:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, March 16th: No School for the Elementary Grades

Thursday, March 30th: Dress Down/Free Dress Day

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