Kindergarten's blog

Week of October 23 - 27

Hi Kinder Families! The children had an eventful week last week! We went on our first field trip to the Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday! We are incredibly grateful for all the support you have given us! Special thanks to our parent volunteers who drove and accompanied us to the Pumpkin Patch. On Wednesday, we had an Earthquake Drill and the children did a good job listening to instructions and practicing the safety procedures. On Friday, the Earth Rangers came to the school for a presentation! They brought different animals and gave us ways to protect them and all types of wildlife. This week, we are looking forward to doing some Pumpkin Science and meeting with you, parents, for our Three Way Conferences! 

 

This week at a glance: 

Student of the week: Sydney

Show & Tell Theme: My Favourite Toy

Letter of the Week: R

 

Monday: 

Show & Tell: Anabelle

  • Hot Lunch 
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Library Time; please ensure to return any library books that were not brought back last week! The children will be bringing home a new book this week! 
  • French with Mme Caprilli

Tuesday:

Show & Tell: Chloe

  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Wednesday:

Show & Tell: Max

  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • School Mass led by Grade 6 @ 11 am - You are always welcome to join us for Mass
  • Early Dismissal @ 2:00 

Thursday:

Show & Tell: Marcus

  • Music with Mr. Kelly
  • Ms. Costales leaves for volleyball tournament @ 12

Friday:

  • Three Way Conferences - No Classes 

 

Homework:

  1. 10 to 15 minutes of home reading (please use "my reading" book, "read well" book, and books from home)

Friendly reminders:

  1. Homework folders- Please continue to check these daily and send them back to school everyday with your child. Each morning the children hand these in.
  2. "My readingbook- Please continue 10 to 15 minutes of daily reading with your child and place this book inside your child's homework folder everyday.
  3. "Read Wellbook- this book contains all of your children's work in our Language Arts Program "Read Well." Please review the letter of the week and use the "Parent Prompt" questions with your child.
  4. Library Books- due every Monday. 
  5. Photos- Your child's proofs have been sent home. Orders are due Monday, October 24th and can be done either online or sent back to school with a cheque.
  6. Photo Retakes- Retake day is on Thursday, November 2nd. Anyone wishing to take retakes must send their original proofs from the first photo day.
  7. Three Way Conferences- No regular classes for children. First term kindergarten conferences are parents & teachers only. This is to allow parents adequate time to discuss their child's transition into Kindergarten. Time slots are restricted to 10 minutes and will occur in the school gym.

 

Upcoming Dates:

  1. Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween Dress Down Day
  2. Tuesday, November 2nd- Photo Retakes
  3. Tuesday, November 9th- Kindergarten Hearing & Vision Tests
  4. Monday, November 13th- Remembrance Day: No School
  5. Tuesday, November 14th- Pro-Day Day: No School 
  6. Wednesday, November 22nd: School Mass led by Grade 5
  7. Friday, November 24th- Dress Down Day

 

Please let us know if you have an questions, comments or concerns!

We look forward to having another fantastic week with the children! 

 

With love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca & cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

 

Week of October 16 - 20

On Thursday, we had a special visit from Father Mark! We have been learning about the Creation Story and he helped explain more about how God created the world! This week also marked the childrens' first time leading a school assembly! They did an excellent job leading the "Our Father" prayer. Thank you parents for practicing with them at home. The children are looking forward to their field trip to the pumpking patch this coming Tuesday!

 

This week at a glance:

Student of the week: Ariel

Show & Tell Theme: My Favourite Toy

Letter of the Week: M

 

Monday:

Show & Tell: Ariana

  • Hot Lunch 
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Library Time; please ensure to return any library books that were not brought back last week! The children will be bringing home a new book this week! 
  • French with Mme Caprilli
  • Fire Drill 

Tuesday:

Show & Tell: Sienna

  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch @ 12 (Depart St. Paul School @ 11:45)  

Wednesday:

Show & Tell: Damien

  • Earthquake Drill
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Early Dismissal @ 2:00 

Thursday:

Show & Tell: Tatum

  • Earth Rangers Assembly @ 9-10 in Gym 

Friday:

  • Professional Development Day - No School 

 

Homework:

  1. 10 to 15 minutes of home reading (please use "my reading" book, "readwell" book, and books from home)

 

Friendly reminders:

  1. Homework folders- Please continue to check these daily and send them back to school everyday with your child. Each morning the children hand these in.
  2. "My readingbook- Please continue 10 to 15 minutes of daily reading with your child and place this book inside your child's homework folder everyday
  3. "Read Wellbook- this book contains all of your children's work in our Language Arts Program "Read Well." Please review the letter of the week and use the "Parent Prompt" questions with your child.
  4. Library Books- due every Monday. 
  5. Pumpkin Patch Field Trip- The children can wear play clothes to school and do not need to be in uniform. We will be at the pumpkin patch from 12:00 - 1:15 and the fieldtrip will be rain or shine. Please ensure your child has rainboots and a raincoat (no umbrellas), as it looks like it will be raining. There will be a regular dismissal at 3PM.
  6. Scholastic- September book order should arrive within the next two weeks. The next book order will be in November.

 

Please let us know if you have an questions, comments or concerns!

We look forward to having another great week with the children! Thank you for all your continued support!  

 

With love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca & cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

 

Happy Thanksgiving & Week of October 9 - 13

Last week, the children practiced a school-wide Earthquake Drill and had their first Photo Day! We also read the Creation Story and used our sense of sight to look around at what God created in the world. With Thanksgiving coming up, we had wonderful discussions about the many things God created, that they are thankful for. 

 

This week at a glance:

Student of the week: Kurtis T. 

Show & Tell Theme: My Favourite Toy

Letter of the Week: K

 

Monday:

  • Thanksgiving (no school)

Tuesday:

Show & Tell: Curtis C.

  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Wednesday:

Show & Tell: Angelo

  • Walkathon pledge sheets and money due today
  • Pumpkin Patch fieldtrip consent forms due today
  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Thursday:

Show & Tell: Alexander

  • Music with Mr. Kelly
  • DPA with Ms. Costales & Ms. Guevara

Friday:

Show & Tell: Kosta

  • Assembly led by Grades 6 & K
  • SEL: "Fin's Friends" class meeting
  • Grade 6 buddies & DPA
  • Digital Literacy with Mrs. Espinosa

 

Homework:

  1. 10 to 15 minutes of home reading (please use "my reading" book, "Read Well" book, and books from home)

 

Friendly reminders:

  1. Homework folders- these will continue to be sent home everyday. Please check folderes daily and send them back to school everyday with your child. Each morning the children hand these in.
  2. "My readingbook- this will be sent home everyday. Please continue 10 to 15 minutes of daily reading with your child and place this book inside your child's homework folder everyday
  3. "Read Wellbook- this book contains all of your children's work in our Language Arts Program "Read Well." Please review the letter of the week and use the "Parent Prompt" questions with your child.
  4. Library Books- due every Monday. This week, please return Library books on Tuesday.
  5. Field trip- The Pumpkin Patch fieldtrip will be on Tuesday, October 17th. Thank you to the parents that have returned the permission forms and especially to the parents that are able to join us! The more, the merrier!

 

We hope that you all have the opporutnity to spend time with family and friends and remember and celebrate the many gifts that God has given to us. We are so thankful for all the wonderful students & supportive families in Kindergarten. It is truly a blessing to be a part of the St. Paul School community. We hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

 

With love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca &cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

Week of October 2 - 6

 We had a great week last week! On Monday, the children had their first earthquake drill! They did a wonderful job with the drill and we feel they are prepared for a real emergency. On Tuesday, we had Grade 10 students visit from Vancouver College! They came to teach us more about our Archdiocesean theme, Care for Everyone in our Common Home. They led activities and we learned a lot! Thank you for all the support you to continue to give to the class and the school! A special thank you goes out to the many parents that were able to join us for a very successful Walk-a-thon! The children, albeit tired at the end, had a wonderful time walking with you and raising money for our school! 

 

We're looking forward to another fantastic week and the start of a new month! 

 

This Week at a Glance:

Student of the Week: Giovanna

Show & Tell Theme: My Favourite Toy

 

Monday:

Show & Tell: Emilio

  • Hot Lunch Begins Today
  • Earthquake Drill 
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Library Time with Miss Costales
  • French with Madame Caprilli

Tuesday:

Show & Tell: Lisee

  • Photo Day
  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Wednesday:

Show & Tell: Andrea

  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Thursday:

Show & Tell: Theo

  • Music with Mr. Kelly
  • DPA with Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

Friday:

Show & Tell: Ethan

  • Grade 5 and 2 Assembly; you are always welcome to join us for Assembly @ 9 am. 
  • Buddies & Technology class with Mrs. Espinosa


Friendly Reminders

  1. Homework Folders - Please continue to check folders daily and send them back to school the next day
  2. Home Reading Folders - will also be sent home this Monday. Please make sure to begin the 10 minutes of daily reading with your child. 
  3. Library Books - due every Monday. Please remember to return library books borrowed from last week. And thank you to those who have sent them before Monday
  4. Photo Day - This Tuesday. Please ensure your child comes in complete uniform this day for their photo. 
  5. Student of the Week - Please take the time to document your child's week by taking pictures (swimming/piano/violin/karate lessons, playing games/toys at home, family outings, etc) and helping them as much as needed with their writing. Your child will have two activities throughout the week: 
    •   Poster: please help your child fill out their "All About Me" poster. This includes answersing some questions and printing out some pictures so that we can get to know your child
    •    Fin: Each child has 1 week to show their classmate what a typical week looks like in their home. (Sample book from last year will be sent home for reference)
  6. Show & Tell - Please help your child pick an item within our theme from home, ensure they are sending the item on their specified day, and help them practice telling 3 hints about their Show & Tell (Example- Fin Stuffed animal is 1) black 2) a whale 3) the Canuck's mascot)

 

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

With love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca & cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

Walkathon 2017

Walk-a-thon is here! This Friday, September 29th we will be going on our a very first Walk-a-thon! We're very excited to show our support for our school! 

An outline of our day (approximate times):

8:45 - regular start time children will come to the classroom for attendance and then we will head to the Gym for an assembly

8:55 - Gym Assembly. We will head to the gym for a short assembly. Parents are welcome to come to the gym to join the assembly. 

9:15 - We will head back to the classroom to put our jackets on and get ready to walk. Parent volunteers may join us in the classroom while we wait to leave

9:20 - We will be called to leave. Parent volunteers will walk with their children, and a select group of kids 

10:35 - Arrive at Garden City Park for a snack and water. Weather permitting play at the park for a little. Leave to walk back to school

11:30- Arrive back at St. Paul School. Children with parent volunteers may leave after attendance is taken in class with Miss C. & Miss G. children staying will have a snack and play in the classroom until dismissal. 

1:00 - Dismissal. 

Please note:

1.     Children DO NOT have to be in uniform. Please dress according to the weather. If it is raining, please send your child in rainboots and a raincoat.

2.     If your child is staying until 1:00 dismissal, please send a snack (to be left in the classroom) to have when we arrive back at school.

3.     Our 5 km route: North on St. Alban's (west sidewalk), East on Blundell (north sidewalk), North on Heather (west sidewalk). Cross Granville and Arrive at Garden City Park

4.     Children will not be bringing anything with them. They may bring their school backpacks, however they will be staying in the classroom.

5.     You can send in pledge forms and donations as soon as you can! Lots of time to collect, and the primary class with the most $$ receives a PIZZA PARTY! 

 

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns! 

With Love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca & cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

Kindergarten Teachers

 

 

Week of September 25 - 29

 

It was such a pleasure to meet all of you at Meet the Teacher Night! Thank you for taking the time to come meet our school staff, PEC, and our classroom! On Wednesday, we had a very fun-filled start to FULL DAY kindergarten! They have all had a great time getting to meet and play with their new friends!

This week, we look forward to a visit from students from Vancouver College, who have planned activities to help us understand out our Archdiocesan theme, Care for Everyone in Our Common Home! Our Assistant Pastor, Father Mark, will be visiting our classroom this week. He gives guidance on our every day lives and offers wise words! This week also marks our first ever Walk-A-Thon! Continue getting those pledges to raise money for our school! 

 

This week at a Glance:

Monday:

  • Earthquake Drill
  • French with Mme. Caprilli
  • First trip to the school library
  • Emergency Identification Badge forms due today

Tuesday:

  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Wednesday:

  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Early dismissal @ 2:00 pm

Thursday:

  • Music with Mr. Kelly
  • Classroom visit from Father Mark
  • Daily Physical Activity (DPA) 

Friday:

  • Walk-a-thon (more details to come)
  • Dismissal upon arrival at school @ 1 pm
  • Top Marks Customor Service visit @ 12-1 pm in Parish Centre - Room 4

 

Friendly Reminders:

  1. Thank you for sending in the "Items needed for September." If you are still missing items, please send them in as soon as possible
  2. Early Intervention Packages (flashcards) are due as soon as possible
  3. Please return Photo Day reminder cards if you have any special requests for your child's photo by October 3rd

Upcoming Dates:

  1. Tuesday, October 3rd - Photo Day
  2. Monday, October 9th - Thanksgiving (No School)
  3. Friday, October 13th - Assembly lead by Grade 6 & Kindergarten
  4. Thursday, October 19th - Earth Rangers Presentation 
  5. Friday, October 20th - Professional Development Day (No School) 
  6. Wednesday, October 25th - School Mass 
  7. Friday, October 27th - 3-Way Conferences (No Classes) 
  8. Tuesday, October 31st - Halloween - Dress Down Day 

 

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

With love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

 

Week of September 18 - 22

Hello Kindergarten families,

 
The children are continuing to settle in nicely into the routines of the classroom, and we are looking forward to beginning full day this coming Wednesday, September 20th! Thank you to all parents for organizing schedules around gradual entry. Your support has been greatly appreciated! 
 
This Week at a Glance:
 
Monday
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Group A: 8:45-12:00 
  • Group B: 12:45-3:00 

Tuesday

  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Group A: 8:45-12:00
  • Group B: 12:45-3:00
  • Meet the Teacher & AGM is @ 7 pm. Please meet at the school gym, and then we will proceed to the classroom. Please come in a few minutes early to pick up the nametag your child has made for you. Friendly reminder this is a parent-only meeting and please make other arrangements for childcare. 

Wednesday

  • Full day Kindergarten begins!
  • PE with Mr. Kelly

Thursday 

  • Music with Mr. Kelly
  • DPA with Miss Guevara & Miss Costales

Friday 

  • School assembly @ 9:00 led by Grades 7 & 3
  • DPA with Miss Guevara & Miss Costales

 

PE & Music

Mr. Kelly is the PE & music specialist teacher, and the children have PE scheduled every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and Music scheduled every Thursday. In Kindergarten, they only need their runners so please be sure that their gym bags have been labelled and returned with their runners. 

 

Library

The children will have library every Monday with Miss Guevara & Miss Costales. Children will have the opportunity to borrow a book every week, to be returned the next Monday. 

 

French

Madame Caprilli is the French specialist teacher. The children will have French every Monday.

 

Buddies

Our buddy class is Grade 6. The children have been spending their recess getting to know and playing with their buddies. Regular buddy time is every Friday.

 

Friendly Reminders for this Week:

  1. Thank you for sending in the "Items needed for September".  If you are still missing items, please bring them in as soon as possible.
  2. We have started our Fall reassessment for Early Intervention. Please bring in your child’s early intervention packages (flash cards and booklet) by Friday, September 22nd 
  3. Continue to get pledges for the upcoming Walk-a-thon, on September 29th. 

 

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

 

Looking forward to a wonderful third week together!

 

With Love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

kcostales@stpaulschool.ca cguevara@stpaulschool.ca

 

Week of September 11 - 16

Welcome to Kindergarten at St. Paul's School! 

What a wonderful first week of Kindergarten! It has been such a blessing getting to know your children this week. In the first week of Gradual Entry, the children met their new friends, explored their new classroom, met their Grade 6 buddies and learned how to play safely on the Primary Playground! We look forward to the second week of Gradual Entry together, where the children will get to know their friends better, and begin to familiarize themselves with the classroom and school routines. 

This year we are pleased to have the opportunity to further explore the BC's Redesigned Curriculum with you and your children. Our primary goal is to promote growth and development in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, artistic, and social/emotional areas of learning. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed about what is happening in our classroom and around the school. It was wonderful to meet all of your children and we look forward to the rest of the year! 

The Archdiocesean theme of the year is "Care for Everyone in Our Common Home". We will look at caring for our many "homes" - family home, classroom home, school, the community of Richmond, country of Canada and the Earth. As God intended, we care for the all people and creatures who share in our homes!

On Monday, we have our first PE class! Please be sure to send your child's runners to school on Monday! 

 

This week at a glance:

Monday

  • Group B: 8:45-12:00 (first PE class with Mr. Kelly)
  • Group A: 12:45-3:00 (first PE class with Mr. Kelly) 

Tuesday

  • Group B: 8:45-12:00
  • Group A: 12:45-3:00

Wednesday

  • Group B: 8:45-12:00

Thursday 

  • Group B: 8:45-12:00
  • Group A: 12:45-3:00
  • Top Marks Exchange @ 2:30 - 6:30 - If you have any uniform to exchange, it will bein the Parish Centre

Friday 

  • Group B: 8:45-12:00 (school assembly @ 9:00 am)
  • Group A: 12:45-3:00

 

FRIENDLY REMINDERS:

1) SNACK- please send a nutritious snack (such as fruit or vegetables) as well a drink (such as water in a reusable container).  Please ensure that your child can open any container you send and that everything is labeled.

2) PICK UP AND DROP OFF- is always at the ramp leading to the Kindergarten door. This is for the safety of the Kindergarten children. Also, please remember to cross at the crosswalk. 

3) LABEL- please label everything you send to school with your child, especially their sweater. All children in the school have the same 2 styles of sweater. Please let us know if your child has misplaced his/her sweater and we will check the classroom. Please do not purchase another sweater until you have checked the lost and found and we have done a check with your child’s classmates.

4) ABSENTEE NOTES- if your child is sick or absent, please phone the school office by 9:00 that day, and send a note explaining the reason for the absence when your child returns to school. Please be sure to send a written and signed note, as an e-mail will not be sufficient. We require this to ensure the children are all accounted for as well as for auditing. Also, please advise the Principal ahead of time if you have planning an extended family vacation during the school year.

5) BLOG- please check the kindergarten blog and school webpage often for important information and updates.

6) SUPPLIES- All school supplies have arrived and are now stored in the kinder classroom. All supplies will be shared by the class, and any excess supplies will be sent home at the end of the year. 

7) GYM BAG- please label and decorate your child’s gym bag. Please return to school by Friday, September 15th.

8) GYM SHOES- unless your child is able to tie their own laces, please ensure that your child’s gym shoes have a Velcro closure. Group A & B will need their gym shoes by Monday, September 11th

9) MONEY- When sending money to school, please place it in an envelope with your child’s name, grade, and event written clearly on the front.

10) ALLERGIES- please do not include seafood, peanuts, or any kind of nut as we do have children with severe allergies at our school

 

ITEMS NEEDED FOR SEPTEMBER:

1) Proper Backpack - No "rolly" backpacks, please!

2) Homework Folder (to transport communication & home reading folders)

3) Lunch bag 

4) Water bottle

5) Rain Boots (to stay at school) 

6) Runners (to stay at school)

7) Gym Bag (to stay at school)

8) Extra change of clothes (to stay at school) 

 

Additional Items Needed:

9) 16" x 20" white canvas (found at Dollarama, Dollar Smart, Micheals)

10) 4" x 6" family photo in a picture frame (for our community building wall)

11) Headphones in a labelled, freezer ziplock bag (for the listening center)

12) Beach Towel (for quiet time)

13) A picture of your child (for the school birthday board)

 

Samples of all the items will be available in the Kindergarten classroom. Please have all items at school by Friday, September 15th. 

 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please e-mail us at kcostales@stpaulschool.ca & cguevara@stpaulschool.ca (please remember to email both of us!) 

 

We feel so blessed to be a part of the St. Paul’s community, and we look forward to the wonderful year ahead! 

 

With love,

Miss Costales & Miss Guevara

Kindergarten Teachers