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Division 27 Newsletter

December 2016

Bonjour dear families! It is so nice to see some students beginning to speak “en Francais”! Here are some of the
things to keep in mind for the month of December.

Le français (Language Arts)
Ami du jour (Friend of the day) – This is your child’s special day at school. They are invites to “lead” calendar
on their special day. They also have the opportunity to choose activities first and be the teacher’s special helper
for the day. They will also their turn for show and tell (montre et raconte) on their special day. Montre et raconte
theme this month will be colors. Your child should be able to say the color(s) in French of the object they chose to
share. Please do not send your child to school with toys for show and tell (no toys from home are permitted at
school in case they get lost or broken).
Les themes –We have been learning a new letter of the alphabet each week (a, e, i, o, u, m, l, b, d, f) but will stop
the week before the break in order to practice a little revision! For each letter your child has learned and we will
continue to practice a song and action to help them remember the sound the letter makes. These songs are also
posted on the class website. Your child will continue to have practice printing these letters and completing other
activities involving the letters we have studied. We will continue to learn about rhymes and begin to look at the
starting sounds in a word before we start to break down words into syllables. Recognizing rhymes is important in
kindergarten as it is the basis of phonological awareness: understanding that language is composed of words,
syllables, rhymes and sounds (phonemes). We will be finishing off our unit on community helpers and talk about
Christmas. You can help at home practicing the letter sounds with your child and identifying words that start with
that letter when reading. You can also work with rhymes at home by reading nursery rhymes or other rhymes in
English and asking your child to identify them. Identifying words (orally) that rhyme while reading, listening to
music, or just talking is also a great exercise to do at home.
La lecture – Please read to your child every day in any language you are most comfortable with.

Les sciences humaines et les sciences naturelles
Les science humaines – We will be finishing off our unit on community helpers. You can help at home by asking
your child about their day at school and asking them how they are behaving with their classmates and teachers.
Les sciences naturelles –We will continue to learn about weather in general. You can help at home by asking
about the French vocabulary that your child has learned with regards to fall and weather.

Les mathématiques
Le nombre – We have begun to explore numbers up to 5 and will continue to do so until the winter break. It is
very important to have an in-depth look at the basics to ensure your child has good number sense no matter what
their math abilities are. You can help at home by encouraging your child to practice counting out loud in French,
making groups of objects and learning to identify how many objects are in the group made.

L’éducation Physique (PE)
This month after much fun with the volley balls, we will be returning to rotating skill stations and learning how to
use different types of PE equipment. You can help by discussing the importance of staying active and by asking
what we have been doing in PE.

Daily Physical Activity
We love to run at Woodward Hill and your child will be running several times around the playground about 2 to 3
times a week depending on weather and how busy our schedule is.

La planification personnelle (Health and Career)
We will be working on our community helpers unit.

Les arts plastiques
We will be creating artwork themed around community helpers and Christmas. You can help at home by
encouraging you child’s interest in arts and crafts and by asking what we are working on at school.

Other:


Please send the communication folders to school each day. Many students have not been bringing it back
to school and this makes it difficult for me to know if parents are getting the paperwork that is sent home.
Please check your child’s communication folder carefully each night and take the time read and complete
pertinent paperwork. It takes quite a bit of time for teachers to check paperwork and it can be time
consuming to have to send paperwork home a second time to be completed correctly. If there are papers
you do not want in the communication folder please throw them out at home so that I do not have
to sift through them each day. This way I can spend more time with your child and less time sorting
through various papers in their file.
As the cold wet weather is upon us, please ensure your child is dressed warmly for recess (coat, boots,
hat, etc..) and that they have a change of clothes at school in case they have an accident.
As it has gotten very cold out, I am making it mandatory for students to close/zip up their coats before
going outside. I have discovered this past week that many students still struggle with doing up their coats.
Please have your child practice doing up their coat at home on a daily basis until they can do it
independently. Merci

Class Calendar

Dec. 9th – Term report due. You will receive a letter to remind you to check your child’s Fresh Grade account to see
what they have been learning.







Dec. 6th – Holiday Musical. Shows at 1:00 and 6:00.
Dec. 13th – First group of Show and tell for parents at 2:45 to 3:15.
Dec. 14th – Second and third group of Show and Tell for parents at 1:45 to 2:15 and 5:00 to 5:30.
Dec. 14th – Early dismissal at 1:33.
Dec. 16th – Spirit day: come to school wearing Green and Red!
Dec. 16th – Santa breakfast. The PAC will be serving us a lovely breakfast of pancakes. Thank you to our PAC!
Dec. 16th – Last day of school before winter break. Have a happy holiday

Calling Parent volunteers!
Play dough – I am looking for volunteers to make play dough throughout the year. A big hank you to all the
parents who have been helping by keeping us supplied with homemade play-dough. I would really like some help
with one batch for December. Please e-mail me if you can help.
Old magazine donations – I am looking for a few magazines for us to cut up and use for art. Please send any
magazines you wish to us instead of recycling them. No rush, I will take them as they come. Merci
If you have any questions or comments. Please feel free to send me a note, talk to me after class or contact me by
e-mail at mcdonald_s1@surreyschools.ca. Please note that may not get around to responding to e-mails on a daily
basis so please be patient and I will try my best to respond within 48 hours. If you have something time sensitive
to communicate it is always best to give the school a call.

Thanks for reading!
Mme McDonald