This afternoon, during outdoor learning, we experimented with “la craie” (chalk) on pavement and in snow/water. We had a variety of chalk sizes/colours, mixing containers, wood tools to crush the chalk, and face molds to create colourful snow forms. We explored what happens when chalk gets crushed, mixed with snow and ice, and we asked can it colour the same way on “la neige” (the snow) and “le trottoir” (the sidewalk)? Check out the photos to see what we discovered – including some unearthed/excavated sculptures from winter fun day!
We celebrated la semaine de la Francophonie by writing chalk messages and playing hopscotch — en Francais! The students also enjoyed a traditional French café experience in the Makerspace (facilitated by the Middle School students et Mme. Wanda!)
We will see you tomorrow for our school wide show. Students are asked to come dressed in blue jeans, a white shirt, and sneakers. We will meet at 6:20 pm in our classroom and walk to the gym together. À demain!
Today JK and SK explored snow through the lens of a snow sculptor. They gathered piles of snow, transported it with shovels and sleds, and used tools like branches and popsicle sticks to carve out forms. Once their masterpieces were completed, they used washable tempra paint to add some beautiful colour. Please feel free to tour their outdoor gallery at pick up this afternoon, or peruse our photos from today!
M. Ebbs et Mme. Suzanne
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Monday, Feb. 20 – Friday, Feb. 24 – Family Day/Reading Week (NO SCHOOL)
Monday, Feb. 27 – School Resumes
Wednesday, Mar. 1 – 100th Day
Friday, Mar. 3 – 3:00 pm Dismissal begins
This year, we are excited to introduce an outdoor education component to the Kindergarten French program – called École Enchantée. Rooted in land-based learning practices, like Forest School, this bi-weekly class (every other Wednesday) combines play-based learning, self-directed exploration, and collaboration to help students develop critical inquiry, self-confidence, and the ability to navigate risk. Bringing learning outside the classroom is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with themselves and create healthy relationships with their peers.
A few weeks ago, JK and SK students had their inaugural École Enchantée class as a soft launch of the program. Students were challenged to find something “joli” in nature and frame it, as if it were art… To see photos, click here!
Yesterday afternoon, we held our first official outdoor class and went on a nature walk to explore “les arbres en hiver”. Students examined tree shapes, forms, and characteristics. They were then challenged to draw “un arbre en hiver”. To see photos, click here!
Your children are really enjoying this component to our Kindergarten French program and we are excited for the next experience! Please ensure that your child packs an extra set of dry clothes (especially socks and gloves/mittens!). Thank you for your support, and if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to reach out!
À la prochaine,
M. Ebbs et Mme Suzanne
Our rescheduled pyjama day is finally coming! This Friday, January 13th, students are encouraged to wear their coziest pjs, bring a stuffy, and even wear slippers (optional). We will also be collecting tzedaka and new pairs of pyjamas to support the “Pyjama Patrol”.
Important upcoming dates:
Friday, November 18: Photo retake day – please wear a white, collared, OJCS shirt
Friday, November 18: 2 pm dismissal
Monday, November 21: We have “Let’s Talk Science” visiting our classroom
Thursday, November 24: Dress down day
Friday, November 25: PD Day NO SCHOOL