Pajamas and Parkas

This week we have enjoyed catching up with friends and settling back into familiar routine after two weeks of portfolio meetings. And we have been busy. We have been discussing how to build new friendships, and what people need in order to feel safe and happy. We spent time outside in the snow to create and paint snow sculptures in the school yard. We used non-toxic food colouring in spray bottles for the paint. Then we mapped out many tropical islands so we could pretend we were in on vacation somewhere warm. Perhaps some mythical snow beasts will make an appearance after future snowstorms. The younger group has been busy in the kitchen making salt dough creations. There was a lot of interesting math and new vocabulary discovered through this work. We even discovered that sometimes a K can be silent if you are writing about kneading dough!

We will be enjoying several fun theme days between now and the start of the Winter Break (December 19 through January2 First Day back is Tuesday Jan 3) You will have seen the notice form the PAC about the Pancake Breakfast on Friday December 9. That is also Pajama Day for the whole school!! The Thur/Fri group is invited to wear your cozy PJs! Next week Mon/Tues group will have Pajama Day on Tuesday December 13.

Both groups will also have fun at “Camp Read” and a year-end party on their last afternoon before the break. December 13 and 16   Bring a blanket and a stuffie and get ready to have fun with board games and books over hot chocolate. Please feel free to send along some snacks\finger food” to share at the party. I will provide the hot chocolate and marshmallows and some small treats.

Those of you who enjoy science and astronomy might be excited by the Martian Eclipse taking place this week. Even if the night sky is too overcast to observe the eclipse, the public is able to watch it on

As we approach the end of this term many Allotment requests are coming for the purchase of materials and activities. Please keep in mind the criteria outlined in the parent handbook. Expenditures need to have a clear connection to your child’s Student Learning Plan (SLP). Remember to account for shipping and taxes, and that the teacher will be spending a portion of the allotment on group presentations and field trips. Feel free to email me with questions about allotment spending.

As winter deepens our thoughts turn to those who are less fortunate. You may have seen on Global News that a group of Fire Fighters on the north shore had success sending emergency supplies to Ukraine earlier in the conflict. Several firefighters went along to help unload and set up distribution in Ukraine. They are now collecting cold weather clothing for another shipment later this month. Adult and children sized, gently used parkas, sweaters, leggings, gloves, toques, scarves etc. are welcome. I have access to a pickup truck to transport to the fire hall any items you may care to donate before 3:10pm on Tuesday December 13th.

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