Joyful Joyful!

This past week has been an exploration of happy surprises. We had a special guest VSB Literacy Mentor come and read with us, and help us to think about ways we find joy in our lives. First we used Reggio Emilia Inspired materials to develop a an artistic “Story Mat.” Next we shared our art piece with our classmates. Then we began to draft a story about our creation.  Hopefully the photos I sent by email came through.

Later in the week we had some fun with a chemistry activity that was full of fun surprises. First we made some predictions about some “Invisible Art. Next we used baking soda and water to create an ‘Invisible Painting’ Once our paintings were dry we painted over with turmeric, and suddenly, there was our picture! Then we learned about the chemistry that made the baking soda react with the turmeric to change the colour of the paper. Lots of great predictions, discovery, and procedural writing involved.

As we approach ‘report card season’ I have been holding individual self-evaluation and reading conferences with your children. The depth of their self-awareness is most inspiring. I have emailed home the conference template to those families who were not in attendance last week. Please keep an eye out for it and return it to me a soon as possible.

Please remind your children about the safe use of cell phones and digital devices at home and at school. Unless they are being used under the direct supervision of a teacher, these personal devices are to remain in the child’s backpack. A site that has some resources for families about the safe use of technology may be found at

This is a reminder that Monday January 16th is a professional day. There is no school for students on that day, but classes resume Tuesday Jan 17.

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about the 2023-24 school year! I am now opening up our wait list for new families who may be interested in joining the program. Kindergarten to Grade 3 will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays. Grade 4 to Grade 7 on Thursdays and Fridays.  If you know of families who may be interested in joining us in September 2023, please pass along my email address.

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