October Update and Reminders

This month we will be having fun with a Fall and Halloween theme. We will also focus some time on learning how to be friends in a classroom. We will talk a lot about: asking someone to play, sharing, taking turns, talking nicely to one another, being gentle, and respecting personal space. We hope that there will be time to teach children some simple board games that they can play together.

Picture Day

  • Our photo day proofs are in already! They will be sent home with your child next week 🙂
  • If you choose to place an order, you may return them to me until Oct 21st.    After Oct 21st, orders can be taken directly to Michael’s Studio.
  • REMINDER: Retakes are available at the studio only on Oct 29th & Nov 26th. 
    • Please call 403-843-2343 to book an appointment.

Birthdays

  • October Birthdays will be celebrated on October 19th
  • Happy Birthday to Cason and Molly who both turn 4!

Halloween: October 28th

  • Costumes
    • Students should come to school in their costumes.
      • Please choose a costume that allows your child to use the bathroom independently
      • No play weapons
      • No props (wands, purses, etc)
  • Treats
    • Parents can send in treats as long as they are pre-packaged and individually wrapped.
      • Unfortunately, no homemade food items can be shared with the class.
      • There are 18 children in the class
    • A staff member will hand out treats to students following food safety/COVID protocols
      • Hard candies/gum will not be eaten in class but will be sent home in their goody bags
  • Movie
    • I am planning to put on a short movie for the children to enjoy called Room on the Broom.  This movie is rated G and the trailer can be viewed here.
    • Please let me know if you have any concerns about this.

Upcoming School Holidays

November 11th: Remembrance Day. NO SCHOOL

Winter Holidays: December 20th- January 5th

  • Last day of classes before the break is Thursday, December 16th.
  • Classes resume on Thursday, January 7th.
    • Please note there is no Pre-K on Tuesday, January 4th.

September

What we have been up too….

This week we had our first class days with the whole class! The kids were thrilled to have so many friends to play with. We read Pete the Cat stories this week and did a couple different crafts. The kids are busy learning our routines for all of our different activities and they have been great at getting themselves ready, putting their thing away, getting themselves dressed for outside, and for helping clean up.

We have also enjoyed the beautiful weather at our recess time.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Sept 28thOrange Shirt Day and for Truth and Reconciliation week at our school

Sept 30th: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. NO SCHOOL on Thursday, Sept 30th.

Oct 5th: School Pictures for PreK

Updated Daily Health Check

Please note that AHS has changed part of the daily Health Check. Students who have been a close contact of a positive case of COVID are asked to stay home and quarantine. Please continue to follow the updated Daily Health Check each day.

September Update

What we have been up to

Your children have done great their first few days of classes!

Everyone is a little quiet at first but they all quickly settled in and enjoyed playing with each other and making new friends. Ms. Jen, Ms. Jay, and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.

Our daily schedule stays more or less the same for the school year in order to provide your child the comfort of knowing what comes next each day they are in class.

  • Arrival
  • Table Time (activities set out for students)
  • Circle (songs and stories)
  • Bathroom
  • Snack
  • Craft
  • Free Play and Small Group
  • Closing Circle
  • Outside Play (when weather is nice we go out for recess until dismissal 
  • Dismissal
Each morning the kids put away their jackets and backpacks and then the put on their shoes.

Every morning we start circle with our Hello! song and then we read a story. Before we begin, we talk about expected behaviours for listening to a story: eyes watching, ears listening, mouth is quiet, body is still, and hands are in our lap. They really enjoy our stories and have been doing excellent following our rules.

This week we read Lola Goes to School and Does a Panda Go to School?

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Both books talk about all the things that we do at school and then we discussed what we will be doing together in school.

We also practiced our fire drill. We read a short story about what to do in case there is ever a real fire and then we practiced lining up and going outside. The kids were reassured that it was not a real fire and they were not worried at all 🙂

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Next week we are learning about Pete the Cat! We will read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. The children will love the fun repetitive stories and making the craft afterwards.

Each child has their own Lego bin

Events and Reminders

Contacting Me

Please don’t reply to these website update notifications unless it is a message you would like to share with the whole class. Please open a new email and send it to randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

Birthdays

We will celebrate one day a month in class for everyone who has a birthday that day. We will sing the Happy Birthday song and each child will receive a card from the class. We will not be accepting treats from home to share with friends at this time.

August/September Birthdays

  • Jasper, Callahan, and Brooklyn
  • We will celebrate on September 23rd

September 30: National Truth and Reconciliation Day

  • Orange Shirt Day on September 28th
  • NO SCHOOL on September 30th.
    • There will now be a class day on Tuesday, April 19th to make up for this day.
    • Our class calendar has been updated to reflect these changes.

Staggered Entry and Our First Days

Hello Everyone,

I am looking forward to meeting all of our Pre-K families over the next two weeks! Tomorrow, September 7th, we are starting our first staggered entry day. Here is a quick reminder of our start up information. Please note that our Parent Information meeting has changed. Information is below 🙂

Staggered Entry

  • Your child will attend either Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first two weeks of school.
    • This means they will come for one day a week for the first two weeks unless specified by the teacher.
  • TUESDAYS: Sept 7th and 14th:
    • Tate, Kaitlyn, Myla, Aubrey, Mackenzie, Cason, Declan, Parleigh, and Kaydence
  • THURSDAYS: Sept 9th and 16th:
    • Amelia, Tate, Abigail, Molly, Brooklyn, Parleigh, Diana, Callahan, Peyton, and Rylan
  • We begin our normal T/Th schedule on Tuesday, Sept 21nd with all children attending both days.

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Please do the Daily Health Check with your child prior to arriving at the school every day.
    • If your child has a pre-existing condition such as an allergy you may call the main office at 403-843-3751 for guidance.
  • Times are 8:40 am and 11:40 am.
    • Please arrive between 8:30 and 8:40am with your child.
    • Please be ready between 11:30-11:40am to pick-up your child.
  • We will meet at the front entrance of the school.
  • Late arrivals: please knock on the front door of the school to admit your child.

*New* Parent Information Meeting is Going Virtual

  • Due to updated information from Premier Kenney on Friday, our school has decided to move away from in person meetings for the time being.
  • Therefore, our parent information meeting is moving to a virtual format and new time:
    • Sept 9, 2021
    • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • This new time will give parents time to travel home before the meeting starts. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience!
  • Parents will be invited to join the meeting through a Google Meet link that will be sent to your email.
  • The meeting will be recorded so that I can send the recording to any parent who can not make the meeting but wishes to review the information.

Questions? Need to contact me?

  • Do not reply to this email: it is auto-generated by the website and does not send replies back.
  • Please open a new email me and contact me at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

Welcome to Bright Futures Play Academy

Dear Families,

My name is Randi Schindel and I am the Bright Futures Play Academy teacher in Rimbey again this year.  This will be my fifth year with Wolf Creek School Division as well as teaching Pre-K at Rimbey Elementary School.  I look forward to seeing some familiar students and meeting my new ones in the upcoming days! Our General EA is named Jennifer Bath and she is also excited to meet your kiddos!

Ms. Randi

Over the next few days I will be contacting parents to have a quick chat and welcome families to our Pre-K. To make matters easier for parents I will include the start up information for Pre-K on this class website as well. I will be using the website as an online newsletter and it will act as the primary mode of communication to keep parents informed.

  • Please note:
    • you need to sign up for email notifications to receive an email when I post new information
    • you cannot reply to those emails, so please open a new email if you wish to contact me at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

Start Up Information

September is a very exciting time for young students as many will be going to school for the first time.  I expect the children to be excited and a little nervous which is why we always start off the year with a staggered entry.  This allows the children to attend the school in small groups in order to see the classroom and meet the teacher and classroom staff for their first two days.

Staggered Entry

  • Your child will attend either Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first two weeks of school.
    • This means they will come for one day a week for the first two weeks unless specified by the teacher.
  • TUESDAYS: Sept 7th and 14th:
    • Tate, Kaitlyn, Myla, Aubrey, Mackenzie, Cason, Declan, Parleigh, and Kaydence
  • THURSDAYS: Sept 9th and 16th:
    • Amelia, Tate, Abigail, Molly, Brooklyn, Parleigh, Diana, Callahan, Peyton, and Rylan
  • We begin our normal T/Th schedule on Tuesday, Sept 21nd with all children attending both days.

Arrival and Dismissal

  • We will greet and dismiss children at the front entrance of the school (main doors by the office).
  • Arrival and dismissal times are 8:30-8:40am and 11:30-11:40am.
  • Kindergarten children are collected between 8:25-8:30am, so to avoid confusion please do not send your child to the front door before 8:30am.
  • Parents need to make an appointment with the office to come inside the school, so please let your child know that you will be saying goodbye at the doors.

School Supplies**mark all with child’s name**

Most of the materials that children will use while at school (e.g. crayons, glue, etc.) will be provided through school fees. However, there are a few things we ask that your child have:

  • Backpack:  Your child will need a backpack for transporting items such as snacks, crafts and winter clothing items.
  • Indoor Shoes: Your child will require indoor shoes that will be kept at school. Shoes should have non-marking soles and velcro fastenings are preferred.
  • Extra Change of Clothes: Accidents happen. For that reason, please provide an extra change of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks) in a Ziploc bag. These items will be collected and kept at school until needed.
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch Kit
  • Please ensure your child’s NAME is clearly marked on ALL of these belongings so we can help make sure the right items come home to you 🙂

Parent Information Meeting/Open House

  • Sept 9, 2021
    • 12:00-1:00 pm
    • in the classroom

The Open House allows me to give parents an overview of what our class community will be like through the year.  It will also give you the opportunity to see the classroom, meet myself, and get answers to any questions that you may have.

COVID-19 Information

  • Parents are asked to adhere to The Daily Health Check from AHS and keep their child home if symptoms are present.
    • Children with allergies or other pre-existing conditions may stay at school as long as their parent has a doctor’s note registered with the school office. Please call the office at 403-843-3715 for more details.
  • For more information about COVID and schools please visit the AHS website.

Class Calendar

Regular classes begin the week of Sept 21st and your child will start their regular schedule of Tuesday and Thursday (T/Th). Please review the class calendar and note all the Class Holidays and Long Weekends 🙂

Calendar

How Do I Let You Know If My Child Will be Absent?

The best way to notify me is to email me at at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

I check my email every morning before class and then again when I do attendance. If a child is absent without a note, I am required to phone home during class time to check, so please email 🙂

Questions?

You may email me at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

I look forward to meeting you and your child and to a great school year!

Sincerely,

Randi Schindel

June Update

I just wanted to give you some quick updates as we near the end of the school year. We wrapped up our Butterfly unit last Thursday when I was away. The butterflies surprised us and finished emerging from their chrysalises early and were ready to go, so Mrs. H and the substitute, Ms. Smith, took the children outside and they released the butterflies together. Unfortunately, we didn’t get pictures that day but the butterflies were the Painted Lady butterfly type and, for reference, you can see the picture below..

June Unit

This week we are doing a unit to celebrate Indigenous History month which is in June every year. We listened to an cress story called The Granddaughter Who was Eaten by a Big Fish. It was pre-recorded so that the children could listen to it in the oral story tradition of the Cree peoples. The story was about a young girl who was told by her Gookum (pronounced cook-um and means grandmother) to not swim in a lake because there is a big fish that lives there. In the oral story tradition stories were told and retold throughout the life of a child and as they grow older they learn more and more from the story. Some stories, like certain legends, are only meant for telling during the winter months. Other stories, like this learning one, can be told and shared by anybody at any time.

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In our sharing circle afterwards, the children thought it was funny that the Big Fish swallowed the girl whole, but they agreed that the Granddaughter should have listened to her Grandmother’s warning about the fish in the lake.

The children enjoyed this story and asked if there was another one, so we will listen to Little Bear and the Crow on Thursday morning.

Last Day of Class is on June 15th

Our last day is next Tuesday! The year has gone by so fast and your children have made it so enjoyable. Usually we have a picnic or an ice cream party outside and we invite all of our family’s to join us. However, due to COVID, our school is going to finish off the year following the restrictions against gatherings and we will not be having a family picnic. Instead, the children will enjoy a class party with a special treat (maybe creamsicles!), a slideshow of our year together, a fun show (PG), and lots of time to play outside.

May Update

As all of our families are now aware, Pre-K will be able to continue in class learning over the next two weeks. I have checked in with each family and it looks like we will have pretty much regular attendance from all of our students 🙂

Rest assured, that our regular COVID protocols like classroom cleaning and hand washing will continue. One bonus is that Pre-K will be allowed to use the gym during those days and I am looking forward to breaking out some gym games that we haven’t tried yet this year!

Please Note: while the other grades are scheduled to return to school on May 25th, this continues to be a scheduled day off for our Pre-K class. There is NO Pre-K on Tuesday, May 25th. Our class will resume on Thursday, May 27th.

Classroom Happenings

This week our theme has been Bears! We have read stories about bears and even acted out We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! The kids love the movement activities that we do at circle time and they had so much fun pretending to find the bear and run home at the end.

We also made a Brown Bear craft from a paper bag. This craft continues our focus on learning shapes and practicing our fine motor skills for drawing and cutting. The shape we focused on was circle. We cut out a large circle for the face, two medium circles for the ears, and one small circle for the nose.

During the next few weeks we are going to explore a Plants and Gardening theme and an Insects theme. Our students will have the opportunity to plant a seed and watch it grow and I am VERY excited to say that we will be receiving a live Butterfly Kit as part of our in class field trip learning activity. We will get to watch and take care of caterpillars as they go through the stages of becoming butterflies. The kids are going to love it! But shhh, I haven’t told them about this surprise yet.

Thank-you to Sophie’s mom for mention this opportunity to me 🙂

Earthly Accents. Facebook, March 8, 2021.

Upcoming Events

May 25- No School. Enjoy your May Long Weekend!

May 27 and 28th- Parent Teacher Interviews

  • a SignUp Genius link will be sent out closer to the date.
  • parents can choose either a Thursday evening phone call or a Friday morning phone call with me.

June 15- Last Day of Pre-K class

  • Is your child registered for Kindergarten or Pre-K next year?
    • Kindergarten Registration can be done from the RES website.
    • Pre-K registration can be done from our BFPA website. (Please choose the option for returning student.)

April Update

Please note the important dates below:

May 25: No School (May long weekend extends to Tuesday, May 25th).

  • Please Note: There will be NO class on Tuesday, May 25th for Pre-K. This is a scheduled day off for Pre-K only and the older grades will be at school. Pre-k classes resume on Thursday, May 27th.

Parent Teacher Interviews:

  • Pre-K parent teachers interviews will be done by phone call again. We typically hold them around the first week of June and I will send out a schedule later in May.

June 15: Last Day of Pre-K classes.

  • Our last day will be a celebration of our year together. Then it is on to summer holidays!

Classroom Happenings:

Last week we started a Pets theme in class to help guide our learning about the world around us. Boy do the kids like talking about their pets! Last week we made a graph together as a class and added all of the pets that we have a home to it! There were more animals than kids 🙂

Last week we read a story about being a Veterinarian and what type of work they do to look after our pets. Then we opened up a fun dramatic play centre where the kids can take turn pretending to be a vet.

We also learned about the letter “C” and made a craft called “C is for Cat”.

Today we talked about how we care for our pets and we read two stories called “Our New Kittens” and “Cat’s Colors”.

We also made a class book called “Our Dream Pet”. We will read it together on our next day.

March

Today we checked out Leprechaun traps to see if we caught the mischievous little guy. Unfortunately, he got away from all of us BUT he did leave us some shamrock stickers that we turned into a picture!

This week we read How To Catch a Leprechaun and Lucky Ducky, a story about a duck who goes off in search of a lucky four leaf clover.

2021-2022 Pre-K Virtual Open House

Will your child be 3 or 4 years old by December 31, 2021? Have you already registered or are considering enrollment with BFPA this coming Fall?

  • Please join us for a LIVE Google Meet Open House, hosted by our Early Years Program Staff this coming March 2021!
  • For registration information please open the link below:

Spring Break/Easter Break

March 29-April 6th: No School

  • Pre-K Classes resume on Thursday, April 8th.
  • If you wish to see our class calendar you can view it here. Class days are dark blue.

Important dates

May 25: No School (May Long Weekend extends to Tuesday, May 25th).

June 15: Last day of Pre-K classes.

Feb 2 Update

I forgot to add:

If you don’t have time to send in cards before this Thursday we will have time in class to MAKE cards for our friends. We probably won’t be able to make 13 cards for each friend in the class but we will be able to make cards for everyone 🙂