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St. Vital Catholic School
School Division No. 202
Ms. Menzies' Monday & Wednesday Class

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to Prek

June 19 --- Since this was our last regular school day, we made a final visit to our tree across from the school. 

On the way we stopped to watch the ants who were very busy at work!!

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We noticed that the tree was making seeds.

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The tree was very full of leaves and it was hard to see the face on the tree but there were lots of other happy faces to see!

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Out in the courtyard there are lots of haskcap berries to pick and eat!!

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Today we were making bugs!!

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June 14---New flowers are blooming in the coutyard. It is the roses!

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Friends building together.

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Sisters building together.

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Some more friends building together outside.

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A bug discussion.

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The last visit with Ms. Gayle, our speech pathologist.  The students  were thrilled when she would come to spend time in our classroom. She was a good friend to everyone!!​

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June 12--- The haskcap berries are ripe and everyone wants to taste them!!

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After our community helper visits last week we wrote thank-you notes to Officer Dubois and to Mr. Chartier. Mrs. Menzies read the notes that we had written and then we all needed to sign our names. We also sent them each a picture.​

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We are busy working on our Father's Day projects.

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We had lots of fun today at the Tot Lot. The weather was perfect.

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June 7---Today was a special day. We went to visit the Fire Station.

Mr. Chartier greeted us at the door. We needed to be good listeners.

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We saw where the firemen have their lockers to keep their special clothes.

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Mr. Chartier dressed up in his special clothing for fighting fires.

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We each got to try the walkie talkie!

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We got to go inside one the firetrucks.

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We went outside and we got to each spray water from the hose onto a tree!!!

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Back inside the fire station we learned about STOP, DROP and ROLL.

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Students were given a fireman's hat and a bag of surprises BUT  before it was given each student had to answer a question about something that they had learned during the visit.

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We had our photo taken with Mr. Chartier beside the fire truck!

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June 5---Despite the overcast skies we were able to spend time outdoors in the courtyard.

​These students are busy making a castle surrounded by a forest.

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These students are busy making soup and fries in the wheelbarrow!!

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A student noticed a change in the colour of the pine cones and so we all went to see what was happening. The developing cones were no longer green but were starting to turn a light brown. They were still very soft.

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A special visitor to our class was RCMP Officer Dubois. Before going out to see his vehicle he told the students about the special things that he carries with him.

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All the students got an opportunity to sit in the back of his vehicle.

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In the front of his vehicle he showed us his computer and the buttons for his siren and his lights.

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After we heard the siren and saw the lights, we had our picture taken with Officer Dubois by his police vehicle.

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Planting... even when things are difficult!

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Bringing a load of wood for building!

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Building a castle.

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A great day for some water fun!!!

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And of course ....A PICNIC!!!

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May 29---Look at all the different kinds of wheels!!

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After my attendance at the Early Years' Summit last week, wooden boards were added to our outdoor play environment.

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A student noticed changes on the branches of the pine tree. We all went to look at the newly forming cones. Students thought that the immature cones felt squishy!!

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​The addition of fabric to the outdoors provided for some interesting ideas!

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We began the transplanting of our plants into larger containers. Each student gets to choose a flower for the middle of his or her container.

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May 25---Since many students in this class did not have the opportunity to see the chicks out of the incubator, it was decided that we would keep the chicks one more week. There was lots of excitement as the students arrived and discovered that the chicks were still here.

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Students had the opportunity to visit the chicks throughout the school day.

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The seeds that the students planted last week have started to come through the ground. When they get bigger, we will transplant them into larger containers. Each student will be responsible for caring for their own garden.

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May 18--- This evening was the opening of the Living Sky School Division's Student Art Exhibition. The Prek classes from our school have work on display. There are 8 pieces from each class displayed. The focus is the students' representations of fall and winter trees as well as the homes that were created for forest animals. Early learning is featured with the "Wall of Wonders." Some of the early learning displays are interactive and students are able to build and create. I hope you are able to take time to view the exhibition. It is a wonderful display of the talent that exists in the schools within our school division. The exhibits are on display until June 17.

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May 17---Today there was GREAT EXCITEMENT in the Prek classroom. The chicks had begun to hatch the previous day. This morning there were six chicks that had hatched and one that had just come out of his shell. Everyone wanted to see!!

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Even parents were interested to see the new chicks.

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Students used the chart that had been created to discuss their observations.

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Yesterday I captured a short video of a chick hatching. I am uncertain if you will be able to view but I will post it and you can see if it works on your computer/smart phone/tablet.

 

 

Mr. Chartier created a new home for the chicks after school today. There are still more chicks to hatch in the incubator. The chicks will be at school until Friday afternoon when they will be taken to a farm.

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May 15--- Fun with the balance bikes and scooter in the courtyard.

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Posts in the sandbox.

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How many kids can sit on the storage boxes??

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Observing the spring changes in the pine tree in the courtyard.

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Checking the color of the new tulip that is bloomimg in the courtyard. It is yellow!

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May 12---Thank-you to all the families who joined us at Finlayson Island for our family day. Although it was cool and windy, families participated in the scavenger hunt and enjoyed a picnic together. Thank-you for sharing the day with us!

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 May 10 --- Today we went to visit our tree across from the school to see what changes had occurred since our visit in the winter. The leaves had started to grow.

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 On our way back, we saw a big ant hill and we stopped to watch the ants at work.

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 We have been observing that the bulbs in the courtyard are beginning to bloom. Today the tulips were blooming. To help students learn about bulbs we plants some bulbs --big ones, medium sized ones and little ones.

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 We can all balance on the timbers of the new sandbox.

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 A time for visiting!

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 May 3--- A new spring group photo in the court yard.

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 What can you do with computer boxes?

Build a tower!!

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 Make rooms??

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Sharing a ladybug.

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May 1 -- With the construction of new cedar storage units for the sand box, new outdoor construction toys were introduced. The​re was lots of excitement!!​​

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​Students are working on their animal's forest home as part of our Forest project.
IMG_9117.JPGFun at the dress-up centre!
IMG_9121.JPGApril 26--It was snowing today and so the students built a snowman in the courtyard.

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 New red chairs--- a donation from a family in the Tuesday/Thursday class.

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 There was lots of creative thinking in the classroom today.

Students created a restaurant(Boston Pizza) complete with tables, chairs and a seated waiting area.

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  A structure was created that a classmate could crawl under!!

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 April 24--The classroom renovation (removal of a wall) that occurred over the Easter break provided lots of excitement in the Prek classroom today. We have so much more space!!!!

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 April 24--Another exciting event was the introduction of a chick hatching project. Ryker's family from the Tuesday/Thursday class provided the classroom with the incubator and eggs. It will seem like a long wait until there are baby chicks.

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 April 12--Since this was the last day before the Easter break students dyed eggs and put them in their Easter baskets which the teacher forgot to send home!! Ohhh!! MY!!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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 April 12--Decorating eggs for the Easter egg tree!

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 April 12--Today was the first day for students to enjoy sand in their new sandbox. Some of the comments were: "This is so cool!" --- "This is awesome!"--- "We can even stomp on it!"--- It is like the sand in Mexico!!"

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 A very BIG THANK-YOU to Izy and Ellysha's dad, Mr. Brad McCaffrey for donating a truck load of sand to fill up our sandbox.

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The sand was delivered on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr. Chartier and Mr. Arbeau and his Grade 7 students began to fill up the sand box. It is a really big job!!

THANK-YOU  TO EVERYONE!!!!

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 "Going on a trip!"

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 The timbers for the new sandbox provide an opportunity for students' to build their balance skills.

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 New materials have been added to some of the classroom centres. Students are having fun exploring the possiblities of these materials.

"We made it touch the ceiling!!"

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  "Can we make it go around the outside of the carpet!"​​​​

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 April 7--Fun at the fieldhouse on our Friday Family Day

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 As part of our day, there was a birthday celebration with cupcakes.

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