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St. Vital Catholic School
School Division No. 202
Ms. Menzies' Tuesday & Thursday Class
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to Prek
June 15--- New flowers are bloomimg in the courtyard. It's the roses!
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Lending a helping hand t​o clean-up the courtyard.
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Peonies brought to share. It was said,"They smell like perfume!"
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This was the last day that Ms. Gayle, the speech pathologist will be in our classroom. Everyone loved Ms. Gayle and wanted to spend time playing with her when she visited our classroom.
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Even though the weather was a bit cool and windy we did spend the afternoon at the Tot Lot.
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June 13--- The haskcap berries are now ripe in the courtyard. Students were busy picking them and then eating them. They can be a bit sour!!
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​Going on Star Wars spaceship ride!!
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After our visit with the RCMP officer and our trip to the Fire Station, we wrote thank-you letters.
Today we reread our letter and students will sign their names. We will also send them each a photo.
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Button Play!!
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June 8---Today was a special day. We went to visit the fire station.
Mr. Chartier greeted us at the door. We had to be good listeners.
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We saw where the fire chief has his locker. His coat is a different colour from the other firemen.
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Mr. Chartier showed us the clothes that he wears when he goes to a fire. He has special gloves to wear.
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We got to use the walkie talkie.
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​Mr. Chartier showed us the special mask that he wears so the smoke won't hurt him.
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We got to go inside the front of a fire truck.
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We also got to go on the firemen's special rescue boat.
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We all got a turn to spray water at a tree.
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We learned how to STOP, DROP and ROLL!!
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We all got a fireman's hat and a bag of surprises!
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A final photo with Mr. Chartier and the fire truck.
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June 6---The Monday/Wednesday class had noticed changes in the pine cones and so I shared their observations with the Tuesday/Thursday class. The immature cones have turned a  light brown. They still feel soft and squishy. We touched them very gently.
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Today we had a special visitor---Officer Dubois from the RCMP. He shared with the students the different items on his tool belt.
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He showed us his truck. We got to sit in the back seat.
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We sat in the front seat too and he showed us his computer, his radio and the buttons for all his lights and sirens.
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We saw how the lights work on his truck.
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A final photo with Officer Dubois and his RCMP truck.
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To end our day the students asked if we could have another picnic!!
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June 1---It was a wonderful day to spend lots of time out in the courtyard!
What are you cooking?
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Playing Hide and Seek!
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Construction Zone.
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A warm day means time for some water fun!!
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And of course.... A picnic!!
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May 30--- After my attendance at the Early Years Summit last week, fabric, loose boards and cardboard tubes​ were introduce into the courtyard. Students had fun creating forts.
Fort number 1 was not big enough!!
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Fort Number 2-- Some students said that they were sitting on the roof!​
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Fabric is good for being princesses.
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Or for running!!
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Helping a friend!!
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Today we began transplanting our germinated seeds. Each student chose a flower to put in the middle of his or her container and planted his or her seedlings around the flower.
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May 25---We kept the chicks for one more week in the classroom. The students noticed that the wing feathers were developing.
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Students found some new flowers blooming in the courtyard---irises!!
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The seeds that we planted last week have started to grow.
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The rainy day provided us with some umbrella fun!!
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The students thought that we should go across the street and visit our special tree. We were surprised at how big the leaves had gotten. We couldn't see the face on the tree!!
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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 division.
The display is up until June 17.
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May 18 -- This morning the students found that the chicks had been given a new home. The new home had been provided for the chicks the previous afternoon.
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Everyone wanted to see the chicks in their new home.
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Throughout the day students were able to go and have a quiet visit with the chicks. Students were not allowed to touch the chicks for health reasons. We just watched them!!
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May 16 -- Today was a VERY  EXCITING DAY at school. The chicks began to hatch. In the morning when the students arrived, there was one chick. In the afternoon the students were able to watch two chicks hatch. Everyone was excited to see the new arrivals.

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Even parents got to see!!

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​After school I was able to get a short video of a chick hatching!

 

​​​We also spent time outside observing what happens to evergreen trees in the spring.

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We noticed the new colour of tulip that was going to bloom in the courtyard.

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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 11-- We can balance on the timbers of the sandbox!

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Opportunities for working together.

At the dress-up centre.

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At the building centre

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At the writing centre

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​​May 9--- Today we went to visit our special 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 to the school we saw a big ant hill. We stopped to watch them.

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We also found some dandelions and stopped to pick them.

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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 planted some bulbs --big ones, medium sized ones ​and small ones.                               ​                             ​                                     .

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May 4---The spring bulbs are beginning to bloom in the courtyard.

We wondered how the hyacinth smelled?

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What can you build with computer boxes??

A tower that fell down!!

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 A bed for princesses!!

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 Finding a new way to fill the dump truck!

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A spring hockey game!!

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May 2---With the arrival of the new cedar storage boxes for the sandbox, new sand toys were introduce.

IMG_9150.JPGA serious game of make-believe!

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 April 27--- Here is a photo taken in the courtyard after the spring snow storm.

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 ​Mrs. Borschneck and the students working on our Forest project. Students are constructing a home for their forest animal.

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 Today lots of cooperative play was evident in the classroom!! It was occurring in many different centres.

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April 25--- The classroom renovation (removal of a wall) that occurred during the Easter break provided lots of excitement today in the Prek classroom. We have so much space!!!

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April 25---Another exciting event was the introduction of the chick hatching project. Ryker Moore's family provided the classroom with the incubator and eggs. It will seem like a long wait until there are baby chicks!!

IMG_8779.JPGApril 13---A big day!! There is sand in the sand box. Everyone is having fun!!

IMG_8408.JPGApril 11 --- The new sandbox area is a fun place to play even though there is no sand yet!

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 Students are getting ready for Easter by painting eggs and making Easter baskets.

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Some special visitors to the courtyard courtesy of Mr. Chartier.

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The end of the day -- our completed Easter baskets!!

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 April 10 --- Prek wishes to thank Izy and Ellysha's dad, Mr. Brad McCaffrey, from the Monday/Wednesday for donating a truck load of sand for our new sand box.

IMG_8296.JPGThe sand was delivered on Monday and on Tuesday Mr. Chartier and Mr. Arbeau and his Grade 7 students began to fill the sandbox.

THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE!!

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IMG_8264.JPGApril 7 --- Fun at the fieldhouse on our Friday Family Day

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IMG_7646.JPGApril 6---A cooperative adventure out in the courtyard!

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"Now we can walk on it"

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