Preparing for Playing Outdoors

Students are spending a considerable amount of time out of doors at lunch time, during gym classes and drama class.  We are asking parents to send students with hats, to protect them from the sun (sunglasses are optional).  You are encouraged to put sunscreen on children before they come to school.  We cannot apply after they arrive.


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Pizza Day

Tumpane’s next pizza day is Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  All pizza forms are due on or before Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Jump Rope for Heart

This week students are participating in the Jump Rope for Heart move-a-thin. On Thursday children will be jumping for charity, to raise money for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Please remember to return your forms to school on or before that day.  To register donations on-line please click on the link: Jump Rope for Heart.


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Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder about the Parent Council’s meeting tonight.  Everyone is welcome to attend. It begins at 6:30 and we have a special guest speaker talking about the new zones of regulation strategy being implemented at Tumpane. Child minding and refreshments will be available.

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All About Me

Our students have been working on mini-autobiographies of themselves this last month.  They have used creative and writing materials for their projects.  Students began by making self-portraits, using shapes to help them create their faces.

The children then presented themselves to the class and shared their facial features and reasons for background choices.


We were inspired by various books we read about other children.  They are available to look at in the public library.

Students then made pictures about their families, friends, pets (they have or want), reading books about these various topics as well.





Then during our community helper discussions, children role-played various jobs at our dramatic centres, sharing with others which helper they would like to be when they were older, and why.

We hope to share these mini-biographies with families when you visit next.





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Making Structures

Our students have been working on their structures these last few weeks, planning their projects, selecting materials and putting their ideas together.



Through the process they have shared their thinking with others, problem solved and made decisions, making changes as they were needed.



Some students have also opted to make structures using our classroom building materials, working independently or with groups of friends.


We have been enjoying using our new big blocks, bought for the Kindergarten team this year by the Parent Council.


Thank you to them our own families for participating in fundraising for materials that enrich our teaching and learning space.  Through building and play students develop problem-solving skills, sharing and cooperation through team building and gross and fine motor skills.  Children also role play occupations, seeing themselves as future builders, project managers and team members.

Thank you to families for sending in all of the recycled materials from home. For our next project we will need empty shoe boxes as we begin making our story boxes.

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Parent Council Meeting

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  Light refreshments and child-minding will be available to families attending that evening.  The meeting will begin at 6: 30 p.m. upstairs in the Tumpane library.

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Pink Day!

Our students celebrating Pink Day, sharing their anti-bullying t-shirt slogans promoting kindness and respect for others.


Students brainstormed these ideas together and selected the one they wished to keep in mind that day.


We hope to keep these in mind everyday as we celebrate our differences and accept everyone as they are.


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Mmmmm… maple syrup!

Last Friday our class had a wonderful visit to Kortright Conservation Centre.  We started out with a hike through some of the natural habitats on the property.  Our students visited a pond, forest and grassland.

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Later our guide, Skye took us on a second walk, where ee learned about how Aboriginal people first made maple syrup and the legend behind its discovery.

Then we learned how early settlers made maple syrup, and got to sample some. Finally we saw how maple syrup is made today.


All our friends did a great job, even though the weather wasn’t very nice during our second walk.  Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us that day. We hope to make something tasty in the future with maple syrup.



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Jersey Day

Thursday, April 12, 2018, students and staff at the TDSB are honouring the students from the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in Saskatchewan.

We are asking families at Tumpane to show their support of families and the community of Humboldt dealing with this tragedy by wearing a sports jersey to school or a shirt with a picture of a horse or pony.  Thank you for your support.


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