Red and White Day

Tomorrow is Red and White Day.  Feel free to wear something red or white or both, to help celebrate the 150th birthday of our country.


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Field Trip Reminder

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28 is our field trip to High Park.  Looks like the weather is going to cooperate.  Remember to pack a lunch, towel to sit on and water bottle.  Students should wear running shoes, hats  and sunscreen.

Unfortunately it was too cold and wet to go to the splash pad today.

On Thursday, June 29, our last day of classes, it will be Red and White Day, to celebrate the 150th Canada day.  You can wear anything red or white that day.

Report cards, now called the Communication of Learning, are going home Wednesday.  There is a portion for you to fill out on the second page and return to school.  Any families interested in speaking to me about your child’s progress can do so after school on Wednesday or Thursday, between 4-5 pm.

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Field Trip Post-Phoned

Our field trip day tomorrow looks like it is going to be a wet one and since we don’t want a repeat of our first trip we have post-phoned it until next Wednesday.  New forms will have to be signed and will go home tomorrow.  If you have a few extra minutes, please come into school early and sign it tomorrow.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Snack Program

This is the last week of our Tumpane Snack Program.  Families will be responsible for sending healthy snacks to school with their families between June 19, 2017 and June 29, 2017.  Some healthy snack suggestions include fruits, vegetables, crackers and cheese or yogurt.  Please remember to keep sending water bottles for our really hot weather.

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Splash Pad Trip

Our class will be going to the local community Splash Pad on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  No permission forms are required, as all students have already signed the walking trip form.  This trip is free.  We will be there for the morning, weather pending.  If it rains we will try to reschedule for June 28, 2017.  More information about what to bring will go home shortly.  Parent volunteers are always welcome.

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Concert Reminder

Just a reminder about our concert tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please let me know if you would like to bring any refreshments for our party afterwards.

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Caribbean Cultural Celebration

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. Tumpane will be having a Caribbean Cultural Festival.  All families are welcome to attend.  We are hoping for good weather so the performances can take place outside on the front lawn.

Our students will be performing a song they have been preparing with Mr. Bellotto along with the other Kindergarten classes.  They are welcome to wear traditional Caribbean cultural clothing or other bright colours.  There will be some other performances as well as  a guest speaker and a special guest performer.

Afterwards, refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Storytelling in Room 102

Students have been learning about the parts of a narrative, looking at stories with different characters, plots, story language, messages, problems and solutions.  They have been  comparing many different versions of familiar tales and then using the various authors’ ideas to inspire their own storytelling ideas.

First children created character boards, for Little Red Riding Hood, with some students sharing their versions of the tale with the class.


Later, children had a chance to create story boxes, that they painted and decorated with various textural elements to tell the tale of the three little pigs in small story telling groups.

Later, these story boxes were shared with our classmates and reading buddies from grade 3.

Next children designed cross-sections of the 3 bears houses, to retell this tale.

Story telling gives students an opportunity to develop oral language skills, using their voice in various ways to express emotions and events.  They must remember the sequence of events in a story and be able to link the tale together so that it makes sense.

Children use new vocabulary to enhance their stories and make personal choices about characters, plot twists and endings.  Adding an artistic element to the story telling experience requires children to problem solve, as they create their work and explain their reasoning for making artistic decisions.

Reading familiar and favourite tale over again helps children learn the sequence of stories, develop character voices and gives them an opportunity to make creative and dramatic performances that they can then share with others with growing confidence.  We encourage you to give students an opportunity to continue such activities at home, with felt, picture or puppet materials.

If you are looking for some ideas of stories to read with your child, you can always ask your friendly library at the Toronto Public Library.  They are always willing to make suggestions.  You can also go on-line and reserve books with your library card and have them sent to your local branch.

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Summer Basketball Programs

North Region Basketball Association is offering summer basketball camps.  These will take place over 5 weeks, from July 4-August 4, twice a week.  Programs are for children from 4-14 years of age, beginning with microball and going up to advanced player training.  All programs will cost $99  and they will take place at Amesbury Road Public School.  More information can be seen on the flyer going home this week.  For more information and registration you can go to the website: Toronto Region Basketball Association

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Creating Works of Art

Our class had a wonderful trip to the Harbourfront, School by the Water last week.  Students got an opportunity to learn a little about the history of puppets and the kids people have made.

Then they got to make their own stick puppets using wooden spoons and various creative materials.

After lunch and a short walk around the harbour, we continued with a second artistic workshop.

In the afternoon, students explored with pastels and paints, using their imagination to create magical creatures and fun fish.

Thank you to all of the parents who attended and helped us on the trip.

If you are interested in other events, programs and happenings at Harbourfront Centre just check out their website.


Our next two destinations are High Park and the Splash Pad.  More information will follow about these two trips.


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