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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High Park Field Trip

Our class will going to High Park on Friday, June 23, 2017.  We will travelling by bus with three other classes.  Parent volunteers are welcome, but we have limited space on the bus, so we may have to ask some families to meet us there.  This trip is free.

Children will need to wear good walking shoes (not sandals), a hat, sunscreen and bring their lunch that day, as well as water for drinking.  Please sign the trip forms and return them by Friday, June 16, 2017.

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Tumpane Family Breakfast

Families are welcome to attend the Tumpane breakfast this Thursday, June 8, 2017.  An orange flyer went home last week.  If you are planning to attend, be sure to return the bottom portion of the flyer by Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  The event will be held in the gym and take place between 8-8:45 a.m.  We invite you come come and have some refreshments and meet with other families in our Tumpane community.

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No School Day

There will be no school on Friday, June 9, 2017.  School will be closed for a P.A. Day.  Classes will resume on Monday, June 12, 2017.

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Kindergarten Spring Concert

Our Kindergarten spring concert will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  The performances will begin in the afternoon at 1:30 in the Gym.  Students will come to school at their usual time in the morning.  Parents will be able to come in and take a seat in the Gym, starting after 1:00 p.m.

Students can feel free to dress in something special on the concert day and leave their uniforms at home.

After the performances, certificates will be presented to Senior Kindergarten students in the classroom.  Then we would love to have a small party for all the students and their families.  We invite parents to bring along any refreshments for the party for that day.  Be sure to check in with us, to make sure we don’t duplicate anything.


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Parent Council Meeting

The next Parent Council meeting (S.A.C.) will take place on Monday, June 5, 2017 in the Tumpane library.  The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments and child-minding is available for that evening.

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Jump Rope for Heart

Students took home Jump Rope for Heart forms last week.  They will be participating in this event on the morning of Friday, June 2, 2017, if the weather cooperates.  We are asking students to send in their donations on or before that date in their envelopes.


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