Field Trip Day

Before the winter break our class went to the Ontario Science Centre.

We had a wonderful day, exploring, experimenting and enjoying ourselves.  First we walked the new hallway with the exhibits of Canadian inventions.

Next we saw a display of the space shuttle with pictures of Chris Hadfield, his uniforms and pictures of him in space.  He is the author of The Darkest Dark, that we read during Hallowe’en.  Then Students got to investigate in KidSpark, had lunch and did a workshop called Science Investigators.

We met Scientist Sarah who introduced us to Sammy the Raccoon.  We had to help Sammy get back to the Science Centre, after falling asleep in a garbage truck that took him far from his home.

Students had to explore different ways of moving, using ramps, wind and heat energy and and exploring natural and man-made items found in the woods.

We also got to touch a screaming cockroach!  Thanks to all the parents who came on the trip.

Someone asked me for the Spicy Pumpkin Seed Recipe I shared that day, so it is listed below.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


2 cups shelled pumpkin seeds                                         500 g

2 tbsp olive oil                                                                       30 mg

2 tbsp maple syrup                                                               30 mg

1 tsp salt                                                                                  5 mg

1/2 tsp chipotle powder (or more for more spice!)        2 mg

1 tsp cumin                                                                             5 mg

Heat oven to 350 Mix olive oil and pumpkin seeds.  Mix maple syrup and pumpkin seeds.  Whisk together spices then stir into seeds.  Spread a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed cooked sheet.  Spread seeds evenly over cookie sheet on parchment paper.

If you wish to find out more about the Ontario Science Centre then click on their link.  Free passes can sometimes be acquired to go from the Toronto Public Library.

So sorry this post is late.  We are looking to organize our next field trip very soon so stay tuned!


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Into Kids Health Newsletter

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January 2018

A Healthy Start to 2018!

Happy New Year! As we begin this year, you and your family may be taking steps to be healthier in 2018.

In this issue, learn about:

  • Staying healthy during the flu season
  • Easy healthy breakfast ideas

Staying Healthy This Flu Season

Did you know January and February are usually the peak months for flu infections? Kids get the flu most often and they can pass the virus before they show symptoms. Flu germs are spread mainly by droplets, when people cough, sneeze or talk and can live on surfaces like toys, countertops and door handles for up to 8 hours.
Children under five years old are at greater risk of complications from the flu so it’s important to prevent them from getting it.

Here are six steps to preventing the flu and staying healthy this winter season:
1. Get your flu shot early
2. Wash your hands often
3. Avoid touching your eyes and face
4. Cover your cough or sneeze

5. Do not share drinking cups and utensils
6. Clean and disinfect common surface areas like door handles, cell phones, keyboards, etc.

Families can still get the flu shot at their family doctor, walk-in clinic or pharmacy. It takes two weeks for the body to build immunity. Note: pharmacists can only give the flu vaccine to adults and children five years old and older.

Visit The Flu for more information on self-care and how to protect yourself.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Children

Did you know that our bodies need energy and nutrients after fasting all night? Having breakfast will help your children concentrate and do better in school. Plan your breakfast the night before and enjoy the benefits of a healthy breakfast together as a family!

What is a Healthy Breakfast?
A balanced meal that includes foods from at least three of the four food groups in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

  • Hot or cold whole grain cereal with plain milk and fresh or dried fruit
  • Whole grain toast topped with sliced avocado and a hard-boiled egg
  • Leftovers from last night’s dinner
  • Whole grain bread, nut or seed butter, and a banana

Make Ahead and Freeze Breakfast Ideas
Reheat these foods on busy mornings!

  • Bean or egg burritos
  • Homemade pancakes or waffles served with milk and fruit
  • Individual egg muffins
  • Whole grain French toast served with yogurt and fruit

Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas

  • Whole grain bagel with hummus or cheese and a fruit such as a plum or clementine
  • Yogurt tube, fruit such as an apple, and nut-free trail mix
  • Hard-boiled eggs (good for one week in your fridge), grapes, and plain soy milk
  • Cheese string, whole grain crackers, and carrot sticks
  • Yogurt layered with berries, banana slices, and whole grain granola or cereal
  • Smoothie: plain milk, frozen or fresh fruit or vegetables, and oats

Did You Know?

The cold and the flu are not the same. Learn the difference between them.

Community Corner

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Free admission on Wednesday nights from 6-9 pm to Permanent Collections.

Free City passes
Sign out passes at the Toronto Public Library for FREE admission to Toronto attractions such as the Ontario Science Centre, the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and much more!

SKATING IN THE CITY! So many great free options for family fun. Check out a few of our favorites:

The Bentway Skating Trail
Toronto’s newest skating destination under the Gardiner. The inaugural Winter Season at The Bentway will run from January 6 – mid-March, 2018 (weather permitting). Ongoing winter programming will include free Monday night skate rentals, Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs, skate instruction, DJ and Ice Breaking Workshops. Skate rentals available.

Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE! Hot food and drinks are available at the rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social.

Toronto’s Natural Ice Rinks
These community-run rinks offer a great back-to-nature skating experience for families and individuals. Many communities, volunteers come together to create natural ice rinks on parkland. For safety, all skaters are encouraged to wear a helmet for their personal safety.

Rouge Park Guided Walks in January & February
Join a guided walk through Rouge Park in January and February. Themes and leaders vary throughout these months.

Toronto Gardens & Conservatories
Explore Toronto’s gardens and conservatories with thousands of plants, flowers, shrubs and decorative trees.

For more FREE family-friendly activities, see

Just for Kids

Involve your kids in planning a breakfast menu for the week.

Prepare breakfast the night before to save time in the morning! Get your kids involved with this breakfast cups recipe. This is also a great option for a grab and go breakfast!

Toronto Public Health eChat

Toronto Public Health offers free, confidential and anonymous online counselling for Toronto residents. Learn more about our eChat service.
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Exploring With Play dough

One of our sensory exploration centres in the Kindergarten is the play dough table.  At this activity, children discover the wonders of this soft textured material, squeezing, molding, shaping and sculpting it.


Play dough has may learning benefits for students.  It helps develop fine motor strength in their hands as children grasp it and work it, along with the many tools available to them.  This translates to stronger hand strength that can be applied when writing, dressing and using other creative materials.

Play dough offers students an opportunity to develop their oral language skills, sharing ideas about their creations with peers and teachers “I am making cupcakes… Today I am making cookies.”


Students are also applying dramatic skills as they interact with play dough, imagining they are working in a kitchen, a bakery or pizza parlor.

Some students may take the learning beyond the play dough centre, writing signs, costs and menus to support their dramatic play.  Some students use personal interests or materials introduced in the class to inspire their work.


Students can explore math concepts through play dough, discussing costs of what they are selling, comparing sizes, shapes, textures and quantities of materials made.

Working at and tidying various learning centres enables children to feel they have a role and responsibility to play within the classroom, teaching them to manage and care for materials as well as develop self-direction.

Play dough is easy to make at home.  Two recipes are available on our website on the page Classroom Recipes.  One is made with Koolaid and the other is not.  Alternative recipes are available on the internet.  Play dough, if covered and refrigerated when unused can last for some time.

We have made play dough together in our classroom, using as an opportunity to explore language when writing out the recipe, math when comparing measuring tools and science as we watch the states of matter change through mixing and cooking.   Later,  the cooking of play dough was re-enacted in various drama centres in the classroom.  If you wish to make some at home be sure to check out our class recipe page.


Several students interacted with peers, devising surveys in which they asked their peers what colour of play dough they would prefer, tallying the results and sharing their results with the class.  These activities developed questioning skills, social interaction, strengthen counting and understanding of class interests.  Later some children even turned their survey results into simple graphs.


The benefits of play in the learning environment can not be discounted.  Play is the work of children, where they explore, ask questions, share ideas and role play in a safe and stimulating environment.  Where one might see a child at play dough we as teachers see chefs, bakery owners, sculptors and employees developing essential skills and creative inspiration as they work towards their future.

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Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!

This term students have been identifying, exploring, extending and making patterns using creative and cognitive materials.

We have been finding patterns on our clothes and deciding if they are repeating or all-over the same.

In our math teams we have been making patterns using blocks, rings, magnets and our selves.

Students used paints, pastels, paper and dabbers to create their own patterns and designs.

Then we discovered patterns, both repeating, growing and shrinking in the books we have read.  Some of our favourites have included, Ten in the BedThere Was An Old Lady, Going on a Bear Hunt, Five Little Monkeys (any version),  Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The House That Jack Built.  They are available for you to borrow at the Toronto Public Library or hear read aloud just below.

Our students have been looking at media videos involving patterning.  We found a fun exercise video using patterns which is great for rainy days.

Our other favourite pattern clips are by Scratch Garden called: Patterning and  Left and Right.

We have been examining patterns on our hundreds chart as well, practicing counting in patterns, by 10s and fives and backwards from 10 to 1.  These were also popular clips on Scratch Garden.

Be sure to check them out all of these again at home!

We have also been looking for patterns all around us as well.  Can you find any patterns when you are out and about or at home? You can always make them using materials around the house like buttons, bread tags, paper clips or beans.

Here is our class pattern quilt, we have been working on in Room 102.


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Parent Academy Training

The Parent Academy is holding its next workshop on January 31, between 1-3 pm. Refreshments and childminding will be available for the training.  Please register by January 30th.


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Earth Rangers

Last week, Tumpane was visited by the Earth Rangers.  This organization encourages students and adults to get involved in the protection and maintenance of our natural world in order to protect the important green spaces on our planets as well as the animals who share the world with us.


Some of the ambassadors who visited that day included snakes, falcons and porcupines.

Information about Earth Rangers was sent home on a postcard.  Families hoping to get involved with the organization and students wishing to be an Earth Ranger can find out more from their website: Earth Rangers.

Some great places to take students to camp, bike, hike and explore nature can be found on the Toronto Region Conservation Authority site.  The Humber Arboretum is also a wonderful spot to visit.  Many places offer camps for the summer, Day camps and all-year programs for both students and adults.

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors

We have been enjoying the great outdoors, especially with all of the wonderful snow that has fallen.  Students have been getting their board mandated Daily Physical Activity (DPA) everyday by running up and sliding down our small hill in the outdoor classroom.


Lately, we have been exploring, building and creating structures using buckets, shovels and our own hands.  Children have also been going around discovering the natural world and making observations.


Our snowy weather and the reading of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats has let to a whole series of science experiments, in which students have been generating “I wonder…” statements, making predictions and observations.  I wonder if a small snowball or big snowball will melt faster?  I wonder where the water goes after the snowball melts?  I wonder if a snowball will melt in the fridge or freezer?  I wonder if ice will melt faster in water or in a bowl?  Students have had to draw on prior knowledge and their observations to make predictions.

Last week we discovered some ice in our old water table and some buckets which let to another round of experiments.  I wonder if snow or water will make a better/stronger ice cube?

The out of doors has proven to be a wonderful second classroom in which students have been working cooperatively with friends, exploring the natural environment and its on-going changes, as well as exploring various math concept.  We have been working on measurement, comparing distances traveled down hills, comparing snow castle sizes and buckets used, as well as looking at shapes of ice and sculptures being made.

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Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful break, spending time resting and visiting with family and friends.  Our students worked hard preparing cards and treats for family members.  Anyone who enjoyed the Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies can check out the web page link by clicking on the name.

We also created a group art projects using plates, paint, glitter and an assortment of decorative materials unearthed from our creative cupboard.


Our final party of the year included cake and ice-cream which we all enjoyed together.


Wishing everyone the best for 2018.

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Parent Council Meeting

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 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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First Aid and CPR Training Opportunity

One of the parents in our community, who runs a basketball program for students, is offering an opportunity for parents and teachers to participate in First Aid and CPR training.  Below is more information for anyone who is interested.

Hoopletics is contacting you because you either distributed or displayed our flyers for our basketball programming and we would like to thank you for that. As a chief administrator, we understand that you have a responsibility to teach young minds as well as protect them. We have made available a course for your administration and parents to help save lives.

We have secured the services of Canadian Paramedic Rescue Training to teach First Aid, CPR & AED for our registered program parents and community.

We ask that you please forward the below forwarded email or attachments to staff and parents because this is a training program that is very exclusive and valuable at a very affordable rate. At $75 plus HST, programs similar to this cost $200 or more.

We will supply you with an email(email forward below) that you can forward to parents and a two flyers in PDF for posting or distributing to parents and staff.

Classes will take place on either Saturday January 27th or Sunday January 28th 2018. Both classes have a duration of 6 hours starting at 9:30am. The location for the training will be at the Superstore at 2549 Weston Rd. located at Weston Rd. and 401.

Please go to this link on our website to get a full break down of the program as well as watch the video from our trainers which will give you an idea of what to expect.

If you have any questions in regards to this program please contact Jason Bannister at (416) 850-5684 ext. 1 or email him at

Thank you for your cooperation in facilitating this programs success. Your actions support us all in having the ability to save lives! Spread the word!
Jason Bannister
Director of Operations HOOPLETICS | | @hoopletics

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