Friday, September 22, 2017

September 25th-29th

Monday 25th: Children will probably bring home a library book. The book may be returned to the white library basket in the classroom any day.

Tuesday 26th:

Wednesday 27th: Information will be sent home regarding our home alphabet program. Early dismissal is at 1:45pm.

Thursday 28th:

Friday 29th: Orange Shirt Day: children are invited to wear something orange to school.
September/October Home Task
Now that fall has arrived, please take a nature walk in your neighbourhood and collect a sign of fall. If possible place the item in a bag and label it with the name of the item and your child's name. The object will be displayed on our nature table in class. Please do not send in nuts of any variety due to allergies in the class.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reminders for the week ahead:

We are now going to attend school the same times as the rest of the school. Please don't dwell on the extra time that will be spent in school with your children. They have had a positive start and are getting the hang of all the kindergarten routines.

Please return the payment for the Entertainment books if making a purchase or return the whole package.

Monday September 18th: Scholastic orders due for those interested in making a purchase.

Tuesday September 19th:

Wednesday September 20th: Terry Fox assembly 1:15pm. - all families are welcome to attend our assemblies. We plan to run around the back field so children will need to wear running shoes to school. Early dismissal is at 1:45pm.

Thursday September 21st: Open house 6-7pm.

Friday September 22nd: Pro-D Day - no school.

Friday, September 8, 2017

September 11th - 18th

This has been a great first week. The children are settling in very nicely. If you have not already done so please send in a pair of runners for indoor shoes and a set of spare clothes which will be kept at school . Please send in a water bottle with water every day.

Reminders for the week ahead:

All children will attend the following times:

Monday September 11th: 8:45am. - 10:15am. Planners will be sent home. Please empty the second page protector. It has Scholastic Magazines in it. Return the planner every day.

Tuesday September 12th: 8:45am.-11:15am. Please send in one snack.

Wednesday September 13th: 8:45am.-12:15pm. Please send in one snack and lunch.

Thursday September 14th: 8:45am.-1:15pm. Please send in one snack and lunch.

Friday September 15th: 8:45am-1:15pm. Please send in one snack and lunch.

Monday September 18th: Scholastic orders due for those interested in making a purchase.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Welcome to Kindergarten 2017-2018

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to division 8. For those who have not met me, my name is Karen Hoskins. This is my ninth year teaching in Delta and my seventh year teaching at Port Guichon. Prior to teaching in Delta, I taught in Vancouver for more than ten years where I taught kindergarten, as well as every primary aged class. Prior to that, I taught for three and a half years in Great Britain. I am a resident of Ladner and I enjoy working and living in our community.

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your patience with the gradual entry. Having had two school-aged children of my own, I appreciate the challenges of a school morning! However, this organization is very beneficial for adjustment to routines and getting to know each other in smaller groups.

 Here are some additional tips to make the rest of September go as smoothly as possible:

• Report absences to our administrative assistant, Mrs. Ward, at 604 946 0321. If you leave a message, please record your child’s name, division/grade and teacher’s name with a reason for absence. Anticipated absences can be reported to the office by note ahead of time.

• Keep your child home if he/she has a fever, a sore throat, headache, undiagnosed or contagious rash, upset stomach, a runny nose that requires more than 5 tissues an hour!

• Stay home for at least 24 hours following the end of any vomiting episodes.

• Remind your child to wash hands after blowing his/her nose, going to the washroom and before eating.

• If your child is late, he/she needs to check in at the office and then walk to class. This helps our secretary effectively carry out our safe arrival system. An unexplained absence will generate a call home by the volunteer “safe arrival” parents. Let the office know that you are accompanying your child to class. (The school layout is a little confusing at the beginning of the year).

• Meet me at the outside entrance to pod B.
• Arrive on time for school 8.40 a.m. (first bell) and line up at the entrance to pod B.
• Remember that the playground is unsupervised before 8:30 a.m. and it is advisable for parents/families to stay with their children until the second bell.

• Meet your child at the outside entrance to pod B.
• Arrive slightly before dismissal time
• Dismissal time is at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and on Wednesdays at 1:45 p.m. for the whole school. (We recommend that you walk if you live close to school to reduce congestion in the parking lot).
• Let your child know who is meeting him/her after school. Let me know if it is a new person meeting your child.
• Meet your child at the office should you be more than five minutes late for pick up.

• Walk bicycles on the school grounds, and lock them at the bike rack if they are being left at school. (The cloak room area cannot accommodate bikes or scooters).

Our School Day

8:30 School office opens

8:40 Warning buzzer. Outside door will be opened

8:45 Class time begins

10:30 Recess

10:45 Class time resumes

12:10 Lunch time

12:57 Line up buzzer

1:02 Afternoon class time begins

1:45 Wednesday dismissal time

3:00 Dismissal time (Mon, Tues, Thurs. Fri)

Additional Supplies
Please send in runners for indoor shoes. Your child needs to be able to put these shoes on independently, so please do not send in shoes with laces if your child is still learning to do this task. These runners will be permanently kept at school and will be worn inside the class and for gym. Each child has been provided with a shoe box in our cloak room area in which to keep them.

Snack and lunch
Provide a non-spill drink container with water and a healthy snack and lunch in a reusable container. (No yogurt tubes please). Send in food that your child can eat independently. I am happy to assist with opening and closing containers. (During September, unfinished food will, if practical, be sent home so that you can see how much your child has eaten). Our goal is to bring a litter-less snack and lunch. Please, do not send in any nuts, or products containing nuts.

Some snack and lunch ideas
Pack a variety of things that your children have tried before and like. Involve them in planning their choices for the week ahead whenever possible:

Snack suggestions
Fruit - slice up apples, oranges, plums, nectarines, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, honey dew melon, pineapple, mango, (Toss fruit in ½ tsp. of bottled lemon juice to prevent the fruit going brown (apples, plums, nectarines, peaches)

Whole fruits: blueberries, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, cherry tomatoes, bananas, strawberries

Slice 3-4 different fruits and mix them into a fruit salad

Buy canned fruit for those busy mornings

Mix some dried fruit in with small fishy crackers- raisins, chopped apple, dates, sultanas, papaya, mango, apricot

Veggies and dip - baby carrots, chopped cucumber, peppers, celery sticks, broccoli, and zucchini. (Pack the dip separately).

Crackers and real cheese, rice cakes, pita bread, dry cereal - add cream cheese, honey, hummus etc.

Lunch Ideas

Bagels, sandwiches, sub rolls, pizza buns, cheese buns, pizza, tortilla wraps, pita pockets, toast, English muffins, pasta salad, soup thickened with pasta.

Leftover dinners can be put into a small thermos. Remember to pack forks/spoons.

Try some new sandwich fillings or put a new twist on old ones. Mix the fillings the night before and make up the sandwiches in the morning.

Lunch and Snack Resources

I was given this book a few years ago and the cover is worn out, which in this case is a good thing. When my children are getting bored of their lunches, I give them the book and ask them to choose a new recipe.

Karmel, Annabel (2007) “Lunch Boxes and Snacks”, Atria books

Useful website for healthy eating ideas


Please layer. Our weather is very unpredictable and our class will go outside most days at recess and lunch, as well as sometimes for P.E. They will therefore generally need a coat or jacket. Our classroom will get warm and so it is advisable to wear a T-shirt below warm sweaters so that the sweater can be removed. Clothing needs to be comfortable and something they can safely do P.E. in as they will only change their shoes.

Send a change of clothes in a large ziploc bag marked with your child’s name. Send in something slightly too big.


I would like to establish an opportunity for sharing a special story book with the class on your child’s birthday. On this day, one of your child’s favourite story books may be sent to class and shared at story time. We will sing “Happy Birthday” and draw a portrait of the birthday child which will be made into a keepsake book to take home. We will celebrate summer birthdays in June. Please do not send in cupcakes or other food items. Please deliver birthday invitations off school premises. I will help set up a contact list for those interested to help facilitate play dates and birthday parties etc. Please, consider other families’ feelings when organizing play dates after school.

Each child will have a planner book. This is a plastic duotang in which I will send home information. If I want the information filed permanently in the duotangs, I will hole punch it ready for you to help your child file at home. There will be a plastic page protector in the duotang. Your child will place information sheets in this. It can be also be used for you to return home tasks, field trip notices etc. I am generally available at the end of the school day if you need to bring something to my attention, or you can put a note into the page protector in the duotang. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask.

Scholastic Book Orders

Most months, I will send home the Scholastic Book order forms. Check the weekly newsletter for return dates. This optional program enables teachers to build up the classroom library using points.

Home Reading

There is no formal homework in kindergarten. I will send home practice sheets for alphabet printing and from time to time I will send home an optional home task which relates to our theme in class. In January, once we are more settled, we will start a home reading program. This will involve your child borrowing a book from class each day and sharing it with an adult or older sibling at home. More details will follow when the class is ready to start this program.

Go to for tips on how to help your child to discover the joy of exploring books.

Looking forward to a great kindergarten year.

Karen Hoskins