Kindergarten students warm up to pets

Our kindergarten and pre-K classes were lucky enough to attend a petting zoo last Wednesday and Thursday.

Thomas Verhoeven hangs out with his Shetland pony mare

Our kindergarten and pre-K classes were lucky enough to attend a petting zoo last Wednesday and Thursday. Jack and Kathryn Verhoeven brought animals from their farm, and the kindergarten and pre-K kids were able to walk through the trailer, pet the animals and learn about each animal.

They even got to brush a Shetland pony. Other animals included a Boer goat, a Holstein calf that was four days old, a couple of bunnies, hens and roosters, including a white Silkie rooster.

In keeping with the farming theme, our students have been involved in creating signs for the community gardens. Grade 2 students used their art period to create illustrations of different vegetables. Those illustrations will be attached to Popsicle sticks that will serve as row markers.

The ever-inventive and energetic Charlee Mappin is busy organizing softball as an intramural activity for the Grade 5 students, who are excited about that new activity.

Grade 2 students just completed their swimming lessons and the Grade 1 and kindergarten students are looking forward to their own swimming lessons.

Teachers are working hard to prepare for fun year-end field trips. Some permission forms will be sent home soon. Please be sure to complete the forms and return them to the school.

We also wish Annette Hunter and Donna Boyd-Stadelman’s Grade 2 choral speech students the best of luck on their participation at the provincial level in Edmonton this week. We’re very proud of these young students’ creative pursuits.

The kindergarten students are having a whale of a time with their ocean activities. Each room is transformed into a wonderful undersea world, with dolphins, sharks, shells, jellyfish and, of course, the treasure — children.

Monica Sylvester’s Grade 1 students planted beans and are eagerly waiting for them to grow. Terry Jackson’s Grade 1 students made colourful caterpillars to enhance all the things they learned as they read the well-loved book, “The very hungry caterpillar.”

We’re all getting “hungry” for long, lazy summer days. But, before we can relax, we’ll have to show our teachers what we have learned the past year.

Use this little advice from the spider Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web: “Chin up, chin up / Everybody loves a happy face / Wear it, share it / It’ll brighten up the darkest place /Twinkle, sparkle / Let a little sunshine in / You’ll be on the right side, looking at the bright side / Up with your chinny-chin-chin.”

AMORE du TOIT – Elementary News

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