Community Building in EY2

 Dear Parents,

Last week was a great kick-off for our year together in EY2! This year, we have decided that Ms. Nicole’s class A will be known as the Alligators, and Ms. Risa’s class B will be the Bears. Soon, all of the children should know whether they are a Bear or an Alligator!

During our exciting first week of school, the children began to make new friends and to learn about classroom routines such as playing in centres, tidying up, listening respectfully, choosing their lunch foods, and taking good care of our shared materials at school. They also got a chance to explore our new playground.

Developing Agency in EY2

In EY2, we view the children as competent and capable individuals, and we aim to nurture their sense of agency. Therefore, our learning goals this year include helping them to become more independent, and to take on more responsibility for themselves and for the well-being of our classroom community. At school, we do this by expecting children to tidy up the centres, to select their own food, eat, and dress independently. In short, we don’t do anything for the children that they can do themselves! You can support your child’s learning by encouraging the same behaviours at home. If your child has difficulty doing these kinds of tasks on their own, try to show or explain how, rather than doing it for them. You will be surprised at how much your child can to by themself, and how much pride they will take in their accomplishments!


Both EY2 classes have swim class on Thursday mornings. To make our day go more smoothly and to save some valuable class time, it would be helpful for everyone to come to school with their swim suit on under their clothes.

We would also like to remind you that children should wear flip flops or water shoes when they walk to the pool, which we will keep at school for the entire year. If your child does not yet have a pair of these shoes at school, please bring them as soon as possible.


The Alligators and Bears will have their first library visit this week on Tuesday, and will be coming home with two library books of their own choice. We encourage you to read these books with your children, talk about the stories, and show them how to take good care of books. Please be aware that we do not expect the children to be able to read these books independently at this time! The purpose is to develop comprehension, book handling skills, and most importantly a love of reading. Make story time fun!

Library books will go home on Tuesdays, and should be returned to school before the following Tuesday. Please note that children will not be able to sign out a new book if the previous one is not yet returned. You may also visit the library with your child after school if they would like to get a new book between our scheduled class visits.

Important Dates

EY2 Coffee Meeting: Date TBA, 8:00 am – 9:00 am in the EY2 classroom – Info about our program and supporting your child’s learning, as well as mingling with our parent community over snacks, tea, and coffee!

Back to School Parent Forum: Friday August 23rd, 8:00 am – 9:00 am in the auditorium Parent Forum BTS 23819

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Welcome to EY2!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to EY2!  We have had a great start to the school year and are enjoying getting to know your children.

You can access our schedule at the link to the right.  You can also read about our EY2 staff.

Just a few reminders as we get into the routine of school.

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Upon arrival students should put their backpacks in their cubby and head out to the playground.  Supervision on the playground begins at 7:30 and goes until the bell at 7:50.  Students should line up with their class at 7:50 and wait for their teacher to walk them to class.


Dismissal is at 2:30, please make sure to sign out before taking your child. At 2:45 remaining students will be taken to Supervision and you will need to sign them out from the library on the second floor.


Students need a bag with a KIS swim suit, goggles, swim cap, towel, and sandals all clearly labeled with your child’s name.  The sandals will stay at school for the school year.

Swimming is a required part of the program.  If your child cannot swim they need a doctor’s note specifying the reason your child cannot swim.


Please note that library will be on Tuesdays and the children will need to return their books on Tuesdays in order to check out new books.


Your child should wear their PE Uniform on PE Days.

Note from the SEA:
Students can no longer wear the old PE uniform. If students arrive wearing the old uniform, parents will be reminded to get a new one from the school shop. No mixing and matching of other tops or bottoms that are not part of the overall PE attire. Thank you.


The school cafeteria provides milk for students to drink if they choose to do so during morning and afternoon snack times.

There is no need to send milk to school unless your child has special dietary needs.

Birthdays (NO NUTS please)

Birthday celebrations take place during afternoon snack time in the cafeteria.

Please contact us in advance if you would like to bring a treat to celebrate your child’s birthday.

Please ensure that anything that is sent in does not contain nuts.

As we become more settled we will be focusing on our first Unit of Inquiry, “Who We Are” and focusing on the lines of inquiry:

Creating a caring and inclusive community

Striving for Understanding

Developing Passion in ourselves and others

Taking ethical action

We are looking forward to getting to know your children better and seeing all the wonderful things they can do!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Welcome Back

Welcome Back

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