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                                                                   February                                                                  

It is hard to believe we are already half way through the school year.  Only five months left until summer holidays kick in, and with how fast the past five months have gone it will be here in no time.  We are not wishing time away in OSC, we cherish each day and take time to smell the roses, as they say; or as we say in OSC, we take time to get glitter on our hands and in our hair.

 

We kicked off February with a Unity walk.  We heard about the unity walk taking place downtown on February 1st, however we could not make that, so we decided to have our own.  This unity walk was in regards to the recent attack made in Quebec City at a local Mosque.  The children made signs, some saying “Unity is strength, division is weakness”, “Love one another”, and “Love thy neighbours”.  The children had so much fun doing this, and while standing on the road holding their signs high and proud vehicles passing-by were honking to show their support. It was so great to see all the children participate in this.

 

This past month we have had a few interests that have carried on into project based activities.  In the art area we have been weaving for a few weeks.  Children are making weaving with a variety of items such as yarn, ribbon, twine, and even leaves.  Weaving does wonders for a child’s fine-motor skills.  And some children learned how to tie knots from this activity!

In the play area we have been creating extravagant ramps using large blocks, lego, and flexible roller ramps to roll balls down.  The children are really testing their planning and reasoning skills, as they often have to problem solve when the ball doesn’t stay on the track, or the track falls down.  Doing this is also helping them make discoveries about gravity, speed, and velocity.

 

We can’t wait to see what the next five month have in store for us!

 

Important upcoming dates:

         Friday February 10th: Full-day Friday (Skating at The Casman Centre)

         Friday February 17th: Full-day Friday (Plans TBA)

         Monday February 20th: OSC Closed – Statutory Holiday

         Monday February 27th – March 3rd: OSC Closed – Teachers Convention

Reminders:

We go outside as long as it is warmer than -20.  If it is colder than this in the morning, it may warm up in the afternoon so please be sure your children come prepared with a proper jacket, snow pants, hat, mitts, snow boots, ect.

Emails & Phone

If you child will not be attending OSC – Please contact us by phone (text) to let us know.

780-370-9067

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail, text, or call (Please note that we will not respond to e-mails during program hours – Text or call would be the most effective way of communication during these hours.

Ashley.rowsell@fmcsd.ab.ca

Kelsey.granville@fmcsd.ab.ca

Chantelle.langdon@fmcsd.ab.ca



Unity Walk

As soon as the children heard about the heartless attack made in Quebec, they were instantly at the art table to create posters for our unity walk.  They seemed to really enjoy the walk as they were standing on the side of the road holding their signs high and proud to while vehicles driving by were honking to show their support 


Weaving
After Christmas Break we set out looming supplies and noticed children were using this to make bracelets, key chains, etc.  This became very popular and we ran out of looming items, so some children took it upon themselves to build their own loom out of glue sticks, and pencil crayons.  This creativity quickly evolved into weaving and we are currently doing a project based activity. 

Chinese New Year
For many years we have celebrated Chinese New Year in OSC.  This year was the year of the Rooster.  We made paper lanterns, lucky red envelopes, practised our Chinese Symbols, cleaned the class room, and had our feast! The children always look forward to this day for some delicious cultural foods.



                                                                    January                                                                  

Does anyone else wonder how we got to 2017 so fast?  It is hard to believe we only have a little over five months left of the school year.  Before we know it, it will be summer time again and we will be wondering how it happened so fast.

 

This past month in OSC we worked our hardest and raised $220 for a brand new cage for Luna.  Lucky for us, Santa and his elves saw how hard we were working and they decided to take our money raised and get the cage, also putting it together for us one weekend.  That saved us a lot time from ordering it and waiting for it to be shipped.  The children were so excited to see this surprise on a Monday morning, as were the staff.

 

Since being back from Christmas Break, interests are flowing left right and center.  Children have started looming, and because we only have one loom, children are getting creative in creating their own.  One child even used a glue stick, pencil crayons, and tape to make herself her own loom.  Another interest that has sparked, and returned for many years in a row, is creating businesses.  Some children have started a convenience store where they will sell items and creations.  This may lead to children managing their own income and outcome.

Important upcoming dates:

Friday January 27th – OSC Closed

Reminders:

We go outside as long as it is warmer than -20.  If it is colder than this in the morning, it may warm up in the afternoon so please be sure your children come prepared with a proper jacket, snow pants, hat, mitts, snow boots, ect.

Emails & Phone

If you child will not be attending OSC – Please contact us by phone (text) to let us know.

780-370-9067

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail, text, or call (Please note that we will not respond to e-mails during program hours – Text or call would be the most effective way of communication during these hours.

Ashley.rowsell@fmcsd.ab.ca

Kelsey.granville@fmcsd.ab.ca

Chantelle.langdon@fmcsd.ab.ca


                                                                   December                                                              


November just flew by!  It is hard to believe that we now only have two short weeks before Christmas break, and it’s even harder to believe that we only JUST got snow!  We were scared we weren’t going to have a white Christmas.  This past month in OSC has been nothing less than exciting!  We've explored many different art mediums, got a new furry friend, decorated for Christmas, and had our OSC Mayor elections.  

check out the photos down below!


Important Upcoming Dates:


December 2nd : Full day - Movie Theatre

December 16th: Full day - PJ Electronic day

December 29th-30th: OSC closed for Christmas break, Re-opening jan 3rd


Reminders:

As the weather is getting colder and winter is here, we ask that children are coming to school with proper attire.  

Winter coat, snow pants, hat, mitts, snow boots, ect.


Emails & Phone

If you child will not be attending OSC – Please contact us by phone (text) to let us know.

780-370-9067

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail, text, or call (Please note that we will not respond to e-mails during program hours – Text or call would be the most effective way of communication during these hours.

Ashley.rowsell@fmcsd.ab.ca

Kelsey.granville@fmcsd.ab.ca

Chantelle.langdon@fmcsd.ab.ca



ART ART ART!

This past month in OSC we have explored man art mediums such as oil pastels and ways to blend them, paint, and using all sorts of materials to make and create Christmas ornaments and decorations.  The benefits of open-ended art for children are tremendous. It promotes creativity by not having a specific outcome; the children use their imaginations to make their creations.  Art also encourages neural connections, children’s synapses fire away as they experiment and create.


Luna Rose Hoppinstein, the dwarf bunny

As many of you may know, this past month we added a new little furry friend to our classroom.  Luna Rose Hoppinstein, the dwarf bunny.  Before we brought Luna in, we discussed the responsibilities with the children and before we knew it, nearly every child was signed up wanting to do a Luna responsibility.  So we created a chart that rotates every 2 days.  The types of responsibilities the children do are: cleaning and refilling water bottle, cleaning and refilling food dish, feeding veggies, refilling hay, giving small treat.  The children have done an outstanding job with this!  Each day they check the responsibility chart and if their name is on it, they find a staff member to help them.


OSC Mayor Election Day

On November 8th we held our Mayor Elections which was the same day as the Presidential Election.  Our voting was done slightly different as we didn't use names, instead we used parts of the candidates platforms and the voters picked which one they liked best.  We did not want this Mayor election to be a popularity contest which is why we chose this route.  Hailey won as Mayor, and Hudson won as vice Mayor.


Hockey Hockey Hockey

We have recently set up an area of the classroom as a mini hockey rink.  In the past couples weeks we have noticed some children using the play area as their own hockey area and balls were flying all over the classroom! So we decided to make a designated area with lines for the children to play hockey.  They even use a timer and facilitate the games themselves.  This activity is great for problem solving skills, gross motor development, and cognitive development when learning the rules and developing and compromising on new rules.





                                                                                               November 2016                                                                                             

It is hard to believe that it is already November and 2016 will soon be coming to an end.  This past month we have had a lot going on, with field trips, continued interests, science experiments, and losing our beloved class hamster Jack Black.  We are so lucky that we have such an amazing group of children to work with.

 

Our Mayor elections are still on going, this past month we had speeches to get to know the candidates, and debates to see where they stand on certain OSC issues and how they are willing to change the program.  The big day is November 4th, the same day as the Presidential Elections, which should be exciting!

 

A large interest this past month has been doing science experiments with cornstarch and borax.  The children have made different variations of doughs, and putty’s just by changing a few simple ingredients, and also noticing the differences when you use different temperatures of water.

Check-out photos down below

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Important Upcoming Dates:


November 4th:
Sleep Day - $2 donation to wear PJ’s to school

November 1th: OSC Closed for Remembrance Day

November 25th: Full day Friday – Plans TBA

 

Reminders:

As the weather is getting colder and winter is well around the corner, we ask that children are coming to school with proper attire.  Winter coat, snow pants, hat, mitts, snow boots, ect.

 

Emails & Phone

If you child will not be attending OSC – Please contact us by phone (text) to let us know.

780-370-9067

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail, text, or call (Please note that we will not respond to e-mails during program hours – Text or call would be the most effective way of communication during these hours.

Ashley.rowsell@fmcsd.ab.ca

Kelsey.granville@fmcsd.ab.ca

Chantelle.langdon@fmcsd.ab.ca

 

Thanks-Giving Feast

Some of the children were eager to help in the making of pumpkin pies for our thanks-giving feast!  Allowing children to help you cook and bake helps them in many ways.  Math skills when measuring, comprehension when reading the recipe, Science as cooking is a science experiment with baking powder, flour, ect.  Cooking and baking allows children to get instant feedback, which helps them learn and grow in self knowledge.


Creating decorations to hang from the ceiling
We decided that the room needs some decorations to make it look more lively - Some children suggested creating tissue paper pom-poms like we had before, and from that we made twine balls.  During these creative experiences the children were working on their motor skills, language development, visual learning, and decision making skills.  
Mayor Speeches & Debates
This month we have started Mayor speeches and debates. The speeches were the candidates opportunity to introduce themselves to the voter population, and the debates were to show the differences between candidates on different subjects such as "If you were to plan an at activity, what would you plan?".  Dramatic play enhances children's development tremendously.  Children develop the skills they need to cooperate with their peers, learn to control their impulses, and have a better understanding of empathy.

Science Experiences
The children have been doing so much experimenting with cornstarch and borax.  They have created various dough's, and putty's just by changing a few simple ingredients.  They have also noticed how consistencies can change depending on the temperature of water you use.  These experiences involve a lot of communication with others, develops patiences and perseverance, helps children form a healthy dose of skepticism, and teaches children about the world around them.
A day at the OSC Carnival
We had SO much fun setting up this carnival for the children.  We had different games such as bowling, glow in the dark ring toss, face painting, bean bag toss, and the giant wheel of fortune.  The children won tickets from playing the games and they then used those tickets to purchase face painting, popcorn, and chocolate apple slices.  The math skills the children were using was incredible! To count how many tickets they had and make sure they had enough for their popcorn and apple slice.

RIP Jack Black
On Monday October 24th, a few children wanted to give Jack some treats at the end of the day.  When Jack wasn't coming out of his house from the smell of the delicious treats we knew something was wrong.  We moved his house and discovered that he had passed away in his sleep.  On Tuesday we told the children when they arrived after school and we asked the children what they think we should do.  They wanted decorations, speeches, and a casket so that is what we did.  The children also said some prayers, and got to hold Jack one final time.
Halloween
It was so great to see the children in all their costumes!  On Halloween day we made green and orange pancakes, and created a mystery box with witch brains, zombie eyes, and vampire teeth.  The children had to guess what was in the box just by feeling it with their hands.


                                                                                                 October 2016                                                                                                  


We have successfully made it through our first month of the 2016-17 school year!  Nearly each week we are getting new additions of children, and even teachers!  Our new half-time staff is Miss. Chantelle.  Those who were in the program 2+ years ago will remember her, the children were so excited to see she was back.  September was a month of getting to know everyone, and getting to know the guidelines of OSC.  I like to think everyone has been doing a great job.  We just recently started our class dojo, and if the classroom reaches 50 points then we will have a popcorn/movie day!  If you would like to connect with the website to see how your child is doing just let me know and I can send an invite your way.


Check-out the photos down below

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Important upcoming dates:

October 6th: Deadline to sign-up for Dunvegan Gardens

October 21st: Full-day Friday - Going to Dunvegan Gardens

October 28th: Full-day Friday - Possibility of skating or swimming

October 31st: Halloween - OSC will be having games, green pancakes, and a dance party

 

Reminders:

As the weather is getting colder and wetter, please ensure children are being sent to school/OSC with the proper attire - Splash pants, rubber boots, sweater, jacket, hat, mitts.  It certainly starts to cool down when we are outside in the evenings.  


Emails & Phone

If your child will not be attended OSC - Please contact us by phone (text) to let us know

780-370-9067

If you have any questions or concerns - Feel free to email, text, or call (please note that we will not read or respond to emails during program hours - text or call would be the most effective way of communication during these hours)

ashley.rowsell@fmcsd.ab.ca

kelsey.granville@fmcsd.ab.ca

chantelle.langdon@fmcsd.ab.ca


Lady Bugs!

Nearly every time we go outside, the children head to the trees to try and find lady bugs.  They say that it is good luck to find a lady bug, and they are very gentle with them


Lending a Helping Hand
It is always so great when someone helps you out without you asking.  This is something the children can do to earn a point toward their popcorn/movie day!

Play-dough Creations
check-out all of our play-dough creations we've made using our imaginations! roses, cupcakes, cookies, monsters, and more!
Dress-up!
Sometimes things get pretty silly in OSC, and we do things with-out any explanation other than for a good laugh.



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Chantelle Langdon,
Mar 9, 2015, 6:02 AM