The classroom has been bustling lately with talk of eggs and insects and tadpoles. I am sure you have heard the word "oviparous" tossed around as we discuss all the animals and bugs that lay eggs. We have determined through our studies that our incubator is full of chicken eggs probably and we are about half way through the incubation period (day 11 of 21 days). We have candled the eggs (shined light on them) to check out the chicks growing steadily inside. This led us to look at unfertilized eggs as well and to conduct some experiments with eggs. We are also looking after some frog spawn which has quickly hatched into tadpoles that are growing at an alarming rate. Most students thought that they were growing second tails but I had to inform them, much to their disgust, that actually that was poop due to the fact they were eating and growing so much. I love this kind of real world learning. It is exciting and motivating and joyful. The students are full of wonders and questions and curiosity. Feel free to come in over the next couple weeks and have your child show you all the learning going on.
This week we played a lot of different math games. Playing these games helps us to practice recognize numbers, adding two dice together and learning about the concepts of more and less. Socially we learn how cooperate, take turns, and be a good sport. Earth day was on Friday. We collected garbage off the playground and field, checked out the Google Earth app, wrote our Earth day pledges and even made some bird feeders.( I apologize for those who got extra large lard balls of birdseed....a few students got carried away with the lard).
As the season moves toward summer the children are coming to school in clothes meant for warmer weather. BEST has a dress code that parents may not be aware of and some of the parameters in the dress code directly affects summer clothing. Please make yourself familiar with the school dress code below.
DRESS CODE @ BEST
It is the policy of School District No. 73 (Kamloops/Thompson) and Bert Edwards Science & Technology School that “Students are expected to dress in a manner that reflects purpose and propriety”. Students at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School are expected to use the following guidelines when selecting their school wardrobe:
•Dress in an appropriate fashion for school.
•Clothing shall not distract from the teaching / learning situation.
•Clothing with offensive words, slogans, or pictures are considered inappropriate.
•Clothing, insignias, symbols or adornments that promotes alcohol, drugs or tobacco products are not appropriate.
•Clothing which features phrases / pictures of a sexual nature or phrases / pictures that are derogatory regarding a person's ethical background, national origin, religious belief, sexual orientation or disability are not appropriate.
•Clothing should fit the individual without showing underwear or revealing too much.
•Tube tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, athletic vests or spaghetti straps are not appropriate dress for school.
•Shorts and skirts should be worn at a length that reaches approximately half-way down the thigh.
•It is expected that students wear proper footwear at school, suitable for physical activities. Flip-flops (aka "thongs") are considered beachwear and are not appropriate.
•Clothing should be in good repair with no revealing rips or tears and should not be see-through.
•Hats, hoodies, bandannas and other forms of head coverings are not to be worn in school under normal circumstances.
•Gym strip should be appropriate and as specified by the school.
•A neat personal appearance and clean hygiene are expectations of students in our school.
Thank you for your help ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately for a successful day at school. Students dressed inappropriately will be required to change clothes or to cover up. Repeated failure to comply with the school dress code may result in disciplinary consequences. If you are uncertain as to whether a particular piece of clothing is appropriate for school, please check with your child's teacher or with school administration.
Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.