one more sleep until….

Image result for valentine day clipartValentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will hand out our valentine cards to each other first thing tomorrow! We made pretty Valentine mailboxes and we will play “Post delivery-boy/girl” and place our cards in each of our mailboxes! We are super excited to do this! 

I thought it would be fun if we all dressed up in either red, pink or white for Valentine’s Day! If you want, please send your child to school with “Valentine” coloured clothes tomorrow! 

Thank-you so much for your support! 

Love, Ms. Jo-Anne   (on behalf of the Chickadee class teachers)Image result for valentine day clipart

Don’t forget to follow me at @jojopull….I am tweeting lots of great pictures each day!!!


Parent Workshop…you are invited!!!! :)

Parent Workshop

Thursday February 23rd, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Kanata Highlands Public School

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

What: Introductory workshop offered to the parents only at Kanata Highlands. This workshop will include the following topics: what is mindfulness; research about the benefits of practicing mindfulness; the stress model, resiliency, and the physiology of practicing mindfulness; experiential exercises; and time for questions and answers.

Parents will gain an understanding of how mindfulness is linked to what our students are learning about self-regulation and self-awareness through the Mindup program.

We would like to request that parents register for the workshop, so we can ensure we meet your needs.

Presenter: Brittany Glynn, Ph.D., is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM) Teacher and a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). She co-facilitates eight-week MBSM and MSC group courses, while also leading various workshops related to mindfulness, compassion, behavior change, performance psychology, and how to implement self-care and long-term healthy habits for skillful living and well-being. She has led mindfulness and compassion workshops with counselors, parents, school teachers, healthcare professionals, university faculty and graduate students, yoga therapists, and wellness professionals. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Fellow exploring the effects of mindfulness interventions on chronic pain as part of the Interdisciplinary Pain Research Lab at The Ottawa Hospital.

This workshop is sponsored by our Kanata Highlands School Council – Parent Reaching Out Grant.

Family Event – parents and children welcome to attend

The KHPS Staff invites you to join us for a Math and Second Language Learning Night; an opportunity to learn with your child about activities and games to further support their learning at home in both Math and French

Where: Kanata Highlands Public School, Classrooms & Makerspace

When: Wednesday March 1st, 2017.  Between 6:00 and 7:00 pm

Who: The whole family!

Other details:

  • Rotate around various classrooms and Makerspace learning math games and how best to support your child in French

  • Paperless handout will be shared on our KHPS website with links to activities

  • Collect stamps for each activity you attend with your child for a chance to enter a door prize

  • Prizes will be drawn at KHPS the morning of March 2nd during announcements

Looking forward to seeing you!

Pauline McKenna, Principal

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Greetings and news from Parent council at KHPS

Greetings to all Families of Kanata Highlands,

The KHPS School Council invites you to join us for pizza and a movie; an opportunity to share in an event for the whole family while raising funds for the makerspace! As well, the school will be offering a Scholastic Book Fair the week of February 6 – 10th.

Where: Kanata Highlands Public School, Gym & Makerspace

When: Friday February 10th, 2016.  Dinner for 6:00 PM, movie to start at 6:30 PM.

Who: The whole family!

Cost:  $5.00 per person (Tickets include entrance to the movie, a slice of pizza, and a drink)  Pre-order at add $2.00 for an extra slice.

Other details:

  • You are both invited and encouraged to wear your pjs and slippers (please remember there are no out-door shoes allowed in the gym).

  • Feel free to bring your own yoga mats or blanket as the school only has a few school mats. Chairs will be available for adults.

See the attachments for all the details about the Movie Night and Book Fair. Looking forward to seeing you!

Volunteers needed:  If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Minzah Rizvi at


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Kindergarten Reporting Information

Kindergarten Reporting – Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum

16 January  2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In the spring of 2016, the Ministry of Education introduced a new assessment, evaluation and reporting document Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum to replace the former report card and which aligns with The Kindergarten Program, 2016.  As part of the implementation process, teacher and Early Childhood Educator teams have been receiving background, training and supports and will be using the new report card Communication of Learning for Year 2 students this February, 2017.

Kindergarten educator teams will continue to provide ongoing and reciprocal communication with parents and guardians of students in Year 1 regarding their child’s progress. A Communication of Learning report card will be issued in June, 2017 as has been our past practice. Both Year 1 and Year 2 students will receive the new Communication of Learning report card in June, 2017.

Beginning in 2017-2018, all Year 1 and Year 2 students will receive a Communication of Learning: Initial Observation (new) in the fall and Communication of Learning report card in February and June. This will complete the full implementation of the new assessment, evaluation, and reporting process for Kindergarten going forward.


Reporting Period 1 Reporting Period 2 (Winter) Reporting Period 3(June)
2016-2017 N/A Communication of Learning

Year 2 students only

Communication of Learning

Year 1 and Year 2 students

2017-2018 Communication of Learning: Initial Observation

Year 1 and Year 2 students

Communication of Learning

Year 1 and Year 2 students

Communication of Learning

Year 1 and Year 2 students


We look forward to our continued partnership in your child’s learning. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s Kindergarten educator team.  

PA day tomorrow, February calendar and Valentine’s Day information


Happy Sunday!

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Monday Jan. 30th) is a PA day! We (the staff) will be at school writing our report cards for the second year Kindergarten students (formerly known as Senior Kindergarten students.) Report cards (or now they are called “Kindergarten Communication of Learning”) will be sent home on Tuesday February 22. I hope the children enjoy their extra long weekend! We look forward to seeing them at school on Tuesday!


I hope the children enjoy their extra long weekend! We look forward to seeing them back at school on Tuesday! We will be celebrating Chinese New Year and our centres are planned around this holiday and the year of the Rooster! A big thank-you to Kaelyn and her family for sending in red envelopes for each of the children! 

Last Day of January is on Tuesday! Yay, good-bye January and hello February!!

Here is the February calendar if you want to print it off. A hard copy will go home on Tuesday, take a look, does it look right? 🙂

Valentine’s Day News

In Kindergarten, we love to celebrate being friends!!! We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the chickadee class on Valentine’s Day which is Tuesday February 14th.

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the chickadee class on Valentine’s Day which is Tuesday February 14th.

If your child would like to send in Valentine’s cards (homemade or theme-store-bought cards) for his or her friends, they are welcome to do so. This is optional and if your child does not want to do this, that is absolutely fine.

All we ask. is that if your child does want to bring in Valentine’s cards, to please send in a valentine card for every child in the class. We have 29 students in our class.  I would suggest you start sooner than later, writing and signing his or her name 29 times is a big task for 4-6 year olds and starting early will avoid any frustration! Please do not worry about writing friends’ names on the valentine’s day card. Just your child’s name is perfect for this age!


 Our Valentine’s card exchange (as well as fun Valentine’s day crafts, songs and stories) will be on Tuesday February 14th. Also, just a reminder that if your child is bringing in Valentine cards, please send them with your child to school on Tuesday morning, not sooner, please. Putting them in “Mr. Zippy” is a great idea!

I think that is it for now about Valentine’s Day. 

Enjoy your Sunday night!


Love, Ms. Jo-Anne 🙂

(on behalf of the Chickadee team)

Please label everything!

Hi again,

Just a friendly reminder to please, please take a moment to label all of your children’s clothing: mittens, boots, coats, neck warmers, sweaters etc. Everything  please!

We have had so many mix-ups with mittens and boots so far and although we do apologize and try our best to help the children keep their belongings organized, these mishaps occur, unfortunately. Labelling sure helps with getting items back to their owners.

Thank-you sooo much!


Ms. Jo-Anne 🙂

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Hi Chickadee Dot Families!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It has been awhile since I’ve posted a blog entry! I hope you are enjoying this nice, mild weather!

I am “tweeting” a lot, please follow me on twitter (@jojopull) as I find it very quick and fun to send out pics of our fun here at school! Thank-you to the moms and dads who “like” my tweets each day…love to see that you are reading and hearing what we are doing daily at KHPS!

Just a few highlights from the last 2 weeks in January!


We talked about the new year and the children learned how to say 2017 in both French and English, as they coloured and “sparkled” the numbers 2017. We made self-portraits which are displayed on our door.

In Literacy, we have been continuing with “Hot News” twice a week. The children are drawing and writing about their own experiences or reflecting on a read-aloud. We are now encouraging the children to write the beginning sounds of the words they are writing. For example, if their picture is about snow…we are encouraging them to print the letter “S”. The children are doing well with this and are progressing at their own rate! We continue to “Echo Read” a few times a week, where the children are learning to track the words as they read.

In French, Madame McCurry continues to work on developing French vocabulary through hands-on activities. She brings in a lot of “loose parts” (ie jewels, rocks, sequence, beads etc) and the children make neat things, working on risk-taking, problem solving and of course French vocab. They work in their red booklets, focussing on letter recognition in French. This week, the children were archelogists and had the chance to “pick” ice to try to get the toys (which were Paw Patrol figures) out of the ice! The children loved this! And…they were further developing their fine motor skills, learning about ice and problem solving how to make it melt faster! So fun!!!

In Science, we planted an Amaryllis, “red lion” and are watching it grow and making observations and predictions about how tall it will grow! This week, we will be bringing in snow and ice and watching it alter states from a solid to a liquid! Maybe if the children see just all of the dirt that is in the snow, they won’t eat so much! Fingers crossed! 🙂

In Numeracy, we have been working on number sense and making number concept. For example, making lego towers of a certain number. We also explored the idea the idea of number conservation where 3 blocks in a row is the same as 3 blocks apart. We will continue to explore number concept and we will begin formally exploring making and identifying patterns.

In Physical Education, we have been enjoying the gym! It is beautiful and we have really great equipment! We go to the gym 4 times a week, every day except Tuesday! We have established routines and rules that will keep us safe! We warm-up each time by moving our bodies in different ways (ie. walking, running, marching etc) and the children are getting very good at knowing if their hearts are beating fast or not! Skills such as spatial awareness, balancing, throwing and catching are being developed! We continue to play cooperative games as well, ask your child about “Shark attack”!!!

In Art, we have been exploring chalk on paper to create snowy pictures. We have talked about perspective as we draw “wintery scenes” from our windows and we made some “melting” snowmen pictures after reading my favourite story by Lois Ehlert, Snowballs.

Peach!!!!! No not the fruit…

Lastly, if you haven’t heard, we have a class pet! A hamster named Peach! We made welcome signs for her on Monday! The children are enjoying watching her as she plays and sleeps in her cage. We have put her in the ball and she enjoys going around the classroom while we play! The children are very respectful and are enjoying learning about taking care of her! If you would like to take her for a weekend, please let me know! If you want to have her at your house, please write me a note in “Mr. Zippy”. I just ask that you pick her up on Friday after school and drop her back off on Monday morning! We can make arrangements privately should you want to have her for a weekend!


I think that is it for now!

One request:

Please send in a washed, plastic water bottle 500 mL this week. We are going to make “calming bottles” with water and sparkles. We have been learning different strategies around mindfulness and I would like to start implementing some of these ideas with our class, starting with “calming bottles” to have if needed. Thank-you!

Have a happy week!

Love, Ms. Jo-Anne:)

Revised January Calendar


Here is January calendar! It is correct with the right dates on the right days! I apologize for the errors, one of these months I will get it right! I should just say that I make the mistakes on purpose, right? haha! 🙂

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Just a note that there is also a PA Day on Monday, January 30th, which is a report card writing day for us! We just found out today that we, your child’s Kindergarten teachers, will be writing report cards only for our Senior Kindergarten students (or second-year students) in February. All Junior and Senior Kindergarten students receive a report card in June.

All Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will receive a report card in June.

Thanks for reading!

I also sent an email as well! Hope you get a chance to reprint the calendar at home!


Ms. Jo-Anne 🙂


Pizza Lunches…starting next Wednesday Jan. 18


Just a quick reminder to all the families who ordered pizza. The pizza lunches will start next Wednesday, January 18. Pizza will be provided during the second nutrition break. This Thursday, January 12 will be the last possible day we will be able to accept payments for Pizza orders. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Fiona and Anna school council lunch coordinators

Some good times in December!

Just a few pics from our fun in December!

Highlights include: Pajama Fridays, Making Gingerbread cookies, Yoga with Maddie’s mom, Tatianna, Scientists in the School, playing in the snow and our craft rotation day!

Enjoy the pictures!

gingerbreadman cookies


craft day!

Making crafts with mommy!

Say cheeeeeeeeeese reindeers!


Snow much fun!

Three muskateers…wait where’s Madame McCurry!?


Show and tell




Scientists in the school


Scientists in the school


Fun picture search!


Looking forward to making more memories this month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!