End of the year…

We are quickly coming up to the last days of classes at Hand in Hand. All the kiddies are looking forward to summer break…and to our wrap up party next week! However, Friday was photo day, and Mrs. D spent the entire weekend downloading, photoshopping, going through well over 600 photos to find the best of the best- hard to do when we have so many cutie-patooties to photograph. Thanks to Mrs. D, all the photos are ready to go, and they are so sweet, I wanted to share some with you.

September 2017

Our classes are already almost full for the fall of 2017. We have limited part time spaces available for the mornings and  very limited full time & part time for the afternoons. If you know someone whom you would like to refer, please have them email us for more information, and tell us you sent them! Thank you to all Hand in Hand’s families for your continued amazing support and for referring us! 

January 2017

We are done January and into February already! Thank you to everyone for all the get well wishes while Miss Tammy was gone- it was tough to do so much nothing for two weeks, so I am very glad to be back in the classroom with everyone!

Here are a few photos and video I took this past week of our kiddos. This week was fun but chaotic with Valentine’s Day popping up- so many treats and valentines to hand out, and such creative and fun valentines!

This coming week we will be getting new “take home” folders so please make sure you send it in with your little each day. (If it’s left in the backpack, we usually don’t see it).

Reminder that any returning registrations need to be in asap- we have only a couple morning spaces and a couple afternoon spaces still left for September.

You will receive a parent reminders letter in your child’s folder, please check it out! Also, March Scholastic order forms go out next week, some great spring books in there! As well we have handouts from Child Safe Canada on some of their courses coming up.

We have been working on reading & math assessments this week and focusing on our activities. Our letter sounds song is a big hit and this week our letter sounds were c, b and h. (you can practice them at home as well).

Remember that Monday is Family Day so there is no classes that day. Miss Natasha is going to be gone from the 28th on for a couple of weeks as she is having surgery, so Mrs. D will be back in the classroom with Miss Tammy. Gymnastics is continuing 4 x a week through to the end of this session.

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Welcome 2017!

We are right back into the swing of things in the classroom- language, practical life, math, geography, geometry and gymnastics!

We are learning about the continents, about rhyming words and the proper words for geometric shapes. Our classroom has changed a little bit (Miss Tammy LOVES to mix things up) and new lessons abound on the shelves. We are doing work plans with the children each week so they know what is coming up and what they need to accomplish. A review is always nice at the beginning of a session, so we have been reviewing grace and courtesy and what that means, where things go and how to take care of the classroom and ourselves.

We have also been heavy (like, REALLY heavy) on the reminders regarding sneezing, coughing etc. Our classroom space is cleaned and sanitized daily (including the materials). If we catch someone sneezing or coughing into their hands, we immediately do a hand washing, as well as washing our hands before we begin the day, after gymnastics, after any bathroom breaks and before snack. We review how to blow our nose and how to catch our sneezes and coughs in our elbows. The last thing any of us want is for students to get sick….because if they get sick, then teachers get sick and if all the teachers get sick….no class! Please, please remember that if you need to give your child any type of medication in order for them to feel better….they should NOT be at school.

Please take a look at the year at a glance calendar for February- we don’t have any day closures in January but Teachers convention and Family Day fall in February- you should have the calendar at home- if you don’t then please take a look at the post earlier this year.

A parenting workshop is being planned for March, please keep an eye out in your emails for information if you would like to attend.

Our Summer Kindergarten Prep program is now in the works- it runs from July 17th to 28th- check the website for more details.

Letters of Intent for registration for current students are due now- any that are not in by February 4th cannot be guaranteed a space for September.

Our registration event for September 2017 is being held on February 4th- if you have any friends or family who are attending and planning to register, please have them let us know at the open house, as we have a little referral gift for you!

Miss Tammy will be away from January 20th to 30th-ish, Mrs. D and Miss Natasha will be in the classroom, however if you have any questions or need to let us know about a child’s absence, you can still call or text Miss Tammy to update.

Welcome to 2017! We have started the new year with a bang and will continue to make this the best year yet!

Be Specific


A great word. Definition includes clearly defined and precise. I’m a big fan of setting goals and having things to work towards. I read self help books (currently reading “How to Live a Good Life” by Jonathan Fields), and I read business books (also currently reading “Everybody Writes by Ann Handley). I listen to Tony Robbins when I am driving in my car, and I take everything I hear to heart. I recently created a “Big Goals” list. These are goals that sound crazy, but are huge- things like- double my income, pay off our house, buy a condo in Vegas. See the pyramids in Egypt, go to New York. Go on an African safari. Learn to speak Spanish fluently.

Then I take those big, crazy goals, and start to break them down. I am learning to speak Spanish…slowly. I have the Rosetta Stone program and I do a little bit each day. Based on that- it will be at least 2 years before I’m fluent, but…baby steps. I want to get in really good shape, so I’m drinking my Shakeology every day, and working out every day. Baby steps.

The key is to take those big, crazy dream goals, and break them down into specifics. Want to lose 20 lbs? Take 2- 15 minute walks a day- twenty pounds lost in a year. Eat a piece of fruit instead of having dessert? 20 pounds in a year. Easy peasy!

Then make it more specific. Two 15 minute walks a day? Make them count- walk fast, walk hard, and get as many steps in as you can in 15 minutes. (I love my Fitbit btw).

Break each of your goals down into small, defined steps that you can take- a little thing each day that works towards them. The more specific you can be, the smaller the steps you have to take at one time- the less chance you have of becoming overwhelmed and giving up.