Sunday, 11 November 2018

Nov 12-16

Hello everyone,

We will be going to the library on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Please remind your child to bring back his/her 2 books tomorrow.

Parent-teacher interviews will be held this Thursday, November 15, 2018. 

Friday is a PD day (no school for students).

Our new words of the week are...

1. off

2. no

3. old

4. for

5. are

Practise these words with your child until they know them by heart. Write the words on cue cards and practise with your child regularly.

In math, we will be continuing with "time" this week. We will also be practising naming the months of the year in order. Ask your child to show you the action song we use in class to help us remember the months (same actions as The Macarena dance!).
The students have been helping each other practise telling and writing time to the hour and half hour.

We also made clocks in class. 

In science, we continue to talk about seasons and the changes that are taking place as the weather is turning colder. We have been going to a website called Pebblego to support our learning.

In language, we will continue with descriptive writing. At home, please continue to have your child practise writing complete sentences independently. 

Remembrance Day

 We have been talking about Remembrance Day in class.

Monday, 5 November 2018


Starting tomorrow morning, your child can purchase a poppy. They are encouraged to bring in a small donation.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

November 5-9

Hello everyone,

The new words of the week are....

1. give

2. night

3. look

4. ride

5. nice

In language, we will continue with descriptive writing. This week, the students will draw a fish (with detail and colour) and then describe it. They will then use the following checklist to assess their work before I look at it....

Opening sentence____
Descriptive words____
Closing sentence____
My sentences make sense___

In writing, we continue to practise writing good sentences. Please have your child continue to practise writing sentences using the word wall words. Encourage your child to sound-out words out loud as they are writing. 

In math, we will begin looking at clocks (analog and digital). In Grade 1, the students learn how to tell and write time to the hour and half-.hour.

In gym, we have started to do "gym stations." The students have been divided into 4 groups and they rotate to 4 different stations during our gym class.

*Book orders were sent home last week. They are due on Friday, November 9, 2018.
*Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.. All are welcome. The students have been busy making a class poppy wreath to bring to the ceremony.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Parent-teacher interviews

Hello everyone!

You can now book a parent-teacher interview online. I am looking forward to talking to all of you! Please let me know if you would prefer to meet me for a morning interview instead of coming on November 15th. I can meet at 8:45 a.m any morning of the week (except for Mondays).

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Sunday, 28 October 2018

October 29-November 2

Hello parents,

This Wednesday, October 31, 2018, we will be exchanging our library books. Please have your child bring back his/her books on Monday.

We will also be having our Halloween Dance-a-thon on Wednesday. Your child can wear a costume if they want. Please don't send in any hand held accessories with their costumes (i.e., wands etc.).

We will also be having our pumpkin raffle on Wednesday. Our class will be decorating a pumpkin!

Photo retakes are on Thursday, November, 1, 2018.

Progress Reports go home on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The progress reports are a "snapshot" of how your child is doing right now. There are no marks on the progress reports. It will tell you if your child is progressing well, very well or with difficulty. Please note, "progressing well" can mean your child is in the B or C range right now and they are moving forward. I am so proud of your children and how hard they work!

Reading: Please have your child read every single day (including Saturday and Sunday). Bring your child to the library, have them go on Raz Kids or order books through Scholastic. Your child will continue to improve in their reading skills if they practise regularly.  Reading is the most important homework in Grade 1. As mentioned at parent night, reading is part of everything we do in Grade 1 (i.e., reading a math problem in order to be able to solve it or researching an animal in science).

Thank you so much for continuing to bring in food donations!

Our new words of the week are....

1. he

2. she

3. see

4. me

5. to

We will continue with descriptive writing. The students are learning how to use descriptive words in their sentences.

In math, we will be focusing on relating numbers to the anchors of 5 and 10 (i.e., 7 is 2 more than 5  and 3 less than 10.

Last week, we read the book The Sleepover which was about 8 friends going to a sleepover. The math concept in this story was about how many ways could 8 be decomposed.....How many ways can you make 8?" We drew bunk beds and, as a class, came up with different ways.

We have been working on the sounding-out strategy when spelling words. I gave the students a word (told them how many letters first) and then they had to sound out each letter out loud. They loved it! Have your child do this at home when they are writing words and sentences.

We read the book Room on the Broom which talked about Collaboration. Ask your child what collaboration means.