Grade 1's blog

Week of May 23 - 27

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you are all enjoying this long weekend and are able to spend time together with family and friends.

 As you are aware, this Friday May 27 the Grade 7 class will be hosting "Cafe International" in the Parish Centre. I invite you to check the Grade 7 blog page for samples of items that will be for sale and a letter from the class explaining the day and its purpose. They are raising money for "The Door is Open" and are working very hard to make this a fun day for everyone. Students are encouraged to bring a donation of $2.50. They can bring the money on either Wednesday or Thursday this week. On Friday, students are welcome to bring money to buy the items that will be for sale during the "Cafe International". As part of this special day, all of the students in the school may wear clothes in the colours of their favourite country.

 I invite you to also visit the PE/Music blog to read about St. Paul School Spirit Wear that can be ordered this week only. Mr. Kelly has written a blog post about the Spirit Wear and attached the order form. If you would like to order for your family please note that orders must be submitted by Friday May 27 and late orders will not be accepted.

 This week in Grade One we will begin the "I'm a Gift From God" Program. It is very beneficial for the program to be taught both at home and at school so each family will be receiving a parent package on Wednesday. Lessons will be listed on the blog as part of the weekly post. Please do the lessons on the designated day and complete the workbook pages when indicated in the agenda book (ex.: IGFG workbook page 5). Please do not work ahead in the workbook as some of the pages are meant for school use and others for home use. Please return the workbook the next day because it may be needed for the class lesson. Because of the homework involved in the "I'm a Gift From God" program, this week will be the last spelling test. 

 Please note the other reminders for this week:

 Monday

  • no school (Victoria Day)

 Tuesday

  • no school for students (Professional Development Day)

 Wednesday

  • "I'm a Gift From God" Concept A
  • PE class
  • students in the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sharing groups are invited to bring their sharing. We will do as many as possible on Wednesday and then finish on Thursday. If it is not ready for Wednesday, please send it on Thursday.
  • bring Cafe International $2.50 donation

 Thursday

  • bring spelling duo-tang for last spelling test 
  • bring library book
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sharing groups bring their sharing if it was not brought on Wednesday
  • "I'm a Gift From God" Concept A continued
  • bring Cafe International $2.50 donation if you have not already done so

 Friday

  • wear colours of your favourite country
  • bring money for Cafe International purchases 
  • Assembly at 9:00am led by Grades 2 & 5
  • PE class (no PE strip required)
  • Friday sharing group

 Thank-you for your attention to all of these details!

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

 

Schedule Change

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Please note the following schedule change for this week:

 Tuesday May 17 - PE class

 Friday May 20 - Music class instead of PE

 Thank-you!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of May 16 - 20

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a super weekend!

 Last week, as we completed our last few lessons in the geometry unit, the students had so much fun creating pictures with tangrams. They worked with a partner and were very imaginative! They also planned stories about pirates and we will use those plans to write pirate stories this week. I continue to be overjoyed when I see the enthusiasm with which they share their unique interests during sharing time. Thank-you for making sure that they are ready every week on their sharing day!

 Please note the following reminders for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group
  • Mity Wear Sale from 2-6pm in the Parish Centre

 Wednesday

  • Mass at 11:00am 
  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • bring library book
  • bring spelling book

 Friday

  • no Assembly
  • PE class
  • sharing book

 Please contact me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of May 9 - 13

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Mother's Day! I hope that you all had a super weekend!

 Please note the following reminders for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • bring library book

 Friday

  • Assembly led by Kindergarten and Grade 6 students
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group
  • new spelling words home

 

Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of May 2 - 6

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all enjoyed the sunny weekend! I truly can not believe that it is the first day of May already. Where does the time go? With the beautiful spring weather upon us, I would strongly suggest that each student bring a baseball cap or sunhat to school to wear outside for recess and lunch playtimes, and any outdoor PE classes. Please label the hat with your child's name. They may either wear the hat to and from school each day or keep it in their locker until the end of the school year. 

 I would like to thank and congratulate the students who read and did the offertory procession at the school Mass last week. They worked hard to prepare and were very prayerful in their assigned roles.

 As we begin this new month, please note the following:

 Topics we will cover:

 Religion - Mary and the Rosary

 Math - Geometry 

 Writing - "imagination" stories

 Reading Comprehension - continuing with inferencing and then visualizing (making "pictures in your head" of what is read)

 Social Studies and Science - ponds and local animals (habitats, diet etc.)

 Important dates to remember:

 May 6 ~ no school (Staff Retreat)

 May 14 ~ Uniform Swap Meet

 May 17 ~ Mity Wear Uniform Sale

 May 18 ~ School Mass (Kindergarten to lead)

 May 23 ~ no school (Victoria Day)

 May 24 ~ no school (Professional Development Day)

 May 27 ~ dress down day and Cafe francais (more information to follow closer to the date)

 May 31 ~ Grade One "Outdoor Classroom" field trip to the pond at Garden City Park  

  • in the morning
  • we will need parent drivers please
  • more information will come home next week
  • I hope you can join us!

 Reminders for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • bring library book
  • bring spelling book
  • Friday sharing group will present today!

 Friday

  • no school
  • there is no new spelling until Friday May 13 (test Thursday May 19)

 If you have any questions please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

Week of April 25 - 29

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a super weekend!

 The Grade One students who helped to lead the Earth Day Assembly on Friday did such a fantastic job. They were definitely doing their best and being reverent as we celebrated our stewardship over God's creation. The students who are reading at the Mass on Wednesday have also been practicing hard. If your child is reading at Mass, please continue to practice at home and remind them to speak slowly and clearly.

 Please note this important information for the upcoming week:

 Monday April 25

  • PE class
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday April 26

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday April 27

  • school Mass at 11:00am ~ please join us
  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday April 28

  • Jean's Day! ~ students wear jeans and bring a donation for BC Children's Hospital 
  • bring spelling book
  • bring library book (Congratulations for having all of the library books returned on time last week!)

 Friday April 29

  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group
  • students in Grades 3-7 will be at the track all day and students in Kindergarten, Grade One, and Grade Two have a regular day at school from 8:45am-3:00pm

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 18 - 22

 Hello Grade One Families!

 It was so lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves at the student-led conferences on Friday. We are finished our lessons about measurement, numbers to 100, and paragraph writing now, and begin our units on geometry and story writing this week. We will also be busy preparing for both the school Assembly (April 22)  and the school Mass (April 27). Each child in the class will have a "job" at either the Assembly or the Mass - not both. I hope that you can join us both this Friday and next Wednesday.

 Please note this information for the upcoming week:

 Math Homework!

 We have been practicing skip counting and counting backwards. Please take time each evening to help your child practice counting backwards from 50 - 1, and skip counting by 2 to 50 (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc.). The students will continue practicing in class as well.

 Monday:

  • Class Photo! Students must wear their complete uniform including the school sweater.
  • PE class
  • Monday sharing group
  • tuition and Edu-Pac orders due to the school office

 Tuesday:

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday:

  • Wednesday sharing group
  • PE class

 Thursday:

  • bring spelling duo-tang
  • bring library book

 Friday:

  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 1 and 4 ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 11 - 15

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend in the sunshine!

 It was so wonderful last week to hear all of the sharing presentations and to see how respectfully the students listened to and celebrated each other's interests. The sentences that were written were also very well done. Thank-you for working with your child on their sharing presentation. I am looking forward to this week's presentations. It gives me a small glimpse into each child's world outside of school and what they consider to be their precious treasures. Please note that the group of students that normally shares on Friday will be sharing on Thursday this week instead.

 Here are some important information and reminders for this week:

 Monday:

  • Monday sharing group
  • PE class

 Tuesday:

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday:

  • Wednesday sharing group
  • PE class

 Thursday:

  • bring spelling book
  • bring library book
  • Friday sharing group will present today
  • pizza lunch will be provided for Rianne's birthday

 Friday: 

  • Student-led Conferences = no regular classes today
  • students come into the classroom at their appointment time
  • students wear their school uniform to the conference
  • school-age siblings wait in the library
  • if possible, please make childcare arrangements for younger siblings 

Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

See you on Friday!

Mrs. Kelly

Week of April 4 - 8

 Hello Grade One Families!

 There was great joy, excitement and laughter in Grade One on Crazy Hat and Hair Day! We took photos of everyone so that we will be able to share our smiles with you when you come in for the conferences next week. Thank-you for sending in the yellow prayer cards last week. They will be an important part of our daily prayer this month. I have received a few sharing books already. Just a reminder that students do not need to bring in the items or notebooks until their sharing day (the day before would be fine as well). I am looking forward to starting our sharing presentations tomorrow.

 We are having our first full week of April this week. Please note the following information:

 April Units of Study:

  • Religion - Easter, Baptism and the Mass
  • Math - numbers to 100, skip counting by 2, 5, and 10, counting backwards from 50-1
  • Writing - paragraphs and "imagination" stories
  • Reading Comprehension - making inferences and predictions 
  • Social Studies - natural environments: forests, mountains and ponds
  • Science - plants: the functions of roots, stems, leaves and flowers

 Important Dates in April:

  • April 5 - registration opens for student-led conferences
  • April 15 - student-led conferences (no regular classes)
  • April 18 - class and school panorama photo day
  • April 22 - Grades 1 and 4 lead the school Assembly at 9:00am
  • April 27 - Grade 1 School Mass at 11:00am (please note that this is a date change)
  • April 28 - Jean's Day (wear jeans and send a donation for BC Children's Hospital)

 This week:

 Monday April 4

  • Monday sharing group
  • PE class

 Tuesday April 5 

  • Tuesday sharing group
  • registration opens for student-led conferences (5:00pm)

 Wednesday April 6

  • Wednesday sharing group
  • PE class

 Thursday April 7

  • bring library books
  • bring spelling books

 Friday April 8

  • Friday sharing group
  • Assembly at 9:00am led by Grades 2 and 5
  • PE class

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Homework Update

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you very much for your attentiveness to the home reading and spelling practice. This week the Grade One class will have two additional pieces of homework. The Religion homework is only for one night and the Sharing/Writing homework will be ongoing until the middle of June.

 Religion

  • this assignment is part of our recognition of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
  • during the month of April we will be practicing the spiritual work of mercy, "pray for the living and the dead"
  • on the prayer card that your child brings home, please write the names of people that you would like us to pray for during the month of April
  • the prayer card will come home on Wednesday and will need to be returned on either Thursday or Friday
  • we will keep the prayer cards on our classroom prayer table during the month of April

 Writing/Sharing

  • each week students will have an opportunity to share something special from home
  • it can be a toy, something they have made, or picture of something that they have made, own (such as a bike), or a special event
  • after your child has chosen what they will share, they will write four sentences about it in a notebook that they will bring home 
  • the notebook is entitled "A Few of My Favourite Things" and contains the instructions and an example page
  • each child has an assigned day and you can find your child's assigned day on the inside page of the notebook
  • on their assigned day, students bring their completed notebook (4 sentences) and the item for sharing to school
  • the shared item will come home on the same day and the notebook will come home the next day so that your child can write about their next sharing item
  • we will do our best to keep the sharing items safe, however valuables should never be brought to school (it would be better to send a photo)
  • if you do send a photo please do not glue it into the notebook
  • if you are worried about forgetting the notebook or sharing item on your child's assigned day, please send it the day before
  • I am really looking forward to seeing the items that the students choose to share 

If you have any questions about either of these assignments (after they have been sent home tomorrow) please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca

Thank-you!

Mrs. Kelly