Grade 1's blog

Week of October 5 - 9

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Here we are at the beginning of a new month that will be filled with friendship, learning and fun.

 We will continue to work on classroom routines and behaviour expectations this month. This past week we had many conversations in Grade One about the fact that we are all responsible for our own behaviour choices and that we should all strive to be a good example for others. 

October Areas of Study:

  • Thanksgiving and God's gifts in creation
  • sequencing events in fictional stories
  • writing complete sentences that include: who? doing what? where?
  • numbers from 1 - 20
  • seasons and traditional Aboriginal activities in each season
  • communities and simple map skills

 Please note the following information for this week:


  • PE 
  • hot lunch for those who ordered


  • Scholastic orders will go home and are due on Tuesday October 13


  • PE
  • pizza lunch provided by the Chiu family for Kaley's birthday - please send snacks and water as usual


  • library books due


  • PE 
  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 2 and 5

 Please note that the PE uniform is required for all PE classes.

 We have been offered the opportunity to participate in the Richmond Public Health pilot of a parent consultation clinic. Please see the Thursday letters from September 24 and October 1 for details.

 I hope that you have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 


Week of September 28 - October 2

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you to everyone who was able to join us for this year's Walkathon! It was wonderful to have so many family members walking with us. 

 Time is certainly flying in Grade One as we now enter the fourth week of school. I am enjoying getting to know the class and am confident that we will have a fabulous year together.

 Please note the following information for this week:

 PE Classes

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • PE uniform is required for all PE classes

 Library Books

  • must be returned to the classroom by Thursday morning at the latest

 Fun Friends Program

  • we will complete Session 3 this week and the activity sheet will go home on Thursday
  • please continue to practice the "Being Brave" strategies with your child

 Emergency Kits 

  • please return the emergency kit bags to school tomorrow, Monday September 28
  • please return the white emergency "out of province" contact sheets tomorrow as well 

 Walkathon Pledges

  • please continue to collect your child's pledge money
  • when submitting the pledge money to school, please put the money and pledge sheet into a sealed envelope with your child's name and grade printed on the front
  • remember...the Primary class that raises the most money gets a pizza lunch!!
  • pledge sheets and money are due no later than October 13

 Tomorrow I will be attending a Grade One and Two professional development meeting so Mrs. Tien will be teaching Grade One. I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Walkathon Tomorrow!!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Tomorrow is Walkathon Day at St. Paul School. I did give most of the relevant information for the day in my previous blog post, but would like to add some updates:

  • please send a small snack for your child to eat when we return to school
  • check the weather forecast and have your child dressed appropriately for the walk to and from Garden City Play Park (right now the forecast is for partly cloudy...yay!)
  • dismissal is at 1:00pm
  • if you are one of the parents who has volunteered to walk with us, you may take your child home when we return to school or you may wait and come back to pick them up at 1:00pm


 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of September 21 - 25

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We have a busy week ahead! 

 Please note the following information for each day:


  • PE class (PE clothes should be worn under the regular uniform)


  • St. Paul School AGM and Meet the Teacher Night beginning at 6:45pm in the Parish Centre
  • please come a few minutes early to pick up the nametag your child has made for you (there will be tables set up in the gym)


  • first school Mass at 11:00am
  • PE class (PE clothes should be worn under the regular uniform)


  • first visit to the school library

 Friday is Walkathon Day!

  • school begins at 8:45am
  • students should wear clothes appropriate for walking to Garden City Play Park and back to St. Paul School
  • students walk a loop from St. Paul School, to the park, and back to the school
  • water and a snack are provided at the park so the students do not carry anything with them
  • parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Walkathon with us (please send in your volunteer form if you have not already done so)
  • no pets please
  • dismissal is at 1:00pm 

 Please continue collecting pledges for this important school fundraiser.

 I am looking forward to meeting all of you on Tuesday!

 Mrs. Kelly

Week of September 14 - 18

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I am very much looking forward to our second week of Grade One. We spent most of the first few days becoming re-acquainted with each other and being introduced to new classroom routines. The students have shown a great desire to establish their new learning environment in the "big school".

 Please note the following important information:

 Reminders for the Week

  • photos for the birthday board should be submitted no later than Friday
  • if you have not yet returned your brown envelope with the updated information sheets please do so tomorrow
  • please check and return the agenda book daily

 September Studies

 This month (and continuing into the beginning of October) we will be focussing on many areas of study including the following:

  • Jesus as our friend and ourselves as important members of God's family
  • patterning
  • sequencing
  • rhyming words and word families
  • sentence writing
  • weather and seasons
  • school routines, being a good friend, sharing our feelings 

 Walkathon Pledges

 Our school Walkathon is on Friday September 25. Every family has received both an electronic and paper copy of the pledge sheet. Please collect many pledges as this is our one big fundraiser of the school year. The money collected from the Walkathon is very important to the support of school programs such as music, sports, library and technology.

 Fun Friends Program

 Hopefully you all found the two newsletters in the front pocket of the agenda book. One introduces the "Fun Friends" program and the other gives the concepts we covered last week. Please look for a sheet each week (probably Friday) at the front of the agenda book. The letter will give an overview of the concepts covered that week and suggestions for home follow-up and practice.

 PE Classes

 Mr. Kelly will be going with the Grade Seven class to Outdoor Ed. on Tuesday so there is a change in the PE schedule as follows:

  • Monday (PE strip needs to be worn under the regular uniform)
  • Tuesday (no PE strip needed - runners only)
  • Thursday (no PE strip needed - runners only)


 The school library will open on September 23 so there will be no library books coming home this week.

 City of Richmond Food Scraps Program

 Please refer to the Thursday letter from Mrs. Moorehead for information about the City of Richmond Food Scraps Program. It means that the students will be bringing home all of their food scraps to be put in the green bin at home. Please make sure that your child's snacks and lunch are in appropriate reusable containers so that you don't end up with a messy lunch bag at the end of the day! Also, just a note that the students in Grade One were given 30 minutes to eat their lunches last week. This is a generous amount of time for them to eat their lunch so if your child is not finishing please consider the amount of food you send and your child's independence when eating at home.

 Thank-you for your attention to this very long blog entry!

 If you have any questions, please contact me at

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly




First Day Excitement!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 What a wonderful first day of school we all had together! Everyone came ready to participate, listen, learn and enjoy.

 In the Edu-Pac bag you will find:

  • the school supplies that need to be labelled
  • a letter with labelling and sorting instructions for the school supplies
  • an envelope with paperwork to fill out (oldest and only children have this)
  • a Walkathon pledge sheet

 Please send in the following tomorrow:

  • PE shoes (thank-you to those who sent them today)
  • school supplies sorted and labelled according to the instructions provided in the Edu-Pac bag


 Mrs. Kelly 

Welcome to a New School Year!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome to our new school year! I am very excited to begin this year and look forward to all of us working together to ensure that the children's Grade One year is filled with spiritual, social and academic growth. 

 The Archdiocesan theme for this school year is "Proclaim Jesus with Loving Hearts". It is a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time learning about Jesus and how He is our guide to living a life of love for one another.

 The first week of school will fly by in a flash! Please note the following information about the upcoming week:

 Monday September 8

  • Labour Day ~ school is closed 

 Tuesday September 9

  • school will be in session from 8:45am - 12:00pm
  • students must be in their full school uniform
  • we will be having a recess break so please send a snack (nut free) and a water bottle
  • students will be bringing home their Edu-Pac orders - please carefully follow the instructions for labelling which you will find in the bag

 Wednesday September 10

  • school will be in session from 8:45am - 2:00pm
  • return Edu-Pac supplies to school in your child's backpack (the empty Edu-Pac bag stays at home please)
  • students need their running shoes for PE class (no PE strip until the week of September 14)
  • please send a recess snack and lunch with your child (please remember that we have severe nut and fish allergies in the class so please refrain from sending these foods to school)

 Thursday September 11

  • school will be in session from 8:45am - 3:00pm which means that your child will need food for both recess and lunch
  • our opening school Assembly will begin at 9:00am in the gym ~ please join us if you can!

 Friday September 12

  • no school due to a professional development day for the teachers

 I will be e-mailing my introductory newsletter to all of the Grade One families by Friday September 4. If you have any questions please contact me at

 Mrs. Kelly