Grade 1's blog

Week of April 20 - 24

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you had a wonderful weekend in the beautiful sunshine! 

 Please note the following reminders for this week:

  • The class photo and the school panorama photo will be taken on Wednesday. Please make sure that all hair accessories match the school uniform and that your child is wearing the school sweater or vest that day.
  • Scholastic orders are due on Thursday.
  • Please remember to send in the orange spelling duo-tangs on Thursday.
  • Tuition and Edu-Pac orders for the 2015-2016 school year are due on Friday.

 Thank-you for your attention to these matters!

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Spelling Tests

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Tomorrow, Friday April 17, the Grade One students will bring home an orange spelling duo-tang. There will be a page entitled "Unit One" which has ten highlighted words on it. Please help your child to practice spelling the highlighted words everyday as part of their homework.

We work on a "pre-test"/ "post-test" system. On Thursdays the students receive a pre-test of ten common words. They are then assigned ten words to practice based on a combination of the results of the pre-test and bonus words. The bonus words are taken from the vocabulary of our current units of study. The new words are assigned on Fridays and the post-test is the following Thursday. The students must return the orange duo-tang with the words in it on the test date. The test dates are on the study sheet. You will be able to see the results of both the pre-test and post-test as they are all kept in the duo-tang.

If you have any questions after you have received the duo-tang tomorrow, please e-mail me. Mostly importantly, practice the new unit words daily and return the orange duo-tang on the date written on the study sheet.

Thank-you!

Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 13 - 17

 Hello Grade One Families!

 It was wonderful to see all of you at the student-led conferences on Friday. The joy and excitement that filled the room were vibrant examples of what an enthusiastic group of learners we have in Grade One this year.

 Please note the following updates for this week:

  • PE classes will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
  • Grades One and Four will be leading the school Assembly this Friday. The Assembly will begin shortly after the 8:45am bell. Please join us!
  •  In Math we will begin a short unit on geometry with an emphasis on describing 2 and 3 dimensional shapes using accurate vocabulary.
  • In Writing we will begin writing fictional stories.
  • In Spelling we will have our first spelling pre-test and on Friday the students will bring home words to study. I will write a detailed blog on Thursday to describe the spelling quiz process. 

 If you have any questions please contact me at gr1@stpaulschool.ca

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 6 - 10

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Easter! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend filled with joy.

 This will be a busy week as the students prepare for the student-led conferences on Friday. Thank-you to everyone who has already registered for an appointment time on Friday. If you have not yet selected a time, please remember to do so before Thursday at noon. On Friday you and your child will come to the classroom at your appointment time. Your child will then spend half an hour showing you achievements and activities both from the second term and our current units of study. This will include written work, a SmartBoard lesson, iPad work, the "plants centre" and much more. It is always a very exciting day. I hope that your classroom visit with your child is filled with pride and joy as you celebrate your child's accomplishments and "classroom life" with them. All students must wear their school uniform to the conference. There is not a scheduled parent/teacher meeting time during the half hour conference. If you would like to arrange a parent/teacher meeting please contact me via e-mail next week.

 Also, there are some students who will be presenting at the Talent Showcase in Music class tomorrow. Please make sure that your child has everything they need for their presentation tomorrow when they come to school as Music class is at 9:00am.

See you on Friday!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Holy Week

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we begin the most holy week of the Church year. This week in Grade 1 we will be focussing on the events of Holy Week in Religion class, at storytime, and by participating in school-wide activities. As we come to the end of the season of Lent, please join us or drop your child off for morning Mass this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:15am. There is no morning Mass on Thursday. This Friday, Good Friday, there is no school. If you are able to attend the Stations of the Cross for Children, they will be held on Friday morning at 11:00am in the Church.

 On Tuesday during Music class, the students in Grade 1 will have the opportunity to share one of their talents with the class. They can play an instrument, sing, dance, show a drawing or other art project, tell a joke or two, show martial arts moves, or bring something that represents a sport that they play outside of school. Many of the children have already told Mr. Kelly what they will be sharing. While the children are encouraged to participate, it is not mandatory. They will have another opportunity next year. If your child has not already talked to you about the "Talent Showcase", please discuss it with them and help them to remember to bring anything that they need on Tuesday morning.

 Please send in the Mite Boxes on Wednesday as we will be presenting them in the Church on Thursday morning.

 Have a wonderful week!
 

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of March 23 - 27

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed a fun Spring Break.

 Please note the following for this week:

  • morning Mass will be at 8:15am ~ please join us!
  • PE will be on the regularly scheduled days of Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • library books are due by Thursday
  • Monday homework will be ReadWell and home reading will resume on Tuesday

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Updates for Week of March 9 - 13

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a super weekend!

 The Grade One students have been working so hard and are definitely looking forward to their Spring Break next week. There are just a few reminders for this week:

  • please join us for daily morning Mass at 8:15am
  • the re-registration packages are due on Tuesday March 10 ~ thank-you to those who have already returned their packages!
  • the second term report cards will be sent home with the students on Thursday March 12 ~ please sign and return the blue folder on Friday to confirm that you received the report card
  • the final home reading before Spring Break will be sent home on Thursday ~ if it is completed and returned on Friday you will have a "homework free" Spring Break
  • there will be a school Assembly in the gym at 9:00am on Friday March 13 ~ parents are welcome to attend
  • Spring Break is from March 16 - 20 ~ enjoy!

 Thank-you!

 Mrs. Kelly 

March News

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Here we are at the beginning of a new month again. This school year is just flying by!

 This is a brief overview of our new units of study this month:

  • Religion ~ Lenten themes of prayer, service and forgiveness
  • Math ~ measurement (length, weight, capacity, area)
  • Reading ~ prediction and inference
  • Writing ~ turning our ideas on the four-square graphic organizers into paragraphs
  • Social Studies ~ characteristics of natural environments such as the forest and seashore
  • Science ~ experiments to explore the functions of plant parts (roots, stem, leaves and flowers)

 Please note the following dates:

  • March 3 ~ Parent Education Evening with Ms. Kelsey (see Thursday letter for more details)
  • March 12 ~ Term 2 report cards sent home
  • March 13 ~ 9:00am Assembly in the gym
  • March 16-20 ~ Spring Break (no school)

 Two important reminders:

  • all students are encouraged to attend 8:15am morning Mass on school days as part of our Lenten journey
  • PE days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays unless there is a change (changes will be noted on the blog and/or in the agenda book)

 If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at gr1@stpaulschool.ca

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of February 23-27

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.

 It was great last week to see so many Grade One students at morning Mass. Please join us at 8:15am for the Lenten Morning Mass

 Just a reminder that the Scholastic Book Fair is at St. Paul School this week from Wednesday to Friday. If you would like your child to buy something, I encourage you to visit the book fair with your child either on Wednesday or Thursday after school to help them select a book for purchase. However, if you are unable to come in with your child, then you are welcome to send money for them to purchase something independently. Because the book fair is held in the library, we will not be having library class this week and I request that the children return their library books by Tuesday morning.

 Thank-you!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Reminders for February 16 - 20

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. I am sure that there will be great excitement as we celebrate the 100th Day of school and a belated Valentine's Day.

 Just a few reminders for this week:

 We will be celebrating 100s Day and Valentine's Day on Monday February 16. 

 PE classes this week will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Because of a Blood Donor Clinic in the gym, the students will have Music class on Friday instead.

 We will have a school Mass for Ash Wednesday on February 18 at 11:00am. Please join us!

 Beginning on Thursday February 19, morning Mass will begin at 8:15am. All of the students are encouraged to attend. Pews will be reserved for them at the front of the Church.

 There are no Friday Assemblies during Lent. 

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly