Grade 1's blog

Week of October 23 - 27

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Teachers, teachers everywhere! I was privileged to attend a teachers' conference today with thousands of other teachers from across the province. Having a new curriculum leads to many interesting opportunities to change the way we look at learning and how we give students experiences that can help them to develop their curiosity about the world and their own learning. I am so blessed to have such a great group of children to work with as we all help our brains to stretch and grow!

 Thank-you to everyone who has already registered for the conferences on Friday October 27. Just a reminder that the Grade One students do not attend the conferences this time. 

 Looking ahead to the upcoming week, please note the following:

 Monday

  • the students will attend a presentation entitled "Safer Schools" before recess
  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Social Media Awareness Parent Information Evening at 7:00pm at St. Joseph the Worker School ~ please attend if you can!

 Tuesday

  • another wonderful Grade One day :)

 Wednesday

  • school Mass at 11:00am ~ please join us!
  • PE class

 Thursday

  • last day to return library books

 Friday

  • no regular classes
  • please arrive on time for your conference which will be held in the Parish Centre gym ~ thank-you!

 Halloween is coming! Please plan costumes without masks, weapons or face paint. Treats are welcome and need to be individually wrapped because the students will be bringing them home to enjoy. As part of our theme, "Care for Everyone in Our Common Home", please send a donation for Development and Peace on this day as well. 

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

 Have a super weekend and week ahead! I am looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

 

Week of October 16 - 20

  Hello Grade One Families!

 Last week was a short week, but filled with learning and fun! After Music class on Tuesday, the students collected data about their favourite instruments in the Music room and then later in the week, they wrote letters to Mr. Kelly about the results. I know they were very motivated to do their best because I saw a lot of finger spacing, periods, and neat printing! They also participated in learning stations to explore apples. At the tasting station, Ambrosia apples came out as the favourite!

 Thank-you for your support of the home reading program. Just a reminder that the book and recording sheet should both be in the envelope when it is returned to school. 

 I am looking forward to meeting with all of you on October 27. If you have not yet seen the letter that was sent home about registration, please check the agenda book. The letter was sent home on Thursday.

 Please note the following information for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Primary Choir begins ~ please remember that this is not mandatory...students should be excited and motivated to be there!

 Tuesday

  • Music class ~ I wonder how Mr. Kelly liked the letters about our data?

 Wednesday

  • PE class

 Thursday

  • Earth Rangers Assembly at 9:00am in the gym
  • last day to return library books

 Friday

  • no school for students ~ Professional Development Day

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

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

Week of October 9 - 13

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you all have a wonderful long weekend with the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Our Lord has truly blessed us and we praise Him for it!

 Please note the following items for the upcoming week:

 Monday

  • no school ~ Thanksgiving Holiday!

 Tuesday

  • school resumes at 8:45am

 Wednesday

  •  Walkathon pledge forms and money are due today please
  • PE class

 Thursday

  • last day to return library books 

 Friday

  • 9:00am Assembly led by Kindergarten and Grade 6 ~ please join us!
  • PE class

 Looking Ahead

  • home reading will begin the week of Oct. 9 ~ I will send an e-mail to accompany the first home reading assignment (probably Thursday)
  • Mrs. Moorehead and Mrs. Jew will be directing the Primary Choir this year. The first practice will be the week of October 16. All students in Grades 1 - 3 are invited to join the choir. Practices are held during lunch recess. Mr. Kelly and I will be speaking to the Grade 1 students about choir prior to the first practice. Please note that it is completely optional and it is important that the children make their own decision about joining so that they are enthusiastic to participate and ready to give it their best. 
  • Parent - teacher conferences are on Friday October 27 and registration will be online. You will receive an e-mail about registration in the next couple of weeks. Please note that Grade 1 students do not participate in these conferences so you will need to arrange child-care please. 
  • Halloween is coming! Students will be able to wear costumes to school (no weapons...lots of joy!). If you would like to send treats for the class on Halloween, please make sure that they are individually wrapped because the students will be taking all of the treats home in their Halloween tote bag (the bag is provided by me...thanks to Mrs. Pang for her shopping!).

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns. Please note that I will not be checking e-mail until Monday evening.

 Once again...Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of October 2 - 6

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome to October! It was wonderful getting to know the students over the month of September and I am looking forward to this new month as the students continue to learn about each other and share their gifts and talents.

 Thank-you to everyone who walked with us on Friday and who supported us with positive thoughts for good weather! The students were amazing walkers! Please send in pledge sheets and money when it is all collected. The due date is Wednesday October 11, 2017. Thank-you!

 This month our religion theme is thankfulness. We will talk about gifts from God for which we are thankful and how we treat people and things to show that we are thankful for them. We will continue collecting data and writing sentences about it. Writing sentences about autumn and discussing what makes an interesting sentence will also be an area of learning this month. We will begin the ReadWell Program and home reading after the Thanksgiving weekend. Apples, pumpkins and cranberries will be our focus in a science study of plants in our local environment.

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • Scholastic orders due today ~ late orders will not be accepted
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • PE class

 Tuesday

  • Photo Day ~ students must wear their complete school uniform
  • I am away at a meeting so there will be a substitute teacher today

 Wednesday

  • PE class

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • Assembly led by Grades 2 & 5 ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • regular dismissal for Grade One at 3:00pm

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

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of September 25 - 29

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!

 I am looking forward to this week and continuing to explore our units of study with the children. I enjoy listening to their ideas and watching them interact with each other, especially during play time and data collection time. They love to chat, visit and learn about each other!

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday 

  • Emergency Identification Badge forms are due ~ thank-you to everyone who has already returned the form!
  • PE class

 Tuesday

  • Scholastic order forms will be sent home today ~ they are due no later than Monday October 2
  • we will have special visitors from the Grade 10 class at Vancouver College in the morning to work with the students on the theme "Care for Everyone in Our Common Home"

 Wednesday

  • PE class

 Thursday

  • last day to return library books
  • new library books will be sent home

 Friday ~ Walkathon Day!

  • students arrive at school for the 8:45am bell
  • students wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking and the weather 
  • no umbrellas please
  • if you are walking with the Grade One class, we will meet you in the covered area at 9:15am
  • we are walking to Garden City Play Park where water and a snack will be provided (students do not need extra snacks to eat during the walk)
  • after the snack we will walk back to the school (there is no play time at the park)
  • you are welcome to take your child home when we return to school 
  • if your child is staying at school after the Grade One walk is finished, please send a snack to be eaten in the classroom
  • dismissal for all students who are remaining at school is 1:00pm in the covered area
  • please keep collecting pledges!!

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

 Have a great week! Hope to see you on Friday morning!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of September 18 - 22

 Hello Grade One Families!

 This week we will have our first fully scheduled week of Grade One! Everyone is back from Outdoor Ed. and all of the specialist subjects will be up and running. Grade One PE classes with Mr. Kelly are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The students have been doing an excellent job of independently changing for PE. Music class, also with Mr. Kelly, is on Tuesday mornings. French classes with Madame Caprilli started last week, and they are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Finally, digital literacy class is held on Thursday afternoons with Mrs. Espinosa. It will be a busy week ahead!

 Please continue to collect pledges for the upcoming Walkathon. The money collected is very important to our school community. The students directly benefit from this fundraiser as it provides funds for us to use in the areas of digital literacy, music and many other school programs and needs. Thank-you for your efforts! I hope that many of you will be able to join us for the Walkathon on Friday September 29. 

 We had our first Grade One visit to the school library last Thursday. Books may be returned any time Monday - Thursday. All books must be returned no later than Thursday morning so that a new book may be chosen on Thursday afternoon. Thank-you!

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • all hot lunch orders due ~ no late orders will be accepted
  • PE class

 Tuesday

  • Meet the Teacher Night ~ please join us in the gym at 7:00pm (come a few minutes early to pick-up the nametag your child has made for you)

 Wednesday

  • Walkathon volunteer forms are due today ~ please let us know if you will be joining us!
  • PE class

 Thursday

  • last day to return library books

 Friday

  • Assembly at 9:00am led by Grades 3 & 7 ~ please join us!
  • PE class

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

 See you on Tuesday!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of September 11 - 15

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Wow! The first week of school just flew by! I think that the students in Grade One did an amazing job of transitioning to the new routines of Grade One. They are locker experts now!  The students confidently changed into their PE strip and found the correct spot to write in their agenda book. This week I look forward to introducing them to a few more routines and beginning our units of study for this month. 

 This month in Grade One we will focus on the unit, "We Belong to Our School Community" including collecting data about classmates, writing sentences about school and the data we collect, talking about how we can have a happy classroom, and learning about our feelings and the feelings of others. We will also begin a study of apples and cranberries as we learn about local plants. Over the next couple of weeks the students will "show what they know" about sounds, spelling and oral reading so that we can begin to form smaller learning groups. 

 This week the extra-curricular activities will begin for the students in Grades 2 - 7. If you have an older child participating in either volleyball or cross-country, please arrange for 3:00pm pick-up for your child in Grade 1 as we do not provide supervision for younger siblings during extra-curricular practices. Thank-you!

 Please reserve the evening of Tuesday September 19 so that you can join us for our annual Meet the Teacher Night beginning at 7:00pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

 Please note the following for this week:

 Return (thank-you if you already have sent in these items):

  • Walkathon volunteer form
  • brown envelope containing student information
  • "Our Child" sheet
  • photo for the birthday board

 Monday:

  • PE class (PE strip is required for all PE classes)

 Tuesday:

  • PE class

 Wednesday:

  • 2:00pm dismissal

 Thursday:

  • PE class
  • first library visit

 Friday:

  • 9:00am Assembly ~ the Grade Ones will be helping their Grade 4 buddies by doing a choral response at the Assembly this week so please join us!

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Welcome to Grade One!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome to a new school year! As I said in my welcome letter sent earlier this week, I am very much looking forward to working with both the children and their families in this class to have a wonderful year together. We will work this year to help the students develop a deeper understanding of God, others and themselves. We will celebrate the joy of accomplishments, and recognize that persevering through challenges and mistakes is an important way to help our brains to grow. So let's begin!

 Thank-you to everyone who responded to my request to let me know that you received the welcome e-mail. It is important for me to know that everyone is included in my class e-mail group so that you do not miss updates throughout the year. If you received the e-mail please let me know as soon as possible. If you did not receive it, please also let me know. Thank-you!

 Please note the following for the upcoming first week of school:

 Monday September 4

  • no school

 Tuesday September 5

  • school begins at 8:45am
  • students wear their school uniform
  • students line-up in the covered area closest to the brick wall (west side)
  • please send a snack for recess and a water bottle
  • students will bring home their school supplies for labelling (please refer to my previously sent e-mail)
  • dismissal is at 12:00pm in the covered area

 Wednesday September 6

  • school begins at 8:45am
  • students need to bring a recess snack and lunch today (the first of many!!)
  • school supplies must be returned today please
  • our first school Mass is at 11:00am ~ please join us!
  • students will bring home a sheet entitled "Our Child" ~ please complete it and return it by Friday  
  • dismissal is at 2:00pm

 Thursday September 7

  • school begins at 8:45am
  • students need to bring their PE shoes (they can also be brought on Wednesday)
  • students will bring home their agenda book for the first time ~ please sign and return the agenda book daily
  • dismissal is at 3:00pm

 Friday September 8

  • school begins at 8:45am
  • our first school Assembly is at 9:00am in the gym ~ please join us!
  • students will need to wear their PE strip underneath the school uniform today because they will have their first PE class with Mr. Kelly
  • dismissal is at 3:00pm

 There will not be any homework this week; however, it is often helpful for the children to have practice at home taking off their outer school uniform to have their PE strip underneath and practice putting the uniform back on, on top of the PE strip. They are expected to do this independently at school. This also applies to changing from uniform shoes to PE shoes. Please only send shoes with laces if your child is completely independent when tying laces. Thank-you!

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

 Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

 See you on Tuesday!

 Mrs. Kelly