Grade 1's blog

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 

Week of March 28 - April 1

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Easter! I hope that you all had a joyful Easter celebration.

 Please note the following information for this week:

 Monday March 28:

  • Easter Monday holiday

 Tuesday March 29:

  • school resumes at 8:45am

 Wednesday March 30:

  • PE class

 Thursday March 31:

  • return library books
  • bring spelling duo-tang

 Friday April 1:

  • DRESS DOWN DAY!! Our theme is crazy hair and/or hat day. Students may wear play clothes along with their crazy hat and hair. Use your imaginations!! 
  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 3 and 7
  • PE class (students may wear their play clothes to gym today)

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

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of March 21 - 25

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a fun spring break! I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow as we begin the third term of our school year. 

 This week our main focus will be on the events of Holy Week. Beginning today with Palm Sunday and ending on Good Friday we remember Jesus' great sacrifice and gift which  opened the doors of heaven for us. The students will hear the stories of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, and Good Friday. We will save all celebrations of Easter until we come to school on March 29.

 Over the next two weeks, we will complete the math measurement unit, share and develop knowledge about what plants need to live, learn about the natural environment of the seashore, and practice turning "four-square" graphic organizers into paragraphs. We will also continue with ReadWell, MindUp, spelling, and our many other learning opportunities. It will be a busy time!

 Please note the following information for this week:

When you send in the mite box this week, please label it with your child's first name.

 Monday March 21:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class
  • new home reading will be sent home
  • please return any school library books that you may still have at home

 Tuesday March 22:

  • 8:15am Mass

 Wednesday March 23:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • Mite boxes due (if you have lost the mite box, please send a donation for the seminarians in an envelope labeled with your child's first name)
  • PE class

 Thursday March 24:

  • Holy Thursday (no morning Mass)
  • library day
  • new spelling words sent home

 Friday March 25:

  • Good Friday (no school)

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

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of February 29 - March 4

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I can't believe that we have reached the week before Spring Break already! As you will see on the report cards, the students have been working very diligently and have showed their learning in many ways throughout this term. 

 Did your children point out the cherry blossom trees to you this weekend? They made lovely pictures of cherry blossom trees in art class on Friday in preparation for the arrival of the month of March. This week we will touch on our new units of study for March and April such as measurement, living things, and natural environments. After Spring Break, I will post more information about our new units of study.

 Please note this important information for the week:

 Monday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class

 Tuesday

  • 8:15am Mass

 Wednesday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • Scholastic orders due
  • PE class

 Thursday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • library books due
  • hot lunch orders due
  • bring spelling books for Unit 6 test (there will be no new words until the Thursday after Spring Break)
  • report cards home

 Friday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • 9:00am Assembly
  • return blue report card folder (please sign the folder and keep the report card at home)
  • all home reading due (there will not be any homework over Spring Break)
  • PE class

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

 Have a super week and a fabulous Spring Break!!

 See you on March 21!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of February 22 - 26

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Last week our Lenten focus in Grade One was prayer and this week, as we continue our journey to Easter, we will discuss the theme of the unconditional love and forgiveness of God using the Bible stories of "The Prodigal Son" and "Zacchaeus". 

 Please note other important information for this week:

 Monday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class

 Tuesday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • please e-mail Mrs. Ong at the school office if you will be joining us for the MindUp Parent Evening on Wednesday

 Wednesday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • non-uniform day - wear pink for Anti-Bullying/Kindness Day
  • PE class (no PE strip needed because it is a non-uniform day)
  • MindUp Parent Education Evening Meeting at 7:00pm - please join us!

 Thursday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • bring spelling book for Unit 5 test

 Friday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • new spelling words will come home

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

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of February 15 - 19

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We are now entering the week of the 100th day of school! Where has the time gone?

 Please note the following information about this week

 Monday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class

 Tuesday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • please return your family's re-registration package if you have not already done so ~ today is the deadline!!

 Wednesday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • 100th day of school ~ we will be doing activities throughout the day to celebrate this miliestone. Please note that the Grade One class does not have to bring 100th Day projects
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the school library ~ the Grade One class will have an introductory visit at the book fair in the morning. Please visit the book fair after school with your child to help them make their purchases.
  • PE class

 Thursday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • library books due (we will not visit the library today because of the book fair)
  • bring spelling duo-tangs
  • 3:00pm ~ Scholastic Book Fair open to parents and students
  • if you are unable to visit the book fair with your child and would like them to have the opportunity to buy something, please send cash in a sealed envelope marked with your child's name and we will make sure that they go to the book fair during the day on Thursday

 Friday:

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class
  • new spelling words will be sent home

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

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly