Grade 1's blog

Week of December 11 - 15

 Hello Grade One Families!

 The excitement of the Advent season is definitely filling the classroom and the school now! Our class welcomed guests from the evaluation team to our morning prayer on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The students were able to share their Advent prayers and show that they are learning all about the meaning of the Advent season. They were also able to explain about our Advent elf. Yes, we have an Advent elf helping us this year! Every morning the elf is hiding somewhere in the classroom with a piece of the Christmas story. By the time we leave for the Christmas holidays, the sky of our Nativity scene will be filled with stars telling the beautiful story of the coming of Jesus our Saviour.

 Hot lunch orders for after Christmas are due this week. Please be sure to check the due date and submit one for your family if you would like to order. No late orders will be accepted.

 Please note the following information for the upcoming week:

 Monday:

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Tuesday:

  • regular Grade One day

 Wednesday:

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

 Thursday:

  • library books due
  • Communicating Student Learning report will be sent home

 Friday:

  • Assembly for the Third Week of Advent ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • pizza provided for lunch
  • Christmas Crafts and Games afternoon ~ if you would like to help out at a station please let me know by Tuesday morning (please refer to the e-mail sent on Friday)

 Looking Ahead:

  • Tuesday December 19 ~ Christmas Concert (dress rehearsal at 1:30pm and evening performance at 7:00pm)
  • Friday December 22 ~ wear festive Christmas clothes to school (silly Christmas sweaters and shirts encouraged!). There will be an Assembly at 9:00am and dismissal is at 12:00pm.

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

 Have a wonderful Second Sunday of Advent and week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

Week of December 4 - 8

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We had a beautiful beginning to the season of Advent today with the Assembly led by students in Grades Four and One. As the children know, this is a liturgical season with a focus on waiting and preparing. We have talked about ways to prepare for Jesus in our hearts. The students came up with some wonderful ideas such as praying for others, reading Bible stories, helping at home, sharing with others, and being kind to everyone. Today your child brought home a package of three Advent pages. The first page shows the Advent wreath and the meaning of each candle, the second page is the "waiting" page as the children colour one circle everyday as we wait for Christmas, and the third page gives the class Advent prayer for each week. I encouraged the students to share the package with you and to keep it in a special place at home where they can use it everyday. As we said at the Assembly...Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the waiting begin!

 This month (and can you believe it is the end of 2017 already!!) we will continue with our units of study from November. In Religion, the focus will be Advent...who  else waited for Jesus and who first told us to prepare our hearts...will be some of what we will explore. In math we are very busy learning about numbers and will add Christmas patterns to our lessons this month as well.

 Please note the following for the upcoming week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Tuesday

  • regular Grade One day

 Wednesday

  • PE class

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades Three and Seven ~ please join us!
  • PE class

 Looking Ahead

  • December 13 ~ 11:00am Mass led by Grade Four
  • December 14 ~ Communicating Student Learning documents sent home
  • December 15 ~ pizza lunch for Caelyn's birthday
  • December 19 ~ Christmas Concert...more details on the next blog entry
  • December 22 ~ Dress Down Day  (red and green clothes, Christmas themed sweaters, t-shirts etc.) We will have a 12:00pm dismissal on this last day before Christmas holidays.

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

 Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

Week of November 27 - December 1

 
 Hello Grade One Families!

 This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King! It marks the end of Ordinary Time and the Liturgical Year. Next week we will begin the season of Advent - a quiet time of reflection as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. With their Grade Four buddies, the Grade One students will lead the Assembly for the First Sunday of Advent. During the week, we will learn about the meaning of the Advent wreath and commit to ways we can prepare our hearts for Jesus. On Friday the students will bring home an Advent countdown calendar and a copy of our class weekly Advent prayers so that, as a family, you can join us in our waiting and preparing.

 Please note the following reminders for the upcoming week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Assembly readings will be sent home with the students who are reading at Friday's Assembly

 Tuesday

  • a regular day in Grade One

 Wednesday

  • PE class

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • December 1 ~ where does the time go !?!
  • 9:00am Assembly for the First Sunday of Advent ~ please join us!
  • PE class

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

 Have a wonderful Feast of Christ the King and week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of November 20 - 24

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Last week was very short, but we had fun and the students worked very hard. They are very excited about outer space right now and have many "I wonder..." questions. As part of our inquiry to answer their questions, I introduced them to the app Solar Walk. They loved it! This app provides the students with an opportunity to look closely at planets, the sun, and many other interesting things. I continue to be incredibly excited about the curiousity and interest that the Grade One students have about their world. 

 Thank-you for sending in the family photos. The students speak of their families with so much love and joy!

 This Friday is a dress-down day for the charitable organization Chalice. Through Chalice, St. Paul School supports a foster child named Thomas. This week I will be introducing the students to Thomas through pictures and information that we have about his life and family. Each child is asked to please bring in $2 on Friday. The theme of the dress-down day is Team Spirit! Students may wear jerseys, t-shirts etc. from professional sports' teams, personal teams, or their St. Paul School PE t-shirt instead of their school uniform. 

 As Mrs. Moorehead has already informed you via e-mail, there will be a change to the back parking lot beginning this week. Parking will be very limited. If your child is able to exit and enter your vehicle independently, please use the drive through drop off and pick up on the east side of the school. Please let your child know where to meet their "pick up person" tomorrow - either "in the covered area" or "in the drive through pick-up". I will help them make sure they get to the right spot. Thank-you for your help in making this a smooth process for everyone!

 Please note the following information for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Primary Choir for those who joined (12:15pm)

 Tuesday

  • Mr. Kelly will be away so Music class is postponed until Thursday this week

 Wednesday

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

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • Team Spirit Day!
  • no PE uniform required today
  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 2 & 5 ~ please join us!

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

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

November 15 - 17

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had an enjoyable long weekend. 

 Please note the following for our very short school week ahead:

 Wednesday

  • school resumes at 8:45am
  • PE class

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • Assembly at 9:00am ~ please join us for the Assembly and performance by the Intermediate Choir
  • PE class

 Looking Ahead

  • Wednesday November 22 ~ school Mass at 11:00am
  • Friday November 24 ~ dress down day! The theme is Team Spirit Day! Students may wear shirts/jerseys from professional sports' teams, personal sports teams, or their St. Paul School PE shirts with casual pants. To follow our theme, "Care for Everyone in Our Common Home", we will be asking each child to bring a $2 donation for Chalice, a Catholic organization through whom we sponsor a foster child. Thank-you!

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

 Hope the rest of your week is fabulous!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of November 6 - 10

  Hello Grade One Families!

 It was a busy and exciting week in Grade One! We started the week by moving to new home tables, celebrated Halloween on Tuesday, had a visit with Fr. Mark to learn about All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, and ended the week with the Assembly and Grade 7 vs. Staff volleyball game! At the Walkathon Celebration Assembly we found out that the families raised over $63,000 this year! Thank-you for your effort and commitment to our school!

 In the upcoming week we will begin many new units of study. In Religion we will be learning about the saints, peace and being of service to others. Toward the end of the month we will be discussing the liturgical year and preparing for the season of Advent (a personal favourite of mine!). In math we will focus on number concepts such as odd and even numbers, composing and decomposing numbers into tens and ones, and skip counting. As I mentioned to many of you at the conferences, the students will be working on extending their writing and using simple writing conventions (upper case at the beginning, finger spacing, and punctuation at the end) with a writing partner or small group this month. We will continue the ReadWell program for oral reading and work on sequencing story events for reading comprehension. In social studies and oral language, the students will be sharing stories about their family and learning about how our families are the same and different. Patterns in the sky and on Earth will be the focus in science as we work through the unit, Patterns Make the World Beautiful

 Please note the following information for the upcoming week:

 Monday 

  • please send in a recent family photo either 3x5 or 4x6
  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Tuesday

  • Shoebox Project donations due ~ see e-mails from the office for more details ~ thank-you for your support!

 Wednesday

  • PE class

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:45am ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • please have Family Media Agreement submitted by today ~ thank-you!

 Looking Ahead

  • Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14 ~ no school

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

 Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of October 30 - November 3

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Sunday! What a beautiful autumn day!

 It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet with all of you on Friday. Thank-you for sharing your stories, perspectives and questions with me! As I mentioned to some of you, this was our only chance to meet formally during this school year. I encourage you to make an appointment with me if you ever have any questions or concerns, or if you would like an update on things we spoke about on Friday. Please be assured that I will ask to make an appointment with you for the same if necessary.

 If you would like your child to have a photo retake this Thursday, please let me know and send in the proof envelope (with the retake box checked) before Thursday. That way I can make sure that none of the students have forgotten to hand in the request. If I do not have a request from you, then your child will not receive a retake. Thank-you!

 This Friday, the Grade 4 and 1 students will be leading the prayer part of the Assembly. A few students from Grade One will be reading at the Assembly. Throughout the school year all of the Grade 1 students will have the opportunity to read at an Assembly. Please join us and stay for the Walkathon prizes, and to see how much money we raised and who won the pizza party!

 We have a busy and exciting week! Please note the following:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Tuesday

  • no agenda book or home reading today (you may keep both at home until Wednesday)
  • Halloween Celebration! ~ please see Mrs. Moorehead's e-mail regarding expectations for costumes
  • some parents were asking about treats ~ we have 31 students and 4 staff members in Grade One on Tuesdays; all treats must be nut-free; non-food treats are welcome too; all treats must be individually wrapped, but they do not need to be labelled with classmates' names
  • please send a $2 donation for Development and Peace (if you are afraid you might forget, please send the donation on Monday)
  • lots of fun and excitement is expected 

 Wednesday

  • please return agenda books and home reading
  • PE class

 Thursday

  • library books due
  • photo retake day for those who were absent on the first photo day and those whose parents have requested retakes

 Friday

  • Assembly led by students in Grade 1 & 4 followed by Walkathon Wrap-Up Assembly ~ please join us!
  • PE class

 Looking Ahead

 During the month of November the students and families of our school will have three school-wide events in support of the theme "Care for Everyone in Our Common Home". First, the Shoebox Project (see Mrs. Moorehead's e-mail) due November 7. This family project is in replacement of the donations that we have given previously to The Living Room in December. Second, is the poppies on Remembrance Day. We will have our Remembrance Day Assembly on November 10. Finally, we will have a dress-down day on the last Friday in November with monetary donations going to Chalice. For each of these events we will be discussing the work of the charity as a class and connecting it to the theme. I will post more about the month of November in Grade One in next week's blog post.

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

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

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