Grade 1's blog

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 

Fun in Grade One!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We had so much fun today in Grade One! Choosing your own treats to buy and eating pizza and hot dogs is always a good time, but the highlight of the day was definitely science class. The students have been learning about forces and motion. This afternoon, following the idea of the story of "The Three Little Pigs",  they were challenged to create structures that could not be blown down by the Big Bad Wolf. The discussions, confidence and laughter were amazing. All of the "houses" stood up to the test. My favourite part of the activity was when the students shared how happy and proud they were to have accomplished their goal. They also demonstrated excellent small group work skills.

 Next week is a week off for the students. 

 Just a reminder that if you are planning to send valentines to school please send them on Monday February 16. When preparing the Valentine's Day treats, please remember that we have 31 students in the class and no nut products are allowed at school.

 Have a wonderful long weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly 

February is Here!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We have arrived at the middle of the school year! I would like to congratulate the Grade One children for being very hard working and I am very much looking forward to many more learning adventures together this school year. They are such a joyful group!

 This month we will continue many units of study from January and as we begin new topics I will keep you updated.

 Please note that this week the students will need their PE strip on Monday and Wednesday only. The gym is being used for a basketball tournament on Friday.

 Looking ahead to the busy month of February, please note the following dates:

  • February 6 - Custodio Basketball Tournament ~ students may purchase food from the concession on Friday (more information will be forthcoming from the Grade 6 parents)
  • February 9 - 13 - no school for the students
  • February 16 - we will celebrate both Valentine's Day and 100s Day ~ if you are planning to send valentines to school please do so on this day
  • February 18 - Ash Wednesday ~ please join us for Mass at 11:00am
  • February 19 - Lenten Masses begin ~ each weekday morning Mass will begin at 8:15am during Lent and all students are encouraged to attend (as are parents of course!) and pews are reserved for them at the front of the Church
  • February 24 ~ Parent Education Evening with Ms. Kelsey
  • February 25 - 27 ~ Scholastic Book Fair in the school library

 Just a reminder that if your child misses school due to illness, appointments, or vacations please send a note or e-mail to myself and the office to explain the absence.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly

 

Friday January 30 ~ Non-Uniform Day!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome to a new week in Grade One! 

 This week will be a pretty regular week as far as scheduling goes with one special exception. On Friday January 30 we will have a non-uniform day at St. Paul School. Students are asked to wear colours that represent a country that is special to your family. It may be the country from which your family immigrated or a country in which your family has previously lived. Students may wear the colours of the flag, a shirt with the name of the country, etc. During Social Studies on Friday afternoon, the Grade One students will share which country they are representing and why. When choosing your child's clothes for the day please keep in mind that they will be playing outside and will have PE (they do not need their PE strip on Friday). We ask that on Friday each child bring a $2 donation. This money will go to support the charities of the John Paul II Pastoral Centre as mentioned in the Sunday bulletin and the Thursday letter. 

 Please contact me if you have any questions.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly

 

Week of January 19 - 23

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a great weekend. Here are some updates and reminders for this week:

 Monday:

  • PE
  • scientist workshop entitled "Newton in a Nutshell"
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Tuesday:

  • parent education evening led by Ms. Kelsey ~ we hope that you can come (see Thursday letter for more information)
  • Feast Day Luncheon forms due today

 Wednesday:

  • PE

 Thursday:

  • library books due

 Friday:

  • St. Paul Feast Day Mass at 11:00am
  • family luncheon in the gym following Mass
  • afternoon entertainment
  • dismissal at 2:00pm

 I hope to see many of you at the Feast Day celebration on Friday!

 Mrs. Kelly

Week of January 12 - 16

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We had a great first week back, but there were sure some tired people in the room by Friday afternoon! I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend. Here is some information about this week in Grade One:

 PE Classes:

 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

 Assembly:

 Students from Grade One and Grade Four will be leading the Assembly this Friday. Please join us!

 Home Reading:

 Tomorrow we will begin the written comprehension component of the home reading program. Your child will bring home a green duo-tang containing their home reading book, assignment criteria, and comprehension assignment sheet. Please follow all of the instructions on the criteria sheet carefully. The students know that following the instructions for an assignment is very important and they will benefit from having this reinforced in their written homework as well. The comprehension sheet includes several choices of assignments. Please have your child read the book first and then choose an assignment together. When completing the written comprehension assignment, please discuss the answers with your child and help with spelling, grammar and punctuation as necessary. If the assignment includes a picture, please have your child draw it in the space provided. I will go over this with the students on Monday. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me with any questions you may have after you have seen the green duo-tang. Finally, I will reinforce with the students that they should keep the green duo-tang home for as long as it takes to throughly read the book and complete their chosen assignment. When students do return the home reading, they will receive a new book and sheet the next day (to give me time to mark it).

 Please return any home reading books that you currently have at home tomorrow (Monday).

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

January in Grade One

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

 We will begin many new units of study this week.  I have outlined the topics for January below:

 Religion:

  • the Holy Family
  • the early ministry of Jesus
  • the life of St. Paul

 Math:

  • addition and subtraction to 12
  • some apps we use to practice addition and subtraction facts are: Math Bingo, Dino Math, Math Success +, and Math Success -

 Reading:

  • making connections between fictional stories and events in our lives
  • the ReadWell groups have been updated and will continue as in the first term (three homework assignments per unit)
  • home reading will have a new format and will begin later this week 

 Writing:

  • paragraph writing on familiar topics using the "4-Square" graphic organizer
  • continued emphasis on punctuation, capitalization, and spelling common words

 Social Studies:

  • symbols of Canada such as: beavers, Canadian currency, and the RCMP
  • this will also be the focus of the work that the students are doing with Mrs. Melvin

 Science:

  • forces and motion
  • students will participate in many experiments to explore this topic and stretch their creativity

 I am looking forward to a very fun month of learning ahead!

 This week:

  • PE classes will resume as scheduled (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • hot lunch is on Monday for those who ordered
  • please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate outerwear for the weather

 Please contact me if you have any questions!

 Mrs. Kelly

Happy Holidays!

 Wishing everyone in the St. Paul community a very Merry Christmas, joyful holiday season, and Happy New Year!

 Please check back on January 4 for information about the upcoming month.

 See you on Monday January 5, 2015!!

 Mrs. Kelly