Grade 1's blog

Grade One News: Week of Oct. 20 - 24

 Hello Grade One Families!

 There was great excitement in Grade One today as the students found out that the Grade One class raised the most money for the Walkathon and will be receiving a pizza lunch as their prize. I will send you more information about the date of the pizza lunch when the details are finalized. Thank-you so much for your generous support for this important fundraiser.

 Please note the following information about next week:

 Monday - hot lunch for those who ordered

 Wednesday - please join us for the school Mass at 11:00am  

 Thursday - Scholastic orders due

 Friday - no school (Professional Development Day)

 Have a wonderful weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly 


Reminders and Updates

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Time in Grade One is just flying by! The students are working so hard and have definitely found their Grade One rhythm.

 These are some reminders and updates that I would like to bring to your attention:

 Primary Choir

 Ms. Fletcher and Mrs. Imoo direct the Primary Choir made up of students in Grades 1 - 3. The first choir practice is tomorrow from 12:15pm until 12:45pm. I am very pleased to announce that all of the Grade One students have decided to join the choir. It will be a very fun experience for them!

 Scholastic Orders

 The students will be bringing home two Scholastic order flyers on Friday. These will be the last Scholastic orders before Christmas. If you would like to order anything, please submit your order to me by Thursday October 23.

 Agenda Book

 Thank-you very much for checking and initialling the agenda book everyday. 

 ReadWell Homework

 Just a reminder to please leave all of the ReadWell homework sheets in the brown envelope, even when they are checked. When all of the homework for a particular unit is completed, I will staple the sheets together, put a sticker on the booklet,  and send it home to be kept at home.

 Math Practice

 As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we have started our unit on numbers to 20. Here are a few suggestions of ways that you can practice with your child at home:

 - count from 0 - 20 and 20 - 0, and then use different starting points such as 3 - 17 and 17 - 3

 - read the number words from zero - twenty

 - print the numerals from 0 - 20 (please correct all reversals)

 - compare two numbers (from 0 - 20) using the words more, fewer, and the same as (ex.: 8 is fewer than 11, 11 is more than 8)

 - choose a number between 0 and 20 and have your child tell you what is one more or less than that number or two more or less than that number (ex.: the number is 15...16 is one more and 14 is one less, 17 is two more and 13 is two less)

 - use an app such as SplashMath

 - go to the website AAAMath (

 - purchase a yearly membership to IXL (

 * the app and websites will contain practice questions for most (if not all) of the math topics this year

 Family Field Trip

 If you are looking for a curriculum related "family field trip", consider visiting the Museum of Anthropology at UBC ( as it ties in very well with our current unit on Aboriginal People. 


 Mrs. Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you all have time this weekend to spend as a family celebrating together. The students will be writing about the Thanksgiving weekend on Tuesday so please talk to them on Monday evening about some things they could include in their journal.

 Please join us if you can on Friday October 17 for our weekly Assembly. It will be led by the students in Grade Six and Kindergarten. We will also be celebrating the accomplishments of the students who participated in cross-country running this term and the success of our annual Walkathon.

 As we look ahead to the end of the month, please be aware of and consider the following things about our celebration of Halloween. If you are planning to send treats for all of the classmates on Halloween, please make sure that the treats are individually wrapped as the students will be taking them home to enjoy. Also, we will be doing activity stations in the afternoon. There will be game stations, craft stations, and science experiment stations. I would very much appreciate some parent volunteers to work with the students at each station. If you are able to help from 12:30pm - 3:00pm please e-mail me by Friday October 17. Also, due to space and the nature of some of the activities, I would request that younger siblings (preschoolers and toddlers) not attend this particular event. 

 Have a super long weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly

Grade One News: Week of Oct. 6 - 10

 Hello Grade One Families!

 What a wonderful day we had in Grade One today! The students did such a fantastic job of leading the school Assembly with the Grade Four class this morning. It was great that so many parents and grandparents were able to join us. We had PE outside in the beautiful autumn sun and then ended the day by making some "wild" Thanksgiving turkeys.

 Please note this information for the upcoming week:

 Hot Lunch

 If you have ordered a "hot lunch" for your child on Monday Oct. 6, please remember to send a snack and water for the morning recess.


 The first ReadWell homework assignment will be sent home on Monday. It will be a review of the beginning of your child's current ReadWell unit. Please do ReadWell homework on the day it is sent home and send it back to school the next day. There are between four and six short homework passages for each ReadWell unit. As each homework passage is completed, please leave it in the ReadWell homework envelope until the unit is complete.

 Walkathon Pledge Money

 The Walkathon pledge sheets and money are due on Tuesday Oct. 7.

 Photo Day

 Tuesday Oct. 7 is individual photo day. Students must wear their complete school uniform and girls' hair accessories need to match the school uniform (blue, black, yellow, white or brown).

 Garry Point Fun Run

 This Thursday Oct. 9 is the Fun Run at Garry Point for students in Grades 2 - 7 who have joined cross-country. Dismissal for Grade One students (and other children who have not joined cross-country) is at 3:00pm as usual. If you have a child running at Garry Point, please pick them up first even if this makes you slightly late for the St. Paul School dismissal. I will remain outside with the students until they are all picked up.

 Have a wonderful weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly

October News

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Our first month of Grade One is finished! What a wonderful month it has been. 

 Here are some of the curriculum themes for October:

 Religion - Thanksgiving and creation

 Reading - ReadWell and sequencing story events

 Writing - super sentences (who? did what? where? when?)

 Math - numbers to twenty (reading numbers, number words, odd and even numbers, more than and less than)

 Social Studies - communities and directional words

 Science - Aboriginal people

 There are also several important dates in October including:

 Oct. 3 - Assembly at 9:00am led by Grades One and Four

 Oct. 7 - individual photo day (full uniform and hair accessories to match please)

 Oct. 13 - Thanksgiving Day (no school)

 Oct. 22 - School Mass at 11:00am

 Oct. 24 - Professional Development Day (no school)

 Oct. 31 - Halloween (students may wear black and orange clothes...more information to come)

 Please contact me at if you have any questions. 


 Mrs. Kelly



Grade One News: Week of Sept. 22 - 26

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you for your ongoing work with the home reading program, having your children ready for PE classes, and returning the library books on time. We are now well into the routines of Grade One and the students continue to work very hard and do their best in all areas of their learning.

 Please note the following information for this week:

 Scholastic Orders

 If you would like to order Scholastic books this month, please return your family's order form and payment by Wednesday September 24.

 Emergency Forms and Comfort Kits

 Thank-you to everyone who has already returned their child's comfort kit. If you still have the comfort kit and/or emergency form at home, please return them by Wednesday September 24.


 Only a few more days to collect pledges! This year, you may keep your pledge form at home and return it after the Walkathon along with the pledge money. On Friday, Walkathon Day, students come to school at the regular time (8:45am) wearing clothes appropriate for the weather (no boots please!). The Grade One class will begin walking at 9:15am, so if you are walking with us, please meet us in the covered area by 9:10am. The students will be provided with a snack and water at Garden City Play Park and therefore will not carry anything with them (no water bottles, backpacks etc.). Dismissal is at 1:00pm on Friday, however students may be dismissed from the classroom immediately following our walk if you are walking with us. The Grade One students should not bring their agenda book or home reading on Friday.

 PE/Music Blog

 Please read the PE/Music blog for some interesting information about the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra and also the opportunity to order St. Paul School sweatshirts etc.

 Please contact me at if you have any questions.


 Mrs. Kelly


E-Mail Addresses

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I have just sent out two e-mails. Please let me know if your family did not receive the e-mails. If you did not receive the e-mails, please check with your spouse to see if they received the e-mails. We are currently working with one e-mail address per family (as you indicated on your registration).

 Thank-you for your patience and assistance!

 Mrs. Kelly

Grade One News: Week of Sept. 15 - 19

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I would like to congratulate the Grade One students for working so hard over the past two weeks and for trying their best to follow the school rules and routines. I would also like to thank the parents and caregivers for supporting us by having your children at school on time, reading with your child, and checking the agenda book.

 Please note the following information for the upcoming school week:


 If you have not yet sent in the emergency cards, pick-up forms, Walkathon volunteer forms, or birthday photos please do so as soon as possible.


 The students will begin the regular PE schedule this week. Grade One PE classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please make sure that your child is wearing PE strip on these days.

 Meet the Teacher Night

 Please join us for Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday September 16. We will begin at 6:45pm in the Parish Centre Gym. The children have made nametags for their parents so please come by the table in the gym before the meeting to pick yours up.

 School Mass

 Please join us at 11:00am on Wednesday for our first school Mass.

 Library Books

 Grade One library books are due on Thursdays. Students are welcome to return their book early if they are finished with it.


 Our Assembly this week will be led by Grades 2 and 5. Please join us!


 Please continue to collect pledges for our annual Walkathon. Let's work together to make this the most successful one yet!

 I am looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Homework is Coming!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Tomorrow, Wednesday September 10, the Grade One students will bring home their agenda book and home reading for the first time.

 Agenda Book:

 The agenda book will be brought home daily with assignments and notes written on the appropriate date. Please check the agenda book and initial it daily. Any paper notes or newsletters will be in the clear front pouch. If you have any notes etc. for me, please put them into the front pouch as well. Please do not allow your child to decorate the front of the agenda book with stickers etc. 

 Home Reading:

 The home reading program in the first term uses the reading a - z books that you may remember from Kindergarten. All of the students have been assessed and assigned a level at which to begin. The book, recording sheet, and instruction sheet are all sent home in a plastic Ziploc bag. Please follow the instructions for reading and recording, and then return the recording sheet and book to school in the same Ziploc bag. It is expected that each student will read at least one book every two or three days.

 When the agenda book and home reading come home tomorrow, please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.


 Mrs. Kelly

Grade One News: Week of Sept. 8 - 12

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We had a very successful first week of Grade One and as we enter this second week of school, the Grade One class will continue to learn and practice classroom and school routines. The students are eager to share their knowledge with me. This month we will be focusing on the following areas of study:

 Religion: welcoming others and the theme "Live the Joy of the Gospel"

 Math: patterns

 English Language: oral reading (using the ReadWell program), sentence writing, sequencing of poems and events in stories

 Science: weather and seasons

 Social Studies: school rules, roles, and responsibilities

 I will be outlining the curriculum for the year as well as many other Grade One routines at Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday September 16 at 6:45pm.

 This will be another busy week in Grade One including the following:

 Monday: PE class 

 Tuesday: PE class

 Wednesday: the students will bring home their agenda books and home reading for the first time (I will blog about this on Tuesday evening) 

 Thursday: first visit to the school library

 Friday:  PE class

 The walkathon pledge forms were sent home on Friday. Please help us with this important fundraiser by collecting pledges and volunteering to walk or work at a station on Walkathon Day...Friday September 26. Pledge sheets and money should be sent in after the walkathon not before.

 Please send in birthday pictures, emergency forms, pick-up forms, and walkathon volunteer forms as soon as possible. Thank-you to everyone who has already done so! 

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly!