Grade 1's blog

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 

Grade One News: December 15 - 19

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you for making sure that everything that was due this past week got handed in on time. It is such a busy, exciting time of year for everyone. We are now entering the third week of Advent ~ the week of joy!  The children share their joy with me everyday as they look for "Alfred the Elf" with his daily Advent message, practice being the "stars" of the Christmas Concert, and in the countless other ways they are preparing themselves for Christmas.

 Please note the following information about the coming week:

 Monday:

  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • no PE

 Tuesday:

  • students come to school at 8:45am as usual in their school uniform
  • girls' hair accessories must be black or dark blue
  • dress rehearsal for the Christmas Concert begins at 1:30pm in the Parish Centre gym
  • dismissal is at 3:00pm
  • students return to school at 6:15pm wearing "home" clothes (with black shoes and socks please) and line-up in the covered area as usual
  • students will change into their costume at school (girls in the classroom and boys in the library)
  • evening performance will begin at 7:00pm
  • after the evening performance students must be picked up by a parent from the classroom 
  • students will go home in their costume clothes

 Wednesday:

  • PE

 Thursday:

  • library books are due
  • there will be no new library books until after Christmas 

 Friday:

  • students may wear red, green, or fun Christmas clothes and accessories to school
  • Assembly will begin at 9:00am
  • dismissal is at 11:00am

 Two important reminders:

  • for the safety of the students - absolutely no nut products are allowed at school
  • if you are going on vacation and your child will be missing school as a result, please e-mail me, the office, and Mrs. Moorehead prior to leaving

 Please e-mail me if you have any questions.

 Mrs. Kelly

Reminders for this Week

 Hello Grade One Parents!

 I hope that you enjoy the ornaments that the children brought home today. They certainly had fun making them on Friday morning.

 Here are some reminders for this week:

 On Wednesday:

  • costumes are due
  • family projects are due
  • donations for the Richmond Family Place are due (if you picked up a card from the office)
  • the school Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am 

 On Friday:

  • 3 tubes of toothpaste are due (for The Living Room)
  • all home reading is due and will resume in January
  • the Assembly for the third Sunday of Advent will be at 9:00am

 Thank-you for your attention to these matters!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

Family Project

 Hello Grade One Parents!

 Today your child will be bringing home a booklet entitled "My Family". The following is the criteria for the completion of the "My Family" booklet:

  • please put your family name on the front of the booklet
  • you may use photos or hand-drawn pictures to illustrate each page
  • children must print the sentence answers on their own
  • please ensure that your child is using his/her neatest printing, putting spaces between words, using capital and small letters correctly, and putting periods at the end of the sentences
  • if you are using hand-drawn pictures, you are welcome to help your child with the drawing and colouring, and please make sure that the background is coloured as well
  • most importantly ~ please work on this with your child and make it a celebration of your family life

 The family projects are due by Wednesday December 10. The students will be presenting their family booklet to the class on the afternoon of Friday December 12.

 Please contact me at gr1@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions.

 Thank-you!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Grade One News: Week of December 1 - 5

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Here we are on the first Sunday of Advent ~ the beginning of a beautiful liturgical season. Last week we started talking about the symbols of Advent and we will continue this tomorrow. This week we will also be discussing what our behavior toward others should be if we are focussed on seeing Jesus in them and how we can bring people joy during the season of Advent. As Fr. Nick told us both at Mass and in his classroom visit last week ~ yes, we are waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, and while we are doing that we can turn our gaze outwards to see Jesus in others. This will be our main focus for Religion this month as well as learning about the story of the Nativity.

 In all other curriculum areas we will be finishing the units that we started in November. The students will be bringing home a "family project" on Friday and I will put more information about it on the blog on Friday morning.

 The first term report cards will be sent home on Thursday. Please keep the white report card paper at home,  and sign and return the blue folder on Friday. 

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Grade One News: Week of Nov. 24 - 28

 Hello Grade One Families!

 It was wonderful to have a chance to meet with everyone yesterday. It brings me such joy to see the students so excited to show their work and celebrate their accomplishments.

 We have a very busy week ahead so let's take it one day at a time:

Monday:

  • hot lunch orders are due
  • we will have a scientist coming in the afternoon to lead a workshop on our current topic of study - magnetism

Wednesday:

  • 11:00am Mass - please join us if you can
  • pizza lunch provided by the Santos family 
  • please send water and snacks as usual

Thursday:

  • we will have a visit from some Richmond firefighters to talk about fire safety

Friday:

  • Team Spirit Day!
  • students may wear a t-shirt or jersey from a favourite sports team (Canucks etc.) or their St. Paul School spirit wear with jeans or athletic pants
  • students do not need to bring a donation for this dress down day
  • 9:00am Assembly for the First Sunday of Advent (led by Grades 3 & 7) - please join us
  • Grade 7 students vs. the staff volleyball game during the lunch recess

Looking forward to a great week ahead!

Mrs. Kelly