Grade 1's blog

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 

 

Grade One News: Week of Nov. 17 - 21

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Here we are already at the end of the first term! Where does the time go? I have so enjoyed getting to know your children over the past few months and am very excited about the rest of our year together.

 We will spend a lot of time this week getting ready for the conferences on Friday November 21. For some of our Grade One families this is the first experience with this type of conference format so I would like to highlight the following information:

  •  there are no regular classes
  • your child comes with you at your appointment time
  • students wear their school uniform
  • please make child care arrangements for preschoolers and toddlers 
  • students with siblings in other grades will wait in the school library for their appointment time
  • there are usually three families in the classroom at one time
  • during your 30 minute appointment, you will spend 10 minutes in a student/parent/teacher conference with me and 20 minutes with your child as they show you their work in notebooks and duo-tangs, and on the bulletin boards
  • when you arrive for your appointment please come right into the classroom and have your child begin showing you their work
  • please encourage your child to explain what they are showing you 
  • I will come to you when it is your turn to meet with me
  • most importantly, this is a positive and affirming celebration of your child's accomplishments and growth so far in Grade One

 If you have any questions about the conferences on Friday please contact me at gr1@stpaulschool.ca

 See you on Friday!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Grade One News: Week of Nov. 10 - 14

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you very much to everyone who was able to join us yesterday for our Remembrance Day assembly. I think that the students became more aware of the meaning and importance of Remembrance Day by being involved in leading this assembly. 

 As you are aware, there is no school on Monday November 10 and Tuesday November 11. Please take a few minutes this weekend to complete the ReadWell homework. On Wednesday the students will be doing their unit assessment which is very closely aligned with the homework.

 Have a wonderful long weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Welcome to November!

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween and All Saints Day. Thank-you to all of the moms who were able to join us on Friday afternoon to lead our Halloween stations. 

 As we begin the month of November, we will be starting some new units of study. In Religion, the students will be learning about a new saint everyday. In Science we will begin a unit on magnetism, and in Social Studies we will explore occupations in our community. In Reading, we will work on story recall, and in Writing we will practice letter writing. In Math we will continue our unit on numbers to 20.

 This week in Grade One:

 The PE schedule will return to Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes.

 Photo retakes will take place on Wednesday. Just a reminder that if your child does not submit the original photo package and the retake request form they will not receive a retake. Please send these in ahead of time on either Monday or Tuesday.

 Our Assembly will begin at 9:00am on Friday. A few Grade One students will be reading and the rest of the class will take part in the procession honoring the fallen soldiers we remember on Remembrance Day. Please join us! Also, please consider attending the Parent Education Series talk about online gaming which will take place in Meeting Rooms 1&2 after the Assembly.

 Christmas Art order forms and payments are due on Friday. If you are not planning to order, please return the art in the envelope to school on Monday or Tuesday so that I can make sure that no one is missed in the ordering.

 Finally, if you have any extra Halloween candy that you would like to donate to the Agape Street Ministry, please send it to school on Monday November 3.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly

 

Christmas Art Fundraiser

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Tomorrow (Friday October 31) your child will bring home a very special brown envelope. It contains a piece of artwork that they have been working on all week. We decided to combine two of our favourite art themes - handprints and joy. On the back of the picture is an order form. You have the opportunity to have this piece of your child's art transformed into bookmarks, mugs, Christmas cards, and other items. Any money that the school generates from this unique fundraiser will be given to the school's continued support of the Ryan's Well Foundation. Please consider purchasing one or more of the items for yourselves and as Christmas gifts. Please return the art with the order form filled-out and the payment to me next week. As the instructions on the envelope state: DO NOT BEND the paper.

 Thank-you!

 Mrs. Kelly