Grade 1's blog

Week of February 1 - 5

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!

 Looking ahead to the month of February I notice that, while it may be the shortest month of the year, it will certainly be a busy one. Thank-you for your attention to the Grade One blog posts. It really does help to keep everyone organized and "on the same page".

 This Week:

  • PE classes will be on Monday and Wednesday
  • please return library books by Wednesday
  • there is no school on Thursday and Friday because all of the teachers will be attending a conference in Vancouver

 Curriculum Update for February:

  • we will continue to work on all of our units of study from January
  • in Religion we will begin our Lenten focus with Ash Wednesday Mass and continue with one Lenten theme per week (these will be noted in the blog posts)
  • we will begin our written/oral presentation homework using the theme "These are a few of my favourite things"

 Dates to Note in February:

  • February 4 & 5 ~ no school for students
  • February 8 ~ no school because it is Family Day
  • February 9 ~ Goldenpearl Ensemble Performance from 10:30am - 11:30am
  • February 10 ~ Ash Wednesday Mass at 11:00am
  • February 12 ~ Valentine's Day celebration day; dress down day with Valentine's Day theme; if your child is bringing Valentine's Day cards please send them on this day
  • February 17 ~ 100s Day!
  • February 17-19 ~ Scholastic Book Fair in the St. Paul School library
  • February 24 ~ wear pink for anti-bullying awareness day
  • February 24 ~ Parent Education Evening with MindUp at 7:00pm

 Whew! As I said earlier...a busy month ahead! More detailed information about these events will be posted in upcoming weekly blog posts.

 Please e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns!

 Have a great week and long weekend!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of January 25 - 29

 Hello Grade One Families!

 It was wonderful that so many of you were able to join us on Friday for the St. Paul School Feast Day Celebration. It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of January and are already half-way through the school year.

 Please note the following reminders for this week:

 Monday January 25

  • PE class

 Wednesday January 27

  • PE class

 Thursday January 28

  • return library books
  • return spelling duo-tangs for Unit 3 test

 Friday January 29

  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grade 6 and Kindergarten
  • PE class
  • there will not be any new spelling words sent home this week because there is no school for the students February 4 - 8; Unit 4 words will be sent home on Friday February 12

 Please e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of January 18 - 22

 Hello Grade One Families!

 What an eventful week we had in Grade One! The students had an unexpected fire drill, wrote their first spelling test, shared their team jerseys, lead the Friday morning Assembly with their Grade 4 buddies, celebrated a birthday pizza lunch, and stayed attentive during a power outage. Whew!! That is not even mentioning their hard work during our regular curriculum lessons and activities. Once again I am reminded of what a super group of children they are!

 Please note the following information for the upcoming week:

 Monday January 18

  • please return the yellow response forms for the school feast day luncheon if you have not already done so
  • PE class

 Wednesday January 20

  • PE class

 Thursday January 21

  • return library books
  • return spelling duo-tangs for Unit 2 test

 Friday January 22

  • no Assembly today
  • no PE class
  • St Paul Feast Day celebration Mass at 11:00am
  • school luncheon to follow in the gym
  • afternoon entertainment

 I hope that you are able to join us for the St Paul School feast day celebration events on Friday. It is a wonderful day in the life of our community!

 Please contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of January 11 - 15

 Hello Grade One Families!

 The students worked very hard during their first week back after the holidays. They had a lot of fun playing the new math game "Fall Off the Line" and made some very cute snowmen and penguins to help with our winter classroom decorations.

 Please note the following information for the week of Jan. 11 - 15:


  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered


  • if you are planning to order hot lunch for the feast day, the order form and money are due today


  • PE class


  • bring Spelling duo-tang for first spelling test
  • library book due


  • non-uniform day ~ students may wear personal or professional team jerseys/t-shirts
  • Grades One and Four will lead the 9:00am Assembly
  • PE class (students do not need their gym strip because they can just wear their "dress down" clothes)
  • pizza lunch provided by Ava's family
  • please send a recess snack and water bottle as usual

 Thank-you to everyone who has already sent in headphones. If you have not yet done so, please send in headphones for your child in a Ziploc bag labelled with your child's name.

 Two children handed in Feast Day Luncheon RSVP forms that were not filled out. If you are missing yours, please e-mail me and I will send it back home on Monday. All Feast Day RSVP forms are due by Monday January 18.

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Homework Update

 Hello Grade One Families!

 This week we will begin two new homework routines.

 Home Reading

 The students bring home a white duo-tang containing a book to read, information sheets, and a recording sheet. Please have your child read the book aloud to an adult, discuss it using the questions provided, and record the title of the book on the recording sheet. Please carefully read the home reading guidelines on the yellow sheet at the front of the duo-tang and contact me if you have any questions. When the book is finished, return it to school in the white duo-tang and it will be exchanged for a new book. This does not need to be completed in one evening.


 In Grade One we work on a "pre-test/study/post-test" model. On Thursdays the students receive a pre-test based on common sight words. The words that they need to practice are highlighted to be studied for the week. In addition there are bonus words that are based on our current phonics sounds and theme-related words. There are ten words highlighted on the page in total. The students bring home the words in a duo-tang on Friday. They have six days to practice the highlighted words at home. On the following Thursday, the students bring the spelling duo-tang back to school and are tested on the highlighted words. Tests are stapled into the duo-tang so that parents can see the results. When you receive the duo-tang containing the first words to study (on Friday), please e-mail me if you have any questions.

 Please note that there will also be written homework coming! It will be connected to our "Show and Tell" oral language activity.

 Also, please see the previous blog entry for suggested apps to practice addition and subtraction facts.


 Mrs. Kelly 


Week of January 4 - 8

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoyed a joyful holiday season. I am very excited to see all of the students tomorrow as we begin the next portion of our learning journey together.

 January Units of Study:

  • the Holy Family
  • Jesus the Storyteller
  • St. Paul
  • addition and subtraction - if you would like to practice at home, some apps that we use at school are: Dino Math, Math Success +, Math Success -, and Math Bingo 
  • paragraph writing - writing four sentences about a given, familiar topic
  • making connections to the events and characters in stories
  • symbols of Canada such as beavers, the Canadian Goose, the RCMP, and Canadian money
  • forces and motion - the effects of pushes and pulls, slopes, and friction
  • we will continue with the ReadWell program and the phonics rule "when 2 vowels go walking the first one does the talking"

 Special Dates in January:

  • January 4 - no school
  • January 15 - dress down day ~ wear a jersey or uniform from an extracurricular sport in which you participate or a jersey/t-shirt from a professional sports team such as the Vancouver Canucks
  • January 15 - Grades One and Four will lead the school Assembly ~ please join us
  • January 22 - St. Paul School Feast Day Mass, luncheon and afternoon entertainment ~ please join us

 Notes for this Week: 

  • PE class will be on Tuesday and Wednesday only due to a funeral reception in the gym on Friday
  • we will begin a new home reading program on Thursday 
  • students will bring home the first spelling words to practice on Friday
  • I will blog about the home reading and spelling on Wednesday evening

 Please contact me at if you have any questions.

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Christmas Celebrations

 Hello Grade One Families!

 What a fun week we have had so far in Grade One!

 The students did an amazing job at both the dress rehearsal and evening performances of the school Christmas Celebration. Their singing was a true testament to the spirit of Christmas joy. 

 Then today, although they were a bit tired from last night, the students had their version of an ideal fun foods with parents and classmates, watch a DVD of their choice, and have the entire playground to themselves!! Thank-you very much for your generous sharing of time, conversation and food today at the class Christmas luncheon.

 Thank-you also for the generous class Christmas gift which I will enjoy using in the new year and for all of the individual Christmas greetings and gifts I have received over the past few days.

 I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas filled with endless joyful moments and fun-filled family time. Let us hold the gift of our Lord Jesus at the centre of our Christmas celebrations as we remember that it is the most precious one we receive.

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of December 14 - 18

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Our anticipation for Christmas is building as we enter the third week of Advent - the week of rejoicing. The Lord is coming!

 This will be a busy and fun last week of school before the Christmas holidays. Please note the following:

 Monday December 14:

  • family projects due
  • please return any home reading bags that were not returned on Friday
  • no PE class

 Tuesday December 15:

  • regular school day from 8:45am - 3:00pm
  • 1:30pm Christmas Celebration Dress Rehearsal
  • 6:20pm students return to school for the evening performance
  • 7:00pm Christmas Celebration evening performance
  • please see my previous blog entry for more information about this day

 Wednesday December 16:

  • no PE class
  • Grade One Christmas party 12:00pm - 2:00pm (please contact Mrs. Cecilia if you have any questions and parents who are helping with set-up are asked to arrive at 11:30am)

 Thursday December 17:

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

 Friday December 18:

  • school hours are 8:45am - 12:00pm
  • students do not need their agenda books today
  • it is "Ugly Christmas Sweater Day" so students may wear fun Christmas clothes (or red and green) instead of their school uniform
  • the Assembly is at 9:00am in the gym
  • peanut-free snacks will be provided for recess

 Looking ahead to January 2016:

  • Monday January 4 is a professional development day (no school)
  • classes resume at 8:45am on Tuesday January 5, 2016

 Please contact me at if you have any questions.

 See you on Tuesday evening!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Christmas Celebration

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you very much for your generous donations to The Living Room. 

 The following schedule and information apply to the St. Paul School Christmas Celebration on Tuesday December 15:

  • 8:45am ~ students arrive at school wearing their full school uniform (please make sure that the hair accessories match the uniform colours!)
  • students have a regular schedule until 1:20pm
  • at 1:20pm the students will go to the gym for the dress rehearsal which begins promptly at 1:30pm (families are welcome to attend) ~ students wear their school uniform for the dress rehearsal
  • school is dismissed at 3:00pm as usual
  • at 6:20pm students return to the school and line-up in the covered area wearing their clothes for the evening performance
  • students wear "Sunday Best" for the evening performance ~ dress pants, shirts, suits, skirts, blouses, dresses, dress shoes (no jeans, track pants, or running shoes permitted)
  • 7:00pm ~ the evening performance begins
  • after the evening performance students return to the classroom and must be picked up by a parent from the classroom

Week of December 7 - 11

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend filled with seasonal joy and celebration. We have now entered the second week of Advent - the week of peace. We anticipate the coming of our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

 Please note the following reminders for this week:

 Monday December 7:

  • return blue report card folders if you have not already done so
  • return any home reading bags that are still at home
  • ReadWell homework is due
  • PE class
  • new home reading will be sent home (last books before Christmas)
  • family project booklets and information letter will be sent home

 Tuesday December 8:

  • school Mass at 11:00am to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception ~ please join us!

 Wednesday December 9:

  • PE class
  • donations for The Living Room are due today
  • today is the last day to let Mrs. Cecilia know if you (parents) are coming for the Christmas Party and what you will be bringing

 Thursday December 10:

  • library books due

 Friday December 11:

  • home reading due
  • PE class

 Please contact me at if you have any questions.

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly