Grade 1

Week of December 18-22

Hi Grade One Families,

The children had so much fun at our Advent Celebration on Monday! Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us, as well as a special thank you to our homeroom parent, Yuike Luo, for organizing such a fun party for the kids! Thank you for your generous class gifts! We feel very blessed to be your children’s teachers and have such a wonderful Grade 1 family community.

This upcoming week we will celebrate the third week of Advent – the week of joy! Jesus is coming so let us rejoice! The students in Grade One know the joy of the season very well. They are vibrating with excitement for all that Advent and Christmas mean to them. It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to spend every day surrounded by their excitement and joy.

We can’t believe that there are only five school days left until the Christmas holidays!

Here are some notes for the upcoming week:

Word Study Unit: digraph review week (no word study assessment)

Heart Words: review past heart words

Star Student: n/a

Open Parachute Home Unit: Teaching Empathy & Accountability

*Please note that this week’s P.E. and Music schedule is slightly different during Christmas concert set up. We ask you to see below the changes, but also please check the P.E. blog for any changes that may occur.


  • Pizza lunch provided for Evan L’s Birthday
  • No P.E. due to concert set up
  • French with Mme. Caprilli
  • Please return Home Reading folders (these will stay at school over break)
  • Family Traditions and Celebrations inquiry sent home today (due Jan. 15)


  • Christmas Celebration Matinee @ 1:00 pm
  • Christmas Celebration Evening Show @ 6:45 pm
    • Children come to classroom at 6:10 pm
    • Children are already dressed in brown costume (same costume from Matinee show)
  • Library today ~ please be sure to return all library books before break, or on the first day we return back to school in January.


  • Pizza lunch provided for Ashley’s Birthday
  • Primary Pajama Party (and Christmas Treat Giveaway)
  • Grade 1 Christmas Centers & Christmas treat exchange (if your child is bringing in a treat for their friends, please send it to school today)
    • If your child would like to share a Christmas treat with their classmates, please remember to send enough for each student (31).
    • Please do not individualize the treats by putting classmates’ names on them (To: ______) however, you can write who it’s from (i.e. From: Mrs. D & Ms. Carroll). Treats must be nut-free, but do not need to be edible. They can be cards, stickers, pencils, cards, etc.
  • Please send a reusable bag (or two) for your child to bring home their cards & treats
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • Buddies movie & gift exchange today


  • Mass led by Grade 6 @ 9:15 am
  • French with Mme. Caprilli


  • Ugly Christmas Sweater (or Red/Green) dress down day
  • Assembly led by Grade 2 & 4 @ 9:00 am
  • PE with Mr. Kelly
  • No Word Study Assessment today
    • Word Study folders stay at school over Christmas break
  • Last Day of School (noon dismissal)

Looking Ahead:

  • Sunday, December 24- Fourth Sunday of Advent (Love)
  • Sunday, December 24- Christmas Eve
  • Monday, December 25- Christmas Day
  • Sunday, December 31- New Year’s Eve
  • Monday, January 1- New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 8- First day back to school
  • Thursday, January 11- Mass led by Grade 7 @ 9:15 am
  • Friday, January 12- Assembly led by Grade 3 & 6 @ 9:00 am
  • Friday, January 12- Fukuroku Hot Lunch (please bring cutlery)
  • Monday, January 15- Family Traditions and Celebrations inquiry due today

Please email us at and, or write us a note in your child’s agenda. Please be sure to check and initial your child’s agenda everyday.  Please be sure to include both teachers in all email correspondence.

Mrs. Dos Santos & Ms. Carroll 🙂