Grade 1

Week of November 8 – 12

Hello Grade One Families!

I hope that you are all having a great weekend!

Next week, we will spend time learning about Remembrance Day. This year is the 100th anniversary of the poppy being used as a symbol of remembrance of those who have given their lives in service to their country during times of war. The tradition was started by a French woman named Anna Guerin in 1921 after she heard the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by John McCrae. She wanted to raise money for veterans and remember those who had died in World War 1. To this day, the poppy is worn to remember and donations are made to veterans. All of the students at the school will be given a poppy to wear at the school’s Remembrance Day Service on Wednesday and are asked to bring a $2 donation on Tuesday for the Poppy Fund.

Field Trip on Monday

We are going to walk to Garden City Park on Monday regardless of the weather. Please note the following:

  • students come to school dressed in clothes appropriate for walking to the park and playing on the playground there (no uniforms please)
  • we will begin walking at 9:00am
  • all parents who have volunteered to walk and supervise this field trip should meet us at 9:00am in the covered area of the school
  • we will walk to the park, do some explorations within the park, have a bit of time to play on the playground, and then walk back to school (arriving by 12:00pm at the latest)
  • students should bring a pocket snack with them (a snack that fits into their coat pocket and can be eaten while we are in the park)
  • students will not carry their backpacks to the park – their water bottles will be transported to the park for them so that they can have water breaks at the park
  • if it is a rainy day and you are concerned about your child being in damp clothes for the afternoon, please feel free to send a change of shirt, pants, socks and shoes for your child to change into for the afternoon
  • dismissal is from the school at 3:00pm as usual

Homework Folders

Each child will begin using personalized homework folders on Monday November 8. Here are some details about that:

  • the folder will contain your child’s homework assignments for the month of November
  • the assignments are personalized for your child based on assessments and activities that we have been doing at school
  • as per St. Paul School Parent Handbook guidelines, Grade One students are expected to do 15 minutes of homework on each school day with any additional time being at the parents’ discretion
  • there will be a calendar for you to record which activity your child has done for homework each evening (ex.: math, spelling, reading etc.)…you do not need to be detailed
  • the recording calendar has a due date on it and this is the day that homework folders are to be returned to school – they do not need to be submitted everyday
  • if you have an evening that you can’t do homework please don’t worry about it, but it is good for your child to get into the habit of doing a bit of homework from school on a regular basis
  • you will notice that there are no boxes to write what is done on Saturday and Sunday – that’s because it is the weekend 🙂
  • once you have had a chance to look at the homework folder, please email me if you have any questions

Please note these other reminders for the upcoming week: 


  • field trip to Garden City Park
  • no PE class (we will be at the park)
  • Nova Foods hot lunch for those who ordered


  • please send in a $2 donation for the Remembrance Day poppy


  • students will attend a Remembrance Day Service in the gym
  • PE class ~ PE strip is needed

Thursday ~ Remembrance Day

  • no school

Friday ~ Professional Development Day

  • no school for students

Please email me at if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

Mrs. Kelly 🙂