St. Paul School acknowledges that the land on which we work, learn, and play is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples,
including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

Grade 1

Welcome to a New School Year!

Hello Grade One Families!

Welcome to a new school year! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer making memories that you will cherish for years to come. This year it will be a pleasure to welcome back some families with whom I have worked before and meet so many new families. Our Archdiocesan theme this year is “One Family One Hope in Christ”. As we travel our learning journey this year, growing spiritually, socially, emotionally and academically, Jesus will be with us every step of the way!

This year will be the exciting move into the “big school”, having lockers, changing into PE strip, and many other new adventures in school life! If, at any time, you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca. It is always best to address questions and concerns directly so that we can all work together to make sure concerns are addressed and achievements are celebrated!

During the first week of school we will spend time reconnecting with classmates and begin learning the routines and expectations of Grade One. There are many protocols to review and routines to learn as this school year begins, and we will be working hard to help the children to feel confident and independent.

One new routine is changing for PE. All students wear their PE t-shirt and shorts underneath the regular school uniform on PE days. Running shoes are kept in the lockers for the school year. At PE time, the students remove their outer uniform, fold it onto their home table, and change into their PE shoes. It is very important that the students be able to do this independently so please practice changing into and out of the school uniform at home if this is a skill that your child needs to master. The students’ first PE class will be on Friday September 10, 2021.

We will be using Class Dojo again this year. Over the first few days of school, we will be posting photos of the classroom so that you can see what we are up to at school. I hope to have the ClassDojo codes sent home within the first week of school.

I am so happy to welcome two education assistants to our Grade One community. Ms. Zoe, who the students know from Kindergarten, will be with us every day, and Ms. Shanna (who is new to St. Paul School) will be spending part of each day with us as well.

The classroom is (almost) ready, but the most important piece is missing – your children!! I am so excited to welcome each and every one of them to Grade One and look forward to an amazing year together!

Mrs. Kelly 🙂