Monday, 15 January 2018

January 15 - 19

Hello everyone.

The word wall words for this week are: 
  1. was
  2. of
  3. up
  4. down
  5. how
Please practise these words with your child often.  They should be able to recognize, read, and write these words.  Please remind them that they will have to write 2 sentences that include at least 1 of the above word wall words at the end of their test Friday. (I.E. Who wants to play tag?)

The reading program found in the red folders is continuing!  I have sent home books for your child to borrow to read with you. Please follow the format outlined on the handout (found in the front pouch of the agenda). 

I have been testing your child on their reading level during the past couple of weeks.  Please remember to read, read, read with your child.  This will help them improve their reading and plant a life-long love of reading.  Reading with your child for at least 20 minutes a day, will really improve their reading level. I have seen several students move up in their reading levels since the Fall. Thank-you for your cooperation with this important task!

In language, the students have been working on "recounts" and the format that the students will use is the following:

Opening sentence:
First,
Then,
Next,
Finally
Closing sentence

The students will learn how to write their entries following this format.

URGENT:
The students will be making their own musical instruments in class on Wednesday, January 17th.  Please send in some recyclables (EX. sour cream container with lid) and dry beans, paper clips, pennies, rice or anything else to use inside their container to make sound.  Thank you to those who have already sent in their recyclables. 

We will be attempting to go skating at Champlain Park on Wednesday, January 17th.  Let's hope Mother Nature allows that to happen:) Don't worry if your child has never skated....they have to start somewhere! Your child will NOT be permitted to skate, or come with us to Champlain park unless we have their permission form.  Please ensure that your child has all of the necessary equipment.  The school does have some spare items to lend, so if you need skating equipment (i.e. skates or a helmet), please send me a note in the agenda.   I will try my best to find suitable equipment that your child may borrow for the day.  As with any excursionadult volunteers are both welcomed and needed to help tie up skates. Many hands means skates are tied up quickly, and more time for skating!!  All parents that go on the ice must have a helmet.

Monday, 8 January 2018

January 8-12

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas holidays with your families!

Our word wall words (www) for the week are:
  1. ride
  2. rain
  3. make
  4. please
  5. for
Please practise these words (and all the other www) with your child as often as possible. Recognizing and being able to spell these (and all the other www) will greatly assist your child to become a better reader!  For the word wall word test, your child will be asked to write 2 sentences containing at least 1 word wall word from the above list.  Together, we have written many sentence examples using the above word wall words in class.

The reading program found in the red folders is continuing!  I have sent home books for your child to borrow to read with you. Please follow the format outlined on the handout (found in the front pouch of the agenda). 
On Monday, please read the book to your child, pointing to each word, and going over any words they may find difficult. This is important so that your child hears what the story sounds like, when read with fluency. 
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, your child will read the same book to you. Please have your child colour in a book for each night they read.  On Thursday, they can colour in the happy or sad face to show if they enjoyed the book they read. (Each row will show one week of home reading).  
On Friday, please return your book and red folder, so that I may send a new book the following Monday.  They will only receive a new book once they have returned their first book.  
Together we can help your child reach new levels in their reading journey!  

For those friends who are already well on their way in their reading journey, I have sent home a red folderincluding a list of sample reading questions you may ask your child. This will assist them to increase their reading comprehension as they read.  I ask that you please ask 3-5 questions every Thursday, on a book your child has read that week.

In language, we will continue working on questioning and inferring, and determining important ideas. 
Please practise these skills with your child, and please continue to READ, READ, READ.  Only with constant practise will your child become a better reader.

In Religion, we discussed the Epiphany and recounted the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. 

During these next 2 weeks in math, we will be completing our work on graphing. 


Reminders:
It is very important during the winter that your child comes to school with appropriate clothing.  It is also helpful to have an extra pair of dry socks (in a ziplock bag) in their school bag in case the others get wet.  Thanks!

With the arrival of snow, we will be enjoying some outdoor winter activities (snowshoeing and skating). You will find a permission form for our outdoor events in the front pouch of your child's agenda.  Your child will only be allowed to participate IF you have filled out and returned the form.  Our first skating day is booked for Wednesday, January 10th from 1:00-2:00. Volunteers would be greatly appreciated, as we will be going to Champlain park to skate. Please write a note in your child's agenda if you are able to volunteer.

Monday, 18 December 2017

December 18 - 22

December 19-23

Hello everyone,

Welcome to week 3 of Advent. We are celebrating the last week before Christmas with a Spirit Week.  A $2.00 donation is requested for a week filled with activities.  The money will go to the Christmas hampers. The daily special activities
  • Mon., Dec. 18th: Door Decorating Day
  • Tues., Dec. 19th: Wear your Christmas Best for Mass at St. George Church at 1:30PM.
  • Wed., Dec. 21st: Wear Red, White, and Green
  • Thurs., Dec. 22nd: Christmas Sweater Day.                                Christmas Concert at 9:30 AM, Gingerbread house making at 10:45 AM (for Grade 1)
  • Fri., Dec. 23rd: PJ Day and Last Day of School
Mitten Tree:
If you want to place a hat and/or mitts on our tree you are more than welcome. They will find a good home with someone who needs them in the new year.

We will have our last sentence www test this Friday, December 23rd. On Monday, we practiced making sentences together in the classroom. I dictated 5 sentences using words the students have already seen. The students wrote them, with help from me to locate the words on the word wall as required, and with reminders to include capitals, finger spaces and accurate punctuation marks. I reviewed the 5 sentences with each student individually, giving them feedback on what they wrote.  

On Friday, I will dictate 5 new sentences. The students will need to find the words on the wall on their own and remember to have capitals, finger spaces and punctuation marks. All the words are available and visible to the students on the Word Wall in our classroom.

Having a firm handle on the words we have learned so far (i.e. be able to recognize, read and write them), will help your child be more successful in all areas of our language program. It will especially assist them as we move into more extensive writing assignments in January.

We have completed many activities to prepare for Jesus' birthday.  Each student has completed their own Jesse tree, and they are on display outside the classroom, around the bulletin board showing our Journey to Bethlehem. Please ask them about the stories behind each ornament on their Jesse Tree.

We have completed some Art activities, including pieces of art centering on the Nativity story.  We also looked at different lines, as we created unique Christmas trees.  These are also on display outside our classroom, on the walls. In addition, the students enjoyed singing "the Friendly Beasts" song, and the mask making associated to it.

Our unit on Data Management (taking surveys, making tally marks to show choice selection and reading and creating graphs) will be completed in January.  The students are really enjoying this unit!

During the Christmas holidays, please continue to have your child read on a daily basis.  

Have a wonderful and peace-filled Christmas break and I look forward to seeing everyone ready for more adventures in 2017!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 11-15

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Week 2 of Advent.  The children are enjoying the Advent activities at school. Remember to write the good deed completed by your child at home, on the back of your child's coloured ornament.  Displaying the ornament will remind your child that we are trying to do good deeds, to prepare our hearts for Jesus' birthday. Also, please remind them to colour in a star each night (count down to Jesus' birth), before they go to bed. They are very excited about these activities! 

Our www test shift continues for the month of December. Instead of just writing out 10 review words each week, students are encouraged to practise reading, spelling and making sentences with all of the words found on the word wall. Many short sentences can be made using all words that students have learned to date.    
For example: The boy can jump. 

On Mondays, we will practice making sentences together in the classroom. I will dictate a sentence using words the students have already seen. The students will write it, with help from me to locate the words on the word wall as required, and with reminders to include capitals, finger spaces and accurate punctuation marks.  

On Fridays, I will dictate 5 new sentences. The students will need to find the words on the wall on their own and remember to have capitals, finger spaces and punctuation marks. All the words are available and visible to the students on the Word Wall in our classroom.

You can help your child to be more successful in writing these sentences by practicing at home. I am including a list of all of our word wall words for you to review with your child. You and your child should review how to find and read all the words on the wall. You should practise making sentences together in the homework book.

In our classroom, when a child is having trouble spelling a word and it is a word we have already done, I prompt them first by telling them, "This is a word wall word." Next, I ask, "Think about the first sound of that word. What letter does it start with? Now can you find it on the word wall?"   You can do this at home too.

This is an excellent opportunity for the students to increase their ability to write proper sentences. In January we move into more extensive writing assignments. Having a firm handle on the words we have learned so far will help your child be more successful in all areas of our language program.

Thank you for your continued support in your child's education!

Here are the words we have reviewed to date:
1.   can, see, is, little, the                           2.  look, at, come, here, my
3.   jump, said, like, and, I                          4.  boy, girl, play, we, are       
      5.   on, in, he, she, has                              6.  it, this, had, big, fun
      7.   all, have, they, do, saw                        8.  want, best, friend, go, did   
      9.   get, with, nice, these, went                  10.  can’t, don’t, not, will, won’t   
     11.   you, eat, her, his, house
***the words are all listed in alphabetical order on our classroom word wall.

Reminders:
This year, each class will be responsible for a Christmas basket.  For the Christmas Baskets, Grade 1 students are asked to bring in items from the list that was sent home. Thank you for the donations that have already been brought in to school. 
 
Monday, December 11th at 3:00 pm, we had our Second Advent Liturgy in the gym.

Hat and Mitten Tree: you are invited to donate hats and mittens for your child to place on the tree, to be given to those in need this winter.

Friday, December 15th is Shopping Day at St George!  Shopping day is this Friday!! If you have any donations of gently used toys, books, jewelry, scarves, ties, board games we would greatly appreciate receiving them.

Thursday, December 21st is our Gingerbread house creating day.  Please send a note to let me know if you will be attending this activity. 

Here is a nut-free candy list.  Please be sure NOT to purchase the candy from Bulk Barn due to the potential of cross contamination with nuts.
Twizzlers
Nestle mini chocolates: Smarties, KitKat, Coffee Crisp, Aero
Mini Mars bars
Dare Real Fruit jujubes (note: they do contain milk if anyone has milk allergies)
Welches jujubes (good for milk allergies too)
Mintos
TicTacs
Sweetish Berries
Marshmellows
Selection brand semi-sweet chocolate chips
Kraft caramels (not for milk allergies)
Werther’s Original hard candies (not for milk allergies)
Skittles
Kerr’s lollypops
Sprinkles
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you 😊

Monday, 4 December 2017

December 4-8

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Week 1 of Advent.

For the month of December, we shift our focus from spelling 5 word wall words each week to applying the words we have learned since the start of the school year. Instead of just writing out 10 review words each week, students are encouraged to practice reading, spelling and making sentences with all of the words found on the word wall. Many short sentences can be made using all words that students have learned to date.    
For example: The boy can jump. 

On Mondays, we will practice making sentences together in the classroom. I will dictate a sentence using words the students have already seen. The students will write it, with help from me to locate the words on the word wall as required, and with reminders to include capitals, finger spaces and accurate punctuation marks.  

On Fridays, I will dictate 5 new sentences. The students will need to find the words on the wall on their own and remember to have capitals, finger spaces and punctuation marks. All the words are available and visible to the students on the Word Wall in our classroom.

You can help your child to be more successful in writing these sentences by practicing at home. I am including a list of all of our word wall words for you to review with your child. You and your child should review how to find and read all the words on the wall. You should practise making sentences together in the homework book.

In our classroom, when a child is having trouble spelling a word and it is a word we have already done, I prompt them first by telling them, "This is a word wall word." Next, I ask, "Think about the first sound of that word. What letter does it start with? Now can you find it on the word wall?"   You can do this at home too.

This is an excellent opportunity for the students to increase their ability to write proper sentences. In January we move into more extensive writing assignments. Having a firm handle on the words we have learned so far will help your child be more successful in all areas of our language program.

Thank you for your continued support in your child's education!

Here are the words we have reviewed to date:
1.   can, see, is, little, the                               2.  look, at, come, here, my
3.   jump, said, like, and, I                              4.  boy, girl, play, we, are       
      5.   on, in, he, she, has                                  6.  it, this, had, big, fun
      7.   all, have, they, do, saw                            8.  want, best, friend, go, did   
      9.   get, with, nice, these, went                    10.  can’t, don’t, not, will, won’t   
     11.   you, eat, her, his, house
***the words are all listed in alphabetical order on our classroom word wall.

I included some Advent activities we are doing in class that can be done at home. Please return the ornament representing the good deed done at home to school when completed.

**A special high five to all the students for their excellent behaviour during our first Advent celebration in the gym. Well done 😊

In Math, we are completing our 2D/3D unit.  Next, we will be looking at Data Management. The students will be learning how to collect data by asking their classmates survey questions (I.e. Which is your favourite season?).  The students will learn how to place that information on a bar graph or a pictograph.  They will also learn how to use comparative language when they talk about their graph (Summer was the season people liked the most.  Not many people chose Spring as their favourite season).

In language, we will begin recount writing.  The students will learn how to write a recount (Write about a birthday party, what did you do during the weekend).
The format we will follow will be:

Title:  __________________________________________.

First,

Then,
Next,

Finally,

Reminders:
Thursday, December 15th is Shopping Day at St George!  If you have any donations of gently used toys, books, jewelry, scarves, ties, board games we would greatly appreciate receiving them.


In our foyer we have our Christmas tree and on it you will find angels. These angels represent the children from St. Daniel school that we are helping out. If you would like to help out this is what you can do:
  • Have your son or daughter take an angel off the tree.
  • The angels identify the age and if it is boy or a girl.
  • Buy a gift that is appropriate for that age and gender. Wrap it and appach the angel onto it.
  • Return the gift under our tree.
  • Please return by Monday, December 18th.
Once our Angels are all gone you are more than welcome to put a new hat and/or mittens on our tree. They will then be donated to those who need them.

Monday, 27 November 2017

November 27- December 1

Hi everyone!

The word wall words (www) for this week are:
  1. you
  2. eat
  3. her
  4. his
  5. house
Please continue to practise all the word wall words presented to date with your child. A number of students have not yet mastered all the word wall words we have seen this fall.  To try to improve in this area, the grade one teaching team has decided to use the next few weeks for review. Please look over ALL the www seen to date (including this week's www). Your child should be able to recognize, read and write these words. Please read, write, review, and play with these words so that your child may master these word wall words.  Truly knowing the words we will review this month will greatly assist them in learning how to read.

The reading program found in the red folders is going full strength!  I am continuing to send home books for your child to borrow to read with you. Please follow the format outlined on the handout (found in the front pouch of the agenda). 
On Monday, please read the book to your child, pointing to each word, and going over any words they may find difficult. This is important so that your child hears what the story sounds like, when read with fluency. 
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, your child will read the same book to you. Please have your child colour in a book for each night they read.  On Thursday, they can colour in the happy or sad face to show if they enjoyed the book they read. (Each row will show one week of home reading).  
On Friday, please return your book and red folder, so that I may send a new book the following Monday.  They will only receive a new book once they have returned their first book.  
Together we can help your child reach new levels in their reading journey!  
For those friends who are already well on their way in their reading journey, I have sent home a red folderincluding a list of sample reading questions you may ask your child. This will assist them to increase their reading comprehension as they read.  I ask that you please ask 3-5 questions every Thursday, on a book your child has read that week.
I am starting to test students on their reading levels again.  They will let you know their level, after I've tested them.

In math, we are finishing our 2D/3D unit.  Please ask your child about the 3D Oliver Jeffers scene they have created at school.

In language, we will begin recount writing.  The students will learn how to write a recount (Write about a birthday party, what did you do during the weekend).
The format we will follow will be:

Title:  __________________________________________.

First,

Then,
 
Next,

Finally,



Reminders:
Scholastic orders are due Friday, December 1st.

Friday, December 15th is Shopping Day at St George!  If you have any donations of gently used toys, books, jewelry, scarves, ties, board games we would greatly appreciate receiving them.

Monday, 20 November 2017

November 20-24

Hi everyone!

Welcome to bully prevention and awareness week.

The word wall words (www) for this week are:
  1. can't 
  2. don't 
  3. not
  4. will
  5. won't
Please practise reading, printing and forming a sentence with these words with your child.  At the end of the www test, your child will be asked to print 2 sentences, each should contain at least 1 www.

We are working on our cross-curricular unit  based on the Oliver Jeffers books this week.  It includes a written portion, discussion of structures and and building 3D scenes using recycled material.  If you  have any Oliver Jeffers books to lend to the class, it would ease the process.  Thank you to the families who have let the class borrow your books.  I do make sure that they are labelled, to ensure the proper owner is found after the unit.  Thank you to everyone for all the great recycling materials you have sent in.  We start building tomorrow.  Please ensure your child has an idea of their scene selection.  We will discuss choices in class tomorrow too, if they need a little more time.

Reminders:

Friday, December 15th is Shopping Day at St George!  If you have any donations of gently used toys, books, jewelry, scarves, ties, board games we would greatly appreciate receiving them.