Monday, 12 November 2018

November 12 - 16

Hi!


It was a pleasure to meet with you during the interviews last week .  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please send me a note in the agenda. I check them daily.

Many students are not quite reading where they should be at this time of the year.  I'm hoping the home reading program will assist many in our class to excel to higher reading levels.  In order to further assist everyone, I've decided to revisit the www we have already completed in smaller chunks, over the next couple of weeks.    This week I will be focussing on the first 3 weeks of www.  Here are the www from the first 3 weeks:  
            can   see    is    little    the
            look   at     come    here    my
            jump   said   like   and   to 

This will give those needing a little extra practice with the words the time and exposure they need, so we are all able to proceed as a group. If you received another checklist chart from me (stapled in your child's agenda), please sign it and return it this week. Please practise the words that your child still does not recognize. Once the students master these 15 www, they should be able to read up to level 3.  

For those students who have already mastered these words, this time gives them the opportunity to work on creating sentences with the www we have already introduced to date.  The checklist I have shown them for printing sentences is:  
  1. Did I start with a capital letter?
  2. Did I print using lower case letters for the rest of the sentence?
  3. Did I leave finger spaces between each word?
  4. Did I end with a period? (or some sort of punctuation)
  5. Does my sentence make sense?
**Now that we have completed descriptive writing, have your child spice up their sentence. 
EX.  "The boy is my friend."   could be  "The little boy is my best friend."
        "I like apples."  could be "I like red apples."

The reading program found in the red folders seems to have the students excited about reading.  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.  ***If the book I sent home is easily read by your child on Monday, please send it back  (with a note in your child's agenda letting me know it was too easy), and I will send a different 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 math, we are finishing our work on the addition/ subtraction/ estimation unit.  
Next, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes.  A notice will be sent home this week requesting your recyclables.  We will be starting construction on our 3D scenes soon!

In Religion, we are continuing our study of the 10  commandments. We are hoping to complete our Classroom Covenant this week.😊

Reminders:
Tuesday, November 13th: Wear RED for World Kindness Day.
Wednesday, November 14th: Lockdown practice at 11am
Thursday, November 15th: Bring $2.00 to wear a hat to support United Way.
Thursday, November 15th: WWW test.
Friday, November 16th is a P.D.Day (no school).  This means that your child will have their www test on Thursday.  
St George Shopping Day is coming in December!  If you have any donations of gently used toys, books, jewelry, scarves, ties, board games we would greatly appreciate receiving them.

Monday, 5 November 2018

November 5 - 9

Hi everyone,

The word wall words for this week are:
  1. want
  2. best
  3. friend
  4. go
  5. did
I will continue to ask your child to try to write a sentence for their www test.  This sentence should have at least 1 of the word wall words from this week's list.  Please continue to practise these words with your child and always remember to sign the www test booklet when it comes home on Fridays.  

You may have noticed the red folders in your child's agenda.  The reading program with the class has had a good start.  I am sending 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. You will use 1 row each week to show your reading 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 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 5 questions every Thursday, on a book your child has read that week.

Each Grade 1 student received the book Giraffe and Bird.  It is a gift from TD Grade One Book Giveaway program. Enjoy 😊

In language, we continue to work on descriptive writing.   Today we described our Fall Painting. Please practice describing different objects or events with your child.  EX.  I ate the shiny, red apple during first snack.

In math, we are continuing to work on the addition/ subtraction/ estimation unit.  

In Religion, we are looking at the 10  commandments.  Ask your child about our "Classroom Covenant".

Reminders:

Thursday, November 8th: Parent - Teacher interviews.  I look forward to seeing you and discussing your child's progress.

Friday, November 9th: Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:45-11:30 am in the gym.  Please join us if you are able.  Students are asked to wear red if possible. The grade 6 students will come around Friday morning, if you wish to make a donation, and receive a poppy for your child to wear.  If your child is part of Scouting or Girl Guides, they are encouraged to wear their uniform to school for the ceremony.

Monday, 29 October 2018

October 29 - November 2

Hello,


I hope everyone will enjoy Halloween!  We are looking forward to dancing in our costumes at the Monster Mash Wednesday morning before recess. After lunch, all three grade one classes have a great afternoon planned, using their senses at different centers in the art room.  Please ask them about their experiences.

The word wall words for this week are:
  1. saw
  2. all
  3. have
  4. they
  5. do

Your child should be able to recognize, read and write these words. The students are also asked to attempt to write at least one sentence at the end of their word wall word tests. Please read, write, review, and play with these words so that your child may master these word wall words.  

You will notice a red folder in your child's agenda next week.  I will be starting a reading program with the class.  I will be sending home books for your child to borrow to read with you.  Please follow the format outlined on the handout (will be 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 will be sending home 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 5 questions every Thursday, on a book your child has read that week.

In language, we are working on descriptive writing.  We have already completed a few descriptive pieces about Halloween.  Please practice describing different objects or events with your child.

In math, we are working on addition/subtraction and estimating.  

In science, we are working with our senses to make all sorts of observations!

Reminders:
  • Wed., Oct 31st: Monster Mash
  • Thurs. Nov. 1st: Progress Reports go Home
  • Fri., Nov. 3rd: Pizza Day
  • Tues., Nov. 6th: United Way Jersey Day: students may wear a jersey for a $2 donation to United Way
  • Thur., Nov. 8th: Parent Teacher Interviews and Hat Day for United Way: Students may wear a hat for a $2 donation to United Way
  • Fri., Nov. 9th:  Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:45 AM
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to write me a note in your child's agenda, or call the school to set up an appointment.

Monday, 22 October 2018

October 22 - 26

Hi Everyone,

The new word wall words (www) for this week are:
  1. it
  2. this
  3. had
  4. big
  5. fun
Please practise these words with your child often, so that they become familiar with reading and writing them.  Writing a sentence with each word (or combining a few words in a sentence) will help your child to better recognize these words. Ask your child to underline this week's word wall words in the sentence.

ExampleIt is fun to play on the big play structure.

We have started descriptive writing.  The students are learning how to spice up their sentences with descriptive words. 

Example: The witch hat is tall and black.

In math, we are attempting simple addition and subtraction using counters, the hundreds chart, number lines, and ten frames.  You can practise simple addition and subtraction at home with your child.

In  Religion, we are completing the creation story this week, and will be looking at the stories of Noah and Abraham next week.

Reminders: 

During the last week, I have been testing the students on their www recognition (we've seen 25 words).  You will find their results stapled in their agendas on Tuesday.  I will also staple in their number recognition sheet.  PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN BOTH TO SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Wednesday, October 31st we will be having our Monster-Mash dance-a-thon.  Your child may wear his/her costume to school that day.  We ask that all "extra items", such as wands, swords, brooms, etc., be left at home.  Please make sure your child returns their Monster Mash dance-a-thon envelopes by Friday, October 26th.

A special thanks for all your canned food donations in support of our We Scare Hunger initiative. We will be collecting canned food donations until Halloween.  
Our school-wide goal is 2000 cans!

Monday, 15 October 2018

October 15 - 19

Hi Everyone,


The new word wall words (www) for this week are:
  1. on
  2. in
  3. has
  4. play
  5. are
Please practise these words with your child often, so that they become familiar with reading and writing them.  We will also be starting our descriptive writing this week.  Please practise describing (ie. their friend, their favourite stuffed animal, their room, ...) with your child.  Also, please continue reading at least 15 min a night.

In Math, we are working on different ways to make a number.
Example:    to make 6:  1 and 5  (1+5)
                                      2 and 4  (2+4)
                                      3 and 3  (3+3)  **this is also a double number story
                                      4 and 2  (4+2)
                                      5 and 1  (5+1)
                             
**a double number story is when you add a number to itself.  For example 8+8=

In Religion, we will be looking at the Creation Story.

Reminders:
We Scare Hunger
The Grade 6 students would like to inform you that we will be running a food drive called “We Scare Hunger”. We would like you to encourage your child  / children to bring in non-perishable food items. You may bring these in until Halloween. Our school goal is to raise 2000 cans and it would be great to surpass that. The food will be going to a local  charity or food  bank. All perishable food items are gratefully accepted .

The St George School Council Dance-a-thon is on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  Please remember those pledge forms are due Friday, October 26th.

With the colder weather arriving, please make sure your child is dressed for the weather. Hats, mittens and a warm coat would allow them to happily enjoy their time outdoors.

Monday, 8 October 2018

October 8 - 12

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and were able to spend some time with family over the weekend. 

For the www this week, the grade 1 team has decided to review all word wall words introduced to date.  To study for this FRIDAY'S WWW TEST, please review any word wall words that may have caused your child difficulty.  The 5 words chosen for the www test this Friday will be words the students have already had a chance to study, but may not have yet mastered. I will also be asking students if they can write 1 sentence, using at least 1 of the www tested.  I want them to become familiar with printing sentences, as we will be starting our descriptive writing this month.

Practising with your child often, so that they become familiar with reading and writing the www would really help your child achieve their next reading level.

When printing words we have been working on forming "sky, grass, and root letters"  
Example:"boy" b: sky letter (because the letter reaches up to the second line)
                        o: grass letter (because the letter sits on the line)
                        y: root letter (because the letter goes below the line)
Please encourage your child to practise printing using this method.  Thank you. 

We are still working on making connections (text to text, text to self) with books we read at school. Practising making connections at home when you read with your child would be very beneficial to them.

In math, we are working on counting and matching numbers to quantities of objects, and number words to their numerical values.
Example:    * * * * * = 5
                          five 5

We are also working on different ways to make a number.
Example:    to make 6:  1 and 5  (1+5)
                                      2 and 4  (2+4)
                                      3 and 3  (3+3)  **this is also a double number story
                                      4 and 2  (4+2)
                                      5 and 1  (5+1)
                             
**a double number story is when you add a number to itself.  For example 8+8=

In Religion, we will be looking at the Creation Story.

Many students are needing a lot of reminders about keeping their hands to themselves.  This occurs both in the school yard and in the classroom.  We all want to be safe and have fun at school.  Please take this opportunity to discuss with your child the importance of respecting others' personal space both in the classroom and in the school yard.  Remind them that their job is to FILL BUCKETS and not empty them.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

A few reminders: 
  • Please make sure to  send in a water bottle  with your child.  We have been having issues with the water fountain closest to our class, and the next closest one is down the hall and around the corner.

  • Please send in some emergency clothes for your child,  in a large, labelled ziplock  bag .  If you have already done so, thanks!

  • Tuesday Litterless Lunches:  we are continuing our litterless lunch initiative.  To reduce waste, we encourage you to prepare lunches for your child that produce no garbage (i.e. use re-usable containers)

  • Tuesday, October 31st: School Council Halloween Dance-a-Thon.  Please remember those pledge forms.

Monday, 1 October 2018

October 1 - 5


Hi Everyone,

😊 I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Marryum Khalid to our class.  Marryum is an Algonquin student doing a coop placement in our class Wednesday through Friday.  She is with the class all day, and we are so happy to have her help!  The grade 1 students are also lucky enough to get a little extra support from Mrs Dalton (grade 3 teacher at our school), as she will be helping us on Mondays and Tuesdays for part of second block.😊

The new word wall words (www) for this week are: 
  1. girl
  2. boy
  3. we
  4. she
  5. he
Please practise these words with your child often, so that they become familiar with reading and writing them.

For the www next week, the grade 1 team has decided to review all word wall words introduced to date.  There will not be a new list printed in your child's agenda.  To study for next week's www test, please review any word wall words that may have caused your child difficulty.  I will be choosing 5 www to test the students next week.

We are learning how to make connections when we read.  When students are able to make connections to stories we read, they are more excited about the reading process.  You can encourage your child to make connections when they read with you by using prompts such as:

This reminds me of a time when...
I felt like...(character) when I...
If that happened to me, I would... 

Students who make connections while reading are better able to understand the text they are reading, which encourages more reading!

In Math, we are working on different ways to build numbers (i.e. 3+4=7, 1+6=7, 2+2+3=7, ...)  

In Science, we are looking at the seasons, and how our clothing change with the seasons.

In Religion, we are still working on "created and loved by God", where we are exploring the Christian belief that we are all created in God's image, and that God loves each one of us. Because of this, we respect and value ourselves and others.

In relation to this theme, many grade one students are needing a lot of reminders about keeping their hands to themselves.  This occurs both in the school yard and in the classroom.  We all want to be safe and have fun at school.  Please take this opportunity to discuss with your child the importance of respecting others' personal space both in the classroom and in the school yard.  Remind them that their job is to FILL BUCKETS and not empty them.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

A few reminders:
  • please return your picture envelope to school by Tuesday, October 2nd (late orders are accepted, but have a $5 surcharge added to the total)
  •  picture retakes are Wednesday, October 3rd.  Please send me a note (in your child's agenda) if you would like photo retakes
  • PLEASE make sure you LABEL all of your child's belongings (we want to be able to find the owners of "found items")
  • please have your child dress for the weather.  It is easier to take a layer off, than to not have a layer to put on!
  • www test will be on Thursday, October 4th this week.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 1:30 pm we will celebrate Thanksgiving Mass at St George Church VOLUNTEERS to walk with us would be wonderful :)
  • For those who have ordered pizza for lunch, our pizza lunch day will be this Thursday, October 4th (since Friday is a P.D. Day)
  • Friday, October 5 is a P.D.Day (no school that day)