November 24, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the updates below.

Photo Retake Day

Please write a note in your child's agenda if you wish your child to get their photo retaken on Retake Day which is November 27th.

Clothing

With winter just around the corner, it's a good idea for the students to keep an extra pair of mittens and socks in a pocket of their backpack. They tend to get wet easily and the extra pairs will certainly come in handy. Also, please make sure all of their items are labelled.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our class will be going to the school Book Fair on November 28th. Students will have a chance to browse the books and make a wishlist. They can bring their wishlist home and if they return with money on Wednesday, they will go back to the Fair to purchase their books.

Craft Day

Our school will be having a Craft Day on December 20th at 1:00. You will be invited to come into the class and do a craft with your child. More details will follow.

Snowflake Sale

Our school will host a Snowflake sale on the 21st of December. This is a fundraiser for Grade 6 students for their end of year graduation trip. Items will be for sale for students to purchase, more details to follow.

Advent

We will be participating in classroom discussions and a school wide mass to celebrate Advent which begins on December 3.

Razkids and Dreambox

Please continue to support your children at home by using Razkids and Dreambox.

Learning Goals

Please check the Learning Goals tab to see what we are working on in class in order to support your child at home.

Interviews

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to interviews. It was very nice to see you there and to discuss your child's progress. Please be reminded that you are always welcome. It is my pleasure to keep you up to date.

Finally, thanks to all of you for your continued support with your children.

Mrs. Akl

November 1, 2017

Progress Report and Interviews

Hi Parents,

Today you received your child's Progress Report. Please sign and return the bottom of the second page along with the envelope as soon as possible. We will be having interviews next Thursday, November 9 from 4:00-8:00. You can sign up for your interview time following this link. https://akl.youcanbook.me/   You will need to make sure the date is set for November 9. If none of the times suit you, please let me know. I am available mornings too. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Mrs,
Akl


October 26, 2017

Hi Parents,

Please see below for a few updates.

Reading

Please practice the sight words from the homework with your child each night. Also, if you have not been using Razkids yet, please begin. The children's levels have been adjusted to their abilities. Regular reading practice at this point is very important. We will also soon begin to send home a leveled reader for you to read at home with your child as part of their homework. More information on this will come soon.

Progress Reports

Next Wednesday, you will receive your child's progress Report. It is based on their progress to date. It is still early in the year and therefore there is still lots of time for growth. Interviews will be on Thursday, November 9th. However, if that day does not suit you, we can meet any morning that week or have a phone interview, whatever suits your schedule best. More information on this will come soon.

Halloween

On Halloween, the students from Grades 1-6 are asked to wear black and orange only. Costumes are only done in Kindergarten. Also, due to allergies in the class, please don't send in any treats to share. I'm certain most will get many treats that night anyway.

Curriculum

Please make sure to check the Curriculum Goals Tab in the Blog to make sure you are keeping up with what we are learning in class. Showing support for your child's learning through play and authentic learning opportunities works best at this age.

Weather

With the cooler weather upon us, please make sure all your child's items are labelled. With all the extra items, things tend to go missing.


Thanks to you all for a great start to the school year!

Mrs. Akl

October 13, 2017

Hi Parents!

Please read the information below for a few updates.

Homework

Thanks for supporting your child with their homework. I've heard from many of you that they are enjoying it which is great. Please make sure your children use a pencil and not a pen, that they leave spaces between the words and that they try to use the lines.

Dreambox/Razkids

Please continue to use these two resources to support your children with their Math and Literacy. This Blog links to the Razkids, but the Dreambox unfortunately is still connected to my previous school. You can access it though through the link below. https://play.dreambox.com/login/bau5/stb

Cash Online

When purchasing things through the school, please use the cash online option.

Canned Food Drive

The school is having a Canned Food Drive this month. Please send in a can if you wish to donate.

Progress Report/Assessments

Your child will be getting a Progress Report on November 1, as such I will be doing assessments of their learning next week. The assessments will be based on the learning they have been doing in class. If you wish, you can review patterns in Math, counting by 10's and 5's  to 100, representing 10 on a 10 Frame, reading all sight words presented to date,  writing a short sentence with a capital and ending with a period, naming the 4 seasons and clothing and activities done in each.

Lockdown Practice

We had our first Lockdown practice this week. The students did a good job staying calm and quiet until the door was unlocked by the SRO (school resource officer).


Important Dates

Photo Day is October 23
Thanksgiving Mass is October 20
Progress Reports go home Nov 1

October 2, 2017

Hi Parents,

Here we are with the first month of school already over, everybody is in a good routine and the children are really moving along nicely. Please make sure to check the Calendar Tab as well as the Curriculum Goals Tab in this Blog to see what we are working on in order to support your child at home. Thanks to everyone for signing up for Remind. We are almost all on. If you haven't done so yet, please also sign up.

Homework
Thank you for supporting your child with their homework this past week. When doing the homework with your child, please make sure that they use a regular pencil so that they can erase if they need to. Also, please remind them to be neat and to try to sit their letters on the line and that sentences begin with a capital and end with a period. Also, please continue to read nightly. This week there is no homework because of the short week. This will be the case on each short week.

Photo Day
Photo Day is on October 13th.

Finally with Thanksgiving approaching this weekend, I wanted to take the time to wish you all a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.

Mrs. Akl


September 21, 2017

Hi Parents!

It was so nice to meet so many of you at our Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday. Please know that you are welcome anytime. If you were unable to attend and would like to come, please get in touch with me so we can set up a meeting.
This has been a great week. The kids are familiar with all the routines and we are really moving forward with a lot of great learning. Remember that homework begins next week.
Monday is Franco-Ontario day where we invite the students to wear white and green to celebrate the French language in our province.  There will prizes for the students who show their spirit. We also have our Terry Fox run next Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

September 9, 2017

Hi Parents,

           Wow! We had an amazing first week in Grade 1C! You all have amazing children and I am blessed to be working with them. We have had a lot of fun getting to know each other and establishing classroom routines. I have also begun some diagnostic assessments to see what your child's strengths and needs are. We will continue to do this in the upcoming weeks. By the end of this week, I will post the Learning Goals for September. Knowing this will help you support your child.
         If you haven't returned the verification form and park excursion form, please do so by Monday. I also encourage you to sign up for the Remind app. I will send the directions again to those of you who have not signed up yet. It is a great tool for communication. Thanks so much for returning the Agenda each day. Please feel free to write messages in it as needed. Finally, please send a water bottle with your child each day. This eliminates trips to the water fountain.
         Meet the Teacher Night will take place on September 19th. I look forward to seeing you all there!