April 3, 2018

Hi Parents,

Please read below for some updates.

Field Trip

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it out to volunteer for our trip to Proulx Farm. We had 13 volunteers for 15 students, that is an amazing ratio. I know it isn't always easy getting time off work but your being there is so important. We could not do these trips if it weren't for you. On that note, we have another trip to the Science museum being planned for May 16. More details on that will be available later this month. Also, thanks in advance to parents who are coming in for our Science workshop tomorrow. If it happens to be a snow day, the workshop will be postponed.

Reading

Please continue to read nightly with your child. It has been proven time and again that children who read nightly do better in many areas of the curriculum. It's also such a nice way to spend some down time with your children amidst the day to day business in life. Also, please review all the sight words presented since September.

Math

Please continue to check the Curriculum Tab in this blog and support your children at home as much as you can. I would like to ask that you review addition and subtraction to 20. I noticed that the subtraction in particular is challenging for some. You can use manipulatives in the beginning but we are working towards the students having some mental math strategies  (e.g. ways to make 10 and double facts) to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Example 1: I know that 5 and 7 is 12 because I know that 5 and 5 is 10 and 7 is 2 more so the answer will be 12.

Example 2. I know that 7 and 8 is 15 because I know my double facts that 7 and 7 is 14 and 8 is one extra so the answer will be one extra which 15.

Arts

Until the end of the year, our Arts focus will be Drama and Dance. Our Dance lessons will be with the 2 other Grade one classes. So far, the students have really enjoyed this. Please keep in mind that we still will be doing visual Art as well and Music, it's just the main lessons focus has changed.

Communication

Please continue to keep in touch and let me know if you have questions about anything. It is a pleasure working with you all!



March 3, 2018

Hi Parents,

Please read below for some updates for March. Also, please check the Calendar tab as well as the Curriculum Goals tab.

Field Trip

We will be going on our first field trip on March 28th, Please make sure you fill out all the required forms and return them to school as soon as possible. We are looking for volunteers for this activity. We hope many of you can make it.

Scientists in the School

On April 4, we will have the Scientists in the School coming to work with the grade one classes on Structures and Mechanisms. We will need 5 parents from the class to volunteer to help out with this. It will be either all morning or all afternoon. Please let me know if you can make this.

Library

The children are asked to keep their library books in their ziplock bags to keep them protected. Some have been returned in poor shape. Please remind your child about the importance in taking care of our school materials.

Homework and Reading

Please continue the great work you are doing in supporting your child with their weekly homework and nightly reading. Please also make sure to review reading word wall words since September. If you are in need of leveled readers to read with your child at home, let me know, I can send some with him or her. Having just right texts at an instructional level are important for the children to move ahead with their reading.

Report Cards and Interviews

Please make sure you have signed and returned the parent portion of the report card. along with the envelope as we reuse it next term.  Also, remember anytime is a good time for a call or face to face interview. Should you ever have any questions I am always available. It is my pleasure to discuss next steps for your child.

March Break

I would like to wish you all a safe and fun March Break. The children have been working very hard and deserve a good rest. Enjoy your time with your lovely children!

February 5, 2018

Hi Parents,

Please see below for some updates. Also, remember to see the Curriculum Tab and the Calendar Tab to have a glance at February.

Report Cards/Interviews

Report Card will be going home on the 15th of February. Please read through them carefully. Should you wish to come for an interview following your review of the report card, you simply need to fill in the bottom part of the third page of the report card and I will contact you to set up a time. Interviews will be held on Tuesday the 20th. I am flexible with this however so we can arrange another time that suits you best.

Homework

Thank you for keeping your child's homework up to date. It's a good idea to look back from time to time to review the words since September.

Reading

Please continue to do nightly reading with your child. You are encouraged to go onto Razkids also. It is a good program with books at level for your child. Should you wish to have your child  borrow books from our class library at their level to read at home, let me know. I can send some of those home to further support your child's reading.

Sweater/Winter Walk Day

This Wednesday is Sweater Day, we turn the heat down and wear sweaters to teach the children about the importance of conserving energy. We will also have our Winter Walk day that day so please dress warmly.

Winterplay Day

Thursday we will have our Winter Play Day. Please dress for being outside for the afternoon. It is a good idea to put an extra pair of socks and mittens in your child's bag that day so that they can switch them up if they get wet.

100 Day

Friday we will celebrate the 100th day of school! The grade 1 classes will participate in activities in the gym around that special day of the year!

Shrove Tuesday

We will be having a pancake breakfast next week on Shrove Tuesday, information regarding this was sent home last week. If you didn't get the information, let me know.

Scholastic Book Orders

Book orders are due on Monday, February 12.

January 7, 2018

Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

I would like to begin by wishing you all a very happy 2018! How the time goes by so quickly. I hope you enjoyed the Christmas holiday season with your families and friends but I also hope everyone is ready to get back to work and school again. 
As we move closer to the end of the term, I will be doing assessments to ensure your child is progressing as expected. In February, you will get their first full Report Card on their progress. At that time you will be invited to come in for a meeting should you feel the need. Until then, we will continue to work on Ministry Expectations as outlined in the Curriculum Goals tab of this Blog. Homework routine will resume this week as it was before Christmas. Please continue to read nightly with your child. Much research has been done to prove that this is so important and very beneficial for your child's development.
As always, continue to use the Agenda to ask questions or to share information and remember you are always welcome to come in to meet with me. Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Akl


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