June 25, 2018

Hi Parents,

With the last few days of school upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for a great year. It has been a real pleasure working with your children. They are each truly special and wonderful kids. I would also like to wish you all a fun and safe summer. To finish off the school year, we have a few fun things planned this week, please see below...

Monday

Art folders and personal materials from their personal libraries are returned. Please also keep your child's agenda at home. They will not need them for the last few days.

Tuesday

Please send your child with a towel, swimsuit and sunscreen. We will be going to the splash pad in the afternoon.


Wednesday

Report cards will go home today. We will also watch a movie in the afternoon. Finally, I will send home all the class workbooks. They are a nice keepsake for you, the journals in particular are very telling. When I look back at what they wrote in September and what they write now, the gains are immense.

Thursday

Today is the last day of school, we will have a few Canada Day activities (feel free to wear red and white) and we will get to attend the St. Bernard Talent Show. Your child will bring home their indoor shoes this day.


Once again, thank you for all your support. I have been blessed to work with such amazing kids!

Mrs. Akl




May 29, 2018

Hi Parents!

Please see below for a few updates...

Homework

Our last homework will be due on June 15. However, please make sure to continue to read nightly with your children even through the summer.  Also, if your child has not mastered all the Grade1 word wall words, I suggest you work on those during the summer as well. The summer is also a good time for students to begin a personal journal to promote writing. They can write about all the fun activities they do. Sometimes a cool journal and interesting markers or crayons is all it takes to inspire them to write.

Curriculum

Please make sure to check the Curriculum Goals tab for June. We continue to have more expectations to cover and you can support your children in the areas they need.

Report Cards

Your child will get their second term report card on June 27.

Friendship Party

We will be having an end of year Friendship Party on June 21. More information on this will come in the next few weeks.


Summer Safety

We have been talking to the children about ways to stay safe in the summer (e.g. helmets for bikes, sun safety, water safety...). Please continue those conversations with your child. We want everyone to have a great and safe summer. We just have 4 weeks to go.

May 22, 2018

Hi Parents!

Firstly, thanks so much for all of you who came out to volunteer on our field trip. The kids had an amazing time and we could not do these outings without your support. Also, please note that a new homework schedule started last week. We are reviewing Word Wall Words from September. Please  have your child write 5 sentences the first week and 5 sentences the following week. Then, they will get 10 new words to review. I would also like to ask that if your child has not mastered all the sight  words since September, please focus on those. Only 6 weeks to go! Enjoy!

April 30, 2018

Hi Parents!

Please read some updates below...

Homework

We now have introduced all of the required Word Wall Words for the year, therefore our homework will look a little different. For the next two weeks, we would like you to work on coin values and their names with your children. Also, please support their learning of telling time to the hour and half hour. On May 14th, they will get a new homework booklet where they will be asked to write sentences and review the words since September. I would also like to encourage you again to read nightly with your children.

Catholic Education Week

Education week is next week. We will be having an Open House on May 8th at 8:15-8:45. You are invited to come into the class and see some of the work your child has been doing. We will also have a Mass and some other activities at school for the children to participate in. It should be a lot of fun!

Field Trip

The grade one students will be going to the Museum of Science and Technology on May 16th for a field trip. We will need some volunteers to help with this. A note with the details will go home later this week.

Other

Thank you all for your continued support with everything. The children have brought in plenty of materials to build structures, they are very excited to get started on this unit of our Science curriculum.

Please make sure your child has a water bottle to bring to school. With the warmer weather approaching (hopefully...) this will eliminate frequent trips to the water fountain.

Please continue to follow us on Twitter to see some of the learning that is taking place.

Finally, Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing moms out there! I know it's not an easy job, but you are all doing a great, the proof is in the beautiful and living children before me everyday!

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.