We are off to a wet start to the week, one that feels like we live in a tropical location that experiences hurricanes and tropical storms. I hope everything is safe and dry as we wait for these storms to pass. Thank you to those that sent apples last week for our apple sauce. The students were split in their taste for our creation, but there certainly wasn't any left at the end of the day!
This week is one of much excitement around Halloween. We are trying to keep things as normal as possible to ensure that learning is always at the forefront. Tomorrow we will have MathMash in the gym from 9:30-11 am. All primary grades (grades 1-3) will be participating in a rotation of math games lead by our intermediate students. Parents are more the welcome to come, see and lend a hand. Please sign in at the office before proceeding to the gym. Students are permitted to wear the costumes tomorrow morning to the math games, however all accessories including masks, swords, shields, fake blood etc. are not permitted at school. Please remind your child that it is their responsibility to keep their costume safe and return it home for the evenings festivities.
All of our learning this week will focus around a central theme of pumpkins. We will be looking at the life cycle of a pumpkin in science, measurement of pumpkins in math and of course reading and writing about pumpkins in Language. Today students wrote wonderful descriptive writing pieces of a haunted house and painted their Frakenbuddy with watercolours.
Report cards are in the process of being written. Student progress is always top of mind for all teachers and parents. As a part of being transparent with your child's progress I will be contacting all families by the end of the week should their child be demonstrating difficulty in any subject areas. We will be able to meet to discuss these difficulties and create a road map to help guide the student moving forward.
Due to the wet weather in the school yard, please be sure to send your child with appropriate outdoor wear including rain boots, warm coat and extra clothing. Extra clothing is necessary should your child fall into or be splashed by a puddle.
Dates to Remember:
Oct. 31- MathMash math games in the gym
Nov. 2nd- Mrs Ranger at Math PD
Nov. 3rd- Scholastic Orders due
Nov. 6th- School picture orders due to the main office
Nov. 9th- Report Cards sent home
Nov. 10- Official School opening & Remembrance Day ceremony
Nov. 10- Mrs. Ranger at Math Leadership conference
Nov. 24&25- Parent Teacher Interviews
Lastly. please refrain from providing candy or treats in your child's lunch. While it is a great surprise, it is not ideal for learning. Should students have excess sugar/treats in their lunch, they will be asked to put them in their school bag to be eaten at home. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
I look forward to another busy week of learning and excitement.
This week is off to a fast start. Our days are full of so much learning that we run out of time to fit it all in.
English Language Arts
- thematic poem with sight words
- weekly sight words: it, the, blue, jump, three
- writing using word bank of thematic words
- composing 5
- reading bar graph of information gathered
- creating bar graph from information gathered
- using a numberline
- proportionality of a numberline
- seasonal changes of autumn
- life cycle of an apple
- apple inquiry
- safety & establishing expectations
- low organized games
- throwing & catching a variety of objects
We are still working on routines and expectations since it is just the beginning of our third week together. You help in reinforcing the expectations of learning and being prepared for school. Students are expected to bring their green communication folder to and from school each and everyday so that it is a vehicle of communication and collaboration. Please check this folder on a daily basis and remove all notices and handouts that are sent home. If you write a note in the communication book, please leave the book open to that page to indicate to the classroom educators that there is a note.
As the weather has been changing on what seems to be a daily basis, please be sure to send your child with appropriate clothing. The mornings are cool and all students must go outside for recess; therefore, warm jackets, sweaters, hats mitts etc. are strongly suggested. Also, please make sure that the bag of extra clothing in your child's bin is seasonably appropriate.
Halloween is coming up next Tuesday and plans are underway for a morning of math activities in the gym for all grade 1-3 students. We will follow up with smaller centres of activities in our own classroom in the afternoon. Students reminded that the activities in the morning will require movement between stations, therefore should they wear their costume, it must be one that is comfortable and flexible to participate. Masks, swords or shields are not permitted to be brought to school. Post Halloween, please refrain from adding treats and candy in your child's lunch. While it is a fun surprise for them, a class of 21 students eating sugary treats is not a conducive learning environment. Any further direction from administration will be communicated when available.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
October 26- Mrs. Ranger away presenting at a conference
October 27- Guardians of the Children presentation @ 10am
October 31- Spooky Halloween Math morning
November 2- Mrs. Ranger away for Math PD
November 9- Report cards sent home
November 10- Mrs. Ranger away for Math leadership conference
November 10- Remembrance Day ceremony in gym @ 10am (all welcome)
November 23-24- Parent-Teacher Interviews (23rd evening & 24 morning)
November 24- PD Day for students
Welcome parents to our official grade 1 class for 2017-18 at Vimy Ridge!!
Thank you for your patience and understanding over the last month while we welcomed many new students and reorganized the classes to best support student learning. We have successfully settled all students into their permanent classes and learning is well under way.
I will be providing you with weekly updates (hopefully) on the learning happening in class to better help you support your child in the classroom and at home.
I am working on updating my webpage as well as our class Twitter account. Please be sure to bookmark both sites it keep up with our learning on a regular basis. (Note: Students will not be posting online themselves and only those who have indicated permission via the media release form will be included in any images online). Our class twitter account is a closed account so only those who request to follow us and are approved can view the posts.
Your child has been provided a GREEN communication book. In this plastic pocket folder you will find a pocket on the left for items and notices to be LEFT AT HOME, while the pocket on the right are items to be signed and returned promptly to school. PLEASE CHECK THIS FOLDER DAILY! Also inside the folder is a small notebook for communication between home and school. Please feel free to write me a note and I will be using the notebook as a way to communicate with you.
If at any time you have questions about any of the learning happening in the classroom, please do not hesitate to contact me.
This week's learning:
Language Arts: Guided reading poem "Fall Fun"; focus sight words (I, a, in, and, run), phonetic sounds (beginning sounds and blended letter sounds), punctuation at the end of a sentence (period, question mark and exclamation mark)
Math: Number talks (introduction and structure); daily graphing; favourite numbers; representing numbers via tally marks and ten frames
Science: Cycles vs sequence; where do we experience cycles (days of the week, months of the year, time, seasons etc)
Phys. Ed.: Terry Fox Run - $2 for donation for the Terry Fox Run in support of cancer research
Meet the Teacher 2.0:
Due to the class shuffle after meet the teacher night, Madame Dale (Core French teacher) and I would like to invite you to drop in to meet us on Thursday, October 12th anytime between 4-5:30 pm. We will be in our classroom (room 115) and willing to discuss our teaching philosophy, classroom structure and specific grade 1 expectations for the year. This is an informal meet and greet but lots of key information will be shared as to what to expect this year.
Please note that this is NOT a parent teacher interview where student progress is to be discussed.
We are fortunate enough to have Ms Crissi in our classroom every Friday as a part of her student teaching practicum from SUNY Potsdam. Ms Crissi will be working with all students over the next several months as she prepares for a future teaching career of her own.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, October 11th- Terry Fox Run ($2 donation & wear red & white)
Thursday, October 12th- Meet the Teacher meet & greet 4-5:30 pm
Friday, October 13th- School photo day (do NOT wear green)
Tuesday, October 31st- Primary Math games morning
Friday, November 10th- Remembrance Day ceremony
Friday, November 24th- P.D. Day (Parent teacher Interviews)
How to Contact me:
Email is the best option to contact me. Although I do not respond during teaching time, I do periodically check my messages throughout the day.
I look forward to meeting you on Thursday after school and collaborating with you to best support your son or daughter in grade 1. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything.
Have a great week!