Happy New Year!
Welcome back! I hope that you had a wonderful break that was spent with family and friends.
We are well underway in our learning as we charge towards the end of the first term. We have talked a lot about how the train has left the station and that everyone needs to be onboard in terms of wanting to learn and being prepared to work hard each and every day.
Thus far we have been focusing hard on our writing skills and in particular sounding out words to spell what we are trying to say. Perseverance and a lot of effort is being demanded from the students as we work towards becoming more independent in our work.
In Math, we are continuing forward in addition to 10 and 10 plus X (10 + 3, 10 + 5 etc). We continuously visit the strategies we have developed and practiced in class (e.g.: making 5, making 10, doubles, doubles +1 etc.). It is so very important for students to be practicing these foundational math facts (making 5, making 10, doubles, doubles +1) in order to be able to apply the strategies to the problem solving in the classroom. We will be exploring additional ideas in geometry and measurement over the next couple of weeks as well.
As in the past, I will be contacting families in regard to student progress, specifically students who are struggling academically. Report cards are beginning to be drafted (to be sent home February 14th), and I want to be as transparent with all learning challenges as I can.
1. Popcorn Days: Popcorn is sold each Friday (Thursday when Friday is a PD Day or holiday) for $1.50 per bag. Students can choose from 7 different flavours and enjoy it for snack at second nutrition break.
2. Library: We will be visiting the school library for the first time this Wednesday. Students will be able to borrow 1 book for one week. Once the book is returned to the school library, a new book may be borrowed.
3. Student Activity Fee: If you have not submitted the $20 student activity fee, we are looking to wrap up our planning based on funds received. If you have any questions about the activity fee or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
4. Lunches: Just a reminder to keep special treats to a minimum in your child's lunch. We are respectful to each child's tastes, we are also promoting healthy and active lifestyles including healthy food options.
5. Movie Night: A flyer was sent home last week in regards to the Parent Council movie night for January 19th in the school gym. Please check your child's green communication book for more details. Movie: Boss Baby
I receive many messages and talk with many parents on a weekly basis asking about what we are learning in the classroom. Your child is the best source of information as to what we are learning about. I encourage you to not only ask them what they are learning about, but to have them draw or write about what they are learning about. A lot of times, students at this age do not have the vocabulary to describe their learning, but are able to provide a picture/drawing that can provide a discussion point.
The grade 1 train has officially left the station and I thank you for your continued support. We have lots of ground left to cover, but we will take it at the pace the students are able to handle.
Have a great week (and stay warm!)