The week is off and running! I hope that you have had a chance to review your child's report card and talk about your child's strengths and areas of need. We are always moving forward and learning tends to change rapidly and frequently. If you have not yet already signed and returned the slip, please do so. Also, please return the green form asking for interview preference time for November 23rd and 24th. We will try our best to accommodate all requests, however it is not always possible.
I thought it was important to provide you with the expectations for grade 1 students in Ontario. This is a checklist format document that is a simplified version of the official Ministry of Education documents. Please refer to this document frequently to see what students are expected to be able to do independently by the end of grade 1.
Shoeboxes for the North
As a school we have taken on the initiative of filling 2 shoe boxes per class for children in Canada's north. We are asking families to donate items to fill the shoe boxes. Our class will be focusing our 2 boxes, a girl and a boy between the ages of 6-8 years old. All items must be new and in original package. Think about what small items your child has fun with that would fit in the shoe box. No food is permitted. All donations will be accepted until the end of November. Please see the link below for more ideas and information about our shoebox campaign.
This Week's Focus:
Math: Patterns & non-patterns; how to tackle group work & problem solving; introduction to problem solving
Language: Reading comprehension strategies of beginning, middle, end and retell; creating and writing complete sentences; phonetic letter sounds and letter blends
Social Studies: Family
Science: Seasonal changes (Summer to Fall, Fall to Winter)
Art: Primary Colours
Music: Introduction to different beats; sounds we can make with our body (clapping, stomping, snapping etc)
Health: Germs; healthy living
1. Appropriate Dress: Now that the cold weather is upon us in a bone chilling way, it is imperative that each child be dressed appropriately to play outside. Students must have hats, mitts/gloves, jacket, snow pants, and boots in order to be comfortable to play outside at each recess. Students are not kept inside during cold weather until the temperature hits -25 degrees celsius with the wind.
2. Green Communication folder: Please check and remove all papers in your child's green communication folder on a daily basis. Items in the pocket on the left hand side are items to be left at home.
3. Lunch Program: Tonight is the last night to order and pay for any of the 3 lunch program options. I sent the link over the weekend should this be of interest to you. All money raised going towards Parent School council initiatives that are all student centered.
4. Milk Program: Lunch time milk program orders are due this Thursday (November 16th). Forms (I believe they were purple) were sent home last week.
5. Photo Retake day: School photo retake day is this Thursday (November 16th). Only those students who have a note indicating that they are to have their photo redone will be taken for their photo.
6. Movie Night: Parent School Council is having their first movie night of the year this Friday (November 17th) in the school gym. The movie will be Captain Underpants. A notice was sent home last week with exact details about cost, food etc.
7. Student Activity Fee: A pink letter was included in the envelope with your child's report card outlining the events and activities we are anticipating to participate in this year. A student activity fee of $20 is being asked for each student from kindergarten to grade 3 to cover the costs for the activities that require costs. You will have noticed that there are a large number of free programs and activities that students will partake in. Should you require financial assistance, please contact Mrs. Tammy McCormack in confidence.
Thank you for your continued support with classroom initiatives and student learning.