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!