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Mar 15

Dear Parents, 

The report cards have been released online today.  Please take a few minutes over the weekend to discuss with your child what they have done well in and what they need to improve on.  Regular reflections enable students to be more aware of their thinking and learning.  

In Language Arts, students continued to rotate through different literacy centers to write creative stories, practice their handwriting, work on their WTW sorts, and listen to reading.  They also listened to their peers present their creative stories and learned to ask questions and provide meaningful feedback. 

In Math, students were given another chance to apply their addition and subtraction skills in our mock shopping centre.  They were also introduced to the other coins in the Canadian money system (e.g. nickel, dime, and quarter).  We also practiced how we can efficiently add groups of coins quickly using 10 as an anchor or putting them into groups of tens.  Over the holidays, when possible, allow your child to use money to buy small items at a convenience store to consolidate their mental math strategies.  As well, if you are travelling overseas, let your child contrast and compare the money from that country in terms of the denominations used and the pictures on the money.  The students also completed their April calendar by putting in dates that are meaningful to them. 

In Bible, we continued with the story of David and Saul.  This week, the students discovered that David restrained himself from harming Saul because he was anointed by God.  God was with David and kept him safe from Saul.   

We concluded our Inquiry unit on Diversity.  The students walked around the classroom to find students who may have the same or different attributes as themselves.  We discussed how we are different, yet very much the same as we are all made in the image of God.  It is our hope the students can see that we can learn so much from those who are not the same as us. 

In Health, we completed our Health unit on Ways to be Safe.  We reviewed ways to be safe when we are at home, school, and out and about.  After the Spring Break, we will begin a Health unit on Ways to Succeed.  Students will be expected to learn strategies/core competencies that can help them achieve their goals.  

For our family presentation this week, Ryan told us that, as a family, they like to watch movies, go to the beach and travel.  With his mom, he likes to go out and play video games.  With his dad, he likes to play lots of video games.  Each night, he likes to read his devotionals and spend time with God.   

Have a great Spring Break! 

Message from Mrs. Laing and Mrs. Mung regarding Accelerated Reading (AR) in Grade 1 

Thank you for attending our AR Parent Meeting on March 11th. We are encouraged by your commitment to your child’s education and appreciate and value your partnership. 

For those of you unable to attend the meeting, please take note of the following housekeeping details: 

  • AR Training will take place during school hours from April 1-12th 
  • Beginning the week of April 15th, your child will be attending AR in a small group, 1x/week, for 30 minutes. 
  • Your child’s AR class will run from the week of April 15th – May 31st, after which AR and the library will be closed for the summer inventory process to occur. 
  • Grade 1 students are NOT permitted to take AR quizzes after school; however, they are most welcome to come to the library and read books. Please keep in mind that Grade 1 students must be supervised during after-school library time. The library is open from 2:45 – 3:15 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

If you have any questions about the workings of the AR program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Wendy Mung, our AR Technician (wmung@myrcs.ca). If you have any questions about how the AR program is used to support our early literacy program at RCS, please feel free to contact Mrs. Angela Laing, our Literacy Coach (alaing@myrcs.ca). 

We look forward to introducing your child to the wonderful world of AR! 

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Mar 8

Dear Parents, 

During our Literacy centres, we continued to explore ways to use our “voice” in our writing, such as being aware of who our audience is, and telling the reader what the characters think and how they feel.  We introduced a new reading strategy, “predict”.  This strategy involves students making predictions to what will happen next in a story as they read and using the text to confirm them.  We read two books by Oliver Jeffers.  We contrasted his books and the students thought that The Incredible Book Eating Boy is funny like his other books.  As well, they suggested that he used a different first sentence in The Moose Belongs to Me to hook the audience than his usual “Once there was a boy…”.  The students were given a chance to share the writing that they did throughout the week with the class and practice giving meaningful feedback to their classmates.  

To integrate our unit on Addition and Subtraction in Math with the concept of money, we put together a mock shopping centre in our classroom for students to put their math skills in action.   

Students were divided into two groups, shopkeepers and shoppers. Shopkeepers worked in groups of twos or threes to sell their goods (e.g. rulers, markers, pencils, etc.) to the shoppers who began with $10.  After the shopping period ended, we examined the materials bought by each student and see if the materials, including any change, added up to $10.  Once students were able to get the right amount, they will be given an extra $10 to spend during the next round of shopping.  Students alternated being shopkeepers and shoppers each day.   

We will be looking at the consequence of disobedience through Saul and David this week and next.  This week, we learned how the Israelites asked God for a king even though they already have God.  We discovered that Samuel crowned Saul to be their first king. But Saul was proud of his own achievements and failed to listen to God. Then we found out how Samuel anointed David as the new king because of Saul’s transgressions.  He filled David with the Holy Spirit and gave him the ability to defeat Goliath and the Philistines.  King Saul became jealous of David and decided to harm David.    

In our Inquiry unit of Diversity, we identified some of the cultures that represents this class as well as the languages that are spoken at home.  We discovered that English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean, and Spanish are used in the homes of the students in this class.  In addition, we talked about food that is popular to the students’ own culture and some of the more common festivals that they may celebrate with their families.   

In Health, we picked up on our theme of Ways to be Safe at home, school, and out and about. We watched a video on the safe usage of medicine.  The students discovered that there are specific ways to use each medicine.  Some are meant to be swallowed, while others are inhaled, injected, applied topically as well as placed into our ears or eyes.  They also learned that we need to ask an adult before taking medicine, always read the direction on the bottle, and to never share our medicine with others. 

I will be replacing the content of your child’s Back and Forth book next Friday. If you wish to retain the old pages, please email me and let me know.  Otherwise, they will be shredded and recycled.  

Have a great weekend! 

Message from Mr. Paul: 

On Monday, March 11th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, there will be an important meeting for Grade One parents during which we will share information regarding the Accelerated Reading Program (AR).  

All Grade One students will begin AR when they return from Spring Break. Prior to your child participating in this program, we would like to meet with you to share information about the purpose and philosophy of the program; the details regarding when and where the program takes place; as well as a tour of how the program works. If you are a parent with an older child who has already participated in the AR program, you will find new information presented at this meeting and we encourage you to attend. 

We look forward to seeing you for this important information evening. Please come to the Elementary Campus library on March 11th at 7pm. Please note that childcare will not be available. 

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Mar 1

Dear Parents, 

Thank you again for taking time out to come and celebrate your child’s learning on Wednesday during our student-led conference.  Hopefully, it provided you with a glimpse of what your child is learning and doing in class. It was also a great reminder of how much the students have grown since the start of the school year.  Children are naturally curious, and it is our job to cultivate that sense of wonder and help them become lifelong learners.    

In Language Arts, we continued to discuss how we can use our “voice” to improve our writing. This week, we discussed how our writing voice is unique like our speaking voice. If we say what we think and how we feel, our writing voice will come through loud and clear. As well, we continued to practice our reading strategy of Ask Questions.  Students practiced how to ask questions before, during, and after reading using a book that we have read before. When reading with your child, you can employ this strategy to help him/her increase engagement and comprehension of the text. We read The Way Back Home and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers. The students reflected on his books and said that he always has a human character, he began most of his story with “Once there was a boy”, and he likes to stretch out the problem in his stories. 

This week, we started our Inquiry unit on Diversity.  Students are expected to see how each person is valued as we are made in the image of God.  We presented some of the questions that we will be inquiring into such as the different home languages that we speak, food that is popular and traditions that we celebrate from our own culture.   

The students were invited to 4L on Thursday to play arcade games that the grade four students made using cardboard and a whole lot of imagination and creativity.  Just like at an arcade, the students were able to win prizes (gently used toys donated by the grade four students) for playing the games.  This was a great way for 4L to share their learning with their younger peers.   

We found out from Charles this week during his family presentation that his Chinese name, Tian-Ze, means blessing from God.  He showed us pictures of his family including his older sister and baby brother going on trips to China, Mexico, and Australia as well as local trips to hiking, rock climbing and the park.  We also discovered that his mom, dad, grandpa and grandma were baptized over the last 7 years.   

Clubs have ended this week.  If your child was involved this term with after-school clubs, please be sure to pick them up at their usual dismissal time from our classroom next week.   

On Friday, March 8th our chapel theme will be “Incredible Companion” so bring your special friend who has been with you through thick and thin, also known as your favourite stuffy! We will have our annual stuffy toss at the end of the chapel.

Have a wonderful weekend!