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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