A lovely start to Grade One!

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful first week of school! It was a week of meeting old friends and making new friends.  We played name games, wrote/ drew about our likes and dislikes, and chatted in partners about some of our favourite things in order to get to know one another better and see how we are each unique but all connected. I read aloud different books to help calm worries about all the new changes Grade 1 brought. Students were reminded to trust in God when they feel scared or anxious.

It was also a week of learning the routines and expectations for our class. We discussed what it means to respect God, the school, teachers, classmates and themselves. Students brainstormed how they can be their ‘best selves’ this year. Some of the ideas included eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep each night, praying, devotions and reading their Bible. We also recorded what we want to do in Grade One, the questions we have about this year, what helps us learn best and what stops us from learning in order to get some vision for the year.

The students started French (Mr. Lai), P.E. (Mr. Przybylski), and Music (Mrs. Chong) classes on Thursday.  These classes are scheduled on Monday afternoons, Thursday before lunch, and Friday before morning recess. It would be helpful if you ensure your child eats a big breakfast on Friday mornings as they will not eat snack until after recess (11:00 am) those days.


We will start our first Library class on Tuesday with Ms. Huber. Please have your child bring a labeled bag (something that can protect the library books in case of leakage) in your child’s school bag that day. We will be using this library bag throughout the school year every Wednesday when we go to exchange books. If students do not have a library bag, they will not be able to take out books.

Each Friday, I will update my blog at http://blogs.richmondchristian.ca/ldown/. This is where you can find out more about the learning that took place in our class during the week and reminders of upcoming events.  You can “subscribe” to the blog by entering your email address in the box on the bottom right of the home page.  You will be sent an email each time I update the blog.

Scholastic Reading Club

Your child took home a Scholastic reading club order on Wednesday. Part of helping your child grow into a lifelong reader is having a variety of books around to enjoy. Each month during the school year, I will be sending home club fliers with a different selection of books for different reading levels. The order forms will always be due 2 weeks from the day you received them.

Please look through the fliers, select the books your child is interested in, and mark them on the back of the flier. You have the option of either paying online by visiting parentpay.scholastic.ca or submitting cash or a cheque (payable to Lisa Down) to me. Regardless of your form of payment, please return the order forms by Friday, September 21. If you are ordering from more than one set of fliers, be sure to write your child’s name on each flier. The books will arrive in about 2 weeks.

Every club order will help our class to earn bonus points which we will use to redeem books to enrich our classroom library.

Special Friend

On the monthly calendars I send home, you will see your child’s name written on one of the days.  That is the day your child is the special helper. On their day, students should bring something to show the class. They should be able to explain what it is and why they chose to bring it. The item can be left in a bag under my chair at the carpet ready for calendar time. For the first rotation of being a Special Friend, students are asked to bring their favourite toy to show and talk about to the class.

Emergency Drills 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be discussing and practicing what to do in case of a fire, earthquake or lockdown. Your child may have some questions or feel anxious about these drills when they come home. It is a great opportunity for you to share what your home plan is in case of a fire or earthquake and to reassure them that these practices are important so that everyone knows what to do and can stay safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Reminders/ notices:

  • Tuesday is our “Meet the Teacher Night”. The evening will begin at 7 pm in the large gym and move to the classrooms afterwards. Two identical 25 minute sessions will be held in the classroom to accommodate parents who may have siblings in the school. Please note that this is a parent only evening.
  • Wednesday is picture day. Please help your child dress accordingly.
  • Please make sure your child has indoor shoes (shoes that they can run in during gym)
  • Please send in extra clothes in a shoe box with your child’s name on it that can stay at school
  • Please return the emergency release form
  • Please send headphones to be kept at school for use in the computer lab
  • Please bring a box of tissue and hand sanitizer
  • Please send students with a water bottle (filled with water) each day.
  • Lunch Drop Off: If your child’s lunch is brought to school during the morning, the drop off is located in the school foyer next to the gym doors. Please locate the box labeled with your child’s class name and place inside.
  • Sept. 21 is Dress-Up like a Super Hero day. It can be a dr., nurse, teacher, parent, Jesus, Moses, etc.  It can also be a Super Hero like Batman, Superman, Incredibles, and so on.  We don’t celebrate Halloween at our school, but we do love to dress up and have fun.  This is one way we have fun.
  • There is NO NOVA FOODS OCT. 19. Please pack your child a lunch that day or order from our school’s hot lunch program (Muncha Lunch).

Yours in Education,

Lisa Down