Feb. 22: Conference and Chapel

Student-led Conference: thank you for signing up to come see your child’s learning on Wednesday, February 27th.  Please be reminded that there will be no school on that day.  When you arrive, I will have a conference sheet for your child to go through with you.  At the end, there will be some time for you to write a short message to your child to celebrate all they have learned.  They are very excited as we prepare to teach you what grade one is all about!

1D Chapel: is on Friday, March 1st!  We have been practicing hard about keeping our thoughts on God and making right choices, both in our chapel rehearsals and in our everyday class time.  Students are making connections about how we can make right choices in small ways that contribute to a better classroom environment.

On Friday, March 1st, please help your child to arrive by 8:20AM.  That will give us plenty of time to change shoes and be ready by 8:30AM so that we are not rushing to get to chapel.  

Chapel verse: our class has done an awesome job memorizing Philippians 4:8.  Ask them to show you the actions and help us practice saying this verse slowly and loudly.

Feb. 15

My apologies for not blogging this past week.  It snuck up and me and I forgot.  Thankfully you are all on the ball and figured things out on your own.  Many thanks for your understanding and patience.

Today I remembered to blog!  There are several things of note coming up in the next two weeks.

NO SCHOOL: on Monday, February 18th.  Enjoy Family Day together with your loved ones!

Chapel: 1D Chapel is coming up!  We will be presenting on Friday, March 1!  Today we started our chapel rehearsal by reviewing the story of Jesus being tempted in the desert.  Our chapel focus will be on keeping our thoughts on God and making right choices.  Students will act out the three scenarios of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert.  We have begun learning our chapel verse Phillipians 4:8.  You can ask your child to show you our actions!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

Our class has been working hard the last few weeks to learn about making right choices.  Students have really listened and taken our lessons to heart.  This is evident in how they are making good choices to focus on their work at learning times, and making good choices to include, share and follow rules during playing time.  We will be creating some iMovies for chapel based on our students’ experiences in the classroom.

100 Days: on Wednesday, February 20th, we will be celebrating 100 days at school!  Please help your child choose 100 SMALL items to bring that day for math activities.  We will be counting and sorting these items to show 100 in different ways.  These 100 small items should fit easily into a sandwich size ziploc bag.  Example items could be beads, cheerios, pasta, buttons, etc.

Math: we have begun learning about subtraction as it follows naturally from our addition practices.  Students will be telling and acting out subtraction stories to demonstrate their understanding of subtraction as “taking away”, “fewer”, “less”, and “smaller”.

Student-led Conferences: are coming up on Wednesday, February 27th.  Please make sure you have signed up for a time slot.  Students are excited to share with you what they have learned.  They get to be the teacher now!

Feb. 5 – Dance Week

* My apologies for forgetting to blog yesterday, sorry about that!*

Feb. 4-8 – as you probably already know, we are having dance week at RCS!  Students are enjoying learning some hip hop moves and dancing to music as a way to express themselves.  We won’t be having a performance on Friday but we are taking video and pictures to share with families.  Stay tuned!

Schedule – this week’s schedule is a bit mixed up and changed due to dance week, as well as a science workshop we are having on Wednesday.  We will be taking a break from WTW this week as well, and resume next week.

Moving towards independence – beginning this week, parents are welcome to drop off their grade one students with a hug and a kiss at the door.  Many students have embraced doing their morning routines quickly by themselves and then moving to the carpet to read with a buddy.  Arriving promptly at 8:20AM allows your child the greatest chance at successfully finishing their morning routine (water bottle on desk, hang up jacket and backpack, change shoes).  Thank you for helping your child become more independent.

New room – your child may have mentioned to you that our room has undergone a makeover!  Many hands have helped reorganize our room so that it flows and functions better for our needs.  We now have labelled books and book bins to facilitate easier book searches, an art cart for drawing, and a creation station for creating.  If you are able to collect and bring to school small cardboard boxes (from cereal, granola bars, etc), cardboard tubes (toilet paper and paper towel rolls) and other small plastic trays, we can add them to our Creation Station for students to create and experiment with. Thank you.