May 17

Victoria Day – there will be no school on Monday.  Enjoy the long weekend with your families!

Words Their Way – we will be taking a break from Words Their Way due to the short week.

Bring a Book – some students have asked to bring a book from home to read.  What a great idea to bolster our class reading choices!  I’ve told our students that every Monday they can bring a book from home, labelled withe their name.  We will keep them in a separate basket and students can enjoy reading books from each other.  We will take the books home on Friday and refresh the basket each week.

Light & Sound – we have started experimenting with light and sound to investigate its properties and how we can change them.  This past week, we experimented with light and how to manipulate its brightness.  Next week, we will continue experimenting with flashlights and kazoos.  As these experiments involve basic household materials, you could ask your child to demonstrate it to you at home!

Math – we will be starting a new unit on 2D and 3D shapes on the last week of May.  I hope to integrate math and art together by building a robot using cardboard boxes and paper mache.  We have a good collection of boxes already, but I would love your help in collecting some newspapers.  The large sheets of black and white newsprint work best, as flyer paper is usually too waxy for paper mache.  We will start collecting during the last week of May.  Thank you!

May 8

Mother’s day tea: is this Friday at 1:30-2:30PM.  Students are preparing for this wonderful event all week, as we plan and create decorations as a class.  We are excited to host our mom’s for an afternoon of fun!  Our hope is to spend quality time together that afternoon folding origami, painting a mural, playing games and enjoying some snacks together.  Please dress casually and comfortably so you will be able to enjoy all our activities!

Toilet paper rolls: please help us collect some toilet paper rolls in preparation for our sound experiments later this month.  Students can start bringing these in any time.  Thank you.

Clothing: thank you for adjusting your child’s wardrobe for the warmer weather.  It has been great to see them wearing t-shirts and learning to cool themselves down by taking off long sleeves.

June field trip: a tentative date for a year end grade one field trip has been set for Friday, June 14.  Please keep this date in mind as it will be a fun, celebratory event for all 3 grade one classes.  Parent volunteers are welcome and needed!  More information to come.