December 5

Family Groups Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year! Gingerbread Day! It’s busy, messy and lots of fun 🙂

-Please send a small bag (about 1/4 cup) of nut free candy so your child can decorate their cookie.

-Please try to be on time as we have to get name tags on the students and lined up in order so Mrs.Fok can drop them off at their family group

Thank you!

November 30

November 30

1N will be celebrating Christmas with activity centres on Thursday, December 12th from 11:00-12:15. If you are able to come help run a centre (craft, bingo, play doh etc.) please let me know by December 6th. Thank you!   

1N students are very excited about their upcoming Chapel on December 13th! We will be starting to practice next week.

For our “growth mindset” videos this week, we discussed about the power of “yet”. When we can’t do something or don’t know about something, it is perfectly okay to ask for help. Instead of saying “I can’t do this”, we can actually say “I can’t do this…yet!”. The students then wrote a sentence and drew a picture of something they are still learning to do. They thought it was funny that I am still learning as well!

This week in Word Work, we reviewed what syllables are and also learned that a closed syllable usually has one short vowel that is followed by one or more consonants. The students practiced identifying words that have a closed syllable (i.e. math, hen, him, hot, cup).

After learning about Moses last week, we read about Joshua this week. We discussed how Joshua walked by faith and not by sight–that although the spies saw how much stronger and bigger their enemies seemed, Joshua trusted God and was not afraid. And of course, the students loved hearing about the way God powerfully brought down the walls of Jericho.

Since we started exploring different addition strategies in Math several weeks ago, we have covered strategies such as “count on”, and “make ten”.  This week, we discussed how we can add by using “double facts”. The students learned a new game and we listened to a doubles rap. 

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the sky, we examined how spring affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see.  The students thought that we need to wear light jackets, pants, and long sleeve shirts during spring. They also noticed that we can see flowers and plants bloom during spring. 

A reminder that your child will need to bring a small bag (1/4 cup) of nut-free candy to decorate their cookies during our annual gingerbread cookie decorations next Friday during our family group meeting. 

Message from the library:
During the last couple of weeks before the Christmas break, we have a few after school library closures. These are in addition to our regular Wednesday afternoons. 

The library will be closed after school on: 

Tuesday, December 3rd 

Thursday, December 12th 

Friday, December 13th 

Hope you have a good weekend!

November 24

November 24

In Language Arts, I introduced a new author, Jan Brett. She is known for her colourful and detailed pictures and wrote stories such as “The Gingerbread baby” and “The Mitten”.  

This week in 1N, we started talking about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset is saying things like “mistakes help me learn”, “let me try another way”, or “this may take some effort”. We learned that neuroscientists studied the brain for years and discovered that the brain is like a muscle. Quoting from the video we watched, “when we try challenging things, like hard math problems, we are giving our brain the exercise it needs to get stronger”. We will continue with this video series on helping students to develop a growth mindset over the next couple of weeks.  

In Math, we talked about two addition strategies this week. Students practiced them through songs, games and worksheets. The first is friends of 10 (i.e. 1+9, 2+8, 3+7). The second is the use of manipulatives such as blocks. When students see an addition problem they don’t understand, they can use counters and ten frames to see a representation of the equation.  

In Bible, we continued to look at the message of trusting God.  This week, we reviewed the story of Moses.  We discussed how God spoke to Moses and chose him because of his faith to lead his people into Canaan. Below are the two songs we sang this week. 

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky, we examined how winter affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see.  The students thought that we need to wear clothing to keep us warm, such as thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats.  They also noticed that we can go skiing, play in the snow, and see birds migrating during this season. 

Since there are only two weeks of school in December, we will begin to practice our next Bible memory verse next week. The next Bible memory verse is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

We are collecting items for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre. Each classroom has received a black and white box to collect new items that a baby/family could benefit from. As we show kindness through our gifts, our dull box will be unwrapped to reveal the bright colour underneath as we live out colouring our world.  


December 3rd: Christmas concert 6pm-8pm @ Chan Center 

December 10th: High Touch High Tech: In-house field trip 

December 12th: Class Christmas Party 11:00-12:15  

***Parent volunteers are needed! Please email me if you are interested! We will have 4-5 stations, and you will be asked to help lead one of the stations (i.e. Christmas craft, bingo game, art, game, etc.) Thanks!*** 

December 16th – January 3rd: Christmas and New Year Holidays 

January 28th: Skating @ Minoru ice rink 10:45-11:45 (Parent volunteers welcomed) 

February 18th: Aquarium  

November 16

November 16

Yesterday, we celebrated different kinds of heroes.  Biblical heroes, comic book heroes, and community heroes.

I introduced two new reading strategies this week. Lips the Fish and Chunky Monkey.


In addition to the “c vs. K” rule that we talked about two weeks ago, Mrs. Chan introduced another spelling rule to the students called “Buzz Off Miss Pill”.  When students try to spell a one syllable word with a short vowel and ends with “z, f, s, l”, the last letter should be doubled (e.g. frizz, stuff, less, bell).   

In Math, students rotated through Math centers to work independently on different math skills related to number sense and addition. At practice, students used number lines to add and subtract. At the iPad centre, students learned a new game called “NumTanga”. At the game centre, they played a card game in partners called “Make Ten”  

In Inquiry, we introduced the big idea that patterns help us understand our world.  This week, we began to explore the idea that seasons affect all living things.  We will be looking at why we have seasons, and how they affect our daily lives.  

We will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium as part of our Inquiry unit on Animal Adaptations on Tuesday, February 18. Please email me if you can volunteer to be a group leader that day.  You will be taking care of a small group of students (probably 5) around the aquarium.  We will be leaving the school at 8:45 and returning at 2:30.   A special admission fee will be charged to you unless you have a season pass at the aquarium.  There will hopefully be room on the bus. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

November 9

November 9

This week, we talked about the meaning behind the poppies that people wear during Remembrance Day.  The students discovered that this is a day where we remember all the heroes and soldiers who have made sacrifices for our country. Yesterday, Mrs.Fok led a painting activity where students used potatoes to make a poppy stamp.

In Math, students continued to explore Ten Frame Mania and Math Limbo on the iPads, to give the students more practice on their subitization skills.  They did practice work (e.g. worksheets) using the number line and learned a new card game called make 10. Students play in partners, lay out 5 cards in front of them and look for a match (6+4). Every morning, we also practice how to skip count by 2, 5, and 10 to songs by Jack Hartman. The kids love him!

In Bible, we finished looking at the life of Joseph.  The students responded in their Bible exercise book about what they have learned from his story.  Some students said that you need to trust God even when things are hard or unfair, while others said it is wrong to be jealous and to lie. The new memory verse will be Proverbs 3:5-6. Below are the songs we sang this week.

We completed our Inquiry unit of Me to We by asking the students to contribute to a book about ways that they can help in a classroom.  Some students said that they can help 1N by being caring to others, solving problems when they arise, listening to instructions, and modeling good choices to their friends.

This week, I watched as students began to blossom more with their writing! Grade 1 is so exciting! Some are beginning to stretch their brains to add more ideas while others are growing more aware of conventions (capital letters, punctuation marks, finger spaces).

During Exploration Time this week, I had students:

1. Make a building choice of where they wanted to play (Lego, tinker toys, blocks)

2. They had to stay there for 30 minutes to build something with the other students who were there (after 30 minutes they could switch)

3. At the end of the day, their “group” shared what they built

Below are some pictures. It was exciting to watch them work together by communicating and thinking of ideas. Some also made new friends!

Notes and reminders

  • I am beginning to plan for chapel. If you leaving for holidays early, please let me know so I can take that into consideration when assigning acting parts. Thank you!
  • Please support your child in helping them to remember their home reading books on their assigned day. Thank you!
  • Boom! Zap! Pow! Put on your capes, because November 15this RCS Elementary Hero Day! Come dressed up as your favourite hero — a Bible hero, a comic book hero, or a community hero, the possibilities are endless. This is your chance to get creative and honour all the superheroes in our lives — both fictional and the real-life. 
  • Sometimes students might bring home a colouring page or worksheet that is not complete, but they do not need to finish it and bring it back. There are extra activities available to them when they are finished their work and often they like to take them home.
November 8


Today students brought home a book mark that has reading strategies on it. I have only taught them Eagle Eye, Stretchy Snake, Skippy Frog and Flippy Dolphin so far. I keep it on the table when I am conferencing with students for both of us to refer to and figured it might be helpful for you to have at home as well for reference when reading together.

November 2

November 1

Dear Parents,

In Language Arts, I continued to reinforce some of the reading strategies that I have introduced to the students so far while reading aloud books by our featured author, Mo Willems, as well as during our weekly individual reading conferences.

On Wednesday, we used a pumpkin to help write poems. First, we brainstormed words to describe the outside (bumpy, dirty, orange). After cutting it open, looking inside and touching it, we brainstormed words to describe the inside (slimy, smelly, stringy).

Mrs. Chan taught us how to choose between the letter “c” or “k” when spelling an unknown word that begins with a hard “c” sound.  The students discovered that we use “k” with a stick vowel (e and i) and “c” with a round vowel (a, o, u).  For example, kit instead of cit, cap instead of kap.

In Math, students learned how to use the number line to add numbers.  I explained that the number line is one of many tools that we can use to add and subtract numbers along with the ten frame, 100 chart, fingers, or mental math.  As well, we introduced to the students to the proper usage of the iPads and further their understanding of subitization with the introduction of the Ten Frame Mania app and Math Limbo.  They also played various math games aimed to develop their number sense.

In our inquiry unit of Me to We, students continued to work in small groups to come up with ways that we can contribute to our church community.  Some students said that they help to clean up toys, stack the chairs, pray for others, and donate food.

In Health, we talked about the different food groups.

In Bible, we read about and discussed how Joseph trusted God even when he was sold into slavery by his brothers.  Below are the two songs we sang this week.

In Art, students have been working on a pumpkin painting.

Individual photo retake is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 7.  If you wish for your child to retake his/her individual picture, please email me.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Messages from Mr, Paul

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00pm for our Elementary Deeper Learning Parent Night. This will be an important evening of learning and information that we encourage parents to attend. 

We kindly request that you use this link to RSVP. We want to ensure that we have prepared sufficient materials for those in attendance.

Please note that there will be no childcare provided and that the evening is not suitable for children.

If you would like more information about the evening, you can watch this video.

We hope to see you there!

October 29

October 29

Dear Parents,

On Monday, students wrote about one interesting thing that happened on their weekend. Keeping their writing focused and exploding a small moment (who, what, where, why, when) are skills that we will continue to reinforce this year. We also read several books written by Mo Willems, our featured author. Thursday afternoon was exciting! Ms.Huber came to join us and we read an Elephant and Piggie story together. Eventually students will be able to work on their own Mo Willems story. This week they learned how to draw Gerald!

We practiced two reading strategies this week. Ask someone to define a word is a reading strategy where students can expand their vocabulary by asking someone (usually an adult) to define words that they may not have seen before. As you read with your child at home, when reading books that are above their independent reading level, try to point out words that your child can use naturally in their writing or oral speech.  The second strategy is called “Flippy the dolphin”. Since each vowel has two sounds (long and short) I encouraged them to change the vowel sound if they read it one way and the word sounds wrong.

I am very proud of the way our students have picked up the routines for Literacy Rotations this week. Students are participating more actively in their focused group. The small grouping also allowed students to ask more questions to clarify or extend their knowledge and skills. I am beginning to see the skills being transferred to their reading and writing. The jail words we have talked about so far are: to, was, the and you.

Our school’s book fair is scheduled for Oct 28 to Nov 1. If you are interested in buying books for your child, you can visit the fair at these times:

Monday 9:30am-6:00pm

Tuesday 12:00am-8:00pm (Closed between 5-6pm)

Wednesday-Friday 8:30am-3:15pm

In Math, students continued to work on different number sense games. Next week we will be talking about number lines. Being able to see and work with a number line enhances their mental math strategies for adding and subtracting numbers. We will be referring to this tool throughout the school year. Students also filled in and decorated their own November calendar with dates that are important to them. We will be completing a monthly calendar each month going forward. Some suggested that they would like to tape it to their doors, inside their room or on the refrigerator door. We discussed how the calendar can help us organize our routines.

In Bible, we continued to review the stories of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Esau. We discussed the way Jacob stole Esau’s birthright and blessings was unkind and unpleasing to God. We also learned how God is faithful and merciful, even when we sin and have made poor choices. Below are two of the songs we sang this week.


In our Inquiry unit of Me to We, we talked about how students contribute to their families. Students suggested that they help their families by doing the laundry, unloading the dishwasher, washing the dishes, making their bed and keeping their room clean.

As there is no school today, we are not going to have library this week. Students can keep their books for an extra week to enjoy!

October 19

October 19

Dear Parents,

The author who we will be focusing on over the next few weeks is Mo Willems.  He is known for the Piggie and Elephant series, and the Pigeon series. We read a few of his books this week and watched video interviews of him to learn more about his writing process.  In addition, each child received their home reading package this week.  The package needs to come back to school on the day of the week specified on the bag so that your child can exchange for new books and read with a teacher. During literacy centres with Mrs.Chan, students continued to practice reading words and blending sounds, worked on their No David stories, practiced their printing with Mrs. Mung, and listened to stories on Epic.

This week, students played various math games to help with their number sense using dominos, ten frame cards and playing cards.  They also learned a game using the ipads called ten frame mania.

In Bible, we continued to look at the story of Abraham and Isaac to learn how we are blessed when we obey God. We have been singing two songs to remind us about being thankful.  

Yesterday, the students were excited to “Meet” their Grade 12 buddy on paper. The high school buddies sent over a letter with their picture and a prayer request. After I handed out the letters, I gave them some time to pray on their own for their buddy. It was so special to watch and hear their heart for their new, older friend.

We began our new Inquiry unit of Me to We.  The students will be exploring the roles that they have at home, in school, and in their community and how they can contribute to the groups that they belong to. This week, the students were excited to start class jobs at the end of the day. They were busy washing tables, organizing the books, sweeping the floor, emptying the organics bin and cleaning the white boards. We discussed as a class how they are showing love and care for the classroom and the cleaners that work hard to keep our class clean.  

In Art, students have been experimenting with line, colour and pattern while working on fall pictures. They traced different shaped fall leaves, overlapping one another on a white piece of paper. Last week they worked on colouring the leaves with crayon.

Have a great weekend!

October 12

October 11

Dear Parents,

In Language Arts, we continued to listen to video interviews and read books written by David Shannon.  We learned how good writers need to write each day.

We will begin our home reading program starting next Tuesday, Oct. 15. 10 Students will begin and bring home their reading package (in a large Ziploc bag) on Tuesday, 5 students on Wednesday, 5 students on Thursday, and 5 students on Friday.  The expectation is for you to read with or read to your child one book each weeknight.  However, we do understand that all households are busy, and you may miss a night of reading from time to time.  For more information on how you can help at home, refer to the green handout in your child’s home reading package.

One of the key focus in primary math is on the development of students’ number sense, their intuition about numbers and their relationships.  Number sense is something that grows and develops over time as a result of exploring numbers, visualizing them in a variety of context, and relating them in ways that are not limited by traditional algorithms.  The ability to manipulate numbers and see them flexibly (e.g. 8 can be a 5 and a 3 as well as a 4 and a 4) will eventually help students see the relationships in higher math (e.g. algebra, calculus, etc.).  In order to help children grow their number sense, we will be focusing on four aspects of number sense:

  1. Subitization (recognizing a small number of objects at a glance)
  2. The concept of one more, two more, one less, two less than a given number
  3. 5 and 10 as anchor numbers
  4. Part-part-whole relationships

All the activities that we will be introducing this year, whether it is an app on the iPad, practice work, math puzzles, and games, will be based on the above four principles.

In Bible, we reflected on things we are thankful for.

Notes & Reminders

  • Scholastic Orders: are due on Friday, October 18th.
  • Photo Orders: are due October 15th. If you missed the deadline, photos can still be ordered online.
  • Photo retakes are on November 7th . Please let me know if you wish your child to retake his/her photo so I can add them to the list.