January 20

January 19

In Language Arts we learned about sequence – putting our ideas in order so that our writing is organized. We use words like, “First, second, next, finally.” The students made ‘storyboards’ – 3 boxes in a column in which they put pictures and words in order so everything makes sense. Next week, we will put this into practice in story writing. We also read the story, “The Snow Day” by Komako Sakai, and then drew and wrote about what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.

In Math, we reviewed the “Up and Down” addition strategy. I reminded the students that this is only one of the many ways to add numbers.  In order to develop our number sense, we need to be flexible and be able to use many different strategies to add numbers.  The vertical algorithm tends to be more mechanical and may not enhance young children’s number sense. I also taught the students a new card game called “3 in a row.” Ask your child if he/she can teach you the game. The students shared their ideas as to which addition strategy may be more efficient for a given set of addends. Some were using their fingers or manipulatives to count but started to realize they could use double facts! As their number sense continues to develop, it is important for young children to discover on their own adding strategies which are most efficient to use to solve a given problem.  When possible, continue to ask your child to solve authentic math problems involving addition (e.g. we had 3 oranges at home, now we have 9 in total, how many did we buy?) over the weekend.  Over the next few weeks, we will switch gears to learning about different subtraction strategies.

In Bible this week, the students were introduced to the role of a judge, the cycle of disobedience, and the first judge, Othniel, whom God had sent to deliver the Israelites from the king of Aram. Next week we will be learning about the life of Ehud. We also started reading through a devotional book together. Each day there is a question we talk about, a small paragraph we read together, and the special friend reads a prayer. This week we talked about what it means to serve others and obey our parents. Here is a song that we sang this week.

In Theme, we took a closer look at the cycle of seasons, and specifically what winter looks like and how it affects us. Students began working on a booklet about seasons. They brainstormed that we need to wear a thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats to stay warm.  They also noticed that we can go skiing and build snow men in the winter. They thought it was funny when I pointed out that it is winter right now, but all they see is rain, not snow!

In Art, we worked with the concept of perspective and how we can show distance of an object. After reading the story “Snowmen at Night”, we made big snowman heads with ripped paper to make it look like are close up to the snowman. They had so much fun adding their own personal details to the snowmen. They will be on display next week.

Thank you to Jeremiah’s family, his dad Michael, his mom Toni, and his sister Justine for coming to share with us this week about their family! We learned that they enjoy kayaking, hiking, drawing, skiing, sledding and baking. They attend Richmond Baptist Church and Jeremiah is the youngest member of the Welcome Team. The Mallou family enjoys traveling together and have been to the Philippines, Hawaii, California and Whistler.

Reminders/ notices:

  • Skating is on Wednesday, January 24th

Have a blessed weekend

January 17

Show and Tell

For this round of show and tell, students are not going to be bringing in items to share. Instead, they will be reading a piece of writing out of their journal from school! They have been working hard on adding details and this is a perfect time to share it with the class.

January 13

January 13

The kids loved Pajama day and getting to have their stuffies with them while they read with a buddy in their Family Group! We read a story about a unicorn named Thelma since I was dressed up like one. Since we didn’t have chapel, we did the annual stuffie toss in our class.

This week…

We started off the year with Brandon’s family sharing. We learned that Brandon’s mom Fema was born in the Philippines and does accounting for Planet Ice. Brandon’s dad Maurice was born in Canada and is a truck driver for Richmond. He hauls dirt and snow away for the city! Brandon also has a little Brother whose name is Aaron. As a family, they enjoy traveling and have been to Hawaii, Mexico, and San Diego. They attend Praise International church and enjoy going to the annual Canada day celebration their church hosts. Thank you for coming to share with us!

In Language Arts we talked about what we did during our Christmas break and then wrote about it, focusing on the topic and adding details such as who, what, when and where. After they wrote their paragraphs on Monday, students re-read their work on Tuesday to look for corrections they could make.

We began studying a new author: Kevin Henkes. He is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books and novels.  This week, we watched a short video interview with Kevin Henkes discussing his writing process with books like Chester’s Way, Kitten’s First Moon, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  Some students noted that he likes to use mice as his main characters, and uses lots of sentences to describe his characters at the beginning of the story. We also talked about the parts of a story (characters, setting, problem, conflict and resolution) and identified them in the Kevin Henkes’ books we read.

In Math, we reviewed some of the adding strategies that we have covered before the break such as “Count on”, “Make ten”, and “Double facts”.  I also introduced the “Up and Down” strategy (e.g. the traditional way of addition with adding the numbers up and down) for addition but I cautioned the students that this is only one of the many ways to add numbers.  In order to develop our number sense, we need to be flexible and be able to use many different strategies to add numbers.  The vertical algorithm tends to be more mechanical and may not enhance young children’s number sense. The students got to play a new game on the iPads called “Sushi Monster”.

Over the next two months, the students will be looking at the lives of five judges: Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon and Samson.  They will be learning about the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges where the Israelites forget their covenant with God, oppress by their neighbors, and plead to God for a deliverer.  This week, the students were introduced to the role of a judge, the cycle of disobedience, and our new memory verse, 2 Corinthians 6:16.

These were some of the songs we sang this week:

In theme we began our unit called, “Patterns in the Sky ” The big idea is: “Patterns and cycles in the sky help us understand the world.” The students brainstormed ideas of the kinds of patterns we may see in the sky. Using a globe and a flashlight, we discovered how the patterns of ‘night and day’ and the cycle of seasons occur. We watched a video on Brain Pop which explained these phenomena (the earth rotates on its axis as it orbits the sun, and the earth’s axis is tilted). See if your child is able to explain this to you yet.

On Wednesday and Thursday the students were excited to have Exploration time again.

Notices/ Reminders…

  • We are going skating again on January 24 and we will be at the rink from 10:30 – 12:00. Please approve the field trip online by Jan. 19. If you are able to volunteer, please let me know via email. We can always use many volunteers to help do up and undo skates.
  • Scholastic orders will be due Friday, January 19.
  • Term 2 clubs begin next week. Please refer to past emails for the list of who has clubs this term.

Thanks and have a blessed weekend!

January 12


A reminder that tomorrow is pajama day! If your child brings a book to read, please make sure it has his/ her name in it so it does not get lost. If at all possible, please try to be at school on time. We have family groups right at 8:30 and the students are lined up and delivered to their groups/ classrooms by Ms. Tam. It has been distressing for students who come late as we are already meeting in our groups.

Thank you for the birthday cards and gifts! It made the day very special!

January 10

Pajama Day

This Friday is Pajama Day! Your child is invited to wear his/her pjs to school and bring a small stuffy. During Family Groups this Friday morning, the students will be reading with a buddy. They are welcome to bring a favourite book from home, labelled with their first and last name, or use the classroom books. There will be no chapel in the gym this Friday.

January 2

Back to School News

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for the thoughtful Christmas cards and generous gifts that students brought in during the last week. I hope you had a great Christmas with your families and are able to enjoy the last few days of the break.

In Language Arts we continued to read stories by Jan Brett. The students also wrote about the Christmas story in their Bible journals. In Language Arts, we talked about being aware of using periods to end a sentence and beginning a sentence with a capital letter.  For most young children, writing is a very cognitively intensive task that entails forming the letters, leaving space between words, thinking about how to spell a word properly, what to write, and knowing the audience that they are writing for. Therefore, we often see children forgetting to use their capital and punctuation marks, and it is something that we will continue to work on throughout the year.

In Math, we continued to review addition strategies and practiced adding numbers from 0-20.

In Theme, students drew a picture of an animal that can survive in an environment of their choice to illustrate their understanding of animal adaptations.  It is our goal that students will begin to be curious as to how amazing God’s creation is.

On Thursday, we had Christmas stations which consisted of a craft, colouring and reading, snakes and ladders for math and Christmas Bingo. Thank you to the parents who came into help run a centre. Some of the students said it was the best day of school ever!



On Thursday our class went caroling with Miss Hesmert’s class. The students did a great job singing Christmas carols to the seniors who were eager to sing along. The staff were amazed at how well they sang even at their young age. What a blessing to them!

Thank you to Enoch’s mom who came to share with us. We learned that Enoch’s dad James lives overseas and is a chip designer. Enoch’s mom Rebecca stays at home to care for Enoch, his sister, and their home. Their family moved to Burnaby in 2009 and Enoch was born in 2011. They moved back to Shanghai and then returned to Canada in the summer of 2017. Shortly after, Enoch started coming to RCS! Enoch enjoys swimming, skating, riding his bike and scooter, playing the piano, building with Lego and drawing. As a family, they enjoy traveling together, celebrating birthdays, eating food together, carving pumpkins and picking strawberries in the summer. They attend Metro Baptist Church where Rebecca was baptized.

When we return to school on January 8th, the students of 1N are going to have two new goals we are going to be supporting them through:

  • Being responsible for their own belongings
  • Being responsible for getting themselves ready in the morning.

There are a few reasons for the new goals.

  1. Personal responsibility is a part of the new curriculum
  2. Learning how to care for belongings is an important skill
  3. To reinforce that they are in Grade 1 and towards the end of the year, will be preparing for Grade 2
  4. The students feel proud when they are able to get ready themselves

In the morning, students are going to be expected to:

  • Put their backpack on their desk
  • Unpack their own water bottle, mail, home reading and library books
  • Hang up their backpack and jacket
  • Change their shoes and place them under their desk
  • Read quietly with a parent or on their own if a parent is not present

In the afternoon, students are going to be expected to:

  • Change their shoes
  • Put their bag on their desk
  • Pack up their own water bottle, mail and library bag
  • Help clean up the class (floor, supplies etc.)
  • Wait quietly until pick up

As a parent, you can support our class and your child by:

  • Encouraging your child to do simple jobs at home (picking up toys, making his/ her bed etc.). The students really enjoy helping others, recognize it is a way to serve God, and are capable of simple jobs at home to emphasize responsibility.
  • Assist them in packing their own backpack the night before so they know what is inside and what they have to unpack in the morning.
  • Arriving at 8:20 so your child has 10 minutes to get ready before the day starts
  • While they are getting ready, you can pick a book to read with them- they are going to practice telling you they are ready to read
  • Say goodbye and leave when the 8:30 bell rings so we can transition into the beginning of the day through worship

This is going to take a lot of practice but I am confident our class will be able to do it! If we feel like your child needs extra support, we will let you know. Thank you for your continued support.

Notices/ Reminders…

  • We will exchange home reading books as usual on Monday, January 8th.
  • The new memory verse will be sent home Monday, January 8th.
  • The January book orders will go home on Monday, January 8th and will need to be returned by January 22nd.
December 12

Thank you & Festive Day

Thank you for the generous Christmas gifts this morning! It is such a blessing being able to work with your children. I appreciate all of your support.


On Friday our school will be having “Festive Dress Up Day” which means students can wear something special for Christmas. Examples include wearing red, green, an ugly Christmas sweater or dressing up like a Christmas tree!

December 9

December 9

I can’t believe there is only a week left of school until Christmas break!

The past two weeks we have been singing Christmas carols as a class so they can learn the words. The links to some of them are down below if you want to play them at home.

The week started with the Christmas concert! The students sang so well! If you were able to record them singing or took some pictures and are able to send them to me I would appreciate it so much! Thank you.

Next week we will be discussing the birth of Jesus, including the significance of him coming to earth in such a humble way.

In Language Arts, we learned about a new reading strategy called “Pay attention to Punctuation. Learning to read with proper phrasing is important. Meaning comings from the chunks of words that are read together, not just a single word. We also talked about the importance of punctuation when writing. A sentence ends in a period, exclamation or question mark. When students wrote in their journal this week about the field trip, they experimented with using these endings. As a class, we also continued to read stories by our featured author this month, Jann Brett.

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In Theme, we talked about, and students drew and wrote about, some of the animals we saw at the Aquarium, and the various adaptations they have to survive. God has made such cool creatures and has equipped them to survive in many neat ways! The students had a lot of fun at the aquarium. Ask your child what kinds of sea creatures they saw and the adaptations they have to survive (ex. a sea cucumber has pretend spikes to protect it from predators). Next week the students will be working on creating their own animal and labelling it with the adaptations it needs to survive in the environment of their choosing.


In Math, students continued to work with the math strategies we have learned so far (Count on, Number line, 5 and 10 as Anchors).  We talked about how we can use “double facts” to help us add. Next week we will learn about “near doubles.” For example, if you know that 5 + 5 = 10, then to figure out 5+6, you just add 1 to the sum of 5+5. We also played a couple games. One was “Spin to make 10.” Hopefully, with the more practice the children get with addition strategies, games and various manipulatives, they will be able to visualize these math strategies mentally.

Below are some games they have been playing on the iPads.



On Thursday, we had a special visitor come to help put up our Christmas tree. Some of the students were excited to help decorate.

On Thursday, students also made cards for the teachers that support us in our class. Mrs.Laing helps us with spelling, Mrs.Mung, Mrs.Ansley and Mrs. Faszer help us with reading and writing and Mrs.Cheung, Mrs.Leung, and Mrs. Chan help us with math.

Thank you to Cameron’s family, his dad Chester, mom Ginger and sister Maddy who came to share with us this week. They enjoy making pancakes and waffles together on the weekend, building with Lego, and playing games. As a family, they enjoy travelling and have visited various places in Canada, the United States, Philippines, and Japan. Recently, their family took a trip to England and Iceland. At Christmas they enjoy looking at Christmas lights, baking cookies, preparing gifts and taking pictures with Santa. We learned that God has been with them through each step of their lives, from Cameron and his sister being born, to coming to RCS.

Notices/ Reminders:

  • There will be no Words Their Way next week.
  • We will continue with Home Reading next week, however, we do not expect the students to be reading the leveled books during the Christmas holidays.  Any unread books can be used after we come back from the holidays.
  • I am still looking for two volunteers for Thursday’s Christmas stations if you are interested in helping out!
  • Our class is going caroling on Thursday. Please make sure you have given permission through the parent portal. Thank you!

Have a restful weekend!

December 8

Visitor Tomorrow

Tomorrow our class will be having a visitor. A friend of mine from church is praying about becoming a teacher and is interested in seeing what it’s like to teach at a Christian school. She will be “shadowing” me for the day to see what RCS is like.

December 6

Aquarium Tomorrow

A reminder that tomorrow 1N students will be going to the Vancouver Aquarium.  We will be leaving school at around 8:45 and arrive back at around 2:30. Please be on time as we will be leaving the class at 8:30 to go to the washroom and get on the bus. If your child misses the bus, they will need to be dropped off at the Aquarium. In order to minimize what the students need to carry to and around the aquarium, your child will only need to bring a small snack, a cold lunch or lunch in containers that can be thrown away (ex. A sandwich in a zip lock bag) and a small water bottle, preferably in a small backpack. They should have a jacket and shoes to stay dry. If you have order Nova lunch that day, please call them to cancel the order. If your child usually exchanges their home readers on Tuesday, please bring that to school.  We will try to do the exchange in the morning and leave the package at school. This is a normal school day where you will drop off your child to school at the usual time. Students will come back to school to get their belongings and be dismissed at 2:45pm.