September 23

September 22

This week, we started our printing program called Handwriting Without Tears.  We reviewed the capital letters that the students were exposed to last year as well as the correct way to hold a pencil.  Each student practiced printing in their own exercise book after we went over the correct stroke order as a class. Our focus with printing this year is neatness. Is your child printing the letters in the appropriate spots on the lines? We also danced to some alphabet letter videos to review the sounds some letters make (especially vowels because they can easily be mixed up for many students) and the formation of them. Here is an example:

If your child needs more practice with the letter sounds (for example a, e, i, o, u) – you can go to YouTube and type in “Letter i song” and select the one by “Have Fun Teaching.” You can also have your child work on Starfall.  If you click on ABCs, you can listen to different letter songs/ lessons, or you can click on “Learn to Read” and there are fun, interactive stories for your child to listen to/ read and click on, as well as matching activities and short videos on sound blends (th, wh, ch, sh).

We have also been enjoying reading stories from the author David Shannon.

We have been continuing with Reading Power – making connections, and ‘reading to self.’ Students are encouraged to find ‘good fit’ books – books that interest them, and contain mostly words that they know – when reading to self. They know that they can either 1) read the pictures 2) read the words or 3) retell the story in their own words. See if your child can tell you how to find a ‘good fit’ book.

In Math, we asked the students to create and extend patterns with 3 or 4 elements and record them onto paper. We have also been making rhythmic patterns by clapping, stomping, snapping etc. Ask your child if he/she can demonstrate this to you. We identified patterns that had errors and corrected them. We also learned about translating patterns and growing patterns.

In Bible, we finished our directed drawing activity of each of the days of Creation. We watched a video on Creation, including the Fall, and wrote about it in our Bible journals. Yesterday we watched a video on Noah.  Next week we will reflect on what we learned and discuss how Noah obeyed God. Students will have an opportunity to recite their Bible memory verse (Hebrews 12:1) to me from Monday to Friday.

Each day during our morning devotions, we pray, discuss the memory verse and sing a couple of worship songs. I have been doing different songs every day (most of them are familiar to the students but I will post a couple here sometimes so that you can play them at home too.

In our first thematic unit of the year, Matter Matters, we will be exploring the big idea that “everything can be used for something.”  Students will inquire into the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and their corresponding properties (how something acts, feels, and looks).  We launched the unit this week by introducing the topic to the students.

In art, students completed their self-portraits.

Reminders/ Notices….

  • We go to the library every Friday. Please ensure your child has a library bag this upcoming Wednesday. Unfortunately, no bag = no books. Each week your child is able to take out 4 books as long as they have returned the books from the previous week.  Books go in the blue library bin (it’s a recycling can on wheels) in the classroom on Friday mornings
  • Literacy Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm.  We will be discussing our literacy program and ways that you can help your child at home.
  • Please sign up for “Celebrating Families” on the sheet hanging outside of the classroom if you have not already done so. This is the week on which you will choose a day and time to come into the classroom (with your family) and share about your family for 10 minutes (more information is in the parent handbook).
  • If your child is late (they come in after 8:30) please go to the office to get a late slip before coming to class as I take attendance when the second bell rings.
  • Have a great weekend and please pray for our class (good relations between students, energy and focus, respectfulness and joy).
September 21


It has been a busy week reviewing routines and starting new units! Today we started learning about what matter is.

If you have socks at home that are mismatched and you are thinking of throwing them away, our class can use them for cleaning white boards 🙂

A couple of reminders!

-Please drop off and pick up your child after school at the outside door.  Since I stand at the outside door, it is hard to see if students leave through the classroom door and I want to ensure that they are safe.  Thank you for your support in this area.

-Family groups is on Friday.  There will be no chapel after family groups is over.

-Sometimes students forget things at home and that’s okay! If you need to drop something off (a water bottle, jacket, comfort item etc.) please put it in the lunch box and we will check it when we take our washroom breaks

September 16

Our Second Week of School

It has been a full week getting to know each other and reviewing routines and expectations. Thank you for coming out to Meet the Teacher Night. I am slowly starting to learn your names but I do not know them all, so please give me grace as I ask you to remind me of your name and who are picking up.

Thank you to those who have signed up for the week on which you will come into our classroom to celebrate your family. If you have not already done so, please sign up (the sheet is hanging just outside of our classroom). There is more information about it in the Grade One Handbook. If you need another copy of one of these handbooks, please feel free to ask me. You can also see a digital copy under one of the tabs on this blog.

The students are beginning to adjust to the routines and expectations of the class.  We continue to encourage students to take risks and play with new friends during recess times as well as be problem solvers and communicators. 

In Language Arts we talked about the three ways we can read a book – ask your child what they are and give them a try at home!  Students learned they can read the pictures, read the words and re-tell the story.  We talked about ‘good-fit’ books so that students would choose appropriate books to read (Does it interest them? Do they understand what it is saying? If reading the words, do they know most of the words on the page?) We also created “All About Me” booklets.

We started our Reading Power program this week.  Students were introduced to one of the different reading “powers” or strategies that can help with their reading comprehension: making connections to what we read.  A connection is something that the story or text reminds us of.  We read the book “David Goes to School” by David Shannon and students were asked to make connections to the different things David did in the story.  To reinforce this strategy, you can ask your child about the connections that he/she makes as you read together at home. Did the same thing that happened in the story happen to your child? Does the character remind your child of him/herself or someone he/she knows? Does this book remind your child of another book?  

 In Math, we began our unit on Patterns. This week, we discussed how patterns are embedded everywhere, from the tiles on the floor to the 100 chart.  We discovered that patterns are a way to help us organize things around us; they help us to make sense of our world. Students had a chance to create their own patterns with a variety of math manipulatives.  We will work on creating and extending patterns up to four elements (e.g. ABCDABCD) as well as translate patterns from one representation to another (e.g., red, yellow, orange, white to ABCD).  Understanding patterns help children build a foundation for algebraic thinking.   To reinforce this at home, you could look around the house together for patterns!    

In Bible, we reviewed the story of Creation. We began a directed drawing activity showing what God made on each day. We will finish this next week.  Next Monday, I will be sending home a letter explaining more about our Memory Verse Program in your child’s Back and Forth Folder.

In Art, we drew self-portraits to show how we are each beautifully and wonderfully made!

We had our first Library class with Ms. Huber on Friday.  She introduced the library routines and explained how to use our library keys. Please continue to have your child bring a library bag (something that can protect the library books in case of leakage in your child’s school bag) on that day. Bags should be big enough to hold the books.  The books that your child took out are due on Friday, as will be the case each week. If you would like to know more about what’s going on in the library, please subscribe to Ms. Huber’s blog.

We have planned two ice skating field trips to the Minoru Ice Skating Rink and will be requiring volunteers on those dates.  We have scheduled them on Friday, Nov 17 and Wednesday, Jan 24. We will be requiring your assistance from 10:30-12:00 to help students put on their skates.  You are also welcome to join in and skate for free that day.  I will be sending out more details closer to the actual skating dates.

Volunteering On Monday there will be a calendar sign-up outside the classroom door for volunteering in September and October.  I am looking for one volunteer on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1:15 until 2:45 to help with various jobs in the classroom while the students are in Music, French, P.E.


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.  If you wish to order, please return the flier with the payment (if not done online) and the flier with the student’s name on it.  Every club order will help our class to earn bonus points which we will use to redeem books to enrich our classroom library.  Orders will be due at the end of the month.

Special Friend
Throughout the year students will take turns being the Special Friend. The Special Friend will help the teacher in the classroom, and take on the responsibility to update the calendar.  The Special Friend is encouraged to bring 1 small object to school for show- and-tell.  Show-and-tell is designed to provide children with a forum for speaking publicly. Therefore, please help your child feel successful as your child presents in front of classmates.

Here are some ways you can help your child get ready at home:
– train your child to look at the audience while talking in a loud enough voice to be heard by all who are listening
– train your child to state their name before sharing
– teach your child to end the presentation by saying thank you for listening

The first time for Show-and-Tell, please have your child bring their favourite toy.  I sent home a special friend schedule this week. It is also posted on a page titled “Special Friend”.  Please help your child to remember to bring something that is important to them to share with the class. Please have your child practice talking about why their object is important.


  • Please return Back and Forth books as soon as you can so new notices don’t get lost.
  • Please send a change of clothes incase accidents occur.
  • Family Groups is on Friday so there will not be chapel. Clubs will be announced during Family Groups.

Thank you for all that you do to support your child’s education. Have a blessed weekend!

September 10

Welcome to 1N!

Dear Parents,

It was a week of meeting old friends and making new friends for 1N. We played different games to help the students learn names and get to know each other better. 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.

The students started French (Mr. Lai), P.E. (Mr. Przybylski), and Music (Mrs. Chong) classes this Friday. These classes are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoons.


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

Each week, I will update my blog at 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.


  • 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 20 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.
  • 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 and medical ID forms
  • Please send headphones to be kept at school for use in the computer lab
  • Students will be taking their individual photo next Wednesday, September, 13. Please help your child dress accordingly.
  • Please bring a box of tissue and hand sanitizer
  • Please send students with a water bottle (filled with water) they can keep at their desk each day.


Special Helper

I will be sending home a calendar for special helpers during the month of September and October.  On their day, students should bring something to show the class.  Students 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.

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.

Finally, a reminder from our school office:

Lunch Drop Off Change:

If your child’s lunch is brought to school by a parent, grandparent, or other person during the morning, the NEW 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. This allows our students to work undisturbed in the classrooms and hallways and helps our front office staff to keep track of who is entering and leaving the building.

Have a wonderful weekend!