September 29

September 29

Dear Parents,

It was great seeing so many of you on Thursday! Literacy is a key component of learning for young children.  It is truly a partnership between home and school.  We hope that our sharing gave you some insights into how young children learn to read and write, and how you can help at home.  If you were not able to attend last night, the information covered will be included over time in my weekly blog.   

In Math, we completed our unit on Patterns by asking students to explore geometric (growing) patterns and translate patterns.

We followed up on the idea of trusting and obeying God by looking at the life of Abraham.  The students learned how Abraham obeyed God when he was asked to move to Canaan and had to sacrifice the son that he had at an old age.  He trusted God even though he was asked to make tough choices. Below are two songs we sang this week.

In our inquiry unit of Matter matters, we defined matter as something that takes up space and is made up of three groups: solids, liquids, and gases.  Solid is something that takes on a definite shape, a liquid is something that you can put your hand through, feels wet, and takes on the shape of the container that it is in, and a gas is something that you can also put your hand through but may not feel.  We practiced sorting different objects into these three groups. On Friday, we had root beer floats so students could see the three states of matter! On Tuesday, High Touch High Tech will be coming into our class to do a few matter related science experiments as we prepare to wrap up this unit.

In Health, we continued to discuss ways to improve our wellness choices.  This week, we talked about types of exercise that the students enjoy.

Our Chapel has been scheduled for Friday, December 13.  Please mark that date on your calendar and come to support 1N on that morning (8:35-9:05).

September 22

September 27

Dear Parents,

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. We also continued to focus on the first reading strategy of connection. Students continued to show a love for reading during “Read to Self” time. Each morning, we work on building their “reading stamina”. Read to self has some rules. They have to pick 3-4 books, choose a spot that will help them focus and read the whole time (pictures or words). On Friday, they made it to 9 minutes!  

On Friday, I introduced the students to Story Workshop. I modeled a retelling of one of their favourite stories “No David” and then made up my own story about David going to the beach. Students learned that they are all authors with stories to tell. They can use their own experiences to tell a story, or their imaginations. They then had a chance to practice this with their own story boards and manipulatives.

In Math, students were asked to create and extend patterns with 3 or 4 elements and record them by drawing on paper or taking a picture.

In Bible, we reviewed the story of Adam and Eve and Noah and the Ark. We also sang some new songs this week which are down below!

In our first inquiry unit of the year, Matter Matters, we will be exploring the big idea that “everything is made up of matter”.  Students will inquire into the properties of matter (how something acts, feels, and looks) and how they affect its function.  We launched the unit this week by introducing the topic to the students.

A reminder that our Literacy Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 7 pm.  We will be discussing our literacy program and ways that you can help your child at home.

I hope you are able to enjoy this rainy Sunday!

September 14

September 14

Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking time out to come to our Meet the Teacher Night!

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 which are 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 want to learn or enjoy a story?

We started our reading program this week.  Students were introduced to the reading strategy of “making connections” which can help with their reading comprehension. We will be focusing on this over the next few weeks. A connection is a memory or something that the story or text remind us of. To reinforce this strategy, you can ask your child about the connections that he/she makes as you read with them at home.

We began practicing the proper way to write sentences (start with a capital, use lowercase letters on the proper spots on the lines, finger spaces in between words, end with a period). Students practiced writing simple sentences with the short ‘a’ sound on their lined whiteboards (“The cat sat on a mat.”). I would say the sentence out loud and they would write what they heard. They love finding the mistakes I purposefully include in my sample sentences on the board and they eagerly help me fix them.

In Math, we began our unit on Patterns. This week, we discussed how patterns are embedded everywhere, from our calendar, the clothes we wear and pictures throughout the classroom. Yesterday, the students were excited to build patterns and have a friend recreate it. 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.

In Bible, we reviewed the story of Creation. I will be sending home a letter explaining more about our Memory Verse Program. We sang two songs this week to remind us of God’s power and all the things He created.

In Art, students created self-portraits to celebrate how God has created each one of us uniquely.

We had our first Library class with Ms. Huber this Tuesday.  She introduced the library routines and explained how to use our library keys.  Please continue to help your child to develop a habit of bringing in a library bag (something that can protect the library books in case of linkage in your child’s school bag) each Tuesday to promote their sense of independence.   

A reminder that students will be taking their individual photos next Wednesday, Sep 18.  Please help your child dress accordingly.   

Have a great weekend! 

September 7

September 6

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful first week of school! It was a week of meeting old friends and making new ones. We played some games, chatted about some of our favourite things in order to get to know one another better, read lots of books and practiced routines. The students were very excited to explore all the new toys!

We will have our first Library class on Tuesday with Ms. Huber. In order to protect our library books, please have your child bring a bag labeled with his/her name and class. We will be using this library bag throughout the school year every Tuesday when we go to exchange books. If students do not have a library bag, they will not be able to take out books.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be discussing and practicing what to do in case of a fire or earthquake at school. 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.

Below is a song we sang together this week if you want to listen to it at home!

Reminders/ notices:

  • Thursday is our “Grade 1 Meet the Teacher Night”. Please note that this is a parent only evening.
  • Wednesday, September 18th is picture day. Please help your child dress accordingly.
  • 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 form
  • Please send headphones to be kept at school for use in the computer lab
  • Please send students with a water bottle (filled with water) each day.

Have a great weekend!

Message from office:

There are so many great reasons to sign up and be paid to be at RCS. This year we have switched when we need Parent Volunteers to ONLY be at Morning Recess.

Why is that so great? It is great because Parent Supervisors have less students at one time to supervise because we have two 15-minute morning recesses. The first recess from 10:30-10:45 and has the Kindergarten to Grade 3. The second recess has only the Grade 4’s and 5’s. Our deep hope is students and supervisors will have greater success during these distinct playtimes. What a great way to be connected, help the school and get some Starbuck’s money on the side.

We are looking for at least 15 parents who speak English and can commit from September to June for at least one time per week during the 10:15-11:15 time period. Currently we have our busy and over committed teachers covering the morning recess supervision in addition to their before, after school and lunch supervisions.  Please email at rteodoro@myrcs.ca or call the Elementary Office to sign up and become involved as a Parent Recess supervisor.

September 1

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our class blog! This is where you will find weekly updates regarding your child’s learning in our class. In order to consolidate what your child has learned in class during the week, you may wish to converse with them and find out more about what they know over the weekend!