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 or call the Elementary Office to sign up and become involved as a Parent Recess supervisor.

September 1


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!