Grade 1's blog

Week of May 22 - 26

  Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that everyone had a fun long weekend in the sun!

 This week, the Monday sharing group may share on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. The choice is yours! 

 On Friday it is fictional character day. Everyone is encouraged to dress as one of their favourite fictional characters. Please make sure that your child's clothes on Friday allow them to fully participate in class activities including Assembly, PE class, and outdoor play time. Also, please keep in mind the guidelines from Halloween - costumes must be respectful and fun! As part of the day, the Grade 7 class will be doing a special event fundraiser. Students are welcome to bring money to purchase edible treats such as cookies and popcorn, purchase items such as bookmarks and mystery bags, and have their photo taken at the Enchanted Photo Booth. All proceeds will be given to charity. Students are responsible for their own money. If you would like to support this charitable fundraiser, please send money with your child on Friday in a labeled envelope. Thank-you!

 Please note the following for the remainder of this week:

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group (along with any Monday group students who are ready)

 Wednesday

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group (Monday group as needed)

 Thursday

  • return library books

 Friday

  • fictional character day
  • 9:00am Assembly for Mrs. Koop led by Grades 1 and 4 ~ please join us!
  • PE class (no PE uniform needed)
  • Special Event ~ charity fundraiser organized by the Grade 7 class
  • Friday sharing group (and any remaining Monday group members)

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of May 15 - 19

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful Grade One moms!! I hope that you were well celebrated today! 

 This week, some of the Grade One students will be reading and doing the offertory procession at the school Mass on Wednesday. If your child has a reading, thank-you for the practice that you have already been doing at home, and please continue to practice so that the readers will be full of confidence on Wednesday morning. I hope that many of you will be able to join us for the Mass at 11:00am on Wednesday. Next Friday, May 26, the Grade One class will lead the Assembly along with the Grade Four class. All of the students who are not reading or processing at the Mass will have a special role at the Assembly. The students told me that they thought this was a fair way to do it! 

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • Mass at 11:00am ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 2 and 5 ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 Looking Ahead

  • Monday May 22 ~ Victoria Day (no school)
  • Friday May 26 ~ non-uniform day - come dressed as your favourite fictional character 
  • Friday May 26 ~ Grades 1 and 4 will lead a special Assembly for Mrs. Koop at 9:00am

 Please contact me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of May 8 - 12

  Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! Looking at my teaching plans for the year, I realized that we have come to the last units of study for Grade One ~ where did the time go?!? This week we will begin a math unit encompassing measurement and geometry. We will explore non-standard units of measurement, and the fact that objects and shapes have attributes that can be used to identify them. The students will also begin exploring animals and natural features of our local environment. In phonics and spelling we are currently learning about the use of the "silent e" and will soon move on to contractions and homophones. I am looking forward to helping the students share their imaginations by writing fictional stories and sharing puppet shows. It should be a very interesting last two months of school!

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • library books due

 Friday

  • I will be attending a meeting all day and Ms. Somers will be teaching Grade One
  • 9:00am Assembly for the Crowning of Mary led by Grade 6 and Kindergarten
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 Please contact me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a great week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of May 1 - 5

  Hello Grade One Families!

 Tomorrow is the first day of May! During the month of May, we will take time everyday in Grade One to learn about Mother Mary and pray a decade of the rosary. 

 Thank-you to all of the parents who were able to join us for our field trip last week. The students learned a lot about the history of Richmond and had fun doing it! This week we will finish up our current units of study. I am so pleased with how confident the students are becoming in completing their work, sharing their ideas, and stretching their understanding with "I wonder" questions. 

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Lucas' parents will bring juice and cupcakes to celebrate his birthday
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • Jean's Day ~ wear jeans and t-shirts, and please bring a donation for Children's Hospital
  • library books due
  • Friday sharing group will share today

 Friday

  • Professional Development Day ~ no school for students

 Looking Ahead

  • May 17 ~ school Mass (Grade One students will be doing the readings)
  • May 22 ~ no school because it is Victoria Day
  • May 26 ~ Assembly led by Grades One and Four; we will be celebrating Mrs. Koop at this Assembly; it is a non-uniform day (more details to follow at a later date)

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 24 - 28

 Hello Grade One Families!

 It was wonderful to see everyone yesterday at the Student-Led Conferences. I hope that you had fun celebrating your child's accomplishments with them. 

 Please note the following reminders for the week ahead:

 Monday

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Monday sharing group
  • I am away at a meeting all day

 Tuesday

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group
  • last day to give field trip volunteer driver information to Mrs. Ong
  • an evening e-mail will be sent out regarding the field trip...please check!

 Thursday

  • Team Spirit Day ~ wear personal or professional team t-shirts and jerseys, or St. Paul School PE shirt/Spirit Wear
  • morning field trip to the Britannia Shipyards 
  • library books due

 Friday

  • regular school day (8:45am - 3:00pm) for Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two (Grades 3-7 will be attending a track meet)
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca.

 I hope that you have a relaxing weekend and a super week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 17 - 21

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Easter! I hope that you all had a wonderful celebration of the Lord's resurrection yesterday with your families. We now enter into the joyful season of Easter filled with renewed life in our faith and our journey to the Father in heaven.

Thank-you to everyone who has registered for the Student-Led Conferences on Friday! This is a day to celebrate your child's accomplishments and an opportunity for them to share and show some of what we have been doing in the classroom. There will be several stations to visit during your half-hour appointment. The Grade Ones are very excited to share a peek into their school life. This is your child's time in the classroom with you so please make child-care arrangements for preschool age siblings. Also, please note that this time is scheduled for you and your child to enjoy together, so although I will be in the classroom, there are no parent/teacher meetings during this time. At the end of your time in the classroom, there will be a "Parent Pride Wall" upon which you can write one thing that makes you particularly proud of your child. This will be treasured by the class for these last few months of Grade One. I am looking forward to seeing all of you on Friday!

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • no school for Easter Monday

 Tuesday

  • school resumes at 8:45am
  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • no PE class because of a badminton tournament in our gym
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday

  • return library books
  • Friday sharing group will share today

 Friday

  • no regular classes because it is conference day
  • please arrive at your scheduled appointment time
  • students must wear their school uniform
  • please note that we do finish the day promptly at 5:30pm so if you have the last appointment of the day and do not want to feel rushed, please feel free to arrive a few minutes early

 Looking Ahead

 On April 27 we will have "Team Spirit Day" at St. Paul School. Students do not need to wear their school uniform. They may wear uniforms from teams they play on, St. Paul School t-shirts and Spirit Wear, or t-shirts/jerseys from professional sports teams. While choosing your child's clothes for this day please keep in mind that part of our field trip will be outside. Thank-you!

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a super week! See you on Friday!

 Mrs. Kelly 

 

Week of April 10 - 15

 Hello Grade One Families!

 During the season of Lent, the Grade One class has learned that we can change our hearts through prayer, service and forgiveness. As we journey with Jesus this Holy Week, let us keep in mind that we are all Homeward Bound (HoBo) and thank Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice which allows the gates of heaven to be open to all who seek eternal life with Him. This week, the students will learn about the events of Holy Week including the joyful entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Burial of the Lord. Please join us for daily Mass at 8:15am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

 Thank-you for your support of the seminarians through your donations to the Mite Boxes. Please return the Mite Boxes this week.

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • return Mite boxes
  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • return Mite boxes
  • class photos (full school uniform please including hair accessories)
  • no sharing

 Wednesday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • return Mite boxes
  • PE class
  • no sharing

 Thursday

  • return library books
  • 11:00am Shadow Stations of the Cross

 Friday

  • Good Friday (no school)

 Saturday

  • first day to book an appointment for the Student-led Conferences on April 21

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of April 3 - 7

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We have come to the month of April and the weather is finally cooperating so the blossoms are out and the birds are singing!

 This month we will be exploring units on Canadian money (coins), how the community of Richmond has changed over time, properties of matter, and poetry. Our Lenten focus for this week is forgiveness and we continue to encourage everyone to join us for daily Mass at 8:15am.

 During Art time on Friday, the students were introduced to Coast Salish pictures of animals and worked hard to reproduce some of the beautiful drawings. Each animal has a special meaning to the Coast Salish people and the students chose some of the animals as our class mascots for the third term. They chose six, including the hummingbird for friendship and joy, the beaver for being hard-working and industrious, and  the turtle for patience.

 Hopefully you all received the field trip permission form for our visit to the Britannia Shipyards in Steveston. If you are volunteering to drive to the field trip, please ensure that Mrs. Ong has a copy of your driver's licence and insurance forms (including one million liability insurance). Thank-you!

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group 

 Thursday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • library books due

 Friday

  • 8:15am Mass
  • Scholastic orders due please
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 Important Dates in April:

  • 7 - Scholastic orders due
  • 10-12 - Mite boxes due
  • 11 - class photos
  • 14 - Good Friday (no school)
  • 17 - Easter Monday (no school)
  • 21 - Student-led Conferences
  • 26 - school Mass
  • 27 - field trip to Britannia Shipyards National Heritage Site

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of March 27 - 31

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful Spring Break! We are now beginning the third term of the school year. The students have come so far and I look forward to this term as we continue to grow together.

 As we begin this fourth week of Lent, the Grade One class will focus on how Jesus asks us to serve others in our daily life. I encourage you to please try to attend morning Mass at 8:15am. The students are always eager to see which HOBO symbols are used each day. 

 Hopefully you have had an opportunity to read Mrs. Moorehead's e-mail regarding the new parking lot procedures. Considering that most Grade One students are still sitting in "safety seats" in the car and may need assistance buckling themselves in, I would encourage you to park in the back parking lot and meet your child in the covered area at the end of the school day. If your child is able to get in the car independently then you are welcome to pick them up at the roundabout infront of the Church. It is very important that every morning your child knows where they will be picked up to avoid any worry or confusion on their part. Thank-you!

 We will begin a new home reading program on Tuesday. The instructions will be included at the front of the duo-tang along with your child's reading book. I will explain the instructions to the students on Tuesday and ask that you please read the instructions before having your child read the book to you. 

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday:

  • return pencil boxes
  • return any outstanding home reading and report card folders
  • PE class
  • no hot lunch
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday:

  • Tuesday sharing group
  • new home reading begins

 Wednesday:

  • PE class
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday:

  • library books due

 Friday:

  • completed bookmarks for Bookmark Contest are due
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 Looking Ahead:

  • Mite boxes should be returned during Holy Week.
  • Save the Date! We will be going to the Britannia Heritage Shipyards in Steveston on the morning of Thursday April 27. We will need parent drivers for transportation to the field trip. Please consider joining us and volunteering to drive students whose parents are not able to join us. The permission/volunteer form will be sent home later this week. 

 Please e-mail me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of March 6 - 10

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Only one week until Spring Break! It is snowing at our house right now, but the calendar assures us that spring is just around the corner! As Msgr. Luterbach explained to the students on Ash Wednesday, the word "Lent" actually means springtime so we are excited to see our world wake up and shake off its winter sleep soon!

 This is the first full week of Lent. We invite everyone to join us at 8:15am Mass. It was wonderful to see some Grade One students at Mass last week. Thank-you for making the effort to be at school a bit earlier! In the classroom we have been learning that the forty days of Lent are a time of changing our hearts to be more like Jesus. This week we will focus on prayer as a way of drawing us closer to the Lord. 

 Please note the following for this week:

 Monday March 6

  • PE class
  • Fukuroku hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Monday sharing group

 Tuesday March 7-Science World Field Trip!

  • arrive at school either for 8:15am Mass or 8:45am at the latest
  • bring a morning snack in a disposable bag/wrapper in child's coat pocket
  • bring a lunch in either a Ziploc bag or a paper bag clearly labelled with the student's name; all food containers must be disposable as we will not be bringing anything back with us; no backpacks are needed 
  • please leave agenda books, sharing, and home reading books at home 
  • we will take the bus back to school - leaving Science World at 2:00pm
  • regular dismissal from the covered area at 3:00pm

 Wednesday March 8

  • Tuesday and Wednesday sharing groups 
  • PE class

 Thursday March 9

  • last day to return library books
  • report cards home

 Friday March 10

  • return signed report card folders
  • return all home reading ~ there will be no official home reading during the Spring Break and I encourage everyone to read for at least 15 minutes each day!
  • PE class 
  • Friday sharing group

 Please contact me at nkelly@stpaulschool.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 I hope that you all have a wonderful week ahead and a very enjoyable Spring Break! School will resume with 8:15am Mass on Monday March 27, 2017.

 Mrs. Kelly