Grade 1's blog

Week of January 16 - 20

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you are all enjoying a lovely weekend!

 It looks like the cold, snowy weather is over for now and we are moving into a very rainy week! We have done our best to make sure that the Grade Ones have gone home with the same gloves, hats etc. that they brought to school, however if your child is missing something please note that the school Lost & Found has been moved to the brown cabinet by the school office. 

 This week we will begin a new drop-off/pick-up procedure to accommodate the parish building project. It is very important that everyone follows the instructions sent out by Mrs. Moorehead. At the end of the day all of the Grade One students will be in the covered area for pick-up as noted by Mrs. Moorehead in the e-mails that were send last week and this afternoon. If there is any change to your child's pick-up routine please communicate it to them and try to e-mail me by 8:00am in the morning, as I do not have many chances to check e-mail during the day. Thank-you in advance for your patience and cooperation!

 Please note the following reminders for this week:

 Monday January 16:

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

 Tuesday January 17

  • Tuesday sharing group

 Wednesday January 18

  • PE class
  • pizza lunch from the Santos family
  • Wednesday sharing group

 Thursday January 19

  • library books due

 Friday January 20

  • 9:00am Assembly led by students in Grades 1 & 4 ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • Friday sharing group

 Please e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 


Grade One Sharing

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Tomorrow, Wednesday January 11, your child will bring home their notebook to begin their weekly sharing homework. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to help your child develop their writing skills, for your child to develop their oral language skills, and for the children to learn more about each other.  Please note the following information about sharing in Grade One:

  • each week students have an opportunity to share something special from home
  • it can be a toy, something that they have made or a picture of something they have made, something that belongs to them (such as a bike), or a special event
  • after your child has chosen what they will share, they will write four sentences about it in a notebook that they will bring home (the students must do the printing and parents please help with the sentence structure, neatness, spelling, punctuation, and use of upper and lower case letters)
  • the notebook is entitled "My Favourite Things" and contains the instructions and an example
  • each child has an assigned day and you can find your child's assigned day on the inside page of the notebook (we will begin on Monday January 16)
  • on their assigned day, students bring their completed notebook and the item for sharing to school
  • the shared item will come home on the same day and the notebook will come home the next day so that your child can write about their next sharing item
  • we will do our best to keep sharing items safe, however valuables should never be brought to school (please send a photo instead)
  • if you are worried about forgetting the notebook or sharing item on the assigned day, please send it the day before

 We are all really looking forward to seeing the items that the students choose to share and I know that they having been eagerly awaiting sharing time!

 After you have received the notebook tomorrow, if you have any further questions, please e-mail me at


 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of January 9 - 13

 Hello Grade One Families!

 What a lovely week we had last week as everyone shared their holiday stories and got back into the routines of the school day. 

 Please note the following:

 Topics for January and February

  • the community of Richmond ~ its diversity, jobs, recreation etc.
  • how light and sound are made and how they can be changed
  • paragraph writing ~ the structure of putting several ideas about the same topic together
  • ch/th/sh/wh and ing
  • constructing and deconstructing two digit numbers into tens and ones
  • concepts of addition and subtraction

 This week


  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered


  • regular day


  • PE class


  • return library books


  • Assembly at 9:00am ~ please join us
  • PE class

 Looking Ahead

 January 20 ~ Assembly led by Grade One and Grade Four students

 January 25 ~ celebration of the Feast of St. Paul beginning with Mass at 11:00am and followed by community lunch in the gym

 January 27 ~ dress-down day "Cozy Winter Clothes"

 February 1-3 ~ Scholastic Book Fair in the school library

 Please contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of January 2 - 6

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy New Year! Wishing all of you a year filled with joy and the love of family and friends!

 I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday! The Christmas season continues this week as we anticipate the Feast of the Epiphany. The students will be learning about the Epiphany this week and thinking about what they would bring the baby Jesus as their special gift. 

 We will slowly begin some new units of study this week as everyone adjusts to being back in the school routine. I will outline these units for you in an upcoming blog entry. We will resume home reading tomorrow and introduce new writing/sharing homework beginning next week. 

 Here are a few reminders for this week:

 The weather forecast is for cold weather again this week! Please make sure that your child has appropriate outdoor play gear such as a winter coat, boots, mittens, a hat, and a scarf. Also, please send your child's black shoes to wear in the classroom. Thank-you!


  • no school


  • school resumes at 8:45am
  • please send in any gym shoes and library books you may have at home


  • PE class


  • new library books will come home


  • Assembly at 9:00am ~ please join us!
  • PE class

 If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at

 Have a great week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of December 12 - 16

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome to the third week of Advent - the week of joy and rejoicing! We light the much anticipated pink candle this week and celebrate the coming of the Lord.

 Last week was so exciting as we began and ended the week with snowfall, and had many fun days of playing in the snow with friends. Thank-you for having your children so well dressed for the weather and for braving the driving conditions on Monday and Friday.

  Christmas Concert Update:

 It's almost here! Please check the e-mail that I sent on Wednesday December 7 for details of the schedule for Tuesday December 13. Please make sure that if your child is wearing boots to school, they bring their black school shoes as well. They will need them for their costume on both Tuesday afternoon and evening. Thank-you to the parents who are able to help the students change for the performances on Tuesday. The afternoon volunteers are: Mrs. Chen, Mrs. Lai, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Alvarez, and Mr. Mah. The evening volunteers are: Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Alvarez, Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Chen, Mrs. Ching, Mrs. Abanto, and Mrs. Olivares.

 There are a few other pieces of information for this week:

 Monday December 12:

  • no PE (concert set-up)
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • family projects due
  • please return all home reading (home reading will resume after the Christmas break)

 Tuesday December 13:

  • please make sure your child has his/her black shoes at school 
  • 1:30pm Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal ~ audience welcome!
  • 6:20pm ~ students return to school for the evening performance (show begins at 7:00pm) wearing casual clothes and black shoes and socks

 Wednesday December 14:

  • class Christmas lunch and activities beginning at 12:00pm in the Parish Centre ~ please contact Mrs. Garcia if you have any questions

 Thursday December 15:

  • last day to return library book ~ no new book this week
  • final Buddy Activity before the Christmas break

 Friday December 16:

  • dress down day ~ wear a Christmas sweater or red and green clothes (no donation necessary)
  • Assembly at 9:00am
  • please send a snack and water bottle
  • dismissal is at 12:00pm

 Looking Ahead

  • school resumes at 8:45am on Tuesday January 3, 2017
  • hopefully many of you will be able to join us to celebrate St. Paul's Feast Day on Wednesday January 25 beginning with Mass at 11:00am

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at

 Have a fabulous week! See you on Tuesday!

 Mrs. Kelly 


Week of November 28 - December 2

 Hello Grade One Families!

 It was such a pleasure to meet with all of you on Friday! I appreciate your feedback and insights which help me to be the best facilitator of your children's learning that I can be! When home and school work together it leads to the greatest successes for the students.

 Today we begin the new liturgical year and the beautiful season of Advent. The anticipation for Christmas is building as we work to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord!

 Christmas Concert News!

 This year the students of St. Paul School will be performing "The Legend of the Christmas King". The Grade One class will be representing the night sky as they sing, "As You Have Done" on the stage. The Grade One students' costume consists of dark coloured clothing and hand-held stars. All of the Grade Ones need to have a plain black or navy shirt, plain black or navy pants (or skirt and tights), and black or navy shoes (they may wear their school shoes). It is very important that the clothing be plain coloured (no logos, designs, sparkles etc.). The children need to bring their costume to school in a bag labelled with their name by Monday December 5 please.  We keep the costume pieces in the classroom until they are needed for the dress rehearsal and evening performance on December 13.  I will send more information regarding the schedule of events for the day of the Christmas Concert (December 13) at a later date. The hand-held stars will be provided. We will need some parent volunteers to help us to check the costumes and make the stars next week. I will send out a volunteer e-mail once we have decided on the "star making" and "costume checking" dates. Thank-you so much for your assistance and cooperation in preparing your child's costume! The school Christmas Concert is always a wonderful community celebration!

 Please note these reminders for the week:

 Monday November 28

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Wednesday November 30

  • PE class

 Thursday December 1

  • library books due
  • report cards home

 Friday December 2

  • 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 3 & 7 ~ please join us!
  • PE class

 Please come in to see me or e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of November 21 - 25

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Thank-you to everyone who was able to join us for the Assembly this morning. The students who had an "Assembly leader" role did a fantastic job, and their classmates were very supportive of them this morning and at all of our practices. Great job everyone!! The feast of Christ the King, to be celebrated this Sunday, marks the end of the liturgical year. During the upcoming week, we will transition to our new liturgical year which begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

 This afternoon, we watched a performance of "Land of Trash" by the Green Thumb Theatre. The children had some interesting questions for the actors at the end of the play, and were excited that two of the actors had the same names as classmates!

 Time is zooming by and we have come to the end of the first term. I am looking forward to meeting with you on Friday. Thank-you to everyone who has already registered for a meeting time on Friday. There are still a few families who need to select a time. Please see the yellow note that was sent home last week or the online copy attached to the Thursday letter for more details about the Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 Please note these reminders for the week:

 Monday November 21:

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • Aboriginal Artifacts presentation

 Wednesday November 23:

  • school Mass at 11:00am ~ please join us!
  • Primary Choir for all who joined ~ 12:15pm-12:45pm
  • PE class

 Thursday November 24:

  • return library books
  • 9:00am Assembly for the First Sunday of Advent ~ please join us!

 Friday November 25 ~ Parent/Teacher Conference Day!

  • no regular classes
  • please come to the gym at your scheduled conference time ~ please be on time to receive your full 10 minutes of meeting time
  • Grade One students do not attend this meeting ~ if you do not have childcare then your child may come to school with you and wait in the library (they must wear their school uniform)
  • we are unable to provide supervision for preschool siblings so please make childcare arrangements ~ thank-you!

 Please come in to see me or e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns. 

 Have a super weekend and week ahead!

 See you on Friday!

 Mrs. Kelly 


Week of November 14 - 18

 Hello Grade One Families!

 On this Remembrance Day we pray for all of the brave men and women who sacrificed so much in aid of others and to preserve the wonderful life we have in Canada. We also pray for those who continue to work for peace and justice throughout our world. 

 This Friday the Assembly will be led by the students in Grades One and Four. A few students received a part to practice and it is noted in their agenda book. Over the next three Grade One and Four Assemblies, all of the Grade One students will have an opportunity to read as an Assembly leader. We invite everyone to join us on Friday morning (November 18) as we celebrate in anticipation of the Feast of Christ the King.

 As we have been sharing information about the day and night sky this week in class, I want to share with you an event that I hope (weather permitting) we will be able to witness. If the rain stops and the sky clears, we will be able to see a "supermoon" on Monday night. It is a time when the full moon is closest to the Earth and therefore has a larger and brighter appearance. If you get the chance and the sky is somewhat clear, please take your child outside and have a look at the moon. The awesomeness of God is truly all around us!

 Here is some information for next week:

 Monday November 14:

  • no school ~ Professional Development Day
  • supermoon night!

 Tuesday November 15:

  • school resumes at 8:45am

 Wednesday November 16:

  • PE class

 Thursday November 17:

  • photo retake day ~ you must submit the original photo proof to receive a retake (I would suggest sending it in on Tuesday or Wednesday if you have not already done so)
  • library books due

 Friday November 18:

  • 9:00am Assembly led by students in Grades 1 & 4 ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • the Green Thumb Theatre will be visiting in the afternoon to perform "The Land of Trash"

 Please come in to see me or contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a fantastic weekend and week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of November 7 - 11

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Last week started off with a surge of excitement as we celebrated Halloween! From their stories and journal writing, it seems that everyone had a wonderful Halloween filled with many treats and lots of fun. We then moved more peacefully into All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Finally, we ended the week with an art lesson about Georges Seurat who painted with dots of colour. The students then made their own "dot-painting" autumn leaves. Thank-you to everyone who sent in candy for the Agape Street Ministry and/or ordered their child's art from Created By Kids in support of Catholic Charities. 

 Please note this information for the week ahead:

 Monday November 7:

  • please return math projects to school
  • Friend 2 Friend social learning presentation
  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Wednesday November 9:

  • last day for Scholastic orders ~ no late orders will be accepted
  • pizza lunch for Prudence's birthday ~ please send snacks and water as usual
  • PE class

 Thursday November 10:

  • library books due
  • 10:45am Remembrance Day Assembly led by Grade 7 ~ please join us!

 Friday November 11:

  • no school ~ Remembrance Day

 Looking Ahead:

  • November 14 ~ no school 
  • November 17 ~ photo retakes: photo proof envelope must be returned to receive a retake
  • November 18 ~ 9:00am Assembly led by Grades 4 & 1
  • November 23 ~ School Mass at 11:00am
  • November 24 ~ 9:00am Assembly for the First Sunday of Advent
  • November 25 ~ Parent/Teacher Conference Day (Grade 1 students do not attend - please see the yellow note that was in the agenda book on Thursday November 3 for more details)

 Please come in to see me or e-mail me at if you have any questions or concerns.

 Have a fantastic week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

November/December Learning in Grade One

 Hello Grade One Families!

 We have had time to touch on most of our new topics of study this week and will explore them further over the next six weeks. 


  • Saints
  • Peace/Being a Peacemaker
  • Advent


  • blends at the beginning of words (bl, cr, sp etc.)
  • blends at the end of words (ld, ft, mp etc.)

 Oral Reading:

  • small group ReadWell units
  • whole group poems and chants
  • reading a-z homework books


  • punctuation of two or three sentences
  • use of upper and lower case letters within a sentence

 Theme - "I belong to my family":

  • sharing and appreciating the diversity in our families by presenting family cultural traditions, celebrations, activities etc.
  • sequencing events in fairy tales and responding to the story from the perspective of family relationships in the fairy tale

 Theme - "The world is full of patterns":

  • patterns in the day and night sky
  • seasons of the year
  • number patterns on a hundreds chart (including tens and ones, and skip counting)
  • patterning with colours, actions, letters (including naming and transferring patterns)

 We will continue to develop skills for working collaboratively by respectfully listening to and accepting the ideas of others. We will also continue to work daily on playing peacefully, making good choices that promote happiness, and showing care for our common home of the classroom by taking care of the books, tools and toys, and cleaning them up independently.

 I am looking forward to celebrating your child's progress and achievements with you at the Parent/Teacher Conference later this month.

 Mrs. Kelly