Grade 1's blog

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 


Week of October 31 - November 4

 Hello Grade One Families!

 The air in Grade One was sizzling with excitement on Friday in anticipation of Halloween! The students are very excited to share their costumes with their classmates. Please read the e-mails from Mrs. Moorehead regarding the guidelines for costumes at school. I am looking forward to an extra-special day in Grade One on Monday.

 The students worked very hard this week completing their work for the September/October units. They will be bringing home the math project to share with you. I will include a letter explaining the process that each child went through to complete their assignment. A lot of learning, effort and independence went into the project, and they should all be very proud! Their chosen reward was no homework for the weekend!

 The apple book is making its way through the families in the class. Thank-you for remembering to return it the next day! It will continue to be sent home over the next few weeks. 

 Please note this information for the week:

 Monday October 31 ~ Halloween!

  • students may wear their costumes or black and orange clothes to school
  • please send a $2 donation for the sponsorship of the Grade 6 class foster child
  • please make sure that any treats you send to school are individually wrapped, 31 pieces, and nut and sesame free
  • hot lunch for those who ordered
  • no homework!

 Tuesday November 1 ~ All Saints Day!

  • please return any home reading, library books, and Created by Kids orders that are complete
  • the students will be bringing home a piece of paper for you as a family to record any names of departed people for whom you would like us to pray during the month of November ~ look for it in the front pocket of the agenda book please

 Wednesday November 2 ~ All Souls Day!

  • return the prayer papers sent home on Tuesday
  • Created by Kids orders due 
  • PE class

 Thursday November 3

  • library books due

 Friday November 4

  • Assembly led by Grades 2 and 5 ~ please join us!
  • PE class
  • Primary Choir (Many Grade Ones have joined which is great!)

 Looking Ahead:

  • the blog will be updated during the week with information about the units of study for November and December 
  • Scholastic orders will be sent home this week and are due no later than Wednesday November 9
  • photo retakes have been changed to Thursday November 17

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

 Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

 Mrs. Kelly 


Week of October 24 - 28

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Welcome to a new week! This week the students will be finishing the units "We Belong to Our School Community" and "Fall is a Beautiful Season". They have started planning their math projects and all have interesting questions to ask their classmates about various "favourite things".  The students will spend time this week finishing their plan, collecting the data from their classmates, summarizing it on a graph, and writing about what they found out. Next week, your child will bring home their completed project to share with you. 

 As part of our "Fall is a Beautiful Season" unit, we learned more about apples. One of the Grade One families recently attended the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Gardens. They bought a book about different types of apples and have lent it to the class. Many of the students would like to bring the book home to share with you. When your child brings the book home, please look at it together that evening and return it the next morning. Thank-you!

 Please note the following information about this week:

 Monday October 24

  • photo order due ~ either online or submitted to the school
  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Tuesday October 25

  • PE class

 Wednesday October 26 

  • PE class
  • Created by Kids project sent home for ordering

 Thursday October 27

  • last day to return this week's library book

 Friday October 28

  • 9:00am Assembly will be led by Kindergarten and Grade 6 ~ please join us if you can!
  • Walkathon Assembly to follow our regular Friday Assembly
  • Music class instead of PE because there is a Blood Donor Clinic in the gym
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm Primary Choir in the Music Room ~ all Grade One students are invited to join the choir, but please note that it is not mandatory

 Looking Ahead:

  • Halloween is coming! Please read the October 21 e-mail from Mrs. Moorehead for costume guidelines. Also, if you are planning to send treats for the class, please make sure that they are individually wrapped, there are 31 of them, and they are nut and sesame free. I have purchased a large treat bag for each student to collect their goodies so there is no need to send an extra bag from home. There will be no agenda book or home reading coming home on this day.
  • Photo retakes are on November 15. If your child needs to have a retake, you may send in the photo proof envelope anytime prior to this date and I will keep it in the classroom. Please make sure that it is clearly indicated on the envelope that a retake is requested. 

 If you have any questions or concerns please come in to see me or e-mail me at

 Have a wonderful week!

 Mrs. Kelly


Week of October 17 - 21

 Hello Grade One Families!

 I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! Last Friday was certainly a fun day to play outside! We saw swaying trees, leaves flying through the air, and answered the question, "Can the wind move a Grade One student?" ~ yes it can! The students also collected many colourful leaves for their Look and See station this week. It brought me so much joy to see their big smiles. I would also like to congratulate the students for their hard work in leading the Assembly with the Grade 4 class.

 When I handed out the home reading books on Friday, I explained to the students that they do need to read their book every night, but that it may take more than one evening to complete the full assignment so they can keep their book at home for more than one night. Please keep that in mind this week and e-mail me if you have any questions.

 Please note the following reminders:

 Monday October 17

  • PE class
  • hot lunch for those who ordered

 Wednesday October 19

  • Mass at 11:00am led by Fr. Mark and the Grade 6 class~ please join us if you can!
  • PE class

 Thursday October 20

  • last day to return library books for this week

 Friday October 21

  • Assembly led by Grades 3 and 7 ~ please join us if you can!
  • PE class

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

 Have a super week!

 Mrs. Kelly 

Week of October 10 - 14

 Hello Grade One Families!

 Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope that you all have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends this weekend as we remember and celebrate the many gifts and blessings our Lord has bestowed upon us. 

 Please note these reminders for the upcoming week:

 Monday October 10:

  • Thanksgiving Day ~ no school

 Tuesday October 11:

  • school resumes at 8:45am

 Wednesday October 12:

  • Walkathon pledge sheets and money due
  • PE class
  • lunch provided for Gianna's birthday

 Thursday October 13:

  • last day to return library books

 Friday October 14:

  • Assembly led by Grades 1 and 4 ~ please join us
  • PE class

 This week we will also begin the home reading program. I will send more information about it later in the week.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please come in to see me or e-mail me at

 Happy Thanksgiving!

 Mrs. Kelly