February Update

Dear Parents,

Monday, February 12 is Family Day and a holiday. Students are encouraged to spend the day with their families, preferably doing outdoor activities.

We will be having our Valentine’s/Hundred Days party on February 14. I have asked that students bring some snacks that day because we will only be having samosas/paneer pakoras at lunch time. However, they should not be bringing any other junk food that day.

A would also like to remind students and parents that all lunches and snacks brought to school must be HEALTHY. Pizza will not be allowed except on Pizza Day, class parties, or a birthday party. Some students have been bringing pizza for lunch on a daily basis and this is NOT expectable.

Chinese New Year begins on February 16 and everyone is encouraged to attend the festivities in Vancouver. The students have been learning about diversity in their communities and this is a good opportunity for them to enrich their learning.

The students have been given a Math Strategies Booklet. The purpose of this book is to practice the strategies. There is one question per strategy for addition and subtraction. However, for each strategy, you may create additional questions for your child to practice. I KNOW that students are able to find the answer – that is NOT the purpose of the book. The purpose of the booklet is for students to SHOW me the various ways they can arrive at the answer. They should be reading each word problem carefully and showing me each step they took to arrive at the answer. The booklet is due Monday, February 26 not before.

Along with Math homework, the students should be reviewing ALL sight words on a daily basis. They should also be reading for at least 30 minutes a day. Students are also encouraged to keep a daily journal at home in which they should be writing about what they learn at school and reading it to their parents.

Thank you!


Healthy Eating

Dear Parents,

Please make note of the following:

We are encouraging all students to eat healthier.  Chips and cookies are not allowed at school for any snacks. They should be eating fruits or vegetables for a snack.

Juice and chocolate milk are not allowed.  Students should only be bringing water to school.

For lunch, pizza (on a daily basis) and Happy Meals are not allowed. They should be eating a healthy, well balanced lunch.

Our class gets one junk food day in the month – either on Pizza Day or on a class party day.

This is a school initiative – if students are consistently bringing junk food to school, they will be referred to the office.

Please also note that your child should be able to open ALL containers in which their food is packed. This is a life skill and should be practiced at home if they are not able to do so.

Thank you,

Grade One

December Update

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support during the Toy Drive. Our class was able to raise 19 toys for children in need.

Parent-Teacher-Student conferences are scheduled for next week on December 14 from 1-3 and 4-6pm. If these times don’t work for you, come and see me for an alternate time. The student MUST attend because they will be leading the conference.

On December 14, the students will be dismissed at 12pm. Please come to the classroom to pick up your child on this day.

The students will be having their Secret Santa and Class Party on December 22. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the classroom next week.

Students participating in the Secret Santa exchange were given an envelope with a child’s name in it. They will buy a gift for this child and bring it to school on December 15. They MUST keep the gift a secret. The gift must be wrapped.

The Winter Assembly is scheduled for December 22. Please attend. The grade one students will be performing.

For homework in the coming week, students must practice and memorize the lyrics to the song, “Driedel.” The YouTube video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETPlDKT4hdM

And the lyrics are included on the back of this newsletter.

The Grade 1s will be performing the song as a part of the Winter Assembly, and it will be included in the community unit for Social Studies.


November Update

Dear Parents,

The school is closed on Friday, November 10 and Monday, November 13 for the Remembrance Day long weekend.

November 16 is picture day. Students must arrive in FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM including sweaters. The students have been given a form to complete – please return it to school by Tuesday.

Responsibility projects are due on November 14.

On Friday, November 17. Students will be having a spelling review test of all the sight words they have learned thus far. This test will be used for report card assessment and not returned to the students. I will be choosing 10 words at random for the spelling test.

Have a good weekend,

Ms. H

October Update…and Thank You!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to thank the parents for their donations for our Science Experiment. Unfortunately, we did not receive all the necessary materials and will not be able to complete the experiment this week. We are still in need of the following items:

  • Shaving cream
  • Borax
  • Mason Jars (this is so your child can bring the experiment home)

If we receive the items by October 23, we will be able to do our experiment next week. The purpose of the experiment is to promote a love of Science and hands-on learning. Students will be given the opportunity to measure and work with different materials, which is an important part of their learning in Grade One.

Practice printing booklets are due October 30th.

How are the responsibility projects coming along? If you have any questions about how to complete the project with your child, please email me or come see me between 3:20 to 3:40 daily. Remember your child needs to print all information on their own. THIS IS THEIR LEARNING! It is okay to help them with spelling, but the ideas should be your child’s. The projects are due November 14. (There was a mistake on the criteria sheet.)

Students should also be consistently reading 15-20 minutes daily. When reading, they should be accurately sounding out words, practicing the sight words we have learned for spelling, pausing at periods, using emotion, and varying pitch and tone. In other words, reading needs to be DRAMATIC and FUN! Students have to read with confidence. Starting November, guest readers will be reading to the class.

Finally, if you feel your child needs extra support or have concerns about their progress in school, please make an appointment to come and see me. My usual times are daily between 3:20 to 3:40. Appointments usually last 10 minutes and need to be scheduled the day before. Depending on your child’s individual learning needs, we can come up with a plan of action to support them in Grade One.

Friday, October 20 is a holiday.


Ms. H