Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Christmas Concert

December 12, 2013 6:30-7:45 pm

Our Christmas Concert this year will be held at Southminster Church located at 1011 4th Ave. South (across from the Yates Memorial Centre). All the children at MMH will be working with Les Bucherons, which is an artist in residency program to create and perform a selection of songs and dances all with the theme “Vive Le Francophone Culture!” This will be a bit different than the traditional “polished” Christmas concert, but will wonderful just the same!
Each family with students attending MMH will receive TWO tickets, as seating is limited at the church. (Families that require more than two tickets (i.e. a family with more than two parents involved), are asked to submit their request in writing to Mr. Bryant by Tuesday, December 10th.) Tickets should have come home in your child’s agenda TODAY.
Grades K-5 performers are to arrive at Southminster between 6:00-6:15 p.m. and can be dropped off at the east side entrance (on 11th Street on the east side of the building). Students will then be taken to designated spots to get organized to perform.
All “ticket holders” will then enter Southminster through the front (main) doors.
The actual performance will take place from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
The second option will be to join a “web cast” of the concert! No matter where you are in the world, you will be able to log on and view the concert LIVE from the comfort of your own home! Details of exactly how to join in on this web cast will follow.
As we have done in the past, we will have a silver collection to help offset rental costs. This year we are also asking each family to bring a donation of non-perishable food items that can be donated to a local food bank. These can be dropped off in the main lobby as you enter the church. 

Children are asked to come dressed in their “Sunday best”.

We have written letters to Santa and have sent them off. We are crossing our fingers for Santa to write back to us!

Next week we will be wrapping up our bear unit! We spent a lot of time this past week learning about different types of bears, and each student got to choose a bear to do mini research on! The students are SO PROUD of their bear projects! We will be sending those home next week for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas, many students are running low on working markers and some of our crayons and pencil crayons are getting pretty tiny.  Just an idea! 

Our Christmas party will take place on Thursday, December 19 in the afternoon.  If you volunteered to bring a snack on that afternoon I’ll be sending out an email to you shortly. 

Wednesday, December 18 is GRADE ONE GRINCH DAY!  Students are invited to dress up in green or as the Grinch or a Who on this day, and the whole day will be centered around the Grinch Who Stole Christmas!  It’s a total blast!!  As an extra special addition to our Christmas party the following day, the Grade One teachers would like to show the “Jim Carey version” of the movie.  If you have an objections to your child seeing the video, please send me an email ASAP. 

For gym class for the next two weeks, (if the temperature ever goes above -20) we will be snowshoeing!  Please be sure to send snow pants and boots with your child if possible for the next while.

Your child is bringing home an extra special HOMEWORK project in their agenda today.  As a way to encourage the spirit of giving, we are having a SECRET Home Made Card Exchange!  It is a personal, inexpensive way for the children to experience the season together.  Be creative, use any materials you like!  Some ideas are: stickers, stamps, felts, paint, crayons, wrapping paper, construction, cardboard, old cards, fabric, beads, magazine pictures, glitter  Your child is bringing home a brown envelope that the card MUST be returned in.  This makes sure everyone gets a card that is approx. the same size.  The children may decorate the envelope if they wish.  Please do NOT seal the envelope.

We have drawn names to see who makes cards for whom.  The name of the student you will be making a card for is on a small piece of paper in the envelope.  Please stress to your child that this is a SECRET until the day of our card exchange. 

Cards MUST BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL by Monday, December 16, and will be exchanged on the last day of school. Thanks so much in advance for participating!!

 Just a reminder that HOT LUNCH has been rescheduled for tomorrow. 


December 9:  Les Bucheron arrives at MMH. 

December 12:  Christmas Concert at Southminster United Church

December 13:  French Canadian Sugar Shack!

December 16:  Homemade Christmas cards due.

December 16-20:  Carolling at 8:30-9am in the gym. 

December 18: GRINCH DAY!  Dress up like the Grinch or a Who if you wish!  Or… dress like Christmas!  Presentation from Westwinds Gymnastics in the pm also.

December 19:  Christmas party in the pm

December 20: Last day of school.
Have a wonderful and WARM week!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Its a Dress Up Day!
This Thursday November 14th it’s PJ and Teddy Bear Day! We will have a Spirit Assembly at 8:30am. Please note- do NOT send oversized stuffed animals! If the bear is bigger than the student, it can be distracting/ difficult for some of the activities planned for that day! The Grade 1 Team thanks you in advance for this!
Interviews and Report Cards
By now you should have received your confirmation slip for your Student Led Conference! We’re really looking forward to these, as the students are often so proud of what they have done so far in Grade 1. Report cards will be sent home this Friday November 15th. You can help us save some trees if you send back your envelope, and we’ll use it again in March and June. Here is a breakdown of the report cards, and how they differ from the Kindergarten reports:
The Grade 1 Report card is divided up into sections. The first being Personal Growth, and then into separate subject areas. The grading scheme is different than kindergarten, and is as follows:
4 Excellent achievement of grade level expectations (Wow, I'm doing great here!)
3 Meeting grade level expectations (Exactly where I need to be!)
2 Approaching grade level expectations (We're almost there!)
1 Not meeting grade level expectations (Let's talk and make a plan.)
You’ll notice that the two major areas on the report card are Language Arts and Math strands. Please keep in mind that the expectations in these subject areas change throughout the year.  For example, the reading level goal for November compared to June is different. In Science and Social, we focus on different units throughout all reporting periods.
I think with Grade 1 being such a change from Kindergarten, the first page that focuses on Personal Growth is an extremely important section. It’s quite the step up from half day to full day school, and each and every day we focus on things like the golden rule, how to work together, how to think like a problem solver and be independent. Together we’re helping them develop into responsible students, and they’re going to see success all throughout their time at MMH because of this.

Christmas Concert Information
Our Christmas concert this year will be held at Southminster United Church on December 12 at 6:30pm.  Each MMH family will be given TWO tickets to the concert.  (performing students do not need tickets)  Special exception may be given to families with two households, but a request must be made directly to Mr.Bryant.  We received some exciting news that we will be able to stream the concert live over the internet!  This will enable other family members to be a part of the fun from home as well!

Scholastic Order Forms
December order forms will be coming home this week.  This will be the last order prior to Xmas.  If you would like to place an order as a Christmas gift for your child, please CLEARLY indicate this on the order form and I'll make sure I get it to you secretly.  Thanks so much!

School Book Fair
Our school will be holding a book fair during Student/Parent Conferences this year.  Be sure to stop by the library to check it out while you're here!

Pull Tabs
Keep on bringing in your pull tabs from pop etc.   They are going towards a great cause and will be collected at our next assembly on PJ day!

Winter Clothing
We are getting SO good at keeping track of our things!  Please double check to be sure your child's snow pants are labelled with their name.  Many look the same and we're having a bit of difficulty some days.  Thanks so much!

Home Reading
Please feel free to drop me a line with any comments or questions you have about your child's reading during Home Reading.  Also, please don't forget to take a moment to record the title of the book your child read on that evenings date in the agenda.  It is so helpful to our home reading parents who come in to help.  I can't stress enough how important it is that your child reads to you EACH night.  It is the single, most important thing you can do for your child's progress at school.  Thanks so much for participating!

Wednesday November 13th- School Council Meeting @ 6:30
Thursday November 14th- PAJAMA and TEDDY BEAR DAY Spirit Assembly @8:30
Friday November 15th- Report Cards sent home
Thursday November 21st- Student Led Conferences- No School in the pm

Friday November 22nd- Student Led Conferences- No School


Monday, October 21, 2013

Here Comes Halloween!

Hi everyone!

Just a few little reminders about the upcoming weeks!  Thank you to those who have let me know what your preference is for our Home Reading program! I hope things went well tonight.  Remember, please continue to write the name of the book that your student read each night (either online or hard copy) as this really makes things clear to our Home Reading parents when checking in and doing switches.  If you find that as time goes on, Raz Kids is NOT for you, or you prefer to try Raz Kids, just let me know via email. 

If at any time you feel that your child needs to change reading levels, please let me know ASAP.

We will have a special presentation about Fire Safety on Thursday, October 24th, as well as another visit from Melany Duffin, our occupational therapist. Melany has been in our classroom two times already, teaching the students about the Artist’s Grip and the Magic C. The students just love her, and I’m learning a lot from her too!

Don’t forget that this Thursday October 24th the students are dismissed from school at 11:45 for a PD afternoon, and there is no school on Friday October 25th for a PD day. 

Your student brought home a very important note about Student Led Conferences today.  In Grade 1, we do Student Led Conferences in lieu of traditional Parent/ Teacher interviews after the 1st report card is sent home.  Please read the note carefully, and return the slip indicating your preference for time for your Student Led Conference.  Thanks in advance for your help with this!

Here is the plan for Halloween Day! 

Our students will be rotating to different centers all morning. They will visit each of the other Grade 1 teachers, and complete different Halloween activities.

At 11:30, we will be going outside for an EARLY recess. Students will be outside from 11:30-11:45, and then they will come back into our OWN classroom from 11:45-12:25.  At this time, they will eat their lunches, get a little bit of down time, and this will also be the time where they can get their costumes ready/ get dressed for the Halloween Parade.

Students do not wear their costumes to school in the morning.  Parents have a few options here:
-       If your child is able to get dressed  in their costume on their own, feel free to send it to school in their backpack and they can get changed when the time comes.
-       Parents can come and pick up their child at 11:30am and bring them back by 12:20pm, dressed and ready to go.
-       Parents can pop by the school between 11:30 and 12:15ish to help their child change into their costume.

Around 12:30, the Halloween Parade will start! Parents and family members are invited to watch the students parade around the hallways in their costumes. 

After the parade, we will return to our own classrooms for snacks and a video until afternoon recess at 1:55.

After recess, students will spend the rest of the afternoon with Ms. Nevels for a Halloween activity.  It’s going to be a busy but fun day! 

Here are some things to remember:

As a school initiative, we’re asking that costumes be simple.  Please do not send your student with any weapons, masks, or any costumes that are particularly ‘gory’. 

I will email the parents who volunteered to bring snacks for the party separately as a reminder.

I think that’s it for now! Here are your calendar updates:

Tuesday October 22nd- Picture Retakes Day
Thursday October 24th- PD Day in the pm, students dismissed @11:45
Friday October 25th- PD Day No school
Tuesday October 29th- Hot Lunch for Grades 1-3
Wednesday October 30th- Hot Lunch for Grades 4-5
Thursday October 31st- Halloween Parade/ Activities
Tuesday November 5th- “Motivational Magic” assembly @ 1pm
Thursday November 7th- Remembrance Day Assembly @ 10:30
Friday November 8th- Remembrance Day Break no school
Monday November 11th- Remembrance Day No School
Friday November 15th- Report Cards sent home

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in on the blog!
There is lots of important information about the weeks coming up so please read carefully, and as always, email me with any questions!
Language Arts:
Home Reading is starting very soon!  Please stand by for an email coming out in the next couple of days, giving you a couple of choices as to how you’d like to go about Home Reading with your child. 
Don’t forget to continue to review Sight Words as well!

If you haven’t checked out what Daily 5 is on the internet yet, you definitely should! Daily 5 is a frame work in which students participate in different literacy centers, and then it’s coupled with a CAFÉ reading strategy program. CAFÉ teaches students all of the different ways to improve their reading strategies. Getting the Daily 5 program up and running often takes a bit of time, but it’s so neat to see how much the students love working on their own, and how much responsibility it is for them.
In Math, we’ve finished up our patterning unit and have continued with different ways to represent a number from 1-20. In this unit, students work with pictures, numbers, tally marks, rods and cubes, and 10 frames. We also practice every morning in our Circle Time about ways to count on the 100 chart- forwards, backwards, by 1s and by 2s.

We are wrapping up our Colours unit, and at the end of the week we will have a mini assessment to see if students remember all about natural vs. manufactured colours, primary and secondary colours, colour mixing and colour properties. We did a really beautiful art piece where students had to think about their favourite place in nature. Using flower petals and leaves, students had to rub the natural colours out to colour their drawings. If you’re around our classroom, come by and check out our bulletin boards!

We also painted paper to give it a textured look, and the students made an autumn collage!

In Social Studies, the students have been learning about different groups they belong to, including their family, school, friends, and any other activities. They’ve been showing their work on a Social flap book that they’ll be bringing home this week.

Our Feed the Bug campaign continues until Friday. I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Feed the Bug is a drive for the Lethbridge Food Bank. Children are taught about what the food bank is, and about being grateful for the IMPORTANT things that we are lucky enough to have. Rather than toys, we talk about things such as: enough food to keep us healthy, a warm place to sleep and live, families that love us etc. It is so fun to see all the donations in the school pile up! Thanks so much to those families who have already brought in food.  At the end of the campaign the Food Bank will come and we will create an assembly line to load up the food!
As the weather is changing, this week is a good week to start being diligent about indoor/ outdoor shoes. We keep our indoor shoes in our classroom, underneath our desks. Students are expected to keep this pair at school, and travel to and from school in their outdoor shoes, which we keep on the Grade 1C boot rack. Please make sure your child has the proper footwear, as we prepare for the cold weather. It’s helpful if their indoor shoes are gym appropriate (ie. Not sandals and boots). Labelling all of your child’s clothing will help tremendously as we start to find mittens, toques, and scarves hanging around. Thank you for your help with this!

I think that’s all the information you’ll need for this week! Here’s your calendar update:
October 7th-11th- Feed the Bug Campaign
Monday October 14th- Happy Thanksgiving!
No School
Tuesday October 15th- PD Day- No School
Wednesday October 16th- Last day for Magazine Fundraiser
Tuesday October 22nd- Picture Retakes Day
Thursday October 24th- PD Day in the pm, students dismissed @11:45
Friday October 25th- PD Day No school
Tuesday October 29th- Hot Lunch for Grades 1-3
Thursday October 31st- Halloween Parade/ Activities

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Here We Come!

Terry Fox Walk
Wow!  What a special week we had celebrating a Canadian Hero.  A visit from Terry's uncle, a 6km walk to and around Henderson Lake and raising approximately $4000.00 for cancer research.  Thank you so much for all your support and a special thanks to those parents who were able to join us as supervisors.  The kids did so great and loved the "high-fives" to students from the other West Side schools.  Awesome.

New Student
We'd like to welcome Gracie North Peigan to our classroom!  I've been so proud of the students in my class for being so warm and caring towards her, trying their best to show her the ropes.  Way to go!
Please be aware that Gracie has an allergy to peanuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.  We are encouraging students to be very NUT AWARE.  If you do plan on sending peanut butter etc., please remind your child about not sharing, and about washing hands afterwards.  Thanks so much.

Magazine Orders
Students who have submitted orders should have received a small prize today.  They are also entered in to regular draws for other prizes for the remainder of the fundraiser.

Home Reading
Home reading will start very soon.  There is a bit of a delay, (I thought we would be up and running today) as the Grade One classes are in the process of purchasing a licence to RAZ Kids, the online reading program.  Once that is put in place, a note will be sent home explaining the program, as well as other options for home reading if you prefer.  It's such an exciting program, my daughter LOVES it.  It has added an extra element of motivation to complete home reading each night!
In the meantime, please continue to practice your weekly sight words and read each night at home.  If you would like to borrow any home reading books of mine, please come and see me at any time and I'd love to lend you some!

Welcome Miss Crozon
We welcomed Miss Taylor Crozon to our classroom today!  She comes to us from the University of Lethbridge and will be with us Monday and Wednesday mornings until Christmas.  She is taking Education 2500 and will be taking on the role of observing, assisting and teaching small groups under my guidance.  We are so happy to have her!

Extracting Color
We are beginning to wrap up our Colors unit in Science.  This Friday we will be extracting color from flowers, leaves etc to create a work of art!  I will be providing flowers etc. for the project, but if you have some colorful ones in your flower beds at home that you'd like to cut and send in we would love it.  :)

Pop Tabs
Our school collects pop tabs and donates them on a regular basis to the Alberta Children's Hospital.  They are recycled and used to make wheelchairs.  I have a container in my classroom where we keep them on display.  Each month we take the container to an assembly and add them to the giant bin.  If this is something you'd like to participate in, we would love it!  Such a good lesson for students!

Show and Share
The Show and Share schedule has been completed and will be sent home tomorrow.  Everyone is so excited!

Important Dates!
October 2:  Our first Character Education assembly and an introduction to our MMH Families!
October 3:  The first of a series of lessons from Melanie, our MMH Occupational Therapist
October 15: PD DAY  NO SCHOOL
October 22:  Picture Retake Day
October 24 & 25: PD DAYS  NO SCHOOL
October 31:  Halloween!  Students are invited to wear costumes in the AFTERNOON.  No weapons please!

Monday, September 16, 2013

What a fantastic first couple weeks in Grade One!  We are settling SO well into our new routines and are becoming more independent by the minute!  There are a number of updates and reminders below:

1.  Terry Fox Walk:  On Friday September 27 we will be going on a Terry Fox Walk!  All Westside public elementary schools will be participating.  We will be walking to Nicholas Sheran Park, around the lake and back again!  We will be walking together with our Grade 5 book buddies, but I am also in need of some parent volunteers to walk with us.  If you are able to come along for this event, please make a note in your child's agenda or shoot me an email ASAP.  Thanks so much for your support!

2.  Mornings at MMH:  There is supervision on the playground at MMH from 8:05am until the bell rings at 8:20am.  If you are arriving prior to the bell, please direct your child to the playground rather than having them wander the school.  This way we can be sure they are properly supervised.  Thanks so much!  (In cold temperatures students will be invited in to the boot rooms)

3.  Meet the Teacher Night:  I was so pleased with the turn out at Meet the Teacher!  If you were unable to make it, no worries!  Please know you are welcome to come by and check out our classroom or chat at any time.

4.  Sight Words:  Each week your child will be writing approx. 5 sight words in their agenda.  Please take 1 or 2 minutes each night to review these.  Sight words are ones that students should learn to recognize without sounding them out.  However at this level, being able to spell them correctly in writing is not necessary.

5.  Emergency Contact Corrections:  If you have changes to your emergency contact information from last year in kindergarten (even if you already changed them on MY sheet on the first day of school) could you please stop by the office and change the information there as well?  The district requires a signature in order for official information to be changed in the computer system.  Thanks!

6.  Agendas:  Please take a moment and initial your child's agenda each night.  While we may not always write in them each and every night, you will begin to see writing more and more, and this will eventually be how you record your nightly home reading.  If you ever have information for me, the agenda is a great place for it as I check them each and every morning as the students come in.

7.  Halloween Party:  I still have one open spot for someone to bring a veggie tray for our Halloween Party.  If you'd like to volunteer to bring one please drop me an email.  Thanks!

8.  Classroom Helpers:  Thanks so much to those people that signed up to help out for Home Reading or Helper from Home.  I'll be contacting you soon!  Home reading will start in October.

9.  Class Phone List:  If you haven't returned the form that was sent home last week and would like to be included on our class phone list, please drop me an email and I'll add you!  Watch for the phone list coming home later this week.

10.  Show and Share:  A Show and Share schedule will be coming home this week.  Each Friday, three or four students will be invited to bring in something to share with the class.  It's a great chance for students to talk in front of the class, and for me to watch for speaking and listening skills.

11.  Magazine Fundraiser Kick Off Assembly:  MMH participates in one major fundraiser each year.  Our kick off for this fundraiser will be at 8:45am on Wednesday.  Parents are certainly welcome, but if you are unable to make it, plenty of information will come home that day.

12.  Character Education Assembly:  On Wednesday Oct. 2nd , we are having our first Family Assembly of the year.  There will be a number of these throughout the year, as we begin to learn about the Leader in Me program, to be launched fully at MMH during the 2013 2014 school year.  All  students (grades 1-5) are divided up into Families.  Each Family consists of 1 teacher and approx.  25 students from all grade levels.  We meet monthly, do fun activities together, and gather in the gym to celebrate the months theme.  
Because your child was in Kindergarten last year, they weren’t placed in a “Family” yet, so this is a big step for them!  On Wednesday afternoon theyll meet their MMH Family (which is pretty cool), as this will be their Family until they leave MMH after Grade 5.  Im excited to catch up with my Family from last year, and also to welcome the new Grade 1s to the bunch! 

13.  Five Things About Me bags:  OK... These were AWESOME.  The kids had SO much fun talking about and showing off the things in their bags, and I learned so much about them and your families!  Thank you SO much for your participation!
What Have We Been Learning About?!

In Language Arts, we have begun learning about sight words, word families and are reviewing different blends.  We have been practicing printing and are also launching our Daily 5 program.  Home reading will start in October.  What does that mean?  It’s pretty simple:  Encouraging your child to read DAILY.  At MMH, we’re firm believers that reading daily significantly improves skills, in both comprehension and fluency.  The books are levelled, and they’re a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Later on, we will incorporate other books into the program.  Monday to Thursday, your child will bring a book home to read.  There will be a little note coming home with the first book that explains everything you need to know, and how to get in the swing of Home Reading.
The Daily Five is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. When introduced to each task, the children discuss what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to engage in the task independently. Then, the children work on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing that task.
The five tasks include: 
1. Read to self
2. Read to someone
3. Listen to reading
4. Work on writing
5. Word work

When all five tasks have been introduced and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing activities, I am able to work with small groups and confer with children one on one. This structure is effective, the results are amazing, and the children really look forward to Daily Five time. In a week or so, ask your child about Daily Five and see what he/she has to say. I anticipate your child will tell you about the class stamina, how we are working towards independence, and maybe you will even hear about some of the fantastic things your child has written, read, or listened to during our structured reading time. 
In Math, we have reviewed printing numbers 1-9 and are kicking off our unit in Patterns! Our goal is to get students to see, copy and create patterns in things around us, everyday life, nature, and numbers.  Often students don’t see the connection in patterns and numbers, so this is a great unit to begin with as we become more confident in Math. 

In Social Studies, we will finish talking about groups that we belong in, and we’ll move on to learn about students’ families.  
In Science we are learning about Primary and Secondary Colors!
In Health we began by learning about germs and how to best stop the transmission of germs in school.  We are now moving on to pedestrian safety as we prepare to go on our Terry Fox walk next Friday.  Safety City is coming to visit our classroom on September 25 and we are SO looking forward to it!
In Computers we are practicing using our very own log ins and passwords!  
In PE we are focusing on safety and rules and fair play, preparing to launch our first unit soon!
Once again, our classroom is a busy place.  While I know many parents are trying to encourage independence in their children by dropping them off outside in the morning, and setting up a meeting place in the afternoon (which is GREAT), please know that you are always welcome to stop by for a chat, or a look around our room!  Email or call me if you ever have any questions about anything at all. Thanks again for all your support with our program.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


September 3
What a fantastic first day!  I can't tell you how excited I am about the new year.  I met 19 absolutely fantastic kiddos today and can't wait to jump in with both feet.  I'd imagine you had some tired kiddos at home this evening.
I realize this morning was tough for some of you (don't lie, I saw a few tears), and that I didn't get a chance to chat more than a few seconds with some of you.  What a busy few minutes!  Please know you are welcome in my classroom at any time!  If you're ever wondering about the progress of your child, would like to snoop in their desk, or see any work hanging around, please feel free to come on by!  After school is a great time to catch me for a chat!

A few things have come up since the handbook was printed. Enjoy the read!

1. Photo Day Procedures: No order form or money is required for tomorrow's photo day. In a few weeks you will receive a preview of your child's photos, and will be given the option to purchase photos at that time.
2. Agendas were sent home today. This is going to be a very huge part of your child's Grade One year. There is a $10 fee for each agenda. There are no school fees.
3. Our first fire drill will be at 9:45am on Thursday. We will be outside practicing prior to this to be sure it is a positive experience when it happens!
4. Meet the Teacher Night is next Thursday evening from 6-7pm. This is a Come and Go event. If you are unable to attend the evening, please feel free to come and tour our classroom at another time! You are always welcome.
5. Library: Each Tuesday we will go to the library for a story with Ms. Renner. Afterwards, students are able to choose two books to sign out. One will stay at school in our bookshelf, and the second can be taken home for the week. Please return the books to our classroom each Friday, so they can be organized and we can be ready to take new ones the next week.
6.  Inside Shoes:  Please be sure your child has a pair of running shoes that can be left at school.  These shoes are left in the classroom at all times.  Children have a special rack under their desks to store them.
7.  Morning Procedures:  Just a reminder that the classroom door will usually open when the bell rings in the morning.  Children are welcome to play outside until then, there is supervision on the playground.  They will be invited in through the Grade One doors by the teachers.
HAVING SAID THAT...  The City of Lethbridge is going to be working on our playground this week.  (Great timing I know.)  If it is difficult to come in through the Grade One doors, please feel free to use another door and I'll meet you in the classroom.  Not sure how this is going to go!)
8.  Agenda $:  You can hand in your $10 for your child's agenda to me, or to the office, whichever you are comfortable with.
9.  Water Bottle:  You are welcome to send a "sipping" water bottle with your child to school.  It's great if they don't have to leave the classroom to get a small drink.
10.  Lunch:  Please let me know if your child doesn't seem to be eating enough during the school day.  While I try to watch them as closely as I can in the lunch room, it's hard to tell how much is "normal" eating for them, and there are the distractions of other children, so if you have a question, just let me know and I can encourage a bit more.  Thanks!

If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to come in and chat with me or shoot me an email.

Once again, I am so looking forward to working with your family in this upcoming year!  Go Grade One!!