Friday, January 31, 2014

It's February!!

Hi There!

Well we have lots of exciting things coming our way in February!  Here’s a few points to get us started, and watch your child’s agenda for more info!

Most importantly, SPELLING is beginning Monday!  Your child will be coming home with a spelling scribbler that will have all the needed information inside.  Here is the letter you will see inside the agenda:

February 3, 2014

Here is your brand new Spelling Program!  This scribbler will travel home every Monday and stay with you for the week, then return to school each Friday.  We will glue in the new spelling lists every Monday and your child will highlight the words that they are expected to practise each night.  Some recommended activities for February are included on the pink sheet that has been glued in this book.  At least three nights per week, please choose one of the listed activities to complete.  (However, if you come up with other fun ideas please feel free to try those too!)

Each spelling night, please record the date and activity that you chose to do.  If the chosen activity requires a pencil and paper, please feel free to use the scribbler; that’s what it is for!  Other activities will not require work in the scribbler.    

Every new list will include 10 words.  I recommend that some children do only the first 4 words on the list (Level 1), others will want to do 8 (Level 2), some will want to do all 10 (challenge words).  Remember, we want all kids to have fun and be successful with these words.  The words that your child is working on will be highlighted on the list.  If your child is asking to do more words, please feel free to bump up a level and by the same token, if they are feeling overwhelmed, allow them to take a step back to perhaps only 4 words rather than 8.  We want students to find the place where they are thriving and learning, while also being rewarded with success!  Spelling “check-ins/quizzes” will be on Fridays.  Happy Spelling!

If you have any questions about the spelling program please don’t hesitate to let me know ASAP.  It’s going to be so fun!

Thanks so much for all the newspapers for our Science in Schools day!  It was a MAJOR hit!!

I will be sending a list home of names for Valentine’s if this is something you are interested in being a part of.  I’d like to wait until early next week as we are getting a new student and I’m not sure of the spelling of her name just yet. 



Cheese and Crackers: Mikey Bujarski


Fruit Tray: Reese Scales


Veggie Tray: ______________ (send me an email if you’d be willing to fill this spot please!)


Cookies or Cupcakes: Macgregor Steele


Juice and Napkins: Logan Gurney


Here are some upcoming dates you should be aware of.

Tuesday, February 4

·         After School Skating at Nicholas Sheran Arena (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

·         Lethbridge School District Town Hall Meeting 6:30 at Victoria Park High School


Wednesday, February 5

·         Winter Walk (following the p.m. recess) Please be sure your child has proper clothing to be outside for about an hour!


Friday, February 7

·         Staff Learning Day NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20

Hi There!

Just a few things to update you on for this week!

1.     Keep the newspapers coming in!  If you have any at home to donate I’ll take as many as you can give! 

2.   I am away at a conference for Differentiated Instruction in Calgary this coming Monday and Tuesday.  Sherese Speelman will be in for me, but feel free to email me at any time during those days if needed.

3.   100 Day Collections:  Once you’ve completed this Homework Activity, they can come back to school anytime!

4.   A very important note regarding the retirement of our principal Paul Bryant was sent home with your oldest child today. Please consider taking part in this opportunity!

5.   I have been completing reading assessments on many students in the class.  If you notice your child’s reading level on Reading AtoZ change, this is why.  Many children are moving up a level or even more!

6.   VALENTINES PARTY SNACK (Friday, Feb 14)

Cheese and Crackers: Mikey Bujarski

Fruit Tray:  Reese Scales

Veggie Tray:  ______________ (send me an email if you’d be willing to fill this spot please!)

Cookies or Cupcakes: Macgregor Steele

Juice and Napkins: Logan Gurney

Monday, January 13, 2014

January Update

Wow! I can’t believe we are already back in the full swing of things for 2014


In Science, we’ve been learning about Winter and how animals adapt to survive the winter. We’ve played some fun games in the gym where we’ve had to become animals to show hibernation/ migration, and we’ll continue with some winter activities until we start our next unit called Building Things.


On January 29th and 30th, we have a special program coming to Grade 1 called Scientists in Schools. Here, we will have scientists from the UofL come to our class for a full morning workshop about Building Things. For the workshop, each student will need 1 newspaper (a whole edition, not just 1 page). If you subscribe to a newspaper, and can start collecting newspaper editions for the class that would be wonderful! I can store them in the room so you can send them whenever!


In Social Studies, we’re looking more closely at our Community, and what makes our community so special. Students are working in a Community Scrapbook where they get to describe their favourite places in Lethbridge.


Although it’s a few weeks away, we are planning for some 100 Day activities. 100 day is a special day in Grade 1, as we pair up with the Grade 2s for 100 Day Centers in the gym. This year, we’ll be celebrating 100 Day on Valentine’s Day! We will need the help of 3 parents on this Friday. If you’re able to run a center on Friday February 14th from 8-11am, please let me know asap!


Here are your important dates for January and February so far! Remember to check this blog for date changes!


Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful week!




Tuesday January 14th- Hat/ Touque Day! Spirit Assembly @ 12:30
Wednesday January 15th- Hot Lunch for Grades 1-3
Thursday January 16th- Hot Lunch for Grades 4-5
January 27th-28th- Mrs Fallwell away at a conference
29th and 30- Science in Schools workshop in the AM



Tuesday February 4th- After School Skate begins from 330-430 at Nicholas Sheran Rink- all families invited to attend!
Wednesday February 5th- Winter Walk Day, Family Assembly @ 12:30
Friday February 7th- PD Day No School
Friday February 14th- Valentine’s Day/ 100th Day of School Celebrations!
February 17th- 21st- Family Break- No School

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Helloooo JANUARY!!

Welcome back! Hope you had a relaxing break with your family!

Sight Words for January

27-Feb. 31

Our phonics focus for the month is long vowels, we will reinforce the difference between short and long vowel sounds and learn more about Magic E at the end of words which taps the vowel and makes it say it’s long sound, as well as Two Vowels Walking, the First One Does the Talking. These can be a little tricky and the kids need lots of practice both decoding and blending for reading AND writing. We will also focus on editing skills watching for spelling, meaning, capitals, spaces, and ending punctuation!

 In Math we are diving into our next big unit which is addition and subtraction to 12. Within this unit we will be using all kinds of tools to help the kids get a concrete grasp of how Mental Math works.  We are starting with the strategy of Counting On, as it is the easiest for most students. Chances are that some or many of your children are already using this strategy without knowing it. Counting on means that you start with the biggest number in an equation, and then count up. For example, in the equation 5+3, you want students to start with the “5 in their heads, and then count up, 6, 7, 8. This is to discourage students from counting like, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5..6, 7, 8. Students also need to be taught that if an equation looks like this: 2+6, they still should start with the bigger number in this case “6 and count up 7, 8. 

The strategy of Doubles will come next, as it usually comes quite easily to students. Doubles are all around us; think of fingers and toes 5+5, wheels on a car 2+2, or the eggs in a carton 6+6. When students know their doubles well, they should no longer have to think about the equation to solve it. Rather, the answer becomes automatic. This means that the student has developed automaticity. For example, when a student sees the equation 8+8, he should know that it equals 16 without even stopping to think. Building a strong foundation of doubles will help students with the next strategy, Doubles Plus One.

We are finishing up the Senses unit in Science. After that we will be starting a very hands on and creative Building Unit. The children will be transforming a variety of materials into recycled treasures over the next few months!

 In Social, we are continuing our mapping unit which includes learning cardinal directions, finding Lethbridge on a map, landmarks, and rural vs. urban communities and more!

 IMPORTANT:  The theme for next weeks Spirit Day has changed.  It is now toque and hat day!  (We are going to save the sports day for during the Olympics!)

If your child is arriving at school prior to the bell in the morning, please do not leave them in front of the school.  We have supervisors outside on the playground and it is a much safer area to be.  In instances when it is too cold, supervisors will be outside shooing students into the bootrooms.  Thanks so much!

Just a reminder to please record the name of your home reading book in the agenda each night.  This sure helps out our home reading moms! 


 UPDATE: We have a special presentation by SCIENTISTS IN SCHOOL on Wednesday January 29 and 30th.  Our class will be splitting up and taking turns at this Building Things workshop.  Each child gets to spend a half day! It’s a very special opportunity!  I may be looking for parent volunteers who are able to come in and help out with Science centres for that whole block of time. If you are interested please send me an email! Thanks so much!