1F Weekly News

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Greetings from Ms. Cat's Desk

We had another exciting week in 1F. We started the week with Valentine's Day party - The children were elated to be delivering cards to their friends and teachers. They were ecstatic to be reading the cards they received. It was truly a fantastic opportunity for the children to recognize the positive qualities each child possessed. THANK YOU parents for your generous party foods. The children really enjoyed the abundance of food. A massive 'thank you's also go to Noora and Sarah's moms who came and helped to decorate and set out for the party.

This week also coincided with Read Week. We had a number of guest readers visiting the students this week to share a story or two. We thank Ms. Lana, Ms. Mindy, Ms. Genest and Ms. Wiede for coming to share some fun stories with the children. They thoroughly enjoyed being read to.


We also had Book Character Day on Wednesday. It was great to see some of the children having fun with costumes, and getting to enjoy the books associated with the costume.


The children were given opportunities daily to guess the snippets from various books. I will include the shared Snippets and the answers with you - in case you have an opportunity to share the books with your child in coming days.

1. Sunday


Not so long ago, before she could even speak words, Trixie went on an errand with her daddy…Trixie and her daddy went down the block, through the park, past the school, and into the Laundromat.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale By Mo Willems


2. Monday


Frrrooggyy! Yelled his friend Max.

‘Wha-a-a-a-t?”

“Did you forget something?”

Froggy looked down. “Oops!” He was in his underwear!


Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London


3. Tuesday


Then he heard it again! Just a very faint yelp

As if some tiny person were calling for help.

"I'll help you," said Horton. "But who are you? Where?"

He looked and he looked. He could see nothing there

But a small speck of dust blowing past through the air."


Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss


4. Wednesday


Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s play “Drive the Bus”!

I’ll go first.

C’mon! Just once around the block!


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems


5. Thursday


George was curious. As he reached his hand into the water, a large crab came scuttling out from under a rock and right toward his finger!

Snap!

Ouch!

Poor George. He did not like this exhibit.


Curious George at the Aquarium by Margaret & H. A. Rey

During the week, our counselor, Ms. Zoe, came to visit us to recognize students who demonstrated consistent positive learning attitude. Big congratulations go to Annika and Ahmed. Well done!
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Today, the children joined the 1B class to celebrate their 'All About' Book Publication. After finding a partner from each other's class, the children shared the classroom and the garden outside to share their books, offering something they had learned and enjoyed from the books. It was a great opportunity to read to a different audience.
As in my previous email, next week we will begin our journey to explore Opinion Writing. The children are required to come to school on Sunday in their favorite clothing - wether it be their PJs, PE uniform, party clothes or comfy clothes. They will be constructing informal opinions on the items they wear, so it is vital they choose the items for Sunday.


To further whet their Opinion Writing appetite, we also request for the children to bring their favorite soft toy for Monday. Please encourage your child to pack accordingly.


I also attach the Parent Letter for the Opinion Writing Unit for your reading pleasure.

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Dear Parents,


Anyone who has ever worked with children or has children of their own has likely been

witness to their seemingly innate ability to have an opinion. This unit is an opportunity to

mine children’s ability to use persuasive language whilst expanding their writing experiences.


Opinion writing empowers children to discover that their lives are full of reasons to write

persuasively and effect change. Be prepared for your passionate writer to take action! Students will also be sharing their opinions with others through letter writing. During this unit, your child will be immersed in mini lessons that focus on how writers: find topics that they have strong opinions about, write with purpose for a selected audience, provide evidence for their opinions, and revise and edit for readers to make sure their writing is easy to read.


The following standards are being addressed in this unit of study:


  • Standard 4 - Students will write with clarity and logic on a wide range of topics for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Standard 5 - Students will use grammatical and mechanical conventions in writing.
  • Standard 6 - Students will demonstrate competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Standard 7 - Students will use speaking and listening skills to communicate effectively.
  • Standard 8 - Students will deliver coherent, well-focused presentations appropriate for a variety of audiences and purposes.


Parent Teaching Tips:


  • Write a letter to a family member or friend (model letter writing format)
  • The next time your child asks you for something, ask your child to support their request by providing reasons!


Sincerely,

Grade 1 Team

Phew.

This has been a long newsletter - I hope you enjoyed reading it, and viewing the photos.


Have a great weekend,


Ms. Cat

Sneak Peak At The Week Ahead

THIS WEEK:

February 23 - 2nd Grade Concert

February 26 - Friendship Festival


COMING UP:

March 10 - Trimester 2 Ends

March 17 - Report Cards sent home electronically

March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day and Shamrock Shamble

March 25 - April 4 - Spring Break

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