Mrs. Pearen's Grade One News
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
It is hard to believe that we are well into the month of October and the cooler weather is now upon us. Since the Fall weather is often changeable, please ensure you send a jacket
and/or sweater to school with your child each day. Also, we have had a few incidents
where children have ventured into the mud at recess or fallen in wet areas of the yard. If
you have not already done so, please place an extra pair of pants, socks, and underwear, in your child’s school bag.
This is the first electronic newsletter of our year together! Please email or tweet me any feedback. It is greatly appreciate!
Our Lost and Found is growing clothing! Please ensure your child’s clothing is labelled. It is
much easier for children and teachers to locate articles of clothing when it is labelled and
the child’s name appears on the item. Children often do not recognize their own clothing
when it is in the big Lost and Found pile. If your child is missing an article of clothing,
please feel free to stop by the Lost and Found boxes located in the Kindergarten wing and
by the Main Office.
Progress Report Cards
Progress Report Cards will be coming home on Thursday, October 30. Progress Report Cards will highlight the two learning skills we have worked on in detail (Responsibility and Self-Regulation) since the beginning of the school year. Each family will receive an interview time on Thursday, November 6 to discuss your child’s progress with your child’s English teacher. Madame Bruni will contact families on an as needed basis or she will be
available on a first come first serve basis on the evening of November 6.
In Grade One, we celebrate Halloween by wearing black and orange. On Friday, October 31, the children will participate in fun activities throughout the day. Due to the allergies in our classrooms, please refrain from sending in food treats with your child. Items such as pencils, erasers, or stickers, may be a better choice and respect healthy living.
Language Learning Goals
Our Reading focus is the Fix-Up strategies. Please refer to the bookmark in your child's blue Snuggle Up folder for a list of the Reading Strategies (e.g. Eagle Eye, Lips the Fish, Stretchy the Snake). We are also practising orally retelling fiction stories using the Shape Go Map, highlighting the beginning, middle, and end parts of a story. (A copy of the Shape Go Map was sent home in September – please refer to our Grade One website if you have misplaced your copy). In Writing, we are focusing on “Sounding Out” words to write a sentence. Students should be able to write a complete sentence from their own thoughts, using Sound Spelling, Word Wall Words, and classroom vocabulary charts. Please continue to focus on proper pencil grip and upper and lower case letter formation.
Math Learning Goals
We are working on solving number problems using addition and subtraction, as well as counting to 100 in a variety of ways. Please continue to work on addition and subtraction facts with your child, as well as counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's to 100.
Physical and Health Education Learning Goals
We are working on soccer skills and ball control. We will be moving onto throwing and catching activities. Fundamental skills, participation, safety, and fair play are key components to our physical education classes. In Health Education, we are reviewing bus safety, climber safety, and fire safety.
Religion and Family Life
We are focusing on belonging to our community and highlighting the Catholic Graduate Expectation of Stewardship. Our Grade One Social Justice Initiative is the Ottawa Humane Society. We are learning about the stories of Jesus and practising the Hail Mary prayer.
Science Learning Goals
Friday, October 24- Halloween Dance – see St. Gabriel website for more details
Thursday, October 30- Progress Report Cards go home
Friday, October 31- Halloween –“ Black and Orange Day”, News Show
Thursday, November 6- Parent / Teacher Interviews