Mrs. Pearen's Grade One News

October 2014

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!

~Mrs. Pearen


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.


Your child's homework is due every TUESDAY, with Wednesday being a day of grace for our busy lives! New homework will be given on WEDNESDAY. Homework consists of word wall word practice, one math problem or sheet, and a snuggle bag that contains two borrowed books from my own library and an orange poetry duotang, filled with poems to read with your child. Please leave completed homework in its respective section in your child's S.T.A.R. binder. Raz-Kids is also a great way to assist your child develop his/her reading skills.

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.

Spooky Halloween

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

We continue to explore seasonal change as it affects humans (e.g., clothing, activities) and the environment (e.g., changes in the landscape). In the coming weeks, we will focus more on how seasonal change affects animals (e.g., hibernation and migration).

Important Dates

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