Grade 1D's Weekly News

3 September

THE photo edition - end of our first full week!

Mr Mac's Mail

Hi everyone,


Welcome to the end of our first week. It has been such a lot of fun for me as I have been getting to know all of your amazing children, and grow the 1D community into a vibrant part of the ASD fabric. As a class, we have done a lot of getting to know each other, started to develop routines in all of our subject areas, worked on our reading stamina, taken math, spelling and writing assessments, talked about the things that we want for our class this year, and finished the week by developing four positive rules for us to use for the rest of the year.

These are our 1D rules:

  • We try our best
  • We take turns to speak, using kind words.
  • We help each other.
  • We try not to make a mess, and we clean up as a team.

These rules work alongside the ASD values, and I am impressed by the way your children are already following them.

Thank you for sharing

I have really enjoyed reading your insights into what makes your child 'tick'. The notes you have provided, as well as the ones the children have written with your help, have given me a huge head-start as I try to get to know each child in depth, to discover their strengths, weaknesses, joys and fears. Each family has written with detail and warmth, and I do appreciate the support and trust that you have already shown me through that. I really value your insights and observations as parents and hope you will always feel free to share them with me. It is important to keep the home - school partnership strong and up to date, working to deal with small issues before they are allowed to develop into big problems. Please email me or send a note any time. I can also be available before or after school for quick touch-base chats most days. I am often happy to talk for longer, but would prefer to have an appointment or email contact first please, if possible.


Please take the time to enjoy the photos I have added to this edition of my newsletter. Please understand that my newsletter is not likely to be this full of photos in general, but I still have to share my photo folder with you and wanted to give you a quick update while I am finalizing some issues related to that. I should be in touch with each of you early next week with photo-sharing details. Until then, enjoy this sample.

Have a great weekend!

Jeff Mr Mac MacRaild.

An important message from the school office

Dear Parents

There are students in your child’s class who have nut allergies. A child with nut allergy can develop mild or severe reactions if they come in contact with the said allergen. Please take note of the following measures:

· Please be considerate of your child’s classmates when sending in snacks (if possible, to avoid sending any nuts or nut products)
· Children should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after lunch, prior to returning to the classroom to avoid any cross-contamination.
· For any special occasions, please be reminded that any food brought in to the class should be nut free.

Please contact the nurse office or your homeroom teacher if you have any questions or concern. Thank you for your cooperation

if the shoe fits, wear it!

Not all shoes are a good fit for our feet, and not all shoes suit all activities. The same is true for books. This week we have been learning about choosing 'Good Fit' books. To choose books we follow the I PICK rule:

I Choose a book

P - Purpose (Why do you want to read it?)

I - Interest (Does it interest you?)

C - Comprehension (Do I understand what I am reading?)

K - Know the words

We also use the 5-finger rule. If we open a new book and quickly find 5 words on the first page that we don't know, we know this is probably too difficult to read at the moment.

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Library this week

Just a quick note about the library. The students' regular Thursday session in the library was interrupted by a fire drill, so they did not get the chance to borrow books today. We will try to reschedule a borrowing time for Sunday instead.

The week ahead

Back to school night: 9th September. Grade 1 presentations begin at 7:00PM.

Looking forward to seeing you and talking with you all there.

Curriculum: Details about subjects, expectations and units of work will be explained at the Back to School night. In general, this week we are focusing on building good habits and routines for the rest of the year. I will be beginning to assess reading in more detail this week, as well as starting to tailor instruction more to the needs of each of the 1D students.