Mrs. McCann's Grade One

Weekly Newsletter: WEEK 23

Upcoming Important Dates

    • Wednesday, March 1 - Skating Afternoon
    • Friday, March 3 - FULL DAY FRIDAY & Gator Block morning
    • March 9 & 10 - Teacher Convention: no school
    • Friday, March 17 - Report cards come home
    • Monday, March 20 & Wednesday, March 22 - Student Led Conferences
    • Friday, March 24 - Day in Lieu: No School

Important Information:

Skating: Yay! We have confirmation that we can use the Montrose skating rink. This will take place at 1:00, on March 1. This is a great opportunity for students to practice skating and to get some physical activity for the afternoon. We will be in need of parent volunteers to help tie skates and assist the class when necessary. I am trying to access extra helmets and skates for students to use. Please let me know if you child is in need of a helmet and a pair of skates along with the size they require. I will try to access these so your child can participate. If you have extra skates, sizes 11-1, please let me know if you are willing to lend them out for the afternoon. Students are asked to wear a CSA helmet but a bike helmet with a back is acceptable as well. This is the same day grades 3-8 go skiing at Nite Hawk. Please watch for a letter going home on Monday of this week.


Reading: Please ensure you are reading with your child every evening. Completing a picture walk prior to reading will give your child exposure to the vocabulary found within the book. When your child struggles with a word, ask the following questions: "Does that look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?" This will get your child to really look at a word and think about whether what they read made sense.


Websites: Here are a few engaging websites that your child can practice their reading and/or work on educational games:


www.razkids.com

https://www.getepic.com (first month free)

www.starfall.ca (free)

www.abcya.com (free)

www.storylineonline.net

www.mightybook.com/story_books.html

www.pbskids.org/lions/need-flash.html


Spoons: I am looking for a few parents to donate some plastics spoons to the classroom. On a daily basis we are going through 2-3 spoons and it is hard for me to keep up with the demand:) Thank you in advance!


Science: We will be finishing up our unit on Penguins and will be starting our unit "Building Things" in March. We are asking each student to bring in no more than 3-4 items PLUS 3-4 paper towel or toilet paper tubes. Some examples of great recyclable items could include: cereal boxes, kleenex boxes, plastic containers, clean milk jugs, etc.

Classroom Happenings!!!

Here are a few things that have been "happening" in the classroom. These are great discussion starters with your child.


1) Literacy: This past week we were introduced to 2 new characters who will help us remember the letters and sounds that we need for reading and spelling. Have your child tell you one thing they remember about Leaping Eve (ie, ea, e-e, ee, y) and Whistling White Whale (Wh). Then have them tell you what sound these characters like best, and what letters or letter combinations represent that sound.


2) Sight Words: what, see, these . Please feel free to work on these with your child at home.


3) Social Studies: We have been talking about what it means to be a good citizen and how we can help our world and environment. Have your child share something they can do that would make our world a better place.