Mrs. Ralston's Grade One Newsletter

Week 23

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, February 19 - 11:30 am dismissal (remember to pack a snack and return Star Homework). Tomorrow is also Jersey Day...wear your favorite team jersey or Aspen Grove shirt!
  • Tuesday, February 23 - Sight word assessment day (see the letter and flashcards that were sent home last week).
  • Wednesday, February 24 - Pink Shirt Day (Anti Bullying day). Learn more at:
  • Thursday, February 25 - Pizza Hut Fun Lunch for those who preordered. Please remember that the canteen is closed on Fun Lunch days.
  • Wednesday, March 2 - Report cards come home
  • Thursday, March 3 & Friday, March 4 - Teacher's Convention; no school for students
  • Monday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 9 - Student Led Conferences (scheduling information being sent home next week).

Important Information

Reading Next Steps: As your child continues to grow and evolve as a reader, their reading will require some fine tuning in regards to fluency and expression. In grade one, students are explicitly taught and modeled proper fluency and expression, but it's often the case of practice makes perfect! Currently in our classroom we are working on acknowledging punctuation while we read. When your child is reading to you, encourage them to remember what to do at periods, questions marks, explanation marks and commas. Talk about how your voice sounds or changes when you read with each type of punctuation (ex: a question mark makes our voice go up).

Science Materials: In March we will be beginning our science studies around "Building Things". It is a really engaging unit that blends science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and literacy all in one! As part of the unit we are asking that students bring in some recyclable materials that we can reuse for our building tasks. We don't want to be overrun with materials, so 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. Please save your items and begin sending them in during the first week in March.

Table Talk

This is where I share a few things that we have been learning this week, great discussion for at the dinner table (hence “Table Talk”)!

1) Literacy: This 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 Woody Woodchuck and Lou Lou Moose. Then have them tell you what sound these characters likes the best, and what letter or letter combinations represent that sound. Woody Woodchuck (short oo: oo, in foot and would) and Lou Lou Moose: (long oo: oo, ew, u_e, ou, in new, food).

2) Sight Words: Our new sight words of the week were "look", "could", "would" and "should". Feel free to make new flashcards with these words to add to your current collection for Star Homework practice.

3) Science: We began our week with a special presentation from Alberta Parks about "Animals in Alberta Winter". We discussed how animals survive and adapt to their environment. We also got to use our 5 senses to be nature detectives and learn all about local animals and how they survive. Have your child share their experience with you. We also celebrated our literacy week door decorating contest win with a popcorn party courtesy of the school! We used our 5 senses in every way to make and of course EAT the popcorn! See if your child can tell you all 5 of their senses.

A Glimpse Into Our Classroom...

We love to play a game in our classroom called "I Have...Who Has?" It's a fantastic whole class game that can be used in math and literacy. It's a great way to practice the concepts we have been learning and the students always beg to play it!

This week we worked with the long oo and short oo of course it was fitting to play an "I Have...Who Has?" version of the game, FULL of words that help us practice those two sounds.

I Have...Who Has?

PLC Friday

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

On Friday afternoons, the Grade One team at Aspen Grove is currently working on an amazing formative assessment tool that is being used to gain a full understanding of students' number awareness. We are analyzing the results of our assessments and creating cross classroom small groups based on students needs. We are then choosing and creating activities and techniques to teach within our small groups and whole class instruction. One such creation has been making our daily "calendar time" an efficient way to practice numeracy in an exciting and interactive way! The results have already been amazing and our grade one students this year are gaining such a deep understanding of number! Achieving such great results would not be possible without our weekly PLC afternoons.

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Have a wonderful weekend!