Mrs. McCann's Grade One

Weekly Newsletter: WEEK 31

Upcoming Important Dates

    • Monday, May 15 - Parent Council Meeting @ 6:30pm
    • Friday, May 19 - 11:40 Dismissal (please remember to send a snack) Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off Assembly
    • Monday, May 22 - No School: Victoria Day
    • Wednesday, May 24 - Grade Colour Day (students can wear their rainbow shirt) and Fun Lunch (this date as been changed because of the Children's Festival)
    • Thursday, May 25 - Field Trip to Grande Prairie Children's Festival
    • Friday, May 26 - 11:40 Dismissal (please remember to send a snack) Awards Assembly and Gator Blocks
    • Tuesday, May 30 - Field Trip to Muskoseepi Park
    • Wednesday, May 31 - Western Day (wear you western clothes to celebrate the Grande Prairie Rodeo) and Showcase Auditions take place.
    • Thursday, June 1- Jump Rope for Heart Activity Hour
    • Friday, June 2 - 11:40 Dismissal (please remember to send a snack). Assembly and Gator Blocks
    • Wednesday, June 7 - Field Trip to Down to Earth Farms Petting Zoo
    • Thursday, June 15 - Aspen Grove Showcase

Important Information:

Fitness Fun: Our next Fitness Fun date is Wednesday, May 17. If your child is a part of this a short note will be sent home on Monday asking that your child please bring a small snack and a water bottle. Lunch: Due to the Grande Prairie Children's Festival falling on the same date as the initial Fun Lunch, the date has been changed to Wednesday, May 24. Thank you for your patience as we figured out this scheduling issue.


Grande Prairie Children's Festival: On May 25, grades 1-4 will be going to the Grande Prairie Children's Festival. The students will be watching a combination of four different performances throughout the day. These will take place at the Legion, Teresa Sargent Hall, and Muskoseepi Park. We will be needing two volunteers for this event so please let me know if you are willing to join us.


Muskoseepi Park: To compliment our Social Studies Unit "Past and Present" and our Science Unit "Living and Non-Living Things" the grade one students will be spending the day at Muskoseepi Park on May 30. The students will be learning about planting things in the morning and will then be participating in an activity at the Museum for the afternoon. Please let me know if you would like to join us for the day.


SHOWCASE: If your child would like to share their talent with the whole school, the Showcase is the place to do it. In order for your child to participate, a Request for Audition must be filled out and signed by a parent. These are found outside of Mrs. McCann's classroom or you can let me know and I will send a form home in your child's binder. It is a requirement that your child only participate in one category (performing arts or video production) and that their performance be appropriate for an elementary school setting. Auditions will take place May 31st and the actual Showcase is on Thursday, June 15. Please be aware that If your child is not prepared for the audition and does not have their music memorized or knowledge of the lyrics (these can be printed off), they will not be able to perform as part of the Showcase. Preparation is key:)


Math: We will be completing our 2-D and 3-D shapes unit this week. Next, we will be focusing on numbers to 100 along with addition and subtraction strategies to 20. Getting your child to add and subtract everyday at home will give them opportunities to practice what they will be learning in class. Playing board games, chanting counting patterns (by 2s, 5s and 10s), and comparing quantities are great ways to get your child thinking. You can also practice doubles (such as 4+4 and 5+5).


Literacy: This week we will be reviewing the /ar/ and /or/ sounds. In writing, students will be practicing writing a three star sentence. This encourages students to make their sentences more interesting by adding adjectives and specific details.

Classroom Happenings!

1. Social Skills Lessons: We have been learning about emotional intelligence via our Classroom Dojo. Over the past couple weeks we have been talking about "our beast" and how we can regulate the emotions that relate to it. We continue to use the language taught in these social lessons within the grade one classroom. For example: expected & unexpected behaviour, small/medium/large problems and appropriate reactions.


2. City Scrub: On Thursday of this past week the grade one students participated in the City Scrub. Together we picked up garbage found in the Montrose Field. The students did a wonderful job. This fit in well with our past Social Studies Unit by providing a hands on experience in taking care of their world.