Mrs. Ralston's Grade One Newsletter

Week 27

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, March 18 - 11:30 am dismissal (remember to pack a snack and return Star Homework).
  • Monday, March 21 - No library this week, all library books to be returned before Spring Break.
  • Thursday, March 24 - Return Star Homework
  • Friday March 25 - No School due to Good Friday
  • March 28 - April 1 - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 4 - Classes resume
  • Tuesday, April 5 - Fundraising Orders due back to school (catalogs too)
  • Friday, April 8 - 11:30 am dismissal (remember to pack a snack and return Star Homework).

Important Information

School Fundraiser: Your child is coming home with a package today that is full of information for our school wide spring fundraiser. Please don't just cast this aside, take a look through everything and, if able, help out our school with this great fundraiser! Your efforts go towards funding things like field trips, whole school celebrations (including our year end one), gym equipment, etc. Every little bit counts and every child who participates earns a prize (see the prize flyer for more details).

Sleds: Due to the warmer weather and construction, our sledding areas for recess are now closed. If your child has a sled being kept at school they will be asked to take it home today, If your child rides the bus, please make arrangements to come and pick up their sled sometime in the next week. All sleds are stored in our grade one bootroom.

Star Homework: Just a reminder that Star Homework is something that needs to be signed by a parent each week. I have had an increased number of students returning their homework with items circled that are not completed, or verified by a parent. I just want to make it fair to everyone who is participating. Thanks so much to everyone who takes time to read at home, as well as complete other extra practice tasks.

Word Sorts: Remember that once your child brings home their current word sort, any older word sorts can be recycled. As students learn and progress, there is no need to practice and play with the same word sort at home for longer than that current week. All word sorts are developmentally appropriate for your child's individual needs, constantly changing as your child grows. If you would like to send back the Ziploc bag the sort was sent in, that as always welcome as an effort to save plastic and reuse as much as possible.

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) Math: This week we were focusing on the importance of more or less when it comes to addition and subtraction. Ensure you use these terms at home while talking about or practicing math with your child.

2) Sight Words: Our Sight Words of the week were “did” and “on”. Have your child look for these words while they read or make flash cards to use during your sight word games.

3) Science: Our students have been transforming into engineers this week and working on several tasks and projects all related to the world of fairy tales. Feel free to have your child share their experience about the following...

- Our first task was based on the story of Rapunzel. Students had to create a tower just long enough for Razpunzel's hair to reach the ground. Our focus word was TEAMWORK and the students completed the task using careful planning, engineering and mathematical measurement skills.

- Our second task was based on the story The Princess and the Pea. Students had to create a bed soft enough for a princess to not feel that pesky pea while she slept. Our focus word was SMART and the students completed the task using careful planning, engineering and their sense of touch.

- Our third task was based on the tale of the leprechauns. Students had to work together and create a trap to outsmart those tricky leprechauns. Our focus word was CLEVER and the students completed the task with two objectives...enticing a leprechaun in and trapping him there! This took careful planning, engineering and architectural abilities.

** Check out the pictures below!!

A Glimpse Into Our Classroom...

We are having so much fun being engineers in science!! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an amazing way to learn!
Science Building Things Unit

Building our Leprechaun Traps...

Leprechaun Trap Building

Have a wonderful weekend!