Mrs. Rumbolt's Grade One

October Newsletter

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Happy Fall!

I can't believe it is already October! What a great first month we had! Thank you for your continued support in helping your child be the best they can be! My students this year are so kind, hardworking and eager to learn!


Remember to celebrate when your child comes home with a coupon/prize! It means they did something OUTSTANDING to move up to purple on our chart!


Please read through this newsletter and email me with any questions!


Mrs. Rumbolt

Important Information:


  • ZERO THE HERO: All spots are filled up. Thank you!
  • BUDDY BOOKS: Students will begin taking home classroom buddy books Monday, Oct. 5th. There will be a note sent home on that day with information regarding reading and recording buddy books. I cannot emphasize enough how important daily reading is! Please see pages listed below about ways to help your child decode words as well as understand what they are reading!
  • CLASSROOM PARTIES: Our first classroom party will take place Friday, Oct. 30th (for Halloween). I have divided up the class to bring in one item for one party throughout the year. If it is your child's turn to bring in an item, a slip will go home a week in advance in their binder. If you are unable to bring in the item no worries at all, please just let me know.

  • DAILY NEWS: Beginning in October we will begin "Daily News" as an interactive and meaningful way for students to review/improve reading and writing concepts. If anything exciting is going on in your child's life throughout the school year (sports, awards, exciting trips, special visitors, new pet, etc.) please send me a quick email or let me know in the agenda at that time and I can include this news into the daily news which then goes into our class book on our book shelf later on.

  • SUPPLIES: If you haven’t sent in a plain white t-shirt or a pair of plain white socks we will be needing those right away for color centers.

  • LIBRARY: We have library Monday-Thursday every week. Please safely send the library book back and forth in the binder daily.

  • ALLERGIES: Reminder that we are a peanut/nut free classroom, as we have several students with allergies in our class.

  • SCHOOL NEWSLETTER:Please subscribe for the school newsletter at the following link: https://www.gppsd.ab.ca/school/aspengrove/Pages/default.aspx


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Upcoming Important Dates:

- Tuesday, Sept. 29- Apple fundraiser money due

- Thursday, Oct. 1 - Community Walk: Come join our staff and students for a walk around the community at 2:30pm.

- Thursday, Oct. 1- Attendance area/school boundaries meeting at 6:30pm in the school gym

- Friday, Oct. 2 - 11:30 am dismissal

- Tuesday, Oct. 6th- School photo money is due

- Friday, Oct. 9- 11:30 am dismissal day AND hat day

- Monday, Oct. 12- NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)

- Friday, Oct. 16- 11:30 am dismissal

- Friday, Oct. 23 - NO SCHOOL (District PD day)

- Friday, Oct. 30 - 11:30 am dismissal AND Halloween family dance (6:30pm -8:30pm)

Table Talk

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


1) Sight words- Please make sure to practice the weekly sight words listed in the practice page each week. Please see page below for a variety of ways to make practicing sight words fun for your child!


* Sight Words are also often referred to as “High Frequency Words” because they occur so frequently in literature. The problem is that more than 80% of these words cannot be sounded out or follow any rules (ex: the). Therefore, these words need to be practiced over and over until mastery is achieved so students are not hung up on them while they read. It’s interesting to note that the first 20 Sight Words your child will learn will make up for 25% of all the words in school texts and literature. By the end of grade one your child will have been taught and practiced with approximately 150 Sight Words that will account for 50% of all the words in school texts and literature. So, you can see how being able to quickly recall these words when reading is a very important skill!


2) Math- In math we continue to work on building and extending patterns, as well as daily work with numbers.


3) Science- We continue in October with our science unit on color. Ask your child to name the three primary colors as well as the colors in the rainbow.


4) Letters/Sounds- Continue to review weekly letters/sounds listed in the "Practice Page". Ask your child if the letter is a vowel or a consonant.


5) Writing- Every Monday morning students write/draw about their weekend. You can help prepare your child by reviewing Sunday evenings or Mondays before school what your child enjoyed most about their weekend. Writing concepts we have been working on are using periods, proper spacing, saying words slowly to listen for sounds, as well as reading their sentence over to make sure it sounds right and makes sense.


6) Words their Way- W.T.W. sorts come home every Friday. Have your child review their sort with you.

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