Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday Photos

Some photos from our day today. First block we had Math and on Fridays we usually do our stations during this block, with students rotating after 10 minutes at a station. For Language we were working on coming up with some Halloween nouns, adjectives and verbs before we started our Halloween poems. In Gym, we worked on some volleyball skills and played a short game with modified rules. For Art, we created some emoticon pumpkins where the students chose an emotion and had to create that emotion on their pumpkin's face. We also had a short discussion on complimentary colours since the chosen background was blue and the pumpkins, orange. A pretty fun Friday!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Terry Fox Parent Volunteers

For the parents that are coming to help supervise our walk on Monday, first all, a big Thank You as the walk cannot take place without your help. 

   Secondly, just some information: the walk will start at 9am from our schoolyard. If you could check in at the office at 8:45a.m. and proceed to the yard after signing in, that would be great and the classes will be coming out to meet you then. Thank you and see you Monday! :)

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Chocolate Fundraiser

Hi Parents,
  Please see the attached picture of the fundraising newsletter that went home end of last week, but only to some. The plan was to hand it out to the remaining students yesterday, but as you know, schools were not open. If you did not receive the newsletter, please take a look and if you did, please make sure you let me know if you do not wish to participate. If it's easier (or if you did not get the newsletter) please send me an email ( if you do not wish to participate since they would like to know by tomorrow.
  Thank You,
          Robin M.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Student Line Art

Here is our latest Art activity that used different types of lines to 'build' either a fish or a turtle. Students from both grades were encouraged to use many different types of lines (straight, squiggly, zig zag, curved, etc.). I told the students I would post it here so they could show their parents since they were all so proud of their creations. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Class Photos and Some Info

Hi Parents,
  Here are a few photos from class. Some were taken during the "Read to Someone" component of our Daily 5 Program. Right now we are practicing on how to properly read to someone and we are building our reading stamina. This week we started with only 10 minutes of "Read to Someone", but eventually the goal is to be able to do 20 minutes uninterrupted. Students are learning how to properly select a 'just right' book and also proper volume and sitting position when they are reading with someone. "Read to Someone" is one out of the 5 components of our Daily 5 Program (the others being "Read to Self", "Work on Writing", "Listen to Reading" and "Work with Words").

   Right now we are doing one week straight of each Daily 5 component and once we have completed one week of each, students will be placed into groups and will be switching which component of Daily 5 they will be working on, each day. So, they will be getting some practice with each component, every week (well, except for short weeks:)

   Some of the other photos I took are from our Friday Centers. Every Friday we will be doing centers which are mostly in the form of Math games. Much like Daily 5, we are currently working on understanding how each game works and practicing. Eventually, students will all be working at different centers and rotating through them every 10-15 minutes. This past week we practiced the game "First to 99" whereby students roll 1 die and the number rolled is how far they have to move their playing piece on their hundreds charts. We often use hundreds charts as part of our Number Sense Program, so having a good grasp of how it works and how we can use it to help with our adding and subtracting will be very beneficial. Those students that wished, also created a tally chart and kept track of how many times they got to 99 (exactly). A modification to this game once we all understand how the hundreds chart works, will be to add a second die and students have to add both dice and move that many spaces.
    The other game we played on Friday was the card game "War". In groups of 3 mostly, students would choose a card to flip over from each of their piles and the student with the greatest number would win those cards. Soon we will be moving to a 2-card flip, with students finding the sum of their cards and comparing against others.

  The last few photos are from Program/Open House Night since I told the students for those that could not make it, that I would put a picture up on The Blog of what the classroom looked like. They were very proud and I was also impressed with their self portraits.

Monday, 10 September 2018

A Few Notes On Homework

Hi, just a few notes on the homework for those wishing to partake:
1) Grade 1 and Grade 2 students will be receiving 5 new words each week.

2) They are to use the "Choice Board" (which should be blued into your child's H.W. book) to select 4 activities they wish to do with each word.

3) A new choice board will be introduced at the start of each month.

4) Students can choose activities from any of the choice boards once a new choice board is introduced.

5) Homework (The Home Spelling Program) is not mandatory.

6) Books are to be handed in each Friday and they will be returned every Monday.

7) GRADE 1 students will receive alternative activities to the Choice Board activities in case students are finding the activities a tad hard. This will be begin to be handed out our second week (Week of Sept.17th).

8) Each student should be reading for 15 minutes each night, whether it be with a parent, independently, or using a reading program like Bookflix, which is accessed through the student portal on either St.Rita's website or the OCSB website.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Rogers Customers

Hi Parents,
   If you have a Rogers Wireless account and weren't able to sign up to receive the email notifications on Remind, please send me your email address via your child's agenda and I can add you so you stay updated.