Permission Slips and Time-Sensitive Mail
Occasionally, parents will receive permission slips and other important information that requires immediate attention. Please return these forms as soon as possible. Thank you Parents.
This week we have two field trips on October 28th the YPC and Oct. 31 the Seniors' Center...please get the two permission forms in by Monday!
In Class this Week...
☼ Students will continue to learn a wide variety of routines including morning arrival, Eat when you’re hungry, snack/lunch time, hallway behaviours, Daily 5,free time, and closing time. Everyone is doing a great job!
☼ Reading: We are focusing on “th” and “sh.” We have started Read to Self as the first part of our Daily 5 program.
☼ Writing: We are working on making complete sentences. We are also learning how to pick a good topic.
☼ In math, we are working with number concepts.
☼ Home Reading is coming home this week. Please read
more about it below.
Daily Physical Activity is an important part of the Grade 1
program. Each student must have a pair of non-marking running shoes, which they are able to fasten independently. These shoes will stay at school throughout the year.
Your child will be wearing the shoes he/she wears to school whenever we go outside (including recess and lunch time). It is essential that your child can fasten these shoes independently as well. Also, flip flops are discouraged because children are unable to play, run and climb safely while wearing this type of shoe.
Home Reading Program will begin this week. A new book will come home every Monday-Thursday. If your child can read the book independently the first time, put a STAR beside that book on the Home Reading Log sheet. After 5 stars, I will read with your child and see if he/she is ready to change levels. Please do not panic if your child is starting at a way easier level. It will not take long for your child to jump up. There are new sight words this week (me, went, we, day, play).
Library books/bags must be returned to our class’ blue box (just inside our class door) by Monday. TUESDAY will now be our library day. If your child is done with his/her books early, please return them at that time. Let’s work hard to prevent overdue books this year.
Our class will have P.E. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please encourage your child to wear comfortable clothing on these days.
A reminder for Recess and Lunch
At Haldane, students are expected to go outside for recess and lunch, regardless of weather conditions (except for the coldest days in winter). Please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor footwear and outerwear for the day’s forecasted weather.
Eat When You Are Hungry
I implemented "Eat when you are Hungry" in our classroom. That means that your child has the opportunity to graze throughout the day as long as he/she follows some basic rules:
* no eating at carpet
* no eating at computers
* don't eat messy foods when you are doing work (ie. no spaghetti while doing math work)
* clean up after yourself
*we have no microwave so don't bring lunches that need to be heated.
*You may want to discuss with your son/daughter what kinds of things he would like in his lunch and monitor how much food your child is eating. You may find that your child will start eating more during the day. This will only work if students bring lots of healthy foods to school, so please try to limit the amount of sugary foods you pack.
In class we have a low-key birthday “treatment”. We sing “Happy Birthday” and he/she gets special privileges for a whole week. If you would like to send a treat for the whole class to share (i.e. cupcakes), we have no allergies this year. For the many summer birthdays, we will have a scheduled “Unbirthday” sometime this year.
Toys/electronics are not welcome at school because they can be lost, broken and/or stolen.
If your child is absent from school (or will be very late), please call Safe Arrival in the morning. The Safe Arrival team is very busy calling all unknown absences in the morning, and they would greatly appreciate your phone call. Thank you.
If your child enters the classroom after the 8:30 bell, he/she is late. Please ensure that your child signs in at the office when you arrive late. Thanks.
Students are encouraged to have a water bottle on their desk in my class. Please make sure that the bottle closes tightly as to avoid spills, and please write your child’s name on the bottle. Bottles will be sent home to be cleaned over the weekend.
☼ Oct 27—Photo Day (re-takes)
☼ Oct 28—Young Peoples' Concert field trip
☼ Oct 31— Seniors Center field trip (wearing our costumes!)
Oct. 27-Monday-Big Buddies & New sight words
28-Tuesday-Library & Young Peoples' Concert field trip
29-Wednesday-Gym & Science
30-Thursday-Gym & Socials
31-Friday-Seniors Center field trip
As always you can contact me by email or phone the school. Let's have a great week!