ClassroomEvents Notes









Time certainly flies quickly at school. It seems like yesterday when the grade one students arrived, smiling faces ready to learn. I am looking forward to sharing your child’s progress at Parent- Student Teacher Interviews.

For the month of November the grade one students have been discussing how they can make peace grow. They are enjoying reading our Poppy, Poppy poem.


Poppy, Poppy

Poppy, poppy, what do you say?   

“Wear me on Remembrance Day”                                

Poppy, poppy, what do you tell?

Many soldiers in battle fell.

Poppy, poppy, what should we know?

That peace on earth should grow, g r o w, g r o w!





Your child received their set of word cards. Please practice these words daily. When you child can read the set of words a new set will be added. The words on the word cards are words that are frequently used in stories. By reading and eventually spelling the words your child will transfer from print to meaning in reading. This is a very important reading skill! Have Fun! 





November Tips for Parents



1.Listen to your child read everyday.A child who reads at home 5 days a week for 10 minutes each day will have read 200 minutes by the end of November! Without this your child will be 200 minutes of reading behind the children who read each day.It makes a big difference to your  child’s progress!  


2.If your child was able to spell three letter words with short ‘a’ sound, this month read and spell three letter  words with the short ‘i’ sound (the sound of ‘i’ in‘it’).Read  and spell words like it ,him, rib, wit, bib, did,it,in etc.


3.Now your child may be able to print one or more simple sentences. He/she can be helped with the spelling ,or can use phonics to try to spell the words.Your  child should then understand the use of capital letter at the beginning of the sentence and a period at the end. Stress beginning at the top of each letter and number.








Read to and with your child every day.  The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.  Plan to spend 10 to 20 minutes each day – the rewards are priceless.

Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!

Absences – Attendance is important in first grade.  What we do in class involves active participation and it is very important that your child attends every day.   However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor’s appointments do occur.  Your child’s school work will be saved for him/her to complete upon their return to school.

Dismissal Changes – If you know in advance, please send a note with your child.

Homework folder – Everyday your child will bring home his/her homework folder.  Please try to check this each day.  It may contain important information.  It is very important that your child brings his/her homework folder back to school each day.  This will help to create a routine and continue the communication between home and school.  You may also use this as a way to communicate with me.

Snack – We will take a morning snack break each day.  Please remember to send a small nutritious snack with your child daily.  The children may bring water bottles to keep on their desk for use during the day.  The water bottle must be one that if tipped over it will not spill.