Monday, January 29, 2018

February Updates!

Mrs. Fallwell’s Classroom Update

Hi There!  Our classroom has many exciting events / projects coming up! 

February 9th: PL DAY NO CLASSES

February 14th is Valentine’s Day!  We have a LOT going on! 

- Gardens Field Trip: 
We would love to go and spend some cheer to our neighborhood seniors home.  This trip will be dependent on parent drivers, so as of now it is a tentative trip.  We are looking for parent drivers to meet us at MMH at 10:20am and transport students to The Gardens.  Drivers will stay with us during the trip and we will return to the school by approximately 11:15am.  If this is something you are able to help out with, please send me an email or write a note in your child’s agenda ASAP.  The trip to The Gardens will include us singing songs, delivering crafts and reading to the residents. 

- Party Time: 
In the afternoon we will be celebrating with a special class snack.  The following families are signed up to bring snacks that day. 
Cheese and Crackers:  Alexa
Fruit:  ________ (if you’d be willing to sign up for this please let me know!)
Veggies and Dip: Gage
Cookies or Muffins: Gracie
Meat and Pickles:  ________   (if you’d be willing to sign up for this please let me know!)
Napkins and Plates: Gage

- Valentines
If your child would like to bring Valentines they are welcome to do so between Feb. 12th  and 14th. 
Here is our class list!

Mrs. Hartwick
Mrs. Fallwell

February 15th   
Jersey Day:  Come dressed in your favourite team jersey!  There will also be a spirit assembly at 12:45pm.

February 16th
100 Day Celebration: 
Volunteers needed!  If you are able to help out with our 100 Day celebration (grades 1& 2 only) in the gym, please let me know ASAP.  I am in need of one or two volunteers that morning to help managed two very simple stations.  Very little instruction/help will be needed, you will simply be handing out supplies and tidying the area throughout the morning.  Thanks so much!

February 27:  Hot Lunch
February 28:  Pink Shirt Day

February 28th
Field Trip to the Galt Museum:
Volunteers needed!  Our class will be visiting the museum from 9am-11am.  We are taking a bus, but I do need at least 2 parents to meet us there and stay for the trip to assist with supervision.  If you’d be interested, please let me know ASAP. 

March 15:  Celebration of Learning from 5:30-7:30pm. 
This is a come and go event, you can plan to spend approximately 15minutes in the classroom.  This is a chance for your child to show off to you!
March 16:  Interviews (no school)
If you are feeling the need for a private interview, they can be booked for this morning.  More information to come.

Sight Words: 

Two weeks ago many students received a list of sight words that required a bit of extra practice.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  It is very obvious who is practicing and it is making a huge difference very quickly.  Even the students are noticing how things are getting easier during reading time!  Way to go!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hello Families!

It's so hard to believe that we are more than half way through January!  I'm so grateful for every day I have with this wonderful group and am so excited to see them thriving!
Just a few quick things for the week ahead:

1.  Food Flyers:  I am collecting grocery stores flyers for a food group project next week.  If you have any in your recycling that you could pass on to us it would be greatly appreciated!

2.  Backwards Day:  Backwards day is this Thursday.  While most backwards activities will take place at school, your child is welcome to dress in a "backwards way" if they wish!

3.  PBL Project:  We have started a very exciting project in Science entitled "Everyone Can Play".  Your child will soon be designing and creating a toy/art project/game/instrument that would be engaging and purposeful to someone with visual impairments.  Keep your eyes out for a request for materials coming home soon.  While we will be buying many of the materials needed, we are hoping to collect some through donations as well.  Thanks so much!

As always, please feel free to stop by or email me anytime if you have any questions or concerns!  
Thanks so much for continuing to support your child in learning!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a rewarding and relaxing break during the Christmas season.  It was so great to hear about all the wonderful traditions and activities your families were a part of.  There are a few things that are up and coming for you to be aware of.  Thanks so much!

The Grade One teaching team is still in need of some regular volunteers beginning next week
Twice a week, for one hour at a time, our first graders are going to be combined in levelled literacy groups for some very targeted instruction and focused learning!  We are so excited about the possibilities of this new program but are in need of some adult volunteers to help work with small groups during this time.  
If you are interested in helping out regularly or even once in a while, please respond via email to your child's teacher ASAP.

Help is required:
Mondays from 12:30pm-1:25pm (Please arrive 10 min. early to receive your instructions)
Thursdays from 8:50am-9:50am (Please arrive 10 min. early to receive your instructions)

Thank you so much!
The MMH Grade One Teaching Team

We are beginning a fantastic PBL (project based learning) science project in the coming weeks.  It might sound strange but I'm in need of some corks to make stamps with.  If you have any lying around, anything remotely similar to the one in the picture would be great!

Just a friendly reminder to please record the name of the book your child read the night before in your child's agenda each day.  Home reading books should be at your child's instructional level, meaning they will need assistance from a grownup but the book should not be frustrating.  Please make a note in your child's agenda or send me an email if you believe your child is ready to have their RAZ Kids level increased.  I may also increase your child's level on my own based on assessments, but if at any time you feel it is not the right place for your child, please let me know.  
Sight words are SO important.  Please be sure your child is very familiar with the words of the week as these are ones that they will encounter often and that many times do not follow "the rules".  
Thanks so much!

Jan. 12:  Deadline to order hot lunch
Jan. 23:  Hot lunch
Jan. 25:  Backwards Day and Spirit Assembly

Below is the link to the MMH January newsletter.  Please read it over.
Click Here

Just a reminder to PLEASE label all your child's winter items.  While we are always sure our classroom closet is empty at the end of the day, often children remove mitts etc. at recess then forget them outside or take them off in the boot room and leave them behind.  It is SO helpful to see a lost mitten and be able to find its owner right away!  Thanks again!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Volunteers Needed!!

Attention Parents, Grandparents and Other Interested Helpers!

The Grade One teaching team is in need of some regular volunteers beginning after the Christmas break.  
Twice a week, for one hour at a time, our first graders are going to be combined in levelled literacy groups for some very targeted instruction and focused learning!  We are so excited about the possibilities of this new program but are in need of some adult volunteers to help work with small groups and assist with supervision during this time.  
If you are interested in helping out regularly or even once in a while, please respond via email to your child's teacher ASAP.

Help is required:
Mondays from 12:30pm-1:30pm (Please arrive 10 min. early to receive your instructions)
Thursdays from 8:50am-9:50am (Please arrive 10 min. early to receive your instructions)

Thank you so much!
The MMH Grade One Teaching Team

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's the Busiest Time of the Year!

Welcome to December!  This is a busy month so I thought I’d send out a list of upcoming events!

*Just a heads up… we are in the midst of trying to plan a visit to The Gardens during the last week of school.  The Gardens is a seniors’ center near our school.  Our plan is to make Xmas cards to brighten spirits, to read to some of the residents and to perform our Xmas concert songs.  I’ll let you know ASAP if this works out, as I will need parent drivers and supervisors to come along.

December 7
School Evening Event: Caroling in the Gym at 6:30pm

December 8
Hot Lunch Order Deadline

December 12
12:25pm Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal:  Each family gets two tickets to the evening concert.  This rehearsal is open to anyone that wasn’t able to get a ticket but would like to see our concert!
6:30pm  Christmas Concert 
This year the Grade 1 students will be performing December 12 at the College Drive Church.  The concert begins at 6:30pm but performers should be there a half hour prior to show time.  Each FAMILY will receive two tickets, as seating is limited.  If you are aware that your child will not be attending that evening please make a note in your child’s agenda and return your tickets if you receive any.  They will be given to another family in need. 

December 18-22
Christmas Carolling in the Gym:  All  are welcome!
M/W/F  8:30-9:00am
T/TH  12:30-1:00pm

December 19
10:20am  Spirit Assembly
Hot Lunch

December 21
Classroom Christmas Party (if you signed up for snacks, please bring them today!)
Dress Red and Green Day!

December 22
PJ Day in Grade One!
Dismisall 11:35am

December 22 is the last day of school prior to the break.  If your child will be leaving early for the holiday break please let me know!

*Please be sure to check the lost and found prior to the break.  All items left at the school after December 22 will be donated.  Thanks so much!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

RAZ Kids

Hi There!
Just a note to remind parents that if the format you chose for home reading does not seem to be working for your family, please let me know as soon as possible.  RAZ Kids, paper books (which I can provide) or a combination of both are all options to explore!  For example, my own grade one child and I prefer to mix it up depending on how we are feeling that evening.  
What is SO important is that your child is reading text at their specific reading level at least 4-5 times per week.  While I am able to check a child's progress and the number of logins on RAZ Kids, I obviously can't for paper books so please continue to record titles read in your child's agenda.  
The expectations for reading increase very steadily after this first report card and I am here to support the home portion of your child's reading program any way that I can.  
Thanks so much for all you do to support you child!

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3 Update

Important Dates
Nov 8 -   Remembrance Day Assembly  (parents welcome!)
Nov 9 -   Professional Learning Day No School
Nov 10 - Stat Holiday No School, Hot Lunch Order Due
Nov 12 - School Clothing Orders Due

Nov 15 - Rock Your Mocs Day
Nov 21 - Report Cards Go Home, Hot Lunch Day
Nov 23 - No School PM, Parent / Teacher Interviews
Nov 24 - No School, Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov 30 - Crazy Hair Day, Spirit Assembly 10:20
Dec 7 -   Earth Rangers Assembly
Dec 12 - EEP, Gr 1, Gr 4 & Gr 5 Christmas Concert
Dec 14 - EEP, K, Gr 2, Gr 3 Christmas Concert
Dec 19 - Hot Lunch Day
Dec 21 - Red & Green Day, Spirit Assembly 12:45
Dec 23 - Jan 7 - Christmas Break

Poppy Sale

Students are welcome to bring money to school (any amount) next week to purchase a poppy to wear.  Grade 5 students will be making their way around the school each day collecting donations and handing out poppies.  

MMH Clothing Sale
MMH clothing is a hit! Who doesn't want some MMH swag!!  Parent Council is offering the chance to purchase items once again! You can purchase T-shirts, ball caps, toques, headbands, sweaters and more. All of these items will have our MMH logo on them. Details and ordering are available via School Cash Online.  Deadline is a quick turnaround so get your orders in right away! Orders due online by Sunday Nov. 12.

Rock Your Mocs Day
Wednesday Nov 15 is Rock Your Mocs Day at MMH. Students are encouraged to wear their moccasins to school to celebrate and honour First Nations Culture.  If you don't have moccasins, no worry, we will also make paper ones to wear on our shirts to show our support. 

Sock It To 'Em Campaign
The Caretakers and Maintenance Staff of District 51 are collecting NEW socks to be donated to local charities for Christmas. Please feel free to send new pairs of socks to school with your little one to add to their campaign and make someone's holiday season a little bit warmer! The Sock It To 'Em Campaign is running from Nov 1 until Dec 15.

Notes for the Teacher

Thank you again for continuing to sign your child's agenda each night.  The agenda is also a great place for you to let me know about upcoming absences, appointments, questions etc. 

December Scholastic Order

The December Scholastic order will be coming home very soon.  The order will arrive well before the Xmas break, so if you would like to order any books and give them as gifts, please indicate this clearly to me on the order form and I will be happy to keep them for you and pass them off sneakily when I can!  Scholastic is a VERY affordable way to order books for the Christmas season!

MMH Christmas Concert - "Sounds of the Season"
The MMH Christmas Concert Committee is excited to invite you to the 2017 "Sounds of the Season" Christmas Concert. Due to the size of our student population, we will be holding two separate concert evenings, with the Grade Ones performing on Tuesday, December 12. The concert will begin at 6:30 and students are asked to arrive at the venue between 6:10 and 6:20. The concert is being held at the College Drive Church (2710 College Drive South). Each family will receive two tickets to the concert.  Additional family members are welcome to attend our dress rehearsal.  More information will be coming out later next week.  Stay tuned!

RAZ Kids

For those of you using RAZ Kids for home reading, please let me know when you feel your child is ready to move up a level!  If you ever notice your child's level has changed without a request from you, that is usually the result of a reading assessment indicating your child is ready for a new challenge!  Please keep me posted as to how home reading is going however, as it is imperative that this remains a pleasurable experience for your child.  Thank you for continuing to record books read in your child's agenda each night.  

Remembrance Day Assembly

We have been talking a great deal about Remembrance Day and the importance of this event.  I would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to talk with your child about the importance and expectations of the assembly on November 8th.  It is a very somber occasion.  No clapping, lots of silence and respect etc.  It is so important everyone is at their very best on this day.  Thanks so much!


Parents... our very talented Mrs. Hartwick loves making something called "busy boards" for our learners.   They can be very useful for all students but are especially valuable to our students with very special learning needs.  (If you'd ever like to see one, come on in and check them out!)  She creates these boards from reused materials that you use and probably recycle almost every day at your home.  We would LOVE for you to save these things for us and send them in!  Below are just SOME of the items we would love for you to donate:  
If you ever are wondering... "Can they use this?"  ask, or just send it!!  
- baby wipe container lids
- flip or pull caps from dish soap, shampoo etc.
- any type of lid that opens with a snap sound (spice container lids, parm cheese lids etc.)
- spice jars and lids that have holes on one side and a large opening on the other
- Pringles cans and lids ( or anything similar)

Parent Teacher Interviews
I'm looking forward to chatting with you and celebrating the growth that your little one has seen so far this year. I prefer to leave it to your discretion as to whether or not you bring your student along at this time.  If you have anything of a sensitive nature to speak with me about regarding your child, please consider finding alternate care for them.  Please see below for step by step directions on how to book a Parent Teacher interview (also available through the MMH Newsletter).