Monday, December 19, 2016

DATE CHANGES

Please note the following changes:

Dress like Christmas Day will be THURSDAY

PJ and BRING A STUFFIE Day will be FRIDAY.


A FEW NOTES:
1.        Once again, if your child will be missing any days of school this week please let me know ASAP.
2.       Please return your secret card project ASAP. 
3.       If you are signed up to bring snack to our Xmas party (on blog) please have your snacks here on Thursday, for our celebration in the afternoon.
4.       I will be away Wednesday.  Mrs. Wenaas will be in for me and she is very familiar with my students and our school. 


Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Wow!  It's been a while since a blog post!  November is a pretty low key month with lots of assessment, report cards and interviews.  December is proving to be very different, with lots of exciting things already planned!  Here are a few updates you need to be aware of:

MMH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Please take the time to read this months' MMH newsletter by CLICKING HERE.  There are important details regarding the Christmas Gala next Thursday evening.  Please also note hot lunch dates (deadline to order is tomorrow) and carolling times if you wish to join us.  
You should have received a red letter today with other details and a map of the Gala.  Unfortunately I found one on the floor of the closet, so if you didn't get yours please let me know and I'll be sure to send it home.  

IMPORTANT DATE FOR OUR CLASS:
We are going to have our class Christmas party on Thursday, December 22.  Grade One students are welcome to wear their PJs to school that day if they wish and are asked to bring along a stuffy that they could rest their head on while watching a Christmas video.  
Students are welcome to "Dress Like Christmas" on Friday, December 23.

Students signed up to bring snacks for the afternoon of December 22 are:
Cheese and Crackers:  Hannah
Fruit Tray: Gabe
Veggies and Dip: Jackson B
Cookies or Muffins:  Emmy
Meat and Pickles:  Kruz
Napkins and Plates: Sylvie

Homemade Christmas Card Exchange
This is BY FAR my favourite project of the year.  I can't emphasize enough how special it is to watch this project all unfold when the day comes.  Please keep your eyes peeled for an envelope and instructions coming home soon.  In lieu of gifts for each other, each student will be making one Christmas card for a SECRET member of our class.  We will then exchange these cards and watch each other open them.  

Leaving Early for Christmas
If your child will not be attending school right up until December 23 please let me know as soon as possible.  I want to ensure gifts and special things get sent home if this is the case.  Thanks so much!




Thursday, October 13, 2016

Collection for the Food Bank

Part of the Grade One Social Studies Curriculum is an introduction to responsible citizenship and community.  As a result our classroom in participating in a school wide drive for the Lethbridge Food Bank.  We will be keeping a runny tally of how many items our classroom collects.  The classroom that collects the most items by October 26 will have the privilege of helping load the food bank truck!  Please continue to bring in items over the coming weeks and be sure your child understands WHY they are bringing the items in.  Thanks so much!

Sight Words

We continue to work hard on new sight words.  This week we have shifted our focus a bit and are learning to read our number words 0-10.  A great way to practice is to put them on flash cards and have your child match the number words to numerals.  If you'd like me to provide you with flashcards to use at home please don't hesitate to ask!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are October 17.  Please let me know if your child is needing retakes.

RAZ Kids

What an overwhelmingly positive response to RAZ Kids!  I'm so glad your child is enjoying the program.  Just a reminder to please record the title of the book your child reads each night.  I can check the website but it's much easier for me to just quickly glance in the agenda.  Please also let me know when you feel your child needs a bit more of a challenge and we can try moving up a level.  Thanks so much for supporting your child!


No School Reminders

Just a reminder that school will dismiss at 11:35am on October 20 and there is NO SCHOOL on October 21 due to Professional Learning Days.

Halloween Helpers

If you would like to spend the afternoon with us on October 31 please let me know.  I know I'll be grateful for the help getting costumes on and children ready for the parade.  Following the parade we will have some halloween centers set up (crafts etc.), will have a party snack and will finish off the day with clean up and a Halloween video.  Please let me know if you'd like to come join in the fun!  Siblings are welcome.  :)

Halloween Snacks
Thank you so much to the following people for volunteering to bring snacks to our party on the 31st.  Snacks can come to school in the morning or at lunch, whichever works best for you.  

Cheese and Crackers:  Emmy
Fruit: Jack
Veggies and Dip: Jackson B.
Cookies or Muffins: Morgan
Meat and Pickles: Kallie
Napkins and Plates: Riley


MMH Dress Up Days

Here's a heads up!  (Ofcourse these dress up days are optional for students!)  Oh... and if the Blue Jays make it to the World Series our classroom will be having a blue and red day!!  I'll keep you posted.  If your child hasn't shared with you already, I'm a MAJOR fan.


October - Monday, Oct. 31: Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume
November – Thursday, Nov. 17: Dress like your favourite book character (after our School's Book Fair
December – Friday, Dec. 23: Dress up in your favourite Christmas Day Sweater
January – Thursday, Jan. 19: Dress up in your PJs
February – Thursday, Feb. 9: Come to school with crazy hair
March – Thursday, Mar. 2: Dress like a Dr. Seuss Character
April – Thursday, April 13: Fancy Dress up Day
May – Thursday, May 4: Come to school with your favourite hat
June – Thursday, Jun. 1: Dress up with Canada colours. It's our 150th birthday in one month!

After School Skating


Beginning Oct. 18th at 3:30pm – 4:30pm we will have our “After School Skating” at the new ATB Centre here on the Westside.

Traditionally we have always had After School Skating at the Nicholas Sheran Ice Arena but not this year!
All students are invited.

Here are a few gentle, yet firm, reminders:

·         Students must wear a helmet.
·         Students must bring their own skates.
·         Students must find their own way to the rink. It is strongly recommended that students attend with their caregivers or parents.
·         Location is the new ATB Centre - 74 Mauretania Road West – by Chinook High School.
·         Here is the schedule for all 6 skating times: 
o   Tuesday, Oct. 18th – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 1st  – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 8th  – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 15th  – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 22nd  – 3:30pm-4:30pm


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Welcome to October!

Please check out the school newsletter for October! It has lots of good information about our upcoming book fair, casino fundraiser etc.
Click Here


Welcome to Home Reading
We have launched our Home Reading program.  Welcome to RAZ Kids.  It is a great program for ensuring that your child has access to books at his or her instructional level.  
This means they need a tiny bit of assistance with the text but not too much or too little.  
Please take the time to read through the green letter your child brought home today.  If you have questions at any time regarding reading with your child, please do not hesitate to ask.  
If for some reason online reading is not going to work for you please come and see me and we can make alternate arrangements.  Thanks so much!

Halloween
Halloween will be celebrated at MMH on Monday, October 31.  Tradition at MMH is that children change in to their costumes after they've eaten lunch.  (We will eat a bit early on this day.)  This helps to keep costumes clean and save some of the excitement for the afternoon.  Parents are welcome to join us as lunch to help their child into their costumes.  I'm also willing to help children get ready if parents can't make it, but it would be GREATLY appreciated if the costume your child brings to school is relatively easy to put on.  Thanks so much!  
We will have a huge school wide parade after lunch followed by a Halloween party in our classroom.    
Please do not send any toy weapons along with your child's costume.  

Sight Words
Your child glued a second set of sight words in to their agenda yesterday.  Please practice these at home until they can be recalled quickly.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Where Did September Go??

Wow, I can't believe we've been in action for almost a month.  I couldn't be more thrilled with how we have settled in to routines and structures in the classroom.  We are off to a GREAT start!
Here are a few things to keep you up to date:

TERRY FOX WALK:
Wow.  This couldn't have been a bigger success.  If you follow MMH on Twitter you saw some of the amazing photos of our journey.  We were sure tired afterwards but we didn't complain, because Terry never complained!  We were so thankful for the police escorts, the great weather, the fantastic drumming and many other things!  Thank you to all the amazing family helpers that came along to help keep us safe and cheer us on!

LETTER SOUNDS:
We have been reviewing our letter sounds!  Your child should now be very confident in telling you the sounds to go with the sets 1-3.  

By the end of next week our review of letter sounds will be complete.  If there are any sounds your child needs to review further at home I will let you know.  We use the Jolly Phonics program to review letter sounds.  The following link will lead you to the songs we learn to go along with the sounds.  More importantly are the actions that help to cue students if they forget the sound to go along with the letter they recognize. 

    JOLLY PHONICS SONGS AND ACTIONS

SIGHT WORDS
We are reading!!  I completed my first mini reading assessment with the sight words we've learned to date and everyone did very well!  Way to go!  We will continue to record the sight words we should know in our agendas each week.  Please practice these at home for a few minutes every night until your child can recall them without sounding out.

The words we have learned to date are:
I
THE
SEE
CAN
BLACK
BROWN
YELLOW
ME
RED
GREEN
We will be adding even more as this week goes on so stay tuned!

ORANGE SHIRT DAY
Wow!  We all wore orange today! Thank you for helping your child to show their support as we learn more about he FNMI culture and Residential Schools.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
October 10-11:  Thanksgiving Break.  No School
October 13-18:  Scholastic Book Fair:  I prefer not to take my students to the book fair to shop without their parents.  However, during these few days, please feel free to come to the school at any time and "borrow" your child from class if you'd like to shop the book fair together.
October 17: Picture Retake Day
October 20: No School PM  Professional Learning Day
October 21: No School AM Professional Learning Day
October 25:  Hot Lunch
October 27 & 28:  Mrs. Fallwell away at Readers Conference in Calgary.  Mrs. Speelman will be in as guest teacher.  
October 31:  Halloween Celebration

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER
Our book order should be arriving in the next day or so.  If you had any books in your order that were meant to be gifts, please send me an email and remind me.  I'd hate to send any surprise books home in a backpack.

VOLUNTEER FROM HOME
If anyone has a love for cutting laminating I have a TON.  If you'd like to take some home with you to cut while you watch Netflix after bedtime (oh wait... I'm not the only one that does that am I?) come and see me and I'll hook you up!!




Sunday, September 18, 2016

Away Monday and Tuesday

This is just a note to let you know that I will be away on Monday and Tuesday of this week at a Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Intervention training session at our District Office.  I will have access to my email at all times so if you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to send me a message.  I hope everyone has a great start to the week!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In the Swing of Things!

HOW CAN I EARN A TOONIE FOR TERRY?

This week we have begun to talk about Terry Fox in preparation for our Terry Fox Walk on September 23.  We are learning about why he is a Canadian Hero, and what we can do as responsible members of our school community to help the people around us.
Our school is collecting TOONIES FOR TERRY and our school goal is $3000.00!
Students can begin bringing in their TOONIES (or more) tomorrow and continue to donate until September 23. I am encouraging my students to ask themselves "How can I earn a TOONIE for Terry?"  Perhaps you and your family can have your child perform small chores to earn their TOONIES to donate to the Cancer Society.  I'm excited to ask each child what they did to earn their TOONIES!

TERRY FOX WALK INFORMATION

We will be leaving the school at 8:45am on September 23.  We will be walking to Nicholas Sheran lake.  Once at the lake we will meet up with Nicholas Sheran and Probe schools, give them all a high five or a wave, then will walk back to MMH by about 10:15am.
Please be sure your child is dressed for the weather with appropriate outdoor walking shoes and have your child wear our school colors of navy and yellow if possible.  Thanks to my GREAT parent community this year, I already have enough volunteer parent walkers, but more are always welcome.  If you'd like to join us please let me know.


SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Please click on the link below to view the MMH Newsletter for September.

CLICK HERE


UPCOMING DATES

Deadline to order hot lunch is Friday!


Sep 22 - Spirit Assembly 
Sep 23 - Terry Fox Walk
Sep 27 - Orange Shirt Day
Sep 27 - Hot Lunch Gr. 1,2,3
Oct 10 - No School - Holiday
Oct 11 - No School - PL Day
Oct 12 - School Council
Oct 13 - Spirit Assembly

SIGHT WORDS
We are learning to read!  We have been working hard reviewing our letter sounds.  As a whole class we are also beginning to learn sight words together.  Please watch your child's agenda next week for words we have learned at school that you can reinforce at home each evening.  (So far this week we have learned: I, see, can, green, red and brown)
Next week we will begin breaking up in to Guided Reading groups for a portion of our LA time.  At this time we will be participating in lessons with levelled readers at our instructional reading levels with a few other children that are learning at a similar pace.  This is such an important component of Balanced Literacy in our classroom and I am so excited to get it going!


MORNINGS

If your child arrives at school prior to 8:15am please direct them to the playground for some fun time before the bell rings.  There is supervision on the playground beginning at 8:00am.  When the bell rings at 8:15am I will happily greet them at their Grade 1 door to invite them in to start the day.  For safety reasons this is best, as I am often out of the room prior to 8:15am prepping for the start of our day.  Thank you so much for your cooperation. 

AGENDAS
Thank you so much for putting important pickup info and other questions in your child agendas!  It's such a great way for me to stay up to date on your child's day.  

I just have to say how thrilled I am about the first two weeks of school this year with my new group of kiddos.  This is going to be a fantastic year!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What a Great First Day!

Wow… What a fantastic first day with a fantastic bunch of kids.  We spent most of today talking, getting to know each other, exploring our classroom and new desks.  We drew pictures of ourselves on our first day and tried to do some writing to show Mrs. Fallwell the words that we knew.  How awesome.

I know there were a few parents that I didn't get to have much of a chat with this morning.  That first half hour of the first day can be kind of crazy.  Please know as parents you are ALWAYS welcome to come by and chat with me before or after school, or even just come and check out our classroom, your child's desk etc.  I feel it's SO important for parents and teachers to get to know each other!  Email me anytime!

I have a few things to update you on as we come towards the end of our first week.

1.  Waterbottles:  Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school.  They can take it home each day or leave it at school until Friday.  We are so fortunate to have a sink in our classroom and can wash and fill our own water bottles whenever we need to!  As cold and flu season approaches its a much better way to stay hydrated rather than using the fountain.

2.  Handbook Package:  If you didn't receive a Handbook package or Student Profile form from me today, please pop by and grab one at your convenience.

3.  Snack Sign Up:  There are still a few spots to sign up for party snacks if you're interested.  The sign up sheet is on the counter in the classroom.  Pop by anytime.  I will send out reminders as each date approaches.

4.  Drop Off and Pick Up:  Please feel free to bring your child right to the classroom this week in the mornings.  Beginning Monday children will be expected to play out on the playground until the bell rings at 8:15am.  Once that bell rings students head into the courtyard and line up at the Grade One door to be invited in.  Parents are MORE than welcome to accompany students in to the classroom at this time if they'd like to say good morning etc.  
If students arrive after the second bell at 8:20am please pop by the office for a late slip.
At the end of the day please continue to come to the classroom as long as you wish.  Many parents choose to come to the classroom all year and this is just fine.  If the time comes that you'd like to make another arrangements, please just let me know so I can be sure your child gets where they need to be to meet you without any stress.

5.  Scholastic Books:  Your first Scholastic book order will be coming home tomorrow!  Please return these by Tuesday if you'd like to place an order.  These books are SO affordable and earn us free books every time you order!

6.  Students inside/gym shoes have been placed on our bookrack and your child's spot has been labelled.  Please remind your child to change their shoes in the morning.  Their outside shoes can be left on the bookrack.  Thanks so much for your help!

7.  Five Things About Me Bags:  Your child no doubt shared with your our special homework!  Please don't feel as though you need to do this right away, anytime in the next week is great.  We do 3 or 4 presentations a day, so if it takes a few days for your child to bring their bag home, please don't worry.

8.  Agendas:  Please initial your child's agenda each night and feel free to write notes to me whenever necessary.  We will begin writing in our agendas soon, but it's a bit of a daunting task in the first few days.

9.  Terry Fox Walk:  Just a heads up that I am going to be looking for parent volunteers to join us for our Terry Fox Walk on Friday, September 23.  We will be leaving the school around 8:45am (exact details to come) and will walk to and from Nicholas Sheran Park.  After walking around the lake and cheering on our other Westside Schools we will return to MMH by about 10am.  If you have little ones and would like to bring them along in strollers etc. we would be happy to have you!  Please let me know if you'd like to join us.

10.  Hot Lunch:  Our first Hot Lunch is Tuesday, September 27.  Please find details on, and pay with School Cash Online prior to the deadline if you'd like to order for your child.  Hot lunch is a FAVORITE day for all students.

11.  Meet the Teacher Night is next Tuesday!  It starts with a Bring Your Own Picnic behind the school and is followed by a "Come and Go" in the classroom.  There is no formal meeting at this time but feel free to come and chat and let your child show off their new environment.

Thank you so much!  I'm so excited for the year ahead.
Angie Fallwell

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Brand New Year

I simply can't wait to meet my new crew tomorrow.  As a mom and teacher, I'm constantly thinking about the first day of school from both sides.  This poem is very near and dear to my heart.  Here's to an amazing 2016 2017 school year.





MRS. FALLWELL'S HANDBOOK 2016 2017


Dear Parents,
Welcome to the world of Grade One!


Grade One is a time of new beginnings, of making friends, and of learning lots of new things. The month of September is an exciting (and often exhausting) transition for Grade One students. They are getting used to full days at school, being here 5 days a week, are adjusting to having less free time than they had in kindergarten and are now doing more independent tasks. If your child is extremely tired at the end of the day, this is normal! Their little bodies surprisingly will adjust after just a few short weeks.

I am delighted to be your child’s teacher this year. After many, many years in kindergarten I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be embarking on my fifth year as a Grade One teacher. This is your handbook, so please read it over carefully and keep it for reference throughout the year.

If you need to contact me for any reason, at any time throughout the school year, feel free to stop in and chat, call the school (403-381-2211) and leave a message, send an email or write a note in your child’s agenda. I will respond as quickly as possible. Email is often a great way to contact me as I try to check my email at least three times daily.

EMAIL:

Mrs. Angie Fallwell (angie.fallwell@lethsd.ab.ca)

GRADE ONE BLOG:

http://mrsfallwellsgradeoneblog.blogspot.ca/


GRADE ONE HOURS

Monday to Thursday

8:20am to 3:10pm

(Lunch is from 11:45am-12:25pm)

Friday

8:20-11:35am


DROP OFF AND PICK UP

There is supervision on the playground at the school beginning at to 8:00am. When students arrive at school it is the expectation that they play on the playground until the first bell rings at 8:15am. This area is supervised. Once the bell rings, students line up with their classes and will be invited into the school by the grade one teachers. My students line up in the courtyard behind the school. (This ofcourse will take a few weeks to build a routine!) Parents are welcome to accompany their child into the class after the bell rings if they wish. Please encourage your child’s independence by having them hang up their own coat and backpack, change shoes and prepare for the day. Quick goodbyes seem to be best, once children are settled.

If by chance your child is late for school, PLEASE stop by the office on your way in. Late children need to pick up a late slip before coming to class.

Please be prompt in picking up your child for dismissal time, and phone if unavoidably delayed. Our classes will meet their parents and guardians outside our classroom or in the Grade One bootroom at the end of each day. For the first few weeks, please come inside the school to pick up your child, to avoid confusion and fear if they have trouble finding you.


GRADE ONE BLOG

Please review our Grade One blog often. It will provide you with frequent updates about our school and our classroom. I will send out an email each time a major newsletter is added to the blog.

Our MMH school newsletter can also be found online each month. It contains tons of important information, including the school calendar. Please make a point of taking a look at it and marking important dates.


LUNCH AT SCHOOL

Please be sensitive to the fact that your child is expected to be focused in their learning in the afternoons. A healthy lunch is greatly appreciated. Water is most often best as a drink, and water bottles can be kept at your child’s desk or in their mailbox during the day. Children can refill their water bottles during the day at the school hydration station. Water bottles will be sent home each Friday, or every day if a child has a cold. Please be sure to also send both a small morning and afternoon recess snack. It is extremely helpful if your child knows ahead of time which items are for their snack, and which are to be eaten at lunch. We will be eating in our classroom each day. There is no microwave access for students. We will absolutely do our best to help students out during eating time by opening containers, etc. However, if items are easy to access and simple to eat, that would sure be appreciated! Please don’t forget to send a spoon if it is needed for one of your child’s lunch items. While it is very difficult to monitor exactly what each child is eating at lunch time, please let me know if your child doesn’t seem to be eating enough of their lunch and I’ll be happy to “monitor” their eating. Thanks! J


FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

I believe that family involvement in learning is essential to each child’s success. This includes a range of activities such as supervising on field trips, helping in the classroom and reading at home. As a volunteer, you may be asked to read with children, supervise simple games or obtain and prepare materials. I have an open door policy in my Grade One class (although many times the door is physically closed to keep noise from our busy activities to a minimum). If you ever need to pop in, please feel free to do so.

If volunteering in the classroom is something you would be interested in doing once a week or so please come and see me!


PERSONAL BELONGINGS:  THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!

Please keep in mind that clothing, shoes and jackets that are easy to get on and off will be most efficient for your child to have this year at school. We love to play and explore, and this can result in some dirty clothes.

Please make sure that coats, boots, sweaters, hats, mitts etc. are labelled. It really helps us at home time. We encourage the children to take care of their own belongings, ie.. hanging up their own coat and backpack. Please be sure your child can put on and take off his/her own jacket and shoes. It is important that students learn to be independent. Students will be going outside at least three times per day, regardless of the weather, with the exception being a temperature of below -20. Often we go outside regardless of wind, light rain etc. PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER.

Please be sure your child has one pair of gym type shoes that are left at school each day.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND TOYS TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILD


SHOW AND SHARE

We do have Show and Share in Grade One. Approximately once a month (always on Friday), your child will be invited to bring in a special item to show during Morning Carpet time. Please watch for a schedule, coming soon!


FIELDTRIPS

Our Grade One classes will go on several field trips in order to enhance the classroom experience, most of which take place during the second part of the year. We will often need parent drivers to accompany us on these outings.


GRADE ONE ROUTINES

Most school days begin with a Morning Warm Up activity that students get started on as soon as they are ready for the day. A group carpet time follows, in which we talk about our day, complete a Smartboard activity, update the calendar and share with each other.

Each day also includes a Language Arts and Math time. The Grade One curriculum also includes Science, Social Studies, Health, Technology Integration, Art, Music and daily PhysEd. These subjects are taught separately as well as combined, with theme type activities. Ms. Elizabeth Nevels is the Grades 1-4 music teacher (3 periods per week), all other subjects will be taught by me, with the occasional addition of the other Grade One teachers.

GRADE ONE PROGRESS REPORTS

Your child’s progress will be assessed in an ongoing basis in our room and results communicated as needed. Formal report cards will go home in November, March and June.


BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays can be a very exciting but tricky time at this age. We ofcourse can’t invite every child in our class to our parties, and often feelings can get hurt as a result. If you have invitations to hand out, if you wouldn’t mind handing them to me, I can make sure they get sent home discretely. Thank you!


STUDENT AGENDAS

Your child will be bringing home their very first agenda soon. Please acknowledge how special this is to them!

Each Monday your child will write a little something or glue in a note, about what is coming up that week. It is their responsibility to bring the agenda to you each day to get it signed. Learning to be a responsible student is a big part of Grade One so please help them out with this. Your child will get a special stamp each morning for getting it signed the night before. If you as a parent have a message for me, feel free to use the agenda. The right side of the page is designated for teacher/parent communication. Agendas will not go home on Fridays.


HOME READING PROGRAM (begins by Oct)

In the next while, you will start to see our grade one home reading program come to life!

Home Reading for Grade One at MMH this year will be on-line. RAZ kids is a great program, as reading can be done on the go, on tablets and other personal devices. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

Home reading should last AT MOST, 15 minutes per day. This process may be slow and laboured at first, but if your child reads every evening, he/she will become a confident reader in no time.

Your child will be given access to books at his or her “instructional level” according to in-school assessments. However, if you have concerns at any time please let me know, as sometimes what we see at school differs from what you may see at home. Sometimes students choose their own book, and they will often choose books they’ve already read because they’re comfortable with them. This is okay! I do encourage children to read any other materials they are interested in at any time other than the 10-15 minutes per day that you spend on our formal home reading.

Please allow your child to read at their own pace while kindly encouraging them to progress. The point of this program is to develop and nourish a love of reading, and we don’t want to do anything to undermine that. I am confident that they will love reading as much as I do, and I’m so excited to hear their stories of learning new words and reading new books!

Following are some guidelines for you:

1. Encourage daily reading. Model this for your child. Let them see you enjoying books!

2. Encourage your child to track along with their finger reinforcing the left-right, top-bottom patterns and to keep their eyes focused on the correct words.

3. Work on accuracy in sounding out phonetic words.

4. Work on recognition of sight words.

5. Encourage your child to ask questions!

6. Encourage your child to use the pictures to help figure out tough words.

It takes a lot of effort on the part of the students, parents and teachers to develop confident, proficient readers. Parents are their first teachers and their most prominent example of lifelong learning. Thank you for doing your part!

I would like to welcome all children and their families to Grade One at Mike Mountain Horse and look forward to a very special year together. I hope this handbook has provided some background information and important details about my program.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Angie Fallwell

Grade One Teacher



WELCOME LETTER

Welcome to Mrs. Fallwell’s Grade One Class !

Dear Parents,

I am honored to be your child’s Grade One teacher for the year and would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

I grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta and moved to Lethbridge 18 years ago to pursue a teaching degree. While the plan was to return home once I graduated, I met my husband shortly after moving here and never turned back. Tyler and I have been married for 14 years and have two children. Lucy is ten and attending Grade Five at MMH this year and Greta will be six at the end of September. She attends kindergarten at MMH. I came across this poem one summer and feel it does a great job explaining my feelings as I begin another year as a parent and teacher.


                                                                            Unity
By Ray A. Lingenfelter

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care. 

One was a teacher
the tools she used were books and music and art;
One was a parent
With a guiding hand and gentle loving heart.

And when at last their work was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had worked into the child
Could never be sold or bought!

And each agreed she/he would have failed
if she/he had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school, 
and behind the teacher stood the home! 



This is my sixteenth year at Mike Mountain Horse School. My mission and goal as your child’s teacher is to help him/her reach their full potential while raising their self-esteem and belief in themselves. Please know that my door is ALWAYS open. Feel free to come to me, email or phone with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for sharing your child with me. I look forward to working with you this year.

Sincerely,

Angie Fallwell

angie.fallwell@lethsd.ab.ca



USEFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS: 

SCHOOL CASH ONLINE (pay for agenda and monthly hot lunch)

LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT 51 2016 2017 CALENDAR

MMH SCHOOL HANDBOOK 2016 2017

SCHOOL CONNECTS (to report a student late or absent)




Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20

Hi There

Just a reminder that for Sports Day tomorrow please send a hat and waterbottle to school with your child!  It’s going to be a hot one.

Also… It is absolutely critical that Grade One students read about 10min. per day at least for days per week in the summertime.  Students that don’t often lose up to FOUR levels by September and this can often take three months to get back. 
If anyone would like to borrow any books at your childs reading level for the summer, I am MORE than willing to lend you some.  Please just pop by and see me and I’ll load you up.  J

We are going to start slowly sending things home.  Today will be headphones as the computer lab is now closing for the summer. 

If your child is leaving early for the summer please let me know ASAP. 


Thanks so much!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Additions to June Schedule

I HAVE MADE SOME ADDITIONS TO THE PREVIOUS BLOG POST.  ADDITIONS ARE IN BLUE.  ENJOY!!

June 3 Library Closes
Please be sure all library books are returned by this day.  We are getting a new floor in the library.

June 7 Crazy Hair or Hat Day and FREE Hot Dog Hot Lunch
Orders are not required for this Hot Lunch.  
12:15pm Spirit Assembly
June 9 Pizza Party
Our amazing Mr.Degrechie has been recycling all of our Grade One juice boxes this year.  He has saved up the money and is offering to throw a pizza party picnic for all the Grade One students at MMH on Thursday, June 9!  Please still bring your own drinks and other items for your lunch but you can pack a little lighter on that day.  (Teya... he's getting you a gluten free pizza!)

June 10 Staff and Grade 5 Farewell Assembly 10:20-11:20am
June 16 Sports Day and Moving Day

I am in need parent helpers to help out with Sports Day.  If you're able to volunteer please send me an email ASAP.  We are also moving classrooms on this day.  If you'd like to help out with that as well, please let me know.  Mrs. Hurkett will be sending a letter to parents shortly explaining why some of the classrooms are shifting at this time.  

June 28 Grade One Wrap Up at the Elks Compound
This is SUCH a fantastic day.  Watch for a note coming home Wednesday.  One of the sheets needs to be returned so we have an idea of numbers.  We spend the school day down there and families are welcome to join us over the lunch hour for a hotdog lunch.  We are also looking for all day volunteers, so if that's something you'd be interested in please sign up on your form.  PLEASE RETURN YOUR FORM BY FRIDAY.

June 29  Last Day of School / Mrs. Fallwell's Grade One Brunch
This is a HALF DAY.  We are going to be spending this morning enjoying brunch together!  We decorate the classroom and have a wonderful meal.  Some people have signed up for snacks already, but if you'd like to donate a breakfast item to our day please let me know!
Below is the list of items we are still in need of for our class brunch:

Breakfast Sign Up:
Cheese Tray   1.                    2.
Fruit Tray  1.
Yogurt Tubes  1.                   2.
Muffins    1.  Austin             2.
Juice and Plates   1.  Trustyn


BIRD PROJECT:  This has been such a fantastic experience.  We can't wait to show you all we've done!  Stand by for a few dates to be announced soon when you can pop by and see our displays!

INFORMATION ITEMS
If you're interested, please click HERE for a link to the District Calendar for the 2016 2017 school year.
*If your child is not going to be attending MMH next year, OR if you plan to leave early for the summer, please let me know ASAP.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May Updates

Just a few quick things to update you on for between now and the end of the year.  I'll no doubt be adding to this list, but wanted to keep you updated on the information that I have.  

Dance-a-Thon
This Thursday is BEACH DAY (dress beach but no bathing suits) and our Dance-a-Thon.  Please be sure your child brings a water bottle with them on that day.  This will help avoid endless trips out of the gym to use the fountain.  

REMINDER: THERE IS NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY OR MONDAY.

May 24 Hot Lunch

May 26 & 27 Absence
I will be away these two days.  My brother is getting married up in Sherwood Park, so Sherese Speelman will be in for me.  She knows my kiddos very well.

May 30 Trip to Galt
We are taking a bus on this trip but I do need about three extra parent helpers.  If you're able to come along please let me know.  You are welcome to ride the bus or meet us there.  We will be leaving the school at 9am and will be back by 11am.

June 7 Crazy Hair Day

June 9 Pizza Party
Our amazing Mr.Degrechie has been recycling all of our Grade One juice boxes this year.  He has saved up the money and is offering to throw a pizza party picnic for all the Grade One students at MMH on Thursday, June 9!  Please still bring your own drinks and other items for your lunch but you can pack a little lighter on that day.  (Teya... he's getting you a gluten free pizza!)

June 28 Grade One Wrap Up at the Elks Compound
This is SUCH a fantastic day.  Watch for a note coming home Wednesday.  One of the sheets needs to be returned so we have an idea of numbers.  We spend the school day down there and families are welcome to join us over the lunch hour for a hotdog lunch.  We are also looking for all day volunteers, so if that's something you'd be interested in please sign up on your form.  

June 29  Last Day of School / Mrs. Fallwell's Grade One Brunch
This is a HALF DAY.  We are going to be spending this morning enjoying brunch together!  We decorate the classroom and have a wonderful meal.  Some people have signed up for snacks already, but if you'd like to donate a breakfast item to our day please let me know!

BIRD PROJECT:  This has been such a fantastic experience.  We can't wait to show you all we've done!  Stand by for a few dates to be announced soon when you can pop by and see our displays!

INFORMATION ITEMS
If you're interested, please click HERE for a link to the District Calendar for the 2016 2017 school year.
*If your child is not going to be attending MMH next year, OR if you plan to leave early for the summer, please let me know ASAP.

MAY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER: CLICK HERE



Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Updates!


PBL Project  "What Makes a Bird a Bird?"

As many of you have heard, we are learning all about birds!  Grade One has launched a PBL (Project Based Learning) Project entitled "What Makes a Bird a Bird?"  For four weeks, we will be ALL IN to this project.  Our class is excited to invite you in to show you what we know!  The date of our presentation will be announced soon!
The following link gives a great explanation of why we are walking down the path of project based learning.  I'm so excited to have been given the opportunity to teach this way and  I truly believe that when done well, it maximizes student engagement and learning!

Click on the link below:
What is PBL?

We are profiling six specific types of Southern Alberta birds in our project.  While all students are learning all about birds, each student is becoming an EXPERT in one of the six birds.  We are Junior Ornithologists and are having a blast.
If you or anyone you know has any artifacts etc., that you think we might be interested in seeing while we take this journey about birds, please let me know!  We love looking at photos, nests, eggs, stuffed birds... basically ANYTHING related to birds!

Here are the six birds we are becoming experts in!  Ask your child about their bird.  I think you'll be VERY impressed with what they know after only two weeks!

American White Pelican
Mallard
Black Capped Chickadee
Great Horned Owl
Swainson's Hawk
Long Billed Curlew


Lowe's Fieldtrip

Thanks so much to all the parents that have emailed me about driving for our Lowe's field trip.  I wrote down the names of every parent that got back to me, so if I happened to miss emailing you back, no worries, you are on the list to come!  Just a heads up, many parents will only have two students to drive back and forth.  Normally I would cancel drivers when we have so many, but Lowe's has requested a 3:1 adult to student ratio for the building portion so I still will be able to use you all!

The trip is next Wednesday from 12:30pm-1:30pm.  I would like to leave the school by 12:15pm, so if all drivers could meet us at our classroom by 12:10pm that would be great.  I am going to have the students eat lunch BEFORE going outside on that day, so we can spend the 10 minutes after lunch talking about behaviour expectations prior to leaving.

IF YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED YOUR CHILD'S YELLOW WAIVER FORM FOR THE FIELD TRIP THIS MAY AFFECT THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE BUILDING PORTION OF THE TRIP.  SECOND FORMS WERE SENT HOME TODAY, PLEASE RETURN THEM ASAP.

Goodbye to Miss Petkau 

Wow.  I can't even begin to say how much I'm going to miss this talented young lady.  She has done SO much for my students and has grown SO much over the past four months.  Tomorrow we will be having a little party for her and will spend some time enjoying her before we say goodbye on Tuesday.  We will be presenting her with a class gift on Tuesday, but I've told students that if they want to make Miss Petkau a small gift over the weekend to say thank you, they can bring that in on Tuesday as well.

Morning Drop Off

Now that the weather is getting so nice, please feel free to drop your child off at school a tad early to play on the playground before school.  There is supervision outside after 8:00am and that little bit of play time before school can do so much for waking up our brains and settling our bodies to learn.  If your child is being dropped off ANY time between 8:00-8:15am, please direct them to the playground to play.

Grade Two Placement

I've had some questions regarding classroom placements for Grade Two.  Please use the MMH website and fill out the Student Profile Form if you'd like staff to have information regarding placement for your child.  The due date for forms is May 16.

School Newsletter

If you haven't already, please follow the link to our April MMH Newsletter.
Click Here

2016 2017 School Year
Please fill out and return your child's registration forms that were sent home next week.  It's very important that we know if your family will NOT be returning to MMH next year.  If this is the case please let me know ASAP.








Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21

Hello to Everyone!
Happy second day of Spring! I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

I just wanted to share some information with you about some upcoming events, most importantly, our upcoming Cancer Awareness fundraiser.

This Thursday will be a "Dress Fancy Day"! We will talk as a class tomorrow about what dressing fancy might look like.

At our assembly on Thursday we will be celebrating Easter and we will be talking about how April will be cancer awareness month at MMH. We will talk about all of the activities we will be doing at school as part of our cancer awareness fundraiser.

During the first week back after Easter, Mike Mountain Horse will begin working on raising funds for Canadian Cancer Society. Perhaps you will see some family over the Easter break. We will be doing a cancer walk on April 12 and we are asking our students to collect from family to help with our goal of raising $3000.00 for cancer research. Our beloved Mrs. Wik from preschool will have her head shaved at an assembly on April 19. Any students wishing to do the same are welcome to get a permission form from their teachers.

After Easter Break, April 4th through to the 19th, students can bring in any money collected from family and friends and take it to the office to the 'donation jar'. We will be doing school wide and classroom activities to increase cancer awareness. We will be holding a daffodil campaign as well (more details to come). Our Cancer Walk will be at 2:00pm on April 12th. The assembly on the 19th will wrap it all up and Ms. Wik (and maybe others) shaves her lid!

We will communicate all of these events and more in our agendas each day.

Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions,

Monday, February 22, 2016

Upcoming Celebration of Learning

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited that soon all of our families are going to have the opportunity to join us in our classroom for a Celebration of Learning!  School Soft will be opening for parents in the beginning of March.  There will be two dates listed.  Please read the following information carefully.

Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30pm is a Celebration of Learning (you will sign up for one 30 minute time slot during that time).  This evening is school wide and is meant for parents and students to look around, see all the work we've been doing, perhaps complete an activity with their child and chat with teachers.  ALL FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR A TIME ON THURSDAY EVENING.

Friday, March 11 is reserved for private interviews.  Please only sign up for one of these slots if you have concerns regarding your child's learning.  The reasoning for this is that there are very few slots available on that day and I want to be sure parents can have the time if they are needing it.  If I am feeling that I need to meet with you on Friday morning and would like you to sign up for one of these spots I will be contacting you shortly.  Thanks so much!  (Having said that, please know I am ALWAYS willing to set aside time for a chat with a parent before or after school at any time).

Angie Fallwell and Brittney Petkau






Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Building Time!!

Building time!
As a class, we are going to be making instruments this Thursday, January 28. We will be making a variety of instruments, and would love to use your recycling to do it! If you have any of the following things that you could send with your kiddo tomorrow that would be fantastic!
- Kleenex box (any size)
- Other cardboard boxes (cereal, Kraft Dinner, granola bars, etc)
- Tin cans (washed out/lid taken off so no one cuts their hands)
- Paper towel tubes
- Toilet paper tubes
- Wrapping paper tubes
- Saran wrap tubes

We will be making more structures over the next few weeks, so if you have additional materials that we could use that would be great!
Materials:
Styrofoam, egg cartons, plastic (margarine) containers (including lid), fabric, felt, lace, cotton balls.

If you have any other recycling or materials you think would be helpful we would love to re-use it!

Thanks so much!

Brittney

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bring On February!

Hi There Everyone!  We are ticking right along in our Grade One classroom!  We are so excited to be learning about Fairy Tales and Building Things in both Language Arts and Science this month!  Keep your eyes open for an upcoming project in which students will be invited to bring their own Fairy Tale to share from home.  In Math as you know, we are learning about adding and very soon will start subtraction.  In Social this week we are exploring maps in our world and Lethbridge landmarks.  This blog post is to keep you up to date on some upcoming events that have been booked for our class.  Please mark them on your calendars!  I'm sure we will have more to add in the future, but wanted to keep you in the loop.  

January 29: NO SCHOOL

THURSDAY, February 11:  Valentine's Day Party!  PLEASE have your child bring their Valentine's to school any time after Monday, February 8.  Because our 100th Day party is the next day we will be exchanging Valentine's Thursday at our party.

The following families are signed up to bring snack.  Snack can arrive in the morning, or anytime before 1pm.
Cheese and Crackers: Jace
Fruit: Austin
Veggies: Royal
Cookies or Muffins: Cooper
Meat and Pickles: Chethan
Juice and Plates: Mrs. Fallwell

Friday, February 12:  100th Day Celebration.  Thank you for all the parents who have offered to join us at our celebration!  I'll provide more details soon, but if you responded to my email, I have you down on my list.  Because we have extra volunteers, parents will have a chance to help out with the centers, but hopefully spend some time participating in some of the events with their children. Awesome!

February 15-19  February Break NO SCHOOL

March 7: Report Cards Come Home

March 10 (evening) /11: Celebration of Learning / Interviews  NO SCHOOL MARCH 11

March 14: Fieldtrip to the Galt Museum
I will be requiring at least 4 parents to help supervise on this trip.  We will be leaving the school at 9am by bus and the program will finish at 10:50am.  Volunteers are welcome to ride the bus with us or meet us at the Galt.  

March 24  Easter Party
Snacks:  
Cheese and Crackers: Abigail
Fruit: Austin
Veggies: Kameron
Cookies or Muffins: Cohen
Meat and Pickles: Anna
Juice and Plates: Bryce

March 25-April 3: Spring Break  NO SCHOOL

April 15: PL Day NO SCHOOL

May 11: Fieldtrip to the Helen Schuler Nature Center  I will be needing several parent drivers for this trip as well as to help supervise at the center.  We will be leaving MMH at 12:45pm and will be leaving the Center at 2:30pm.  

May 30: Fieldtrip to the Galt Museum
I will be requiring at least 4 parents to help supervise on this trip.  We will be leaving the school at 9am by bus and the program will finish at 10:50am.  Volunteers are welcome to ride the bus with us or meet us at the Galt. 

TENTATIVE: June 28 Grade One Year End Celebration at the Elks Compound.  We will need a few parents to volunteer for the entire day, but ALL parents will be invited to join their child for a picnic during the lunch hour!

Finally, here's a little introductory letter from my PS111 student, Brittney Petkau.  She's fabulous and we are LOVING having her here with us!


Wow! What a treat it has been for me to get to know your kids over the past three weeks. We have had a lot of fun so far and I am looking forward to spending more time with them and teaching them new and exciting things.
A little bit about me: I am in my last semester of University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education in May! I love teaching science to young ones as they have such a fresh perspective on the world and their creativity is limitless. I also love spending time with my family (I have three adorable nephews and nieces) and am excited to start my teaching career once I graduate!
I would love to invite you to help out in our classroom in the coming weeks as we continue our Building Things unit in science. I will send home a letter early next week with available dates and an explanation of what we are doing. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (brittney.petkau@lethsd.ab.ca) or stop by after school. 

Brittney Petkau