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!

Lucy
Athena
Cohen
Gracie
Jessie
Fin
Ava
Everett
Bennett
Gage
Fatme
Eleanor
Eden
Denver
Alexa
Dane
Bella
Connor
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 19-24th:  FAMILY WEEK HOLIDAY NO SCHOOL
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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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

MATERIALS NEEDED
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!

HOME READING
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!

UPCOMING DATES
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!