May 20

Hi 1Z families!

Our class continues to enjoy this beautiful Spring weather with extra outdoor time including reading with our 5A Book Buddies and our Friday trip to Victoria Park.

We have very much enjoyed our visits with the little chicks this week, and are sad to see them go back to the farm. A huge Thank-you to Ms. Graham for providing this opportunity for us.

Our classroom garden is growing!! We have radish and lettuce micro greens that we harvested and tasted today. Now, we will decide what we’ll plant next.

Kindergarten added the words it, if, and was to our sight word list this week. They are quickly building their repetoire of words they recognize quickly, and the more practice they get outside of school, the more fluently they’ll be able to read them.

This week the class worked on collaborative non-fiction writing. Groups of 3-4 students from both K and 1 in each group picked a topic they were all experts on and wrote together. This was a great sneak peek into more sophisticated writing styles for the Kindergarten students, and an opportunity for the Gr. 1s to show what they know and heighten their skills.

We also built 3D objects this week in class and will build some more next week.

The School Oral Health Preventative Program screened everyone’s teeth today and there are forms that have been sent home for you to fill out and return on Tuesday.

The class is sending birthday wishes to Devany and Sanjana this weekend!

Next Week in 1Z:

Monday, May 23 – Victoria Day (NO CLASSES)

Tuesday, May 24, Day 4 – Phys. Ed.

Wednesday, May 25, Day 5 – Music

Thursday, May 26, Day 6 – Library & Phys. Ed.

Friday, May 20 – new Kindergarten orientation (NO CLASSES)

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend,

Lisa 🙂

May 13

Hi 1Z families!

What a beautiful, sunny five day week we’ve had together in class. This week we got to read with our 5A Book Buddies outside again, and we got to welcome another two new students to our classroom.

The butterflies in the library have been set free and we hope they will continue to populate the West Kent neighbourhood. The chicks should be hatching soon, and we are excited for that to happen.

We planted our classroom garden this week. We started with lettuce and radish micro greens. We are hopeful to see sprouts when we are back next week, but so far we just have three trays of dirt. I’m hoping my less-than-green thumb won’t ruin this for the class!

Kindergarten added the words to, of, and an to our sight word list this week. Students have been practicing reading and writing all the sight words. At home you can encourage your child to find the sight words in texts naturally found around the home in order to support their learning. Kindergarten students also joined our Gr. 1 students in our procedural writing this week. We learned how to break every day tasks into steps and to write them in order. We worked together to write the steps we used when planting our class garden, then students indivually chose topics and wrote independently How To procedutal texts.

We also got to listen to a brand new book by PEI author and teacher, Lisa Carmody-Doiron. After we read her new book, we wrote letters to share our opinions about the book. Those letters will be delivered to her this weekend!

The highlight of the week was the trip we took to Victoria Park with KB & KC. Students saw ducks, squirrels, chipmunks and salamanders. We looked at frog eggs and lily pads in the pond. We got to walk through the woods (and excitedly past some student’s houses) and then play on the playground. When we got back to the school, everyone enjoyed a popscicle to cool down. We plan to go again next week, but we are waiting for a clearer forecast before we confirm the day. I will post when we know.

The Home & School will be selling hanging baskets from VanKampens for $40 each between May 2 – 25th. An order form went home with students on Monday. Orders can be placed on the form or online.

Next Week in 1Z:

Monday, May 16, Day 5 – Music

Tuesday, May 17, Day 6 – Library & Phys. Ed.

Wednesday, May 18, Day 1 – Music

Thursday, May 19, Day 2 – Phys. Ed.

Friday, May 20, Day 3 – Music & Happy Birthday Devany

*Friday, May 27 – No School for 1Z students (new Kindergarten orientation)

Enjoy the weekend,

Lisa 🙂

May 6

Hello Team 1Z!

I hope everyone is enjoying this sunshine after all that rain we’ve had. We learned lots this week in 1Z. It was our last week with our student-teacher, Mr. Flemming. We said goodbye to him yesterday and thanked him for his contributions to our class over the past several months.

We continue to enjoy the butterflies in the library and are hoping to spot some new eggs on the leaves soon. We are also excitedly waiting for the chicken eggs to hatch. The hatching may happen on a weekend or an evening, and it will be live streamed. As we get closer to the hatching date, I will share the live stream link with you so that your family can have access to this event from home. If they decide to hatch during school hours, we will be watching!

We had hoped to start planting our micro sprouts this week, but we needed to do some rearranging in the classroom first in order to make space. On Monday we will get our sprouts planted and will begin to monitor their growth.

In order to respect and celebrate the diverse families that make up our community and our class, 1Z will be celebrating “The Grown-ups Who Love Us” at the end of May instead of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

The Grade 1s shared their final piece of the Persuasive Writing Unit with the class on Thursday. They wrote book reviews of a favorite book and did a wonderful job explaining to their classmates what made that book a great book. For the next two weeks we will return to Non-Fiction writing as a review, then we’ll take a week to review Persuasive writing before we make a return to Narrative writing for the remainder of the school year. This way students will get to use all of the writing skills they have learned this year and apply them to the different writing genres that we have been using. The Kindergarten students have been writing more structured sentences with an accompanying illustration. Their sentences are written using a combination of copying sight words and writing down the sounds that they hear. They are embracing this new ‘grown up’ way of communicating their thoughts on paper! The sight words that K students now have been practicing are: a, all, am, and, I, in, is, no, said, that, the, up, us and you. This week we will work on an, of, and to.

We also got to enjoy reading with Book Buddies again with 5A students. This time we took our reading outdoors and shared books outside in the sunshine.

We hope to make our first trip to Victoria Park this week with KC & KB. Once we have a firm date decided, I will send a message.

Important Upcoming Date: As you may remember the Spring before your child started Kindergarten (Spring 2020 or 2021), s/he came one morning for Kindergarten orientation (many parents remember this day as the day they cried in the parking lot). Well, next year’s Kindergarten students will be coming for their orientation on Friday, May 27. This means that current students in 1Z will be staying home that day.

The Home & School will be selling hanging baskets from VanKampens for $40 each between May 2 – 25th. An order form went home with students on Monday. Orders can be placed on the form or online.

I hope that all of the Mother figures (moms, aunts, grandmothers, step-mothers, foster-mothers) in our 1Z community feel appreciated this weekend. Thank you for all you do to help support your child’s learning, growth, and development.

Next Week in 1Z:

Monday, May 9, Day 6 – Library & Phys. Ed.

Tuesday, May 10, Day 1 – Music & Happy Birthday Nathan

Wednesday, May 11, Day 2 – Phys. Ed. & Happy Birthday Callum

Thursday, May 12, Day 3 – Music

Friday, May 13, Day 4 – Phys. Ed.

Have a great weekend,

Lisa 🙂

April 29

Hello Team 1Z!

It was great to get a full five day week in of learning. This week we had the opportunity to welcome West Kent’s rockstar Easter Seals Ambassador, Vaeda Matheson back to her home school. We watched videos of Vaeda spreading her message and cheered her on as she arrived at the school. It was a highlight for us all and not soon to be forgotten.

Cheering Vaeda on as she made her way to the gym.

We also were able to see Mailey, Fluffy and Buzzbee hatch into beautiful butterflies this week. They are now housed in the library and we are waiting for them to lay eggs and then we will get to witness a new generation of butterflies. Also, we will get to observe another life cycle with chicken eggs. The eggs are currently on Day 5 of development and we had a sneak peek at them in their incubator in the library yesterday. Exciting times ahead!

Chicken eggs

We also got to enjoy reading with Book Buddies for the first time with 5A students. This was such a treat to be able to share literacy with older students and we are excited to have more opportunities through the Spring.

The Home & School will be selling hanging baskets from VanKampens for $40 each between May 2 – 25th. An order form will be going home with students on Monday. Orders can be placed on the form or online.

 A note from the office: This is a reminder – Please ensure that your child has UTENSILS and a WATER BOTTLE. We have a lot of students looking for these items. The school has run out of supplies and NO LONGER WILL SUPPLY THEM.

The school has received some applications for the PEI Council of Disabilities Summer Tutoring program.  The program is available to children with disabilities and has a $150 cost for the summer.  An application with fee must be sent to the program no later than Thursday, May 19th.  Please contact Tracey Evison (email) if you are interested in applying for this program.  An application form will be sent home with your child.

Next Week in 1Z:

Monday, May 2, Day 2 – Phys. Ed.

Tuesday, May 3, Day 3 – Music

Wednesday, May 4, Day 4 – Phys. Ed. & Bake Sale

Thursday, May 5, Day 5 – Music

Friday, May 6 – PD Day (NO CLASSES)

Have a great weekend,

Lisa 🙂

April 22

Hi again Team 1Z,

Some Earth Day writing 🌎

This week was a great week of learning and focusing on Earth Day activities. We got to spend some extra time outside in nature, and we learned about ways we can help keep the Earth healthy for us all. We wrote an acrostic poem together, and we wrote letters to Mother Earth as well.

Playing with the big parachute outside.

Our three caterpillar friends have grown quite a bit and have entered the chrysalis stage. Mailey and Fluffy have been pinned to the butterfly cage with their friends from other classes, and Buzzbee is continuing to grow in their little cup. Hopefully we’ll have butterflies soon!

Thank you to all Grade 1s for taking back their homework books today. Please feel free to share any feedback as to how easy/difficult your child found their homework books. The level they take home will be based on what reading skills they are currently practicing during guided reading sessions in class so that they can be independent in their reading at home. Kindergarten students continue to take home books as they are ready to share their new skills with their families. This is a different system than Gr. 1 in order to build confidence and a love of reading and to respect their developmental progression. This week the Kindergarten sight words are: you, all and in. They now have 9 sight words that they should be able to recognize. At home, parents and family members can help students learn by pointing out their sight words in the environment (signs while driving, while reading a book together, the back of the ceral box, etc) and challenging students to find the sight words.

In Math, the Grade 1s continue to represent numbers in many different ways, they are practicing their skip counting (by 2s, 5s, and 10s forward and backward) and practicing addition and subtraction with sums up to 18. Kindergarten students are becoming more and more independent when practicing different ways to break numbers into different parts and in different ways. The more comfortable they become in manipulating numbers, the stronger their future math skills will become.

Thank you to everyone who signed and sent back the Victoria Park permission forms. If you can’t find your copy, just let me know and I’ll send a new one home.

A note from the office: This is a reminder – Please ensure that your child has UTENSILS and a WATER BOTTLE. We have a lot of students looking for these items. The school has run out of supplies and NO LONGER WILL SUPPLY THEM.

The school has received some applications for the PEI Council of Disabilities Summer Tutoring program.  The program is available to children with disabilities and has a $150 cost for the summer.  An application with fee must be sent to the program no later than Thursday, May 19th.  Please contact Tracey Evison (email) if you are interested in applying for this program.  An application form will be sent home with your child.

Next Week in 1Z:

Monday, April 25, Day 3 – Music

Tuesday, April 26, Day 4 – Phys. Ed.

Wednesday, April 27, Day 5 – Music & Wear Red for Easter Seals

Thursday, April 28, Day 6 – Library & Phys. Ed.

Friday, April 29, Day 1 – Music

Enjoy the weekend,

Lisa 🙂

Bake Sale

Our Grade 6 students are having a Bake Sale tomorrow, Thursday, April 21. Each item will cost $1, and students can buy a maximum of 2 items. If there are items left over, they can be bought on Friday.

This is optional for students to participate in. If you choose to send money in with your student, please label it in a small baggie or envelope so that if it gets dropped/lost we will be able to return it to the proper owner.

Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Pexels.com

Lisa 🙂

April 14

Hello K/1 families,

The big excitement of this week has been watching our caterpillar friends Fluffy, Mailey and Buzzbee grow. Students have been watching the changes and the growth in our three caterpillar friends all week. Today they were transferred down to the library to the butterfly cage to form their cocoons and start the transformation to become butterflies.

In the homework bags, students have permission forms to walk to Victoria Park for some learning activities to be signed and returned early next week. You’ll notice that there is no fixed date on the forms. That is because we hope to go several times in May and June for different seasonal activities. Because it is an outdoor event, we will make the decision on when we are going based on the forecast a few days in advance. I will post on the blog so that parents know at least a day or two before we go. Parent volunteers are also welcome to join us. In order to volunteer in any capacity with students in the PSB, parents do need to have a Criminal Record Check passed in to the main office. Criminal Record Checks are good for two years and the school will keep it on file for that time. If you think you may like to join us for one of our trips to Victoria Park (or any other volunteer opportunity that may arise), please let me know and I will send you a letter that you can take to have your Criminal Record Check done. The checks usually take a week.

Kindergarten students are exploring many different ways to represent numbers including numerals, spelling, fingers, number lines, dice, five and tens frames and tally marks. We will continue to build on this concept in the coming weeks. Here is a fun video to help develop those skills. Grade 1 students are learning to spell numbers and have created their own number line as a tool to help that spelling. They now have all the ability to spell any number from 0 to 999!

Grade 1s are continuing to read and write persuasively. They are making their reasons stronger in writing their reviews and evaluating their opinions when reading. They are also starting to decode more digraphs and silent letters. Kindergartens are doing more independent reading and writing small books. They have also started three weekly sight words that they practice several times each day. Last week they learned the, a and I. This week they learned that, is and and. Challenge them to find these words at home in order to strengthen this new skill.

The school has received some applications for the PEI Council of Disabilities Summer Tutoring program.  The program is available to children with disabilities and has a $150 cost for the summer.  An application with fee must be sent to the program no later than Thursday, May 19th.  Please contact Tracey Evison (tlevison@edu.pe.ca) if you are interested in applying for this program.  An application form will be sent home with your child.

Next Week in 1Z:

Monday, April 18, Easter Monday – NO CLASSES

Tuesday, April 19, Day 5 – Music & Be Safe Program

Wednesday, April 20, Day 6 – Library & Phys. Ed.

Thursday, April 21, Day 1 – Music & Be Safe Program

Friday, April 22, Day 2 – Phys. Ed. & Earth Day

Hoppy Easter Weekend,

Lisa 🙂