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September 18
Library Every Thursday

Hello Royal Road Families,


This is a friendly reminder that we have library time in the school every Thursday.  Each week, students have the opportunity to borrow a book from the library.  Please remember to return your library books by Thursday!  Thank you.

September 16
Week of September 17th
Homework : 
* Reading daily at home – Students are to write the title of the book they read in the reading log.  Parents please sign. All classroom reading books brought home will be in a Ziploc bag when put in communication bags and book bags.  Leaking water bottles will not damage books.  :o)    Please check last Wednesday’s post.
 
Reminders: 
*  Library books should be returned to school on Tuesday morning.
* September 21st:  T shirt orders are due ( if you are interested).

September 16
Overview week of September 10th
Language Arts
* Reading: What can we eat to stay healthy?  -  I continued with read alouds
                  - We have started to revise sounds from grade 1 ( a - e - i - o/au/eau)
 
* Vocabulary/Speaking       - All the students did the classroom activity ( Qu’est-ce qui est bon ou bien moins bon?)
* Writing               - Modeled writing lessons
                              - We worked on the first part of their writing project. All students are making a poster in class.   
 
* Mathematics:  We practiced our numbers.  We also learned how to count by 2’s and 10’s forward and backward, using                               starting point that are multiples of 2 and 10.  We will continue with this on September 17th and 18th.

September 14
Sight words

In your child’s message bag Monday, you will receive a plastic sleeve with 2 lists of words. There is a list of grade 1 sight words-they should have known these “in a snap” by the end of grade 1. Please take the time to check on them and review any that your child does not know.

 

There is also a list of sight words your child needs to know by the end of grade 2. Each week in the homework I will tell you the words to focus on. These will be the same words I will be working on that week at school. Highlight the words on this list as they come in, then you will have a list of words we have worked on to date.

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September 14
​Sight words

Sight words

Sight words need to become easily recognized by your child. This vocabulary will enable him/her to increase fluency and ease of reading. A sight vocabulary is acquired through lots of reading where your child sees the same words over and over in many different contexts, through writing and through rereading of familiar books, poems, etc.These words I send home will have been practiced in class. They are words common to the poems and books we have done. About five will be sent home each week. There will be over 100 words!

 

Please practice them regularly. When new ones come home review previous words as well. These words are often not “easy sound out words”. Sounding out fat is easier to sound out than the or there. You could write the words on 2 sets of cards and use them to play a game of fish or memory.

 

I am sending (Monday) you the list of sight words your child needs to know by the end of grade 2. Put this list in a safe place. Each week I will send home the words we are working on that week. Please highlight these words every week in the plastic sleeve. These highlighted words are the words your child needs to instantly know. If your child is ahead of the game and wants to work ahead feel free! Try spelling them!​

September 14
Homework week of Sept.17

Wow!  It is hard to believe we are into our third week of school.  

 

Tuesday night-Pack library books to be returned Wednesday.

 

Literacy: 

This week, we will assess the “No-Excuse” spelling words for grade 1.  These are the 25 words (sent home with your child to practice last week) that the students were expected to spell correctly by the end of grade 1. When their assessment comes home please practice any words from this list that your child is struggling with.

 

This week, we will also be sending home the grade 2 sight words (High Frequency words) which they will need to know how to read in a snap, by the end of grade 2.  Please keep your copy handy so you can highlight the words of the week and work on these words with your child at home. See separate notes.

 

Words of the week: Please highlight and practice:  are, black, said, they, to, was, I

 

We will also be introducing the  - ack      word family this week.

·        How many words can your child think of that end with –ack?

 

During our daily Literacy Block, we are continuing to review the “Daily 5” structure.  This structure is dedicated to helping guide the students to work independently on various literacy activities, which, in turn, allows the teacher the opportunity to work with students in small groups with similar academic needs.  We have started reviewing Read to Self, and this week will begin Read to Someone and Work on Writing.  Please ask your child what is expected behaviour while they work on these choices.

 

We will also introduce the comprehension strategy Check for Understanding.  While we are reading, it is helpful to stop after a page or two and retell the important parts of the book in our own words.  For example:  who are the characters and what has happened so far?   

 

Reading Strategy: Eagle Eye - Look at the picture for clues. (Remind them to use this strategy when reading.)

 

 

Math: 

We will start our unit on patterns.  In this unit, children will be expected to create and extend repeating patterns (PR1) and increasing patterns (PR2), understand the equal sign/unequal sign (PR3), and use the signs = ≠ correctly (PR4). 

·        How many patterns can you find around your home? 

·        Have your child use household items to create their own patterns.

 

Reminders/Important Dates:

 

·        Thank you to those families that have sent in the $25 student fee, and photo consent forms.  For those who have not, please do so as soon as possible.  If you have misplaced any of the forms, and require another copy, please let us know. Thank you!

  • School Colour Team T-shirt orders due Friday, Sept. 21 (please see notice in your child’s communication bag and school website for more information.)

·        Friday Oct 12-Picture Day​

September 14
Harvest Jazz and Blues Music Performance

​Today, the students were treated by the music of John Campbelljohn.  He taught them a little about the blues and had them singing, too!  The boys and girls had a fun time clapping, bopping and singing with our special guest.  Enjoy the rest of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival Weekend!

September 14
Great Full Week!!

​HI All

We had a great first  full week and the children are starting to get used to new routines and the longer day.  We have a great group of students!!

  Just a reminder to send their Homework book and Communication bag back everyday.

 

We have discussed class rules and our number one rule , is to be kind to each other.  We are together a long time and we want to make our time together as enjoyable as possible. 

I will be focused on getting reading levels back to where they were last June and sight words for Grades one and two. 

In Math we will be working on Increasing Patterns and pattern rules, as well as facts, and Math strategies.

If you need anything through the day please contact the office, as I normally do not have time to get to my emails until school is dismisses.

Thanks,

Debbie Connolly

September 14
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear

​Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

tap your paw.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

shout "hurrah!"​

September 14
Week at a Glance (Sept. 17-21)
Grade 1 Week at a Glance (Sept. 17–Sept. 21)
 
Wow!  It is hard to believe we are into our third week of school.  
 
Wednesday night-Pack library books to be brought back Thursday.
 
Literacy- We are reviewing letters, sounds, segmenting, blending, syllables, rhyming, the 12 K sight words (please see the list that was sent home last week), letter formation, reading strategies.
 
  • We have been working on rhyming and what it actually means-the ending sounds in a word are the same.  This week’s word family is –all.  How many words can you think of that end with –all. 
 
  • Word families help teach the strategy that if I can read ball then I can read fall etc.
 
  • Practice rhyming - Ask them questions such as-what rhymes with……? Does cat rhyme with ring?......etc.
 
  • Review the sounds-m, s, f, b, t, c, a, r. Practice printing these letters.
 
  • Reading strategy - Eagle Eye - Look at the picture for clues. (Remind them to use this strategy when reading.)
 
During our daily Literacy Block, we are continuing to review the “Daily 5” structure.  This structure is dedicated to helping guide the students to work independently on various literacy activities, which, in turn, allows the teacher the opportunity to work with students in small groups with similar academic needs.  We have started reviewing Read to Self, and this week will begin Read to Someone.  Please ask your child what the expected behavior is while they, Read to self, or Read to Someone.
 
We will also introduce the comprehension strategy Check for Understanding.  While we are reading, it is helpful to stop after a page or two and retell the important parts of the book in our own words.  For example:  who are the characters and what has happened so far?  
 
Math-We are working on repeating patterns this week.  How many patterns can you find around your home?  Have your child use household items to create their own patterns.
 
Reminders/Important Dates:
 
·        Thank you to those families that have sent in the $25 student fee, student data forms, photo consent forms.  For those who have not, please do so as soon as possible.  If you have misplaced any of the forms, and require another copy, please let me know. Thank you!
·        School Colour Team T-shirt orders due Friday, Sept. 21 (please see notice in your child’s communication bag and school website for more information.)
·        Picture Day takes place on Friday, Oct. 12

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