Welcome to Grade 1!
We all learn differently! Students are all at a variety of learning levels and all benefit from a mixture of learning strategies. Instruction will be focused on meeting the needs of all students, regardless of their learning level.
Morning drop off and home time
If you bring your child to school please say your goodbyes in the boot room or outside the building. It is important that your child learn to be independent and unpack, repack, and organize their belongings on their own without parental assistance. Thank you for your understanding. If you are picking up your child we ask that you wait outside or in the boot room your child uses. Our boot room is the one on the West side of the building that was used last year for Kindergarten. If you need to pick up your child early you can indicate that in the agenda or send me an email and I do my best to make sure your child is ready to meet you early.
Our class will be using “Daily Five” as the approach to language learning this year. This means that we will take the children from complete support to independence, as they become ready to attempt reading/writing tasks. During the morning the children will do a variety of activities which include word work, reading to someone, listening to reading, working on writing, and reading to self in order to develop phonics skills, structural analysis, spelling skills, as well as instant recognition of frequently used words. There is a great deal of teacher modeling of reading and writing as well as shared reading and writing where the children, under the teacher’s guidance, read and write together. Most importantly, children are given daily opportunities to independently practice reading (at their appropriate level) and writing skills.
A home reading program will be implemented in October where your child will bring home 1 or 2 books each night to read independently to you. It is important that when your child gets stuck on a word that you assist them with words they don’t know by using individual letter sounds or chunking the word (please do not just give the word to them). In addition, you will need to have a quick discussion about the book afterwards to help develop and strengthen comprehension. You can simply ask your child a few questions about what they read. This extra practice is essential to successful reading progress. Children need to be free to experiment and attempt tasks without fear of failure. Our role as teachers is to create an environment that is safe, where children feel comfortable enough to take risks with learning. Please check out my Eteacher page for reading strategies when your child is stuck on a word and for tips on helping with comprehension.
Library Book Exchange
Tuesday will be our library book exchange day. Students are asked to return their books to the school by Monday. This will ensure that they will be able to take new ones home for the week. Please help your child to remember to return his or her book in good condition and on time so that we can make the most of book borrowing. In order to facilitate independence, please have them pack their library books while you assist.
One of the best ways parents and guardians can help their children learn at the beginning of the year is by making sure they are well rested. Learning (and relearning) school routines are very tiring and the school day/week seems so long at the beginning of the year. Please check the agenda DAILY for homework updates. Reading and practicing sight words should be done on a nightly basis to help with regular school routines.
At Woodbridge Farms we have implemented the "Words Their Way" spelling program. This program helps students transfer their spelling pattern knowledge into their daily writing and reading. As such we will not be having weekly or monthly spelling tests. Your child’s spelling will be assessed and monitored during independent work time as well as during work on writing time as part of their daily writing tasks. The spelling inventory assessment will be administered several times during the school year to help me monitor and assess the progress your child is making. The goal of the inventory is to help find your child's spelling patterns so that they can work with what they know to work on where they need to grow. In addition to Words Their Way, we will be practicing high frequency words or sight words daily during word work. Sight words are words that appear most often in the English language and are crucial to the development of reading and writing. All of our sight words for the year are on my Eteacher page and the students will bring home a new set of words weekly written in their agenda.
Students will be bringing home their agendas daily to be signed and brought back the next day. Please review what was written in it and take time to sign or initial the entry daily so I know that you saw what was written. We will be writing in it every Friday for the following week but may add things on a daily basis. Therefore it is very important that your child brings it to school daily. This is an excellent way to keep informed with what is going on in our class as the agenda is a way of communication between school and home.
Volunteers are always a huge part of our school community! A note will be sent home when volunteer opportunities arise.
Scholastic Book Club
Your child will be bringing home book order forms monthly. Your participation in this program is entirely optional. When submitting an order, please put your child’s order form along with the payment (cheques made out to Scholastic Canada Ltd.) in an envelope with the name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope, as well as on the order form itself. Please do not send cash. As well, please do not to include other notes in the sealed envelope, as they remain unopened until the order is being submitted. Scholastic also accepts online orders and payments.
Many students find it a great help to have a water bottle in class with them as they work. Please consider sending a medium sized plastic water bottle with your child each day. If you prefer, please send one weekly and it will be returned home every Friday.
Our mornings are quite long, especially for younger students, so a nutritious snack is recommended. It just gives that little boost of energy to get through to lunchtime. Children will have the opportunity to have a mid-morning snack as well as an afternoon snack. Some healthy snack choices could include: yogurt, fruits, or vegetables. A good breakfast and early to bed also help to keep children alert and eager to learn.
Please check packaging carefully so that not even a trace of nuts are present in the food sent to school. A few of our hallway friends have allergies to nuts therefore we need to be extra cautious. This year we are also asking that you do not send Wow Butter as it can be hard to determine if it is in fact wow butter or peanut butter.
Please report all absences to the office (780-464-3330). If possible, please send me an email or write a note in the agenda to inform me as well if you know your child will be away. If your child is going to be absent for an extended period of time, some worksheets will be saved and sent home when your child returns to school.
The first Wednesday of every month the students will be dismissed at 2:13. Be sure to visit the school website at http://woodbridgefarms.ca/ Please check it regularly as we will be continuously updating it with reminders and important information. You can also visit our classroom site by clicking on my Eteacher link. Here you will find information specifically geared to our classroom.
Thank- you for your commitment to your child’s education and I look forward to seeing you at our Meet the Staff BBQ on Thursday September 13th from 5:00-7:00pm.
Should you need to communicate with me for any reason you may:
- write a note in your child's Agenda
- call the school at 780-464-3330
- E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking forward to a great year,
Mrs. Emily Anderson
Updated: August 31, 2018