Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families


Last week Ms. Allison shared that we will be using Google Classroom and Google Meet as our online teaching and learning tools. I am excited to continue our learning journey in a new way!

Students will access Google Classroom and Google  Meet using their CBE G Suite ID (username@educbe.ca) and password sent via email. As we begin to use these new teaching and learning tools, we will work together to ensure both you and your child feel comfortable and safe using these tools.

To access Google Classroom, go to www.classroom.google.com

To access Google Meet, go to www.meet.google.com 

The first time your child signs in, they may be prompted to change their password. If you choose to do this please ensure it is 8 characters. Please record the username and password in a location that your child can easily access.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online platform that enables us to communicate with our students as well as assign and distribute tasks. Google Classroom gives us the ability to work with our students in safe, manageable and appropriate ways. It will also help students manage their work while learning from home.


Google Meet 

Google Meet is a video conferencing application that enables us to host and our students to join organized 'meetings' in real-time. We are able to share their screen and guide students through tasks and/or documents and websites they wish to share. 

 

Accessing Google Meet or Classroom for the First Time

Google provides excellent resources to help with signing into Google Classroom and joining a class, along with other supports.

Google Meet Help

Google Meet Cheat Sheet [PDF]

Learn How to use Google Meet [video]

How do I sign in to Classroom?

Join a class as a student

Troubleshooting for students

Ongoing G Suite Support

Students and Families can find more information and support on the CBE website

 Thank you for your support and patience as we all adjust to ongoing learning at a distance. We will keep you informed every step of the way.

Ms. Nicole 

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

Hello Grade One Families! My heart goes out to you in these difficult times. 

I've put together a daily schedule and resources, if you choose to use them. No pressure :) As long as school is out, this will be updated every Monday (aside from Spring Break.)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions of concerns.


Resource Links

Reading Resources:

Tumblebooks:

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/

Username name: calgarypl

Password: sd19

Bookflix

http://www.learnalberta.ca/Search.aspx?search=bookflix&grade&subject&lang=en

Epic

·       https://www.getepic.com/

·       Make an account for free

ABCYA!

·       https://www.abcya.com/

Starfall

www.starfall.com 

Letter Recognition Games:

https://www.education.com/games/recognizing-letters/

Math Resources:

Prodigy.com

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Math Playground:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Science Resources:

Nasa Kids Club:

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

National Geographic Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Switcheroo zoo

https://www.switchzoo.com/

Body Breaks:

Gonoodle.com

https://app.gonoodle.com/

Cosmickids yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Social Studies Resources:

Google Earth

https://www.google.com/earth/


Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

January Blog 

Happy January Grade One Families!

Our focus coming back from winter break continued to be seasonal changes and how animals prepare for this. As well, how we get ready for changes in the weather. We learned that some animals adapt, like rabbits. They do this to blend into the white snow and hide from predators. Some animals, like the Monarch Butterfly, migrate to Mexico in order to stay warm! Lastly, bears hibernate, sleeping until Spring.

We also explored the book, The Mitten. We use our drama skills to act out and sequence the story. We are getting really good at re-telling stories, identifying the main characters and the problem/solution. 


Ms. Nicole 

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

December Blog

December in the classroom is short and sweet as we all prepare for the holiday season. We spent much of our time discussing how Na’a shows us that winter is here. To give the students a visual, we compared a photo of Mr. Leaf during the fall, just a short while ago, to what he looks like in December. We noticed that the tree was once filled with bright colors and is now bare and covered with snow. We also talked about how animals are preparing for winter. Bears for example, are eating more, getting ready for hibernation. And the rabbits outside our window have changed from brown to white. The students discovered the reasoning behind this and why it is important for animals to adapt in the winter. Each family is unique and special in their own way. Everyone has different traditions that are meaningful to them around the holidays. In circle, we each shared one of these traditions and wrote about why it’s important to us in our journals.



Have a beautiful holiday!

Ms. Nicole 

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

November was Metis month!

We took some time to honor these special individuals and their culture through art, music and story. We read “The Giving Tree” by Leah Dorion, focusing on the theme of kindness woven throughout the book. We talked about how kindness is a gift we all have inside of us and can be given to others. We then created a classroom promise, listing all of the ways we can give the gift of kindness to our peers.

Some of the ideas the students had were:

“When someone is sad, you can rub their back” – Andrae

“You can use nice words” – Kadrian

“Share your toys” – Tristen

“Be honest and tell the truth” – Icy

“Give your friend a hug” – Kadence

Such beautiful insights! We are continuing to refer to our classroom promise each and every day.

We also created some beautiful Metis dot art by tracing our hand prints:


One of my favorite things about teaching little ones is listening to their conversations and finding ways to weave their interests into classroom teachings. A recurring animal of interest was penguins!

Students were especially interested in how they take care of their young and their habitats.

A few things we learned that the students were surprised by were that the father penguin stands in place, keeping the egg warm for up to two months while the mother goes off in search of food.

As well, how penguins stay warm while living in such a harsh winter climate. To demonstrate, we simulated a penguin huddle!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  1. Please ensure your child keeps all toys and special belongings at home.
  2. Please label all of your child’s winter belongings to avoid mix ups!
  3. December 11th – PJ day!
  4. December 19th – Christmas Concert

Have a beautiful day!

Ms. Nicole 


October Transitions into Fall

My name is Ms. Nicole and I am so happy to be your child’s grade one teacher for the remainder of the school year. The best way to contact me is through the school phone or email - nimelech@cbe.ab.ca

We have been spending the month of October observing the changes Na’a is currently experiencing as we transition into fall.  We used our senses to fully engage with the nature; listening, feeling, touching and smelling for signs that fall is here. One of the most fascinating things we noticed is how over time, the leaves change from green to beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. We created a beautiful classroom mural to document our findings. 

Gratitude and thankfulness have been an ongoing theme in our classroom this month given that Thanksgiving is upon us. We read a lovely book called “Bear Says Thanks.” The bear has nothing to eat, but luckily, lots of friends arrive and are willing to share, even though he has nothing to give them in return. He decides that he will share stories instead.  We then took some time to reflect on ways we can say thank you to the people in our lives we care about. Some things we came up with were saying I love you or thank you, drawing them a picture, smiling, and more! 

Friendly Reminders

  • Please do your best to label all of your child’s belongings. We have noticed many students have the same items (ie. gloves, backpacks, shoes, etc.) and as the weather grows colder, the more articles of clothing there are for the little ones to keep track of.
  • Please ensure all toys and special belongings to stay at home.

Love,

Ms. Nicole 


Ms. Kaitlyn on Maternity Leave

I hope everyone enjoyed their last days of summer! As many of you know I am expecting a baby of my own and it is now time for me to leave and get ready to start my own family. I have enjoyed getting to know you and your children over the past month and I will miss them! Starting on Tuesday, September 24, Ms. Nicole will be taking over as your child's teacher. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office or stop by, she is looking forward to meeting and working with all of you!!

Much love, 

Ms. Kaitlyn 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! 

Ms. Colleen will be supporting our classroom this year on Mondays to Thursdays and this is her second year at Niistsitapi.

Grade 1 is a big year for our children! There is lots to learn! One of our guiding principles we will be following this year is Time. We will spend time talking about how, we, our families, our communities, and Mother Earth change over time. And you can of course expect lots of learning around reading, writing and math.

We are expecting agendas to arrive shortly for your children. This is a great way to communicate with me. Please check it daily for notices and messages and please feel free to write any questions or information you feel I should know in your child’s agenda. You can also e-mail, call or stop in to set up a meeting if you have any questions or concerns.

Please send your child to school every day with:

  • Indoor shoes
  • Weather appropriate outdoor shoes and jacket
  • Snack
  • Change of clothes

Please be sure you check our school website regularly for school updates and events!

I look forward to getting to know your child and family throughout the school year!

Ms. Nicole

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families


Last week Ms. Allison shared that we will be using Google Classroom and Google Meet as our online teaching and learning tools. I am excited to continue our learning journey in a new way!

Students will access Google Classroom and Google  Meet using their CBE G Suite ID (username@educbe.ca) and password sent via email. As we begin to use these new teaching and learning tools, we will work together to ensure both you and your child feel comfortable and safe using these tools.

To access Google Classroom, go to www.classroom.google.com

To access Google Meet, go to www.meet.google.com 

The first time your child signs in, they may be prompted to change their password. If you choose to do this please ensure it is 8 characters. Please record the username and password in a location that your child can easily access.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online platform that enables us to communicate with our students as well as assign and distribute tasks. Google Classroom gives us the ability to work with our students in safe, manageable and appropriate ways. It will also help students manage their work while learning from home.


Google Meet 

Google Meet is a video conferencing application that enables us to host and our students to join organized 'meetings' in real-time. We are able to share their screen and guide students through tasks and/or documents and websites they wish to share. 

 

Accessing Google Meet or Classroom for the First Time

Google provides excellent resources to help with signing into Google Classroom and joining a class, along with other supports.

Google Meet Help

Google Meet Cheat Sheet [PDF]

Learn How to use Google Meet [video]

How do I sign in to Classroom?

Join a class as a student

Troubleshooting for students

Ongoing G Suite Support

Students and Families can find more information and support on the CBE website

 Thank you for your support and patience as we all adjust to ongoing learning at a distance. We will keep you informed every step of the way.

Ms. Nicole 

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

Hello Grade One Families! My heart goes out to you in these difficult times. 

I've put together a daily schedule and resources, if you choose to use them. No pressure :) As long as school is out, this will be updated every Monday (aside from Spring Break.)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions of concerns.


Resource Links

Reading Resources:

Tumblebooks:

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/

Username name: calgarypl

Password: sd19

Bookflix

http://www.learnalberta.ca/Search.aspx?search=bookflix&grade&subject&lang=en

Epic

·       https://www.getepic.com/

·       Make an account for free

ABCYA!

·       https://www.abcya.com/

Starfall

www.starfall.com 

Letter Recognition Games:

https://www.education.com/games/recognizing-letters/

Math Resources:

Prodigy.com

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Math Playground:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Science Resources:

Nasa Kids Club:

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

National Geographic Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Switcheroo zoo

https://www.switchzoo.com/

Body Breaks:

Gonoodle.com

https://app.gonoodle.com/

Cosmickids yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Social Studies Resources:

Google Earth

https://www.google.com/earth/


Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

January Blog 

Happy January Grade One Families!

Our focus coming back from winter break continued to be seasonal changes and how animals prepare for this. As well, how we get ready for changes in the weather. We learned that some animals adapt, like rabbits. They do this to blend into the white snow and hide from predators. Some animals, like the Monarch Butterfly, migrate to Mexico in order to stay warm! Lastly, bears hibernate, sleeping until Spring.

We also explored the book, The Mitten. We use our drama skills to act out and sequence the story. We are getting really good at re-telling stories, identifying the main characters and the problem/solution. 


Ms. Nicole 

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

December Blog

December in the classroom is short and sweet as we all prepare for the holiday season. We spent much of our time discussing how Na’a shows us that winter is here. To give the students a visual, we compared a photo of Mr. Leaf during the fall, just a short while ago, to what he looks like in December. We noticed that the tree was once filled with bright colors and is now bare and covered with snow. We also talked about how animals are preparing for winter. Bears for example, are eating more, getting ready for hibernation. And the rabbits outside our window have changed from brown to white. The students discovered the reasoning behind this and why it is important for animals to adapt in the winter. Each family is unique and special in their own way. Everyone has different traditions that are meaningful to them around the holidays. In circle, we each shared one of these traditions and wrote about why it’s important to us in our journals.



Have a beautiful holiday!

Ms. Nicole 

Oki, Tansi, Hello, Families

November was Metis month!

We took some time to honor these special individuals and their culture through art, music and story. We read “The Giving Tree” by Leah Dorion, focusing on the theme of kindness woven throughout the book. We talked about how kindness is a gift we all have inside of us and can be given to others. We then created a classroom promise, listing all of the ways we can give the gift of kindness to our peers.

Some of the ideas the students had were:

“When someone is sad, you can rub their back” – Andrae

“You can use nice words” – Kadrian

“Share your toys” – Tristen

“Be honest and tell the truth” – Icy

“Give your friend a hug” – Kadence

Such beautiful insights! We are continuing to refer to our classroom promise each and every day.

We also created some beautiful Metis dot art by tracing our hand prints:


One of my favorite things about teaching little ones is listening to their conversations and finding ways to weave their interests into classroom teachings. A recurring animal of interest was penguins!

Students were especially interested in how they take care of their young and their habitats.

A few things we learned that the students were surprised by were that the father penguin stands in place, keeping the egg warm for up to two months while the mother goes off in search of food.

As well, how penguins stay warm while living in such a harsh winter climate. To demonstrate, we simulated a penguin huddle!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  1. Please ensure your child keeps all toys and special belongings at home.
  2. Please label all of your child’s winter belongings to avoid mix ups!
  3. December 11th – PJ day!
  4. December 19th – Christmas Concert

Have a beautiful day!

Ms. Nicole 


October Transitions into Fall

My name is Ms. Nicole and I am so happy to be your child’s grade one teacher for the remainder of the school year. The best way to contact me is through the school phone or email - nimelech@cbe.ab.ca

We have been spending the month of October observing the changes Na’a is currently experiencing as we transition into fall.  We used our senses to fully engage with the nature; listening, feeling, touching and smelling for signs that fall is here. One of the most fascinating things we noticed is how over time, the leaves change from green to beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. We created a beautiful classroom mural to document our findings. 

Gratitude and thankfulness have been an ongoing theme in our classroom this month given that Thanksgiving is upon us. We read a lovely book called “Bear Says Thanks.” The bear has nothing to eat, but luckily, lots of friends arrive and are willing to share, even though he has nothing to give them in return. He decides that he will share stories instead.  We then took some time to reflect on ways we can say thank you to the people in our lives we care about. Some things we came up with were saying I love you or thank you, drawing them a picture, smiling, and more! 

Friendly Reminders

  • Please do your best to label all of your child’s belongings. We have noticed many students have the same items (ie. gloves, backpacks, shoes, etc.) and as the weather grows colder, the more articles of clothing there are for the little ones to keep track of.
  • Please ensure all toys and special belongings to stay at home.

Love,

Ms. Nicole 


Ms. Kaitlyn on Maternity Leave

I hope everyone enjoyed their last days of summer! As many of you know I am expecting a baby of my own and it is now time for me to leave and get ready to start my own family. I have enjoyed getting to know you and your children over the past month and I will miss them! Starting on Tuesday, September 24, Ms. Nicole will be taking over as your child's teacher. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office or stop by, she is looking forward to meeting and working with all of you!!

Much love, 

Ms. Kaitlyn 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! 

Ms. Colleen will be supporting our classroom this year on Mondays to Thursdays and this is her second year at Niistsitapi.

Grade 1 is a big year for our children! There is lots to learn! One of our guiding principles we will be following this year is Time. We will spend time talking about how, we, our families, our communities, and Mother Earth change over time. And you can of course expect lots of learning around reading, writing and math.

We are expecting agendas to arrive shortly for your children. This is a great way to communicate with me. Please check it daily for notices and messages and please feel free to write any questions or information you feel I should know in your child’s agenda. You can also e-mail, call or stop in to set up a meeting if you have any questions or concerns.

Please send your child to school every day with:

  • Indoor shoes
  • Weather appropriate outdoor shoes and jacket
  • Snack
  • Change of clothes

Please be sure you check our school website regularly for school updates and events!

I look forward to getting to know your child and family throughout the school year!

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