Ms. Jocelyn

Okosi (In the fall we gather)

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Umba-wathtich, Hello families,

We have been very busy learning in our classroom. As we have become familiar with our new friends, we are building our classroom community, or family. We spend a lot of time talking about how we can help each other be learners, how we can be kind, and how we can "hold each other up". Recently, we drew pictures of who holds us up when we need it:

"Na'a holds me up."


We have been noticing the changes in Na'a as the season turned to O'ko (fall). Ask your students about our special tree that we visit and care for. We are listening to her and have been asking her to share her name with us. We have sketched our tree and have been grateful to play in her falling leaves. As the year continues, we will notice the changes she undergoes.

During daily math exploration, we have been working hard on recognizing, representing, and subtizing (recognizing at a glance) numbers up to 10. We have practiced representing numbers with tally marks, ten frames, and with pictures. We have began to explore different ways to build numbers, specifically working with building the number 10. This is an important prerequisite skill as we move forward. 

We have also reviewed our pattern skills. We have been built AB patterns, and will move onto building patterns with 3 and 4 parts.

We can make AB Patterns

We have been making our way through our review of letter names and the sounds they make. It is very important that your student knows their letter sounds in order to begin to blend sounds together to read short words. We use the "Jolly Phonics" program, which includes a story, song, and action for each letter. Ask your student to share with you the sounds they know. We are beginning to read short stories and poems, and are doing amazing. 

Important Dates

October 28- No School/ PD

October 31- Halloween. Students are welcome to dress up (no weapons or masks please). We will have a small party in the afternoon. 

November 11- No School / Remembrance Day

November 24 and 25- Conferences (details to come)

As always, please call or e-mail anytime.


Ms. Jocelyn 

Welcome to Grade One

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Umba-wathtich, Hello families, 

I am so excited to get to share this school year with your children. I absolutely love teaching Grade One- there is so much learning and growth to unfold!

My name is Ms. Jocelyn and I have called Mohkinstis home for 13 years now, originally coming from Ontario. I have two busy little ones at home myself, ages 7 and 4. I have been fortunate to have taught at Niitsitapi Learning Centre since our opening seven years ago. Each year I learn so much from our students and I love seeing them connect with the land, their spirits, and each other. This year I look forward to deepening these connections through learning and story. 


Our classroom blog will be updated monthly with learning updates and any important information. I will also send occasional e-mails with any important reminders. Should you ever need to reach me, please phone the school at (403)-817-3404 or e-mail me at


We will be basing much of our learning this year around what we can learn through and alongside the land. A big part of Grade One is noticing the seasonal changes around us, and we love to explore how we can do this through our senses as well as through story. In the upcoming month we will be noticing what summer feels, smells, and looks like and then begin preparation for our learning about Fall Equinox.

Grade One students are working hard to master our counting skills to 20 to begin the year, and represent numbers in a variety of ways, such as 10 frames, tallies, and with words. 

We are learning that we are Grade One readers by examining familiar letter sounds and beginning to blend sounds together to read short words. We will begin the year by reviewing our letter names and sounds. 

Important Dates

August 26- Field Trip to Valley View Splash Park, please return field trip forms*

September 5- No School

September 23- No School

September 29- Meet the Teacher Night

September 30- No School

Please let me know if you questions, I look forward to getting to know your family more.

Hand to heart,

Ms. Jocelyn 

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