Mrs. Anderson | Grade 1

September 29th, 2022

It has been another busy week in grade one! The students were keen to learn all about our Canadian hero, Terry Fox. On Wednesday afternoon the students participated in Woodbine’s  Terry Fox run. The children ran around the field and on such a hot Autumn day they persevered just like Terry did.

There is no school on Friday, September 30th due to Truth and Reconciliation Day.

In Science, we have been discussing and observing signs of Autumn. As you enjoy your weekend, take a moment to take in the beautiful colours with your child.

September 23, 2022

Hello Grade 1 Families, 

It was such a pleasure meeting with you and learning more about your children. We are excited to continue our learning together! 

  • Letters we have been working on this week /i/ /m/ /p/
  • Sharing next week: Something I love 
  • Dress for the weather. With the changing weather, please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for outdoor activities. 
  • Running Club starts this week 
  • Terry Fox Run - Wednesday September 28th at 1:30 
  • Orange Shirt Day is Thursday September 29
  • No school Friday September 30 
  • Picture Day October 11 

Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs. Anderson

September 16, 2022

Hello Grade 1 Families, 

We have begun our printing program and we are working at printing our letters starting at the top. We have also learned about the letters and actions for /s/, /a/ and /t/.  We work on writing upper and lower case letters on the line - which can be tricky for first graders. 

This upcoming week, we are looking forward to meeting you, whether online or in person for Meet the Teacher. As you are the experts on your child, we value this opportunity to learn more about them. Just a reminder, once the booking system is working properly, to please book a conference for Thursday night (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) or  Friday morning (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) 

Yesterday your child brought home our show and tell schedule and the topics listed for each week on the other side. Please note your child's show and tell day.  If there is no school on your child's scheduled day, please pick another day of the week that suits your family. Here a few things to keep in mind when sending in objects:

• please send an object that is small enough to fit in your child's backpack

• please do not send toys or valuable items - we would hate for the item to get lost

• if it is easier to send in a picture, please feel free to email a picture to me and we can show it on the Smartboard

• please practice with your kiddo so that he or she has three things to say about their object. 

• if your child is worried about speaking in front of their classmates, I am happy to help them out. They will get the hang of it in no time. 

Show and Tell begins next Monday and the first item is a photo of your family. 

Just a reminder that your child’s library day is Tuesday. Each week students will have the opportunity to return and pick out a new book. Please continue to send back the books in the large Ziploc bags. 

Your child brought home a Scholastic Book flier today. This is an optional program. If you would like to purchase books please follow the instructions on the front of the flier and enter the class code for free shipping. Books will be shipped directly to your home. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Grade 1 Teachers

Mrs. Anderson

Ms. Connolly

Mrs. Evans-Scully

September 14, 2022

Reminder! Conference booking goes live tomorrow at 6:00 am. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Kate Anderson

September 9, 2022

Hello Grade 1 Families, 

We had a great week in grade 1. We are learning new routines like how to take care of our belongings, school supplies, how to change our shoes multiple times a day and procedures for eating lunch at school. It has been a big learning curve. We have been spending time outside playing on the playground at recess. Teachers have been reinforcing to our students that we play safely - no roughhousing, rocks stay on the ground, sliding down the slide and not going on top of the equipment. It would be helpful if you could reinforce these rules at home with your child. 

Students are given three opportunities to eat during the day - morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have noticed that your child is not eating the food that you have sent. We do not eat with the children at lunch but are happy to relay any concerns to the lunchroom staff. Please remember to send nut free food with your child to school. Thank you to the parents who have sent snacks packed separately.  This alleviates confusion for students during snack time.  

We have visited the library this week and students independently chose a book to take home for the week. Please notice your child’s book was in a large Ziploc bag. Please return the book on or before Tuesday of each week in the Ziploc bag. This helps protect the book from spills.

In Math, we have been sorting objects by 2 and 3 attributes. When sorting buttons, we realized we could sort by colour, shape and size. During our calendar routine, we have been counting by ones forwards and backwards to 40. By the end of grade one, students are expected to count by ones to 100 - forwards and backwards from any given point. We will be working towards skip counting by fives to 100, tens to 100 and 2’s to 20. This is an activity you could also do at home with your child.

In Science, we have begun our first unit exploring the seasons. Each class chose a tree to observe throughout the four seasons. Please ask your child where their class tree is located. We are excited to watch our tree change throughout the year. We talked about how the seasons are a predictable and repeating cycle. Next week, we will be learning about the jobs of the sun and how sunlight relates to the seasons. 

Please return the Admirable Use Policy (blue form) that was sent home this week as soon as possible.

We will be beginning our speaking and listening program (show and tell) the week of September 19th. Each child will have the opportunity to bring a specific item based on the weekly topic. More information will be forthcoming. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Grade 1 Teachers

Mrs. Anderson

Ms. Connolly

Mrs. Evans-Scully 

September 2, 2022

Dear Grade 1 Families:

What a great start we have had! We are learning routines and getting to know each other through lots of fun activities and conversations. We would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to you for sending your children back to school, prepared and ready for all that we have asked of them.

Here are some reminders of items we would love for you to send to school. (Many of you have done some of these things already. Thank you!)

1.   Please clearly label everything you send to school. (backpack, lunch kit, snack container, shoes, water bottle, etc..) It is surprising how many water bottles look alike!

2. Paperwork from the school office came home with your child today for you to review.

3. Slip on shoes (Velcro, elastic laces, etc) are fantastic for both indoor and outdoor shoes. If your child is working on shoe tying, please make sure they are very confident in their own tying skills, before sending lace up shoes. We tied up a lot of shoes this week!

4. Please send in a pair of over the ear, wired and labelled headphones (not ear buds) before the end of September.

5. Send snacks in their own container that can be kept separate from the lunch kit. This makes it much easier for small hands to find and access what they need during busy transitions in our coatroom areas.

6. On Fridays, dismissal time is 12:50 pm. Please send an extra snack on Fridays. We will be hungry!

7.   Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather as we are spending as much time playing and learning outside as possible. If it is a bit rainy and windy, we would still like to go outside and we want everyone to be feeling warm and comfortable.

8.  This year we will be using a blog to communicate with families. You can access my blog through the school website. Please check there for classroom updates and communication weekly. 

9.  We love to celebrate birthdays. If you would like to send an individually wrapped, nut free birthday snack for the class, we would be more than happy to share that with the students. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email. If you would like to talk in person, please wait until I have dismissed all students.

Thanks again for your support. Please know that we will do our utmost to keep your children safe, happy and engaged at school. We are blessed to be their teachers!

Most sincerely,

Grade 1 Teachers

Mrs. Anderson

Ms. Connolly

Mrs. Evans-Scully 



August 30, 2022

Dear Grade One Families,

Welcome back to school! My name is Kate Anderson and I am excited to be your child’s teacher for the 2022-23 school year.  I look forward to getting to know both you and your child.

Our first day of school is Thursday, September 1st.  The school day begins at 8:55 a.m. I will be outside of the grade one doors at 8:40 a.m. ready to greet you and your child.

On your child’s first day of grade one, please send the following:

·      a small healthy nut free snack. If possible, please pack this separately from their lunch

·      a healthy nut free lunch in a labelled lunch kit

·      a labelled water bottle (please no glass)

·      labelled indoor running shoes that can be left at school. Please do not send lace up shoes unless your child can independently tie them

·      over the ear headphones in a labelled Ziploc bag – needed before the end of September

Please note: all school supplies are provided by the school.

Please email me at directly before the first day of school to let me know if your child will be going home for lunch. Please also indicate who will typically be picking up your child each day ie. daycare, parent.

Just a reminder, Fridays are early dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m.  On Fridays there is no formal lunch hour. Students will be given two opportunities to eat their snacks.

I look forward to working with your family this school year.


Kate Anderson

Grade One Teacher


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