Grade 1




Thank you one and all for making June such a wonderful month!


The Grade One Mass was very beautiful and the children did such a great job--each and every one!


Cultural Diversity Day was an excellent experience.  Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who attended.  The children were mesmerized by the presentations and the banquet provided was delicious!  What a great experience for everyone involved.


We have enjoyed the talent show, Hawaii day and movie, and sports day to top it off!


We are looking forward to our day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo happening this Thursday, June 22.  Remember to dress in your gym strip and for the weather.  Hats and sunscreen are probably necessary.  Several parents have indicated they were coming.  


On Friday, the children will attend the grade seven Mass.  Full uniforms are necessary.  We will then attend an assembly for the grade sevens after recess.  Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m.



All readers and home reading books must be returned to school no later than Monday, June 26 as an inventory must be done for each class.  


Also for Monday, June 26 could you send an empty tissue box or an empty paper towel roll to school for a special musical project.  Thank you!!!






The Home Reading Program is at an end. All books should have been returned by June 8.  If there are any books at home, please send them to school right away.

 Thank you for all of the support you have given your child.  


PS. Take a look in our Photo Gallery at the great new pictures of the Grade 1's hard at work.




Throughout the school we follow a conflict resolution procedure which follows:  

1.  Calm down (deep breathing, counting, walking away, meditation, go to the teacher, etc.)

2.  State your feelings  (I feel mad when.................;  I feel sad when........................; etc.)

3.  Listen to the other person (no interruptions)

4.  Take responsibility for your share of the problem (very difficult to do but try to think of what you might have done, said, body language, etc.)

5.  Decide on a win-win solution (consensus, both give ideas, everyone is happy, fair)

6.  Friendly ending--apologize and forgive


Solving problems is never easy but is an essential skill in making and keeping good friends and showing respect for others

The whole school uses these six steps to conflict resolution and hopefully we all benefit from learning how to respectfully approach problems in a calm and positive manner.

If necessary, the grade one class will have small group lessons to learn and practice these steps.  

Thank you for your continued support!



SWEATERS OR VESTS must come to school every day

* Remember to send complete uniforms including shoes in the backpacks. 

* Shoes must be completely black including the soles. 


* For Grade One students, white sport socks are not necessary.  The uniform socks will be used for gym classes as this saves time when the children have to change into their full uniforms.  





Please send the children to school in their gym strips every morning.  This gives Mr. McCloskey more time for the lesson and the children know and are ready for what is to come.  As the cold weather approaches, the children may wear their jogging pants instead of their shorts.

* When the children return to class, they have opening exercises and then math.

* Before recess they begin to change into their school uniforms.  For some children this takes considerable time and they may miss part or all of their recess time. At home, help your child to learn to dress quickly or encourage them (especially in the cold weather) to put their uniform over their gym strip. Through the year, the children should be able to dress more quickly. 

* Gym is from 8:45 to 9:25 a.m. every morning except for Mass or possible Assembly mornings.

Please refer to the monthly calendar and the OLS website for Mass days. 





Our topic at the moment measurement.  The children are busy doing linear measurement as well as area, weight, and volume.  



Thank you for all of your help and support.  The readers will be collected next week before the end of school.  



Thanks so much for all of the help and support you give your children!



All home reading books should have been returned to school by June 8, 2017





Most students have worked on to the long vowel sounds.  A few students have started learning the long vowel combinations.  Over the summer, have your child finish the grade one phonics workbook.  This will give extra practice in using the long vowel rules to sound out new words.

* We have studied the short sound for the letter a (e.g. cat, pan, after, sad, etc.),  the letter i (e.g. fit, pin, in, it, is, lid, etc.), the letter u (e.g. tug, fun, up, etc.), the letter o (e.g. pot, off, top, hot, etc.) and the letter e (e.g. egg, pet, west, etc.)

We have studied the combinations for the long sound of a (e.g. a-e; ai; ay) (e.g. cave, pail, pay), the combinations for the long sound of i (e.g. i-e; ie; y) (e.g. bike, tie, my), and the long sound of u (e.g. u-e; ue; ui as in mule, true, and fruit).  We are studying the long sound of o (e.g. o-e; oe; ow as in bone, toe, and row) and the long sound of e (e.g. e-e; ea; ee as in Pete, eat, and seed).  




Spelling tests are over for this year!!!!

Spelling tests occur on Fridays this year.  

* For spelling I use the Dolch Word Lists.  The Dolch words are the most common English words used in reading.  

* Your child must learn to read and spell every word.  

* Each child should be able to read the whole list within one minute by the end of each term.

* The complete list of words will be sent home.  If you do not have a copy please send me a note so I can provide one.  

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD SPELL AND READ THE DOLCH WORDS.  This helps them in their reading and writing so much!


Spelling Test 


Group One:


Group Two:


Group Three:




Writing is a very difficult activity at the grade one level.  

* The children must use all of their knowledge of letter names and sounds to sound out words they are trying to print.  

* At home, help your child sound out words by saying each individual sound slowly and carefullly.  

* They must then match a letter to each sound they hear.  

* Practice is the key to improving knowledge and confidence.  (e.g. Inventive spelling for boat:  Say the sounds in boat--b-o-t.  Printing boat would look like--bot.)



The children are encouraged and expected to be respectful and friendly towards one another.  

* They must keep their hands by their sides and to use only gentle gestures.  

* Our problem solving process includes:

   1.  Use words to ask a classmate to stop an unwanted behavior.  (If they stop then they are respecting you.)  

   2.  Use your words again and immediately go to get a teacher.  The teacher will help the children solve social problems and consequences will be assigned. 

If your child comes home with a problem, please let me know so that I can help the children discuss the matter in respectful ways. 

Being sorry and forgiving others are difficult but necessary lessons.



We encourage the children to listen carefully to the directions, work silently, stay in their own seats, and seek help from the teacher. 

* Encourage some independent work at home as well. 

* Make sure your child has a quiet work area and understands the instructions before beginning the work. 

* In the class, we work on walking safely, making sure there is personal space in line and in the coat room, keeping our hands to ourselves, and working silently

These are difficult behaviors to master but with practice we will improve.

Some children find it difficult to work silently.  Check with your child to see how they are doing and give them positive feedback when you notice them working quietly at home.





June 22:  Grade One Field Trip to the Greater Vancouver Zoo

June 23:  Grade Seven Farewell Mass 9:00 a.m.; Assembly 10:30 a.m.; Dismissal 12:00 p.m.

June 27:  Awards Assembly

June 28:  Last day of school;  Mass 9:00 a.m.; Assembly at the end of the day; Dismissal 12:00 p.m.  Report Cards Go Home


Happy Holidays!






Thank you so much for entrusting your child to us this year and God Bless your family!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school.

Kindest regards,

Mrs. Radford