Primary Language Class
Hello and welcome to a new school year! I hope that everyone had a
wonderful and relaxing summer! I know I enjoyed my time with my
family! I was so thrilled to see my returning students and I am very
excited to get to know my new students.
We certainly have had an exciting start to our new school year.
It has been a very busy few days. We have started some
getting-to- know-you activities, talked about our summer holidays,
discussed school and classroom rules and procedures, and began
to establish routines within the classroom. We even practiced a fire
drill and lock down so we know what to do when the first one happens.
We are off to a great start and I know it is going to be a
wonderful school year!!
In the next few weeks we will dive right into our learning.
I will be teaching the students about reading and writing strategies
and we will be working on our oral language skills daily. We have
already begun talking about letters and sounds and how they work
together to make words. We have practiced rhyming and syllables
We read a book called Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
We spoke about ways to be kind and make others happy and
how these acts of kindness will, in turn, increase our own happiness!
We will begin weekly word wall words shortly. The students will
complete activities within the classroom to practice and learn their words.
The words will be sent home each week for you to practice with your
children. I will write the students words in a book each week and you
can review them with your children. There is no specific activity that
will be required of them, the words are sent home for reinforcement
and to keep you in the loop about what your children are learning.
Feel free to read the words with your children, write the words with them
or simply bring them up in conversation and talk about their spelling.
We will also begin our Snuggle Up and Read Program soon. I will be
sending home their reading folders with a book for your child to read.
For the new families, the concept of the Snuggle Book is that I send
home a book for you to snuggle up and read with your child. While
I am sure you have tons of books at home, this is a book that I have
chosen to be at your child's reading level. The idea is that you read the
book with your child a few times until they can read it to you independently.
This may be right away or it may take a few days.
However long it takes.....no problem! Please keep the book until your
child feels comfortable reading it on their own, then you can return it
for a new book. In the folder there is a place for you to write whether
the book was too easy, too hard or just right. Please let me know so I
can continue to choose appropriate books for each child!
We will begin learning about our Daily Five workstations. This is valuable
learning time that we use to focus on each child’s individual goals. The
stations are set out with each child’s individual learning needs in mind.
It gives them time to work on skills at their level!
Also in the next few weeks we will be learning some new games to
help with our learning. We love to make learning feel like playing!
The students are working hard and I am really proud of them.
It is a lot of work coming to two different schools! I would like to thank
you for your dedication to your child's learning. Our little class can be
best described as a family. We take care of each other and learn from
one another. Our situation is unique and beautiful. I feel so fortunate
to be in a class where I can focus on each child, assisting each one to
meet their goals. I am looking forward to learning with them throughout
this school year. I know it will be amazing!
Here are just a few little reminders:
Have you checked us out on Twitter yet?
There are tons of pictures and snippets of what we do everyday.
Also, remember that our blog is mrsfaloonplc.blogspot.ca. I will not be
printing out blog posts anymore, so please check us out!
We will also be using the SEESAW app again as a way for you to see
what is happening in the class. You will be able to sign up and get
notifications when your child adds work to their folder. There will be
more information sent home about that shortly. Stay tuned!
Transportation: If your child is absent from our Primary Language Class,
it is very important that you call the transportation office to cancel the
STS drivers (arrival and departure).
The phone number is 613-723- 9677.
Does your child have indoor shoes at St. John the Apostle Catholic School?
We are requesting that each student brings an extra pair of shoes that
could be left in our classroom. The shoes should be shoes he/she can
put on easily on their own (i.e. without laces if you child is unable to tie
his/her shoes yet). This will help keep
the class floors neat and tidy. Please be sure to write your child’s
name in the shoes clearly. Please let me know if you have any concerns
Please label your child’s belongings. It is very helpful to have your child’s
name in their coats, sweaters, lunch bags, backpacks, shoes and boots!
Your child’s Individual Education Plan is developed in collaboration
between the homeschool team, you the parents, and me. The homeschool
will send home a draft copy of the IEP in October. Please take the time to
read it carefully. Please remember your input is very important. Please note
that a different teacher from St. John the Apostle will be reporting on the
Social Studies curriculum for our students.
I hope everyone had a nice week. The first week back is always busy and
hectic and wonderful! Please remember that I am happy to help if you have
any questions or concerns.