Monday, 29 October 2018

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a nice weekend prepping for Halloween!
My kiddos at home are so excited, I am sure your families are
sharing in the excitement!

This is going to be an exciting week here at SJA. The students
are so very excited about Halloween. I love it!  I love that they
are putting their enthusiasm into great words that  have turned into
fantastic sentences and really fun conversations.  I am happy to
hear about their costumes and how they are celebrating this fun day! 
To get ready for Halloween, our activities and lessons are planned
around this theme! We will be practicing our descriptive writing
skills when we write all about our costumes!

Students will be invited to wear their costumes on Halloween.
We have some fun things planned for the day while they are
here to celebrate! Check out our class Twitter for some pictures
of the exciting times!
Here are the words that we are learning this season.
We have grouped the words together as Fall words.
Some of the words are about Thanksgiving and some are about
Halloween. We are learning about why these words belong to
each of these groups.

Leaves, leaf, pumpkin, scarecrow, fall, autumn, acorn, branch,
apple tree, turkey, windy, corn, harvest, apple, kites, rainy days

Haunted house, mummy, spider, Frankenstein, skeleton,
Jack-o-Lantern, bat, pumpkin, candy corn, witch, treat bag, ghost,
cauldron, black cat, vampire, spider web

We have really been enjoying writing in our journals. Some students
have really been focused on writing complete sentences using our
Writers Eye! Here are the things we are looking for with our
Writer’s Eyes! Students can use this chart on the wall when they are
writing to double check that they have included these 4 things!  
(Capitals at the beginning, lowercase letters throughout the sentence,
spaces between our words and punctuation at the end).


As the students become more comfortable with their writing
and their skills improve, we will be adding different criteria to the list.
The students did an excellent job!
As I review the student's written work, I will be commenting on
what they have done using a strategy called, "Tickled Pink and
Green for Growth".  You make have heard of this already, all this
means is that I will write in PINK something that they did really well,
something I am proud of them for doing! Then, I will add in GREEN
their next steps.  Since these goals are so different for each student,
this is a great communication tools! 
This is an example of what it may look like! 

Your child’s progress reports will be coming home soon.
They will be sent home from your child’s homeschool.
Please read through, sign and return the signed portion back to
their homeschool.
As you are reading the reports, please remember that the grades
and comments are a tiny portion of the amazing successes I see
in your children every single day. My sincere hope is that you and
your children know how proud of them I am. They work incredibly
hard! Report cards can only tell you so much, and I  
SEE SO MUCH MORE growth and gains than I could ever write
in a report card or an IEP. Your children are inspiring and their perseverance,
enthusiasm for learning and positive energy are a constant reminder to
remind me of why we are all here!

I would be happy to meet and chat with anyone regarding the IEP
and the progress report, either in person or over the phone. I will send
home an interview request invitation next week.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

S. Faloon

A few reminders!

If your child does not have indoor shoes to leave here, they
need to bring them to and from their home school. As the weather
gets colder and wetter, everyone needs a clean, dry and warm pair
of shoes to wear here.  Please let me know if we can be of any help
in getting your child a pair of shoes to leave here st SJA.  We would
be happy to help! 

We are in the last week of #WEscarehunger! Please send in any
canned goods to help those in need! 

Students have many opportunities to eat snacks in our class, however,
there is a lot going on in your child's day!! Please let me know if you
have any concerns about how much your child is able to eat during the day.  

* I will continue to send home the Word Wall Words every Monday.
How/When/How Much you practice those words is up to you! I will
take the WWW book out of the mail bags once I see that they have
practiced, or on Friday.  Please let me know if I take it out and you
would still like to practice. The words are usually posted on this blog
and on our Twitter account, so feel free to check there as well! 

* The students are doing really well with their Snuggle Book Reading!
Again, I will switch the books once I see that you have signed the page
telling me how they have done.  Please do not send it back to school
until you would like a new book. You are welcome to keep each
book for as long as it takes to read it with your child. 

Please remember that our Library Day is Wednesday.  Please return
all books on or by Wednesday of each week. Thanks! 

*There will be a P.J. Day on November 8th. Please bring in a
donation for United Way!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hello October!

While I cannot believe September is already over, I feel as though we have been back at school forever. I am so inspired watching our students form new friendships, work together, learn new routines and practice new skills.

A few quick reminders about this very short and very busy week!

  • Our school BBQ will be held tomorrow, Wednesday October 3rd here at St. John the Apostle 
  • We will be visiting the book fair on Wednesday, October 3rd 
  • PICTURE DAY is also Wednesday October 3rd. SMILE!!
  • Friday is a PD Day. There will be no school 

It was really nice to meet with some of you to discuss your child's IEP. I am looking forward to calling some of you this week and collaborating. Your child's IEP will coming home shortly. The homeschool will send home a draft copy of the IEP shortly. Please take the time to read it carefully. As mentioned, I would be very happy to arrange a time to sit and discuss the IEP with you. Please let me know if you have any questions about the document.

Here are some of the things we are working on here, and some strategies you can use at home to support their learning.

Phonological Awareness- Here are some activities you can do with your child at home to help with our syllable work at school.
  •  Take turns and clap the number of syllables in words. You say a word and your child claps the word. For example: computer- child claps com/pu/ter, 3 claps; pig- child claps /pig/, 1 clap. Choose words with varying number of syllables
  • While driving or walking, pick out words that you see, have child clap the syllables. For example: church, Walmart, Metro, Chapters, park.
  • After reading a book, pick a word or a picture per page to clap.
  • Throw a ball, beanbag, or favourite stuffed toy back and forth, as you each say one syllable at a time.   For example, for the word “macaroni”, you would toss the ball back and forth a total of 4 times 
  • Use a stick to tap out all the syllables of each family member’s name.  For example: “Mom/my”; “Bill”; “Grand/pa”
This coming month, we will be focusing on the theme of “Giving Thanks” and “Halloween”.  We will work on our new vocabulary and practice using these words in our writing. 
Here is a list of the new vocabulary we will focus on:

thank, giving, God, Jesus, pray, wonderful, share, friends, lovely, autumn, leaf, tree, eat, yummy, friends, family, school, Halloween, scary, costume, Trick-or-Treating, carve, pumpkin, decorating, bones, goblin, cat, bat, ghost, wizard, witch

Talk to your children about these words! Incorporate them into your discussions and have fun!

Basic Concepts- Basic concepts such as colors, numbers, location words, and descriptive words are the building blocks that children need to follow directions, to engage in classroom routines, and to provide descriptions. Understanding these concepts is fundamental for children so they can perform everyday tasks such as listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Here are two ways you can help your child learn basic concepts:

* Read to your child! A lot of common stories teach basic concepts. If the concepts are not stated directly within the story, the pictures lend themselves to teaching concepts. For example, use a picture in a story and say, “Where is the dog? It’s on the sofa.” Then, allow your child to tell you what is off the sofa. You can also go around the room and find things that are on something and things that are off something. 
* Playing games is great too.  For example, “I Spy.” You could say, “I spy something that is small/big.”  Encourage your child to use concepts when it’s his/her turn.

In our writing, we have started with sentences. The students are working toward making sure that there is a capital at the beginning of each sentence, lower case letters throughout the sentence, spaces between each word of the sentence and proper punctuation at the end. For our friends who are still learning to write, they are working on speaking full sentences dictating their ideas to me to write for them. We then review their words. These are the first steps to becoming a writer! Some of our older friends are adding details to their sentences too! So much amazing learning happening!


So much learning and experience comes from reading. Grab your favourite book and snuggle up and read! Talk about the book, the characters, the facts, the words....all of it! 
And please use the snuggle bag reading program! Here are a few reminders. 

Snuggle Bag Reading:  I will continue sending Snuggle Books with your child to read with you at home.  The books are meant to be at their individual reading level, or just above, giving each student a little challenge.  I appreciate your help in filling out the recording sheet that is in their Snuggle Bags.  This assists me in providing the correct level of book for your child.  The books are meant to be kept until the child feels comfortable with the words in the book.  If they master it in one day, please return it right away.  If the book is more of a challenge please keep the book at home and read it the following evening.  This allows the children to review the words and content and come to a more thorough understanding of the text.  Each time your child returns the book, I will assume he/she is finished with the book and I will send a new one home.  Thank you again for your assistance with this program!!

Be sure to review and sign the agenda and the PLC Ziplock daily.  If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to write me a note or to call.  I would be happy to talk with you.  Thank-you for your continued support and cooperation. 

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving weekend. I know I have plenty to be thankful for, including my amazing students!!

Sarah Faloon                                     
Special Education Teacher
PLC St. John the Apostle  

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Hello everyone!
This information below will be coming home in a letter today! Check in the mailbag. Please note that I will not be present at the meet the teacher evening at ST. John the Apostle this week. I will instead be hosting IEP meetings to discuss your child's goals for the term.
Please read the letter in the mailbag tonight, fill in your choices and return the bottom portion.
I will confirm your time and date on a first come first serve basis.

Thank you!!!

IEP Interviews

Dear parents,
This year is off to a wonderful start! We have had a very productive few weeks and
I am really excited about the year ahead of us. It is so nice to see how my returning
students have grown over the summer and it is so much fun getting to know my new students!
We are getting to know each other and having a fantastic time!

I am writing to inform you that I will not be present at the Parent Program
Evening here at  St. John the Apostle School on Thursday, September 20th.
Instead, I would like to offer you a time to come in and chat with me about
your child’s goals and expectations for the year.

I am currently in the process of developing your child's IEP (Individual Education Plan)
for the year. Part of this process involves consulting parents in regards to the establishment
of goals for the term and the year. I would like to meet with you within the next few weeks to
present what I have so far and to ask for your input into the plan.  It will be a half hour meeting.
I am offering time slots from after school at 3:45 pm until about 7:00 pm on 2 different nights.
It is my sincere hope that you will be able to schedule yourself into one of these time slots in
order to participate in the development of your child's education plan for this year. I will be
confirming spots on a first come, first serve basis so please return your time request as
soon as possible. I will let you know your time slot as soon as the schedule has been confirmed.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sarah Faloon
Primary Language Class teacher

St. John the Apostle School.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Welcome Back!
Mrs. Faloon
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 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
each day.

We read a book called, You're Finally Here! The students drew a
picture and told me all about their summer.

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 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

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 about this.

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.

Sarah Faloon