January 28- February 1 Please see the note at the side that explains how the new remind system will work. Some people will have to download the app to continue to get messages.
Please remember to collect any empty Kleenex boxes and bring them in as soon as possible. We still need 2 more helpers for Valentines’ Day centres. If you are free. Please let me know. I will be in contact with our class rep soon and she will be asking for help with snacks for the afternoon.
Show and Share is something that keep them warm. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, January 28 New words for the week – please study them!!
Tuesday, January 29 Please read at home
Wednesday, January 30 Library books are due Jersey Day- students are invited to wear their favourite team shirt or even their school team colour. Assembly 11:10
Thursday, January 31 Pizza lunch for those who ordered
Friday. February 1 Spelling test
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
January 21-25 January is flying by and I am already starting to plan for next month. On February 14th, we will be having Valentine centres in the morning and a party after the last recess. For the morning, I would like 3 volunteers to help out so if you are free, please let me know as soon as possible. Also we will need an empty Kleenex box for each student. If you have any, please send them in!! A list with all the students names will be coming home closer to the date. FYI - this Sunday is the Blood Moon lunar Eclipse! Check it out it you can!! Show and Share this week is something white. Here is a look at our week. Monday, January 21 New spelling words for the week Tuesday, January 22 Please read at home Wednesday, January 23 Choir students sing at G.S. Lakie Thursday, January 24 Mucho Burrito lunch for those who ordered Friday, January 25 Spelling test Jan. 31st pizza orders due Have a great week!
January 14-18 We made it through the first week back. There were a few sleepy mornings but lots of great learning happening. This week we will be discussing the baptism of Jesus and their own baptism. If you have a picture or keepsake from the day, that is safe to bring to school, please send it along any day. Show and Share this week is something wintery! Here is a look at our week. Monday, January 14 Students already have new spelling words for the week Tuesday, January 15 Orange and Grapefruit orders are due today Wednesday, January 16 Library books are due back Thursday, January 17 Pizza lunch for those who ordered Friday, January 18 Spelling tests Have a wonderful week!!
January 7-11 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break!! I am so excited to see the kids again and get back at it.
In Math, we will continue with addition and subtraction to 20 and will be looking at numbers to 100. In Science, we are starting a new unit on the seasons and how they affect plants and animals. In Social, we will start talking more about our own community and what makes it special. Please continue reading at home as these next couple of months are usually the time we see the most growth in young readers. Nightly reading will make a huge difference in their development!!
Show and Share is one thing from their holiday. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, January 7 First Day back Munsch-a-rama presentation 1:00-2:00 I will be doing a spelling assessment this week to make sure each child is in the level that is most appropriate for them at this time. Later in the week we will bring home words but the test will not occur until NEXT Friday.
Tuesday, January 8 Please keep reading at home
Wednesday, January 9 Library books are due
Thursday, January 10 Pizza orders for next week are due tomorrow Friday, January 11 Spelling test will occur next week!
Have a wonderful first week back!!
December 17-21 We have made it to the last week of December!! Thanks to all the parents who are helping out in so many ways throughout the week.
Show and Share is something for Christmas. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, December 17 No spelling words this week Grade Threes are hosting a cake and cookie raffle. Tickets are $0.25 each.
Tuesday, December 18 Morning field trip to the Galt Museum
Wednesday, December 19 Gingerbread House making in the morning Library books are due back Draw day for the Sock It To Mr. Matsella. Thanks for all the socks you brought in!!
Thursday, December 20 Choir students are on a field trip
Friday, December 21 Advent Celebration Assembly School Bingo Class movie and popcorn It is Cozy Comfy Day- please wear wore pajamas today!!
May you all have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!!
December 10-14 Thanks to all our parent volunteers who helped out with concert! I know we all had a great time! Your kids were awesome!! On Tuesday, December 18 we are heading to the Galt Museum and would love one or two more volunteers. Please send back the note that was sent home if you are free. On Wednesday, December 19, we would like to make mini gingerbread houses. We will need bout 4 volunteers for this fun event. We will start around 8:45 and should be done around 10:30. If you are free to help out, please send me an email or note.
Show and Share is an ornament Here is a look at our week!
Monday, December 10 New spelling words
Tuesday, December 11 Please try to keep up the reading! Please consider bringing in new socks for our sock campaign and get an entry to win a chance to pie Mr. Matsella.
Wednesday, December 12 Mission Mexico collection Library books due
Thursday, December 13 Free Turkey Lunch for students
Friday, December 14 Spelling test 3rd Advent Celebration
I hope you all have an awesome week!!
December 3-7 We have a super busy week ahead!! Lucky it starts with a break for students on the Monday!! Thanks to all our parent volunteers who are helping out with concert!
Show and Share is something for advent or the birth of Jesus. Here is a look at our busy week!
Monday, December 3 PD day- no school for students
Tuesday, December 4 Please try to keep up the reading!
Wednesday, December 5 Dress Rehearsal at Yates- students will be bussed down at about 9. Please bring an easy to eat and carry lunch. We return around 1:30. Be sure to wear your black bottoms and white top!! Library books due Christmas concert night. Students are to be dropped off at the back of the Yates at 6:30. Pick up is from the stage in the Yates.
Thursday, December 6 St. Nicholas Day! Concert at night – same as Wednesday
Friday, December 7 No spelling test this week
I hope you all enjoy the week!!
November 26-30 Christmas concert is just around the corner. The kids are to wear black on the bottom and a white shirt, long sleeve preferred, with no logos. Please tie girls’ hair off their faces. We have a dress rehearsal here at school on Thursday and then one at the Yates (we are bused there at 8:45 and back at 1:30ish) next Wednesday. Please be sure your child comes dressed for both rehearsals. At the Yates we will also need to bring along an easy to eat lunch. The less they need to bring back to school the better. Lots of Tupperware items tend to go missing. On the evenings of December 5 and 6, the students are to come to the Yates at 6:30. We will keep them together as a group until the concert is over at about 8:00pm. Please pick up your child from the stage on both nights. We are still in need of one parent volunteer for both nights and a parent for the rehearsal at the Yates. If you are available, please let me know as soon as possible.
Show and Share is something white. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, November 26 New spelling words this week First Advent Celebration
Tuesday, November 27 Please remember that Mathletics and Razkids are both there for you to use at home.
Wednesday, November 28 Library books are due back
Thursday, November 29 Subway Hot Lunch Christmas Concert dress rehearsal at school
Friday, November 30 Spelling tests
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
November 19- 23 November is quickly slipping by and it is time to talk Christmas concert. This year the grade ones will need to wear black bottoms and a plain (no logos) white shirt. It can be either long or short sleeve. Also please try to pull long hair off the girls’ faces so we can see them on stage!! More information will be coming.
Show and Share- something about their family Here is a look at our week.
Monday, November 19 New spelling words Pinocchio Presentation at 9:30
Tuesday, November 20 Field trip to the SAAG- thanks to the parents who have volunteered to come with us. The bus will leave before 9:15am. and we should be down there by 9:30am. We will return around 11:00am.
Wednesday, November 21 Tropical Day- students are invited to dress in the best beach wear to earn points or their team. Please know that they are still expected to go out at recess so dress appropriately. Assembly period 7
Thursday, November 22 Grade 6 We are Silent Day
Friday, November 23 Spelling test Report Cards go home today Parent Council is hosting Bingo night 6:30 to 8:00.
Have a wonderful week! Marina Mik
November 12-16 I hope you all had a peace filled long weekend. We have a very short but busy week coming up.
Show and Share is something from or about a grandparent Here is a look at our week.
Monday, November 12 Remembrance Day holiday
Tuesday, November 13 No school for students- Staff PD day
Wednesday, November 14 Library books are due back
Thursday, November 15 Pizza lunch for those who ordered
Friday, November 16 No spelling test today
Have a wonderful week!! Marina Mik
November 5-9 It is amazing how quickly the time is going. The weather is getting colder and we are already starting to lose a lot of outer wear items. Please label all hats, mitts, scarves and any other items to help save us time and heartache!!
A big thank you to everyone who helped out last week in our Halloween adventures. The pumpkin carving, centres and party were all a success because of you. I would also like to thank those who bought books for our class from the book sale. I can’t wait to share them with the students. I know they will love them as much as I do!!
This week I will be starting assessments on sight words, reading and numbers to 20. Please remember to practice at home whenever possible. We will also be talking a lot about Peace. Ask your child how they are able to spread peace this week and in their lives!!
Show and Share this week is a favorite book Here is a look at our week.
Monday, November 5 New spelling words will go home today!!
Tuesday, November 6 Please read at home
Wednesday, November 7 Library books are due back
Thursday, November 8 Pizza lunch for those who ordered
Friday, November 9 Spelling tests Remembrance Day service at 10:20am
Remember there is no school Monday or Tuesday next week!! Have a wonderful week!! Marina Mik
October 29-November 2 This week is packed full of excitement. Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered their time, talents and treasures to make it happen. We still have a couple of pumpkin carving spots open if anyone is interested!?!?! On Wednesday, please note that we don’t get dressed until 2:00pm. Please don’t send your child dressed up in the morning. Make up is fine but most of the time the costume won’t make it!! After we are all dressed up we head to the gym to perform the school wide Halloween dance and take part in the costume parade. At about 2:30ish we head back to classroom for our party!!
Show and Share is something for Halloween Here is a look at our week.
Monday, October 29 Pumpkin carving at 10:30am-thanks to all the volunteers coming out to help. If you have any knives or cutting tools please bring them along. I have a few but not enough for everyone!! Able Dental will be here in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I am away at a grade level meeting at the board office.
Tuesday, October 30 Please bring back library books today as we can’t have library on Wednesday
Wednesday, October 31 Halloween centres in the morning Halloween parade and party in the afternoon
Thursday, November 1 All Saints Day Pizza lunch for those who ordered
Friday, November 2 No spelling test today
Thanks again for all your support!! Marina Mik
October 22-26 If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for any Halloween fun, please take a look at the google doc Emily Boutland emailed out. We still need lots of help for pumpkin carving on the 29th and a few more snacks for the 31st. Any help is appreciated!!
Parent Collaboration meeting are being held this week. Please note they are coming before report cards so they are based more on initial assessments and observations. If this week does not work for you, please contact me and we can arrange another time!
Show and Share this week is something black. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, October 22 New spelling words will be coming home this week School Council Meeting at 7:00 pm.
Tuesday, October 23 Be sure to sign up in Conference Manager for Parent Collaboration Meetings
Wednesday, October 24 Library books are due back Book sale in library Parent Collaboration Meetings
Thursday, October 25 Photo retakes Parent Collaboration Meetings
Friday, October 26 Spelling tests
A look at next week October 29 – Pumpkin carving from 10:30 to 11:45ish October 31- Morning Halloween centres. We get changed into costumes at 2:00. This is followed by a parade in the gym and our class party.
Thanks for all your help! Marina Mik October 15-19 YAY! Razkids is up and ready to use. The teacher login is mmikuliak0. Please use it at home. It can count towards their home reading if you write it down on the sheet.
You may have noticed a mini sight word folder in your child’s agenda this week. The students are encouraged to practice the words whenever possible. Once you feel they know them well enough by sight, please move them into the middle section. Approximately once a week (or as often as I can) I will assess them on the words. If they know them I will move them to the end slot. When all the words are moved over, they move up to the next level. The words are the Dolch Sight Words and range from the pre-primer list to the grade two words. They are meant to move through them at their own pace but it is hoped that all of them will reach the end of the grade one list by the end of the year.
We are still in need of volunteers to help with pumpkin carving on the 29th. Please be sure to sign up if you are free!! Also we are still looking for people to sign up to bring in food for our Halloween party. Anything you can do to help out is greatly appreciated.
Show and Share this week is something purple. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, October 15 New spelling words
Tuesday, October 16 Afternoon field trip to the Helen Schuler Coulee Centre
Wednesday, October 17 Library books are due back Hat Day - Assembly in period 5
Thursday, October 18 Face to Face student retreat Hot Lunch
Friday, October 19 Spelling test
Have a wonderful week!! Marina Mik
October 8-12 Last week was walk to school week, please sign in the agendas any day your child walked to or from school so that they can be entered into our draw! October is a very busy month and we are in need of a lot of help. We have a field trip coming up on the 16th. Please return the form sent home if you are able to volunteer. On Monday, October 29 we will be carving pumpkins from 10:30 -12:00. Our room rep Emily Boutland will be asking for 7 volunteers to come out to help and for pumpkin donations. Then on Halloween she will be asking parents to sign up to bring food to our Halloween party. I would also like to run some Halloween centres in the morning and would love three volunteers. Please let me know if you are free for them. Thank you in advance for all your support!!
Our school is participating in Farm Credit Corporation’s annual ‘Drive Away Hunger’ food drive through to the 12th this month. Please bring in non-perishable food items if you are able to support the cause.
Show and Share this week is something that is orange. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, October 8 Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Tuesday, October 9 PD day- no school or students
Wednesday, October 10 Library books are due back
Thursday, October 11 Pizza lunch for those who pre-ordered
Friday, October 12 No spelling test this week
A look ahead to next week. October 16 – Field trip to the Helen Schuler Coulee Centre October 17- Hat Day October 18 – Face to Face Student Retreat day and Taco in a Bag hot lunch Please look to book a time on Conference Manager for a Parent/Teacher collaboration meeting. Thanks so much for all your help!! Marinac
October 1-5 We made it through September and all the craziness that brings. It is great to settle down into routines and start to get out of the sleepy haze.
This week (Monday or Tuesday) your child will have a word sort handout come home in their agendas. These are their spelling words for the week. Please try to practice them each night for a few minutes. Each list has a common element like short a or e words so once they get it, the words should be easier to spell.
Show and Share this week is something they are thankful for. Here is a look at our week.
Monday, October 1 Walk to School Week- students are invited to walk to school every day this week. If you live farther away, you can always drive and park a few blocks away and walk from there. If you are a morning bus student, once you get to school you can do a lap around the field. Each morning you walk, parents are asked to write in and initial their agendas for prizes!!!
Tuesday, October 2 Great job with the home reading!! Keep it up!!
Wednesday, October 3 Bus evacuation drill in the morning Afternoon Thanksgiving Centres- thank you so much to those who are able to volunteer. We have enough for help this week but I will be asking again for Halloween!!
Thursday, October 4 Please study for your spelling test tomorrow
Friday, October 5 Spelling test
Have a wonderful week and a super long weekend!! Marina Mik September 24-28 Welcome to Fall!! It is cooler in the mornings so please remember to label all jackets and sweaters that may be taken off and left out at recess. Please be sure to bring outside shoes to change into!!
Show and Share is something for/about Fall. Here is a look at our busy week.
Monday, September 24 Please keep up with all the fantastic home reading. I am so impressed with how well we are learning our letters and sight words.
Tuesday, September 25 The sight words we are working on are CAN, SEE, I, THE, LOOK, AND, UP, AT, IT, A, IS. Please try to have your child read them whenever possible!
Wednesday, September 26 Meet your Team and Terry Fox Run. Students are to wear their team colour (their team colour is taped to the first page of their agendas) to meet their teams. After we will all be going out for our school Terry Fox Run. We are asking that all students bring in a Toonie for Terry. Of course all donations big or small will be gratefully accepted. Library books are due back
Thursday, September 27 School picture day
Friday, September 28 Orange Shirt Day- students are invited to wear orange to recognize the impact of Residential Schools
Have an awesome week!! Marina Mik
September 17-21 This week we have Meet the Teacher Night. The evening starts with a Family Blessing in the gym and then a potluck dessert. After families are invited to go back to the classrooms. Our class will be a little different in that we already had our formal orientation to grade one. We will have more of an open house idea where you can come and go, check things out in the class, ask questions and just get to see what your child has been up to.
Show and Share this week is something yellow.
Here is a look at our week. Monday, September 17 Please be sure your child has indoor shoes to change into
Tuesday, September 18 We will start doing some reading this week to get ready to put the students in just right levels for Razkids. Once our school has the subscription in place I will let you know!!!
Wednesday, September 19 Mass at 9:00am. Please drop your child off at the church at 8:35ish. Bus and Blast students will be bussed there. We will bus all students back to school. Meet the Teacher Night
Thursday, September 20 We are starting to collect toonies for our Terry Fox run next week. More information on team colours will be coming.
Friday, September 21 Deadline to order pizza PD day- No school for students
Look at Next Week September 26- Terry Fox run September 27- School Picture Day September 28- Orange Shirt Day
Have a great week! Marina Mik
What an amazing first week of school. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and your wonderful children. I know they are probably coming home very tired. This is so normal!! For some kids it takes a week or two but for others it can take a month or even two to really get into a routine. Don’t worry it will get better!!
For next week our Show and Share will be something about themselves. They can bring in one item on their given day and talk to the class. It may help to have them practice a little at home if they get nervous easily.
I sent home the first home reading books in the agendas. I will be assessing students next week to make sure that they get a better fit level so don’t worry if the book they brought home is not quite right yet. At this stage “reading a book” may be only sounding out a word or two on each page and having an adult fill in the rest. As the weeks go on the expectations change and the students are encouraged to read more. Each child develops at their own level so don’t worry if your child seems to be at the same level as someone else. I will always let you know if I think there is an issue we need to look at. If you see an issue, please let me know so I can look for it too. Remember that we are working for nights read not books read. If your child can read 3 or 4 books in a night, they need to try a harder book. If you have missed placed the recording sheet, please let me know and I will send you home a new one!
Here is a look at our week.
Monday, September 10 Please remember to bring inside and outside shoes
Tuesday, September 11 Keep up with the home reading!!!! Remember to sign the sheet and bring it back in the agenda every day!
Wednesday, September 12 Reading Buddies- Our students will buddy up with the grade 4 students in Mrs. Rosner’s class
Thursday, September 13 Library Day
Friday, September 14 International Dot Day
Thank you for a wonderful first week. Please know that you can always contact me with any questions or concerns!! Marina Mik
I am very excited to get to know you and your child this year. Please feel welcome at any time to contact me. I have a Weebly set up that is connected to our school home page. Please check it often as I will be updating it each week with the news for the week!! Also I will be using Remind to let you know of any important information throughout the year so please sign up for it when the handout comes home.
Our class will have gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and on Thursdays. On Thursdays the students will dance with Mrs. Ens. Please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed to run around and have fun. They will need inside shoes to be kept at school. We will hopefully have library time on Wednesdays. Library books that have been borrowed for the week will be due this day. Please watch out for any changes to this original plan.
Our home reading program will begin in a couple of weeks. I have just right level books at school that the students are encouraged to take but any book you have will work. Students will get a record sheet sent home and will receive credit for each night they read. Make sure to have a parent or other adult sign or initial for each day that your child has read. At this age, it is very valuable to have students read aloud to an adult. If your child chooses to read silently, please ask them comprehension questions to ensure they did read and to help spot any troubles they may be experiencing. When your child has read twenty nights (not books), they` turn in their sheet for a small prize. It is hoped that students will read at least twenty nights per month. Other regular homework will include studying for a spelling test to be given on most Fridays. We will also be sending home a set of sight words each week. These will be copied down into their agendas. Once they have mastered that group, more will be added on. Please practice reading the words at home. In a few months, I will also send home some optional basic math facts booklets. Please check their agendas as any other homework will be noted there.
This year in our Language Learning time, we will be using the Daily 5 method mixed with a Guided Reading approach. In our class, we will be starting out very slowly and adding components as the students are ready. The 5 basic parts are Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work with Teacher (Guided Reading), Word Work and Work on Writing. We are using the Words Their Way as our spelling and word study program. Both of these programs stress individual learning at a level that is right for each child and building the love of reading! In Math we will be following a similar structure but with only 4 components. This includes Math Books, Math Journal, Math With A Partner and Math Tech. As we progress with them, I will fill you in with more details.
Our main theme for this year is Outer Space and Inquiry. Each month we will be studying a different celestial body and asking questions about it. The idea is to start asking questions and thinking about what is happening all around them. We will also be doing an “extra” science experiment each month to once again get the kids asking questions and start thinking about what they are learning. This month, we will start doing some Fall activities and learning about “Belonging to a Group“. In Science, we will start a unit on Colours. In Math, we are reviewing numbers to 20. We will also be doing basic addition and subtraction facts.
This year we will be having “Show and Tell” on a daily rotation: Monday – Teagan, Ginger, Karie and Caleb Tuesday – Giada, Anita, Ivy, Mason, and Oliver Wednesday – Briley-Jo, Leia, Jackson and Griffon Thursday – Penny, Harmony, Ronin, George and Jace Friday – Stella, Soa, Emmett, and Fyre
Each week there will be a different theme. Please check the weebly to find out the following week’s category. Please only send in one item per day. For the first week (Sept. 10-14), the students have been asked to bring in one item that represents them. Please note that students scheduled to bring on the day of a holiday can bring on the day before or after.
Students are encouraged to bring plastic, non-breakable, pull top or flip top water bottles labeled with their names for use during class time. Please be sure to only bring water. Other liquids can cause sticky messes. These can be taken home nightly or will be sent home Fridays to be washed and brought back.
Parents are welcome in our class! From time to time I will be putting out a call for help on the website. If you would like to help on a more regular schedule, please let me know when you are free and what you like to do. I am already planning October and would appreciate 3 parent volunteers to help out with some Thanksgiving centers on October 3. They should run from 8:50 to about 11:10 (with a recess break in there). Please send a note if you are free that day.
Every month I will be sending home some Scholastic Book orders. These are great books at usually a good price but they are totally optional. This month’s order is due on September 21. Please do not feel any obligation to buy from these orders.
The last page of this newsletter is a chance for you to tell me any things you think I should know about your child. Things like allergies, likes, dislikes, worries, family, or anything else you think might be helpful. This page is optional. Please do not feel obligated to fill it in. It is just another tool to help me get to know your child a little better. It can be returned anytime.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me at school (327-4386) or at my home (328-4510). I am very excited to be working with you and your child!!!
Yours in learning, Marina Mikuliak
August 2018 I hope you all had a wonderful summer break. I am so excited planning for the upcoming year!! I will use this site as my main way of communication so please be sure to check it weekly once the school year starts. This year we will be doing a Space and Discovery theme. We will focus on exploring and asking questions. We want the students to think about things, take chances and make mistakes to learn from. Very soon the class lists will be coming out on the school website. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at my home phone 403-328-4510. I will be updating this in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for more information. The dates in the ImportantDates will soon be updated. Most of the ones listed are still from last year. Remember our grade one orientation is on Friday, August 31. I hope to see you there! Thanks so much!! Marina Mikuliak
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