Cross Elementary School
Grade One Parents,
to Grade One! I have enjoyed working
with your children these first few weeks of school. I am looking forward to a year filled with many
exciting learning opportunities ahead.
students have been introduced to the rules and routines of Grade One. They are becoming familiar with the new
classroom, keeping their own desk, organizing school supplies.
importance of listening attentively, using manners and following school rules
has been stressed.
one is a year of continuous growth and development. My aim is to provide a happy and nurturing
environment where the students feel secure to learn.
is not a race and students will reach goals and experience success at their own
pace. I look forward to good home and
school connection and a strong partnership in the education of your child.
variety of themes and activities will provide the framework for developing
spiritually, socially, emotionally, intellectually, artistically and
Our Life” series, God Is Good
will be used.
will celebrate and follow the Church year with activities based on the
Language Arts: All aspects of Language Arts program such as
reading, writing, listening and speaking will be incorporated.
Reading: Reading is an important part of all subject
areas. A variety of literature will be
used to complement various themes through out the school year. Students will explore a variety of authors and
illustrators. Reading programs such as "Cornerstones”, "Journeys” and "The Literacy Place,” will be used. The students will choose from a variety of
books and literature from our classroom and school library. A Home
Reading Program will also be introduced in the second term. A
Poems, Chants and Songs duo tang will also be used throughout the year.
Writing: Students will be encouraged to write in their
journals on a daily basis. A combination of conventional and invented spelling
will be used. We will create class big books
and write poems and stories following simple story and poem frames.
Phonics: A combination of McCracken spelling lists and Gage
Phonics will be used to teach word patterns and spelling.
Printing: We will practice printing stressing the
importance of directionality and correct letter formation. Letters should be formed from the top to
bottom and with appropriate spacing. It
is helpful for parents to also encourage proper pencil grip.
Speaking: Students will have
opportunities to share their ideas.
Special helpers may bring in a book to read aloud, a toy, any special
item, a rock, a picture, a craft or poster to present to the class. I also encourage students to bring in a
simple science experiment to demonstrate and explain to classmates. (Please send in all items and directions so I
can help your child along in the process).
Makes Sense and Math Their Way and Math Quest Programs will be used. Junk boxes and manipulatives will be used
along with daily calendar and graphing activities.
Science/Socials: using an inquiry based
and collaborative approach the students will explore a variety of themes.
French: We will learn songs and read books en
français. Vocabulary, short phrases
will be introduced. The students will be
fortunate to see Madame Ponis twice a week .
Art: A variety of art mediums will be explored.
Grade one students have an opportunity
to join the craft club.
Music: Mondays with Mr. Pepe
Physical Education: P.E. classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Friday
with Mr. Zucchetto We will also have 20-minute fitness block (D.P.A.) daily
physical activity time on Wednesday and Thursdays.
Library Book Check Out: Every Tuesday morning. Students may take out two books this
year. They must return the books if they
wish to take out new books.
Library class: Once a week on Monday the students will have a
library class with Mrs. Auld to learn library skills.
Technology: Each week the students will visit the
computer lab and have a chance to explore using the apple laptops, and I-pads
with Mr. Riccardi.
Enrichment class: In Grade One Enrichment will take place on Wednesday
mornings. There will be three separate
terms for enrichment: Reading, Science
and Math. The classroom teacher will refer students to
the Enrichment Program in Term one.
Buddies: We will meet with our Grade 7 buddies
regularly through out the year and participate in a variety of activities. This
year we will have one formal buddy gift exchange at Christmas. A letter will be sent closer to this date
with further details. In June we will
not exchange gifts.
Grade One families will be asked to help with the Grade two communion
week the students will be given a small package of homework. It will consist of review of concepts in
Language Arts and Math. This will be given
out each week and must be returned every Monday. The children must use pencil and wax crayons
to complete these activities and must remember to include names. Please
do not let your child use felt pens or ink pens for this homework.
second term a Home Reading Program will take the place of this homework and the
students will be given a book bag with books to read and a log book to be
filled out by parents. This program will
also contain a journal which the students can write in each week.
words will be sent home starting in the first term which should be reviewed at
home. When your child has mastered the
words in the level they will be tested at school and the next level can be sent
home. This is ongoing through out the
school year. Sight words will be taught
and reviewed in class as well.
students may need and benefit from extra homework or greater challenges in
students are encouraged to work on extra projects in the area of writing and science
at home and can share with their classmates and will be rewarded and recognized
for their efforts by Mr. Alberti. These
students are invited to write and illustrate a story, create a poster project
on an area of interest or articulate and demonstrate a science project. (See
me if you wish to see examples of past students).
look forward to a great year ahead and hope that together we can create a
strong home, school partnership. This
can only be attained with mutual respect, good communication and a team
Mrs. Diana Andriani