A Great first Day!

Hello Parents,

What a great first day on school we had in grade one and two.  It was a pleasure to meet my new construction crew!  This year we will be talking about building in a number of different ways.  We will build our skills academically, in math, reading, and spelling.  We will be talking about how to build good relationships with our classmates, teachers and most importantly we will building our knowledge and relationship with God.

Our theme verse for the school is 1 John 3:18, which was a great introduction to our classroom construction theme.

Dear Children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by out actions.

I wanted to take this time to inform you of some of the day to day classroom procedures and expectations in the grade one and two class.   As you look through your child’s backpack tonight you will notice a few items that have been sent home with your child.


This will be familiar to grade two students, but is something new for grade one.  Students will write their reading homework and spelling homework in their agenda every day.  The agenda is to be signed by a parent after the homework has been completed.  In the front of the agenda there is a plastic pocket.  Please check this pocket every night when your child is doing homework.  Important notices and permission slips will be sent home in this pocket.  You may also use the agenda to write notes or questions to me.

Blue folder: 

Each student will have a blue folder sent home every night.  This is their homework folder.  There are two pockets; the left side is for papers that have been completed in class and can be “left at home.”  Please take out all papers on the left hand side every night. The right pocket is for seat work pages that have not been completed in class.  Students are given time everyday to complete these pages in class, but for those who do not finish them they must be completed at home and brought “right back to school” to be corrected.   Students that do not complete their homework will be asked to stay in at recess to complete it.


Each night students will be expected to complete reading homework.  The pages students will be expected to read each night will be printed off and stapled inside their agenda for the current week.  Students should read through their pages once to themselves and twice to an adult.  Repetition of the same passage is the best way to gain fluency in reading. Please listen that they are reading the correct words and are reading fluently.  Reading should sound like they are talking to you.

Grade two students will start spelling home work next week.  Each students will be given their lists and will be expected to write their list out twice each night in their spelling scribbler.  Spelling homework is to be handed in every Friday to be checked.  Spelling test will also take place of Fridays.   Grade one spelling will start the first of October.


Homework bags:

Both of the items above will be found in your child’s homework bag.(Grey for Gr. 1 and Burgundy for Gr.2)   When students get their readers and the spelling lists, they will also be located in the homework bag.  Please ensure that all items go back in the bag every night as these items are necessary for class each day.


Extra clothing: 

All students have a plastic bin in their cubby for extra clothing.  If you have not brought in a full change of clothes for your child, please do so as soon as possible.  Students will often require a change of clothes in the event of spills or other accidents where their clothes may get wet.

Lunch times:

Unfortunately the grade one and two classroom does not have a microwave.  Please do not send items in your child’s lunch that need to be heated.  Last year, a lot of parents would heat their child’s lunch in the morning and place it in a Thermos that would keep it warm until lunch time.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

School rules and classroom expectations:

To create the best possible learning environment for all students, GCS has school wide rules that are expected to be followed by all.

  1. Obey right away
  2. Show respect
  3. Be polite and helpful
  4. Be prepared
  5. Take care of our school

Our classroom also has some rules and expectations to make our day run smoothly:

  1. I follow directions quickly the first time.
  2. I raise my hand if I want to speak.
  3. I raise my hand if I want to leave my seat.
  4. Make smart choices.

Please encourage your child to follow these rules each day.

Toys and other items:

Students are asked not to bring toys, money and other items from home unless it students have been asked to do so for show and tell or special events or field trips.  We do not want your child’s personal items to be lost.

Milk Program and School Lunch Program

We are pleased to offer the milk program again this year! The cost for white milk is $0.45 and chocolate is $0.75 (NOTE THE CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR).  Milk money is due on Wednesday for the following week. You may pay on a weekly basis, or, if you wish, you can pay in advance for a month or two at a time.

Because of our excellent volunteers, we are extremely blessed to have a School Lunch Program. Students will be able to order food selections from certain restaurants (soon to be announced) for their lunch on Thursday. Also, every second Friday Mrs. Barrett will be selling hot dogs to raise funds for former GCS teacher Miss Farrer who now works at a school in Niger.

For both milk orders and school lunch orders, we ask that you send money in a sealed envelope and place it in your child’s agenda. On the envelope, please write the following:

  • Name of the student
  • The amount in the envelope
  • The purpose of the money

Sending in money this way helps the teachers keep orders organized.  In an effort to keep our morning routine running smoothly, we will be collecting money for both milk and lunches only on Wednesday morning.

Important information about our daily schedule:

Gym:  Tuesday and Friday –  Students must have running shoes on gym days. These can also be used for your child’s indoor shoes.

Library:  Friday — students will be allowed to take out books from the library each week.  Please ensure that these books get returned on the Thursday before library class.  Students who have not returned their book by Thursday will not get to take a new book on Friday.

Computer: Tuesday and Thursday — We will be using a program called mathletics.  Your child will receive a user name and  a password for this online program and it can be used at home.  It is a great resource to practice their math skills.


I am very pleased to be working with your child this year.  If you have any questions, please feel  free to email me at jbarton@gcspei.ca.  Please pray for your child’s class throughout the year as another aspect of building is building a habit of prayer. I am looking forward to a great year!


Mrs. Barton

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