Mrs. Vandervoort's Grade 1 Class

Mrs. Vandervoort’s October Newsletter

Our printing program has started where children practice proper letter and number formation. This month I will be introducing sound dictation.

Reading Aloud at Home

The single most important activity for building a child’s knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. Your child needs one on one reading time at home. This can be done with parents, grandparents or older siblings. A story before bedtime is a great way to ensure your child is read to. 

Extra Clothing and Shoes

Please ensure that your child has a bag of extra clothing in his/her backpack. All clothing and belongings should be labeled. Remember to replace items as needed.

A reminder that children need 2 pairs of shoes: 1 for indoors and 1 for outdoors.

Technology Fridays
Friday is our day to use ipads for math and language. If possible, please send headphones or earbuds to reduce the amount of noise in the classroom.

Scholastic Book Order for October - Halloween may look different this year but your child will love the gift of scary and spooky books.
Parents can order and pay online using our class code  RC237171.
Halloween Orange and Black Day - Friday, October 30

Please note that we do not wear costumes to school but students are invited to wear orange and black and Halloween accessories (hats, jewellery etc.) as part of our celebration. A reminder that treats are not permitted to come to school to share with the class. I will be providing a treat for students. We will also play Halloween Bingo. REMEMBER, NO CANDY, NO COSTUMES. Thank you for your co-operation.
Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving and a Happy Halloween!

Mrs. Vandervoort

October Prayer

Thank you for the world so sweet

Thank you for the food we eat

Thank you for the birds that sing

Thank you God, for everything!

Our focus this month is on the following:


Letter and sound recognition

Proper letter formation (printing)
Building a sight vocabulary (Dolch words)
Daily writing using sentence starters
Familiar language patterns and rhymes
Daily journal writing

Counting and recognizing numbers 0-20
Recognizing numbers out of order and ordering numbers
One-to-one correspondence
Making number sets
Recognizing the days of the weeks and months of the year
Sorting by various attributes
Recognizing and making patterns
Data Literacy: count, tally, summarize


Characteristics / needs of living things

Life cycle (pumpkin) and the 5 senses Seasonal changes (fall)

Visual Arts
Design elements: using different shapes / lines to draw

Comment ça va?
Les couleurs
Les numeros (1-10)


Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ: I am a Child of God
Family Life: Created and Loved by God