Mrs. Vandervoort's Grade 1 Class
December News
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We have had a very busy few months in Grade 1. We continue to follow health and safety protocols as much
as possible in the classroom. 


Students who are reading at lower reading levels have access to PM books online. Please continue to read PM books online at home weekly in addition to the books sent home in the reading folder. Please be reminded that books and folders should travel in the mailbag to keep them clean and dry. Several folders are already in rough shape after just 3 months. Thank you for your cooperation.

Donations to St. Vincent de Paul - December 10th 

During Advent, the children learn about Almsgiving. Our FX families are asked to help families in need in our community. Donations of gift cards for grocery stores and other local stores such as Walmart, Old Navy, Foodland, Shoppers' Drug Mart and Giant Tiger are greatly appreciated. 

Preparing for Jesus

Every day during Advent we will focus on the Advent wreath and count down the days till Christmas. We will be preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ by doing kind things for others. Our prayer is simple: COME JESUS, BE BORN IN OUR HEARTS! There will be a virtual Advent Liturgy at school on Mondays for each week of Advent.

 It’s Cold Outside!

Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for cold weather and that he / she can manage his / her own coat, boots, etc. Please have extra socks and mitts available to replace wet ones. Label all items! 

Despite the colder weather, we will continue to leave windows open in the classroom during regular intervals to improve ventilation. Please ensure your child has an extra layer in case they get a chill.

Saints Quiz  December 1 and 2- In November, we learned the stories of some of the Saints. Children are asked to review their Saints colouring book at home. I will be asking students to tell me what they know about 4 of the Saints in the book. Students are expected to tell me 2 facts about each of the 4 Saints they have chosen to talk about. 


Your order helps to earn free resources for the classroom! Parents can order and pay online. Shipping to your home is FREE with a minimum of order of $40. 

Use class code RC237171

Give your children the gift of reading - they are worth it!

Christmas Festive Fun Week- Dress up for these special days!

Mon. Dec 13 Green/Red Day  

Tues. Dec 14 Bling It Out! - Wear your brightest and most sparkly gear 

Wed. Dec 15 Christmas Character -  Dress like your favorite character 

Thurs. Dec 16 All out Festive Fun -  All your festive gear   

Fri. Dec 17 PJ Day - Bring slippers for the day if you like

Indoor Shoes, Pencil Cases and Headphones All indoor shoes will be sent home on the last day of school before the Christmas break for inspection. Please check to see if your child’s shoes still fit and that they are in good condition. Please clean out your child’s pencil case and replenish supplies as needed (pencils, erasers, crayons). Some students may also need a refreshed recess bag.

Prodigy (Math platform) - All of my students have a Prodigy account. Students are encouraged to play at home. Just 5 to 10 minutes a day can help to improve math skills. With this program, I am able to monitor progress when students play at home. 

Reminder: Please do not create another account or upgrade your child’s account.

Advent Prayer

Loving God, we are waiting for the birth of Your Son, Jesus.

Open our eyes, wake up our ears and warm our hearts.

Help us to recognize Your love all around us.


December Prayer

Jesus, You are the light of the world!

We praise and thank you for Your light!  

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January - Don’t Forget to:
- Read the class newsletter on the school website or Google Classroom

- Send indoor shoes, pencil cases, headphones and recess bags back to school

- Send boots, snow pants, and extra socks and mittens each day
- Regularly complete Covid-19 tests sent home over the break and complete daily student screening upon returning to school

Wishing all of my families a merry Christmas and best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!