Mrs. Dunn - Room 104

Welcome to the 2017- 2018 school year.  I look forward to working with you and your children.

 Sept 6 - sorry there is a typo in the instructions to sign up for Remind.  The number is correct but the message you text should be @msdunnsgr.  In the newsletter I forgot the s after dunn. So sorry.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dear families,

Welcome back to school!

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  

I enjoyed meeting all the students yesterday for our first day together on this journey through senior kindergarten and grade 1.  We started getting to know each other and became familiar with some of the rules/expectations and routines. 

Our Class rules are as follows;

  1. Be loving.
  2. Always try your best
  3. Follow directions
  4. Be safe

The children will receive positive feedback when they are successful following rules and routines and meeting expectations (e.g. trips to the treasure box, phone calls home to let you know what wonderful things they are doing).  When a child struggles with rules/ routines and or expectations they will receive support in the form of reminders, reflection and conference time (in order to make plans for being more successful), and communication with home. Everyone has both success and challenges with expectations. We work together to grow in our ability to  learn from those things that challenge us.  If you have any questions about the expectations please contact me at the school or send a note.

A reminder that we are a nut free school.  No nuts, WOW butter is not allowed.  In our class we have a SHELLFISH ALLERGY.  Thank you in advance for sending healthy safe lunches that help nourish your child’s brain and body.

We found a cricket in the classroom yesterday and decided to adopt him.  He went missing last night and we went searching for him today. Ask your child about it.

Our READ ON program starts this week.  Please have your child read to you everyday and record one of the books read on his/her reading log each day (even weekends and holidays).  If I am unable to send a book home please have your child read a book you have in the house.  Rereading favourite books is a fun thing to do together.  If none of the books in the house appeal to your child the Orillia Public Library has a wonderful children’s department and library cards are free for Orillia residents. We will be going to the school library weekly.  Children will be allowed to sign out a new book each week (if they have returned the book from the previous week).

The students met Mr Soares who will be taking them to gym a couple of times a week, teaching health and some of the art expectations over the course of the school year.  

Thank you for sending indoor shoes.  Please have a change of clothes for your child in a labelled bag in his/her backpack.  If you wish we can keep the clothes at school in his/her cubby.  I have a change of clothes in my cubby (you never know when the person next to you might spill his/her milk all over). 

We will be using the classroom iPads to enrich our learning in a number of subject areas.  If you can send a pair of ear buds or headphones that your child can keep at school for use with the ipads that would help keep the classroom a quiet yet engaging learning space. 

Class newsletters will not be sent home on paper ( after this one).  I will post newsletters on the school website - to access go to go to the Parents & Students tab and then click on Ms Dunn Room 104.  I use the Remind app to send short pieces of information and notices that I have updated the website. The app allows you to receive messages from me while keeping your contact information private. To receive text messages text @msdunnsgr  to 705 230- 0078. If you prefer to get email notifications let me know. 

The school newsletter asked you to send in money for agendas.  We are not going to be using agendas in this class this year.  DO NOT SEND AGENDA MONEY. All communication should be sent in your child’s messenger/ reading bag.  Some students have returned messenger bags from last year. Thank you.  If you still have last years bag and it is in good shape please send it in.  If you do not have a bag that can be used let me know and I will get you a new one. The reading log, reading books and any notes will be sent back and forth in the bag.  Please send the bag every day (even if it is empty).  

I feel blessed to be surrounded by such a lovely group of children. Thank you for sending them rested, nourished and ready to learn.  Yesterday they showed themselves to be kind, caring young people. I look forward to working with you and your child as we all grow spiritually, academically and socially.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by writing a note or leaving a message at the office. 

We are glad to have all of you as a part of the Monsignor Lee family.


Christine Dunn