Mrs. Clifford - Grade 2

January 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

We start off with a huge congratulations!! Yesterday was the awards luncheon for our Remembrance Day contest winners and I am so very pleased to let you know that our very own Bella took 3rd place with her coloured poster.  Well done, Bella!!

Food order forms - with all this crazy weather and snow days talk about confusing.  Pita and sub orders have now been submitted.  Left to come home are pizza and milk orders.  Please pay attention to the dates on both the forms and our class calendar.

Snow days - if it is a day where your child should receive a sub/pita/pizza/milk please note that it will NOT be delivered on a snow day but rather the next school day.  Yes, we have had pizza and pitas on the same day (two different lunch hours) and all owed milk from snow days have been distributed.

With the weather getting milder your child may be wanting to get out of wearing their snow pants to school.  PLEASE do not let them as their playground is out in the field that is still covered with snow.  If they are giving you a hard time, give them the good old line, "Mrs. Clifford said so!"

Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion happens this Sunday and Monday.  See calendar for times and remember you MUST bring your child's baptismal certificate and $30 in order to register.

Our school mass for January has been re-scheduled to Tuesday,
January 31st at 9:30 in the school gym.  All are welcome to attend.

Hoping for a whole week of school this week as we have much to cover!
Mrs. Clifford



January 16, 2017

Dear Parents,
Two big items this week:

***If you are interested in having your child make their
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion this year, you MUST attend the registration session held at Guardian Angels Church either on Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm or Monday, January 30 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  At this registration you MUST BRING a COPY of your child's baptismal certificate (if you appear with no certificate, you will not be allowed to register) and $30 for the accompanying materials.  This is a drop in session only, no meeting is going to be held.  


****Our food orders this month are being spaced out as it is beyond overwhelming to count and sort in one session.  Please carefully look at the schedule as late orders will not be accepted.

Sub orders handed out:  Thursday, Jan 12     Due back:  Monday, Jan 16
Pita orders handed out:  Monday, Jan 16       Due back:  Friday, Jan 20
Milk orders handed out:  Monday, Jan 23       Due back:  Wed., Jan 25
Pizza orders handed out: Thursday, Jan 26    Due back:  Tuesday, Jan 31

Friday, February 3rd is a PA Day.  
Scholastic book orders are due back Friday, January 20th.

I know that the next few days are going to be mild ones, but PLEASE send your child to school in their snow pants as their play area is still covered in snow.  Sitting in wet pants is not fun!

Reading Logs - be sure to keep updating your child's reading log on a nightly basis and sending it in when it is completed so that your child receives the appropriate reward.  Just an FYI:  your child should be completed or almost completed the front and back of the purple sheet sent home at the beginning of the year (that is 100 nights of reading).

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford



January 9, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! and welcome back to 2017.  I am hoping that everyone had a very restful and family filled two weeks off.

Life in our classroom will be returning to normal right away and today you can expect to find spelling words in your child's agenda as well as a Read On reader.  Please ensure that you have updated your child's reading log as I know many of my friends were so close to receiving the next reading award.

We will be returning for our weekly library visits this Wednesday so if your child still has their library book at home, please have them bring it back to school asap.

Up and coming in our school is a school mass (next Tuesday at 9:30 am) and a PA day on Friday, February 3rd.  It is a quiet month, which
Mrs. Clifford loves as that means few interruptions and lots of learning.

Just a heads up, in math this month we will continue learning about money (identification of coins, and simple adding of coins) and begin learning about time (to the half, quarter after, thirty and quarter to positions) so any conversations and teaching you can do at home to support these concepts would greatly be appreciated.   

Here is to a great 2017 and once again if you ever need me, please write a note in your child's agenda or give me a call at the school.
Mrs. Clifford




December 19, 2016
Welcome the 4th week of Advent.  It is hard to believe that in less than a week we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus.  

From an academic perspective, wow, where did four months go!!  We have lots of learning and loose ends to tie up before we say goodbye to each other on Thursday!

Our Christmas concert has been re-scheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 20th) at 6:00 pm.  It appears at the moment that Mother Nature is going to love us this week!  We will be accepting food drive items up until Wednesday, December 21st so by all means please bring your donations to the Christmas concert.

Starting today, your child will NOT be bringing home a Read On book so that we, in the primary division, can collect and re-organize our library so that we are ready to start fresh in January.  PLEASE, PLEASE have your child read on a nightly basis!!  Yes they can read a book of their choice and be sure to record their fine efforts on their reading log over the holidays.   If your child does not read, they will have 21 nights of reading which means we will be going backwards instead of forwards over the Christmas holidays.

Library books are due back no later than this Wednesday.

Are you signed up for the MLS e-blasts??  How do you know if you are - did you know we had a bake sale this past Friday??  If you didn't receive this news from Mrs. Jackson on Thursday night then PLEASE sign up.  To sign up you need to go to:
                             http://mle.schools.smcdsb.on.ca/
Once there, scroll down until you see Quick Links.  
Click on e-newsletter and look for the subscribe button.  
It really is that easy.

IF you are looking for things for your child to do over the Christmas holidays might I suggest:
READ, READ, READ
Adding and subtracting questions 
Practice adding coins together
Have your child write a story, do a journal entry

Wishing you and your family a most blessed and joyous Christmas holiday.  
Mrs. Clifford




December 12, 2016
The third week of Advent is here.  The arrival of Jesus' birthday is just around the corner.  

In this busy time of the year as we prepare our homes for the big event, please know that our classroom continues as normal as there is so much learning to be done and with the excitement beginning to build, normal is good.

Our Christmas concert is this Thursday at 6:00 pm.  We have been busy preparing our number for you and can't wait for you to hear us.  Our classroom door will be opened at 5:45 pm.  We will be returning to our classroom after our performance and we will see you once the concert is completed.  Red and black is our theme and once again we will NOT be wearing Santa hats or reindeer ears on our heads during our performance.   If your child cannot make the concert, could you kindly write me a note letting me know.

Our school Advent mass is this Friday at 9:30 am.  You are most welcome to join us.

A huge THANK YOU needs to be sent out to Home Depot in Orillia for making our Christmas craft a reality.

This is the last week for our St. Vincent de Paul food drive.  Thank you to those families who have donated - your kindness is greatly appreciated.  Food donations are also being accepted the night of our Christmas concert.

Thank you for sending your child in their warm winter gear.  According to the forecast, it is going to be needed all this week as well.  The poor excuses as to why they don't have to wear them have stopped in our classroom - just ask your child what happens if Mrs. Clifford catches them not wearing their snow pants, hats or mitts!!

Travel safe this week and see you on Thursday night.
Mrs. Clifford





December 5, 2016

Welcome to the second week of Advent.  Every day we journey closer to the birth of Jesus and in our classroom, we always do a special reading every day to help us prepare for his arrival.

As we prepare for Jesus' birthday, we are beginning our annual Christmas Food Drive today with all donations being directed to our very own St. Vincent de Paul which operates out of Guardian Angels Church. All non-perishable items are gratefully accepted.  

We are busy in our classroom practicing our special number for the Christmas concert which will be held on Thursday, December 15th beginning at 6:00 pm.  We are asking that all children be in their classrooms at 5:45 pm.  I am asking that your child be dressed in as much red and black as possible and NO reindeer ears, Santa hats, etc will be worn on stage.  IF your child cannot make the performance, please let me know asap.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS - are to be picked up this Tuesday, December 6th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm.  

Water bottles are still on sale for the low cost of $5.00.  I have been placing children's initials on the bottom of the bottle so that they do not get mixed up.

If you haven't yet sent in your box of kleenex for the year, please do so asap.

RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION REGISTRATION will take place at Guardian Angels Church on Sunday, January 29th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm AND Monday, January 30th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  You MUST bring a copy of your child's baptismal certificate and $30 (cheque or cash) - if either piece is not with you, your child will not be registered.  The parish office is not open during these registration times so if you need a copy of your child's baptismal certificate (providing your child was baptized at Guardian Angels Church) please contact the office now as searching through the records is time consuming.  NOTE:  this registration is for both sacraments.  

At the moment our playground is an absolute mud pit.  Running shoes are looking pretty miserable so winter boots or rubber boots would be a much better option on your child's feet.   An extra set of clothes (including underwear and socks) is also a good idea to be tucked inside your child's school bag over the next few weeks in case they do have a slip and become muddy - oh the phone calls we keep making thanks to the mud.

Have a wonderful week and happy Christmas shopping.
Mrs. Clifford






November 28, 2016

Sorry for the lateness of this update - I didn't forget but rather was spending some quality time this past weekend with my son who is going to Carleton University.  It was a late night arriving home thanks to being able to watch him play his hockey game so when I got out of the vehicle, bed is where I headed!

On sale at MLS are re-useable metal water bottles.  Given our virtue this month is that of service, Mr. Marwick's class took to the stage to demonstrate proper recycling techniques and to show us just how many plastic water bottles we throw out.  The scary part of the plastic, although extremely convenient, it NEVER breaks down!!  The MLS water bottle is on sale at lunch hours for the cost of $5.00 per bottle. Please consider purchasing one for your child (great Christmas gift idea).  Just send in money (no order form required) and I will send your child up to make their purchase.

Speaking of purchases, if you ordered one of the beautiful Christmas flowers from Parent Council,  they will be ready for pick up on
Tuesday, December 6th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm.

Scholastic Book Orders are due this Friday, December 2nd.  If you would like to place an order as a Christmas present, please let me know and I will call you when the order arrives.

If you have not sent back your report card envelope, PLEASE do so asap.

PLEASE keep recording your child's nightly reading as I still have friends who have not achieved the 25 night mark and everyone should be well past this number at this point in the year.  

This Friday is Rainbow Day.  The challenge to every student is to dress in as many brilliant and colourful colours as you can (sorry Mom and Dad, your child may look very odd that day which is awesome for school spirit!).  

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  Mark your calendars for:
Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 pm
when we will be part of the MLS Christmas Concert.  IF it happens to be a snow day or the weather is horrible, our back up date is
Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 pm.  Our colour scheme will be red and black and NO hats will be worn on our heads during the performance.

Wishing you a blessed first week of Advent.
Mrs. Clifford




November 21, 2016

THANK YOU to all of you who came and celebrated your child's accomplishments either on Thursday night or during the day Friday.  It was so nice to meet so many of you.  As I said to each of you, if you ever need me, please call or a jot a quick note in your child's agenda.

IF you have not already done so, could you please return your child's report card envelope as we would like to help the environment and re-use them again in February.  Thank you.

During the interviews, parent council had set up a table where you could order the Christmas flowers (poinsettia, cactus and mixed tropical plant) which are absolutely beautiful.  ALL orders are due back by Wednesday, November 23rd with delivery being Tuesday, December 6th between 2:00 - 6:00 pm.

A huge package of food orders was sent home last week.  Orders included forms for: milk, pitas, subs and pizza.  This round of forms are for December and January.  ALL orders are due back by 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 23rd.

On Wednesday, your child will be bringing home Scholastic book orders. If you would like to purchase any items for Christmas presents, please let me know and when the books arrive, I will give you a quick call.

Perhaps the biggest thing that was discussed at interviews was homework.  Yes, it is very important that a homework routine be established in your house because as you know homework is a part of the years to come.  NEVER let a night go by where homework isn't done - read, practice spelling words, practice math facts (adding and subtracting), practice math questions (we are currently working on simple two digit adding and subtracting), practice printing, etc.  

As the weather is appearing to be changing (insert sad face), please ensure your child is dressed appropriately.  The wind whistles across our playground fiercely and there is nothing worse than being cold.

Wishing you a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford




November 14, 2016

A HUGE thank you for practicing with your child at home their reading and the poem for the Remembrance Day ceremony.  Our class was incredible!!

Today your child will be bringing home food orders.  Please pay careful attention to ordering dates and items you may want on subs or pitas. PLEASE be sure to record your name on every order form.  ALL orders and forms are due back at 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 23rd.

This Wednesday your child will be bringing home their PROGRESS report card.  This report has no letters rather just an indication of where your child is at this point in time.  Interviews have been set for Thursday, November 17 beginning at 4:00 pm and all day Friday.  A newsletter and an eblast with instructions have been sent home on how to register for your interview time.  You are also welcome to sign up for a time with Madame Hewitt (French) and Mr. Soares (Gym, Health, and Dance).  

During interviews our MLS Parent Council will be in our front foyer once again selling the beautiful Christmas flowers and our MLS school spirit wear.  Definitely a great time to do some Christmas shopping.

This Wednesday night at 5:30 pm our MLS Parent Council will be meeting in our library.  All our welcome to attend.

By now you have noticed our spelling words have a different feel to them.  For the past two weeks, we have now started to concentrate on blends rather than high frequency words.  PLEASE take this opportunity to start setting up your homework routines for the future as I do expect your child to practice these words every night with you.

Speaking of Christmas shopping, a package of pencil crayons and pencils are always great ideas for your child for the classroom.  

Have a great week.
Mrs. Clifford





November 7, 2016

This is a big week for our class as we continue to prepare for the Remembrance Day Ceremony this Friday, November 11th.  PLEASE NOTE the time has been changed to 9:30 am in order to allow us to get through the doors and organized.  All are welcome to attend.

PLEASE have your child practice their reading part if they have one (sent home on a piece of a read construction paper) and the class poem (everyone is speaking) on a nightly basis.  The class poem is just below but although we practice it daily, home practice is also necessary.  As my friends know, they are to practice at the dinner table, in front of stuffies, in front of the mirror and practice, practice, practice.  Standing up in the front of the gym is nerve producing enough but not knowing your part and having to stand in front of the gym - yikes!  Thank you in advance for practicing with your child.

If you have had or currently have a loved one serving our country, could you please record in your child's agenda their name so that we can honour them at our ceremony.  I have a few names from last year but am quite positive there are many more relatives in our classroom.

Today we have picture re-takes and the Dental Screening Clinic team is here.

Read on program - please ensure you are recording your child's nightly reading in their log.  At this point in the year, everyone should have read 25 nights.  In our class only 12 out of 20 students have accomplished this level.  As we all know, reading is a life long skill.

Hoping you all got to enjoy some of the beautiful weekend from this weekend.
Mrs. Clifford




November 2, 2016

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony is Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9:15 am.  All are welcome to attend.

I would ask you to practice your child's lines in our poem each night so that they sound amazing when we have to say it at our ceremony. Thank you in advance for helping your child learn their lines.

(Bella, William, Ethan, Owen, Harley):
For soldiers who fought bravely for us
For the days they spent fighting in the mud and the dust

(Emily, Laurel, Jagger, Jackson, Dameon):
We remember for those who no longer can
For the glory and terror of our fellow man

(Brinae, Nikole, Tyler, Jayden, Michael):
We remember the fields of poppies and sorrow
So that we might have a better tomorrow

(Annabella, Isaac, Lee, David, Preston):
We remember the sacrifice when they all took a stand
So we could live in peace in this beautiful land

Thank you!
Mrs. Clifford


















October 31, 2016
HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!!

Today is black and orange day at MLS.  No costumes or pieces are allowed - this way we know everything is safely at your house and ready for tonight.

Today we are travelling to Patrick Fogarty via walking across the field to experience some Hallowe'en drama activities.  

Today is also game board and card game day in our classroom.  Yes, your child was invited to bring in their game boards and card games.  They will be brought home tonight.  This reward was earned as a class via the chips (ask your child about the chips).

On Tuesday, November 1st all picture orders are due.  IF you would like a re-take, this has been scheduled for Monday, November the 7th.

Progress reports go home on Wednesday, November 16th with 3 way interviews happening during the evening of Thursday, November 17th and throughout the day on Friday, November 18th.  Information will be sent from the office on how to sign up on-line for an interview time.

On November 7th and 8th, the Dental Screening team will be in our school to do a fast check for all of the grades 2.  A note was sent home last week with more information.

Scholastic book orders will be sent home today and are due back on Tuesday, November 8th.  IF you like to order books for a Christmas present please let me know and I will be sure to make the secret call to you once the order has arrived.

Once again my class is in charge of the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  Your child will be bringing home the piece they need to practice on Tuesday.  It is very important that they practice every night so that when they stand in front of the gym on the 11th, they are confident in what they have to say.  Thank you in advance for practicing every night.

Have a wonderful week and may we see no white stuff this week!
Mrs. Clifford



October 24, 2016

PA DAY - THIS Wednesday, October 26th.


Well let the fun of Hallowe'en begin!!

This Friday is our Hallowe'en dance.  Your child is invited to wear the costume that day for the dance but PLEASE make sure your child has a change of clothes as their costumes come off immediately following the dance in order to keep them in great shape for Monday night.  NO masks or clown costumes are allowed.

On Monday the 31st, we will be dressing in as much black and orange as we possible can.  We have also been invited to go to PF by the grade 9 drama club for some fun Hallowe'en activities.  We will be walking across the field and the permission form was completed in the package (general permission form for many noted sites).  

On Tuesday, November 1st, we start the TWO treats only allowed.

Our class is responsible for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  I will be sending a reading selection home for your child to practice with later this week.  The date of course is Friday, November 11th and at the moment the time will be 11:40 am (I will confirm this time in next weeks posting)

A reminder that picture order forms are due back on November 1st and if you require a re-take, they occur on Monday, November 7th.  

Thank you so much for returning your child's spelling and math tests. Please keep practice the weekly spelling words and working with adding and subtracting facts is greatly appreciated.

Have a great week.
Mrs. Clifford




October 17, 2016
Hello everyone.  Absolutely loving this weather and sure hope it lasts because the weather prediction for the winter isn't making me jump for joy (sorry not a winter lover).

This Tuesday, your magazine and cookie dough orders are due.  Please support this Parent Council fundraising campaign as their focus for the year is playground equipment for your child to play on.   On Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the library will be the next Parent Council meeting which you are welcome to attend.

On Friday, October 28th we will have a Hallowe'en Dance. Your child is invited to wear their Hallowe'en costume but please make sure they have a change of clothes so that the costume can be placed in their school bag following the dance.  No weapons are allowed to accompany your child's costume and please consider what you are sending to school - nothing worse than a destroyed costume.

On Monday, October 31st your child is invited to wear black and orange to school.

Hallowe'en Treats - your child is only allowed to pack TWO treats in their lunch starting on Tuesday, November 1st and until their Hallowe'en bag is emptied. One treat for first nutrition, one for second nutrition.  If more are packed, I take the treats and give them back to them at the end of the day to take home.  There is absolutely nothing worse than trying to teach a child who is pumped up on sweets, sugar and junk food. Remember if your child tries to argue with you, give them that famous line - "Mrs. Clifford said so."

Your child today will be bringing home their spelling dictation notebook. Please take a look at their results and sign the page where parent signature is recorded.  These are words that your child should know how to spell.

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford





October 11, 2016
Good morning everyone.  Hoping you had a wonderful weekend filled with lots of turkey, family time, and love.

This quick update feels like it is all about money!
*THANK YOU MLS!!!  Together as a school we raised over $2 000 for the Terry Fox Foundation - what an accomplishment!!  And oh...
Mrs. Jackson...pucker up...the pig is a coming!!

*THANK YOU MLS!  We sent many non-perishable items to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Guardian Angels Church. Your donations are always greatly appreciated.

*Food orders are due this morning at 9:00 am (Monday, October 11th). Parent volunteers are coming to tally orders and money so orders will NOT be accepted later in the day.

*Scholastic book orders are due this Friday, October 14th.  Cheques made payable to Scholastic Canada or exact change is accepted.  

*Magazine and cookie dough orders are due on October 18th.  This is a parent council fundraiser so please support them as their focus is much needed playground equipment for your child.

*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th is a PA Day.  Yes, a very weird day given the middle of the week, but a PA day no less.

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford




October 3, 2016
Dear Parents,

Two very important dates for your calendar:
**Wednesday, October 26th - PA DAY (no this not a typo)

**Tuesday, October 11th - Milk and food orders are due by 9:00 am.
Milk orders came home on Thursday and today I will be sending home food orders from the Pita Pit and Mr. Sub (these two food options will be replacing hot dogs).  PLEASE read the order form carefully as once your order is submitted, it cannot be altered.  As well PLEASE read the dates carefully on the top as to when it is Pita Pit and when it is Mr. Sub.  Pizza order forms will be sent home in the near future.

Our THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE has now begun.  Thank you in advance for your generous donations of non-perishable food items.

Scholastic book orders are due back on Friday, October 14th.  Exact cash or cheque made payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd. are accepted.

Donations to the Terry Fox Run are being accepted until Thursday.  As a school community we have raised just over $1 000 and if our students have it their way, Mrs. Jackson will be kissing the pig come Friday.

PICTURE DAY is tomorrow (Tuesday, October 4th).  

There are still some friends who need to bring in their ear buds or ear phones, the office "package" and the French behaviour letter for Madam Hewitt.  If these could be in by this Friday.

I am excited to see which of my friends will have achieved 25 nights of reading nightly for the Read On Program in the next couple of weeks.  When your child has finished the first row on the purple recording sheet, please be sure to send it in so I can acknowledge their fine work in the gym - I will be sure to send the purple recording sheet back home.

Library - we started taking out books this past Wednesday and our library exchange day is every Wednesday.  

Wishing you and your family a most enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.
Mrs. Clifford




September 26, 2016
Hello fall season!  And with that a reminder to please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather outside.  Students are not allowed to stay inside because they are cold.

Friendly reminders:
1.  Ear buds/phones need to come in asap.
2.  The office "package" needs to be returned if you have not already done so.  Note:  Your child will not be allowed to use the ipads until the package that contains computer permission has been returned.
3.  If you have not already done so, please sign the French behaviour plan from Madam Hewitt and return asap.
4.  Terry Fox $ is due this Thursday.  Thank you in advance for your kind donation and our goal as a school community is to raise
$1 500 and in return Mrs. Jackson will kiss a pig!!  Pucker up
Mrs. Jackson!
5.  Parent council is selling school clothing which they had on display at the school bbq last Thursday.  If you are looking to purchase, orders with money must be in to me by this Thursday at the latest. Parent council is hoping to do another order in November.
6.  Our first school mass is tomorrow in the gym at 9:30 am.  You are most welcome to join us.
7.  This Friday is your child's first PA DAY.

Things to note:
1.  Each week your child is given a list of six words that they need to practice each night with you.  At the moment, these words are words that they should know how to spell leaving grade one.   Many of my students need the extra support of nightly practice as they have not mastered them.
2.  Read on program - all students now have books coming home that are at their reading level.  Again, reading on a nightly basis is a must in order for your child to become a better reader and continue to make gains.  PLEASE record this nightly reading on your child's reading log (I still have some students with nothing recorded - YIKES!).
3.  Agendas - please sign them each and every night.  IF your child has an appointment or is getting picked up early, please jot a quick note in the parents section for me which therefore makes calling the office unnecessary.  Thanks so much.
4.  Library Books - I do believe the lists have been all update and all systems are a go, so this Wednesday your child will be taking out their first library book.  My policy for library books, you MUST return your book in order to take out another one.  NO BOOK, no get.  IF your child is still reading their book and not finished in time to return it for library day, by all means, please keep it at home and return it the following Wednesday.

Have a wonderful week and it was so nice to meet so many of you at the BBQ!
Mrs. Clifford


September 19, 2016
Happy Monday everyone!!

Items for this week:
1.  If you could please send in your child's ear buds by this Friday, that would be greatly appreciated so we can start accessing the ipads next week.

2.  You were sent home that lovely package of paperwork from the office.  It is imperative that you carefully read and complete all the papers as each piece deals with a different item that can affect your child (inclement weather/general field trip form/computer use/ability to take and use your child's picture for the school newsletter/etc.).  Please return the package asap.

3.  Madam Hewitt sent home a French newsletter with your child last week.  The second page requires that you sign her code of conduct and return the bottom portion.  Again, please return this signed form asap.

4.  On Friday, a fundraising form for the Terry Fox Run at the school level was sent home with your child.  Any donations that have been collected, need to be back to the school for next Thursday when we will be doing our Terry Fox Run.

5.  This Thursday is the school bbq where you have the opportunity to meet the staff of Monsignor Lee, meet your child's friends, visit the Scholastic Book fair in the library and visit your child's classroom. The schedule for the bbq is 4:30 - 5:30 is bbq time, book fair time and socializing outside (classrooms are not opened).  5:30 - 6:00 pm classrooms are opened for you to come and see where your child spends each day and for us to formally meet.  Please note this is not an interview time as there are many parents and students in our room and if you feel we have items that we need to discuss, please call me at the school and we can discuss it over the phone or set up a meeting time.

6.  Homework - it may happen this year that your child has homework over and above the expected nightly reading.  If this happens, please realize that this is work that has not been finished during the regular school day rather than extra work.  

Looking forward to meeting you on Thursday night.
Mrs. Clifford


















September 12, 2016
Welcome to the second week of school!  I am quite sure your child was tired this past week as we all worked our way back into our school routines.

This week in our classroom we welcome Miss Caitlyn a grade 12 co-op student from Patrick Fogarty who will be with us in the afternoons from now until the end of January.  We look forward to all of the extra assistance and support with our learning that Miss Caitlyn can provide us.

This past week we focused on routines and rules in our classroom and on Thursday and Friday we practiced what these rules look like. Your child is well aware of what is expected in regards to rules (follow instructions/no talking out/hands and feet to themselves/no swearing or put downs) and that the following consequences will occur if a rule is broken:
1.  Warning
2.  Time Out
3.  A written note home from your child explaining why they are writing this letter
4.  A phone call to home/work/cell phone
5.  A visit to Mrs. Jackson's office

Starting today, your child will be bringing home their first Read On book.  I apologize in advance as these books are not yet at your child's reading level but rather at your child's reading level in June. As I benchmark your child, I will move them to the appropriate level.

Today you will find spelling words recorded in your child's agenda. Each Monday your child will be given words that we will work with in the classroom and for you to practice at home throughout the week. On Friday's, your child will be given these words in a spelling dictation formation (yes, the good old fashion spelling dictation like you and I had in school).  The first few weeks of the program are review words that your child should know how to spell entering grade two.

This year I wish to use the i-pads and a reading program as a tool for independent reading during DEAR time (drop everything and read). In order for your child to use an i-pad, they will require a set of earbuds that will be kept at school for the year.  If you could have your child's earbuds to school by Friday, September 23rd that would be awesome.

Tonight I am sending home an order form for the Chickadee magazine.  If you would kindly return the form with the NO box checked off and your signature that would be wonderful (if you wish to order the magazine than by all means please do so).  The more forms that are returned (yes, even with the NO box checked off) the more rewards I can get for the classroom (magazines, books, classroom resources, etc).  Thank you in advance for helping us out.

Each day in our class we say the following prayers and I would ask that you practice them at home, along with how to make the sign of the cross and learning the words to O Canada.

Morning Announcements - Our Father or Hail Mary
First Nutrition - Johnny Appleseed
Second Nutrition - Grace Before Meals
End of Day - Guardian Angel

Have a wonderful week and I really enjoyed learning about your child through the three items they shared on Friday.
Mrs. Clifford




September 7, 2016

Yesterday your child came home with their agenda.  The cost of the agenda is $5.00 and if you could please send the money by this Friday that would be wonderful.

Your child also came home with their first piece of homework which is due this Friday.  The instructions were attached to the outside of the bag.  

You should have found your child's reading log (purple paper) in the front pouch of your child's agenda.  Regretfully the printer forgot to include the reading log as part of this year's agenda.  So....I am asking that you find a safe place for the purple paper (in the agenda, on your fridge, etc.).  The reading program works like it did in the past but for our new friends here is how it works:
*every night (including weekends and holidays) you are asked to read 
*after you finish reading, please record the date, book title for only ONE book and have your parent sign 
*when you have reached 25 nights please return the sheet so you can receive your reward
*rewards happen after 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 nights
**for this week, please read books of your choice from home.  I will be benchmarking your child and it is my hope that by the middle of next week your child is bringing home books at their level.

In regards to agendas, please sign your child's agenda each night and return it in the homework bag that was provided today.

Here is to a week filled with lots of learning.
Mrs. Clifford



September 6, 2016

Welcome to our class website and welcome back to a brand new school year!

It is my plan to update our website every week and provide you with necessary information to keep the lines of communication open and make this a wonderful school year for your child.

Bits and pieces to start us off:
1. Library date - keep your eye on the calendar as this has yet to be established.
2.  Food orders including milk - to begin in October so stay tuned.
3.  Teachers in your child's life - myself, Mr. Soares (gym, health, music and dance) and Madame Hewitt (French).
4.  School BBQ - Thursday, September 22nd.  More details to follow.
5.  Scholastic Book Orders - I will be sending home book orders later this week.  You can either pay by cheque (made out to Scholastic Canada) or exact cash.  Due date is always written on the book orders.
6.  Agendas - this is a wonderful communication tool.  Each day your child will record homework that is expected to be done.  If your child is going to miss a day of school or has an appointment in the middle of the school day, please record the note in the parent section of the agenda - this way we can limit the number of calls to Mrs. Tulipano and keep everything running smoothly.
7.  Calendar - there is a calendar attached to our class website which I ask that you check each week as I add due dates and events as they arise.
8.  Blue and Yellow day is this Friday as a sign of school spirit.  Wear as much blue and yellow as possible.


Looking forward to a wonderful year filled with laughter and learning.
Mrs. Clifford