Mrs. Clifford - Grade 2

June 26, 2017
Dear Parents,
Thank you so much for an incredible year of learning with your child.  I cannot believe this is our last week together.  I feel truly blessed to have been a part of your lives.  

If you see me out and about this summer, please be sure to come and say hello, give me a wave and if you have your child with you, send them to me please!!  I will miss them.

Knowing that summer months get busy with holidays and activities, PLEASE make sure your child is reading out loud each and every day.  It is amazing how many children slip back in reading levels when this does not happen. Writing twice a week (even your grocery list counts as writing) will help them keep up their spelling and writing skills.  Practicing math will also help them as they enter grade three (adding and subtracting especially).

This week of learning looks a little different but we are still learning!:
**Monday is play day at Monsignor Lee but it is not the traditional play day your child is use to.  This year all activities surround Canada's 150th birthday and most of the activities will be held inside so even if it rains, we are good to go!!
**Report cards come home on Monday as well (PLEASE fill out your parts and return by Thursday - thank you!).
**Our annual talent show is on Tuesday.  
**Wednesday is our mass at 9:30 am.  This mass honours our grade 8 students as they prepare for the graduation.  You are more than welcome to join us.
**Thursday is the last day of school - yikes!

Wishing you a safe and fun filled summer.
Mrs. Clifford

June 19, 2017
Well the last full week of school is here and thankfully it is a normal week of learning.  We have a science project to complete this week, we will start learning the "easy" multiplication facts and we will be having some fun at Mrs. Clifford's expense later in the week (oh the smiles across the faces shall be wonderful).

Beginning today I will start collecting the Read On books.  PLEASE if your child is close to a reward, keep reading books of your choice and recording them on their reading log.  I will be able to give out rewards until Wednesday, June 28th.  IF you find a read on book from a previous year in your collection that never made it back, PLEASE send it back - no questions asked!!

Library books have been collected from all but two friends.  Again, if you find library books from previous years in your collection, we will gladly accept them with no questions asked and smiles across our faces.

WATER BOTTLES - please send your child to school with a water bottle. Our playground has little shade so a good drink of water after recess is just what is needed to get us hydrated and ready to learn.

School Work - Get ready - it is all starting to come home in tiny bits and pieces.  Nothing needs to be returned but rather go through the items and celebrate your child's accomplishments from the first day of grade two.  I always love looking at their journals the best.

Orillia Public Library - if you didn't get the chance to go this past weekend and sign your child up for the summer reading program, be sure to drop in anytime and visit the Children's section for assistance.  What a great way to keep your child's reading level maintained over the summer months. is hoping all the dad's in our classroom had a wonderful day of being spoiled and being made to feel special.  You deserve it!

Mrs. Clifford

June 12, 2017
What a wonderful weekend of weather!!  

Given the forecast for the rest of this week, PLEASE send your child to school with a water bottle each and every day - hydration is going to be very important.   Hats would also be wise given the lack of shade on our playground.  

Calling all library books!!  Please send your child's library book with them no later than next Wednesday.  If there are any library books in your house from years previous, PLEASE send them back to the school - no questions asked.

Reading logs - if you did not send in your child's reading log today, please do so asap so I can make sure that all rewards are received.  

KIDS HELPING KIDS - thank you so much for your generous donations to our Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital.  We will be placing many on a smile on faces of children who must stay in the hospital for any length of stay.   

Don't forgot this Saturday, the Orillia Public Library is beginning its registration for its summer reading program.  It is a great way to keep your child motivated during those summer months.

Wishing you a wonderful week of sunshine and water breaks.
Mrs. Clifford

June 5, 2017
Now that is a scary month to write.  Where or where has this year gone!!  

This week is a quiet one which is wonderful.  The only thing out of the ordinary is the Water Presentation done by Orillia Parks and Rec on Wednesday.

Talent Show - the annual auditions for the MLS talent show are upon us.  Tomorrow we will have our in-class auditions which means all acts need to be polished and music brought in.  If your child advances to the gym level, they will donate a few lunch hours to practicing on the stage prior to the big performance on the 27th.  

Summer reading is something I recommend for all of my friends and what better way to stay motivated than to participate in the
Orillia Public Library Reading program.  On SATURDAY, JUNE 17th, it is "Get Your Summer Read On Day" registration at the library during library hours.  Bring your child in, sign them up for some wonderful summer activities and your child receives a booklet and stickers. Both of my boys participated in this worthwhile program throughout their elementary years and it was a great way to keep their reading motivation going and allow them to participate in fun activities.

Read-On logs - please send your child to school with theirs on Monday, June 12th so I can see what reward your child needs to receive next.  

Library Books and Read-On books - With the end of the year approaching I have some friends who have to do some real searching in their rooms, under couches, in book cases etc as it has been awhile since they have been brought in.  I have sent notes home in the agenda to let you know if this applies to your child.  If a book has been lost, it will need to be replaced.  

Wishing you a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

May 29, 2017
What a beautiful day yesterday was!  Sure hope outside play was on the menu because I am done with the rain!

Tomorrow we head to the Orillia Opera House to enjoy PigMania.  We will be returning before dismissal.  Please have a discussion with your child about theatre behaviour.

This Friday is a PA day which is really scary as I start writing reports! (Oh where or where has the year gone!!).

Again a plea for help!  As I keep reteaching subtraction, it is really clear that many of my friends don't know their basic subtraction facts.  Any extra assistance from home is greatly appreciated as many are still using fingers to solve questions such as:  4-2=   5-3=  2-0=  .

Although the month of June is a very busy one, PLEASE keep sending your child to school each and every day.  In our classroom, we work right to the last day of school.

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

May 23, 2017

Hoping everyone had a relaxing Victoria Day long weekend.

Last week your child would have brought home a permission form for our field trip to the Orillia Opera House to see Pigmania, which given our fairy tale is awesome!  We will be leaving half way through the day and returning back to MLS before end of day dismissal.  We will be transported to the Orillia Opera House by bus so no worries about what Mother Nature may have in store for that day.  IF you have not done so, please send in your permission form with money no later than this Friday.  A conversation with your child about theatre expectations would be greatly appreciated.

Scholastic book orders are due back tomorrow if you are interested.  You will have noticed that sent both May and June book orders together so that means this is the last opportunity to order books this year.

Our blue binder with our HANDSOME story has been making its' way from home to home.  THANK YOU so much for your comments as the students love hearing them and THANK YOU for being so diligent in returning the binder after one night - it is greatly appreciated!

FIDGET SPINNERS - Mrs. Jackson has made the announcement to the school that Fidget Spinners are NOT allowed at MLS.  This therefore means, NO Fidget Spinners in your child's school bag because of course that means the fidget spinner is now at school.  Thank you so much for keeping the spinners at home and boy, I sure wish I had of thought of this creation as I could be rich!!

Enjoy your four day work week (but yikes for me that means June is around the corner and we have a lot to do so please keep sending your child to school each and every day).
Mrs. Clifford

May 15, 2017

A very happy belated Mother's Day to all the wonderful mother's in our classroom.  I hope your child remembered that no matter what you asked for yesterday, YES was the only answer they could give you.

If you ordered the beautiful flowers from Parent Council, they are scheduled to be delivered and picked up this Wednesday from 3:00 - 5:30 pm in the front foyer.

HELP!!!!!  I have many students who have not caught on to, cannot remember how to subtract with borrowing.  I even have a couple of students who cannot subtract simple numbers.  If you could please sit with your child and practice this very important skill.  We keep reviewing and practicing but ....

Life is still busy in our classroom and we continue to learn right until the last day of school.  

We have been having fun with your grandchild and be prepared there will come a point and time where your grandchild comes home for a visit.  Oatmeal and apple is your grandchild's best source of food and water.  Enjoy!

Please remember that this upcoming weekend is a long weekend so no school on Monday and let's hope Victoria Day means warm weather is here to stay.

The Breakfast Club is looking for volunteers for the fall.  At our school we offer breakfast to those students who are interested on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  If you have the ability to offer assistance to this incredible club please send in your name and I will gladly forward it to the office.  Without parent volunteers, the Breakfast Club does not exist and let me tell you our students sure do enjoy the top up every week!

Have a great week.
Mrs. Clifford

May 8, 2017

A HUGE congratulations to our nine friends who made their First Communion this past weekend.  I have no doubt that you looked gorgeous and handsome as you celebrated the "first" time you were able to share in this very special sacrament.  Just think my nine friends, the next time you go to mass, your code has changed!!

To all parents who came and picked up their child's trap on Thursday night - THANK YOU!!  They are a few traps left to come home tonight (thanks to the rain on Friday we left them in the classroom over the weekend).

Parent Council flower orders - the last date to place your order is tomorrow (Tuesday).  Samples were available at the Open House and the flowers are very beautiful.

Please keep reading with your child on a nightly basis and be sure to record their fine efforts.  As well, please keep practicing adding and subtracting.  Despite all of the work we have done in class, I have some students who just can't remember the steps and as we know, this is a life long skill that is needed.

Our story will continue to be sent home each night to a different family in our classroom.  Thank you so much for your feedback (the students love to hear what you have to say) and for returning the binder so promptly.

If you see apple, recorded in your child's agenda, please be sure to send one in as your grandchild requires water.

Wishing you a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

May 1st, 2017

Dear Parents,
WELCOME to Catholic Education Week!  It is going to be a busy one.

Today, Emily, Ethan and Lee are off to the Kiwanis Festival to compete with our ukulele club.  They have been practicing hard every Wednesday and I wish them all the best and can't wait to hear how they did.

On Wednesday, we are going by bus to Guardian Angels Church to celebrate mass in our beautiful church.  Mass begins at 9:30 am and you are most welcome to join us.

Thursday is going to be one heck of a busy night at MLS.  We have:
*the annual BBQ beginning at 4:30
*the annual Scholastic Book Fair being hosted in the library
*the Orillia Fire Department has the Fire House at our school
*Parent Council will be selling the spring flowers (order forms have been sent home for you to complete and send back)
*Parent presentations beginning at 6:15 pm in the gym and running for 20 minutes each (there are four different presenters - further information can be found on the school website in the school newsletter)
***On this night I am going to open the classroom for 15 minutes ONLY so that you can pick up your child's Leprechaun Trap.  Our classroom will be open from 5:15 - 5:30 PM.  PLEASE NOTE:  there are NO other classrooms being opened and ours is ONLY being opened for the sole purpose of getting the traps home safely.  IF you cannot pick up the trap at this time, your child will bring it home on Friday.***

Saturday and Sunday - First Communion is being celebrated at the masses at Guardian Angels Church.  

In other news:
*Leprechaun Traps - what an absolute, amazing job so many of my friends did with their trap.  A huge THANK YOU to you parents for the time you spent helping them glue gun and use tools to help them make their trap become a reality.  I am hoping that some quality time filled with love and laughter also happened.

*Babies - yes, you have become a grandparent!!  CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your grandchild is a mealworm by the way and it is a part of our animal science unit.  We are very excited with their arrival and can't wait to discover the four stages a mealworm shall progress through.  This animal unit is a great way to discuss them as parents now vs much, much, much later on in life (what a great way to complete our Family Life unit). Your child will be responsible at some point during this unit to bring in an apple as the babies need water to drink.  

*AUTHOR'S - yes, your child has taken part in writing and illustrating their very own book.  It is going to begin circulating  today and I ask that when you get the book, that you keep it only for ONE night as it must make it's way through 21 families.  We are getting our book ready to send to Scholastic as that is where the book that inspired us was published from.  

*FIRST COMMUNION - oh dear me, I have a family commitment this weekend that is going to take me out of town and not allow me to see my friends celebrate this very special sacrament.  Not being there for them, is really disappointing for me and I beg that you send in a picture so that I can see how beautiful and handsome they looked on their special day.  (guess I have some news to break to them today).

Stay as dry as you can this week.  Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday night.
Mrs. Clifford

April 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

Madame Hewitt has asked that I post the French play that your child is participating in.  They know what their part is and they do need to practice at home.  They will start in-class presentations on May 8th.

Here is the link for the play:

Enjoy the beauty day.
Mrs. Clifford

April 24, 2017

What a glorious weekend of weather.  I sure am hoping my friends abandoned their electronics and played outside!

The next two weeks  are very busy weeks with lots on the go.  Here is what it looks like:

Earth Week 24th-28th
24th - we turn the lights out at lunch
25th - we turn the lights out at lunch
26th - litter-less lunch day.  We can use the composter and recycling bin at lunch but oh oh all other garbage is coming home
26th - Parent Council Meeting 5:30 pm
27th - Pitch in day.  Your child may bring their own gardening gloves or we will provide one for them to help clean up our school yard
28th- 9:15 am - we say our poem in the gym (you are most welcome to attend)
28th - SCIENCE PROJECT is due

Catholic Education Week May 1 - 5
3rd - Mass at Guardian Angels Church - 9:30 am - all welcome to attend
4th - School BBQ/Scholastic Book Fair/Parent council selling spring flowers/Parent info session (see the school newsletter for further details)

SCIENCE PROJECT - your child was sent home with this assignment on Thursday and it is due this Friday.  The assignment is considered complete when both their trap and the write up are submitted.  Yes, this project MUST include three of the six simple machines we are learning about and it is being completed at home - no class time will be provided.

NEXT YEAR - Mrs. Jackson noted in the newsletter that if parents had any special requests for next year, they must be put into writing and submitted to her by May 26th.  Always remember to state what your child needs for optimal learning vs the teacher's name because as we all know, everything changes come September.  

MOVING SCHOOLS - If you are moving homes and therefore a new school is in the future or you are moving to a new school, could you please let the office know asap as this affects class numbers and student placements.  There is nothing worse, and I believe you would agree, than having to re-do class lists in September.  

This Saturday at the 5:00 pm at Guardian Angels Church, we have come together to celebrate mass as a community of schools as we embark on Catholic Education Week.  We would encourage you to attend this very special mass.  I do believe, Patrick Fogarty is hosting a social in the basement following the mass.

Have a wonderful week and looking forward to seeing you on Friday.
Mrs. Clifford

April 17, 2017

Hoping you had a great Easter weekend filled with peacefulness and family time.

A reminder to please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.  I call this season the "wonderfully wacky season" as one day it is winter coats, the next it is shorts.  

This month is poetry month and in order to celebrate, we will be saying our class poem in the gym on April 28th at 9:15 am.  You are most welcome to attend.

Next Parent Council Meeting is Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 pm and again please join us in the library.

To those you sent in their child's reading log, thank you!  I did find students who had reached a reading level but had not received their well deserved reward.  PLEASE keep reading with your child each night.

We continue to work on addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing so any extra practice done at home is gratefully appreciated!!

Wishing you a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

April 10, 2017

Oh hello beautiful weather!!  Please keep visiting us....

A reminder that this coming weekend is Easter weekend so your child has a four day weekend ahead of them.  

Given the Easter season, our food drive for St. Vincent de Paul continues until this Wednesday.  All food donations are greatly appreciated.

If your child has not brought in their reading log please send it tomorrow.  I am quickly discovering some of my friends have earned reading awards.  IF your log has been lost please let me know so I can send home a new one.

Starting today, I will be sending home math homework if your child has uncompleted work.  YES, the questions are to be done that night and the sheet returned the next day.  Your child is well aware that if this sheet somehow mysteriously disappears they get to re-do the WHOLE thing.

First Communion candidates, if you did not attend Sunday's meeting then you MUST go to Tuesday's meeting at 7:00 pm.  In a few short weeks, you will be celebrating another special sacrament!

Scholastic book orders are due back this Wednesday.

Wishing you a most blessed Easter weekend.
Mrs. Clifford

April 3, 2017

Here is hoping the beautiful weather is starting to come as this weekend being able to open the windows, let the fresh air in, feel the sun gaining its strength was wonderful!!!

But I am also hoping that not too many April Fool's jokes came your way on Saturday (so happy it wasn't a school day - sorry Mom and Dad).  

Easter is coming this month and you are more than welcome to join us for the Way of the Cross on Thursday, April 13th at 2:15 pm.  We have been working hard on our Lenten promises and we will begin greater discussions starting this week.

For my First Communion friends, your next meeting is Sunday, April 9th at 1:00 pm or TUESDAY, April 11th at 7:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory in order for your child to receive their sacrament.  When you have selected your date, could you please jot me in a note in your child's agenda as I can't wait to see them on this special day.

CALLING FOR HELP!!!  We are trying to learn how to subtract with regrouping and some of my friends just aren't catching on to the pattern.  If you could please spend some time with your child and help them understand the steps (you may just use words that help them reach that "Now I got it!" moment).  On the flip side, please keep practicing addition facts because I have some friends that cannot use their fingers or hundreds successfully to add!  (Example:  5 + 5 = 13).

On April 28th at 9:15 am we will be saying our class poem in the gym in order to celebrate Poetry Month as well as help us gain our confidence in presenting in front of the school.   You are most certainly welcome to attend.

Next Parent Council Meeting is Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 pm and again please join us.

Scholastic Book orders are due back on Wednesday, April 12th.

Please keep having your child dress in boots or rubber boots as our playground is a mud pit.  Coats are mandatory!

A note on attendance:  although we have three months left of grade two (YIKES!!) we have lots of learning to do on a daily basis!! Please remember that at this age level it is not always about paper and pencil tasks that helps your child learn but being present in the classroom for the exploration, the conversation and the explanation that elicits the greatest learning.  Attendance is a must right to the very last day in June as we work right to the end.

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

March 27, 2017

Well the mud pit has returned to our playground!!  PLEASE, PLEASE send your child in either winter boots or rubber boots and NOT running shoes.  In order for your child to get to their play area, they must cross the wonderful grass - oops- mud pit and what a muddy pit it is!!!

SPLASH PANTS - again PLEASE send them in.  The state of some clothing last week was awful and I felt horrible for you because of the laundry that lay ahead.  

This sounds silly but please remind your child each morning that they do not need to take a mud bath at school.  Yes, I have had some students rolling in the mud at recess!  And trust me Mom and Dad we won't be disturbing you at work for an extra change of clothes if they are

If you did not go to Sunday's meeting for First Communion, you MUST go Monday night at 7:00pm.  When you have selected your mass time for your child to make their First Communion, if you could please jot me a note in your child's agenda and let me know the time you selected, as I love seeing them on their special day.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all of the boxes you sent in!! Your child was matched with a fellow student who had brought in a similar amount and building a castle was the fun activity that they undertook.  The mess was incredible, the laughter and conversation amazing and not one argument was heard throughout the day as we planned and built!  Teachers who stopped by, laughed at the mess but were amazed at what your child was creating.

Cupcakes happened on Friday as your child had to prepare and bake cupcakes according to the recipe provided.  This was a great wrap up for procedural writing!

Math support please - we have just begun subtraction with borrowing and for some of our friends this is tough!  If you could please practice subtraction with borrowing and addition with regrouping at home each night.

Hoping for lots of sunshine this week!
Mrs. Clifford

March 20, 2017

Welcome back everyone!  Hoping you had a most restful March Break as we are right back in the groove starting this morning!

To our nine friends who made their First Confession prior to the March Break - CONGRATULATIONS!!!  We are very happy for you as you continue your journey with God.   Your next step is your First Holy Communion and preparations begin starting this weekend with your first class either Sunday, March 26th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm OR Monday, March 27th from 7:00 - 8:00pm.  Again attendance at one session is mandatory.  

Boxes and containers - after today NO more please.  I can't wait to see what your child creates!

Parent council meeting is being held this Wednesday, in the library beginning at 5:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  

Looking forward to the next 3 1/2 months of learning with your child but yikes where has this year gone.

Have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Clifford

March 6, 2017

Okay enough with the freezing cold temperatures.  Hurry spring and arrive (I know lots of winter left but I am allowed to dream, right?).

This Thursday at 7:00 pm some of our friends will be making their First Confession.  We wish them many blessings on making such an important sacrament.

Calling all BOXES and CONTAINERS.  YES, I do want your child to keep bringing in their boxes and washed containers all this week.  We have a building project that we will be undertaking after the March Break so PLEASE collect, collect and collect over the break and send in on the Monday following the break.  Students are more than aware that they will be building with what they bring in so if you bring in nothing, you have nothing to build with.  This building project we are undertaking is going to affect your child's mark in three subject areas (language, math and science).

Book orders are due back this Wednesday.  

On Wednesday as well, a Parent Council meeting is being held in the Library at 5:30 pm.  ALL parents are welcome to attend.

The season of Lent has begun and everyday your child is challenged to complete an act of kindness.  As well, your child has pledged to either give up or take up something for the 40 days that make up Lent so be sure to ask your child what they decided upon.

Next week is March Break, so be sure to keep reading and recording in your child's reading log and keep practicing those addition questions that require your child to regroup/share.  

A big favour, could you please place a smile in your child's agenda after you have read this quick update.  

Have wonderful March break.
Mrs. Clifford

February 27,2017

A busy week of activities is ahead of us.

Monday - if you did not attend the First Confession session yesterday then tonight is your last chance.  The session is beginning at 7:00 pm and is the last one before the big date.  We will be talking about this very important sacrament in our class this week.
     - book orders are going home today and are due back next Wednesday, March 8th.

Tuesday - MLS is hosting our annual pancake supper at Guardian Angels Church from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.  A flyer was sent home on Friday with each child outlining the details.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday - is Ash Wednesday and our school mass is at 11:45 am.  You are most welcome to join us.
   - MAGICAL OBJECT is due (yes this is a piece of homework that was assigned on Friday).  Ask your child for details.

Friday - PLAY DAY - PLEASE make sure your child has the appropriate gear on as they will be outside engaging in fun team building activities and with all this new snow that has fallen it should be a great time.

REPORT CARDS - I would love to have all report envelopes and your completed sections back by this Wednesday.

FAIRY TALES - If you could kindly start sending in with your child recycled items - boxes, containers, paper towel and toilet rolls, etc. as we will be using them for an upcoming project.  The more we have the better!!

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

February 20, 2017

Happy FAMILY DAY!  Hoping you get to enjoy some quality time together as a family minus the electronic distractions.  The weather has been beautiful and although I would like to believe that we have turned the corner weather wise, I know not to get my hopes up.

Report cards come home on Wednesday.  Please be sure that both you and your child complete your parts of the report card and return both sections to me no later than Monday, March 27th.

For my First Reconciliation candidates, you have a class that you must attend either this Sunday, the 25th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm or Monday,
the 26th from 7:00 -8:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory.  First Reconciliation is Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 pm (just around the corner).

We have started a unit on Fairy Tales.  If you have any fairy tale books at home that you don't mind sharing with our class, we would love to have them to look at and compare.  Please ensure that your child's name is on the inside cover of the book.  We will return them to you before March Break begins.

Adding with regrouping (or sharing) - some of my friends are understanding the concept and many others are not.  Any extra support you can provide at home is greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful day.
Mrs. Clifford

February 13, 2017

A HUGE welcome to our brand new student Evelina who joined us on Thursday.  Our girls are very happy to see another female face as that brings our girl count up to 7!

Tuesday is a busy day for us:
*wear as much red, white and pink as possible
*library field trip - thank you to Annabella's mom who is joining us
*heart-a-grams are delivered
*Valentine's are shared with each other

In case you still need it here are our Valentine friends:

William Jayden Bella Nikole
Annabella Jagger Harley Emily
Jackson Tyler Ethan Laurel
Dameon Isaac Brinae Owen
Michael Preston David  Lee
Evelina Mrs. Clifford

We have begun addition with sharing (regrouping) and time.  Any extra help you can provide home is greatly appreciated as it was amazing especially with the addition how friends forgot how to add numbers and how to add the ones column then the tens column.

PLEASE ensure your child is coming to school dressed properly everyday. Yes, it is amazing how many of my friends have no hat nor mitts for the day and our playground is freezing as there is nothing to break the wind from whistling around that field!!  And if they tell you they will wear their hoods, don't believe them - I get to see the red and rosy ears!  As well, snowpants on in the morning and not in the school bag is greatly appreciated says the freezing cold legs.

Don't forgot that this upcoming Monday is family day so of course the schools are closed.

Report cards are coming home on the 22nd.  

Happy Valentine's Day!!
Mrs. Clifford

February 6, 2017

YIKES - the weather forecast for this week is scary.  I really don't think Mr. Groundhog knew what he was talking about!!

If you did not attend the first session of First Reconciliation preparation yesterday, then you must attend tonight.  Tonight's session begins at 7:00 pm.  

ATTENTION late arrivals

Beginning TODAY if you arrive late (this does not include students who are on the bus and the bus is late), your child will be staying in with
Mrs. Jackson at recess to pay back the time.  Why this you ask??  On Thursday alone we had over 30 students requiring a late slip!!  As we know, learning to be punctual is a life skill and it must be fostered at an early age.  Like yourself who must arrive on time for your job, so too must your child arrive on time for school - that is their job.  Our bell rings at 8:55 am.  

Okay some of my friends are really starting to scare me when they tell me what time they go to bed each night.  It is no wonder why some of them are so pale, are feeling sick by first recess, are needing a nap by 1:00 pm and just can't seem to concentrate on anything.  Bedtime according to some of my friends is 9:00pm, 10:00 pm or whenever. Bedtime at this age is 8:00 pm. Yes, I know there is the occasional night when an event causes bedtime to get delayed but this is not every night. It is scaring me because some of my friends are having a really hard time learning and concentrating and the solution is a very simple one.  To those families who have their children going to bed at a reasonable time, THANK YOU!!!

On Wednesday, February 14th we are going to the Orillia Public Library to meet an author and have a tour.  A permission form was sent home for you to complete and I would love to have them all returned by this Wednesday, February 8th.  The cost of this field trip is $0.00 thanks to Monsignor Lee School paying for our bus.  If you are interested in joining us (I do need one parent) you MUST have a CBC on file with the school - just write a quick note in the agenda to let me know you are interested.

On Valentine's Day as well:
*your child is invited to dress in as much red, white and pink as they can.
*Heart-A-Grams will be delivered (last day to buy is the 13th and they cost $1.00)
*Valentine's will be exchanged in our classroom.  As students know, my requirement is they bring one for everyone or for no one - there is nothing worse to see than hurt feelings because a friend gave a Valentine to some people and not everyone 

Valentine's List:
William Jayden Bella Nikole
Annabella Jagger Harley Emily
Jackson Tyler Ethan Laurel
Dameon Isaac Brinae Owen
Michael Preston David  Lee
Mrs. Clifford  

Report cards will arrive home with your child on Wednesday,
February 22nd.  Please remember the letter grades do not work like when we were in school.  What you want to see is a B because that means your child is working at the grade 2 level. 

Safe travels this week.
Mrs. Clifford

January 30, 2017

YES!! A WHOLE week of school with NO snow days last week - I was soooo happy as we have lots to do and no time to spare.  Let's hope Mother Nature keeps to my plan for the rest of the season.

If you missed registering your child yesterday for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, then you have one more opportunity TONIGHT at 7:00pm hall at Guardian Angels Church.  You must bring a copy of your child's baptismal certificate as well as $30.  This is a drop in session only - no meeting attached.    The first session for your child and you is next weekend - see calendar for the dates and time and you would have been given a sheet at the registration with all the necessary dates.

Heart-a-grams for $1.00.  Our grade 8's are selling heart-a-grams (a sucker) instead of doing a bake sale in order to help fundraise for the annual field trip to Kandalore.  Students who wish, may bring in money and purchase a heart-a-gram for family members and friends.  Last day to purchase the heart-a-grams is Feb. 13th with delivery being on Valentine's Day of course.

Speaking of Valentine's day, your child is encouraged to wear as much red,white and pink as possible that day.  I will attach the list of students in our class at the end of this newsletter.  I ask that if students are bringing in a Valentine, they do so for everyone in the class (and yes, exchanging Valentine's is still popular in grade 2).

This Thursday, your child and their classmates have earned the privilege of watching a movie through filling the chip bucket (ask your child what this means).  In their slick negotiations, students also bargained that if their parents were so kind to provide a treat, that they be allowed to enjoy.  Once again, if you are able to send in something (no pressure what-so-ever) it must be shared with the whole class.

Read On Program - PLEASE, PLEASE ensure you are reading and recording your child's nightly reading in their log.  I have just finished benchmarking your child and it is scary how some students are telling me they never read at night but then again, this lack of reading is being reflected in some students movement through reading levels.  

Spelling Words - YES, I do expect your child to practice these words at home each night with you.  If you have been doing this, you know we have moved from sight words at the grade two level, to spelling patterns and spelling rules.  Regretfully for some students, marks are indicating no practice at home.

Pizza orders are due Tuesday, January 31st.  Scholastic book orders are due Wednesday, February 8.

Valentine's List:
William Jayden Bella Nikole
Annabella Jagger Harley Emily
Jackson Tyler Ethan Laurel
Dameon Isaac Brinae Owen
Michael Preston David  Lee
Mrs. Clifford

Have a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford

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:
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:
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

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