Mrs. Dunn - Room 104

 Welcome to the 2019- 2020 school year.  I look forward to working with you and your children.
Ms. Christine Dunn

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dear families,


Grade one is wonderful! I am looking forward to all the fun we will have this year...wondering, observing, creating, sharing and growing.

I hope everyone had a fabulous summer.  I enjoyed time with my family, reading some books, building sandcastles, picking raspberries and getting ready for this school year.  After reading about current brain research and dealing with my own six year old at home I have decided to focus on how we can be calm, alert and ready to learn everyday.  The first step is to get to know each other so we all feel comfortable, the next step will be to be able to recognize what calm feels like (quiet does not always mean calm) and the final step is to learn and use strategies to help us be calm when needed.  I will let you know more about this later. You help your child be ready to learn when he/she gets the right amount of sleep, exercise and healthy food. 

Today each child received an agenda. It came home in a communication bag. Please return the bag with the agenda and any books sent home EVERYDAY. We will use the agenda everyday. Near the front of the agenda is the school handbook, please read through it when you can.  Included with the agenda you should have a letter about our READ ON program, this newsletter and some permission forms to be filled in and returned.. The agenda costs 5 dollars.

Our READ ON program starts this week.  Please have your child read to/with you everyday and record one of the books read on his/her reading log each day (even weekends and holidays). The program is starting with you recording what books you are reading at home. This will help me get to know your child better and give me time to find what books are just right for your child. Rereading favourite books is a fun thing to do together.  If none of the books in the house appeal to your child the Orillia Public Library has a wonderful children’s department and library cards are free for Orillia residents. We will be going to the school library weekly. Children will be allowed to sign out a new book each week (if they have returned the book from the previous week). In the next few weeks reading books will come home with the agenda.

Our class rules are as follows; Be loving. Be respectful. Always try your best. Follow directions.

The children will receive positive feedback when they are successful following rules and routines and meeting expectations (e.g. trips to the treasure box, phone calls home to let you know what wonderful things they are doing).  Each student has a “Well Done” board with 10 spaces. When they are caught doing wonderful things they get a token on the board. When the board has 10 tokens the student can pick something from the treasure box. When a child struggles with rules/ routines and or expectations they will receive support in the form of reminders, reflection and conference time (in order to make plans for being more successful), and communication with home. They will be encouraged to use the strategies being taught to get to a calm and alert state. Everyone has both success and challenges with expectations. We work together to grow in our ability to  learn from those things that challenge us and develop and use strategies that will help us be as successful as we can be. If you have any questions about the expectations please contact me at the school or send a note.

Teachers -I am not the only one who has the pleasure of teaching your child this year.  Mr Piitz will be taking the class to gym and teaching them drama and dance Madam Canulli will be teaching the class french on B days ( Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays)

Things for school- please send indoor shoes, a change of clothes for your child in a labelled bag in his/her backpack and a pair of ear buds or headphones that your child can keep at school for use with the ipads that would help keep the classroom a quiet yet engaging learning space. If you wish we can keep the clothes at school in his/her cubby.  I have a change of clothes in my cubby (you never know when the person next to you might spill his/her milk all over). 

Class newsletters will not be sent home on paper ( after this one).  I will post newsletters on the school website - to access it go to then go to the Parents & Students tab and then click on Ms Dunn Room 104. 

Reminder - Students are dismissed at 3:15 There is no on-site parking at dismissal. We encourage students to walk or bike to school. If you are picking up students, we ask that you wait by the green chapel windows. If needed, park off-site on Peter Street or Jamieson. Parking in the apartment complex lot is NOT PERMITTED.  

I look forward to working with you and your child as we all grow spiritually, academically and socially. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by writing a note ( in the agenda) or leaving a message at the office. 


Sincerely, Christine Dunn