Mrs. Dunn - Room 104

 Welcome to the 2018- 2019 school year.  I look forward to working with you and your children.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Dear Families,

Last week was my first official week as one of your child’s teachers. Over the past month in the classroom I have started to get to know the children and I am impressed with what a lovely group of young people the class is composed of.  

I have been getting to know them so let me tell you a little about myself.  I am returning to teaching after being off for the past year on medical leave.  I live in Orillia with my family. I started teaching in 1998 and hold additional qualifications in Special Education and Religion. I have taught kindergarten to grade eight classes (except grades 5 and 6).  I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher with many years experience. I have also worked with all grade levels as a Special Education teacher. I have taken many courses during summer breaks and enjoy reading books that pertain to how children learn and develop.  Most of my teaching experience has been in the primary grades (K-3) and I am very happy to be a part of this grade one class this year.

Grade one seems almost magical as children become confident and competent readers, writers and mathematicians.  Practising reading, writing and math concepts everyday is the secret to the magic and their enthusiasm for it (especially when it involves playing) is contagious!

I ask that children READ at home EVERY NIGHT and record it on the reading log they have been bringing home. Please return the red reading folder and log everyday. If you wish to keep a book an extra night or two please return it with a note to let me know so I don’t change it. I will try to keep a variety of books in the reading folders for practise.  I want all books at school everyday because we have a limited number and I like to read with students many times each week - thanks.

Please enjoy other books with your child.  The readers don’t do much to capture a child’s imagination and I want your child to love books and want to learn how to read.  The Orillia Public Library has a great Children’s department (I am often there getting books with my children) with many engaging books.

There has been some change in our classroom. Mrs McIsaac has taken a different position at Monsignor Lee.  Which means we will still see her a couple times a week when she comes in to teach social studies. We are happy to welcome Mrs Brown to the class.  She will be teaching in the afternoons and will be focussing on math and science. Today was Mrs Brown’s first day in our classroom.

Please check the agenda every night. Notes, notices, newsletters, order forms, and spelling words all come home in the agenda.  I will continue to communicate through the Remind app to send reminders and short messages. I do not have a smartphone and often do not get to my computer during the day. DO NOT send urgent communication using Remind. I am happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.  I can be contacted by sending a note in the agenda or calling the school and leaving a message as to when it is best to call you.

Please send an emergency set of clothes with your child.  I have a set at school for myself. You never know if someone may spill his/her milk on you.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful child(ren) with me. I look forward to a great year ahead.


Christine Dunn