Welcome to Mrs. Richard's First Grade Class!

Upcoming Dates:

Our new homework book went home this week. The first section is not due until next Thursday. 

February 10th - NO SCHOOL
February 14th - Valentine's Day. We will be exchanging Valentine's and having some extra snacks.
February 17th - NO SCHOOL
February 20th  - NO SCHOOL (FAMILY DAY)
February 22nd - Jump Rope for Heart Event
February 24th - 100th Day of School! Your child is able to dress up as if they are 100 years old and bring in a collection of 100 things (something small). Success Assembly at 12:35pm.
February 27th - March 3rd - NO SCHOOL (TEACHER CONVENTION)
March 17th - NO SCHOOL
March 23rd - Report cards go home.
March 24th - NO SCHOOL
March 28th - SUCCESS ASSEMBLY 1:05pm (everyone welcome). Student Led Conferences 5-8pm. These are "Drop in". No need to make an appointment. However, you do require some time to go through the centres and observe your child's work. You will need to drop in prior to 7:30pm in order to do that.
March 29th - Student Led Conferences 3:30-6:30pm. These are "Drop in". No need to make an appointment. However, you do require some time to go through the centres and observe your child's work. You will need to drop in prior to 6:00pm in order to do that.
March 31st - NO SCHOOL

Names for Valentine cards

- Some great APPS to help your child with their writing: sock puppets. story maker, sentence creator. 

*** An excellent APP to help with reading is Hooked on Phonics (teacher edition)
*** Another great website/APP "teach your monster to read"

- A change of clothes left in your child's backpack would be wonderful! (in case of accidents, falling or playing in mud puddles at recess).

Grade One (1R) September Newsletter

Dear Parents,

WELCOME to First Grade!  My name is Melissa Richard and I am your child’s teacher. I am very excited to be working with you and your child this year. Be assured I will do my best to make sure this year is an enjoyable time for your child, filled with great learning experiences!  Some important things to note:


Entry/Dismissal Doors – The first bell rings at 8:05am and class starts at 8:15am. The students will be able to enter the grade 1 and grade 2 doors once the first bell rings. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed properly for the weather.  If possible, be sure to label your child’s belongings. Please meet your child outside these doors at dismissal time (2:45pm). **It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have a meeting point for your child at the back of the school. This meeting point can not be on the stairs , the park or parking lot.*  Please do not crowd the bottom of the stairs as this makes it hard for students and parents to find each other.


 Agenda/Homework – Please check your child’s agenda each day, and sign and return it.  The students are to reuse their Kanga pouches from Kindergarten.  We will use them each day to carry our agenda's back and forth.  If you are new to St. Martha, Kanga pouches may be purchased from the office.


Communication – Once our class website is set up I will be updating it weekly. Please check it for any news, announcements and general information. You will be able to find our class website by going to: http://fmcschools.ca then selecting “schools” in the top right hand corner. Scroll down until you see St. Martha School. Once St. Martha is selected you then select “classrooms” also in the top right hand corner. Finally, you click on Mrs. Richard. I will also be making an email group so I can occasionally send group emails to all you parents. Please ensure I have your current email address.


Homework – Read! Read! Read! Please read with your child everyday. We will be using RAZ Kids for home reading. More information will come soon regarding this program. Along with reading, please practice their list of sight words. We will start off with the pre-primer list they were introduced to in Kindergarten.  I will be sending these flash cards home with each child, along with a Jolly Phonics resource to help with practicing letter sounds.


Recess:  10:00 – 10:15, Lunch 11:55-12:15 Lunch Recess:  12:15 – 12:35

Snack/Lunch – Students will have a snack after their recess time. Please send a snack along with their lunch. Please do not send anything that needs to be warmed up or microwaved. We do not have access to a microwave. We encourage children to eat healthy, as we are an apple school!  Please send a reusable water bottle with your child each day to leave on their desk for when they are thirsty. We do not have water fountains in the portable. However, we do have water coolers in the hall so your child may fill up their water bottles if needed during snack or lunch time. Due to severe allergies, please refrain from sending any items that may contain nuts.


Hot Lunch – Parent Council runs a hot lunch program once a week. More details to come.


1R’s Parent Rep: Please contact me if you are interested in being our parent rep!


Scholastic Book Orders – These will be sent home once a month. Cheques only, made out to Scholastic Inc.


Gym: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Music:   Monday, Thursday

Library: Tuesday

Computers: Thursday (your child will need earphones/earbuds for our computer block)


Please do not hesitate to contact me! My email address is:




Melissa Richard


Some items 1R needs:
If you are able to donate any of these items, please let me know.
- Kleenex
- Lysol Wipes
- Baby Wipes
- Small disposable cups (for students who forget their water bottles)
- Dry erase markers (the thin ones as these are for the students to use during centre time)

- Some great apps for story writing and sentence building:
Sock puppets
Story Maker
Sentence creator 

- An easy Math game to play at home. Roll a dice, ask your child what number they rolled. Then ask them what is "one more, one less, two more, two less" than the number they rolled.
- Use a deck of cards, choose two cards and add the numbers.
- A great APP to help with reading at home (Hooked on Phonics Classroom edition):  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/hooked-on-phonics-learn-to/id806401149?mt=8