Friday, 13 June 2014


Sports Day Colour Teams
TUESDAY JUNE 17 is SPORTS DAY! Please send your child to school in a the colour listed below on Sports Day. If you do not have this particular colour, please don’t rush out and buy something-we can easily switch a team or possibly locate a pinney!
Red Shirts: Lliam, Sho, Mya, Nimesh, Samiya
Blue Shirts: Aiden, Parker, Saba, Sophie M, Cambria
White Shirts: Summer, Hayden, Lacey, Jackson, Sophie P.
Yellow Shirts: Audrey, Blake, Amy, Eden, Conner, Roxanna

Thank you to the Fords and Pereverseff's for volunteering to set up and run our Sports Day Stations! 

June 20 is CAMP DAY for Grade One. Please send your child to school on that day with
1. a sleeping bag or blanket.
2. a flashlight.
Be sure your child has their backpack on camp day also, as that’s how we will be carrying our stuff with us from station to station.  Thanks! 


Saturday, 31 May 2014

June Newsletter

I can hardly believe it’s June already. This year has flown by so quickly! We have a million exciting events planned for this month and I thank you in advance for all the volunteer hours that have and will be spent over the next few weeks. We are still working hard on our plant and animal unit in Science, Addition and Subtraction to 20 followed by Measurement in Math, and continuing with History in Social! In addition we find time to fit in some outdoor games in Gym, Symmetry in Flower Art, and some secret Father’s Day projects! Shhh!
Thank you to everyone who walked over to the Pow Wow on Friday! The weather was perfect and the dancers were all very talented. It seems the Hoop Dancer was the favourite among our class.
Another thanks for the caterpillar timelines and baby pictures that came pouring in last week. The kids will be presenting them over the course of this week so you still have time to send one if you have not already done so! We are going to put up the baby pictures and see if they can guess whose who!
I’ve attached a calendar of events to help you remember all the special days and times. Our big event for June is a fieldtrip to the Galt Museum on June 9th just before morning recess. Luckily, the museum provides buses for this trip, but if you would like to come help supervise please fill out the form at the end of this newsletter.
The entire staff at Mike Mountain Horse would like to say a HUGE thank you to all parents for your tremendous dedication in supporting teachers and children in their learning all year long. A special Pancake Breakfast will be held on Tuesday June 3th from 7:00-8:20am to show our appreciation.
Just a quick reminder that all library books are due back in the library and the children will not be checking out any new stories from now until the end of the year. The kids will write and let you know the last day for home reading in their agendas soon! This is our last week for spelling words with the final test on June 6th. This is also a good time to visit the lost and found with your child to claim any missing items if you have not already done so.
Our big year end picnic will be held on Tuesday June 24th . More handouts will follow in the next few weeks. It is held at the Elk’s Picnic Shelter at the river bottom and all five grade one classes will be there! We are booking busses for this event and hope you can sneak away over the lunch hour from 11:45 to 1:00 to picnic with us. It’s a really fun day and I hope you
ll be able to join us!
Dates To Remember for June

June 3 Pancake Breakfast 7:00-8:20-All parents welcome!
June 4 Kindergarten switch day in pm-grade ones re-visit Kindergarten and the little ones get to spend an afternoon in Grade One!
June 9 Fieldtrip to Galt Museum-busses leave at 9:00
June 11 Pioneer Day-students dress like pioneer and we attempt to use no technology for the entire day!
June 15 Happy Father’s Day!
June 17 Sports Day 10:30-2:00 Your child’s team wears a coloured shirt
See below-(June 19th -alternate day)
June 23 Farewell assembly 9:00am
June 24 Year End Picnic (11:45-1:00ish) more notes to follow soon!
June 26 Students last day dismissal at 11:45/Year end Assembly 10:00
Report cards come home on this day
June 27 Professional Development Day for teachers

Sports Day Colour Teams
Please send your child to school in a the colour listed below on Sports Day ( June 17). If you do not have this particular colour, please don’t rush out and buy something-we can easily switch a team or possibly locate a pinney!
Red Shirts: Lliam, Sho, Mya, Nimesh, Samiya
Blue Shirts: Aiden, Parker, Saba, Sophie M, Cambria
White Shirts: Summer, Hayden, Lacey, Jackson, Sophie P.
Yellow Shirts: Audrey, Blake, Amy, Eden, Conner, Roxanna

Art Gallery Trip

We got to see that each person can interpret art in their own unique way and that process and product are both very important!

We got to explore and try to discover themes in artworks like this one about animals.

We got to choose which pieces we liked best and tell why.

Beach Day Pictures and The Easter Sock Hop!

Dental Egg Experiment-Look what pop does to your teeth!!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

May News and a few pics too!

Dates To Remember for May

May 5-8 Education Week “We Are Teachers” theme
May 7 Hats on for Mental Health day! Have your child wear a hat to school today!

May 7 Drum presentation 9-10am and Leader in Me Family

Assembly hosted by Grade 2 “Seek to Understand” 12:30

May 8 Spelling test day today instead of Friday/Cradle Board Presentation 1:00-2:00 /Fun Friends program begins 2:05- 3:05/Sharing Day

May 9 Professional Development Day-No School for studentsMay 11 Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14 School wide Skipathon Day

May 15 Fun Friends program 2:05-3:05/Sharing Day

May 16 Spelling test day

May 19 Victoria Day-No SchoolMay 22 SAAG Fieldtrip 10:30-12:00/Sharing Day-Thanks to those who have already volunteered to drive. We are still in need of 3 more if you are available please email or drop by!

May 23 Spelling test

May 28 Pioneer Day-Remember Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie? This is a dress up day where we will attempt to use no technology as they did in the “olden” days! more info. To follow soon

May 29 Fun Friends program 2:05-3:05/ Sharing Day

May 30 POW WOW at Nicholas Sheran 9:30-10:30/ Last       spelling test day of the year!
Last day for class requests for next year to Mr. Bryant.

June 4 Kindergarten switch day. Grade One students get to go back and visit a Kindergarten classroom, while the K-children check out Grade One!

Grade Ones host Leader in Me family assembly at 12:30. Our theme is Habit #6 Synergize

June 5, 12 Sharing Days!

June 9 Fieldtrip to Galt Museum “Moving Forward With The Past”9:20-10:50 (leaving the school at 9:00 buses provided)

June 15 Happy Father’s Day!

June 17 UPDATE * Sports Day 9:00-2:00

June 18 Farewell to Mr. Bryant Assembly time TBA

June 20 Camping Day! For all the grade one classes

June 23 Farewell to staff Assembly 9:00-10:00am

June 24 Year End Picnic -more information to follow

June 26 Students last day dismissal at 11:45/Year end Assembly 10:00
June 27 Professional Development Day for teachers

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Events and More!

My oh my where have the weeks gone?! I can’t believe there are 2 days until the Easter Break! We’ve been working hard to finish up some things in class, as well as prepare for Thursday. In Math, we’re working on  our Numbers 1-100 unit. We’ve been practising counting to 100 in many different ways all year, and now students are trying out some strategies for how to count out objects between numbers 50-100. Sometimes we count in 10s, 5s, or 2s depending on how many there are. 

In Social Studies we’ve been talking about taking care of our Earth, as the season changes to spring and we prepare for Earth Day. There are some really great conversations about what we can do to protect our environment along with some creative new Boom De Yada lyrics!

Thursday is going to be a super busy day. Here’s what’s happening: First off, it’s Dress Like Easter day. I told the kids if they don’t have anything ‘Easter’ to wear, think springtime! Anything with bright spring colours, polka dots, stripes, etc. Remember though, that they should be comfortable and able to freely move around as we will have our Sock Hoplater that day. If you’re around the school around 8:30please feel free to stick around for our Spirit Assembly in the gym. Then, at 12:30, families are invited to come watch our Easter Sock Hop. We will be in the gym at 12:30 with the Grade 2s, performing a number of circle and line dances that we’ve been working so hard on! Then, after the pm recess, we’ll enjoy snacks in our room with a little Easter video. Thanks again to the families who signed up to provide snacks!

We also have a number of field trips that are booked, which I will email reminders out closer to the dates, but I thought I would tell you now in case you’d like to join and have to make arrangements. Here are our field trip dates/ times for the rest of the year:
Monday June 9: The Galt Museum- We will take a bus from MMH that leaves at 9:00. We will be at the Museum until 10:50. If you would like to catch the bus with us, you are more than welcome. Or you could just meet us at the museum. Due to the nature of this field trip, we ask that you do not bring younger siblings. Please email me if you’re interested in joining us!
Thursday May 22: The SAAG- We will be visiting the Art Gallery, and will need parent volunteers to drive us. If you’re able to help supervise and / or drive, we will be leaving MMH at 10:15. We will return just after 12. If you’re able to drive for this field trip, please email me asap!
Tuesday June 3rd- Pancake Breakfast- this a school wide event where families are invited to come and have a pancake breakfast. The breakfast is from 7-8:15.
Wednesday June 11th- Grades K-2 Sports Day! This is an awesome event that is WEATHER DEPENDANT! We are looking for 2-4 parents to help run stations outside. Please email me if this is something you’re interested in!
Wednesday June 18th- Mr. Bryant’s Retirement Assembly. This will be sometime in the afternoon, and we will let you know when the time is set. This is one you won’t want to miss!
Thursday June 19th- This is our back up day for Sports Day in case we get rained out on the 11th.
Monday June 23rd- This is our Farewell Assembly, where we say goodbye to any staff members who are leaving our school. This assembly is from 9-10am.
Tuesday June 24th-This is the date we have set for our Grade 1 Year End Picnic. The details of this event are still in the works, but parents will be invited to come have a picnic lunch with the Grade One students. This is an awesome event and you’ll definitely want to mark this one on your calendars!
Thank you for reading! As always, email me if you have any questions! Have a wonderful Easter Break with your families!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April Newsletter

Important Dates to Remember

April 2- World Autism Day at MMH Please wear blue today! 

April 3 5:30-7:30 Spring Dance in the Gym: Fairytale Theme!           

April 4- Professional Learning Day/No School for students

April8-10-Dental Screening Days

April 9- 9:00-10:00 Drumming          

April 4, 10, 17 Spelling Test Days

April 3, 10,17, Sharing Days  

April 16-AirBand 12:30 in gym 

April 17-8:30 Dress Like Easter Spirit Assembly/ Easter Sock Hop 12:30-2:00

April 18- 27: Easter Break

April 28-First day back after break

April 29-Hot Lunch Day for gr. 1-3
Words of The Week
April 1-3          our, round, how, now, know 
April 7-11        boy, there, then, them, of  
April 14-17      over, under, after, her, yesterday 
We will be finishing up our Building Unit and starting a plant/animal unit very soon! The children get to grow their very own plants and learn which parts of a plant we like to eat and what plants need to survive and much more!
Easter Sock Hop!
The kids have been working on their dances and are excited to get together with all the ones and twos to boogie
Language Arts
We will continue writing & editing with our Fairytale Unit until Easter and I have posted the spelling lists on Spelling City so you can preview over the break if you like. We’ll be looking at ou/ow, oi/oy,and the er sisters! The kids are  always working on reading strategies and zipping along with Daily Five!
We will be starting a quick little unit on caring for our environment that ties in nicely with Earth Day! After the break  we dive into a big unit called Moving Forward With the Past! This unit will include a fieldtrip to the Galt Museum and bussing will be provided. 
Skip-a-thon mini unit has started along with our Dance unit.
We will soon be starting a BIG unit called Numbers to 100.  This unit includes place value, using the mental math strategy of making 10 for adding and subtracting,  grouping numbers to 100  by 2, 5, and 10 , comparing, representing and , describing numbers to 100 and so much more!
MMH is having a skip-a-thon which is a school wide fundraiser to help provide extra-curricular activities, learning resources, and other items for MMH students. More information and pledge forms will be coming home soon

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Magic of Reading!

We had a very busy Thursday today but I took a minute to snap a few pictures of the kids this morning during our Language Arts time. One of the kids said, " I L-O-V-E reading!"  Music to every teachers ears!  We had tons of kids volunteer to read their writing at the front of the room today!  Very brave and such great writers! Nice job Grade Ones! Enjoy the photos!
Complete Comfort!
Hard at Work!
Laser Focus!
Super Smartboard Speller!
Wrapped up in reading!
Got them all!
Someone loves red!
Writing about Lego!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here are a few fun pics from today! The spirit cup challenge was to take a photo in the shape of a shamrock--you can see all the kids on the carpet in a clover shape! Check out these funny faces!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

March Newsletter!

It is time for Mrs. Payne to buy a new computer! Sorry it has taken a while to get this posted, hopefully you have relied on the hard copy that came home in mail boxes to tied you over. My old laptop is not running blogger very quickly so I am forced to blog from the school after hours! It's a little tricky with the new set up but I think we've got it dialed in! Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the celebration of learning Thursday night 5:30-7:30pm. The kids have been working like crazy to make all kinds of things to show you!  See you soon!

Important Dates!

March 4:Home Hardware fieldtrip

March4,11,18,25: After school skate at Nicholas Sheran 3:30-4:30

March  7,14,20,28:  Spelling test days 

March 17:Spirit Assembly @12:30 WEAR GREEN!!!! 

March 13 Celebration of Learning 5:30-7:00PM 

March 14: Report Cards come home! 

March 20 & 21: Usborne book fair

March 20:P/T evening interviews/regular classes

March 21: No classes P/T interview

March 25: Hot Lunch Day
We are continuing our building unit in science and the kids are starting to use terms like materials, tools, and fasteners! Each project we build is designed to help the children choose materials wisely and understand that everything they make has a purpose and a function.  This unit ties together nicely with our Fairytale unit as we will test our bridges to see if they can support the weight of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and will see if our houses from the Three Little Pigs can withstand an earthquake or windstorm!   The kids are encouraged to talk about their projects afterward and decide what materials worked best and what designs they would modify and try again.  Thank you again to our parent volunteers who helped out with Scientists in School Day! Another exciting part of our building unit is the trip to Home Hardware where we actually get to use the drill press , hammers, and nails! The kids will paint their pencil holders in Art when we get back! Can’t wait to set them on our desks and actually use them!
We have so many things to do and learn this month and they all revolve around Fairytales.  We are starting out with Jack & The Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Three Billy Goats and will be meeting The Three Little Pigs plus a few more over the next few weeks.  The kids will be writing some  fairytales of their own  and our focus is making sure we have all story elements character, setting, problem and solution!  
   Report Cards
Report cards will be coming home on Friday March 14.  We are  having a Celebration of Learning on Thursday March 13th from 5:30-7:00pm. You will be able to schedule a 20 minute slot using conference manager. This is an evening where your child can show what they know and update you on their latest projects and progress!  Hope to see you there!   

Our new Geometry Unit in Math also ties in nicely with our Science Building and LA Fairytales! One of the big ideas in the geometry unit is that 2D items are called shapes and 3D items are called objects. The kids learn to use geometrical language and to describe, sort, and compare both 2D shapes and 3D objects. And of course, we get to build by replicating a design that is given and by problem solving the best way to fit pieces together. And of course we continue to reinforce the basic skills of number operation and number sense every day during our morning calendar time.


¬ Words  Of The Week
March 3-7   too, soon, good, who, have                  
March 10-14 when, where, who, what, once 
March 17-20  brown, brick, bring, pretty, from  
March 24-28 daddy, mommy, funny, any, every
Usborne Book Fair
March 20 & 21 
Times: 8:30-8:00pm Thurs
8:30-11:45 Friday
Payment of cash, cheque made out to Michelle Conrad, visa or MasterCard will be accepted March 19-21. The majority of the books will be ordered and delivered to your school in approximately 3 weeks. There will be a small selection available to purchase and take home from the fair. Your purchases will earn your school library 25% in free books!!! Come support your school and your childs literacy.
All students will be entered to win the $25 FREE book draw that will be made March 21.
Conference Manager Instructions
Step 1
 You can Pre-Register at  (DO NOT include “www” in the url)You can set up a Parent Account by following the link below. Click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration form. Your login credentials (email and password) will remain in the system to make it easy to access the Conference Manager in the future.  
Please note that in order to enhance functionality and security, the Conference Manager requires you to use Internet Explorer 7 (or above), Firefox 3 (or above) or Safari 4 (or above). If you are using an older browser, the Conference Manager will automatically prompt you to update your browser and provide you with a link. This is a one-time process and only takes a couple of minutes.
Step 2 – Conference Manager Opens to Parents – Monday, March 10th at 6:00 am.
You can access the Parent Login Page using the link in the Confirmation Email. If you do not receive a Confirmation Email, you can login by going directly to
Step 3 -Book Your Time
Select the teachers of the classrooms you want to visit. You will see each teacher’s schedule. After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email containing the teacher name, time and location of the visit. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule your “Celebration of Learning” time. You have the option of submitting comments or questions to the teacher as part of the booking process.
Important Dates
Monday, Mar. 10:
 Conference Manager opens at 6:00 am  
Thursday, Mar. 13: Conference Manager closes at 4:00 pm
If you do not have Internet access, you are welcome to contact the office and we will schedule your conferences on your behalf. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the school at 403.381.2211


Saturday, 8 March 2014

100th Day and Lego Build

We have been busy busy in grade one! Here are a few pics from some of our projects! March Newsletter coming soon!