Grade 1

  • Grade 1 News
    • Grade 1 Important Dates
      There are no upcoming events at this time.
    • Homework

    • Hello Spring!   So thankful to see the signs of spring welcoming us back to school!  We pray you all had a wonderful spring break with your families.

      Happy Holy week to all our families.  Although we are unable to celebrate Easter in the same fashion as before we continue to pray that God captures the heart of your families and draws you into His love and goodness.  Our family has been watching Father Mike Schmitz.  If you are looking for an Easter mass to participate with Father Mike will be saying mass on Easter.   We continue to keep you all in our prayers.

      Few reminders

      • No school on Good Friday and Easter Monday
      • Mask – please continue to send masks daily
      • Please return indoor shoes
      • ALL LIBRARY books are to be handed in for inventory – Thank you!

      May you have a beautiful Holy Week.  As we say in Grade One “God is good all the time.  All the time God is good!.”  May we see God in every moment of everyday and may his loving presence fill our hearts.


      Mrs. Gaudet

      March 9, 2021

      Good afternoon, everyone!  I pray you got out to enjoy the sunshine.  We sure made the best of this beautiful day in our Grade One class.

      Thank you so much, parents for carving out time to meet with Mrs. Wakely and myself on Friday.  We are so grateful that you took time out of your busy schedule to meet with us.  It was nice to see everyone.

      A few reminders for our last week before spring break …

      • Hot lunch orders have been sent home – Due Friday
      • In Language Arts we learned the double the consonant after a short vowel rule – Buzz off Miss Pill … ask your child to tell you about the rule.
      • Gift from God books will not go home again until after spring break
      • Water bottles – Please continue to send water bottles
      • Masks – Thank you so much!! Everyone is remembering their masks.  This is so helpful.

      May God continue to watch over your families.  Please know you are all in our prayers.


      Tara Gaudet

      March 1, 2021

      Happy March! Spring is around the corner! YEAH!!  We continue to pray you are all well and staying healthy.

      Few reminders:

      • Parent/teacher interviews are this Friday – You will receive a link this week if you have signed up.
      • Gift from God program – Please return by Wednesday – Complete/review pages 5-8.  We circle the page you should complete.  Thank you for working through this book with us.
      • Mask – please ensure your child has a mask EVERYDAY
      • Water bottle – please send a water bottle every day.
      • Please continue to read daily.

      Two weeks left till spring break!  Spring is my favourite time in Grade One.  Just as the flowers bloom so do the children.  This time of year is packed full of growth.  We are looking forward to seeing your child continue to learn and grow!


      Mrs. Gaudet


      Thursday, February 18, 2021

      Math practice sheet in pocket –  practicing addition facts.

      It is important that everyone has their mask at school and a water bottle.

      Hot Lunch forms due

      Remember the fundraiser notice

      If you have library books at home please remember to send them back.

      Report card folders are due back asap.

      Find a card in their planner pocket – someone to remember in prayer. This person is preparing to be a priest.


      February 16, 2021

      Good afternoon, Grade One Families,

      Happy Shrove Tuesday!  Today we celebrated by having pancakes!!  The children were so excited!

      • Thunderwear was sent home with your child today (if you ordered it).



      • Hot lunch forms
      • Fundraiser notice


      1. GIFT FROM GOD workbooks
      2. Progress Report Folder and envelope
      3. Library books
      4. Hot lunch forms – Due Fri. Feb. 19, 2021 – They are in the pocket planner today.


      • Water bottle
      • Masks
      • School sweater or Thunderwear sweatshirt.  It gets COLD in our class.


      • Ash Wednesday is tomorrow- Please DO NOT send any treats or favourite foods tomorrow.
      • Unless we get a snow day our 100th day of school will be on Monday!!

      Tomorrow we begin the season of Lent, with Ash Wednesday.  In our class we will be talking about the different ways we can come closer to God during the season of Lent by fasting, prayer and offerings.  Please take some time at home to talk what your child can do throughout this season.  In class we will talk how this season offers us the opportunity (although hard!) to grow closer to Christ and how making these sacrifices we become a stronger disciple for the Kingdom of God.  In our class we will have a class bean jar.  Each time a child offers a prayer or makes a sacrifice they will be able to put a kidney bean in the jar.  On Easter the kidney beans will become jelly beans.   The long awaited Easter is a celebration!

      Blessings to you and your family!  Enjoy your Shrove Tuesday.

      Mrs. Gaudet


      February 8, 2021

      Welcome to February!  It’s hard to believe we have almost been in school for 100 days!  I sure hope you are seeing the wonderful learning that has taken place.  Despite the unusual times the students remain happy, kind and work very hard.   We are so proud of the many things they are learning to do. Thank you for your continued support.

      Few reminders for the week:

      • Gift from God books will be sent home tomorrow.  Please help your child complete page #2.  Please return the book on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
      • Extra math practice books have been sent home.
      • Report cards will come home on Wednesday.
      • Wednesday – Dress down day – We will celebrate Valentine’s on this day.
      • NO SCHOOL THUR., FRI, and MONDAY – Enjoy your 5 day weekend!  I will exchange all reading books on Tuesday.


      Mrs. Gaudet

      February 1, 2021

      Few reminders:

      • Please remember to have your child wear a mask everyday
      • Practice spelling CVC words (cat, sit, pot, man) We are working on words with digraphs (fish, cash, ship, rack etc)
      • Keep up the great reading.  Remember Home Reading books are exchanged on Mondays.
      • I will be sending home a math facts workbook tomorrow.  This isn’t mandatory.  Your child can work on it at their own pace.  It is a book for those students who would like a little bit of extra practice at home.  Once it is complete please bring send it back to school.


      Mrs. Gaudet


      Jan. 28,2021

      Notice went home today – please check their planner pocket.

      PE tomorrow – wear your Thunder wear.

      Make sure your child has their water bottle with them.


      January 14,, 2021

      Please send your child in their gym strip tomorrow – PE in the morning.

      Make sure your child has a water bottle and a clean mask at school.

      Read 10 minutes and practice subtraction facts to 10.

      January 13, 2021

      Praise God for this beautiful sunny day.  We spent extra time outside today learning.  It was such a beautiful day, although a bit chilly!

      A few reminders –

      • PLEASE make sure your child has has proper winter attire during these chilly days.  We do go outside as much as possible and although sunny it is very cold out.
      • MASKS – Please ensure your child has a clean mask every day.  We have sent home a strap for the student’s masks so now the students can wear their mask around their neck to school. We do use our masks throughout the day.  In order for your child to participate in some of the activities they MUST have a mask.  We do have disposable masks for the days someone forgets, but we are running low. Thank you so much for helping your child remember this new addition to their uniform.
      • Homework – Keep up the reading!  We are seeing some wonderful learning happening with your support.  Thank you so much for all the time your are giving to support your child’s learning.  Please continue to practice writing CVC words and sight words  (Flashcards were included in your brown envelope).  Feel free to use those during your reading time.  In math we are working on mastering our addition and subtraction math facts to 10.  When time permits please practice addition and subtraction facts.

      Enjoy this beautiful evening.  Praying for your families.  May God continue to protect you during these challenging days.  May God strengthen your families and fill your homes with His love.


      Tara Gaudet

      January 5, 2021

      Welcome back, Grade One families,

      We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families.  Your children have been sharing many moments of laughter and fond memories with their friends telling of their wonderful Christmas together with their families.   I’m so glad many to hear your families had fun over the holidays.

      It is wonderful to be back to school.   Thank you again for your prayers, Christmas wishes and generous gifts.  We were overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness.

      Few reminders

      • TOMORROW – Wed. Jan. 6th is an early dismissal day
      • Please send a water bottle every day
      • Please ensure your child has a CLEAN MASK every day.  Mrs. Wakely and myself bought each student a critter mask for Christmas.  It was sent home yesterday in a bag.  That is your child’s to keep.  Please label it with your child’s name.
      • Brown envelopes – Please keep those at home.  They DO NOT need to be returned. They are supplementary material that we would use if we couldn’t return to school.  It contains some math, printing and reading work. Your child can work through it on sick days or just in spare time if they are looking for something to do.
      • Please practice writing CVC words every day.

      May your have a very blessed New Year.  May you continue to experience joy and blessings.

      Mrs. Gaudet

      Dec. 16, 2020

      This week we light the pink candle of JOY on our advent wreath.  Praying you are all finding joyful moments with your families as we await the coming of Jesus.  Such a beautiful season of advent.

      THANK YOU everyone for the generous gifts and beautiful Christmas cards and wishes.  I felt so spoiled.

      Today we had many moments of laughter and smiles.  Your children are a joy to teach and I am very grateful to be spending this year with your children.  I wish you a very beautiful Christmas.   May the love of Jesus fill your hearts and homes this Christmas and always.

      Few reminders …

      • Friday is a half day.
      • On Friday the students will bring home a brown envelope with some work to do if our school isn’t able to open as planned for January.  There is no expectation for this work to be completed over Christmas.
      • Reminder epic and Radz kids is available through out the Christmas break so please keep up the reading.


      Mrs. Gaudet

      Dec. 7, 2020

      Today is the second Sunday of advent.  This week we reflect on the meaning of PEACE.  May this week ahead be peaceful for you and your family.  The Grade 1 and 4 class has made a Christmas book and has a Christmas basket raffle.  Tickets are 2 for $1.  All proceeds will go to Chalice.

      A few reminders …

      • Monday
        • Return Home Reading Books for exchange
        • Return Library Books for exchange
        • Dress in Christmas colours and cozy clothes today
      • Tuesday
        • Wear gym strip
      • Wednesday
        • Dress in your Christmas Sunday best
      • Friday
        • Wear gym strip

      We pray you have a wonderful week.  Happy Feast St Nicholas’ Feast Day.


      Mrs. Gaudet


      Dec. 4, 2020

      Christmas dress down day on Monday. Notice in Thunder News.

      Nov. 27, 2020

      The children need to have  cleaned masks at school for Monday.

      Continue to read this weekend and play outdoors as long as it is not raining.

      Have a great weekend.

      Nov. 25, 2020

      Good morning,

      This week we are preparing for our advent season that will begin on Sunday.  The children have been busy making advent wreaths and learning about the meaning of the candles.  Despite the many challenges that these times bring we pray that you experience PEACE, LOVE, JOY and HOPE during advent as we await the coming of our Saviour Jesus.

      Please continue to …

      • read daily
      • practice reading and printing CVC words (cat, sit, sad, fit, cup etc.).
      • counting on ( you say a number and your child counts on – 6 they say 7, 8, 9)
      • counting by 10 and 5’s

      We have begun addition and are working hard at developing this skill.  If you have time at home please practice addition facts to 10.

      PLEASE have your child wear weather appropriate outside gear as we continue to try to go outside everyday.

      Please ensure your child has a sweater or sweatshirt everyday.  The classroom windows are open the whole day. If you do not have a Thunderwear sweatshirt for you child they can wear a grey, dark blue or black sweatshirt.  The classroom is cool during the day with all the windows open.

      Blessings and have a lovely week.

      Mrs. Gaudet

      Nov. 17, 2020

      Today we talked about Advent and preparing for this beautiful season.  Before we know it we will be preparing for Christmas.

      Few reminders ….

      • No SCHOOL Friday
      • PLEASE send clean masks to school everyday!  We do use them throughout the day.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Putting them in the pocket of the agenda is a great place.  I will be sure to have your child bring home the dirty masks daily.
      • Please remember to send a water bottle.  You can send it empty as they are able to fill it up at school.
      • Please read daily.  Practise the Home Reading Books and the CVC words.
      • Practice counting by 10’s and 5’s

      Have a peaceful and cozy evening,


      Mrs. Gaudet

      Nov. 8, 2020

      Happy Fall, dear families!  I hope you had a lovely weekend exploring outside.  It was cool, but so beautiful and sunny.

      Remembrance Day is on Wednesday.  We will acknowledge this day with a virtual classroom assembly on Tuesday.  WE HAVE NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY!

      Few reminders:

      • Please continue to send a water bottle daily.
      • Please wash and return all masks.  We are using them frequently in the class so that we can work together.
      • Please ensure your child has OUTDOOR gear.  The weather has changed and it is now quite chilly.  Winter jackets, hats, boots are all required daily.  We are trying to get outside everyday during our learning time.  Outside is a great places for learning and the fresh air helps us stay healthy.  There is a lot of learning to take place outside.  Thank you for your cooperation.

      A look at the week ahead …

      • Monday – exchange Home Reading books and library books.
      • Tuesday – hot lunch for those who ordered in advance
        • Gym today – wear your Thunder wear/gym strip
      • Wednesday – NO SCHOOL – Remembrance Day
      • Friday – Gym – wear Thunder wear/gym strip

      Academic update:

      Your child should be able to count forwards and backwards to and from 20.  They should recognize numerals 1-20.  We are beginning addition next week.  They should be able to identify 2-D shapes and should be developing knowledge of 3-D shapes.  We are working on counting by 5’s and 10’s, as well as graphing.

      In reading we are spelling CVC words with all the vowels. This week we will be focussing on the vowel ‘u’.  Please continue to have your child read daily to you.  They should be able to read the book as well as read the words individually.  The students are now able to write simple sentence ie I can _. I like to play with _______.  I see the _(colour) __(noun).  The little cat is in the box.  Etc.  If time allows or if you are unable to attend school please feel free to take some time to write simple sentences today.

      Blessings and have a lovely week!

      Mrs. Gaudet

      Oct. 28, 2020

      Few reminders …

      Tomorrow …

      • clothing for our surprise activities – a warm jacket with a hood, and boots
      • a sturdy bag labelled with their name

      Friday …

      • students are welcome to dress in costumes to celebrate Hallowe’en.

      Following week …

      • Monday students are welcome to dress as saints to celebrate All Saints day!  RETURN HOME READING BOOKS.
      • Tuesday – Hot lunch – for anyone who preordered
      • Wednesday,  November 4th – our class has the privilege of attending mass.  Mass will be at 9am.  We will be in the foyer of the church.  THIS IS ALSO an EARLY DISMISSAL DAY!
      • Friday – Nov. 6, 2020 – NO SCHOOL

      Have a wonderful and peaceful evening!


      Mrs. Gaudet


      Oct, 20, 2020

      Few reminders …

      Thank you for sending the empty paper towel rolls.  We have completed a beautiful art piece.  I will send photos home once they are up in the hallway.

      • NO SCHOOL FRIDAY – professional development day for teachers
      • Hot lunch order forms due by Thursday (for those who wish to order)
      • Home Reading forms due by Thursday (home reading begins on Monday)
      • Reminder your child has access to Raz kids Reading Books for the year

      We are working on CVC words with the letter ‘a’ (word families ‘am’, ‘at’, ‘ag’, ‘ap’, ‘an’). Practice reading and writing these words at home.  Next week we will begin our home reading program.  You will receive 2-3 books (if you have sign up) and a list of word family words and sight words.  Please continue to practice counting to 50.

      Have a cozy evening.  Blessings to you and your families.

      Mrs. Gaudet


      Oct. 12, 2020

      Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!  We pray you had a beautiful weekend with those closest to you.  When we spoke this week with our Grade One class about things to be thankful for, the kids couldn’t stop sharing …  We are truly blessed.  Our Grade One students are the so good at reminding us of our blessings.  May God fill you home with His love and light this Thanksgiving weekend.

      A few reminders for the week …

      • hot lunch is on Tuesday for those who preordered and paid
      • please bring water bottles to school.  There is no fountain.
      • Raz-Kids forms will come home this week.  This from contains a code so your child can log in to their class account and read books on line.
      • Gym is tomorrow (Tuesday and Friday) Wear gym strip or Thunder wear to school
      • The weather has changed and we are definitely experiencing Fall!  We are trying to get outside as much as possible.  Please ensure your child has the appropriate outdoor wear for the day.
      • PLEASE send a paper towel roll to school.  We will be using these for art. (empty – sorry forgot to state that clearly!)

      For those students who are home with colds.  We will try our best to include on the website what we are learning. Please know that we pray you get better soon and understand if you are not able to complete all the work.  We will keep the work on your child’s desk and send it home for you to complete, if possible.  Below are some things you can work on at home with your child.

      Last week …

      • ‘at’ family – making works that end in ‘at’ – (cat, sat, fat, rat, bat, hat etc.)
      • ‘am’ family – (Sam, ram, ham etc.).
      • CVC words with ‘a’ both nonsense/pretend words (lat, hap, kam etc) and real words (cat, ram, tap).
      • Sight word – words your mind has to just remember – the, to
      • Letter to focus on Ll – listen and identify where you hear that sound in a word, beginning/end (lit, dill, let, grill etc.).
      • Math – patterns -create and identify – ABBA, ABC etc.
        • Counting on – you say a number and they say the number that follows “7” they say 8, 9, 10
        • Counting from 1-50
        • Printing numeral correctly from 1-9
        • Reading numbers 1-20 – eg 19 they say nineteen
      • Writing – On a paper ‘ I am _(name)__.  I like to ___________.  I can _____________.
        • I am thankful for _____________________.

      We pray you have had a wonderful weekend.  Have a lovely week.



      October 1, 2020

      Hot lunch forms are due tomorrow

      Wear gym strip for PE tomorrow

      Read to and with your child tonight – have them pick out simple words – I, and, the etc sight word

      Have a wonderful evening.



      Sept. 29, 2020

      Welcome to our last week of September.  I can’t believe it’s almost October.  The students have all adjusted to our new Grade One routines well.  They are enjoying their time together and it is truly a delight to be teaching them all.

      Few reminders for the week …

      • Wed. Sept. 30, 2020 is orange shirt day.  It is a dress down day.  Please try to find something orange for your child to wear.
      • Friday is gym. Wear gym strip to school
      • Hot lunch orders are due by Friday.
      • We are reviewing letters Aa, Nn, Mm, Tt, Ss, Ii
      • We are learning to listen for these sounds at the beginning of words and the ends of words.
      • We reading and writing numerals 0-10. Please practice these numbers at home.

      Blessings to all of our families.  Enjoy the sunshine!

      Mrs. Gaudet

      Sept. 22, 2020

      Few reminders …

      • Emergency tags and earthquake kits are due ASAP – we will be packing these all up Thursday.
      • Tomorrow we have French
      • Tomorrow I will be sending home 2 masks.  They will need to be labelled, washed and returned.  If your child has used their mask during school hours we will send it home in a ziplock bag labelled used, in the pocket of their planner.  Please return the washed mask in the planner pocket.  Please put it in the ziplock labelled clean. Thank you kindly for your help.

      Thank you, parents for all your help.  It is so wonderful to have all the children back in the classroom learning, and laughing together.  We continue to pray for the safety of our families.


      Mrs. Gaudet

      Sept. 20th, 2020

      We hope you had a wonderful weekend.  It was nice to see the sun today and smell the fresh air.  We are very thankful God blessed us with such a beautiful Sunday.

      Few notes for this coming week …

      • WATER BOTTLES – please make sure your child has their water bottle every day.
      • Tuesday and Friday – Please come to school in your PE clothes or Thunder wear
      • If you haven’t had a chance to send in your additional supplies please try to get those in this week – Earphones, art smock (old large t-shirt) and Lysol wipes or baby wipes – Thank you for sending in these supplies.
      • Letters to practice this week Aa, Nn, Mm and Ss.  Please make sure your child always begins at the top

      Thank you to the many parents that attended out ‘Meet the Teacher!’ It was so nice to see you all.  If you have any questions please reach out my email.


      Mrs. Gaudet and Mrs. Wakely

      September 11, 2020

      Welcome back!  We are so happy to see you all back at school.  We are excited about the year ahead.

      Few notes for the coming week …

      • Tuesday and Friday we have P.E. – The children should wear their gym strip or Thunder wear to school
      • Please send a water bottle to school every day.   (We DO NOT have a fountain this year).
      • Earthquake kits and emergency tags due by Friday
      • Earphones, art smock (old large t-shirt) and Lysol wipes or baby wipes – Thank you for sending in these supplies.

      Today we made ‘sit upon’ seats with the newspaper and bags our wonderful parents sent.  We will use these to sit on to help keep us clean and dry while outside.  Thank you to amazing parents for sending these supplies.  As the weather begins to change please know that we will still try to go outside as much as we can.  Please make sure your child comes to school each day with necessary outerwear to accommodate our outside learning.

      That’s it for now.  If you have any questions please feel free to be in touch via. email.

      I look forward to talking with you at our Meet The Teacher Night.

      Blessings and have a beautiful weekend.

      Mrs. Gaudet and Mrs. Wakely

      • French

      French Review for the Week of March 30th – April 3rd

      • Students can log into their AIM portal and under the video tab, watch
      • “Les actions” Section “A”

      If you have any difficulty accessing the portal, please email me at :


      To access the AIM portal go to :

      The user name is the students first name,  hyphen, last name initial – for example: finlay-s

      The password is : French