is the time of the year we reflect on our many blessings. I am especially
thankful for my family, my friends, and the wonderful folks at St. Philip School
(colleagues, students and parents). I am very grateful for all your support to
make our students continue to believe and achieve! I would like to wish all of
you a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!
I was so happy for the opportunity to meet with parents and grandparents during our Open House. I hope the information package provided you with a thorough insight into what is expected in grade 2. Learning can be quite demanding at times, and my hope is for students to find it interesting and fun as well.
Thanks to everyone for
signing and sending in the different forms over the past week, and for donating
boxes of Kleenex and Ziploc bags. I’m also very impressed that all students
completed their “getting to know you/multiple intelligences” homework on time,
and most of them handed these in, way before the due date. I greatly appreciate
your valuable home support. *****
Thank you to Mrs.
Jennifer Kearns and Mrs. Fiona Lalonde, our parent volunteers, when we went to
the Richmond Fair this morning. Our students had so much fun!
Our first two weeks of school flowed smoothly, with the children settling very well. We have established our classroom routines and expectations with great emphasis on working together as a community, this month’s Catholic Graduate Expectation focus. We had an insightful discussion about respect for diversity with the story “The Crayon Box That Talked” by Shane DeRolf (http://vimeo.com/23111919) as the perfect springboard for the sharing of valuable ideas and personal experiences. We are all created in the image of God. Even if we are different from one another being unique as individuals, we all have innate gifts to share and offer. As a community of believers, we have a common purpose – to love God and our neighbours.
I hope you had a great summer, packed with many exciting adventures. I’m very delighted to teach a grade 2 class again this school year!
We are going to have a fun-filled year with many new learning opportunities. We will ease into second grade with emphasis during the first week of school on team building (community), and routines which give students a sense of security and foster cooperation.
By working together positively, we can help the children achieve their full potential. Communication is essential. If parents have comments, questions or concerns, please write a note in your child’s Agenda or give me a call. You can visit our class blog for curriculum highlights, important information, updates, helpful resources, and to see what we are doing. I also encourage you to subscribe to our school's weekly newsletter. I am looking forward to working with you for a successful year!
A few quick notes:
Weekly homework will be assigned to reinforce learning in the classroom. Students will have a whole week to complete them and submit them on time. (Given every Tuesday for students to work on, and to be returned the following Monday).
Please remember that the safety and well-being of our students are of the utmost importance. Check the ingredients of snack and lunch foods. No peanut butter or nut products. Your cooperation is very important and greatly appreciated.
While most of the necessary supplies are provided by the school, students may prefer to have supplies of their own. Some suggestions include pencils, a pencil sharpener, colouring pencils, white erasers and a 2-inch black binder for school work to go home. Also, each child needs a pair of indoor (running shoes) with non-marking soles for use in the classroom and gym. I also welcome boxes of Kleenex and extra large Ziploc bags for general classroom use. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Hello, 2nd graders and families! My name is Ms. Lacar. I have been teaching for 23 years. I joined the Ottawa Catholic School Board (Elementary) 13 years ago. My experience includes teaching students from Kindergarten to Grade 8, including Special Education class. This is my 7th year at St. Philip School. I am looking forward to getting to know you and working with you. Blessings!