Welcome to Mrs. Martel's Grade One Page

We are at St. Stephen School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Mrs Martel!

I've had a wonderful time learning with your children over the past six weeks. I'm going to miss their happy smiles, curious minds and funny stories. I'll be back to visit my grade one friends soon!

Love, Miss S xox

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Just a note that the Grade Ones have earned a pyjama and stuffie day tomorrow from Mme MacIntosh (Thursday 17th). 

Don't forget your pj's and stuffies!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Spreading Christmas cheer to the residents of Granite Ridge Retirement Home....

It was such a wonderful experience for the students and the seniors we visited today.  Thank you to our parent volunteers who joined us today!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Look what just arrived from the North Pole...
Thank you Santa!

You'll find a reply letter from Santa in your child's mailbag this evening. Please note that a copy of their letter to Santa was sent home for you last Monday for your records.

Enjoy the magic of the season :)
Love, Miss S. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Don't Forget...

Friday December 11 - PJ Day
Friday December 18 - Elf Yourself

A donation of $1 or $2 is greatly appreciated. All funds donated support the cost of Christmas meals at the Ottawa Mission.

A picture from last Friday's 
Tacky Christmas Sweater Day...

Classroom News and Important Updates

1. We're excited as our annual Christmas Concert is tomorrow evening! The students are asked to wear a Santa hat for the performance. Please meet me in Ms. Hodgins classroom room 175 at 5:10 pm (schedule is in your child's mailbag today and attached below).  After our performance, please meet your child on the exit side of the stage. Please let me know when you have picked up your child so that I am able to keep track of numbers.

2. A note and permission slip went home in your child's mailbag yesterday. We will be singing Christmas carols at the Granite Ridge Retirement Residence on Tues Dec. 15. Please sign and return the permission form by Fri Dec 11. Parents and guardians are welcome to join us (please indicate this on the slip) by meeting us there. We hope to see you there!

3. Please ensure all library books are returned this week. New library books will not be borrowed until the New Year.

4. The students have been participating in weekly Advent Liturgies on Monday mornings. It has been wonderful to see the many "gifts" written on with good deeds that have been filling our Advent tree. Keep them coming!

5. Food donations and Socks for the Ottawa Mission have been steadily coming in. Thank you for your generosity!

6. Please check our class twitter account @gr1mrsmartel for the latest classroom happenings!

Ms. Skrok :)

Monday, December 7, 2015

A note went home in your child's mailbag today. We're requesting that the students wear a Santa Hat for their performance in the Christmas concert on Thursday.

Further information will be coming home soon regarding timings for the evening. Stay tuned!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

We've been busy preparing our hearts for Advent by sharing our good deeds with one another. Our Advent tree is starting to fill up with the many gestures of kindness.

We hope you can join us tomorrow morning for our Advent Mass @ 10:15am in the Gymnasium.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Over the next few weeks your children will get a chance to take home our "I Can Tell Time Tote."  

Each student will take the tote home nightly to add a page to our class book. They will get an opportunity to share their journal page with us the following day.  


Thursday, November 12, 2015

You are Special!

Today we discussed how each of us are unique 
and one of God's special gifts. 
Your children are so talented and creative and share so many of their gifts with us in our class each day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you to all who were able to join us at our Remembrance Day Ceremony today! It was a lovely service as we remembered those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  So very proud of our students in the gym today.

We used poppies to make number sentences today. Ask your child to make a number sentence for you, like the picture below! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

What a wonderful first day I had with my new grade one friends today. So very happy to get to work with this group of wonderful and talented children! Check twitter for some pictures from our learning experiences today! :)

Classroom Reminders :)

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday November 10 is picture retake day. Please return the proofs if you wish to have your child's photo retaken. Students who were absent on picture day will also have their photo taken tomorrow.

All parents and guardians are invited to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Wednesday November 11 in the gym starting at 10:15 am.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Park Trip Cancelled

Due to the poor weather expected on Wednesday October 28, we are rescheduling our walk to the park for next Wednesday, November 4th. Let's hope the weather is much better!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happy Halloween Week

In support of the United Way, we are having a spirit week at school! Students are invited to donate $2 to participate in these special days.

  • Tuesday - Sports/Jersey Day
  • Wednesday - Crazy Hat/ Crazy Hair Day(also our park visit day)
  • Thursday - PJ Day (Pumpkin Day!)
  • Friday - Orange and Black Day for Grades 1-6

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Global Read Aloud - It's Not Fair

Sometimes when students are away or out of the classroom I will record the story, lesson, etc. Here is our story today! We had lots of text to self connections. You can see our connections on our padlet this week at http://padlet.com/marcie_martel/itsnotfair

Monday, October 12, 2015

Events This Week

We would like to welcome our new student teacher from Nipissing University - Brenda Heto
She will be with us all week and then again later in the Spring for another placement.

Don't forget - Picture Day is Friday!

There is no regular homework this week! Just snuggle books and some finishing up!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Global Read Aloud

 Image result for the global read aloud

This week we are beginning our six week adventure of the Global Read Aloud! Our focus this year are the books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Author Study):

Week 1:  We start with Chopsticks
Week 2:  Week 2 is all about Duck! Rabbit!
Week 3:  Then on to It’s Not Fair!
Week 4:  Week 4 will focus on the trials of being an Exclamation Mark
Week 5:  I love that we end week 5 with The OK Book
Week 6:  Our choice - I'm undecided at the moment.
Please find more information here:

GRA - Information for Parents

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wondering What We Are Learning?

Please check the most recent newsletter under the section Notes Home. In the letter you will find updates about math, language etc. 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Naming of Our Class Pets

It is official - Lemonade has some new friends!
Please meet - Swampy, Strawberry and Red Sox!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Welcome to Our New Student Teacher

Wednesday, Ms. Magar will be joining our class. She is a student teacher from Ottawa University. She will be with us every Wednesday until the end of November, followed by a month long placement with us in December. Welcome Ms. Magar

Also a few other notes:
Library day is Monday (please return all books by Monday so that you can take a new book every Monday)
Gym Days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Homework will begin next week! More information is coming soon!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Spirit Day

What a great start to the week! Tomorrow is Spirit Day! Don't forget to wear your St. Stephen clothing or our school colours - Green and White!

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Sneak Peek Into Our Classroom

Here are a few photos to let everyone have a sneak peek into our classroom. It is going to be a fantastic year!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Catch Up Time

As many of you know I suffered a broken ankle on March Break! Haha - Yes I know! #badbreak on March Break. Now that I have a little (ALOT) of time on my hands, I thought I would work on catching up on the blog. So over the next little while I'll try to catch up on some of the amazing learning that has happened in our class! Here is a few pictures of the #badbreak! CAUTION - they aren't for the faint of heart!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is on display at the front of the school...here are a few photos but please stop in and a have a look! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Our Hip Hop Dance

On Friday, February 14th we performed our special Hip Hop Dance that Angel taught us. Listen to the crowd! We were a big hit! 

Our Hip Hop Dance

Dont' forget to book an interview!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

100th Day of School Example

The 100th Day of School is fast approaching - February 6th! Here are a few project examples to help you out.

Happy Counting!





Sunday, January 25, 2015

January Updates

Happy Cold Weather!
We have some important updates for you to read! Please check them out HERE - or in the Notes Home Section.

Here are a few pictures of some events happening our classroom!

This is what a typical day looks like in our classroom.

Anchor Chart for Warm and Cool Colours

Example of Warm and Cool Art
Example of Warm and Cool Colours

Example of Warm and Cool Art

Here we are using XC Collaboration from Smart Notebook to think about the number 10.

Literacy Stations

Literacy Stations

Learning how to use Google Drawing

Learning how to use Google Drawing

Literacy Stations

Math Group Work