September Newsletter


Dear parents/guardians,

 Welcome to our Grade 7 and 8 classroom!  My name is Mme O’Reilly and it is my pleasure to be teaching your child this year.  I am convinced that we will have a great year together as we work through this year’s curriculum!

 There are a few teachers that will be involved with our classroom this year. I will be covering Math, French as a Second Language, History, Geography, Religion and Arts (visual and dance) with your child. Mlle McMorrow will be teaching Language (English) and Mme Matsumura will teach Science and Technology, Physical Education and Health.



Here is a list of materials your child will need this year:

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • blue and black pens
  • highlighters
  • pencil crayons
  • 30-cm ruler
  • lined paper
  • graph paper
  • scissors
  • calculator
  • geometry kit (protractor, compass…)
  • glue stick
  • change of physical education clothing, including appropriate foot wear (see Mlle Matsumura’s note sent home)
  • indoor shoes
  • water bottle

 Please note that duo tangs are provided, and students are asked to use these instead of personal binders.



Dress Code

Please take a moment to review the section in the school agenda for dress code requirements. An attachment has also been sent with this newsletter highlighting dress code requirements. If your child is not dressed within the dress code policy, they will be requested to change into clothes that are within dress code requirements. In the event that they do not have a change of clothes, they will be sent to the office.

 Technology in the Classroom (iPods, cell phones, laptops, etc)

Many of my students have been anxiously asking whether these are welcome in the class. The office will be sending a note home shortly, stating the agreed-upon guidelines.




 This month we are covering the topics:

 MATH:                 Patterns in Whole Numbers (GR7) / Numbers, Variables, Equations (GR8)

 FRENCH:             A unit with the theme of immigration. This unit will cover the concepts of reports, critiques and interviews. Your child will also have an assignment that will allow me to get to know them a little better. (Note: Grammar will be throughout all units of the year.)

 HISTORY:            New France (GR7) / Confederation (GR8)

 RELIGION:          Theme 1: Created and Loved by God (GR7 & 8)

 LIBRARY:            Our library period will be on Tuesday mornings starting next week. You can expect your child to come home with a French and an English book at the minimum.



 In a million words or less, please tell me about your child! Feel free to write whatever you wish, however much you wish, and in whatever format you wish! This is a fun homework activity intended to help me see your child from your point of view. So please have fun with it! Your homework is due by Friday September 14th. Thank you!




It is our school’s tradition to permit Grade 8 students the privilege of going off school site for lunch on Friday’s only. The tradition will continue provided students follow the expectations of the school administration:

1. Students who wish to leave school property for lunch Friday must bring a dated and signed permission letter from home EACH time they plan to do so and hand it to Mme O’Reilly first thing in the morning. In the absence of a parent letter of permission students will not be permitted to leave school property. A phone call is not acceptable.

2. Students must sign out and in at the office when leaving school property. Repeated late return from lunch may result in the loss of this privilege.




I believe that communication with parents is important in order to work as partners for your child’s education. You can expect a monthly newsletter from me providing you with an update on the class and upcoming units to be studied.

I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school. My door is always open.


Mme O’Reilly