Grade 1 Welcome Letter

Dear Grade 1 Families,


Hello and welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at IICS. My name is Andrea Spackman and I will be the Music, Physical Education, and Art specialist in the Early Years Program and Grade 1. I am very excited to be working with your child and, because of this new position created at IICS, I will have the opportunity to work with each student very closely this year.


Below I have listed the specialty schedule for the week for the grade 1 classes. In addition, you will find a brief summary of information for each subject area that may help you and your family prepare for classes with me this school year.

Weekly Schedule


MondayMusic TuesdayArt WednesdayMusic ThursdayPE FridayPE



Our focus in Early Years and Grade 1 Music is the exploration of musical genres, styles, and activities through organized music play. This involves developing individual singing, listening, and rhythmic skills as well as practicing the use classroom instruments.



During Physical Education classes, student will be exposed to a number of different learning environments including indoor and outdoor spaces.

Please prepare your child for PE days by outfitting them with:

  • Comfortable clothing (loose fitting, athletic, weather appropriate)
  • Athletic shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat (during warm weather months)

*The above items do NOT need to be stored at school. These are just suggestions to ensure your child is comfortable before leaving home on days there are PE classes.



Students will have the opportunity to explore many different types of art and learn the foundations of the subject. These foundational elements include line, shape, form, texture, and much more. Because art can get a little messy, aprons will be provided to protect clothing during activities.


To find out more about curriculum information, parent resources, portfolio documents, and more, please check out our class website


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email. Thank you I look forward to a wonderful year working with you and your child at IICS.




Andrea Spackman

Early Years and Grade 1 Specialist

Categories: Class News, Grade 1

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