Grade 1 - What to Expect

Off To Grade One!

-a handy guide for Grade Ones and new students of any age!


Welcome to Grade One at Mountview! Here are some tidbits of information which we hope will help you and your child to prepare for grade one.


How To Prepare For Grade One Over The Summer:

  • Spend some time talking to your child about Grade One, which could include: going to school all day and eating lunch at school (practice opening containers that you would be including in your child’s lunch).

  • Visit the school playground.

  • Purchase school supplies (school supply lists are here and on the school website.

  • Be calm and positive with your child - they are going to love grade one!

  • Ensure that a consistent bedtime routine has been started about a week before school starts. Students are often quite tired during the first few weeks as they adjust to longer days in school.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast everyday before school.


What To Bring On The First Day (or to the Meet The Teacher & BBQ event on Aug. 30, 11:30-1:30)

  • School supplies

  • One pair of non-marking, indoor running shoes which are left at school to be used at school

  • Sturdy backpack to carry items to and from school, large enough for a lunch, library book, homework bag (and snowpants in the winter).

  • Petit sac/Homework Bag or your own homework bag - we do sell these in the office for $8.00 and they last for years.

  • Outdoor clothing for the weather conditions - we love going outside!

  • A change of clothes in a labeled ziploc bag, including socks (just in case).

  • Food - healthy snacks for recess, and mid-afternoon as well as a healthy lunch. Each teacher has their own policy on microwaves so it is a good idea to send non-microwaveable lunches for the first week until you know the classroom routine.

  • Please note: We are a nut aware school. Please do not send nuts, peanut butter, etc. in your child’s lunch.


*Please be sure to label everything your child brings or wears


Please label ALL school supplies (even pencils and crayons)


What NOT to bring to school:

  • tie-up shoes if your child cannot yet tie laces. Velcro or elastic laces work great. Learning to tie shoes is a great skill to practice over the summer before school starts.

  • Toys that are not part of a school activity or project. These often get lost or broken.

8:10 a.m.

Teacher supervision begins on the playground and at the buses. Please do not drop your child off before 8:10.

8:15 a.m.

Bell rings for school entry. The students line up at their assigned door and staff will let them in.

8:25 a.m.

Classes begin

9:55 a.m.- 10:10 a.m.

Morning Recess

11:45 a.m.- 12:05 p.m.

Students eat lunch in their classrooms with teacher supervisors

12:05 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Lunch recess

2:50 p.m.



What To Expect On The First Day, September 3, 2019:

  • Follow the regular bell schedule above.

  • Parents or guardians may accompany children to their classes to get settled on the first day. Class lists will be posted in the gym. If you attended the Meet The Teacher & BBQ, you will already know where to go.

  • Your child’s class will have a designated door and boot room which they will learn about from their teacher. On the first day, students and parents can enter by the main gym doors.

  • Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the first 5-10 minutes but it is generally easier for students to adjust if the parents leave after the first few minutes. Parents are welcome to congregate in the library for a little bit afterward to meet other parents and so the teachers can get busy getting to know their students.

  • Each day, Language Arts and Math are generally taught prior to morning recess so it is very important to be on time for school.

  • Children will be outside for recess all year long, weather permitting. Please dress your child in clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.

  • At the end of the first day, parents are welcome to come to the classroom to pick up children. Once routines are in place, we would like parents to wait outside for pick up. We have a sign-in policy for parents and other guests so we can control who is in our building and keep our students safe.

  • Staff will be outside at the end of the day to help children who are taking the bus. Children who are riding the bus for the first time should have an older student as a buddy to help them find their stop.


Staying In Touch With The Teacher And The School

  • Link book/agenda - this will be sent home every day for a parent signature and to communicate information between school and home. You may wish to use this as a way to write a message to the teacher or you can send them an email if your child has an appointment or is to meet someone different after school.

  • Teachers are not available during the school day but can be reached by email or by phone call after school.

  • If your child will be absent, please call the school at 403-346-5765 to leave a message or you can enter your child’s absence on the school app (see below). We have an automated system that will phone all parents who have not reported their child’s absence. Be sure to press “2” to verify the absence or the computer will continue to call all of the phone numbers listed as contacts for your child.

  • Please attend parent-teacher conferences in October, December and March to discuss your child’s progress in person and feel free to communicate more regularly with your child’s teacher by email, phone call or meeting.


  • Our school is mainly paperless in terms of communication with parents. We have the following ways to stay informed:

    • Mountview School Website

    • Mountview App - available for free in the app store for your iPhone or Android

    • School Connects (a service that we can use to send out phone messages to the number you have indicated as your home number on your registration)

    • Mountview Facebook Page

    • Mountview Twitter Feed

    • Mountview email blitz - this will be sent out every Friday to the primary email you indicated on your registration


First Rider Program - for students riding the bus for the first time, there is an orientation session put on by Prairie Bus lines. More information can be found on the Red Deer Public Schools website