January Newsletter

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Dear Parents
Happy 2019! I hope your holidays were joyful and filled your “buckets” with many happy memories. Thank you for the lovely gifts and cards I received. I truly feel appreciated.

Academics
January will be a month filled with stories of snow, animals in the winter and how we care about ourselves and our community.  To begin we will be focusing on several wonderful books including A Perfect Day, When It Starts to Snow, The Biggest, Best Snowman and The Biggest Snowman Ever.

We will continue to work on our “snap words”, our reading “Super powers” and understanding what we read by retelling, predicting, connecting  and asking questions.  We will be writing about the New Year, Winter activities (with some poetry about what we can and can’t do in Winter) and creating a fiction story about a day in the life of snowflake. We will also be writing about our experiences skating (Which starts on January 15th!).

In Math, we continue to review concepts covered with our calendar and daily math (patterns, sorting, identifying and understanding numbers 1-20 and counting by 5s and 10s). We will be working more on combining and separating numbers (addition and subtraction) this term. Knowing our basic facts is an important goal in grade one.

Social Skills

We continue to work on using kind words and actions with others, taking turns, sharing and recognising feelings in ourselves and others. I will be continuing with Kimochi lessons and Ms. Kate will continue some biweekly lessons with the students about the key concepts in this program as well (green and red thoughts, managing your impulses, gratitude, mindfulness, etc…). If you would like to know more about this program please check out the link on the right hand side bar of this blog.

Baby Chase will be visiting again on Jan.21st. We look forward to seeing how he has grown! We have been focusing on how he shows us different emotions and what we can do to help.

Dates to Remember – All Posted on the Google Calendar 

Jan. 10th: Library Day

Jan. 11th: Half Day for students

Jan. 15th: Skating – Afternoon

Jan. 17th: Library Day
Jan. 18th: Book Orders Due.

Jan. 21st: Baby Chase Visit – 11am

Jan. 22nd: Skating – Afternoon

Jan. 24th: Library Day

Jan. 28th- Feb 1st: Our School is Celebrating Literacy Week.

Jan. 29th: Skating – Afternoon

Jan. 31st: We are planning a “Snuggle and Read day”. The students can wear their pajamas to class and we will read lots of stories and play some literacy games. The children are welcome to bring a book from home. They may wish to bring a SMALL “stuffy” or blanket. We will also be participating in a school wide assembly on this day – time to be announced.

***Report Cards are open on Parent Portal today! Please make sure you take a look at your child’s progress. If you have any questions or comments please let me know. *****

*Library continues to be on  Thursdays.

P.S. Be sure to keep checking this blog for Newsletters and SeeSaw for weekly pictures and student work.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Williamson
theresa.williamson@crps.ca

December Newsletter

Dec. 2nd, 2018

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December is here and the snow and cold has arrived. Thank you for sending snow pants, mitts and hats so we can go outside as much as we are able to. I continue to appreciate names in all of these items. The lost and found continues to grow so please take a look if you are missing items.

Academics
Your children continue to be busy learning about our reading “Super Powers!” – Pointer Power, Reread Power, Snap Word Power and Partner Power! I continue to introduce new snap words each week. I have almost completed the second testing round for these words – I will send a copy home this week so you can see your child’s progress. Thank you for continuing to read at home every night. Please let me know if the books are changing enough, too many, too few, or any other questions.

We are writing a great piece on Christmas and will read it like our Recess Writing on SeeSaw.

In Math, we continue to focus on numbers, patterns, beginning addition and sorting.

In Social Studies, our “Showing We Care” Bag has begun and we have had some great examples of things we do to show we care for ourselves, our family, our school and community.

In Science, we are finishing off our Bear unit by building a Triarama of a Bear habitat. We will make sure we have all the things a bear needs.

Important Notices

We will be starting skating in January. Please return the note I sent home last week and let me know if you are available to come and help tie up and untie skates (We will need quite a bit of help with this).

**If you have any games, puzzles, toys, books that you would like to donate to our school (as you clean things before or after Christmas) we would greatly appreciate them.

December Dates to Remember (Please remember to check our Google Calendar also)

 

December 6th – Library Day!
December 13th – Library Day!

December 12th – Grade 2 and 3 Concert – 1:30pm and 6:30pm (Your grade one children are not in this one but we will watch in the afternoon – We do the Spring Concert!)

December 14th – Half Day – PD in afternoon

December 17th – Caroling in the Gym – 2:15pm (You are all welcome to join us during any of the caroling times)

December 18th – Caroling in the Gym – 9:15am

December 19th – Caroling in the Gym – 1:15pm (Special performance at this one!)

December 20th – Caroling in the Gym – 11:15am

December 21st – Caroling in the Gym – 10:40am

– First Day of Winter!

– Half Day!

January 7th – Classes Resume

If I don’t see you before the break, please have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your time with family and friends. I will be heading off to Vancouver Island to visit my family for the first time since my girls were born (16 years ago!).

Sincerely,

Terri Williamson

November Newsletter


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Halloween has come and gone. Remembrance Day and Christmas are just around the corner. I have sent out a schedule for you to put in times for Goal Setting. This will take place on Nov. 14, 15, and 16th. Please remember that Report Cards will not be coming home until January and there will be no scheduled interview times at that point. If you would like to talk with me after report cards I am always available for an after school or morning meeting.

As the weather gets colder your children should be coming to school prepared to go outside with mittens, hats, and snow pants. Thank you to all of you who have been coming in and helping out in class!  We are still in need of parent volunteers, though! I only have a few signed up for this month. Please remember that coming in helps you keep connected with your children, it REALLY helps us with the regular flow of the classroom, and it is nice to see you all once and a while. Please email me, send a note or drop by to sign up (calendar is outside the classroom door).

Academics

 

We continue to Read to Self everyday as well as reading with partners, word work – “snap” words, phonics skills – word families and vowel sounds, writing – finishing of our “Recess Writing” project with Mrs. Shellian and printing practice as well as reading and acting out stories.

In Math, we continue to focus on the numbers 1-20. Counting forwards and backwards, by 10s and 5s to 100, beginning addition, and counting on skills. We continue to use visual images (dominoes and dot groups) to quickly recognize groups up to 10.  We will be starting to do some patterning and sorting this next month.

Our “Belonging Bag” along with the “Student of the Day” are our Social Studies component. We have talked about belong to a family, school and community and how we are connected.

In Science, our unit on colour mixing, shades, tints and how we use colour in our life is coming to a close. We are happy to have Solomon’s mom (Chrissy) coming in to talk to us about how she uses colour in her job (artist!). We continue to visit our “Special Spot” in the butterfly garden every second Friday to see how things change over the seasons using our senses – We are keeping track of this in our Scientific Journal and with pictures. We will be starting on a unit about “Bears” this month. Nick from Wildsmart will be presenting to us on Nov. 29th in the morning. We will also be using the Bear EduKit from Wildsmart to learn about bears.

Dates to Remember

Nov. 1st – Library Day

Nov. 8th – Library Day, Remembrance Day Assembly and Book Orders Due

Nov. 9th – No School – In Lieu of Goal Setting Meetings

Nov. 12th – No School – Remembrance Day weekend

Nov. 14th – Goal Setting Meetings 4pm-7pm

Nov. 15th – Library Day, Goal Setting Meetings 5pm-8pm (I started earlier on my schedule to make more spaces)

Nov. 16th – No School For students – Goal Setting Meetings in the morning, PLN in the afternoon

Nov. 22nd– Library Day

Nov. 29th – Wildsmart Presentation in the Morning, Library Day

Library continues to be every Thursday.

I really appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Thank you for your continuing support with reading and word cards!

🙂 Mrs. Williamson

October Newsletter

October 1st, 2018

Wow! Is it October already?  Your children are starting to get familiar with our routines and rules. Unpacking their backpacks in the morning is getting quicker – most of them remember to take their book bags out and go to their desks to doodle, read, or chat with others. Shoes and jackets are getting put on faster (We still have a few students who have tie up shoes and are having troubles) and put in the right spots in the boot room. We are working on being smooth movers and staying in a line in the hallways. Personal body space is always an area to work on. Winter weather will soon be upon us so snowsuits and boots are next. Oh, boy!

We have talked a great deal about being a “bucketfiller” by sharing, helping others, “bee”ing polite, and listening. Two sayings from our Kimochi time have been – It’s okay to be mad but it is not okay to be mean and A friendly face makes a friendly place.  

Thank you all so much for the support you are giving by checking your child’s Book Bag each day, talking with me via email, phone calls and in person, and most importantly coming in to volunteer (even if it is just for an hour).

We will be starting off October with one of my favourite authors, Peter Reynolds – Ish, The Dot, Sky Color are some of his books. During our Library time on Thursdays we have been figuring out where to find our favourite authors.

We will be beginning October with learning about 5 “SNAP” words (or quickly recognized sight words) every week. Look forward to various word books coming home with these words highlighted. We will also be focusing on first letter sounds, especially tricky ones like “n”, “g”, and “c”.

In Numeracy, we are counting and recognizing numbers 1-20 through group activities as well as mini books and puzzles.

We will be meeting together next month (Nov. 14-15th) to discuss your child and some goals for the beginning of the school year.

I will be sending home a note about your preferred time for this meeting near the end of the month.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES:

Wed. Oct 3rd – Individual Photos

Fri. Oct. 5th – Half Day for Students

Mon. Oct. 8th – Happy Thanksgiving! No School

Thurs. Oct. 11th – Fire Safety Presentation (Sparky!)

Fri. Oct.19th – Half Day for Students

Tues. Oct 30th – Picture Retakes

Wed. Oct. 31st – Halloween  – Parade and Celebration in the Afternoon.

*I will need one Fruit Plate and one Veggie Plate for our Halloween Snacks – If you would be able to volunteer one of these please write me a note or email.

Thank you, again, to all the parents and grandparents who have come in to lend a hand during the busy month of September. I greatly appreciate and welcome your support.

Regards,

Terri Williamson

Grade One Teacher

Elizabeth Rummel School

theresa.williamson@crps.ca

September Newsletter 2018 – Grade 1!

Mrs. Williamson’s September Newsletter

Sept. 4th, 2018

 

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you and your child to our Grade One class.  I am excited about getting to know you all.

 

Housekeeping items

At the beginning of each month I will post a newsletter and calendar on our class blog that outlines thing to look forward to over the month (i.e. fieldtrips, special visitors or important dates to know). The blog is at http://twilliamsonaz.edublogs.org/. There will often be updates throughout the month, as well.          

This year ERS Grade one and two students will be using a cloth bag as their Mailbox/Home Reading.  Please check this bag each night and send it back every day. I will put your child’s work and letters inside of it.  If you have a note or book order for me, just put it in the bag and I will read it when your child comes to school.

Please have your child bring their labeled indoor running shoes as soon as possible. This will help keep the school clean (only non-marking soles, please).

All Grade One classes will be entering and exiting the school from the east end of the school . For the first week or so I will be walking students down to the boot room and helping them to find their bus or meet-up with parents.

During the year, if your child usually rides the bus home and other arrangements have been made, please inform both the bus driver and me. (You can call the transportation office at 678-5545.) Similarly, if someone other than you is picking up your child, please let me know by writing a note. It is the parents’ responsibility to inform the teacher of changes and about anyone who is not allowed to pick up their children. Please let me know.

Every morning we will be sitting down to have snack before recess. (This will not be provided by the school snack program until October).  Please send in a healthy snack in a plastic container for any leftovers.  I prefer that the children do not drink juice for snack (very sticky and messy to clean up, and helps prevent any backpack leaks), but instead we will be using water bottles that the children may drink out of anytime they are thirsty. The bottles should come home every week to be cleaned. Milk order forms will be sent home next week and delivery should begin in October.

Every day will be going outside so please ensure that your child always has proper clothing to suit the weather.  

To assist your child in the task of keeping track of their belongings, we strongly recommend labeling everything that comes to school (clothing/shoes/boots). Lost items can be found in our Lost and Found box near the front door.

           

**Important Dates*

Sept. 12 – Open House 6:30pm

Sept. 21 – Half day for students

Sept. 26 – Terry Fox Assembly   

Sept. 27 – Terry Fox Run  – the students will run around the school field. (Please include a “toonie” to donate for Cancer Research in your child’s envelope)

  – School Wide Picnic and Dance Party

            – Book orders due

Oct. 3 – Individual Photos (Picture Day!)

 

I hope this answers some questions you may have had.  If you have any more questions or concerns you can come and see me after class and I can always be reached by e-mail  theresa.williamson@crps.ca.

 

I will use the blog exclusively after I have all of your email addresses. My hope is to use less paper and keep you better informed as to things going on in our class! (Except for permission forms – which I will send always paper copy home for you to sign)

 

I look forward to seeing you all at Open House!

 

Thank you,

Terri Williamson

June Newsletter

Jun. 1st, 2018

 

 

 

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Well, our last month of Grade 3 has arrived. Your children are ready for a Summer Break but PLEASE remember to continue with reading! The Library Summer program is a great way to motivate readers. Be sure to check it out! Lots of prizes and fun.

Reading

We have started our last read aloud – The Tale of Despereaux which our Book Club has also been reading on their own. I am in the process of completing our final reading tests with each of your children. These results will be shared with you on the report card and with next years teachers. I am very pleased with their reading growth!

 

Writing

We are in the process of writing and publishing stories for our Kindergarten buddies. We are publishing them on a site called “Storybird”. Students are encouraged to work on other stories at home over the summer on this site (storybird.com). They can be published and purchased if you choose to do so.

 

Math

Our final units in math are Fractions, Measuring Weight, and 2d and 3d shapes. We will working in the Tinkering lab to create and sort shapes.

 

Science

Our last unit – Life Cycles – has focused mainly on butterflies. Our butterflies should be emerging any day now!

 

Social Studies

We will be doing a short unit on the Ukraine and completing a class presentation as well as discussing Global Citizenship. We are going to have a used toy sale to fundraise for a local charity – PLEASE SEND IN ANY LIGHTLY USED TOYS OR STUFFIES FOR THIS SALE. (Hopefully this will help with spring cleaning!)

 

Important Dates to Remember (Also on the Google Calendar)

Jun 1st – Half Day for students

Jun 1st – Jun.3rd – Bow Valley Bird Bonanza Weekend (Fill out Tally Chart and return on Monday, please)

Jun 5th – Last Day to checkout books from Library

Jun. 8th – Last Day to return Library Books

  • Book Orders Due

Jun. 15th – Half Day for students

Jun. 25th – Volunteer/Retirement Tea (Separate email sent out with details)

Jun. 27th – Afternoon Summer Games for students

Jun 28th – Swimming at Elevation Place

Jun. 29th – Last Day – Grade 3 Farewell Assembly!

 

Sincerely,

Terri Williamson

May Newsletter

May 1st, 2018

 

                                                                   

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Wow! The weather outside is rather fickle. One day we have summer, then spring and then there is always the possibility of snow. Ah! Living in the mountains. This month we have lots on the go. Numeracy Week, visiting LGMS, Multicultural Day and at the end of month a visit to Morley school for a concert (thanks to Mrs. Morley).

**Please help us with our Multicultural Day! A note will be coming home on Monday with details – We need lots of parents to make this event run smoothly.

Also, if you are technologically savvy and would like to help us put together an end of the year Grade 3 slideshow please let me know. I would really like some help with this.

Reading

We are almost finished listening to our novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Book Club presentations will begin mid month. I am noticing quite a few students not bringing in their home reading books as often. Please, please keep reading every night! This is our last push before the end of the year reading tests to see how far your children have come. I have had a couple of students starting to fall back a level and I have told them how important it is to continue to read just right books. Grade 4 reading will not get easier!

Writing

Story writing has begun. We are following a “Somebody, Wanted, But, So” format. Ask your child what each part means.

Math

We have just about finished with measurement and perimeter. Next is Data Analysis/Graphing and Mass. Things are taking longer than expected these days (lots of interruptions). Then on to Multiplication and Division. June will be all about Geometry and Fractions.

Science

Butterflies (Life Cycles) will be our last unit in Science. We will be taking care of our own larva and journaling on this process.

Social Studies

Our last two countries – Tunisia and the Ukraine! And Multicultural Day on the 25th.

Only 9 more weeks of school and SO much to do! Double Yikes!

Important Dates to Remember (Also on the Google Calendar)

Apr. 30 – May 4th – Numeracy Week

May 2nd – Hats on for Mental Health

May 3rd – Wear a Number Shirt Day

May 4th – Assembly at 1:30pm – Math Games in the Classroom after assembly from 2:00 – 2:30 (Feel free to drop by)

May 9th – Alberta Parks Presentation – Ugly Bugly 9:00am in the Gym

May 11th – Book Orders Due

May 18th – No Regular Classes for Students

May 21st – No Classes

May 22nd – Afternoon trip to visit LGMS

May 23rd – LGMS Parent Night

May 25th – Multicultural Day (Please see detailed note coming home!)

May 31st  – Trip to Morley (Concert) Afternoon.

 

Other dates to look forward to;

Jun 1st – Half Day for Students

Jun 15th – Half Day for Students

Jun 28th – Swimming at Elevation Place

Jun 29th – Last Day and Grade 3 Farewell Assembly

 

Sincerely,

Terri Williamson

April Newsletter

Apr. 6th, 2018

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I hope you all had a lovely Spring Break and Easter with family and friends. Mr. Williamson and I spent part of the holiday in Cuba and came back relaxed and refreshed (but also with a bit of sunburn – ouch!).

Reading

We are continuing to work in our Leveled Reading groups. Some groups read twice a week and others read once per week. After our Bridge Building Projects we will be doing a week long book club with a presentation to the class as a group when they finish the book. We continue to listen to the novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.

Writing

We will be writing our observations about our bridge building and group work the second week back and starting a story writing session after that.

Math

We continue with triple digit subtraction with regrouping as well as time, graphing, measurement and geometry. Next month – Multiplication and Division!

Science

The first two weeks back will be all about Building Bridges – Please be prepared for students to be asking for supplies from home!

Social Studies

We have a field trip to the Whyte Museum on the Apr. 19th in the morning which I am looking forward too. Our last two countries – Tunisia and the Ukraine are coming up next.

Only 12 more weeks of school and SO much to do! Yikes!

****PLEASE SEND MORE PENCILS********

Important Dates to Remember (Also on the Google Calendar)

Apr. 9 – First School Day back after Spring Break

Apr. 13 – Half Day for Students – Book Orders Due

Apr. 16 – 20 Bridge Building Week! Be prepared to bring supplies in!

Apr. 19th – Whyte Museum Trip (Morning) Parent Volunteers needed!

Apr. 25th – Grade One Spring Concert (Afternoon and evening performances)

Apr. 27th – Half Day for students

 

Sincerely,

Terri Williamson

March Newsletter

Mar. 1st, 2018

 

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Thank you again for the lovely Valentine’s cards and chocolates. I had a successful knee surgery and am getting around pretty well with the help of physio and following my exercise plan. They have told me I should be fully recovered by 6 weeks.  

Reading

We are back working on our Leveled Reading groups. Some groups read twice a week and others read once per week. Our next step will be doing a week long book club with a presentation to the class as a group when they finish the book. As a class we are listening to the novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.

Writing

We will continue with weekly spelling tests, word work and word wall words. Our writing for this month will be through our novel study and Social Studies project.

Math

Double and triple digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping will be our outcomes for this month. Some students are still having difficulty with single digit addition and subtraction and should be encouraged to practice at home. I have sent home practice sheets but if you would like another or did not receive one just let me know and I will send you one. It has websites and activities for practice.

Science

Near the end of the Month we will be starting our unit on Testing Materials and Building Structures. Building a “strong” bridge will be our ultimate goal!

Social Studies

With a flexible mindset and the help of Mr. Williamson we are continuing to work on our “Google Slides” (Not Explain Everything – as I had planned) project on Peru. Each child’s work is in their Google Drive. This will be due in a few weeks.

GOAL SETTING MEETINGS!!!

All parents/guardians are requested to attend a goal setting meeting with your child’s teacher.  I will be sending you an email to put your name in the schedule for interview times. (First come first served). Please sign up before March 9th if possible. Please note there is no school on Friday morning, March 23rd, 2018 due to parent/student goal setting.  Please bring your child to the meeting.

Important Dates to Remember (Also on the Google Calendar)

Mar. 9th – Half Day for Students – Book Orders Due

Mar. 14th –  Take 5 – 8:00am RFTS

Mar. 21-23 –  Goal Setting Meetings (Please make sure you a time scheduled)

Mar. 23rd – No School for students (Goal Setting Meetings)

Mar. 24 – Apr. 8 – Spring Break

 

Apr. 9 – First School Day back after Spring Break

Sincerely,

Terri Williamson

February Newsletter

Feb.3rd, 2018


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Wow! February already! Please let me know if you have any troubles or questions about report cards or Google Drive sharing. At this point, I have chosen the items to go into the Google drive but I hope to have students choose what to put in and share with you for Goal Setting Meetings in March. I will be having knee surgery on Feb.8th and will be off from that date until after Teachers’ Convention week. Mr. Williamson will be in for me. He has a good relationship with our class and he and I will plan together for a great week. He is honestly much better at teaching gym than I am. 🙂

Reading

Every student in our class moved up at least one level in their reading this term. I am so proud of them! All that reading is paying off. Some students will be continuing with Mrs. Shellian, others will be getting back into reading groups and some will be starting novel studies during “Read to Self” and “Read to Someone” time. We also continue to use the Raz-kids program to hear just right level books and check our understanding. Our classroom library continues to build as we get new books each month through Scholastic. Please remember that library books are to be returned weekly (on each child’s day).

Writing

We have written a descriptive paragraph about Winter and a story about “A Day in a Snow Globe” as well as finishing off our personal Ski Journals. Next we will be writing a script for our Peru project and a fictional legend. We continue to work on our editing skills and descriptive language.

Math

We have been practicing our basic facts and now we will be working on Addition and Subtraction of larger numbers with and without regrouping. The basic facts are great things to practice at home. If you didn’t get an at home copy of math strategies and you would like one just let me know and I can email it or send a paper copy home with your child.

Health

We have started to talk about Media awareness and safety on the internet. We began with a talk about our life and how we divide our active time, learning time and screen time and how much we should do of these things for balance in our lives. I also sent home a parent note about media awareness.

Valentine’s Celebration

We will be having a class Valentine’s Party on the afternoon of the 14th. It will involve delivering Valentine Cards (Please make sure your child has one for every student in our class). Having a snack and playing board games.  If you would like to volunteer to make a snack for this please email me (Remembering our allergies please).

Important Dates to Remember (Also on the Google Calendar)

Feb.5th – Alberta Opera – Jack and the Beanstalk – 1:30pm

Feb. 6th – Last day of Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding

Feb. 7th – “Winter Wonder Walk” – Our class will be going out for a walk through the Nature Reserve to participate in the Bow Valley Wide Initiative.

Feb.9th  – Half Day for Students

Feb.14th – Valentine’s Day

Feb.19th – Family Day

Feb 20th – 21st – School Closure

Feb.22nd – Feb.23rd  – Teachers’ Convention

Feb.28th – Pink Shirt Day – Wear Pink!

Up – Coming Events

Mar. 21, 22, 23  – Goal Setting Meetings

Mar. 24th – Apr.8th – Spring Break

**Please, as always, email me or send a note if your have any questions, concerns or comments. I try my best to keep you all informed but I always forget a few things. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Terri Williamson

Classlist for Valentine’s (You may also want to include former teachers, Ms. Wanlin (librarian), Ms, Feherty, Mrs. Kate, Mr. D., Mrs. Morley, Mrs. Shellian, Mr. Witishyn, Audrey, our Kindergarten Buddies, Aryels and Jason (Custodians), Raphelle (our snack coordinator), Jasmine (our part-time educational assistant).

Marcus

Connor

Maya

Niamh

Rylee

Landon

Ainsley

Aiden

Anna

Ani

Andrew

Wyatt

Jason

Jacob

Mason

Rhyanna

Melanie

Ayla

Leah

Liam

Jerome

Argina

Rhys

Isla

Minta

Daphne