That’s a wrap on 20-21

What a year this has been.  In many ways, school felt like the only normal, consistent place we had.  What a blessing it was to be here with your little people every day.  I am so thankful for all the grace, support, love and trust you placed in me this year.  I know it was hard not to be here, come visit, meet your child’s friends but know they were well-loved, grew a ton, and created a beautiful class family.  They will always hold a special place in my heart.  I’m so proud of them and you too!! You are all rocking it at parenting.  I know these days have felt long and the worry about our children has been constant but they are resilient, kind people who are going to grow up to continue to make our world a better place to be.  I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing, carefree summer with your families.  Many blessing to you and all the best, Victoria


OUR LEARNING:

Sports Day-  To start off sports day we created our very own realistic fiction story by rolling a dice. We rolled the dice to choose our athlete, setting, and problem. For reading, we did a sports day comprehension story about baseball. In math, we worked on partners of 10 by coloring jerseys, and we even played some basketball with cheese puffs. Each cup they made a cheese puff into had a number under it, so they had to add all three numbers together. The partner with the highest score won! We enjoyed field day during specials where we did a three-legged race, a sponge bucket fill, and more fun games. 

Lemonade Day-  As a class we made some pink lemonade together… it was so tasty! We reviewed our “how to” writing skills and wrote about how to make pink lemonade. For reading, we worked on our retell skills about a lemonade story. After trying both lemonade and pink lemonade, we worked on our graphing skills to see which kind was liked best by the class!

Beach Day- We are SO excited for summer, to kick off beach day we created summer bucket lists! We got to spend one last day out on our beach towels enjoying some of our favorite class books. In math, we caught fish and found seashells to work on our comparing skills


Last Week Fun


Picnic Fun!!  What a great night!! It was wonderful to connect with all of you and watch you all connect with each other!!


Last Day

Week 36- May 24-28

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday- No SCHOOL
Tuesday, June 1- School Field Day during specials. All Library books due, class library and baggie books also!
Wednesday, June 2- Lemonade Day, Art, Class Picnic 6:00 Hager Park
Thursday, June 3- Beach Day, STEAM
Friday, June 4- Last Day, Early Release-No specials, recess only


Mystery Reader-

Jack’s dad, Mr. Hoekstra was our last Mystery Reader. He read to us about Thidwick the Moose.
Thanks for all who “came in” this year!


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – We finished up heart notes for everyone and got to do one last time of show and tell.

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to  Mr. K.  He is a funny and loving fourth-grade teacher at our school. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

We’ll celebrate Ella’s birthday next week!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing We spent this week working on a special first-grade memory book! I hope that this special keepsake will help your child remember all of the special memories from first grade.

Word Study – We wrapped up our first-grade word study review by studying digraphs this week (sh, ch, ph, th, wh). 

Reading–  We are ending the year with a review of non-fiction books. We are looking at non-fiction text features such as- Table of Contents, Diagrams, Labels, Headings, Titles, Glossary, Index, and Bold Words.

Math- We took our final math test which covered double digit addition with regrouping. This unit was short but important. Please continue to practice with your child at home throughout the summer!


Sadly, the weather didn’t hold out for us to have our First-Grade Olympics but we enjoyed teacher rotations inside and had a lot of fun.

Mrs. Cooley taught us about Memorial Day and we made a lantern.
Mrs. Kuiper helped us work on our tech skills through a Kahoot.
Mrs. Hutchison led us in some fun games of 4 corners and seatball.
Mrs. Blauwkamp led us in a directed drawing.

Week 36: May 17-21

A note will come home Monday with reminders for all the upcoming events!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, May 24- Music
Tuesday, May 25- PE
Wednesday, May 26- Art
Thursday, May 27- STEAM
Friday, May 28- Music, First Grade Olympics

Wednesday, June 2- Class Family Picnic, Hager Park (behind the picnic house, by the zipline)


Mystery Reader-

We enjoyed many mystery readers this week! We heard from Violet’s mom, Mrs. Shaffer, Riley’s mom, Ms. Wisneski, and Cambry’s brother, Cannon.


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

If you have a last-minute order you want to sneak in, I’ll place it Sunday!

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Class Order Due Date: 5/23/2021.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – We finished writing heart notes for ten new friends this week. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

 


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We are wrapping up our last unit by publishing our series books.  We worked on a series book box and illustrated our stories. Please take some time to sit down and listen to your first grader read his or her stories and compliment them on their ideas, handwriting, punctuation, and details.

Word Study – We’ll be spending these last few weeks reviewing some of the most important foundational skills that our first graders need to know in order to be successful second-grade readers and writers. This week, we reviewed beginning blends with S (sc, st, sp), L (bl, pl, cl), and R (br, gr, tr, etc.)

Reading–  We are ending the year with a review of non-fiction books. We are looking at non-fiction text features such as Table of Contents, Diagrams, Labels, Headings, Titles, Glossary, Index, and Bold Words.

Math- We took our unit 7 test and began our last unit for the year! Unit 8 is an introduction to double-digit addition. We would like our kiddos to have exposure with some of the methods they can use because this will be a big focus in second grade! This week we learned how we can use the making a ten strategy for pictures, and they were also introduced to the new group below and new group above method for vertical problems. Another method we talked about was adding the tens together first then the ones, and then add to find the sum of the tens and ones.

Social-Emotional–   We are wrapping up our last unit this week.  We ended with talking about how not to be a bully and how to stand up to bullies.


Friday ice cream celebration of all the clubs we’ve joined- shoe-tying, lost/kept teeth, addition facts, subtraction facts!! Thanks to all who sent in items to make this a success! What a yummy treat on a HOT Friday!

Week 34- May 10-14

TUTORING- If you are interested in summer tutoring for your child please contact one of our excellent tutors below.  Most of them will be holding sessions here at GES.

Bethany Gates (2nd Grade Teacher) bgates1@hpseagles.net  (Tues/Weds)
Abbi Garrison (4th, previous first-grade teacher) agarriso@hpseagles.net (Weds)
Karyn McIntire (Instructional Paraprofessional) kmcintir@hpseagles.net (Mon-Thurs)
Achieve Tutoring, Jenison; 616-916-8989


Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

📞 I’m about halfway through end-of-the-year phone calls so if you haven’t gotten one, expect one next week. 🙂

We are planning an end-of-the-year Family Picnic for June 2nd at 6:00, Location TBD.

Monday, May 17- Music
Tuesday, May 18 – LAST Library ALL BOOKS DUE TODAY, PE
Wednesday, May 19- Art
Thursday, May 21- STEAM
Friday, May 22- Early Release, STEAM, Ice Cream Party


Mystery Reader-

Our mystery reader was a 2nd-grade student from here at GES. He wanted to come read with a friend on his bus.  What fun!  We got to ask him questions about what second grade will be like!  All Wednesday Mystery Reader slots are full but I am still happy to squeeze anyone in that is interested.  Please let me know.


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

The last one! Due next week! Thank you so much to all who ordered this year.  We were able to purchase so many more great books for our class.  There is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at the end of May or the last week.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Class Order Due Date: 5/19/2021.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – 10 new friends were Star of the Day this week- We have been sharing heart notes with each other, writing what we love about our friends! Skyler, Ryan, Cambry, Lucy, Carmel, Xander, Connor, Palmer, Evert

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Mrs. Blauwcamp.  She recently injured her foot and was very brave about it. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

We celebrated Abbey’s birthday last week. Maddy’s birthday and Kennedy B’s half-birthday this week.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – Students wrapped up their realistic fiction series for our From Scenes to Series unit of study! This week we focused on using correct punctuation and using illustrations to tell important details. We learned that writers can use illustrations to give clues about the setting, bring characters to life, tell secrets to the reader, and add extra realistic details. 

Word Study – We’ll be spending these last few weeks reviewing some of the most important foundational skills that our first graders need to know in order to be successful second-grade readers and writers. This week, we practiced sorting long and short vowel sounds. For example, “cut” has a short vowel sound, and “cute” has a long vowel sound. 

Reading–  This week we wrapped up our Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons Unit. We worked on learning lessons from our books and talked about how the lessons we learn in a book can be like a fortune from a fortune cookie.  We made comparisons and practiced giving our opinions about the books we have read. We will end the year with a review of non-fiction books.

Math- We continued learning about shapes this week, and the kiddos learned the names of some 3D shapes as well: sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism, cone, and cube. We also learned how we can put both 2D shapes and 3D shapes together to create new shapes. Towards the end of the week, we started studying measurement and what the words longest and shortest mean. We practiced putting items in order from shortest to longest and vice versa. On Friday, we learned we can measure things with length units such as paper clips. We took a quiz over both shapes and measurement this week, and we will be taking our unit 7 test next week.

 

Social-Emotional–   This week we talked about bullying and also reviewed tattling vs. telling.


Our reward for earning our class outstanding this time was teacher swap! Mr. Waldie got to come be our teacher for a half-hour this morning and Mr. Cooley got to come teach us reading this afternoon.  We ended this time by reading with the same buddies we read with at the beginning of the year.  This time WE read books to our buddy.  We were so proud to show them how much we have learned this year and to be able to read to a fifth-grader was pretty cool!!  I was one proud teacher!

Week 33 Updates

TUTORING- If you are interested in summer tutoring for your child please contact one of our excellent tutors below.  Most of them will be holding sessions here at GES.

Bethany Gates (2nd Grade Teacher) bgates1@hpseagles.net  (Tues/Weds)

Abbi Garrison (4th, previous first-grade teacher) agarriso@hpseagles.net (Weds)

Karyn McIntire (Instructional Paraprofessional) kmcintir@hpseagles.net (Mon-Thurs)

Achieve Tutoring, Jenison; 616-916-8989

📞 I’ll be continuing to make end-of-the-year phone calls over the next two weeks.

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, May 10- STEAM
Tuesday, May 11- Library (last week to check out), Music
Wednesday, May 12,- PE
Thursday, May 13- Art
Friday, May 14- STEAM


Mystery Reader-

Mrs. Baskel read us the Slumberkins book- Hammerhead. Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.  ONE slot left!!!


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

The last one! Thank you so much to all who ordered this year.  We were able to purchase so many more great books for our class.  There is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive at the end of May or the last week.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Class Order Due Date: 5/19/2021.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – A few friends were Star of the Day this week- Abbey, Anastasia, and Kennedy B.  They were able to snuggle with our stuffie friends. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Mrs. Elders.  She is our amazing first-grade parapro and has provided invaluable reading intervention and support for all of our kiddos.  She is one of the kindest people you will meet. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Abbey turned 7 this week!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – In writing this week we added some new tools to our writing toolboxes! We learned how to “show not tell” by adding tiny realistic details. Later we learned all about repetition and the importance of patterns in writing. Next week we will wrap up our realistic fiction writing unit and students will publish their very own boxed book series!

Word Study – In first grade, one of the best ways for students to learn something new is through play and practice! We practiced the proper use of capital letters through lots of different word games this week. Please encourage your child to capitalize proper nouns and the start of each sentence when they’re writing at home!

Reading–  This week in reading we learned about main characters and supporting characters too! This was a great tie in to our writing as it has been so fun creating our own characters. We also talked about changing our voices when our character’s feelings change and looked for clues on how to read our stories. 

Math- This week we focused on telling time to the hour and the half-hour.  The first Unit 7 quiz came home.  We then started on with shapes. We discussed the attributes of rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles.  We look at equal parts of these shapes. 

Social-Emotional–  This week we studied diversity.  We talked about family stories and differences from around the world.


All the first-grade students celebrated our lunch workers this week by creating flowers to say thank you.  It says Thanks bunches for our lunches!


Week 32 Updates

TUTORING- If you are interested in summer tutoring for your child please contact one of our excellent tutors below.  Most of them will be holding sessions here at GES. 

Bethany Gates (2nd Grade Teacher) bgates1@hpseagles.net  (Tues/Weds)

Abbi Garrison (4th, previous first-grade teacher) agarriso@hpseagles.net (Weds)

Karyn McIntire (Instructional Paraprofessional) kmcintir@hpseagles.net (Mon-Thurs)

Achieve Tutoring, Jenison; 616-916-8989


Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

🏴Please send a towel back to school with your child.  With the nice weather, hopefully, we’ll be able to learn outside more again!

🥣 If you have not, please send in an empty cereal box for your child next week.

📞 I’ll be making end-of-the-year phone calls in the next two weeks. 😫 I told the kids yesterday I am feeling all the feels.  I look forward to talking with you, celebrating your child(ren), and talking about how we can finish the year strong.  I continue to be blown away by how much they have grown this year and cherish how lucky we were to have been together. I’m so thankful for all your support and for sharing your AMAZING kiddos with me! I know we are all feeling fatigued but there is also so much to celebrate!

Monday, May 3- Art
Tuesday, May 4- Library (May 11 is last day to check-out),  STEAM
Wednesday, May 5- Music
Thursday, May 6-PE
Friday, May 7- Art


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

Placed and on it’s way!


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Violet, Emmie, Anastasia, Kennedy S, Riley
They were able to snuggle with the stuffies in our class.

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Mrs. Baker.  She is an awesome Kinder teacher who is loving and so sweet to all! 

 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Brayden turned 7 last weekend!

We celebrated Mr. Waldie for Principal Appreciation Day (May 1).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – For this unit, our final project will be creating a series boxed set. We would greatly appreciate the donation of cereal boxes for this project over the next week! This week students continued working on their realistic fiction series. We learned how to develop dialogue in our stories and “put ‘said’ to bed” by using other words such as yelled, cheered, or mumbled. We focused on how to make our stories realistic. Students were taught to write about real places and ordinary people and things INSTEAD of ninja cats that fly to outer space. 😉

Word Study – We used our word study time to fit in some assessments this week.  We made sure to focus on capitalization skills in our writing and looked for our spelling rules in our reading. 

Reading– We have started our final reading unit of the year!! This unit is called meeting characters and learning lessons. We are putting together all that we have learned to really dig into books! It is so exciting to see our students really be able to dig into beginning readers and chapter books. We practiced taking a sneak peek, retelling our story, and worked on reminders of how to read and share with a partner. 

Math- We completed our unit 6 test this week and started right up with unit 7! This unit covers telling time, geometry, measurement, and equal shares. The first few lessons are all about time and learning how to tell and write time in hours. We began by looking at a clock and the different parts that make up a clock. They learned the difference between the hour hand and the minute hand and that when the minute hand is on the 12, it is an o’clock time.

Social-Emotional–  This week Little Penguin shared with us about Self-Respect and Self-Esteem. Students thought about what they like about themselves and brainstormed how our class works together to respect each other.


Celebrating our OUTSTANDING SOARing skills with lunch and donuts in our class!

Week 31 Update

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Please send in an empty cereal box for your child sometime in the next two weeks.  (see writing)

Please send a towel back to school with your child.  With the nice weather, hopefully, we’ll be able to learn outside more again!

Monday, April 26- PE
Tuesday, April 27- Library, Art
Wednesday, April 28- STEAM
Thursday, April 29- Music
Friday- April 30- PE


Mystery Reader-

Connor and Palmer’s Mom, Mrs. Harring, was our virtual Mystery Reader this week. She read us My Grandma Lives in Florida.   Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. Only 2 slots left!!! Please let me know if there is another time or day you would like to come in, we are completely flexible and would love to have everyone “in” that is able and willing.  You can also record a video of yourself reading a book if you are not available during the day.


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

Orders due this week. We’ll have one more after this for the year. There is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive early May.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 4/30/2021.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four friends were Star of the Day this week-  Maddy, Brayden, Hazel, Ruby

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Mr. Rob, our school custodian.  He does a great job taking care of us and our school.  He is one of the most caring people we know and our school always looks great!

 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Happy Birthday, Ryan!

 


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week students created their very own character that they will use for their realistic fiction series! They used a character web to describe what the character looks like, where he/she lives, and what kind of trouble he/she could run into! Students began writing book one of their series. I was blown away by their creativity! For this unit, our final project will be creating a series boxed set. We would greatly appreciate the donation of cereal boxes for this project over the next two weeks!

Word Study – We began a new bend of our unit and learned all about capital letters this week. First graders learned that we need capital letters at the start of a sentence, the start of the name of a person or place, the start and end of a letter, the word I, and starts of dates.

Reading– We are wrapping up our unit on Getting to Know our Characters.  The week readers worked to retell- identifying the beginning, middle, and end of what they read. We also focused on finding our stories’ problems and solutions.  This was a great connection to writing and helped to give us ideas for the stories we are writing. 

Math- We completed our first quiz of the unit which you should have seen come home earlier this week! We also began learning how to compare within a story problem with the help of comparison bars. Comparison bars are very similar to math mountains, but instead of trying to figure out a partner or total, we are comparing to see who/what has more/less and how many more/fewer. We will be taking our test for this unit next week and then starting telling time.  Practice looking at analog clocks with your kiddo. (to the hour and half hour)

Collecting and analyzing data

Social-Emotional– We started a new Social-Emotional Unit this week- Respect and Anti-Bullying.  The unit kicked off with a story about Little Penguin encountering a bully and learning to handle the situation. 


Earth Day Fun- we made a “dirt” snack”, got to take a live virtual field trip of our adopted cow, Snowflake’s farm, and we did a fun shaving cream craftivity!  Thanks to all who sent items in and for all your continued to support.  It was a FUN day!!

Week 30: April 12-16

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

📚Reading Update- With March is Reading Month behind us and a busy spring upon us, I no longer plan to send home reading logs.  If you and/or your child would like one (I am happy to check it) and keep it going for accountability.  Please just let me know. I will still have the kids take baggie books home nightly and keep changing them out but I am also encouraging those who are ready to dig into chapter books and count those as their 20 minutes of nightly homework.  They are welcome to borrow one from our class or use one at home. Please just let me know how I can best continue to support you and your child as a reader.

Monday, April 19- PE (Mileage Club starts-  Students will run laps at recess (if they choose) and will then bring their card on their PE day to earn prizes.)
Tuesday, April 20- Library, Art
Wednesday, April 21- STEAM
Thursday, April 22-Music
Friday, April 23 EARLY RELEASE- Recess Only– Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day Sign Up and Reminders   All slots are filled. THANK YOU!!!!!


Mystery Reader-

Xander’s Mom, Ms. Ham, was our virtual Mystery Reader this week. She read us It Came in the Mail.   Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. Only 3 slots left!!! Please let me know if there is another time or day you would like to come in, we are completely flexible and would love to have everyone “in” that is able and willing.  You can also record a video of yourself reading a book if you are not available during the day.


📚 Scholastic Book Orders  

Flyers were sent home this week. We’ll have one more after this for the year. There is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you. Otherwise, it should arrive early May.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 4/30/2021.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Jack, Ella, Evert, Jason, and Norah. They got to snuggle with our stuffie friends.

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Skyler. She is a great leader and works to make others feel included.

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Happy birthday and half birthday: Violet, Jack, and Lucy!


OUR LEARNING:

 

Writing – This week we began our new writing unit, From Scenes to Series! We will be learning how to write elaborate, realistic fiction stories throughout this unit. Our class worked together this week to develop characters, Joy and George and we began a shared writing together. You can support your writer at home by asking your child about the characters, what the character’s problem is, and how the problem is solved. 

Word Study – We took a special look at our snap words this week, and we studied some of the words that may be extra tricky. We sometimes make bloopers with these words because the spelling doesn’t necessarily match the sounds in the word. (ex: might doesn’t sound like “m-ig-h-t”). We also got a special delivery from Rasheed that helped us build big compound words with some of our snap words, such as “something” and “anywhere.” We worked on ways to help us remember how to read and spell snap words.  We made up songs, played “Snapp-o” and practiced our words by rainbow writing them. 

 

Reading– We are still in our unit about Getting to Know our Characters.  This ties in well with our new writing unit as we can take the stories we are reading and imagine a new story for the character.  This week we used all we know to solve tricky words. We kept practicing and didn’t give up when the words got hard. We used the pictures in our stories to help us better understand our story.  We also worked on our retell skills, highlighting the characters, setting, and story events. Use our Retell Bookmark to have your child talk about what he or she is reading.

Math- We began Unit 6 this week which covers comparisons and data. The kiddos learned some new vocabulary that will help them throughout this unit. We focused a lot on sorting different items and comparing the data to figure out which groups had the most/more or fewest/fewer.

Sorting bugs

Social-Emotional– We are wrapping up Unit 5 talking about Being a Good Sport.  This is a great way to end our Conflict Resolution Unit as many families are gearing up for spring sports and more outdoor play at home. 

Week 29 Updates

Have a fun and safe Spring Break!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, April 12- Music
Tuesday, April 13- Library, PE
Wednesday, April 14- Art
Thursday, April 15- STEAM
Friday, April 16- Music


Mystery Reader-

Lucy’s Mom, Mrs. Dykstra was as our virtual Mystery Reader this week. She read us Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. Only 3 slots left!!!

We also were visited by all the first-grade teachers to hear a book this week!!


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Carmel, Xander, Connor, and Palmer. They enjoyed snuggling with all our stuffy friends. 

We celebrated Violet’s half birthday.

We got BROWN E’s for April Fools.  We also were able to enjoy a real brownie treat.

We LOVED watching the Mouse and the Motorcycle on Thursday to celebrate earning our 15 outstanding stars.  We finished the book last week on the same day the author, Beverly Cleary passed away.  It was a great memory to make with your child.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing To wrap up our persuasive writing unit, students got to choose their favorite persuasive letter to send to someone! If your child wrote to you, feel free to write back to them. 

Word Study This week tried to learn from our bloopers when we read. We Focused on the mistakes we make when we read. We also tried to think of ways to memorize our snap words like Father And Mother, I Love You = family! 

Reading While we got to know our characters better this week we looked for clues to make our acting just right, imagined new endings to stories, and thought about the audience we were reading to. It has been a great March is Reading Month.  We enjoyed celebrating with your children and can’t believe all the growth they have shown. 

Math- This week we took our Unit 5 test! It was a tricky unit for our kiddos with a lot of different skills mixed in. Please take some time to look over the questions to gain a better idea of where your child is at. Keep practicing tens and ones at home! After break, we will be starting Unit 6: Comparisons and Data.

Social-Emotional– We continued to work on conflict-resolution and focused on how we are PeaceKeepers.


Learning about Holi-

Holi is an ancient Hindu celebration, which is also referred to as the ‘Festival of Spring’ or ‘Festival of Colors. The festival symbolizes a triumph of good over evil. It is held every spring, on the last full moon day of the lunisolar calendar month. On Monday, we learned about this holiday and celebrated by spreading color and kindness!


Spring Fling Fun-

We had a fun celebration of Spring on Thursday with 4 rotations.

Mrs. Cooley-Movement
Mrs. Fewell and Ms. Hutchison- Bingo
Mrs. Blauwkamp- Tech Time
Mrs. Kuiper- A Directed Drawing- Peep

Week 28 Updates

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, March 29-Music
Tuesday, March 30- PE and Library
Wednesday, March 31- Art,  Read and Feed- Gummy Worm Snack
Thursday- April 1- STEAM, PJ Day, MiRM celebration
Friday- No School, Have a great and safe Spring Break!

Spring Break- April 2-9


Mystery Reader-

Mr. Waldie came in as our Mystery Reader this week. He read us Stuck.  It was SO funny and we loved our time with him.  Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. Only 4 slots left!!! 🤪


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- We ended with Abbey getting to share a book and then Skyler, Ryan, Cambry, and Lucy were able to snuggle with all our class stuffies when they were the star of the day. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Connor.  Connor always pushes himself and works hard to accomplish what he sets out to do. He is very motivated and persistent.

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Jack turns 7 on Saturday! Happy Birthday Jack!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week students practiced editing their persuasive letters. We practiced rereading and asking ourselves, “Does it make sense?”, correcting our capital letters and punctuation, using the word wall to spell snap words correctly, and stretching out the sounds in tricky words. Mr. Waldie wrote us back and came in to respond to our letter asking for more technology.  We also used fancy pens to help us edit. 

Word Study –. Students learned that the /er/ sound in the middle of words is usually made by ir or ur. One strategy to figure out which one is correct is to try writing it both ways to see which one looks right. We also studied some different spellings of the /air/ sound: are, ere, air, and ear.

Reading– This week while getting to know our characters we- imagined what characters might say by using the pictures, worked to smooth out our voices, and tried putting ourselves in the character’s shoes.  

Math-  We used a 100 grid to help us add and subtract groups of ten. Then, we practiced adding groups of ten to any 2-digit number using a variety of strategies such as 10-stick drawings, math mountains, and mental math. Next week, Tuesday, we will take our test for this unit! Quiz 5.2 is coming home today.  Most kids are understanding adding a 2-digit number and a ten quite well but a little practice this weekend wouldn’t hurt. 

Social-Emotional– This week with Conflict Resolution, we worked on being peacekeepers.