G1 Newsletters

April 16 – 20

Communication Please contact me at ellisk@mca.org.tw or at #0978385550, if you ever have questions.
Bible We are learning more about Peter this week.

This quarter’s core verse is Ephesians 4:32

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another,

forgiving each other,

just as in Christ God forgave you.



Reading Workshop I love books and reading, and I am thrilled to help your child grow in this area. We are going to back to Fiction and learning more about the characters we read about.

We are going to have nonfiction book clubs, so our nonfiction learning will continue. We will have our nonfiction book club presentations later in the week.

Writing Workshop This week students will be finishing writing their nonfiction stories.
Word Work/Phonics We are learning new phonograms and suffixes. This week students will learn about the phonograms /dge/ and /ph/.
Vocabulary I love learning new words and helping First Graders grow in their vocabulary skills. This week we will be doing Close Reading in our groups, and we’ll be looking for vocabulary in different stories.
Math We will are continuing our fluency tests as we work on place value.
Social Studies We will continue learning about different people as we talk about our First Grade character traits: equality, commitment, fairness, courage, perseverance, and tolerance. We will also learn about the continents this week.
Science This week we will learn about animals and why they have certain structures to help them survive.
8th Grade Reading Buddies First Graders will read to and listen to their buddy read each week during reading buddy time.
Wishlist ·       Treasure box items (small items that will be used for our reward box)

·       Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls

Dates to remember/ Important Announcements April 16 – 27 – Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)

April 17 – Mrs. Ellis out in AM – DRA

April 18 – Snoopy!!! Matinee – 3:30pm – Auditorium

April 19 – K-8 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium

April 19 – 8th Grade Science Fair

April 20 – Snoopy!!! – 7:30pm – Auditorium

April 21 – EMS Family BBQ 11:00am-2:00pm

April 21 – Snoopy!!! – 7:30pm – Auditorium

April 24 – Mrs. Ellis out in AM – DRA

April 26 – End of Elementary School soccer

April 30 – Field trip to the Flying Cow Ranch 8:20am – 3:00pm

May 2 – Author Visit

May 3 – K-2 Spring Concert – 7pm – Auditorium

*Chapels– You are welcome at all EMS and HS chapels…please refer to our newsletter or the EMS Express for the times and locations of EMS chapels. EMS Chapels are always at 8:10am, and the HS chapels are always on Thursdays at 11:20am-12:00pm in the Auditorium. Our K-12 theme this year is Heart to Hands. Many of our chapel and Bible times will explore this theme.

*All volunteers: If you wish to volunteer at any point in this school year, whether it be as a classroom assistant, swimming monitor, lunch room assistant, or as a chaperone on field trips, you will need to begin the process in the front office with Mrs. Sawatzky or Mrs. Edwards by completing the CSPN training. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00pm. You will be able to begin volunteering as soon as you complete this process.

*After school– Please make sure your child has adult supervision after school. If you are not able to pick up your child immediately after school please make appropriate arrangements. Any student not under direct adult supervision will be asked to wait in the office up until 4pm. When the office closes at 4:00, they will be asked to wait in the Atrium.  Students are dismissed at 3:15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and at 2:50pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

*Water Bottles– Please make sure your child has a water bottle with fresh water every day. This is especially important during these afternoons with hot weather.  The water bottle needs to be one that is easy to open and close. Water bottles that do not close well can make a huge mess if they tip over. Your child may only bring water to school. No other kind of drink is allowed.

*Snacks– Your child needs to bring a healthy snack each day. We will eat our snacks at 9:30am every morning. This snack will help your child refuel and have energy throughout the entire morning. Please do not send candy or sweets.