G1 Newsletters

August 21 – 25

Communication We had a great first week of school. As the bulletin board outside our classroom says, we have a BRIGHT year ahead of us. Please check out our bulletin board this week for pictures. Also, please make sure your child gets an adequate night of sleep and eats a good breakfast. Every Sunday I will send an email telling about the upcoming week’s important dates and information. You will also find our class newsletter attached to this email.  Please contact me at ellisk@mca.org.tw or at #0978385550, if you ever have questions
Bible This week First Graders are learning about Cain and Abel.

We will learn the verse John 3:16.

Below are songs we will be singing of this verse. First Graders always love these songs!

Seeds Family John 3:16 or The Rizers John 3:16

Reading Workshop I love books and reading, and I am thrilled to help your child grow in this area. First Graders are learning to build good reading habits, and this week First Graders will learn more about choosing Good Fit books for their book boxes.
Writing Workshop


In Writing Workshop, students will learn about how to get Ideas for their writing.
Word Work/Phonics We are reviewing letter sounds and formation as well as learning new phonograms.
Vocabulary We are learning a new word each day. This week we will continue learning the words patient, proud, modest, and respect. I love learning new words, and I am excited this year to help your First Grader grow in their vocabulary too.
Math We are beginning our unit on Operations and Algebraic Thinking. First Graders will be using addition and subtraction within 10 to solve word problems and equations, as well as becoming fluent in addition and subtraction within 10. Students will learn different strategies to complete equations and to show their thinking behind the work they do. Our goal for this year is math fact fluency within 10 by the end of First Grade and getting close to fluency within 20. We will also be working on knowing and writing numbers to 120. This will be something students will work on in different ways throughout this year.
Social Studies We are learning about rules and laws and how they work in our homes, communities, and of course at school. First Graders are working hard on learning our class rules and understanding what it means to show kindness and respect to others.
8th Grade Reading Buddies We will begin our time with our 8th grade buddies this Wednesday. First Graders will read to and listen to their buddy read each week.
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 August 21 – MAP testing

August 23 – Library Enrichment for K-5 Parents – 8:00am

August 28 – MAP testing

August 31 – K-5 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium

September 1 – Meet the Teacher Night (MTTN)

September 4 – 8 – EMS T.H.I.N.K. Boot Camp

September 4 – Yearbook pictures for First Grade

September 18 – Community Swim Meet

September 21 – K-8 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium

September 28 – K-2 Chapel – 8:10am – Commons Basement

*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.

*Cafeteria Assistants– Miss Neff, our cafeteria manager, would love to have parent helpers in the cafeteria at lunchtime (between 11:00am and 12:00pm).  If you would like to consider being a volunteer, please email Miss Neff at neffk@mca.org.tw for more information.


*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.















Katie Ellis

Grade 1 Teacher