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December 11 – 15

Communication Please contact me at ellisk@mca.org.tw or at #0978385550, if you ever have questions.
Bible This week students will learn about Josiah.

Our verse for 2nd quarter is Psalm 100:3.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people,

the sheep of his pasture.


Reading Workshop I love books and reading, and I am thrilled to help your child grow in this area. This week First Graders are retelling with different versions of Gingerbread stories. We will look at the author, illustrator, setting, characters, and other parts of these stories. We will read stories by Jan Brett.
Writing Workshop In Writing Workshop this week, First Graders will learn about the author Jan Brett and look at how she writes and illustrates.
Word Work/Phonics We are reviewing letter sounds and formation as well as learning new phonograms. We are reviewing sounds and then moving into our next book.
Vocabulary I love learning new words and helping First Graders grow in their vocabulary skills. This week First Graders will learn more vocabulary words from our Christmas Cookie book.
Math We will continue reviewing the words used in addition math problems. We will also continue working on subtraction.
Social Studies We will continue learning about different people as we talk about our First Grade character traits.
Science We are continuing to talk about sound and light waves. This week we will begin learning about light.
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 December 12 – Field trip permission slip is due

December 14 – K-5 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium – Missy Basnett is speaking.

December 15 – Cocoa Classic Community Fun Run – 7pm – track

December 19 – Field trip to the Duck Factory – leave at 8:20am

December 21 – Alumni Basketball game – Alumni vs. Varsity Boys

December 22 – K-12 Christmas Assembly – Gym – 10:30am – Everyone is welcome!

December 22 – Half Day – Dismissal at 11:30am

December 25 – January 5 – Christmas Break

January 8 – School resumes

January 8 – 12 – Mrs. Ellis is in the USA taking her son to college (Mrs. Brabon is our substitute.)

January 15 – Mrs. Ellis is back

*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.