G1 Newsletters

February 20 – 23

Communication Please contact me at ellisk@mca.org.tw or at #0978385550, if you ever have questions.
Bible This week students will learn about Jesus feeding the crowds of people.

This quarter’s core verse is Psalm 119: 9,11.

Psalm 119: 9,11

How can a young man keep

his way pure?

By living according to your word.

I have hidden your word

in my heart that I might not sin against you.


Reading Workshop I love books and reading, and I am thrilled to help your child grow in this area. This week First Graders are beginning to learn about nonfiction text features. This week’s text features are: close-ups, tables of contents, index, and glossary.
Writing Workshop This week we will have our publishing party.
Word Work/Phonics We have begun our new phonics book and are learning new phonograms and suffixes.
Vocabulary I love learning new words and helping First Graders grow in their vocabulary skills. This week students will learn words from the book One Smile by Cindy McKinley. The words are: breezy, inspired, struggling, hesitation, rescue, tip, and tucked.
Math We will continue reviewing the words used in addition math problems and developing our subtraction skills. This week students are especially working on related facts, finding the unknown part, and adding three numbers together.
Social Studies We are learning about different people as we talk about our First Grade character traits. This week students will learn about Abraham Lincoln. Students will also begin learning about cities, countries, and continents.
Science Students will begin learning about plants.
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 February 20 – School Resumes

February 22 – K-2 Chapel – 8:10am – Commons Basement

March 1 – K-5 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium

March 8 – K-8 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium

March 8 – Half Day – Teacher Professional Learning – 12:00pm Dismissal

March 9 – No School – Teacher Professional Learning

March 15 – K-5 MS Play Matinee

March 22 – 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.

*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.