G1 Newsletters

October 16 – 20

Communication Welcome back! I hope your family had an enjoyable break. Please be sure to sign up in the EMS Office this week for Parent Teacher Conferences. They are coming up on the following Friday, October 27th. Also, in another week we have a schedule change. Tuesday, October 24th will follow a Wednesday schedule with a 2:50pm dismissal. Wednesday, October 25th will follow a Friday schedule with a 3:15pm dismissal. Thank you for making adjustments to your pick up times. Please contact me at ellisk@mca.org.tw or at #0978385550, if you ever have questions.
Bible This week First Graders are learning about Moses and the Ten Commandments.

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. This week First Graders are finishing learning about schema this week, though this will be something we will touch on throughout the year.
Writing Workshop In Writing Workshop this week, First Graders are writing personal narratives and working on sharing and talking about their stories with a partner. Students will be continuing on planning and developing their stories.
Word Work/Phonics We are reviewing letter sounds and formation as well as learning new phonograms. This week we will work on learning the sounds for /f/ and /v/, and Silent E, ng, /ar/, and /or/.
Vocabulary I love learning new words and helping First Graders grow in their vocabulary skills. This week’s words come from Hazel’s Amazing Mother. The words are: stuffing, carriage, mailman, thunderous, and stuffing.
Math Students are continuing to work on numbers up to 120, as well as learning about tens and ones.
Social Studies We will continue learning about people as we talk about our First Grade character traits.
Science We will begin talking about sound and light waves.
8th Grade Reading Buddies Your child now has an 8th grade buddy. 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 October 16 – School Resumes

October 24 – Wednesday schedule – school dismissed at 2:50pm

October 25 – Friday schedule – school dismissed at 3:15pm

October 27 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences

*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.