|Communication||I am looking forward to partnering with you in your child’s education this year! As the bulletin outside our room says, we have a BRIGHT year ahead of us. Every Sunday I will send out an email telling about the week’s important dates and information. You will also find our class newsletter attached to this email. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at #0978385550 if you ever have questions.|
|Bible||This week First Graders are learning about Creation.
Our verse for the quarter is John 3:16. This is a verse the students will learn well this year.
Below are songs we will be singing of this verse. First Graders always love these songs!
|Reading Workshop||I love books and reading, and I am thrilled to help your child grow in this area. This week First Graders are learning to build good reading habits as we launch Reading Workshop.|
|Writing Workshop||We are beginning Writing Workshop and discussing why we write and what kinds of things we write.|
|Word Work/Phonics||We are reviewing phonemes each day this week. Phonemes are the sounds in words such as in stop – /s/ /t/ /o/ /p/.|
|Vocabulary||We are learning a new word each day. This week we will discuss the words cooperate, patient, proud, and modest. I love learning new words, and I am so excited this year to help your First Grader grow in their vocabulary too.|
|Math||We are launching our guided math time by understanding expectations and practicing the procedures necessary for learning during math time. We’ll do both of these things this week as we explore different types of math manipulatives.|
|Social Studies||This week we are working together to create our class contract. We will be talking about how a great classroom looks, sounds, and feels. As we do this we will discuss rules and why we need to have them in and out of school.|
|Reading Buddies||Your child will have an 8th grade reading buddy this year. They will read together each week. Our reading buddy time will be Thursday afternoon from 2:15-2:45pm.|
|Dates to remember/ Important Announcements||August 13 – School begins
August 16 – K-8 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium
August 31 – Meet the Teacher Night (MTTN)
*Chapels– You are always 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. Our K-12 theme this year is All In. 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 email@example.com for more information.
*All volunteers: If you wish to volunteer at any point in this school year, whether it be as a classroom assistant, 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 Atrium up until 4pm. 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 or in backpacks. 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.