|Communication||Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at #0978385550 if you ever have questions.|
|Bible||This week the First Graders will finish learning about Solomon. Then we’ll learn about Elijah and the widow.
Our verse for the quarter is 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||This week First Graders will continue learning to retell a story. Last week we talked about the setting and characters. This week we will concentrate on retelling using First, Next, Then, After that, and Finally.
· I can use phonics and word skills to figure out words.
· I can recall key details of text
|Writing Workshop||We are writing Gingerbread stories this week. Students will use adjectives to describe their nouns, as they make great sentences. Look for the stories on the outside board later in the week. The First Graders will also learn how to write letters. Students will use CHOPS to edit and check their writing. CHOPS: C- Capitals, H- Handwriting, O- Out loud, P- Punctuation, and S- Spelling words they know.
· I can write a complete sentence.
|Word Work/Phonics||We are learning about Silent E words. Sight words for this week are: not, no, him, has, his, said, she, so, we, he. These are words the First Graders need to learn to spell and use correctly in their writing.|
|Vocabulary||This week students we will learn words from our Christmas Cookies book. This week’s words are: tradition, disappointed, celebrate, appreciative, and prosperity.
* I can learn new vocabulary words.
|Math||This week we students will begin learning about place value.
· I understand that ten ones equals one tens
· I understand that numbers from 11 to 19 are made up of one ten and some extra ones
|Social Studies||Students will continue learning about famous people and the character traits they show.
* I can name positive character traits that describe a responsible citizen (fairness, respect for others and the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment, compassion)
|Science||We are learning about plants and animals.
* I can use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts
|Reading Buddies||Our reading buddy time is Thursday afternoon from 2:15-2:45pm.|
|Classroom Supplies||· toilet and paper towel rolls
· Makerspace supplies
|Dates to remember/ Important Announcements||December 15 – 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar
December 18 – K-2 Christmas Concert
December 21 – K-12 Christmas Project Chapel
December 22 – January 6 – Christmas break
January 7 – School resumes
*Chapels– You are always welcome at all EMS 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.
*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.