G1 Newsletters

February 11 – 15

Communication Please contact me at ellisk@mca.org.tw or at #0978385550 if you ever have questions.

We will talk about the Samaritan woman at the well.

Our verse for 3rd quarter:

Ephesians 4:32 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Reading Workshop This week First Graders will be assessed on asking questions. This week we will begin discussing the differences between fiction and non-fiction. Students will learn about different text features of non-fiction.

·       I can use phonics and word skills to figure out words.

·       I can ask questions about the text I’m reading.

Writing Workshop 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. This week students will write about the people, places, and things they love. Then we will begin our Information writing unit.

* I can write a complete sentence using conventions and capital letters.

Word Work/Phonics We are learning all of the vowel teams/ digraphs. This will be our 5th syllable that we have learned about. These are the other syllables we have learned about: closed, open, Silent e (Magic e), R-controlled (Bossy R).

ai, ea, oa, ee, -ay, -oe

Vocabulary This week’s words are: compassionate, admire, forgive, supportive, tenderness, and adore.

* I can learn new vocabulary words.

Math This week students will review and practice adding 3 numbers. We will also continue on with Place Value.
Social Studies Students will continue learning about famous people and the character traits they show. We are also looking at families long ago and in the present time.

* 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 February 11 – School Resumes

February 14 – K-2 Chapel – 8:10am – Commons Basement

February 15 – Valentine’s Celebration (one day late)

February 21 – K-5 Chapel – 8:10am – Auditorium

February 28 – Distance Learning – Teacher Professional Learning

March 1 – No School – Teacher Professional Learning

March 4 – 120th Day of School Celebration

March 21 – MS Play – 8:10am – Auditorium

March 22 – MS Play – Auditorium

March 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 29 – Track and Field Day

*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.