April 25 – 29

Communication I hope you enjoyed the K-2 Concert last week. The students did an amazing job! Thank you so much Ms. Ruan for all of her hard work! Monday is our field trip to the Flying Cow Ranch. Thank you to all of the Parent Chaperones. We will be going to the Sanyi Duck Factory if the weather looks bad.

 If you have questions, please stop by after school or email me at ellisk@mca.org.tw .

Bible This week students will learn about Philip and the Ethiopian this week.

Our verse for this quarter is Ephesians 4:32. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


Reading Workshop Students are learning about non-fiction and text features for the next two weeks. We will also begin having non-fiction Book Clubs in the next week.
Writing Workshop/

6 Traits

Students are writing letters. Last week they wrote letters to Mr. Myburgh telling him thank you and how they appreciate him. This week they will write to a teacher of their choice.
Fundations/ Word Work This week we will be continuing to work on compound words in class and reviewing our past spelling words. This week’s words will be words with the long u sound and will have /oi/ and /oy/.
Vocabulary I love, love, love to learn new words – it seriously makes me happy. So in First Grade we learn new words all the time and in all different subjects. I always love hearing the First Graders use new words or point out words they’ve learned in the books they read. Each week we have a new story that we pull vocabulary words from. Our words this week are from Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen. They are tight, sprinkler, soupy, and radiator.
Math We will be working on and reviewing place value for the rest of this year. In place value, students are learning to build numbers and expand them. They are also comparing numbers using words and symbols. Students are also practicing regrouping while adding. We are always working on and reviewing our fluency to 10, as well as fluency using different strategies to and from 20. This week we will be working on measurement more as well as reviewing and practicing regrouping.
Social Studies For our First Grade character traits, we are learning about different people from around the world and how they showed different character traits in their lives. This week we will learn about Corrie Ten Boom. We are beginning to also learn how present life is different from the past and how it has changed over time. Students will learn about different aspects of people’s lives such as transportation, food, and clothing and how it has changed from the past.
Science We are beginning to learn about weather.
Asres Great job First Grade! We raised NT15,200 for Asres from our Math-a-thon! Thank you parents for your generous giving.

·       treasure box items

·       empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls


Dates to remember/ Important Announcements April 25 – Field trip to the Flying Cow Ranch – Leave at 8:30am and return by 2:30pm                    

April 28 – K-5 Chapel

May 5 – “Celebrate Moms” Morning Tea – Commons Basement – 8:00 – 11:00am

May 10 – Field trip to the Taichung Library – back by 12pm

*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. HS chapels are always on Thursdays at 2pm in the Auditorium. Our K-12 theme this year is Growing Beyond Knowledge to Wisdom (K2W). Many of our chapel and Bible times will explore this theme.

*Cafeteria Assistants– Mrs. Sheppard, our cafeteria manager, would love to have parent helpers in the cafeteria at lunchtime (between 11:00 and 12:00).  If you would like to consider being one of them, please email her at sheppardr@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 chaperoning field trips, you will need to begin the process in the school office with Mrs. Edwards. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00pm. You will be able to begin volunteering as soon as you complete this process with Mrs. Edwards.

 *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 3:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and at 2:50 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 of 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.

 *ToysPlease remind your child that there are no toys allowed at school. If your child brings a toy for our sharing time, they may only have the toy out during this time. Your child may bring a ball to use at recess and leave it in the tub outside our room during the day.