Wow! We are down to our last three days!
Field Day! – We enjoyed our time on the field today. Thank you to our PE teachers for organizing all of the great activities and our specialist teachers for running the stations. Also, thanks to the PTO for the ice cream – always a highlight!
Field Trip to the Bee Apiary – The weather didn’t dampen our spirits on our field trip on Thursday. We had a great time learning about bees, making candles, and tasting some sweet honey. Thank you to our parent chaperones who joined us and endured the rather long bus journey! It was a great day out.
Field Trip Monday!! – As a culmination of our creativity unit, we are visiting Experimentarium Monday morning. We are really looking forward to all of the great hands-on experiments. Thank you in advance to our parent volunteers who will be joining us. We will be traveling over our lunch time, so students will need a lunch from home.
How We Express Ourselves – Creative thinking – We’ve been wrapping up our creativity unit this week. Many students showed growth in their thinking as they took on suggestions or ideas from others to improve their inventions. A great number of first graders embraced the view that invention is often a cyclical process of failure and attempts. Often they persevered and completed an original construction with a problem-solving goal, such as the “Bed-Maker 2000” robot or the “Mosquito Killer”. Thanks for sending in all of the recyclables and thanks for accepting many of them back home in the form of first grade inventions!
Reading – Don’t forget that wherever there is an internet connection, there are books available to your child. You can access them through the library link on the AAS website or here ebooks. You might want to bookmark this one for your travels.
Writing – Poetry – We hope you get time to sit down with your child and enjoy some of his/her poetry. Many are finding it an easy, accessible, and enjoyable way to share ideas. Of course we encourage the first grade writers to continue experimenting with the many forms of writing we worked on this year – personal narratives, how to, nonfiction / informational, opinion, and poetry.
Math – As mentioned many times over the school year, the best number sense growth often comes from games with dice, cards, dominoes, coins, etc. We recommend games that don’t feel like math practice to maintain skills over the holiday. Check out the previous week’s blog post for some good math stories to try with your child. Remember, an answer should always be accompanied by an explanation of his/her strategy and perhaps a drawing to demonstrate thinking.
Looking for Books – Please check your shelves at home for classroom and library books. Often books checked out to the class or teacher are taken home for readers. Thanks for having a look around for any books that should be returned to school.
Leaving early? – If your child will be leaving school before our final day, please let the teacher know. We’d like to make sure we say goodbye to our friends, and they get all of their belongings and art work. Also, it may make a difference for parents planning our end-of-year celebrations.
Monday, June 19 – Field trip to Experimentarium – Students need a lunch from home
Tuesday, June 20 – First grade end-of-year party 2:00
Wednesday, June 21 – Last day – No Late start – Closing ceremonies at 11:00 – Dismissal at 12:00
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