Happy New Year! Welcome to our new first graders and their families! And Welcome Back to all returning!
Where We Are in Place and Time – Our new unit has begun with a focus on Journeys. We have had a great start as many first graders have shared their recent journeys through an artifact, a holiday journal, or their classroom personal narrative writing. If your child has not had an opportunity to share something from the holiday, please encourage him/her to do so. This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a shell, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. Thank you to families who have already sent in maps for the children to investigate.
Skating – Many of the first graders were able to get on the ice this week to begin our skating program. Please assume your child will need skates on his assigned day as decisions to cancel skating will not be made until after the school day begins.
Here are the first grade skating days.
Mondays – 1WL, 1HM
Tuesdays – 1AO
Wednesdays – 1HA
Thursdays – 1DC
Writing – The first graders resumed school full of writing ideas and many shared events of their holidays through the personal narratives they wrote. Next week we begin an investigation into how writers use punctuation to make their writing more interesting.
Math – We started off the new year with work on measurement, including beginning to measure time with clocks and calendars. An understanding of the concept of time is just as important as being able to tell the time. You can help your child develop this sense by talking about times during the day. “Eight o’clock is bed time, that is in ten minutes.” “How long is a minute? What can we do in one minute? One hour?”
Activities – We have a limited number of activities that begin next week and most will not go to the cafeteria for a snack. Ice skaters will be sent directly to the gym at 3:30. Swimmers should be picked up by parents at 3:20. Monday Irish dancers and Number Fun students will go to the cafeteria for a snack.
Homework – We eased back into school with only reading homework this week. Look for a return of our choice boards and word cards on Monday in your child’s homework notebooks. Thanks in advance for your help choosing and adapting assignments that you feel are appropriate for your child.
From the Elementary Office – Math and Mindset for Students
At our ES Parent meeting in October we talked about math for the 21st Century. Several parents showed an interest in participating in conversations centered on math and student mind-set. We would like to invite you to join us for these conversations. Below is information about a free online course, which consists of 6 sessions, through Stanford University that was designed for students and parents. Each session is between 10 and 20 minutes. We will meet twice to discuss what we have learned through the course.
January 17th 9:30 (after the PTO meeting) We will discuss Part 1 (sessions 1-3)
January 31st 8:45 – We will discuss Part 2 (sessions 1-3)
If you are interested please sign up for the course at this link. Please contact Jeff Hinton with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 16 – after school swimming and skating activities begin
Tuesday, January 31 – photos for new students and those who were absent (formal uniform)
Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day
Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day
February 20-24 – No School – Winter break
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