See you at International Fair tomorrow!
Field Trip notes came home today! – We are excited about two upcoming trips – Thursday, June 15 to Experimentarium and Monday, June 19 to Kuzminiki Park Bee Apiary. Please fill out both forms and return them by Friday, June 9. Don’t forget to let us know on the form if you would like to join us on one of these trips.
How We Express Ourselves – Creative thinking – The first graders are talking about inventions. Do you have a favorite invention/inventor? Tell your child about an invention you would find very hard to live without. We are finding that nearly every invention story begins with a problem and a plan to tackle that problem. This is generally followed by several failures, and after a great deal of perseverance, success! Optional Homework – Find out about an inventor or invention that interests you, maybe one from your home country. Please have your child tell the class about it next week. As we continue inventing, your recyclables are a valuable resource. Please keep collecting and sending in your recyclables. – egg boxes, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, fabric, ribbon, wood, etc)
Writing – What is poetry? That’s a tough question. The first graders are beginning to read and explore poetry. How do I know if this is a poem or a story? How is poetry different from other kinds of writing? We will begin to define poetry and then we will jump in and create some of our own poems. Please share poems or poets that are familiar to you with your child.
Math – Much of the math work in our final weeks will be a review of concepts and strategies we explored this year. As it has all year long, this will include math stories and problem-solving. It is our goal that students have a repertoire of strategies to represent numbers and tackle problems. Can they show it with counters or tens and ones blocks? Can they draw it? Show it on a numberline? Number bond? Tape diagram? Can they break apart and put together numbers to make computations easier? Are they looking for and making tens in computations?
Home Connection: Read and discuss one of these problems with your child. Can he/she choose an operation to solve this? Can he/she show you one? Two? Or 3 different ways to represent it? There were 9 students on the playground. Eight more came out to play. How many are on the playground now? Greater challenge: Max had 11 markers. His Mom gave him some more markers. Now he has 18 markers. How many did his Mom give him? Even greater challenge: There were many kids on the playground. Nine more kids joined them. Then there were 25 kids on the playground. How many kids were on the playground at the start?
Looking for Library 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.
No Homework – Although your child will still be bringing books home for daily reading, this week was our last homework choice board. Of course we continue to encourage the first graders to design, construct, and share projects that they make at home. And there is one optional homework idea for this week. (See Creativity unit above)
Activities Finished – No after school activities next week. Please make sure students, nannies, drivers, bus monitors, and bus companies are aware of your child’s schedule changes. Mother tongue classes continue.
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.
Saturday, June 3 – International Fair 11:30-15:00
Thursday, June 15 – All day field trip to Kuzminiki Park to the Bee Apiary
Friday, June 16 – Field Day
Monday, June 19 – Field trip to Experimentarium
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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