Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday is Crazy Hair Day – The student council invites us to show our spirit with crazy hair or hat day on Friday. We will wear our uniforms as usual, but all are welcome to go crazy on top.

Conferences – Our student/parent/teacher conferences are on Thursday, November 22. There is no school that day, instead you accompany your child to school at your scheduled time to discuss goals and progress with the teacher. You should have received an email from the ES office with instructions for signing up for your conferences. If you have any difficulty in this process, please contact the office. Students wear formal uniforms for the conference.

How We Organize Ourselves Event Planning – All of the classes have completed the event planning unit. The variety of events is evidence that each class made the unit their own. We had an art exhibition, a pumpkin day, a fall celebration, a treat day, and a “Be an Earth Protector . . . We Fight Plastic”  day. If you haven’t spoken to your child about his class event, please ask about it.

How We Express Ourselves – Invention  – Mr. O. helped provide the provocation for our new unit this week, by dropping eggs in the cafeteria. We learned that the carton does not always protect the eggs from breaking and set out to create a better egg holder. Each child worked with recyclables to construct his own egg container. We then tested them by climbing up and dropping them off of the playground equipment. Ask your child if his egg survived the drop and how he might improve his container. We will continue creating and inventing in the coming weeks.  Please continue to collect and send in your recyclables.

Reading – Thank you for keeping up with daily reading with your child. Our up-coming conferences will be a great time to let the teacher know if you feel your child is bringing home books that are “just right” for his reading level or if you have any concerns about reading.

Writing – As part of our How We Express Ourselves unit, we will begin reading and recording our observations about poetry. What is poetry? How is it different from other kinds of writing? As we take note of these differences, we will begin to write our own poems.

Math  – Get out the dominoes and practice addition strategies. Draw a domino and add – the highest wins. Does your child recognize a 4, 5 and 6 without counting? When he is adding, your child may count all of the dots. Then he may say one number (hopefully the largest) and count on. They should begin to recognize doubles and adding of 1, 2 or 3 automatically. The more often you play, the more efficient he will become.

Save the Date – Holiday Concert and First Grade Expo – Wednesday December 12th at 9:30, the first graders will be on stage performing in their holiday concert. Following the concert, parents will be invited to the classrooms as the first graders share their learning journey in their How We Express Ourselves unit.

Important Dates:

Friday, November 16 – Crazy Hair Spirit day

Monday, November 19 – Taganka Gift Drive begins, fill a Holiday bag for a child in need

Thursday, November 22 – Parent\Student\Teacher conferences – No School

Wednesday, December 12 – Save the date! Holiday concert and First grade EXPO

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