Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Fair Next Week – Your child brought home a small plastic money bag with information about next week’s book fair. Here are the days for the first grade class visits to the book fair: Tuesday – 1HM and 1DC, Wednesday – 1TM, Thursday – 1DE and 1AO

Formal uniform on Friday – We will have a concert dress rehearsal with photos, so please wear formal uniforms on Friday. We will also have formal uniforms for the concert and Expo on Wednesday, December 12.

Ice Skating Begins! All first graders are required to bring their skates and hats to school the week of December 10 for a try-on and helmet fitting. (We will not be on the ice.) Check out our skating schedule:

Mondays1HM, 1DC  Need skates and hats at school for your try-on day Monday, Dec 10. First day on the ice is Monday, January 14.

Tuesdays 1TM  Need skates and hats at school for your try-on day Tuesday, Dec 11. First day on the ice is Tuesday, January 8 (our first day back at school!)

Wednesdays1AO  Need skates and hats at school for your try-on day Monday, Dec 10. Please note *** Try-on day is different from skating days due to our Expo. First day on the ice is Wednesday, January 9.

Thursdays1DE  Need skates and hats at school for your try-on day Thursday, Dec 13. First day on the ice is Thursday, January 10.

How We Express Ourselves – Invention  – This week students took a closer look at inventions and how they progressed. Most of us did not recognize the first telephone and now our phones serve as cameras, entertainment, and our connection to limitless information! We have been exposed to a number of invention stories. When the students begin creating their own inventions, we hope they can persevere through attempts and design changes as have many of the inventors we have read about. We will be working on our inventions in the next few weeks. Thanks for sending in your recyclables. We will continue collecting until Friday, December 7.

Holiday Concert and First Grade Expo – The first through fourth graders will be taking turns on stage to perform in our holiday concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 9:30. Following the concert, first grade families are invited to join us in our classrooms for our Expo (directly after the concert until 11:15). Parents are welcome to try some of our invention and creativity projects as we share our learning process. We hope you can join us!

Writing – We are learning that poetry is often a short burst of emotion or action that might inspire a feeling or reaction from the reader. Ask your child about some of his poems and please share some poetry in your home language with your child.

Math –  The first graders are working on the number pairs to make 10. A great way to practice this is to use playing cards to play Tens Go Fish. All the cards (take out jacks and kings, queens are used as zeros) are face down in a pile. Each player takes 5 and checks his hand for any pairs that make 10 (2 and 8, 7 and 3, etc.) to lay on the table in front of him. The players take turns asking another player for a card he needs to make a ten. Dad do you have a 4? Yes, here you go. OR, No, sorry go fish. If no, then the asking player draws a card from the pile. When the cards are all gone, the winner is the player with the most number pairs that make ten.

Leaving Early? If your child will not be in school each day through Friday, December 14, please let the teacher know. This will assist our room parents in planning for our holiday celebration.

Important Dates:

All next week: Taganka Gift bag collection – until December 10

December 4-6 – New Book Fair – check specific day above

Friday, December 7 – Formal uniform for concert rehearsal and photos

Wednesday, December 12 – Holiday concert and First grade EXPO – wear formal uniform

Wednesday, December 12 – Sign-up begins for January activities

Thursday, December 13 – Last day of Session 2 after school activities

Friday, December 14 –  Spirit day – Wacky Winter Dress up day. Grade one holiday celebration at 2:30

Tuesday, January 8 – school resumes – activity sign-up ends

Monday, January 14 – New activities begin

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