Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Enjoy the long weekend! No school Thursday and Friday for students. Hope you are enjoying some Maslenitsa celebrations and Happy Women’s Day to all of our first grade Moms!

Friday is Pajama day! – The elementary student council have invited us to leave our uniforms at home and come to school in our PJs on Friday, March 15. The children are welcome to bring a favorite stuffed animal with them on Friday as well.

How the World Works – materials – Ask your child about some of the investigations he/she has done in class this week.

Writing – Punctuation!!! In writing we have started an open-genre unit with a focus on punctuation. We are enjoying some fun and expression-filled read-alouds and beginning to write our own pieces that include some expressive punctuation.

Math –  The first graders are being introduced to telling time to the hour and half-hour. We are making connections between fractions and portions of time as we think of the clock as a pizza to be shared. Thirty minutes is ½ hour and 15 minutes is ¼ hour. As the clock hands are easily mixed up, you can help your child by directing his/her attention to the shorter hour hand on the clock to begin. Just looking at the hour hand, have your child begin by telling you, It is after 4 or it is just before 8 or it is between 6 and 7. Concentrating on the shorter hour hand will help students keep the two hands straight when we begin to look at both on the clock.

Add the conference date to your calendar! – Thursday, March 28 is a conference day for elementary students. Your child will come to school with you at your scheduled time. Your opportunity to schedule a conference time will be sent home via email, soon!

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 7 – No School – Faculty professional development

Friday, March 8 –  No School – Women’s Day

Friday, March 15 – Spirit Day – Pyjama Day

Thursday, March 28 – ES Conference Day – formal uniform

Friday, March 29 – No School – Faculty professional development

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