Conferences – It was great to meet with families on Thursday to share our progress and next steps. Thank you for taking the time to be here.  As always if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher at any time. 

Unit of Inquiry – We are busy getting ready for our Expo on Thursday 5th of December from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  You are welcome to come in at any time during that 1 hour slot. When you arrive, pick up your child from his/her classroom. Your child will be ready with the ‘Expo Clipboard’ that you will fill in together as you explore the museum.  Looking forward to seeing you there. Please let us know if you cannot attend, so that we can arrange another teacher to be your child’s ‘parent’ that morning. 

Writing – The first graders began their poetry unit with an investigation of poems and how they are different from other writing. What makes it a poem? Most of the classes began with list poems, choosing a topic like a season and writing a list of words that make you think of that season. Ask your child about some of the poems s/he has been working on in writing. Try writing a list poem with your family.

Math –  Help your child practice his/her addition strategies using playing cards to play the game Card War. Split the deck evenly. Each player turns over 2 cards and adds them. Look for your child’s addition strategies: starting with the biggest number and counting on, using doubles and double + 1 (if I know 6+6 then I can figure out 6+7 or 6+6+1), looking for pairs that make 10, thinking of ten when adding nine, etc. Need more challenge? Turn over 3 or 4 cards and see how your child groups them to add. Ask why they put those two cards together first. Why did that make adding easier?

Save the Dates:

  1. First Grade Expo –  Thursday December 5th from 8:30 to 9:30, parents are invited to the Maly Theater at AAS as the first graders share their curated artifacts to give an insight into themselves as part of our units titled: Where We Are in Place and Time & Who We Are.  
  2. Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 12th from 9:00 to 9:45, the first graders will be on stage in the Bolshoi Theater at AAS, performing in their holiday concert.

Important Dates:

Thursday, December 5 – Grade 1 EXPO in the Maly Theater from 8:30 to 9:30 am

Tuesday, December 10 to 12 – PTO New Book Fair

Wednesday, December 11 – After School Activities Session 3: Sign Up begins

Thursday, December 12 – Holiday Concert for Grade 1 to 4 from 9:00 to 9:45 am

Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends

Tuesday, December 17 – Due date for filled Taganka bag donations

Thursday, December 19 – Last day of school before Winter Break

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