Enjoy the Autumn Break! Safe journeys to all who are traveling!
Halloween: All ES students come to school in costume on Thursday, October 31. The first grade class party is at the end of the day. Parents are welcome to join the celebration (in costume or not!) at 14:30. Thank you to all of our class parents who have helped to organize this.Friday, November 1st is also a Spirit Day- Dress in Black and White.
Unit of Inquiry: Thank you to the families who have sent in the life journey grids this week. If you have needed more time to complete it, please send the completed grid with your child on the first day back from holiday. As you might be making more memorable moments during the break, please help your child to save and artifact that could represent an important event/day during this break. It will come in handy when we ask students to bring in artifacts to show important events in their life journeys.
Reading: After the break we will be looking more closely at story elements in our read-alouds to help children build a habit of using elements to understand what they read. This can be a challenge for young readers, because it often requires them trying to read fluently while focusing on understanding what the story is about. Modelling the skills to do both simultaneously during read-alouds will help them to transfer their learning to their own reading. When you are doing home reading with your child, you can ask questions such as the following: What are the important parts of the story? What did you learn about the character? What describing words could we use to talk about the characters or setting? What do you predict could happen next?
Writing: With a week away from school, we are looking forward to some great personal narratives by first graders who are inspired by their activities and adventures away from school. The week may provide another opportunity to send in some photos to keep in our writing folders. When something exciting happens, be sure to say, “This would make a great story!”
Math: Will you be traveling over the break? Playing with coins of any currency is great math practice. Can your child count by tens? Use the tens and ones coins to practice making two-digit numbers.
After School Activities – The sign-up for new activities began on October 16 and goes until the 29th. Look for the link on the Penguin Life page of the AAS website or in the ES News if you haven’t signed up already. The next session of activities begins the week of November 4. No Activities the week after the Autumn Break. Please ensure that students and all who are concerned with pick-up, including bus companies, are aware of your child’s schedule changes.
October 21 to 25 – No School – Autumn Break
Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Party
Friday, November 1 – Black and White Spirit Day
Monday, November 4 – After School Activities Session 2 starts
Thursday, November 28 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences – No School
Thursday, December 5 – Grade 1 EXPO
Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends
Thursday, December 19 – Last day of school before Winter Break
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