The theme for this week was Thanksgiving. We tried to save some turkeys by giving them a disguise. We wrote what we are thankful for. We learned about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. We read poems and stories about this holiday. Our class compared and contrasted life in the past with our life today. I think we all agreed that we like the comforts we have now. Our mini-unit would not be complete without making cornbread and churning our own butter in class. What a great time we had!
Our school honored 42 of our local veterans with a special assembly on Friday, November 9th. Students in the primary grades decorated the gym with posters thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Students in the intermediate grades wrote poems and letters which were distributed to veterans. In preparation for this assembly, our class learned why we celebrate Veterans Day. Thank you to all our brave U.S. Veterans!
‘Tis the season for monsters! The children worked with our “Big Buddies” to create a math monster. By generating addition equations with dice, the buddies created a “recipe” for their math monster. The equations dictated the number of eyes, ears, mouths, etc. their monster should have. Then they had to use their combined imagination to draw their monster. I was extremely impressed by the children’s creativity.
A great big Thank You to the parents who came to our class to help with our Halloween craft. The children had a wonderful time making scarecrows and decorating pumpkins.
This year’s Literary Pumpkins were amazing! Great job to all who helped decorate our Halloween Parade path.
The children looked amazing in their Halloween costumes for our annual Halloween parade. Our class had a fabulous week!
Once again, our school is proud to participate in the Pinwheels for Peace project where children around the world display pinwheels of all different sizes as a public visual of “Whirled” Peace. Many thanks to Mrs. Katz, our art teacher, for creating the beautiful display on our school’s front lawn. With her help, each child in our school made a pinwheel with words of peace and harmony written on it. Then they placed the pinwheels in front of our school. With this simple act, we join many schools and people around the world in our hope for world peace.
This week we learned about John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) and did many activities with apples in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day which is September 26th. The children had fun learning how the apple tree changes with each season. We studied the parts of an apple. We even played apple themed games. We ended our apple mini unit by tasting applesauce. Yum!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who came to Back to School Night. It is a pleasure to know that I will be working with caring and supportive parents. If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact me.
By working together, I hope to help your child have a successful first grade experience.
Our class went to the STEM Lab for the first time this year! We met our STEM teacher, Mrs. Wicks, who taught us that STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For our first lab investigation, we used the scientific method to learn how germs spread through contact. By using glitter to represent germs, each team of children started with only 1 color glitter on their hands. After shaking hands with children from other teams, they were surprised to find that the glitter on their hands had transferred (spread) to everyone they touched. What a powerful visual of how germs travel!
We had a great first week of school! The children came with bright smiles and were ready to learn. They quickly settled into the classroom and are already becoming familiar with some of our daily routines.
Please check your child’s “Take Home Folder” daily. This is one of the best ways for us to communicate. All notes and classwork sent home can be kept at home. Only return homework and missed assignments to me.
I look forward to a fun and exciting school year filled with wonder and discoveries!
I hope you had a wonderful summer vacation. In just a few days, school will begin and I cannot wait to see you! We will have lots of fun, learn exciting things, and make many new friends. I am looking forward to being your teacher. I hope you are as excited as I am.
I know you received a First Grade School Supplies list back in June. Please add another notebook to the list. This means you will need 5 notebooks to help keep everything we will learn organized.
On the first day of school, please wear the name tag I sent you to help me learn your name. In addition, please bring the Dismissal Form that I had sent home as well with you so that I will know how you will be getting home. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you soon!