What a Special Day and Celebration!
Thank you to everyone for joining us for this year’s UN Day celebrations. It was a fantastic celebration of our school’s identity and a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. An extra special thank you to Esther, Jenna’s mom, for all her hard work in organizing the delicious lunch buffet and to all parents for providing food for the event. Thank you Esther and parents!
I Wish…During SDG Week, we made ‘I Wish’ posters and presented them to each other on UN Day. The students were so excited to see their special creations and talk about their wishes with parents, special guests and friends.
After UN Day, we had an opportunity to share our wishes with each other. We noticed that some of our wishes for the planet are the same. The future will be bright with all of these wonderful human beings in charge of our planet.
Our Current Text Type: Response
We have started the first of our text types for this year: Response. This text type focuses on responding to and analyzing objects or events in a structured format. Students will be learning to distinguish between nouns and pronouns, justifying their opinion using the terms like/dislikes and will build a repertoire of adjectives to support their opinions.
Mr Brian Visits Grade 1C
Mr Brian, our UNIS Speech and Language Specialist, came to our class this week to help us remember how to breathe when we are speaking and how we say/pronounce specific letter sounds. He even brought a special teeth and tongue puppet (Mr. Bob) to show us where to put our tongues when we say specific letters like D, T, K, G and more. Mr Brian will continue to work with our students throughout the year for special, whole-class lessons. Thank you Mr Brian for coming and teaching us.
Math and UOI-Graphing
During Math and UOI this week, we talked a lot about our special lunch from last week. Ms Jill came in and introduced why graphs are important. We made a whole class pictograph and were able to make comparisons with our graph. We learned that we use a graph for various reasons such as:Collecting Data, Analyzing Data, Comparing Data
I can talk about data on a graph.
I can describe data on a graph using numbers and words like more and most and fewer and not very many.
At centers, Ms. Jill also taught us how to recognize, sort, write, place and say “Ty” and Teen” when we talk about “teen” numbers and “decade numbers“.
Play Based Learning
Play Based Learning was a blast this week! The students are enjoying getting to know all our friends in Grade 1 and we are working together to explore the materials.
If you have any old electronics you want to donate, please do send some in.
An Important Notice about Home Readers
Thank you for your patience with our paper folders. Please be assured that fabric book bags are coming soon. We ask that you support your child re-reading their chosen text with you each night and returning it to school the next day. This is an important daily routine to best support your child’s literacy growth this year.
Children are encouraged to choose a book that is a good fit (they can read the majority of the text with ease) and is of interest to them. While the level of the book may give some indication of the complexity of the book we fully encourage students to choose books that they are motivated to read and for this reason you may notice your child choosing to reread a book or from time. They might also choose a more complex book that they wish to tackle with your support.
Readers will be sent home to enjoy on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
October 31st ES Dress Up Day: Please discuss with your child what they may wear for our dress up day on Thursday. We ask that children do not wear masks and highly encourage some creative home grown costumes.
A Message from the PE Department
The Grade 1 Wheels Unit will begin next week, October 28th.
1. We request that all students bring their bikes and helmets to school on October 28th from 7:45-8:30 from the Main Gate. Upon arrival, you will be directed by the PE staff to the storage location where all bikes will be stored (see attached).
2. If your bike has training wheels on them, we request that you remove them.
3. To help us with organization, it would be helpful if you put a label on your child’s bike and helmet that includes your child’s name and homeroom.
4. The unit will end on November 22nd, and all bikes can be collected on that day from 3:30-4:00.
There will be no school on November 11 due to it being a staff professional development day.
Save the Date: On November 19th Open Classrooms will take place across the Elementary School. More information to follow.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Ms. Phuong and Ms. Kristen