FROM MISS PETERSON
Devotions and Prayer: Next week we will begin our Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. We’ll be reading about different symbols and collecting them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” These will come home on the Friday before Spring Break and Easter for you to share as a family. *** Please send an egg carton to school with your child THIS WEEK to help us prepare for this activity!***
Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be: At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him. We will also talk about the stability of David’s faith throughout his life.
Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. The students will be participating in some fun activities to learn how to use adjectives more effectively.
Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions. We are working on writing a hook to get the reader interested and how to end our pieces. We’ll also be thinking about how to respond to other people’s opinions. We will be talking about how to write reviews of common things we use in our lives, setting a good foundation for persuasive writing. Last week we began working on writing reviews of restaurants, stores, games etc and will continue that work this week. We will continue to talk about how to make our writing interesting and inviting to our readers.
FROM MRS. KINGMA
Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit. Also – counting backwards is another great thing to practice!
Phonics – This week we’ll continue working on our newest Most Common Word lists (13 & 14). We’ll also be working on the many jobs of Y in words.
Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on putting facts together from some different penguin texts we’ve been studying as part of our inferring unit. To wrap up – students will be writing mini-information books to conclude this part of our reading unit.
Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about places. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read! Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how often we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.
DATES TO NOTE:
March is reading month and wacky Wednesdays in March will look different this year! GRCES’ theme for March is Wild About Reading! We will have Wild Wednesdays. Not all the days relate directly to reading, but we are also using these Wednesdays to have some fun and build some school spirit.
- Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
- WILD WEDNESDAY: March 4: Read Your Shirt Day (wear a shirt with words)
- FRIDAY, MARCH 6 – NO GRPS BUSSING – gym pick up day!
- WILD WEDNESDAY: March 11: Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)
- Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
- WILD WEDNESDAY: March 18: Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)
- March 20– Lollipops Concert, Peter Rabbit (no chaperones needed)
- March 24– K-2 Spring Music Program
- WILD WEDNESDAY: March 25: Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)
- March 30– Circle Theatre Show (no chaperones needed)
- April 3-12 Spring Break
*** Our K-2 Spring Program is March 24 at 7:00 pm at our Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Center for Arts and Worship- 2300 Plymouth Ave. Students should arrive between 6:30-6:45 dressed in their best attire. Kindergartners will meet in the Choir room, 1st graders in the Orchestra room, and 2nd graders in the Band room. There will be signs indicating where these rooms are located. We are looking forward to seeing you there! It will be a night you will not want to miss!**