Week 23

Coming up This Week
Wednesday: Feb. 3: 100th Day of school

Thursday, Feb. 4: 101st Day of School 

Devotions and Prayer – We do a mix of singing, prayers and sharing of requests, working on our memory verse and reading picture books and stories that help us learn more about God and how to be a part of growing his Kingdom on earth. 

Bible  This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. 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.

Patterns of Power (Grammar)– Our focus this week is on noun/verb agreement – seeing how real authors make sure that nouns and verbs “are friends.”

Math – We continue working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – We will continue working on sight words, how to add endings to bossy-e words,  and will learn Phonetic rule 5 to know how to decode words with vowel pairs.

Reading Workshop– We continue working on a unit that focuses on characters and traits in fiction literature. This week our focus will be learning how to figure out how the characters are feeling and what they might be thinking. 

Writing – This week we continue with opinion books. We begin with examples of facts and opinions. We’ll also work on how to judge things fairly. We will be looking at some collections, picking our favorite item, and writing about our favorite one.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light. 

Dates to Note:

Wednesday, FEB. 3– Day 100: All school pajama day. Kids can wear pajamas, slippers, robes or they can just wear comfy clothes if they don’t want to wear pjs.  No stuffed animals or blankets this time. 

Thursday, FEB. 4– DAY 101– We celebrate day 101 in first grade.  It is a 101 Dalmatian theme day so the children can come dressed in black and white if they would like to. Some kids like coming dressed like a dog. It will be a fun day of centers, treats, stories and crafts.

Thursday, Feb 11. Parent/Teacher conferences Via Zoom

Monday, FEB. 15-Valentine’s Day Celebration– Our class will be celebrating Valentine’s day on Monday, FEB 15.  Homemade cards and store-bought cards are great.  Store bought, individually wrapped candy/treats are allowed. I will send a separate blog post with class list names.  We will be making a bag in school that the kids will collect their valentines in.

Tuesday, Feb 16: Parent/Teacher conferences Via Zoom

Wednesday, Feb 17-Monday, Feb 22: No school: Teacher professional development and planning days

Remember to Check the Virtual Lost and Found: Please CLICK HERE to view photos of lost and found items. If you see something that belongs to your child, please email Laura at lszotko@grcs.org and the item will be sent home with your child. Feel free to call the office at 616.574.6500 to ask about missing items. 

 

 

Week 22

A Peek at Week 22

Coming up Next Week
Wednesday: Feb. 3: 100th Day of school – All school pajama day

Thursday, Feb. 4: 101st Day of School – special 1st grade celebration, stay tuned for more information about ways to dress up for this fun day

Devotions and Prayer – We do a mix of singing, prayers and sharing of requests, working on our memory verse and reading picture books and stories that help us learn more about God and how to be a part of growing his Kingdom on earth. 

Bible-  This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. 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.

Patterns of Power (Grammar)- Our focus this week is on noun/verb agreement – seeing how real authors make sure that nouns and verbs “are friends.”

Math – We continue working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – list 10 and introducing list 11! We’ll also begin working on long vowel patterns – specifically bossy e at the end of a word. Finally, we talk about how to know when a word ends with CK or KE or K. 

Reading Workshop– We continue working on a unit that focuses on characters and traits in fiction literature. This week our focus will be learning how to figure out how the characters are feeling and what they might be thinking. 

Writing – This week we continue with opinion books. We begin with examples of facts and opinions. We’ll also work on how to judge things fairly. We will be looking at some collections, picking our favorite item, and writing about our favorite one.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light. 

Dates to Note:

Wednesday: Feb. 3: 100th Day of school

Thursday, Feb. 4: 101st Day of School

 

Remember to Check the Virtual Lost and Found: Please CLICK HERE to view photos of lost and found items. If you see something that belongs to your child, please email Laura at lszotko@grcs.org and the item will be sent home with your child. Feel free to call the office at 616.574.6500 to ask about missing items. 

 

Report Card Note

January 22, 2021

Dear Iroquois Parents and Friends,

Your child’s Report Card for the first half of the school year is available, Friday January 22, on ParentVUE. A paper copy will also be sent home with your child either today or next week Tuesday, January 26.  This report card informs you of the progress and growth your child has made in the various content/subject area skills and concepts taught during the first semester of school.  It also measures your child’s progress and growth in the areas of Learning in Community.  The report card  offers a glimpse into your child’s learning development.  The following information will help you interpret and understand the scales we use to mark the report card.

Scale for Content/Subject Areas:

 “1” means your child is beginning to understand the skill or concept taught this year, but may be having some difficulty understanding it fully or applying the skill and/or concept. 

 “2” means your child is developing in his or her understanding of the skill or concept taught this year.  The child is making good progress but is inconsistent in applying the skill independently.  

 “3” means your child is secure in his or her understanding of the skill or concept taught this year.  The child demonstrates an accurate, consistent understanding of the skill or concept and can apply it independently.

 “NE” means that the skill or concept has not been taught and/or assessed at this point in  the school year.  

 

Scale for Learning in Community:

“1” means that this is a challenging area for your child.

“2” means that your child is performing at expected level in this area.

        “3” means that this is an area of strength for your child.

 

Please take some time to review the report card with your child, ask questions, and also offer encouragement and support. Celebrate your child’s strengths, focus on progress and growth, and discuss areas that could use improvement.  As you know, each child is a unique image-bearer of God and has different gifts and needs.  Learning is a process, and we want to celebrate the unique development of each child as he or she grows spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

We are committed to working together and partnering with you  to help your child discover who he or she is becoming in Christ, and we welcome your questions, comments, concerns, and joys.  Thanks so much for sharing your child with us!

Your Partner in Christian Education,

John Barkel, Principal

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School, Iroquois

 

A Peek at Week 21

A Peek at Week 21

Dear Parents, It’s been a busy few weeks for me working on report cards each night. Although these hours are long – I appreciate the chance to reflect on each of your children and their growth so far this year. I am so proud of each of them for all of the work they put in each day and how they continue to adapt to this usual school year. And I appreciate all of you!  The consistent prayer, notes of encouragement, amazing lunch treats, and surprise coffee deliveries are always so well-timed and greatly appreciated. God sends his blessings through you and your children and I am so grateful for each day and week that we have together!  I send prayers for peace for you and your families this week as we reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In his words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Thank you for showing love and light to me, the world and your children each day!

Devotions and Prayer This month we are focusing on prayer and will be learning from a book called I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers.

Bible-  This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. 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.

Patterns of Power (Grammar)- Our focus this week is on noun/verb agreement – seeing how real authors make sure that nouns and verbs “are friends.”

MathWe continue working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems. 

PhonicsThis week we will continue practicing our new sight words – list 10 and introducing list 11! We’ll also begin working on long vowel patterns – specifically bossy e at the end of a word. Finally, we talk about how to know when a word ends with CK or KE or K. 

Reading Workshop– We’ll be working on a unit that focuses on characters and traits in fiction literature. 

WritingThis week we will start an introduction to opinion books. We begin with examples of facts and opinions. We’ll also work on how to judge things fairly. We will be looking at some collections, picking our favorite item, and writing about our favorite one. Your child will be bringing home an envelope with his/her writing from our information writing unit. 

Social Studies/ScienceWe continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light. 

Dates to Note:

  • Monday, January 18 is MLK Day:  Half day of school, 12:10 dismissal
  • Tuesday, January 29 GRPS bussing begins
  • Wednesday, January 20, no school, teacher planning
  • Thursday, January 21: 10:30 Kingma Math MAP test
  • Friday, January 22, Report Cards Posted on Parent Vuex

 

Remember to Check the Virtual Lost and Found

Please CLICK HERE to view photos of lost and found items. If you see something that belongs to your child, please email Laura at lszotko@grcs.org and the item will be sent home with your child. It is SO helpful if you label your kids’ items, even with just initials. Clearly labeled items always make it back to their owner! Feel free to call the office at 616.574.6500 to ask about missing items. 

 

 

 

Welcome!

We welcomed Benham DenBraber to our class this week! He’s a friend to many kids from his time here in kindergarten last year. Welcome also to his parents Kate and Jeff!

 

A Note Regarding Headphones

Parents, GRCES provides a pair of headphones for each child to use each year. Because we are buying for hundreds of students, we obviously do not spend a lot of money on each pair. They are not always a great fit on all kids’ heads and some have asked about bringing a pair from home. This is completely optional!!!! Here are some guidelines from our tech people!

  1. We will always have headphones available for students here at school, so nobody needs to bring in their own.
  2. If you would like your child to bring in a pair of headphones, please keep it simple (no Bose, Beats, etc.). Please do not spend more than $20 on a set of headphones, and it needs to be wired (no Bluetooth) with a regular headphone (3.5 mm) plug on the end. A built-in mic can be useful, but is certainly not necessary.
  3. K-2 students should not use earbuds because they are not good for young ears AND get knotted up and break more easily. 3rd and 4th grade students can use earbuds, but over-the-ear headphones are often still better for them.
  4. If your child brings in their own headphones, please plan on leaving the headphones at school for the whole year…and understand that students are hard on these kinds of peripherals, so it might break.
  5. Please label the headphones with your child’s name. They will usually be kept with the other students’ headphones in a container, not in your child’s desk.
Here are a couple of ideas for guidance:

Ordering Yearbooks

Here is a direct link to the ordering page for this year’s GRCES yearbook: https://inter-state.com/YearbookEntry/56797W
Or go to the website: inter-state.com and use order code: 56797W
Sales end on 4/15/2021
Iroquois Class Composites.
Here is a link to order the class composites. This will be an online only sale. Parents: If you cannot purchase online, you can put money in an envelope with your child’s name, grade and teacher and we will place the order for them. Any checks will not be cashed until after we submit the order on 3/31/21. Composites are $5
Here is a direct link:
Order Code: 56804R

A Peek at Week 20

A Peek at Week 20

Note: A few kids still need to bring a flashlight to school for our science unit!

Devotions and Prayer – Last month we focused on advent, waiting and getting ready for the birth of Christ. This month we will be focusing on Epiphany and the gift of Christ to all!

Bible-  This week we will continue learning about the Kings of Israel.  Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. 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.

Math – We continue working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – adding list 10 to our class word wall! This means that we’ve worked on 100 sight words this year. Sight words are critical as your child learns to become a fluent reader. If your child is still working on earlier lists, please consider setting aside extra time at home to continue practicing the words together. We do a lot of work on them at school as well and partnering at home can make a big difference!

Reading Workshop– We’ll be working on a unit that focuses on characters and traits in fiction literature. 

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on. Our focus this week will be on writing comparisons to teach, on writing conclusions, and using craft moves like speech bubbles and bold words. We are coming close to the end of this unit so students will also be choosing one book to revise and clean up. 

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light. 

Dates to Note:

  • January 11- Feb 4: Middle of year MAP testing (our first test is this week Wednesday at 8:45.)
  • January 20, no school, teacher planning day
  • Friday, January 22, Report Cards Posted

Welcome Back! Week 19!

A Peek at Week 19

Welcome back! I hope you had a great break! It sure felt different in many ways but the time celebrating Christmas with my kids and husband were such a blessing. We also were able to spend a lot of time with my parents who are in our bubble since they live next door! Now we have a bunch of beautiful snow and it’s time to gather back together at school. We’re reading to jump in and get back to learning together! We’re also excited to welcome Aria to school in-person this semester!  

Note: We are collecting flashlights to use with our light and sound unit. Please label one and send it to school with your child by Friday. Let me know if you don’t have one for your child to use. Thanks!

REMINDER: COLD WEATHER –   Please remember to send snow gear and boots to school with your child all winter. Boots should come even when there’s no or little snow – our playground gets quite muddy! Also, watch the weather and make sure your child has appropriate clothing to play outside!

Devotions and Prayer Last month we focused on advent, waiting and getting ready for the birth of Christ. This month we will be focusing on Epiphany and the gift of Christ to all!

Bible- This week we will finish two stories from Jesus’ early life – the visit of the Magi and Jesus’ family having to escape to Egypt. After that, we will resume our regular Bible stories by continuing with Samuel and the kings of Israel.

MathWe will begin a new unit in Math this week on place value working with tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems. The kids will continue working on their number math scrolls which also help us see patterns in tens and ones. 

PhonicsThis week we will continue practicing our new sight words – adding list 10 to our class word wall! This means that we’ve worked on 100 sight words this year. Sight words are critical as your child learns to become a fluent reader. If your child is still working on earlier lists, please consider setting aside extra time at home to continue practicing the words together. We do a lot of work on them at school as well and partnering at home can make a big difference!

Reading WorkshopWe’ll be working on a unit that focuses on characters and traits in fiction literature. 

WritingWe continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on. 

Social Studies/ScienceWe will begin our unit on light and sound this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:

  • Week of January 4: KCHD Hearing and Vision (PS-4 – all week)
  • January 11- Feb 4: Middle of year MAP testing
  • January 20, no school, teacher planning day
  • Friday, January 22, Report Cards Posted