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. 




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