A Peek at Week 26

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will start our Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. Later in Lent, we’ll be reading about different symbols and collecting them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” 

Bible – This week we will be working on a unit about Psalms and Proverbs. Highlights of this unit:
✼  The Book of Psalms is a collection of poetry written by God’s people.
✼  King David wrote many of the psalms.
✼  God’s people wrote psalms to offer adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.
✼  The Book of Proverbs contains wise sayings and words of advice.
✼  Solomon wrote many of the proverbs.
✼  Proverbs tell us about our relationship with God, others, and ourselves. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on verb-subject agreement and then will move to action verbs.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions. We are working hard on developing our ideas and adding more details. Instead of saying, “I like that dog because it is cute” our goal is to add more and say something like, “I like that dog because it has cute ears and a nice nose.”We’ll also be looking over the goals for the unit and reading some mentor texts written by other 1st graders.

Math – This week we will finish up our place value unit and take the assessment. Then, we’ll begin Chapter 5 which continues working on place value and teen numbers. We’ll work on making 10 for an addition strategy 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 very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on MCW list 12. We’ll also continue working on words with vowel pairs. You may remember learning the saying, “when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” We’ll learn how to prove words that follow this pattern.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. This week we’ll be working in non-fiction narrative books to see how the graphics and pictures can give us clues about what we’ll be reading about. 

Social Studies/Science – We will wrap up 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. 

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. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021: No school for K — 8 students.

  • Please note that preschool will be in session and preschool students will attend on this day.

A Peek at Week 25

Dear Parents,

Since this is a short week, I will not be sending a new curriculum update.

Note: **No GRPS bussing tomorrow.**

TOMORROW! 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 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!