Service Learning Project

Today we kicked off our Service Learning Project:  Books for Kakuma

Below are some key components from our Chapel today.  We worshiped and learned about refugees, Kakuma Refugee Camp  and God’s call to care for refugees.  Your child would likely benefit from viewing these links again with you!

Stand with Us: Kakuma Refugees

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ewz4Jb-O-U

Mrs. Boss reads:  Four Feet, Two Sandals, a book about girls in a Pakistani Refugee Camp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGGZkCv7ipg

Learning from a GRCS friend, Isaiah Luk, about Kakuma Refugee Camp:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOMUjf-PWL0

Why do Christians care about refugees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHIEw6PRJ2o

March is Reading Month.  Mrs. Connell tells us about the Kakuma Read-a-Thon at GRCES:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUh4mMQxXt0&t=4s

Your child also has a reading log and pledge sheet with instructions in their red folder today.  Pledges can be made online !

First graders can count independent reading and parent read aloud time towards their minutes of reading!  Thanks for caring, participating and helping your child be a part of this important project!

Kakuma READ-A-THON

Tomorrow morning during chapel, your child will learn about our spring service project: a read-a-thon raising money to purchase books for the Kakuma Refugee Camp School in Kenya. Our READ-A-THON will be based on minutes that your child reads from March 5 to March 26, 2021.

Your child will bring record sheets home tomorrow. He/she can turn in his/her weekly record sheets to me.  Please consider pledging our readers and supporting your child.  Money will be collected electronically and is due April 1. Money can be donated here: https://www.grcs.org/grces-read

A Peek at the week: Week 27

Special Day: This week Wednesday is the first of our Wacky Wednesdays to celebrate reading month for March. 

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will continue with 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 – We’ll be finishing our mini-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 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 – Our work in Chapter 5 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 digraph blends like phr which makes the sound “fr.” We’ll also be working more on knowing when to use K or CK.

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.  We’ll be doing this in a book called Recess at 40 Below.

Social Studies/Science – This week we have our last light and sound activity. Then we’ll begin our unit on 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.

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. 

 

Dates to Note:

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.

March is Reading Month and we are Wild About Reading!  We will have Wacky Wednesdays to celebrate.

  • March 3:  Read Your Shirt Day (wear a shirt with words)
  • March 10:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)
  • March 24:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)
  • March 31:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

 

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.