Foot Frolic Update

We are up to 74% participation from our class so far! Thanks for getting those envelopes in! If you still have pledges at home, please send them in tomorrow – it’s the LAST chance to get them to count toward our class %. If your child did not find anyone to donate or pledge, encourage them to bring the envelope tomorrow and ask me! I’d love to donate – they all did great running!!!

Here are the envelopes I have so far: Max, Darshak, Nelson, Liesel, Leland, Miles, Carter, Addy, Maddie, Theo, Mya, Thomas, Levi, and Sutton! Thank you!!!!

A Peek at Week 11

A Peek at Week 11

Bible – This week we’ll read more about Moses and the Israelites as receive the 10 commandments from God.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we will focus on how addition and subtraction are related. We’ll also learn how to write equations in the vertical form. We’ll be done with this unit at the end of the week.

Phonics – We continue practicing the blends in different words. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. We’ll be working on list 7 at school this week.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is how to record our thinking as we are reading and then we get a chance to share those notes with our partners. We write questions we have, facts that are interesting, or funny/favorite parts of our reading.

Writing – We’ll be wrapping up our unit on SMALL moments after this week. We’ll be working on adding more sentences to books that are already “done” and on choosing a favorite piece of writing to edit and revise.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles. Our focus this week will be on shapes of the moon and it’s cycle around the earth.

Dates to Note:

October 22-31 Book Fair at school

Tuesday, October 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 18: Kingma and Traylor’s class Field Trip to Police Station (I’ll need 3-4 parents to come along on this trip.) We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.

A Peek at Week 10

A Peek at Week 10

Bible – This week we’ll continue reading about Moses and the Israelites as they leave Egypt.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we will focus on telling the difference between addition and subtraction especially in word problems.

Phonics – As we’ve added blends into our work, the spelling of new words gets more challenging – especially words that begin with blends like spl, spr, squ, str, etc.. We continue practicing with partners to hear the blends in different words. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. Word lists 1-3 are words your child was introduced to in kindergarten. In first grade we are working on lists 1-6.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll begin working on the concepts of schema, prior knowledge and how to monitor your comprehension – ex. Stop when you read something that doesn’t make sense. We’re also going to be working in non-fiction books so we’ll look over some of the text features in those books.

Writing – We continue focusing on writing SMALL moments.This week our focus is on how to show when someone is talking, telling the story bit by bit and how to elaborate and give more details by telling what people were thinking and feeling.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles.  Tomorrow we will visit the public museum and planetarium as part of our science unit on Space.

Dates to Note:

Monday, October 21 – First field trip – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

October 22-31 Book Fair at school

Tuesday, October 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 23: Half Day of School, dismiss 12:10

Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25: No School, teacher professional development

Tuesday, October 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 28: No GRPS bussing so after-school pickup will be in the gym. GR Christian busses will run as usual.

Monday, November 18: Kingma and Traylor’s class Field Trip to Police Station (I’ll need 3-4 parents to come along on this trip.) We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.  Email me if you are interested in joining us.

A Peek at Week 9

A Peek at Week 9

Bible, Devotions, Prayer– This week we’ll practice saying the Lord’s prayer together. During Bible we continue reading about Moses.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we will focus on subtraction.

Phonics – This week we continue working on practice with Most Common Words. We’ll also begin working on spelling L, R, and S blends in words.

Reading Workshop– This week our focus during reading workshop is on Monitoring Comprehension – one of our first comprehension strategies. We focus on the importance of THINKING during reading, listening for what makes sense, sharing our ideas, and making connections to our lives. We’ll also be exploring some features of a non-fiction text.

Writing Workshop – We continue focusing on writing SMALL moments.This week our focus is on how to bring our stories to life – to make them more interesting to read.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles. We be looking at patterns of the sun’s movement and how shadows are created.  On October 21 we will visit the public museum and planetarium as part of our science unit on Space.

Dates to Note:

Tuesday, October 15: Calvin College students visit to teach a science lesson

Friday, October 18- **RESCHEDULED** Foot Frolic Frenzy – Please encourage your child to get pledges for Foot Frolic Frenzy!  Our goal is 100% participation in returning pledge envelopes. Every pledge helps – big and small! Our class will be running from 11:15-11:45. Please join us if you can!

Tuesday, October 15 – Special performance by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony

Monday, October 21 – First field trip – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

October 22-31 Scholastic Book Fair at school

Wednesday, October 23: Half Day of School, dismiss 12:10 Note: I (Mrs. Kingma) will be gone this day because my son Willem is having surgery that day. Mrs. Marilyn Braman will be teaching for me!

Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25: No School, teacher professional development

Tuesday, October 22 & 29, Thursday, October 31: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 28: No GRPS bussing so after-school pickup will be in the gym. GR Christian busses will run as usual.

Foot Frolic Frenzy

This Friday, October 11 students and staff will participate in this annual lap-a-thon during the school day.

Students have been hard at work collecting pledges for this fun event!  Parents are encouraged to come and cheer the students on.  If you are able to help us during the event please sign up below.

There are many volunteer opportunities available. Please use the sign up here.

This day will also be school SPIRIT day.  Staff and students are encouraged to show their Eagle spirit and wear blue and black. (All students will receive a T-shirt)!  How wacky is your school spirit?  Students may be creative for their blue and black; however, please adhere to GRCS dress code policies!

GRIX the Eagle is ready to race!  We will see you fellow Eagles on October 11!

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the following sponsors of our FUNdraiser! If you have the opportunity, please support these local businesses!

Gold Level Sponsors

  • Alles Law
  • Armbrecht and Wierenga Orthodontics
  • Centennial Securities-Ryan Diepstra
  • Kool Auto Group
  • Macatawa Bank
  • Merrill Lynch – Aaron Veldheer
  • Olivier VanDyk Insurance
  • Plante Moran
  • Raymond James – Shauwn Bredeweg
  • Summit Point Roofing
  • The Brouwers Agency

Silver Level Sponsors

  • Baker Book House
  • Buist Sheet Metal
  • Celebration Cinema
  • Kooistra Chiropractic
  • Orangetheory Fitness – Knapp’s Crossing
  • Orthopedic Associates
  • Weather Shield

Bronze Level Sponsors

  • BHS Insurance
  • Rite-Way Plumbing & Heating

A Peek at Week 8

A Peek at Week 8

Bible, Devotions, Prayer – We continue learning some new prayers to use in our classroom. Some are sung prayers and some spoken. Each week one student has the job of being our class’ prayer leader. It’s such a blessing to be able to hear them lift their voices and to lead the class in prayer.

In Bible this week we’ll be reading about Moses.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we continue focus on some new adding strategies – math experts tell us that it’s OK for kids to use their fingers to solve equations but we continue working on strategies to make us more efficient.

Phonics – This week we continue working on practice with Most Common Words. We’ll also begin working on blends – consonants that work with L and R.

Reading Workshop– This week our focus during reading workshop is on our inner reading voice. This is the voice that stops us when something doesn’t make sense, that asks questions and that makes connections between what we are reading and our real lives.

Writing Workshop – We continue focusing on writing SMALL moments.This week our focus is on how to bring our stories to life – to make them more interesting to read.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles. We be looking at the cycle of the sun this week and how it moves through the sky.  On October 21 we will visit the public museum and planetarium as part of our science unit on Space.

Dates to Note:

Friday, October 11- Foot Frolic Frenzy – Please encourage your child to get pledges for Foot Frolic Frenzy!  Our goal is 100% participation in returning pledge envelopes. Every pledge helps – big and small!

Thursday, October 18: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 15 – Special performance by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony

Monday, October 21 – First field trip – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Wednesday, October 23: Half Day of School, dismiss 12:10 Note: I (Mrs. Kingma) will be gone this day because my son Willem is having a major oral surgery that day. Mrs. Marilyn Braman will be teaching for me!

Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25: No School, teacher professional development

Tuesday, October 22 & 29, Thursday, October 31: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Grandfriends’ Day

We had so much fun with our visitors today. Please thank your parents and friends for joining us at school today. I just added a new album on the photos page – check out the grandfriends’ selfie skills!

 

At Home Reading

Thank you for already working on the Book-in-a-Bag books with your kids. You may have noticed that there is also a sight word list in your child’s bag. Here’s more information about these lists:

Sight Word Sticker Lists

Sight Words or Most Common Words are words we regularly use that often do not follow phonetic rules.  At the start of the year your child was assessed on the first 30 words that they should have learned in kindergarten. We will continue to add more words as the year goes on. Based on the data gathered and the number of words that I have introduced, I am sending home a sticker book at the appropriate level for your child.

The sticker lists will stay in your child’s book in a bag. First graders should practice reading the words and then put a tally in the tally box every time they read the list. Practice and consistency is important.  I would like to see more than a couple tally marks in the box. They should be able to read each word accurately within one or two seconds – we are looking for automaticity. When they are  ready to read the whole list to me (it may take some time, don’t feel rushed) simply initial the box on the front page.  I will have them read the list to me and will give them a sticker for each word they get right. If they master the list, I will send home the next list and they can begin to practice that one. If they miss a few words, I will send home the same list and they can practice just the words they miss. We introduce new words every couple of weeks. Some first graders won’t get a new list until we have introduced new words. This means they have mastered the  words that we expect them to know at that point in the year.

If you would like to do more with the list, practice working on spelling these words correctly or using these words in context.  Let me know if  you have any questions!