Order Free Sack Lunch for Camp Roger

Free student sack lunches for the May 26 Camp Roger field trip are available through our hot lunch program. The lunch includes a sub sandwich, fruit, veggie, chips and juice box. This option is only available to students.

Only students who order a lunch by Tuesday, May 18 will receive a free sack lunch from school. All others will need to bring their own sack lunch and drink in a disposable bag.

Order HERE

A Peek at the Week: May 10

Good evening, we have just 14 days of school left together! I’m excited about all of the fun learning we have planned! Here’s a peek at our week! Liz

CHICKS:  Better update you with the important things first… The chicken eggs have been in our incubators for about 19 days now so we are looking at about 2 more days to hatch. So exciting! Each day we get to check in on the development of the chick growing inside the egg. Here’s a super cool video that we’ve been checking each day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PedajVADLGw

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will read a variety of picture books that help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how to care for his people. We also have our final prayer circle time this Friday

BibleThis week we will finish reading about Ezra and will begin reading about Nehemiah.

✼  God fulfilled his promise to return some of the people of Judah to Jerusalem.
✼  The exiles returned to Jerusalem 70 years after they had left.
✼  The people in the area were not happy to see the exiles return.
✼  God blessed the people who returned as they renewed their covenant with him. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on adjectives that work with linking verbs. We will be learning from the book, Ike’s Incredible Ink.

Reading – We continue working on comprehension strategies of summarizing and looking for important information. We’ll begin a rainforest project – learning about many rainforest animals. I will also be meeting with students to get their final reading level for the end of the year. I am excited to share your child’s progress with you!

Writing Workshop -This week we continue our fourth writing unit: realistic fiction.  Students will be working on listening to real author stories and learning from their craft.

Math – We will conitnue Unit 7 this week which is a unit of measurement, geometry and telling time. First graders learn to tell time on a digital and analog clock to the hour and half hour. 

Phonics – This week, we’ll be working with multi-syllable words as well as some new letter combinations like gn and kn.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue our science unit on plant and animal traits. This unit includes observation of some live animals which will be joining our classroom. Here are focus points of our unit:

  • Adult plants and animals have young. Some young resemble their parents at birth, and other young go through changes before they resemble their parents.
  • Parents and their babies have traits and behaviours that help the young survive and grow.

Dates to Note:

  • Friday, May 14 – Final Prayer Circles
  • Wednesday, May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 27: Last day of school (½ day)

Two awesome things!!!

First, I wanted to update you on our food collection for Kid’s Food Basket in honor of Graham’s mom, Leah. We are already up to 62 items!!! I got a bunch of deliveries from other 1st grade classes after school on Friday. Let’s keep it all coming.  Thank you all for helping us honor Leah this Mother’s Day!!!

 

Secondly, we have a livestream set up just in case some chicks start hatching early this weekend. Follow this link to check in on our chick eggs!

GRCES Egg Watch 2021

 

 

A Peek at the Week: May 3

A Peek at our Week: May 3

Good evening, I’m looking forward to our last four weeks together in first grade. We have lots of learning to do together and I’m so grateful for good health for our class and the blessing of in-person time together. Here’s a peek at our week! Liz

Also, I’ll be adding zoo pictures to an album. Check the photos page on this blog for a link to those pictures. Thanks to all of the parents who joined us. We had a great day!!!

CHICKS:  Better update you with the important things first… The chicken eggs have been in our incubators for about 12 days now so we are looking at about 9 more days to hatch. So exciting! Each day we get to check in on the development of the chick growing inside the egg. Here’s a super cool video that we’ve been checking each day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PedajVADLGw

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will read a variety of picture books that help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how to care for his people.

BibleThis week we will finish reading about Esther and begin stories of Ezra. Here are some highlights of the unit.  

✼  God fulfilled his promise to return some of the people of Judah to Jerusalem.
✼  The exiles returned to Jerusalem 70 years after they had left.
✼  The people in the area were not happy to see the exiles return.
✼  God blessed the people who returned as they renewed their covenant with him. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on adjectives that tell what kind and how many as well as adjectives that work with linking verbs. We will be learning from the book, The Poet’s Dog and Ike’s Incredible Ink.

Writing Workshop -This week we continue our fourth writing unit: realistic fiction.  Students will be working on bringing their stories to life, checking their spelling, and adding dialogue. 

Math – We will begin Unit 7 this week which is a unit of measurement, geometry and telling time. First graders learn to tell time on a digital and analog clock to the hour and half hour. 

Phonics – This week, we’ll continue working on R-controlled vowels like AR, ER, etc. We will also work how to paraphrase information. 

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue our science unit on plant and animal traits. This unit includes observation of some live animals which will be joining our classroom. Here are focus points of our unit:

  • Plants and animals have different parts of traits that they use in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, get food, take in water, and move
  • Scientists and engineers design products by applying knowledge of how plants and animals use their structures to survive. Engineers mimic plant and animal structures to solve human problems.
  • Adult plants and animals have young. Some young resemble their parents at birth, and other young go through changes before they resemble their parents.
  • Parents and their babies have traits and behaviours that help the young survive and grow.

Dates to Note:

  • Wednesday, May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 27: Last day of school (½ day)

Zoo Reminders for Friday

John Ball Zoo: Friday, April 30

Pack a lunch and drink in a small paper bag with your name labeled clearly – disposable items only, please! Those who ordered a bag lunch from school will get those at the zoo on Friday.  Don’t forget to pack a snack to eat at school!  Parent chaperones – remember to bring yourself a lunch too!

Hopefully we will have nice weather, but watch the forecast and make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

Also, please make sure your child is wearing shoes that are good for a lot of walking.

We will be leaving on the bus at 10:30am and returning to school at 2:30pm.

Thank you!

Peek at the Week: April 26

A Peek at our Week: April 26

Good evening, I’m looking forward to our last five weeks together in first grade. We have lots of learning to do together and I’m so grateful for good health for our class and the blessing of in-person time together. Here’s a peek at our week! Liz

From Mrs. VanderKamp: Our class will be recording for the Spring program this Wednesday, April 28.  Please make every effort to have your child at school so they can be part of this special event!

CHICKS:  Better update you with the important things first… The chicken eggs have been in our incubators for about 5 days now so we are looking at about 16 more days to hatch. So exciting! Each day we get to check in on the development of the chick growing inside the egg. Here’s a super cool video that we’ve been checking each day: Chicken Development Video

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will read a variety of picture books that help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how to care for his people.

BibleThis week we will continue reading about Esther.
✼  Daniel and Esther chose to obey God above all earthly rulers.
✼  God worked through Daniel and Esther to influence kings and nations.
✼  God continues to work through people today to accomplish his plans. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on adjectives that tell what kind and how many. We will be learning from the book, The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan.

Writing Workshop -This week we continue our fourth writing unit: realistic fiction.  Students will be working on creating characters, settings and making sure their story follows a story line.  

Math – We will finish Unit 6 this week which is focused on sorting things into categories, totaling groups and then comparing numbers. In this unit, we will do a lot of work with story problems and making models of our solutions. 

Phonics – This week, we’ll be working on R-controlled vowels like AR, ER, etc. Fun fact: these are called murmur dipthongs. 

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working with some fiction and non-fiction texts on the skill of determining importance. Here’s a nice description of this skill:

*Young children tend to think that everything is important! They are learning information for the first time, and all of it is equally fascinating. They lack the years of experience that helps adults tune out the little details and focus on the big ideas. We don’t want to squash children’s curiosity and wonder, but we also know they can’t read effectively if they try to hold everything equally in their minds. So our task is to teach children to recognize the big ideas and to organize their thinking around them, while we still encourage the joy and creativity involved in unusual and tangential thinking.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue our science unit on plant and animal traits. This unit includes observation of some live animals which will be joining our classroom. Here are focus points of our unit:

  • Plants and animals have different parts of traits that they use in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, get food, take in water, and move
  • Scientists and engineers design products by applying knowledge of how plants and animals use their structures to survive. Engineers mimic plant and animal structures to solve human problems.
  • Adult plants and animals have young. Some young resemble their parents at birth, and other young go through changes before they resemble their parents.
  • Parents and their babies have traits and behaviours that help the young survive and grow.

Dates to Note:

  • Thursday, April 29: 10:30, Math MAP test
  • Friday, April 30 – Zoo field trip
  • Wednesday, May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 27: Last day of school (½ day)