A Peek at the week of March 9

A Peek at Week 28

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer: This week we will do Lent and Easter devotions  – reading some parables and stories that Jesus told people during his life.a

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.*

Patterns of Power – This week we will work on identifying singular and plural nouns. We learned last week that nouns and verbs have to agree with each other, so we will continue to look at that this week. We will read some sentences in/out of context to identify these grammar rules. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  This week we begin working on writing reviews of books! Last week I introduced a revising checklist for their writing, and we will continue to work on making our opinion writing more inviting and convincing!

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about 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.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Some highlights of this unit: David became an important part of God’s special family—a forerunner to Jesus, the King. God was with David throughout his life and protected him from harm. God kept his promise to make David king over Israel and give him a kingdom that would last forever.  

BIBLE – EASTER FOCUS: Near the end of the week, we’ll take a break from our stories of the Kings of Israel to read stories from Jesus’ life that focus on the time around Good Friday and Easter. Each day, after reading part of a Bible story, students will guess the symbol that represents the story and collect them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” These will come home on the Thursday before Spring Break. It will be great if you can share them together as a family!

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies 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 going to be very helpful in this unit.  Also – counting backwards is another great thing to practice!

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on the spelling patterns of -gh, -igh, and -ight as well as the many jobs of the letter Y.

READING FOR KAKUMA  – On Friday, our school was challenged to help raise money to buy books for the Kakuma Refugee Camp Library. The Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya opened in 1992 to accommodate the 23,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan.”  Since then, its population has risen to 185,500 registered refugees and asylum seekers from more than 20 different countries.

This service project is meaningful to GRCS because  Mr. Simon Luk the father of one of our former students, Isaiah Luk (currently at GRCMS), grew up in the camp.  He and other people from the camp who now live in the US are passionate about supporting the library and we will be working towards helping them buy books.

We will help them purchase books by having a read-a-thon during the month of March.  If you choose to participate, your child can ask for pledges either by minutes read or a lump sum and keep track of their reading/or being read to, on the student reading log.  The pledge form and the reading log are coming home today in folders. Each week, please cut off and return that week’s minutes read.

Whether you collect pledges or not, please keep reading to your child this month! Thanks so much for your help!

Dates to Note:

  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 11:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes) or WEAR GREEN!
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 18:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)
  • March 20– Lollipops Concert, Peter Rabbit (no chaperones needed)
  • March 24– K-2 Spring Music Program (see notes below)
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 25:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)
  • March 30– Circle Theatre Show (no chaperones needed)
  • April 3-12 Spring Break

 

SPRING PROGRAM *** Our K-2 Spring Program is March 24 at 7:00 pm at our Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Center for Arts and Worship- 2300 Plymouth Ave.  Students should arrive between 6:30-6:45 dressed in their best attire. Kindergartners will meet in the Choir room, 1st graders in the Orchestra room, and 2nd graders in the Band room.  There will be signs indicating where these rooms are located. We are looking forward to seeing you there! It will be a night you will not want to miss!**

 

 

A Peek at the Week of March 2

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer: Next week we will begin our Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. We’ll be reading about different symbols and collecting them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” These will come home on the Friday before Spring Break and Easter for you to share as a family.  *** Please send an egg carton to school with your child THIS WEEK to help us prepare for this activity!***

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be: 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. We will also talk about the stability of David’s faith throughout his life. 

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. The students will be participating in some fun activities to learn how to use adjectives more effectively.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing a hook to get the reader interested and how to end our pieces. We’ll also be thinking about how to respond to other people’s opinions. We will be talking about how to write reviews of common things we use in our lives, setting a good foundation for persuasive writing. Last week we began working on writing reviews of restaurants, stores, games etc and will continue that work this week. We will continue to talk about how to make our writing interesting and inviting to our readers.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies 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 going to be very helpful in this unit.  Also – counting backwards is another great thing to practice!

Phonics – This week we’ll continue working on our newest Most Common Word lists (13 & 14). We’ll also be working on the many jobs of Y in words.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on putting facts together from some different penguin texts we’ve been studying as part of our inferring unit. To wrap up – students will be writing mini-information books to conclude this part of our reading unit. 

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about 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.

DATES TO NOTE:

March is reading month and wacky Wednesdays in March will look different this year! GRCES’ theme for March is Wild About Reading!  We will have Wild Wednesdays.  Not all the days relate directly to reading, but we are also using these Wednesdays to have some fun and build some school spirit.

    • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
    • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 4:  Read Your Shirt Day (wear a shirt with words)

 

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 6 – NO GRPS BUSSING – gym pick up day!

 

  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 11:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 18:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)
  • March 20– Lollipops Concert, Peter Rabbit (no chaperones needed)
  • March 24– K-2 Spring Music Program
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 25:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)
  • March 30– Circle Theatre Show (no chaperones needed)
  • April 3-12 Spring Break

*** Our K-2 Spring Program is March 24 at 7:00 pm at our Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Center for Arts and Worship- 2300 Plymouth Ave.  Students should arrive between 6:30-6:45 dressed in their best attire. Kindergartners will meet in the Choir room, 1st graders in the Orchestra room, and 2nd graders in the Band room.  There will be signs indicating where these rooms are located. We are looking forward to seeing you there! It will be a night you will not want to miss!**

 

 

A Peek at Week 26

FROM MISS PETERSON

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 continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be: 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. We will also talk about the stability of David’s faith throughout his life. 

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing a hook to get the reader interested and how to end our pieces. We’ll also be thinking about how to respond to other people’s opinions. We will be talking about how to write reviews of common things we use in our lives, setting a good foundation for persuasive writing.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 20. 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 going to be very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on MCW lists. We’ll also be 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 putting facts together from some different penguin texts we’ll be studying as part of our inferring unit. To follow up – students will be writing mini-information books to conclude this part of our reading unit. 

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about 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.

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Sarah Kelso and Laura Huisman for this trip.
  • Friday, February 28: Mrs. Kingma gone, Mrs. Cheryl Bootsma will teach for me
  • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • Wacky Wednesdays in March – watch for more information coming soon

 

Last Week’s Peek at the Week

I never posted this! Sorry!

A Peek at Week 25

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer – This week we continue focusing on prayer and learning about God from his creation. Next week we’ll begin devotions focused on Lent and Easter. 

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 – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. 

 

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We’ll begin Chapter 5 and will continue 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 going to be very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we will work on word endings – first learning how to tell when a word ends with K, CK or KE. We’ll also work on adding suffixes (endings) to different words. Finally, we’ll keep practicing the Most Common sight word lists. 

Reading Workshop– This week we continue inferring and 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. 

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.”

Social Studies – This week we begin a new Social Studies unit that focuses on geography. 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 creating a map of our classroom and addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  We also have our field trip to the Post Office to see how mail is sorted for delivery. Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Sarah Kelso and Laura Huisman for this trip.
  • Friday, February 28: Mrs. Kingma gone, Mrs. Cheryl Bootsma will teach for me
  • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • Wacky Wednesdays in March – watch for more information coming soon

 

A Peek at Week 24

A Peek at Week 24

Devotions and Prayer – This week we continue focusing on prayer and learning about God from his creation.

Bible – This week we will begin moving into the Kings of Israel.  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.

Math – This week we continue working on place value and will continue working more and more with 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 going to be very helpful in this unit.

Phonics – This week we will begin work on decoding words that have vowel pairs. We’ll also keep working on sight words!

Reading Workshop– This week we continue inferring and asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. Our focus is on making logical inferences from clues in the text. We begin this unit by reading a variety of poems which are great for inferring.

Writing Workshop -This week we continue writing opinions and practicing sharing good reasons for our choices. 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.”

Social Studies/Science – We’ll be wrapping up our sound unit this week and will move on to How We Learn about Places. The field trip to the post office is part of this next unit. We’ll be going in the morning on February 27. I can take 2-3 parents along on this trip. Please let me know if you are interested! Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of the newsletter!

Dates to Note:

Friday, February 14: Half Day, dismissal at 12:10

Monday, February 17: No School

Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: more information coming soon

A Peek at Week 23

A Peek at Week 23

Welcome: This week our class will be joined by Miss (Katelyn) Peterson who will be student teaching with me this semester. Miss Peterson is a student at Calvin University.  She will be with us from February 4 through May 15. Welcome Katelyn!

Devotions and Prayer – This week our devotions will come from The Big Book of 5 Minute Devotions.

Bible – This week we will read the stories of Samuel.  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.

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 and will learn Phonetic rule 3 and 4 to know how to decode words with vowel pairs.

Reading Workshop– We’ll move on to inferring and how asking questions can help us figure out what is going on in a text. Our focus is on reading closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. We begin this unit by reading a variety of poems which are great for inferring.

Writing Workshop -Last week we began our introduction into writing opinion books. This week we will begin writing opinions and practicing sharing good reasons for our choices.

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:

Friday, February 14: Half Day, dismissal at 12:10

Monday, February 17: No School

Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: more information coming soon