Peek at the week: March 29

Devotions and PrayerEASTER FOCUS: This week, we’ll continue adding items to our Resurrection Eggs. These will come home on Thursday. It will be great if you share them together as a family on Easter sunday!!

BIBLE – This week we will be reading stories that help us understand Holy week: the last week of Jesus’ life. 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on past, present and future tense of verbs. We’ll be learning from the book Thunder Cake by Patricia Polocco.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  Our focus this week is on making comparisons, writing conclusions, and how to include suggestions for the reader.

Math – We will finish Chapter 5 on place value and will take the chapter assessment this week. 

Phonics – This week we’ll continue to decode multisyllable words.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on the comprehension skill of inferring. This is using clues from the text to figure out what is happening even when it is not directly stated. We’ll be reading poetry and to practice this skill. 

Social Studies/Science – We will finish up our unit “How Do We Learn about Places?” This week we focus on human impact on the environment around us as well as how we adapt to our environment. 

Book in a Bag- We will not be sending home new book-in-a-bags this week.

Kakuma READ-A-THON-The READ-A-THON is coming to an end this week.  We did it!  We read as many minutes as we could to help raise money for books and supplies for the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.  Please be sure to submit all final donations online by April 1Opens in a new window.

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 31: Shades day: students are invited to wear hats and sunglasses to school
  • April 2 (Friday) – April 11: Spring Break
  • April 30 – Zoo field trip – stay tuned for more details
  • May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip – stay tuned for more details

Week of March 22

A Peek at Week 30

Devotions and PrayerEASTER FOCUS: This week, we’ll continue adding items to our Resurrection Eggs. 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 on Easter sunday!!

BIBLE – This week we’ll be reading more about the time of the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel. We will read more about the ministry of Elisha and other prophets – moving into the life of Daniel. We will focus on how God used them to share his promises with his people. Some focus points from this unit: 

  • The Israelites continued to disobey God. 
  • The Israelites disregarded the prophets’ messages.
  • The Israelites’ disobedience led to their exile and captivity.
  • God promised the Israelites a Savior. 

 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on verbs of being like is, was, were… We’ll be learning from the book Hippos are Huge.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing an introduction to get the reader interested and will be learning how to end our pieces. We will be writing reviews of common things we use in our lives. This week we will be thinking about how to turn our opinion writing into more of a persuasive piece of writing. We’re going to try to convince our readers to try our favorite restaurant, game, etc.

Math – Our work in Chapter 5 continues to work 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.  We’re also working on counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, etc.

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on how to decode multisyllable words and will learn one more job of the letter Y.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on the comprehension skill of inferring. This is using clues from the text to figure out what is happening even when it is not directly stated. We’ve been doing some riddles to introduce the skill of inferring and will be moving into some poetry this week.

Social Studies/Science – We continue to work on our unit “How Do We Learn about Places?” Our focus will be on location, using words like in front of, next to, right, left etc. to tell someone how to find places. We’ll also be learning about landforms and how people have an impact on the environment. 

READING FOR KAKUMA  – We keep reading this week for Kakuma! Our class is tracking our minutes in the classroom and we already have over 1000 minutes read. Kids should keep track of their reading on the student reading log that was sent home earlier this month. Each Friday, please cut off and return that week’s minutes read.

 

Updated Weekly: 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:

  • April 2 (Friday) – April 11: Spring Break
  • April 30 – Zoo field trip – stay tuned for more details
  • May 26 – End of year Camp Roger Field Trip – stay tuned for more details

 

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

  • March 24:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or something from a different favorite team)
  • March 31:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

Eagle Book Award

Eagle Awards 2021: March 8 – April 23, 2021

Covid-19 has made us all experts on doing life differently!  And Eagle Awards are no different.  As in years past, we still will have 20 amazing books to read and reflect on, we still will be sharing our opinions on these titles, and we will still vote for our favorite book.   Here is the list of all 20 books:

  1.   Barnabus Project by Fan Bros.
  2.   Boxitects by Kim Smith
  3.  The Cat Man of Aleppo by K. Shamsi-Basha
  4.  Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by M. Medina
  5.   Hike by P. Oswald
  6.   Honeybee by C. Fleming
  7.   I Talk Like a River by J. Scott 
  8.   My Best Friend by J. Fogliano & J. Tamaki
  9.   Nacho’s Nachos by S. Nickel
  10.   Nesting by H. Cole
  11.  The Oldest Student by R. Hubbard
  12.   One Little Bag by H. Cole
  13.   Paper Kingdom by H. Rhee
  14.  Pea, Bee, & Jay:  Stuck Together by B. Smith
  15.   Polio Pioneer by L. Marshall
  16.   R-E-S-P-E-C-T by C. Weatherford
  17.   Sugar in Milk by T. Umrigar
  18.   Swashby and the Sea by B. Ferry
  19.  Your Place in the Universe by J. Chin
  20.  We are Water Protectors by C. Linstrom

 

Some things about the Eagle Book Award will be different this year.

  1.  Students cannot come to the library to exchange Eagle books other than during their assigned library time (KINGMA: FRIDAY).  We cannot break the integrity of classroom cohorts.  Instead, Mrs. Boss will be uploading recordings of all the books on SeeSaw.
  2. And, of course, books are available at the public libraries.
  3. Students will also be using SeeSaw to respond to all the books.  No more blue star sheets!  Instead, each student can respond to each book on SeeSaw.  Each book has a 5 star rating template that needs to be filled out as well as a simple recorded response.
  4. Students need to read and respond to 10 or more books to be able to vote.  If all 20 are read, they will be an Eagle Expert.  Stay tuned for Dessert Reception. 
  5. Mrs. Boss will be reading the following titles to all Kindergarten, First and Second Graders during their regular library times:
Week of March 8 The Oldest Student  &  Swashby and the Sea
Week of March 15 R-E-S-P-E-C-T  &  Nesting
Week of March 22 Barnabus Project  &  The Paper Kingdom
Week of March 29 Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away & My Best Friend
Week of April 12 We Are Water Protectors  &  One Little Bag
Week of April 19 Polio Pioneer &  I Talk Like a River
Week of April 26 Review of all titles and voting!

You can log in to SeeSaw with either the app or you can access the login from Mr. McWhertor’s home page.  (www.mcwhertor.com).  The SeeSaw login can be found under Links for Students.  

A Peek at our Week: March 14

A Peek at Week 29

**NOTE:  No GRPS bussing tomorrow**

THANK YOU!!! Thank you for the many, many notes of encouragement and thank yous this past week. They were such a blessing along with the treats, gifts, dinner gift certificates, and pictures from your kids. I am grateful for your partnership in helping your child this year. 

Devotions and PrayerEASTER FOCUS: This week, we’ll begin , 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!

BIBLE – Last Friday, your child should have taken home his/her Psalm booklet that we worked together in our last unit. This week we’ll be reading more about the time of the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel. We will move from Elijah to the ministry of Elisha and how God used him to share his promises with his people. Some focus points from this unit: 

  • The Israelites continued to disobey God. 
  • The Israelites disregarded the prophets’ messages.
  • The Israelites’ disobedience led to their exile and captivity.
  • God promised the Israelites a Savior. 

 

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on verbs of being like is, was, were… We’ll be learning from the book Hippos are Huge.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing an introduction to get the reader interested and will be learning how to end our pieces. We will be writing reviews of common things we use in our lives. Last week we began working on writing reviews of board/card games and then video games/apps. Next we will try writing reviews of restaurants, stores, etc. We will continue to talk about how to make our writing interesting and inviting to our readers.

Math – Our work in Chapter 5 continues to work 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.  We’re also working on counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, etc.

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on the many jobs of the letter Y.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. We’ll be learning from a book about Tornados. We’ll also move into inferring and visualizing next in our reading comprehension. I am working on leveling all of the kids right now and will be updating you as we find your child’s new “good fit” instructional reading level. This is the level at which they can read 90-95% accurately as well as answer basic and deeper comprehension questions.

Social Studies/Science – This week we will continue to work on our unit “How Do We 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. 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.

READING FOR KAKUMA  – Our school has been 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.  Your child can ask for pledges either for minutes they read or a lump sum. They should keep track of their reading on the student reading log.  The pledge form and the reading log went home Friday in your child’s red folder.  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!

 

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 17: NO School
  • March 24:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or something from a different favorite team)
  • March 31:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

 

A Peek at Week 28

A Peek at Week 28

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will have Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. 

BIBLE – This week we’ll be reading more about the time of the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel. We will learn about the prophet Elijah and how God used him to share his promises with his people. Some focus points from this unit: 

  • The Israelites continued to disobey God. 
  • The Israelites disregarded the prophets’ messages.
  • The Israelites’ disobedience led to their exile and captivity.
  • God promised the Israelites a Savior. 

EASTER FOCUS: Later this month, 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!

Patterns of Power (Grammar) – Our focus this week is on action verbs.

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.

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 the spelling patterns of -gh, -igh, and -ight as well as the many jobs of the letter Y.

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 Biggest, Strongest, Fastest.

Social Studies/Science – This week we will continue to work on our unit “How Do We 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.

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.  Your child can ask for pledges either for minutes they read or a lump sum. They should keep track of their reading on the student reading log.  The pledge form and the reading log went home Friday in your child’s red folder.  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!

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 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!)

 

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