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 Prayer – EASTER 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!)