January 12, 2018

I hope your holidays were wonderful! It was fun to hear the student’s stories about their adventures. It didn’t take us long to get back in the swing of things and lots of learning is taking place in 1B!

Our nonfiction reading and writing units continue. This week we worked on identifying keywords and learning their definitions by looking them up in the glossary. We also added headings, table of contents and glossaries to our student writing.

In math, we have started working on subtraction story problems. We practice: visualizing the story, retelling it, determining whether the end result will be more or less than we started with, then we share our strategies for solving the problem. We are also working on individualized math packets about telling time.

We launched our grade one AMPed (Autonomously Mastered Purposeful education) program this week by telling the children about the nine different courses being offered. Their selections included: Nature Detectives, Lego, STEAM building, Book Making, Cooking, Disc Jockeying, Nature Arts and Crafts, Mindfulness and Movement. The students used the iPads to indicate their top three choices. Next week, the students will be informed of which section they will be in. The classes will take place on Day 3, during an afternoon slot from 1:10 to 2:05. This is a fun opportunity for your child to learn about or follow a passion in a small group setting. AMPed sessions will kick off on Jan. 22.

We also have extra music practice sessions both this week and next to prepare for our Music Concert. The concert will take place in the Gecko Theater at 2:15 on Thursday, January 18. Of course, you are all invited to attend.

Looking forward, a few more dates to remember include:

Jan. 25 Learning Comes Alive, math, 11:00 to 11:45

Jan. 26 Early dismissal at 11:30, due to teacher professional training

Feb. 1 Parent/Teacher conferences

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