Sunday, November 26

Dear Parents,

I’m pretty thankful for these turkeys!!

We have an exciting week planned starting tomorrow. Please refer to our November calendar for our academic topics being explored this month. On Monday, we celebrate Harshil’s birthday and all week long, we celebrate International Week. Already this year, we’ve learned about Diwali from Harshil’s mom, and last week, we learned about the special birthdays celebrated in Japan from Yuna’s mom. This week, we’ll explore the Philippines, Israel, and the Netherlands through activities, stories and crafts led by Callista’s mom, Ella’s mom, and Floris’ mom. It is truly one of my favorite things about international teaching…that we get to learn about our world and different cultures…not just through books, but through our students and their families! Warm regards,


PS Library tomorrow!

Sunday, November 19

Dear Parents,

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall! Just a quick note to say that we will be painting tomorrow in 1D, so please don’t send your kids in their “best” clothes. This week will find us engaged in activities around “thankfulness” for things we have and for ways in which others help us. In the literacy, we will launch nonfiction in reading this week and then in writing next week. Math has us wrapping up 2D shapes with a quilt project and then we’re back to number sense where we’ll review addition strategies and then begin looking closely at “separating” story problems and subtraction. In social studies we will be comparing and contrasting different holiday traditions.

An invitation: If you would like to come into 1D to share a winter tradition from your home country between now and the winter break, please email me to set up a date. Sharing might look like a favorite story, making a craft, playing a game, or a special snack.

Important dates this week:
Thursday: Grade One Thanksgiving Feast
Friday: 11:30 dismissal for students

Sunday, November 12

Dear Parents,

Well, not the best air quality this weekend, but I hope you still enjoyed some quality family time. Look what happened in 1D this weekend! All of the carpets have been deep cleaned and they look and smell…amazing! Here are the reminders and some teaching points for this week:

PE: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday/Library and Music:Wednesday/Art:Thursday/No Chinese and German:Thursday

In Literacy this week, we are wrapping up our word solving unit. Almost everyone is attempting more than one strategy when presented with an unknown word. We’re really pushing the,”Does It Make Sense and Does It Match The First Letter” strategy now that they are up into the Level D or above books. In writing, we’re wrapping up a mini-unit called “How-Tos” which gave us a chance to really zoom on on using capitals and periods. Everyone still needs reminders, but they are getting better at it. In math, we will finish the geometry unit by heading outside with our iPads and finding 2D shapes in our world. We’ll revisit geometry later in the year and take what we learned about 2D shapes and apply it as we learn about 3D shapes. In handwriting, we’ll be looking at the lowercase letters, a, d, and g this week. It your child will be staying in an English speaking school and learning cursive in a few years, all three of these letters start by making the lowercase “c.” This is necessary for the letters to connect properly when they learn cursive. Next units for 1D are: Reading About Our World, Writing Expert Books, and Solving Story Problems with Addition and Subtraction. Also, if you have a winter tradition that you’d like to share with 1D with a story, snack, craft, etc from your home country, please email me so we can set up a time for you to come in before the winter break. We’re learning about Thanksgiving right now, as a harvest holiday, but we have lots of other options to learn from our families from The Netherlands, Israel, India, Philippines, US, Korea, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, China…did I miss anyone? Anyway, the kids were so interested, engaged, and appreciative of the learning when we explored Rosh Hashanah and Diwali, and I know they would love to learn more! Kind regards, Lisa

Sunday, November 5

Hi Parents,

Below you can find some pictures from our current reading unit, “Readers are Word Detectives.” A super secret agent has been sneaking into 1D over the past few weeks, hiding clues and gifts to help us become stronger readers. We’re hoping to earn our own reading detective badges soon! Here are a few reminders and teaching points for this week:

*We have art on Monday and Friday and PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

*Friday is this trimester’s last ASA day.

*Ben’s birthday is this Thursday!

Reading: Practice reading the word wall can help us read most of the words in our books…in a SNAP! Writing: Adding details and writing with capitals and periods in our How To books. Math: Learning to describe 2D shapes using math-specific attributes. Science: Reflecting on our learning about air and wind and beginning to look at the moon and finding patterns. We’ll also begin to track temperature and hours of daylight to see if patterns exist there also. Social Skills: We’ve been having lots of “small problems” cropping up that are taking up our time and energy. This week we’ll spend some time role playing a ‘small problem,” and then choosing more than one strategy to solve it. I’ll send the chart we’re using home in their folders. I’m hoping that you’ll really like it too and will use it at home when little problems pop up. Kind regards, Lisa