Sunday, January 21

Dear Parents,

A happy Sunday to you all. As I plan for the week, it looks pretty great! We have been reading websites, watching videos, and reading books to learn about an animal we did not know a lot about. As we have read/heard/seen new facts, we have written them down on a planner, and we are almost ready to start writing our own expert books on our chosen animals. It has been a neat process to work with them on, and I hope that you have seen some of the work we have accomplished as the kids have posted photos to their SeeSaw accounts.

In math, we are moving up into dealing with larger numbers and gaining a better understanding of how the 100s chart is organized and how it can be a very useful math tool. I’m looking forward to sharing with you how we explore and gain math concepts this coming Thursday at Learning Comes Alive at 11:00 in 1D.

Our science unit on sound has us asking lots of questions and then exploring with objects and trying to find answers to those questions. That sound is caused by vibration may seem like a complex concept for a six-year-old, but students did gain an appropriate level of understanding as they watched different materials vibrate and noted what happened when the vibrations began/stopped. When they felt their own throats, it was like an “aha” moment for many to realize that their voices were caused by something vibrating and they could feel the “buzzing” with their own hands as they spoke out loud. This week, we will move onto how sounds can be different as we explore volume and pitch.

Also, Monday launches our Grade One AMPed sessions. Your child will learn after lunch which of his/her top 3 choices was selected and will attend the first session tomorrow. These AMPed sessions will run every Day 3 @ 1:00 for the next 8 cycles.

I hope these weekly “glances” into some of our learning each Sunday are helpful. As always, I am open to comments, questions, and/or suggestions. Kind regards,

A sweet moment :)

Gotta love this bunch! Everyone had a number on a post-it note and I asked how we could arrange them on the chart in order to get some useful information. One of the answers, “How about we arrange them in the shape of a heart, because we’re a really nice class?” Okay, 1D, we can do it that way first!

Then, onto the math…

Sunday, January 14

Dear Parents,

Except for a couple of children getting sick, we had a wonderful first week back at school. Everyone remembered the routines really well and we jumped right into solving some complicated story problems as well as using features of non fiction text to get smarter and smarter.

We have two new boys in 1D, John and Erick, and both were very confident and ready to make new friends. I hope that those of you who have been here all year might consider making a playdate with one or both of these new students. 🙂

This week, the children are working hard to get ready for their music concert which is coming up this Friday @2:15 in the Gecko Theatre. Mrs. Shepherd has planned a couple of extra rehearsals this week in order to prepare the kids more. So, on Monday and Wednesday, if you bring your child to school by bike, walk, or car…please have them here no later than 7:50 (normal time) outside the SPAH and lined up. Mrs. Kang will be walking them directly to rehearsal down at Parkside which starts at 8:00. If you are late bringing you child to school, please take them directly to Parkside theatre and check-in with Mrs. Kang.

With all of this going on, we will wrap up up unit on subtraction, begin playing with larger numbers, start a new science unit on Sound Waves, and continue our work in literacy with nonfiction. Sound busy? It is…but our aim is to keep it stimulating and fun, too!

Your child should be bringing home a leveled book to read each night (Mon-Thurs). Please remember that the research shows that when children read with their parents, taking turns on pages…engagement grows, fluency grows, and comprehension grows!

Kind regards,