August 24

Class Updates

Parents, thank you for attending curriculum night on Wednesday. It was great to share what we will be learning this year.

Some notes to remember…

1. No toys or smart watches at school.

2. No nuts in snacks or lunches.

3. Lunches can be dropped off at Anna’s office before 11am and will be delivered to class. After 11am please drop off at the lunch room.

4. Uniforms: Students are free to mix and match top and bottom pieces, including PE uniforms. On PE days, PE uniform should be worn.

Highlights of the Week

Safety lessons: Mrs. Susan, our guidance counselor began guidance lessons with our class today (Friday). We learned how to be safe at school. Students learned to say “No”,  get away, and tell an adult you trust.

Reading: We read a funny book this week called “Rollercoaster”. Ask your child to tell you all about it. Mrs. Livingston is helping me compile a list of recommended books for grade 1. I will share it when it is ready.

Writing: This week we learned what writers do. Writers think, sketch, then write. When writers are done, they go back to revise. Writers add more drawings and more writing. We are writing small moment stories (true stories about yourself) You can help your child by reminding them of things they have done that they can write about.

Next Week’s Events

Monday- Library

Tuesday- Swimming

Thursday- Swimming

 

August 21

Welcome to 1C Super Deer!

And we’re off! It has been a busy few days, as Mrs. Wen and I get to know your children better. As a class, we have been doing activities to help us get to know each other and learn our classroom routines.

Chasing Chester… To get to know our school better, we went on a scavenger hunt following the clues left by Chester from the story, “The Kissing Hand”. We didn’t catch Chester the raccoon, however we did meet a lot of people in our school community who saw him. He did leave us some chocolate kisses before he jumped back into the book.

First Day Jitters… Sometimes we start school feeling a little nervous. We read the story “First Day Jitters” to explore those feelings. Then we drank “Jitter Juice” to help chase away those butterflies in our tummy. It’s magical!

Making Friends… A new school year means a chance to see old friends again and make new friends. We played Find-A-Friend scavenger hunt, and Who am I? to help kids get to know each other.

We are Building a Community of Learners!

This Week’s Events

  • Wednesday August 22 Curriculum Night 4pm and 4:30pm in the classroom
  • Thursday August 23 Swimming
  • Friday August 24 Library

Message from Mr. B regarding swimming

Dear Parents,

Swimming will start as of Wednesday 22nd August and will be concluded on Friday 14th of September. During this time each PE lesson will be a swimming lesson.

Please ensure that your child brings their swimming clothes/equipment on their PE day during this period of time. As  swimming is a mandatory part of our curriculum, we therefore ask that you help prepare your child with all the necessary items for each swimming lesson.

Swimming equipment

-Swimming clothes

-Goggles

-Sunblock

-Towel

-Dry bag

-Water bottle

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the PE Department at school or via email.

Thank you,

Pawel Barwicki

pbarwicki@sis.org.cn

January 25

Big Events Coming Up!

It was great to see so many of you at our Learning Comes Alive today! I hope you enjoyed exploring patterns in the hundred’s chart with your child.
Next week we have some big events coming up. Please mark your calendars.
Wednesday Jan 3: Music Concert at 2:15pm in the Gecko Theater. This concert will finish at dismissal time, so you may pick up your child directly after the music concert.
Thursday Feb. 1: Parent Teacher Conferences. I am looking forward to sharing your child’s progress with you next week. Tomorrow (Friday) I will email the sign up links so you may sign up for your conference time.
Friday Feb 2: Our class performance at assembly at 8:15am in the SPAH. We are excited to share our learning with you and the rest of the school at assembly.
Looking forward to seeing you next week!
September 29

Apps for Learning

Here are some apps I recommended at parent teacher conferences for supporting foundational skills in language arts, fine motor, and mathematics.

Language Arts 

Reading

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.09.52 PMRaz-Kids

www.raz-kids.com

Use the student log in and password given by the teacher.

This website has reading books at your child’s independent reading level. Your child can listen to stories, read stories, and check their comprehension skills.

 

Vocabulary/ Sight Words/ Alphabet/ Word Families

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.14.13 PMBitsboard app

Excellent multifunctional app that uses a variety of games to develop vocabulary, reinforce sight words, learn the alphabet, practice spelling, and much more!

 

Sight Words

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.16.08 PMSight Words app by Teacher Created Materials

Reinforces sight word knowledge through reading, writing, and playing games with sight words.

 

Alphabet, Phonics, Rhyming, Vocabulary, Reading

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.08.50 PMStarfall app

Reinforces letter names and sounds with extra emphasis on vowels, amply opportunities to practice rhyming, building vocabulary and sight word knowledge, reading comprehension skills.

Letter Formation

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.17.27 PMHandwriting Without Tears app

Reinforces correct letter formation for capital and lower case letters.

 

 

Letter Reversals

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.18.06 PMLetterReflex app

Reinforces correct orientation for common letter reversals (b/d, p/q, n/u) and number reversals.

 

 

Fine Motor Skills

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.05.00 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.07.44 PMDexteria and Dexteria,Jr apps

Finger exercises to develop strength, control and dexterity to improve handwriting.

 

 

Mathematics 

Number Sense

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.19.41 PMNative Numbers app

Develop number sense such as number recognition, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and counting.

 

 

Addition/Subtraction/Problem Solving

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.20.45 PMMarcy Cook Tiles Add Sub Facts Combo app

Practice addition and subtraction skills through a problem solving approach.