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Week 27 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to everyone who attended parent-teacher conferences this week! It was so nice to be able to meet with you and share your child’s great progress so far this year.
  • manila envelope came home with your child on Friday (or I dropped it off to you) full of learning materials for the coming weeks. Please be on the lookout for daily blog posts with videos and updates from me if you’d like to use them to support your child’s learning in the coming month!

CELEBRATIONS:

Camp Read-A-Lot – This week at Camp Read-a-Lot learned how to go fishing with our snack and visited other “campsites” (classrooms) to read with other classmates!

 

OUR LEARNING:

Reading – We practiced being smooth, fluent readers by reading aloud to other classmates this week. We also reviewed important reading strategies with our CAMP mnemonic (Comprehension, Accuracy, Meaning, Pictures).

Writing – We explored writing poetry this week by trying out a different type of poetry each day! We wrote analogies, acrostic poems, I AM poems, and more.

Math – We began Unit 6 this week by learning about how to organize and sort data into pictographs, bar graphs, and more. We also learned how to compare data by using words like “more” and “fewer.” This is the unit your child will be working on at home in the coming weeks! 

Word Study – We learned a few more vowel teams this week: EW and UE. Keep practicing using those vowel teams while students are writing at home in their journals

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, March 16
    • First day of “School at Home” videos from Mrs. Kuiper.
  • Monday, April 13
    • School is tentatively set to resume

Week 26 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Most of the items have been donated for our Camp Read-A-Lot snacks. However, we still need someone to sign up for peel-apart licorice, mini chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows.  If you would like to donate one of these items, please sign up here.
  • Here is this week’s parent-teacher conference schedule:

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Bryson for never being afraid to make mistakes!

Mystery Reader – This week Aaron’s mom was our first mystery reader. She read The Circus Ship! We loved hearing the story.

Our next mystery reader was Emma’s mom. She read There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! We loved hearing the story.

Camp Read-A-Lot – Students enjoyed making a campfire as their camp snack this week!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading –  Students practiced their expression as they read by changing their voices when they see an exclamation point or question mark at the end of a sentence, when different characters are talking, and when the font in their books is different sizes. At the end of the week, students got to show off their skills by reading a book to Miss Raisch’s class!

Writing – We wrapped up our persuasive writing unit! At the end of the week, students got to send their favorite letters. If your child decided to write to you, I strongly encourage you to write them a letter back!

Math – Students took their math test on Unit 5! They all rocked the test. On Monday, we will begin Unit 6, Comparisons and Data!

Word Study – Students learned about the vowel teams oi and oy that make the same sound. They also learned about the vowel teams ue and ew that make the same sound!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, March 9
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Charles
    • Celebrate Aaron’s Birthday
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • Reading logs due for a prize (optional)
  • Tuesday, March 10
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: RJ
  • Wednesday, March 11
    • MUSIC
    • NO LIBRARY
    • Star of the Day: Dominic
    • Visit Scholastic Book Fair
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, March 12
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Kashen
  • Friday, March 13
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Carter

Week 25 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Thank you, everyone, for getting your conference slips back to me! I will be posting the schedule on our blog next week to remind you of your time slot.
  • To celebrate March is Reading Month, we will be doing Camp-Read-A-Lot in first grade. Part of our reading camp will be eating yummy camp-related foods while we read once a week. If you would like to donate an item, please sign up here.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Kinsman for always choosing kindness!

Lost Tooth Club – Will got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Mystery Reader – This week we had four mystery readers! Our first mystery reader with Colton’s mom, she read a Narwhal’s Otter Friend.

Our next mystery readers were Alyssa’s mom and dad, they read Part-Time Mermaid and The Great Puppy Invasion.

Our last mystery reader was Dominic’s dad, he read Dragons Love Tacos.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading –  Students were reminded that they need to keep track of who is talking in their books as they read. They also learned ways to figure out the meaning of tricky words as they read.

Writing – Students continued writing persuasive letters! At the end of this week, students will be given envelopes to send their letters to whomever they chose to write to.

Math – Students learned how to add and subtract multiples of ten using a number grid.

Word Study – Students learned that the vowel teams ou and ow both say the sound found in cow or cloud. Then, we learned that the vowel team ow can also say the sound found in know.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, March 2
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Allison
    • Celebrate Evelynne’s Birthday
  • Tuesday, March 3
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Emma
  • Wednesday, March 4
    • MUSIC
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Colton
  • Thursday, March 5
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Bryson
  • Friday, March 6
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Elise
    • EARLY RELEASE

Week 24 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Please sign and return conference time slips to school so by Friday, February 28th so I know if you can make your assigned time or if I need to reschedule you.

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Aaron for always focusing on being the best HE can be.

Lost Tooth Club – Olivia and Colton both got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Birthdays – Last week we celebrated Allison and Kashen’s half birthdays!

Mystery Reader – This week Jacob’s grandma surprised us as a mystery reader. She read Bears Don’t Read! We loved hearing the story.

  

OUR LEARNING:

Reading –  Students learned new comprehension strategies! They learned to monitor their comprehension by asking, “Am I getting it?” and to make a movie in their mind, especially when reading books with fewer pictures.

Writing – Students began writing persuasive letters. This week we wrote a persuasive letter to Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering to ask if they could teach us some new recess games and rules!

Math – Students began solving story problems with 3 addends. They can do this by using “mental math” or by adding 2 addends together to make a group of ten and then adding the last addend.

Word Study – Students learned that the vowel teams ai and ay both say the long a sound. We also received a post card from our class mascot, Rasheed!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, February 24
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Aaron
  • Tuesday, February 25
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Kinsman
  • Wednesday, February 26
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Will
  • Thursday, February 27
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Allison
  • Friday, February 28
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Emma

Week 23 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Scholastic book club orders are due February 28th! Scholastic is doing an amazing deal where our class gets 100 extra points towards books for every $10 order this month.
  • Kids Heart Challenge will run until February 28th!
  • Slips with spring parent-teacher conference times will be sent home on Monday. Please sign and return these to school so I know if you can make your assigned time or if I need to reschedule you.

CELEBRATIONS:

Mystery Reader – This week Carter’s grandma surprised us as a mystery reader. She read a book about puffins and gave each student a photo of a puffin to take home!

Valentine’s Day Party – 

Thank you so much to all of the parents who made our last party a success! Here are some photos from the party.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading –  Students learned new strategies to solve hard words. They can think about what word would fit there, break up long words by covering up part of the word with their finger, and use words they already know.

Writing – Students published their book reviews and shared them with the class. You can find videos of your child sharing here!

Math – We began working on Unit 5! Most of this week was spent reviewing subtraction story problems.

Word Study – Students began learning about the vowel teams ee and ea that say the long e sound. We built words together using those vowel teams.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, February 17th
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Alesha
  • Tuesday, February 18th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Kennedy
    • Celebrate Kashen’s Half Birthday
  • Wednesday, February 19th
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Evelynne
  • Thursday, February 20th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Jacob
  • Friday, February 21st
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Aaron
    • Early Release

Week 22 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Scholastic book club orders are due February 28th! Scholastic is doing an amazing deal where our class gets 100 extra points towards books for every $10 order this month.
  • Our Valentine’s Day party will be this Friday from 12:30-1:45 pm. Part of our Valentine’s celebration will include passing out cards for our classmates. To make it fun and easy for everyone to do, please follow these instructions:
    1. Have your first grader sign his/her name on each card.
    2. Please do NOT have them write who the card is for. Leaving the “to” section blank will make it easier when it comes time to pass out our cards. 
    3. Have your first grader make enough cards for all 22 students in our class. 
    4. Send the cards into school by Wednesday, February 12. 
  • Kids Heart Challenge will run until February 28th!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Tinley for always standing back up!

Shoe Tying Club – RJ got an award for joining the shoe tying club!

Lost Tooth Club – Emma got an award for joining the lost tooth club!

Birthdays – This week we celebrated Tinley’s birthday and Emma and Alyssa’s half birthdays!

Mystery Reader – This week Tinley’s grandma surprised us as a mystery reader. She read That’s My Cake, a special book about Tinley and her sister.

 

OUR LEARNING:

Reading –  Students were assigned new reading partners this week! They enjoyed reading with their new reading partners. We learned that reading partners work together to solve hard words.

Writing – Students published their book reviews and began sharing them with the class on Friday. Students will continue sharing this week!

Math – Students worked so hard on our Unit 4 math test! These will come home this week. On Tuesday, we will begin new math rotations with Miss Hutchison and Miss Garrison.

Word Study – Students learning that building words in just like construction! Words are built by all different word parts. First graders enjoyed exploring building new words with cubes that had word parts on them.

 

Global School Play Day – What a fun day! Students learned problem solving skills, creativity, independence.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, February 10th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Mrs. Kuiper
  • Tuesday, February 11th
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Olivia
  • Wednesday, February 12th
    • ART
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Alyssa
  • Thursday, February 13th
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Tinley
    • Celebrate Emma’s Half Birthday
  • Friday, February 14th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Lila
    • Celebrate Allison’s Half Birthday
    • Valentine’s Day Party 12:30-1:45 PM

Kids Heart Challenge

Information about Kids Heart Challenge will be coming home with students this week.  Please note that this fundraiser is for the American Heart Association, it does also helps us get P.E. Equipment for GT.  The Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser is done ONLINE (see link below) and will be open from February 6 until February 28.

When your child joins Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) they will hear from kids with special hearts and raise funds to help those born with heart defects.  Students learn about taking care of their own heart through fun challenges and activities for physical, social and emotional health.

Get online and register your student today:

http://www2.heart.org/goto/georgetownhudsonville

Please note that thank-you prizes earned by students will be handed out when they come to P.E. class.  Some prizes need to be ordered when the fundraiser is over and will be delivered sometime in March.  Any money donated after Feb. 28 will not earn prizes.

Week 21 Highlights

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • We will be celebrating Global School Play Day on Wednesday, February 5th. On February 5th, your child is invited to bring a toy or game to share and play with during part of our day that we are designating just for playing together. As you help your child decide what to bring in, please keep in mind these things:
    • 1. The toy or game needs to be school appropriate.
    • 2. It should not be an electronic gadget.

    • 3. Students will need to share what they bring in with others in our class.
    • 4. If it is a very special or expensive toy, it should probably stay at home.
    • 5. Students should be able to play the game without adult help.Toy Ideas:

      Puppets, stuffed animals, dolls, board games, puzzles, blocks, legos, cars/trucks

      Please email me if you have any questions on what is or is not allowed for play day!

CELEBRATIONS:

Mystery Reader – This week Kinsman’s mom surprised us as a mystery reader. She read Gruffalo.

OUR LEARNING:

Reading–  We began a new reading unit this week. Students learned that they are the boss of their reading! This means that when they come to a hard word, it is their job to use their tools to figure it out.

Writing – Students began writing book reviews on their favorite books in their book boxes. We will be publishing these when we return from mid-winter break.

Math – Students worked on adding tens and ones together. Our test for this unit will be next Friday!

Word Study – Students worked on writing their last names this week. From this point on, students will be required to write their first and last name on every paper in first grade.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, February 3rd
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, February 4th
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, February 5th
    • PE
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Kashen
    • Toy Day
  • Thursday, February 6th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Carter
    • Celebrate Emma’s Half Birthday
  • Friday, February 7th
    • STEAM
    • Star of the Day: Miyah

Week 20 Highlights!

NOTES FOR PARENTS:

  • Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered in our classroom this week! Here is the sign up for next week.
  • Scholastic Book Club orders are due January 31st.
  • The annual P.E Apparel sale is officially open and will be open until January 29, 2020.   If you are interested in buying any apparel, you must order online.  The link is: https://bit.ly/30fOoh0

    Here is the design and colors available:

    Please contact Mrs.  Nienhuis or Mrs. VanKoevering if you have any questions.

    616-797-9797 ext. 7460

    tnienhui@hpseagles.net or mvankoev@hpseagles.net

    Thanks so much for your help!

CELEBRATIONS:

Quote of the Week – This week’s quote went to Alyssa for always doing what is right!

Mystery Reader – This week Charles’ dad surprised us as a mystery reader. He read an Elephant and Piggie book, Let’s Go for a Drive!

OUR LEARNING:

Reading–  Students continued to learn about the characters in their books. We focused on how characters change throughout stories!

Writing – Students continued writing reviews! They worked on using a persuasive tone, using comparisons, and asking questions at the beginning to hook the reader.

Math – Students solved story problems with groups of ten and worked on comparing two digit numbers.

Word Study – Students learned how to read and write contractions! To celebrate the end of our unit, we played some word games.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, January 27th
    • PE
    • Star of the Day: Bryson
    • Celebrate Tinley’s Birthday
  • Tuesday, January 28th
    • ART
    • Star of the Day: Elise
  • Wednesday, January 29th
    • STEAM
    • Library
    • Star of the Day: Charles
  • Thursday, January 30th
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: RJ
  • Friday, January 31st
    • MUSIC
    • Star of the Day: Dominic
    • Early Release
    • Book Orders Due

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