West Godwin Weekly
Week of November 15, 2021
Learning Updates for this Month
Kindergarten: It's incredible to think that we have already finished our entire first marking period of kindergarten! We've been learning so many things. Our phonics lessons continue to focus on orally blending sounds together to form words, rhyming and learning letter names and sounds. We have even added in reading words in print. In math we are still developing number sense by using math tools called five frames and ten frames. We are working on reading and writing numbers 0-10 along with counting to 20 forwards and backwards. In writing we are working on adding labels to our pictures so that our stories will eventually have more written words to go with our pictures. We are going to start off strong with this new marking period and continue to add on more learning!
First Grade: In reading, our first graders are working hard to use a lot of different strategies to figure out unknown words. In math, we are working on being able to add and subtract fluently using dots and other pictures to help us and are working on solving word/story problems. We are excited to begin our new marking period!
Second Grade: In reading, our second graders are learning all about trickster tales with our Bedtimes Tales reader. We are learning new sound patterns and strategies for figuring out new words as we read. Second graders are loving visiting the school library to check out books that are a good fit. In writing, we are writing personal narratives and doing daily journaling. In math, our unit is all about place value and measuring. We are also still continuing to learn to tell time.
EL: English Language (EL) students continue to receive support based on their language levels. Flocabulary, which is a computer based vocabulary program, continues to help support EL learning in the building. The second graders are beginning a new unit about food and how it grows. First graders are learning about animals and animal coverings. Kindergarten students are learning about colors, school tools, transportation, and family members.
Music: In music, the students are learning some special songs for the holidays. We will also be drawing pictures to show the story (or scene) of a song. They will bring their creations home to show you their work.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL): This week in Social Emotional Learning, students will be starting Unit 3! In this unit, all students will be learning about effective listening and how it is the foundation to developing relationships.Practice these skills at home using the following resources: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Vaccine Approved for Kids 5 to 11
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) granted emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech for children ages 5 to 11.
The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is currently taking appointments for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for this age group. In addition, extended clinic hours at all locations will be held on:
· Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Appointments can be made for all three KCHD clinic locations during regular business hours by calling (616) 632-7200. Clients through age 15 must have parent/guardian present to receive vaccine. Clients aged 16-17 years may present with a note from parent/guardian but must be accompanied by a driver aged 18 years or older. Residents can also reach out to their primary care physician and local pharmacies for availability.
Kent School Service Network:
The district is seeking input from all community stakeholders in regard to federal funding.
Barnes and Noble in the Rivertown Mall is partnering with TEAM21 to do a book drive for the program! It will run from now until December 5th and all the books will be distributed between the TEAM21 schools in Wyoming.
We are looking for more group leaders to work for TEAM21. If you know anyone who is looking for a part time job and loves to work with children, please send them the link below so they can apply today! If you have any questions, please call/text Meagan Pifer at (616) 490-8363. ---- https://www.wyomingmi.gov/About-Wyoming/Employment/View-Job?id=963
Drop-Off -Students can be dropped off in the rear lot off of 36th street between 8:15 am and 8:30 am. Staff will call you forward to the flag and open the door for your student.
For safety, we ask that you and your student remain in your vehicle until staff directs you to the drop-off area. Please have your child’s coat on and additional items ready prior to pulling into the drop-off zone.
Pick-Up- Students can be picked up in the rear lot off 36th street between 3:15 pm & 3:30 pm. Please remember to have your student information sign in your window.
Please pay close attention to security officers and staff directing traffic daily. For safety please follow directions of staff during pick-up and drop-off and practice slow speeds through the student drop-off pick-up zone.
Please observe the Right Turn Only Sign as you exit the parking lot. Attempts to turn left have resulted in some extremely close calls when entering traffic on 36th street.
Please contact Sarah Schantz, our Community School Coordinator, if you need assistance with food, clothing, shelter or mental health needs. We are here to help!
TEAM 21 is a grant-funded after-school program offered to 1st and 2nd graders. We run Monday-Thursday until 6:15pm. For more info contact Meagan Pifer at 616-490-8363 or email at email@example.com