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Crestomere School - Grade One - May Newsletter
Happy May to You!
We are finally seeing the beautiful weather we have been waiting for! I hope it stays :)
April was such a great month! It was jam packed with so many exciting things including the No Secrets program, the Spring concert, Teacher's Pet, and so much more.
Looking ahead, May will be just as exciting! We have mental health week, a rock band performance, Parent conferences, the Jump Rope for Heart assembly, Track Meet Day, and our field trip! Should make for another awesome month :)
Note: We will be making our final Building Things project on Thursday, May 19th. Please see below for more info.
In order to succeed, you must first believe that you can!
Mental Health Week - Monday, May 2nd - Thursday, May 5th
Monday, May 4th - Keep learning and gratitude
Tuesday, May 5th - Give back to others
Wednesday, May 6th - Awareness - FREE HAT DAY!, Rock band performance
Thursday, May 5th - Be active - WEAR GREEN DAY!
Friday, May 6th - PD day, no school for students
Wednesday, May 11th - Book orders due, Jump Rope For Heart assembly, Meatballs and rice hot lunch
Thursday, May 19th - Grade 9 Farewell - 7:00 pm, FINAL BUILDING DAY - MORE INFO BELOW!
Friday, May 20th - PD day, no school for students
Monday, May 23rd & Tuesday, May 24th - May long weekend, no school
Monday, May 30th - Field trip - Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Bower Ponds, & Safety City, Social take home assignment due
Words Their Way!
Learning about the Tower Garden
Moving Forward From the Past - Homework assignment
May Fundraiser - Schools in Nepal
This is how the challenge works: Students will work together as one big team to raise money and hit challenge goals. The goals are as follows:
- Mrs. Harink will be covered in syrup and feathers
- Mr. Strom will shave his hair into a mohawk
- Ms. Howell will dye her hair blue
- Mrs. Mueller will be hit by dodge balls for 5 minutes
- Myself and Mrs. G. will do an air band performance on the stage in front of the whole school
- Miss Bowie will be duct taped to the gym wall
- Mr. Mansbridge will dress like a woman for a day (including a dress, make up, and all the accessories)
- The teachers will spend one night on the roof of the school
Any monetary donation would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for supporting such a great cause :) Money will be collected from now until June 1st.
What's coming for the month of May . . .
Language - Word Study
For the month of May, we will be continuing with SMART start to build our word recognition. We will also be continuing with our Words Their Way word work program which is focusing on sorting words into categories. The students have been put into groups and are doing a great job at the tasks so far :)
Language - Reading
For the month of May, we will also be reviewing fluency and practicing to make our reading smooth. We will be focusing on the main idea in the stories we read. Please focus on this when doing the home reading program with your child at home.
Language - Writing
For writing, we will be continuing with conventions and nonfictional writing about our lives.
From now until the rest of the year, we will be focusing on our addition and subtraction facts to 20. With this, we will still be working on skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's as well. We will be doing math games and activities to practice these skills :) We will continue with story problems for both addition and subtraction and will be starting to look at shapes!
Please, please, please take the time to review math with your child at home! I promise it will pay off!
Science & Social Studies
We will be working on the signs of Spring and continuing with Building Things as well :) It will be an awesome month! We will also start on the Needs of Plants and animals too!
For Social Studies, we are continuing with weekly class meetings and will also be looking at moving forward from the past. Should make for some fun :)
Health & Life Skills
For the rest of the year, we will be focusing on community safety. Our field trip to Safety City and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame will be great for our Health curriculum!
This Building Things unit is so fun!
School Yard Clean Up For Earth Day
FINAL BUILDING PROJECT - THURSDAY, MAY 19TH
Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 9:00 - 12:15 pm
Who: Anyone willing to help us build our houses! More info to come :) If you are interested in helping us, please let me know! The more the merrier :)
**WE'RE IN NEED OF RECYCLED MATERIALS! CEREAL BOXES, KLEENEX BOXES, EGG CARTONS, TOILET PAPER ROLLS, ETC. WE ALSO NEED ITEMS TO DECORATE - MATERIAL, STICKERS, RIBBON, ETC.
~ Please do not buy anything for this event - things you don't need only :) The more we have, the more the students have to choose from :) All items that aren't used will be recycled.
Parent Section :) FYI!
Want to make sure your child is on track? Please help ensure your child can successfully do the following on their own:
-adding and subtracting to 20 (with numbers to 12 fluently)
-understanding of beginning number sense language (definition of addition, subtraction, and equal and unequal groups language used)
-recognize and print numbers to 20 (without being backwards)
-can describe and apply the counting on, make 10, and doubles addition strategies and how to use them in subtraction to 20
-write 5 simple sentences (for example - I can see a brown cat playing) using the smiley sentences checklist!
-can recognize and create rhyming word pairs (eg. cat and hat)
-can apply the beginning, middle and end aspects of a story to one of their own
-can print and copy a sentence accurately
- Beginning: introduces the characters in the story and the setting
- Middle: introduces a problem a character/characters must overcome
- End: introduces the resolution to the problem and wraps up the story
-can write a simple story independently (without assistance) - not just sentences but an actual story.
-can list different types of materials: paper, wood, plastic, etc. and know what common things are made of (a pencil is made of wood, metal and rubber).