West Godwin Weekly
Week of November 29, 2021
Learning Updates for this Month
Kindergarten: We hope you all had a wonderful week off with your children! We are thankful to have them at West! It's so hard to believe we are working our way toward Christmas already! The kindergartners have been working very hard to learn all the letter sounds (except /q/ which comes later). Now we are learning how to use the sounds to read 3 letter (cvc) words! We are also beginning to use those sounds to write words at writer's workshop time. We are being 'science writers' and are practicing discussing/writing what we see/hear/feel/smell/taste as we look at real objects. In math, we continue to use 5 frames and 10 frames to help us picture numbers more easily. We are writing numbers to 10 and will soon begin going beyond that. We are counting to 20 forward and backward, and are beginning to count even further, learning the counting pattern. Our goal is to count to 40 now! We are also learning to listen to math stories and use objects to solve story problems, both adding and subtracting. These kindergarten brains are growing stronger each day!!
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, all students will be learning about developing friendships. This includes practicing skills like sharing, playing fair, and empathizing with others.Practice these skills at home using the following resources: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Brrrrrrr.... it's cold outside!!
Winter clothing to stay warm:
- Snow Boots
- Snow Pants
Please contact the school and ask for Sarah Schantz if your child is in need of winter gear.
Kent School Service Network:
Godwin Heights Holiday Bash
Godwin Heights Public Schools Board of Education Open School Board Seat (for District Residents)
The Godwin Heights Board of Education is looking to fill a vacant board seat due to the recent resignation of board member, Margaret Mosley. This vacancy is for a partial term ending December 31, 2022. Interested candidates are invited to submit a written letter of interest to Board President Allen Johnston at 15 – 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49548, by Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The Board will interview all candidates to ascertain their qualifications. If you have any questions concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Mr. Bill Fetterhoff, Superintendent of Schools, at 252-2090.
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. November 30, 2021
Godwin Heights Administration Building, 15 – 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49548 616-252-2090
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