1B Family Update

March 10, 2017

Dear Families

We look forward to seeing you next week for our Curriculum Share on the 17th! Below are some updates from the past two weeks, including our trip to Kyoto. Read-a-thon buttons will be passed out on Monday.


We began our new unit on Measurement, Data and Time! Students worked on measuring length. They used non-standard objects to measure other objects, such as paper clips or ones cubes, and compared lengths using the words "shorter than" and "longer than." Students learned how to measure using a ruler to the nearest centimeter, learning that centimeters are a standard unit of measurement that is used around the world. We began telling time on the hour (12 o'clock, 1 o'clock, etc.) on an analog clock, learning the difference between the two hands: hour and minute. Telling time can be a difficult concept for young children. You can work on telling time with your child at home by pointing out times at various points in the day to make students more aware of AM and PM. For example, it's 7:00 am, we need to eat breakfast! Or, it's 12:05 pm, a little after noon, we need to get to the park.


We started our new unit called Opinions. Students will learn how to express themselves through opinion writing! We are defining an opinion as a statement that explains how someone thinks or feels about a topic and that it is not right or wrong because it is based on a personal belief. A way to support us at home is to have us support our opinions with descriptive reasons. A sentence starter for us is: “I like/dislike ______ because __________.” Encourage us to listen to others' opinions and recognize that their beliefs do not have to be the same as ours.


This term we will be exploring genres! We are starting off with Fairy Tales and will be identifying the features of Fairy Tales that make them unique. If you have any Fairy Tales at home, you can use the following questions to discuss the book as you read or after. (The parentheses have some references for parents.)

  • Who are the main characters?

    • (Typically, princesses, princes, queens, kings, animals that act like people.)

  • How did the story start? How did it end?

    • (The story usually starts with: “Once upon a time...” or “A long, long time ago…” and ends with: “...and they lived happily ever after.”)

Amy Czaja and Kendra Thomas

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Wed, March 22 through Fri, March 24.

While we will have regular school days on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be no school on Friday, March 24. Please make childcare arrangements for your student(s) on that date.

To sign up for a conference, please use the link below:


Then, insert your classroom’s entry code:
  • KA | XNZ191105
  • KB | PUT1126094
  • 1A | NXF1126095
  • 1B | W4E1126096
  • 2A | 69B1126097
  • 2B | 2C31126098
  • 3A | FAE1171423
  • 3B | JST1126099
  • 3C | 1V01171404

Curriculum Share

Our curriculum share will be Friday March 17th from 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm.

Students will share a group project from the Homes and Maps Inquiry units and their All About Books from their nonfiction writing unit! We hope to see you all there.

Inquirer Student of the Week #1: Roscoe

Big picture

Roscoe has demonstrated our learner profile for March: inquirer. Inquirers are curious, ask questions and love to to learn. Here are examples from classmates of how Roscoe showed that he is an inquirer:

  • I hear Roscoe ask a lot of questions. For example when a teacher asks, "Does anyone know this?" if he doesn't know, he will ask "can you give us an example?"
  • I always remember that he asks a lot of questions.
  • He always raises his hand to ask questions or answer questions for others.
  • He will ignore distractions on the rug during lessons so he can learn new things.
  • He's an inquirer by asking a lot of questions when he doesn't know what something means.

Classroom Photos