1B Classroom Update 1

September 22, 2018

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Parent Update

Hello wonderful 1B Families! Our first two weeks of First Grade was a great success. Our 1B students have done a great job of adjusting to the new routine of our school and classroom, as well as having lots of fun. We kicked off the school year with a Scavenger Hunt activity to get to know each other. On our paper, there was a bunch of pictures of different hobbies, and we had to go around the class to find out who liked to do what. We got to know our friends from last year a little bit better by exploring common interests. We also created our own sculptures using play dough to take home on the first day of school.


Our 1B class has been striving to create a warm and caring community where our friends feel comfortable learning as well as take risks in building independence. We have many more things to introduce and look forward to teaching our students. We are confident that these first two weeks will turn into a great year, as there are many exciting things yet to come! We want to thank you for your continued support and interest in being involved with our First Grade learning community. Hope you a wonderful weekend as we are sending love your way :-)

Academics Update

Phonics

We have been assessing student's knowledge of letters and sounds. We have built a repertoire of stories, songs, rhymes, and chants that our friends have enjoyed and at the same time heightened their awareness of language sounds and written symbols. In the coming weeks, students will be working on recognizing beginning, ending, and short vowel sounds. Slowly we will be introducing Phonics centers where students work with teachers to build on these skills and also work independently to practice building words, matching and sorting to pictures to word combinations. In the below pictures, our 1B friends are working on neat handwriting formation. Practice these skills at home by having your child identify sounds of items around the house and use their fingers to tap out each sound they hear.

ELA

In ELA, reading and writing are intertwined. This unit, we were challenged with a mission to accomplish by a very "special guest," Detective McHammer! She introduced us to a variety of tools and had a discussion with 1B about which tool is the best for certain jobs. Our 1B friends practiced using sentence starters like "I notice" and "I wonder" to ask and answer questions. In each mission, she challenges our 1B friends to closely examine each tool and make observations of why it is best for specific jobs. Some tools we learned about are base ten cubes, tweezers, whisk, funnel, calculator, eyedropper, measuring cup, etc. We explored these tools through discussions and read alouds. These activities build their literacy as well as citizenship skills. Moving forward, we will be exploring specific tools that people from around the world use. When using tools at home, ask your child what the purpose of the tool is and how it helps them!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW59Jay9W9A&feature=youtu.be

Math

Our mathematicians started off the school year with an exploration of how to use and care for math materials in our classroom. With these materials, they've practiced making different shapes as well as writing and counting up to 120 through various games! Moving forward, we will also begin Number Stories, a math curriculum focused on Cognitively Guided Instruction, where students solve word problems by utilizing a variety of strategies including counting unifix cubes or drawing pictures. This is a great way for students to openly explore strategies and then be able to share their strategies with their classmates, learning from one another and advancing their mathematical thinking. To support your child at home with their formation of numbers, we encourage kinesthetic activities such as making numbers with playdough or shaving cream.

IB: Family Diversity

We are excited to announce that our first inquiry unit of first grade will be Family Diversity! Inquiry is a time in which students ask questions about a teacher-selected topic and work together to answer them through a variety of hands-on activities. Our goal for this unit is to have students recognize that families have many differences and similarities across cultures. 1B played a "Me Too" game in which they stood up if the statement said was true about their family. We hope to have them do so by identifying different family structures through comparison of their family or those of their friends to other families in our own community or even the world. We will also allow students to share some family story-telling with the class either through writing or other forms of communication.


To kick off our IB unit and support our discussions around family diversity, please help us answer the following questions about your child and family:


  • Who are your child’s immediate family members?
  • Who are the primary residents in your child’s household?
  • What are some important dates or events for your family?
  • What are some typical weekly routines in your household?


Additionally, please share a family photo with us, which will be displayed on our IB bulletin board throughout the family unit. Feel free to email your family photo to dtes1b@brooklynprospect.org or send your child in with a hard copy. Thank you for cooperation!

Socio-Emotional

At BPCS we always want to make sure we are creating a community where students come together and work with others to strengthen their academic as well as social emotional skills. Our classroom culture is becoming cohesive as we work to establish friendships and express how we feel in a positive way. One way this occurs is through giving someone a "shout-out" for demonstrating that they are caring for their community. We reinforce the message that we are a team and we are here to work together to make our community strong and successful. In the next couple of weeks, we will be showing our friends how to problem solve with read alouds, power talks, and letting others know how they feel in a positive manner.

We work hard and play harder!

Specials Introduction

¡Bienvenidos!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year. As part of the academic experience at Brooklyn Prospect students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialist classes during the week.


Our goal for these classes is to augment the core classroom experience by providing opportunities to engage all types of learners in very interactive subjects areas. As teachers, we hope that these exciting lessons will expose students to new experiences, and plant the seeds to help our BPCS students grow into balanced, creative, globally-minded community members.


1B's specials schedule is: Spanish (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays), P.E. (Mondays, Thursdays), Science (Tuesdays, Fridays), and Music (Fridays).

Announcements

  • We are allowing students to share their favorite item each day and put it in the "sharing bin." They may choose to bring a book or toy and tell their friends why it is special to them.

  • Please send students with a water bottle so that they are able to drink throughout the day without leaving the classroom. The water bottles will be sent home daily to be cleaned and washed.

Amazon Wishlist

We have created a 1B Amazon wishlist of classroom items we would love to have. If you choose to donate something, we want to thank you in advance and would really appreciate if you could tell us the itemized list in order to ensure that we receive the items. Thank you so much everyone!

Reminders

  • Remember that in First Grade, regular student dismissal is at 3:45pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and early dismissal is at 1:30pm every Wednesday!
  • Also, we want to remind you that school begins at 8:30am. We open our classroom door at 8:10am. Please try to come to class as close to 8:10am as possible, so that we can begin our day on time. Remember, there is also an early drop-off available in the gym beginning at 7:30am.

  • If you haven't already, please send your child in with an extra change of clothes in a ziploc bag with their name labeled. For our friends that were in KA last year, their teachers passed along their old change of clothes. Please let us know if you'd like us to send them home while you send in a new set for your child.
  • As a reminder, our school follows a nut-awareness policy. If your child has any food allergies, please be sure to fill out the necessary forms in order to inform the school so that we can ensure a safe and healthy school environment for all children. If you have any further questions, please email Avery at escoordinator@brooklynprospect.org.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, October 4 - Back to School Night Grades K - 2 (6-7:30pm)
  • Monday, October 8 - Indigenous People's Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, October 9 - Professional Development Day (No School)
  • Tuesday October 16 - DTES Information Night (Gym 6-7pm)
  • Thursday October 18 - Picture Day (Dress to impress! Don't have to wear school uniforms)
  • Thursday October 25 - Family Coffee Grades K - 2 (Playspace 8:30-9:15am)

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns!