West Godwin Weekly
Week of October 4, 2021
Learning Updates for this Month
Kindergarten: Our kindergarten students have adjusted well to West Godwin! Our phonics lessons are focusing on orally blending sounds together to form words, rhyming and learning letter names and sounds. In math we are 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. Kindergartners are familiarizing themselves with books and beginning to tell stories and write (or draw) about them.
First Grade: Not only have our first graders been focusing on building a love for reading during reader's workshop, but they will also be focusing on using strategies to figure out unknown words. In writing, we are working on revising to make our personal narrative stories the best they can be! In math, we are working on building a strong number sense by seeing numbers in ten frames and on number racks quickly and making combinations for five and ten. We are also starting to be strong math story problem-solvers.
Second Grade: In writing, second graders are working on daily journaling to build their stamina. We are doing as much reading as possible and are working on a reading unit called Bedtime Tales. We are focusing on strategies for sounding out words as we read. In math, second graders are building their skills to tell time, add within 20, and understand the place value of numbers. Our math unit is all about measuring and place value and is about Jack and the Beanstalk.
EL: EL support groups have started! Students will receive support based on their language levels, which was sent home at the beginning of the year. Flocabulary, which is a computer based vocabulary program, will also help support EL learning in the building.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL): This week in Social Emotional Learning, students will be learning about and practicing self-confidence! Kindergarten and 1st Grade students will learn about how to identify and share about the things they are good at. 2nd Graders will be learning how to identify words and physical actions that are associated with feelings and emotions.
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Weekend Food Bags
Kent School Service Network:
TEAM21 is in full swing! 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
HOMECOMING PARADE AND FOOTBALL GAME!
Would you like free help with your child's homework? GVSU will be offering free virtual homework help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org