Elm Class Update

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Thank You for All Your Support

Many family members have volunteered their time and energy to support in the Elm Class for the last two weeks. Your efforts have helped us open up new centers in exploration.


We hope this can be a continuing tradition. Please get in touch if you would like to lead an activity during our exploration time, or oversee some ongoing work.

Painting with Red, Blue, and Yellow

This week, Sara invited first graders to paint with red and blue, blue and yellow, or red and yellow paint.


Students noticed that the paint mixed together to create new colors and shades.

We will continue to explore lines and color with paints in our art lessons and during exploration.

More Work with Patterns

In Math, first graders have continued to work with patterns that grow at a constant rate.


At home, you can build staircases with legos or blocks. Create each level to be the same "step up" from the last. As you build, ask your child to make predictions about the staircase such as, how many legos will we need for the next tower? How many legos have we used so far? How many levels can we build in the staircase with 20 legos?

Thinking about a the Character's Feelings

This week, we have discussed how to describe a character's feelings. We listed specific words to name their feelings, and used evidence from the text to show why they feel that way. First graders also explored how a character's feelings can change from the beginning to the end of a story.


When reading at home, encourage your child to talk about the characters in their books.

You can ask; How does the character feel? How do you know? Did their feelings change? Why?

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Fiction Writing

We are continuing our fiction stories during writing workshop. Many students are writing a series of stories with a continuing character who faces new and different problems.

You can talk with your child about a character they want to write about.


Many first graders start with a great idea and then get stuck when at the middle and end of the story.


Encourage your child to discuss a sequence of events involving this character including a beginning, middle and end to their story.

Have you scheduled a conference?

Please use the following link to choose a time for a March family conference. We are looking forward to meeting with you all next week to discuss your child's growth in first grade.


Thank you if you have already selected a time. You can expect a confirmation message this weekend.

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Trip to Composting Site at the Gowanus Canal

Wednesday, March 25th, 9am-12pm

2 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

The first grade will visit the Gowanus Conservancy and Build it Green to see sustainable practices in action.

We will travel on the G train from Clinton/Washington to Smith and 9th in order to visit these locations.


Interested in joining us?

We would love to bring along family chaperones. Please get in touch if you are interested. We will leave at 8:30am and return to Compass by 12:00 to eat lunch at school.

We will be doing some walking in the neighborhood. Please send your child in comfortable walking shoes.

Outreach Projects Celebration Day

Thursday, April 2nd, 2pm

First Grade Classrooms Compass Charter School 300 Adelphi, Brooklyn 11205

Mark your calendars. The first grade will share our outreach projects with families and friends on Thursday, April 2nd. Please come and learn from first graders about worms, composting, trees, gardens, and terrariums!

Materials for Terrariums

As a part of the celebration, many students have choses to build terrariums. We will need some more rocks for this work.

If you like, collect some small rocks for us and bring them into Compass.

Thank you!