Ms. Ward's First Grade
Newsletter Week 30
This week during Daily 5 we have busy bees trying to get ready for student led conferences. Each and every one of the students has been putting in a lot of hours to really get to know their own progress and monitor their own behaviors. They have each created a book with the things they are most proud of and the things they would like to work on. They have even included ways for teachers and parents to support them in reaching their goals. They are eagerly awaiting next week when they get to share their progress with each and every one of you!
After reviewing shapes, we took out unit 7 math test, and everyone ROCKED it. I am blown away by the awesome retention of information. They are true curious learners.
Now that the basic skills have been taught for the year, we are working on perfecting skills and building upon those skills. The kids will need to be able to apply their superb number sense in order to solve complex word problems and mutli-step addition and subtraction questions. I can't wait to see what 1.3 can accomplish next!
Just so we know, the actual tools that help us to measure weather are: thermometer, rain gauge, wind vane and anemometer (!!). The students identified each one and described what part of the weather each would measure. We finished off the week making pin wheels and watching a special edition of Magic School Bus: Kicks Up a Storm!
Student-led conferences are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On those days, your child will be dismissed at 12:00. On the day of your conference, your child will be allowed to stay at school until your conference time. This will avoid their getting stuck in traffic on the way to or from school. The kids will participate in special classes until their conference time. The TAs will be available to bring your child to meet you at our room (1.3) at the appropriate time. Lunch will be available for purchase as usual.
And if 1.3 could rally behind one of our own, David Swartwout (Ethan's dad and ISP High School Assistant Principal), he is heading up a food drive for people living in the community in El Valle de Ñurum. Many young members of that community are malnourished. Pro Niñez, a Panamanian community based organization, has asked that we collect as many jamonillas or Spam products as we can throughout the month of April. Please send with your son or daughter a jamonilla or Spam product to be placed in a collection receptacle in the ES, MS or HS offices.
Can't wait to see you next week!
Beth Ward : )