FIRST GRADE FAMILY UPDATE

What is happening in first grade at Compass?

We are excited to celebrate the completion of the first full week of school!

Please read the updates below.

Water Bottles

We are hoping to make it easier for the kids to have water during lunch, snack, and throughout the day. If you are able, please send a reusable bottle of water for your child by the end of next week. For now, the water bottle should travel between home and school. Once we have the capacity to clean all the bottles in school, we will send a note home requesting that the water bottles remain at school for the rest of the year.

Homework Folders

As you may have noticed the homework folders have mostly been empty. Don't worry, this was done on purpose! We want the children to get into the habit of bringing their homework folders to school and back home. As the year progresses we will send notices that require your attention via the homework folders. Additionally, we will check the folders for any notes that you may leave for us. So please keep sending those folders in!

Food Allergies

We also remind you that we are a nut and seed free school. In order to ensure the health and safety of all students, please send lunches that are free of nuts such as peanut butter, and hummus made with tahini butter.

Community Building

A big goal for the first few weeks of school is to establish a positive school community. To this end, we have been slowly introducing the materials that we will use in class. We have begun exploring the idea of "the commons". We have been thinking about the class materials that we need to use, how to use them, how to care for them, and how to share them.

By focusing on first building a shared understanding of what it looks like to be a part of the Compass community we hope to lay the foundation for what learning will look like, sound like, and feel like. The work that students are producing in the next few weeks reflects the pro-learning skills that they are developing and not the academic content that we will shortly introduce.

If you'd like to help reinforce class discussion around the commons, here are a few suggestions:

· Ask your child questions about with who, how, when, and where you can use the materials in your home and how they may or may not differ from the way we may use materials in school. You can also turn this into a drawing, writing, counting / problem solving, activity.

· Role play different scenarios that may occur in school such as what to do if someone wants to read the same book that you do or what to do after you're done with using your materials.

· Practice using the hand symbols that we're learning in class (see images below).

Scheduling

We are transitioning students from vacation to school so the schedule for the first few weeks of school will have some flexibility. We will send a tentative schedule once we are ready to continue adding to our foundation.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help!

Cheers,

Anna & Paul, Shawn & Anabell

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