April 11, 2019: We have had a number of Bible lessons about all the happenings during Holy Week. It’s so wonderful that the day after a church service some of the children will mention that the pastor read from the Bible a lesson that we learned. Now that spring has arrived, some of the children are having a difficult time staying focused. Please encourage them to listen and do their best. I am not in the classroom today and tomorrow. Mrs. Gregory is filling in for me. She will not be sending unfinished work home. Hopefully there won’t be too much to catch up on next week.
April 4, 2019: In Christ Light we are now learning of Christ’s resurrection and the happenings that surround that time. In reading the first graders are expanding their reading vocabulary by learning to read words with “soft c & g, oo, kn, wr, and mb.” They are also practicing compound and multi-syllable words.The second grade is learning how to apply their reading skills in other areas, such as map reading, road signs, abbreviations, and acronyms. They are also reading a chapter book about life in Jesus’ time. They are full of questions. Please continue to send your child to school with proper recess clothing. Consider sending a light-weight jacket in case the temperatures warm up enough by the noon recess.
March 30, 2019: Reports cards not given at a conference yesterday or scheduled at a later time are being sent home today. Please sign the envelope and return it next week. The science test on Unit 9 is tomorrow. If your child cannot get the book report done by tomorrow, please have him/her do it by Monday. The children still need to have boots for recess because the ground is quite muddy.
March 21, 2019: I hope everyone enjoyed our mini-vacation. We will continue working hard so that all of the curriculum will be completed before the end of the school year. Please encourage your child to be diligent as we learn during the fourth quarter.
March 14, 2019: The children did a great job on their book report projects for the Open House. There were many positive comments from our visitors. Thanks for helping them out at home. They really seemed to enjoy the experience. In Christ Light we have begun the study of Holy Week, and in science we are studying “matter.” Because of all the bad weather days, we’ve had to catch up on a number of our lessons. We’ve done it in Reading. We’re almost there in Christ Light and Science, but math will take us to the end of the school year. Now that the snow is melting, please have your child bring an extra pair of socks and even an extra pair of pants in case they get wet outside.
February 28,2019: In Christ Light we are beginning to study the events of Holy Week. Continue to read the lessons where the dates have been changed. We are still catching up. The book report/open house projects were due this week. Please have your child turn his/hers in by Monday if not yet turned in. The yellow half-sheet needs to be filled out and sent back in the book report bag, along with the book that was read. When reading the books in the science bag, please try to return them by the due date. I only have one copy of many of the books, and they have to be shared between the 15 students. Assuming that there will be no snow days through next week, our 100th day of school celebration will be on Friday, March 8. You may send a treat to school that day if you wish.
February 21, 2019: It looks like there will actually be a full week of school this week. Hopefully the children can get back into routine soon. The Christ Light lessons will be re-dated as needed. Other schedules remain the same. The science test on the solar system is coming up as soon as we catch up on the material. You may continue reviewing the study guide that was sent home last month. We are looking forward to Special Person’s Day tomorrow. Our time slot is 9-10 a.m
February 7, 2019: We’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things after all the extra days off. Some of the children are having a hard time settling down. Please encourage your child to stay focused and to be diligent about doing schoolwork. We are getting to the end of our science unit about the solar system. If you have time, you can review the study sheet sent home back in January. I’ll let you know the test date soon. Special Person’s Day is tomorrow from 9-10 a.m. If for some reason your child will not have someone here, please let me know as soon as possible. If you haven’t noticed, the book report bag is without a book and contains a note explaining how we are going to combine the book report and the open house project. Do contact me if you have any questions. If you have not returned the report card envelope or any bags dated in January, please do so as soon as possible.
January 31, 2019: Not much to report with all the days off. I’m sure the students enjoyed their extra free time. I’m sending a note home concerning all of the schedules. It’ll be in the weekly bag.
January 24, 2019: Preschool through grade 2 will be singing in church this Sunday morning. The children should meet in the church basement at 8:40. After singing they will return to sit with their parents. The first book report is due on Jan. 31. The materials and the book your child chose were sent home a couple of weeks ago. Please contact me if you have any questions. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but please make sure your child has all of the needed outdoor clothing everyday.
January 17, 2019:In Christ Light we continue to learn of Jesus’ miracles and parables. In Science we are studying the solar system. The first grade has begun to learn to read long vowel words, and the second grade is learning to read more complex words. The second grade continues to learn to write in cursive. Melissa Gregory has started working with the children to help them improve their writing skills. I’m sure the children enjoyed the unexpected days off this week. Some of them are having a hard time settling back into school routines after the Christmas break. Please encourage your child to work diligently and behave properly.
January 10, 2019: Welcome back, everyone. I sent a note home at the beginning of the week. Please look it over if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Just a reminder to return the “weather log” that was sent home back in December. If your child still needs to complete it, it should be back no later than Jan. 21. We will be singing in church on Jan. 27.
December 13, 2018:We have been busy learning our recitations and songs for the Christmas service. Thank you for reviewing with your child at home. The science test is scheduled for Tues., Dec. 18. The study sheet and quizzes have been sent home. If you would like to send a treat for our Christmas party, do let me know. So far, we have juice, no-bake cookies, and a meat, cheese, and cracker tray.
December 6, 2018: Thank you for reviewing the Christmas service memory work with your child. Please work on it until your child knows it well. The science test will be on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Be sure your child has mittens and a hat for outside, as some have come to school without them. Encourage your child to stay focused during the next couple of weeks. We still need to continue with most of our regular lessons. Let me know if you plan on sending a snack for our Christmas party. So far we have no-bake cookies. Juice is not needed.
November 29, 2018: I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. The weeks till Christmas will be very busy. Besides our regular studies, we will be spending much time learning the songs and recitations for our Christmas service on Dec. 20. The memory work schedule was sent home this week. Be sure to practice daily even if we don’t have school. Also, do encourage your child to be faithful to his/her studies during this busy time.
November 15, 2018: The cold weather has definitely arrived. The children should have boots and snowpants at school. Some have not had mittens and/or hats. Most of the hoods do not stay up so a hat is needed. Please be sure that your child has a booster seat for all of our field trips. We cannot allow them to ride in one of the cars without one. The second grade will begin learning to write in cursive next week. Please do not show your child letters we have not yet learned. I’m also asking that the first graders refrain from giving it a try until next year. This is so letters are learned properly. It’s very difficult to change writing that is being done incorrectly once a child is used to it. Thank you.
November 8, 2018:After the parent-teacher conferences today, please discuss with your child anything that you feel would be beneficial to his/her education. In science we continue to learn about different aspects of the weather. Whenever you have time, you and your child can read over the study guide sent home last month. You may still return October’s Book It sheet if you have not done so. Be sure to return the permission slip and fee for “Beauty and the Beast” by Monday.
November 1, 2018: In Christ Light we continue learning of Jesus’ ministry here on Earth by studying his miracles and parables. In science will study weather throughout November and December. The October Book It sheets should be returned by the first Monday after a month ends. The pizza certificates will be sent home shortly after that.
October 25, 2018: Today was our field trip to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest. I’m sure a good time was had by all. Tomorrow for Harvest Fest, the children should have a pair of boots to wear in the pumpkin patch. It is usually muddy. Also, since they carry their own pumpkins, an older coat that you don’t mind getting dirty should be worn. We are nearing the end of the 1st quarter. Encourage your child to work diligently, especially if he/she tends to bring work home to finish
October 18, 2018: I think fall has finally arrived. Please be sure that your child has proper clothing for outside recess. Our field trip to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest is next Thursday morning. Watch the weather forecast so your child is dressed accordingly. In first grade level math we are learning about shapes and starting to learn to add. When flash cards come home, you may separate them, but the answers should not be written on them so they can be used multiple times. Second grade level math is working with addition, even and odd numbers, and story problems. When your child brings home the science bag, please try to return it by the due date. I only have one copy of most of the books, and it has to be passed on to all of the children one at a time.
October 4, 2018: We have begun to study the 3-year ministry of Jesus in Christ Light. We will have many lessons about his miracles and parables.The next science unit will take a look at the weather. While the teachers are at conference, please have your child do some IXL and some reading. A few of the children have not been bringing a coat to school when the weather is cool. Just a reminder that the snow will be flying soon (ugh), and boots will be needed
Sept 27, 2018:In Christ Light we have studied 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple and the ministry of John the Baptist. Our first science test is tomorrow. If you have time you can review the study sheet and quizzes. We will be going to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the morning. More info will come at a later date.
Sept 20, 2018: In Christ Light we continue to learn of the events that happened after our Savior was born. Be sure to check the memory work schedule each night. We do a lot of practicing at school, so hopefully your child will need just a quick review. In math the 1st grade level is working maining with the numbers up to ten. The 2nd grade level is working with addition and even the commutative property. We are working on IXL most days. If there is time, also try to do some at home. If your child is bringing home papers to finish, encourage him/her to focus more at school. I’ve been leaving enough time to complete work at school if time is used wisely. I also have some volunteers that are working with the children on their assignments.
Sept 13, 2018: It’s our second week of school, and the children are still adjusting to a new grade level. That’s always a challenge at the beginning of a school year. We are working on three behavior concepts to keep our classroom pleasant--we should behave so everyone is safe, we should always be kind, and we should be helpful. If your child would like to get books from the Bookmobile on Wednesday, be sure he/she has his/her library card. A number of the children have not yet returned from the registration packet in early August the following two forms: the Student, Parent, Teacher Expectation form, and the internet usage form. If you have not yet done so, please go over these forms with your child, sign, and return as soon as possible. Thank you.
Sept 6, 2018: Welcome back, everyone! It will probably take a few weeks for the children, as well as the parents, to adjust to new routines. Remember to contact me if there are any problems working with your child at home. As I mentioned at the meeting last week, there are a lot of things to read over at the beginning of the school year. Please take the time to do this over the next week if you have not yet done so. This year in Christ Light we will be studying the New Testament beginning with the birth of Christ. If you do not have a copy of the red Memory Treasures book, do contact me as soon as possible. The reading books (Storybooks) will be coming home tomorrow. Please try to cover it within a week.