First Grade News
Mrs. Nummela’s Class
September 14, 2017
I hope that you enjoy your three day weekend! I’ll look forward to hearing all about it on Monday!
Next week we’ll continue to look at the character of David. Saul became more and more jealous of David and hateful towards him. David could have thrown his sword at Saul and ended his life, but he didn’t. He loved his enemy. David showed INTEGRITY when he used God’s power to do the right thing. There is no better example of loving our enemies than the example Christ gave us when He died on the cross to save us from our sinful nature. We are called to love as Christ loved.
Next week’s Bible verse
Each student is to say the words (including the chapter and verse) to me separately either in the morning before school starts or later in the day when we have short breaks in our schedule.
Beginning the week of Sept. 25th, we will start having spelling tests in 1st grade! Our list of words will be sent home on Monday in your child’s folder. We will be practicing the words in class, but hope that you will review the words at home as well. The test over the words will be on Friday.
Up to this point, our language arts time has focused on reviewing letters and their sounds.
Next week we will continue reading Mo Willems stories and other big books, looking at poetry, and building our Independent Reading stamina. In the weeks to come we will incorporate reading groups into our morning routine.
Once again, on Monday your first grader will be coming home with their “Book Bag” containing stories for your child to practice reading at home. Everyone will be getting a book about Fall to read, and then hopefully a leveled book that will be a good fit for your child. A sign-off sheet will be provided for each story. Thank you for responding to the paper inside each book letting me know about the difficulty level and any other comments you might have as your child reads. That information is very helpful! Remember that your goal each night should be about 20 minutes of reading. This can also include books that you have available at home as well as stories you would like to read aloud to your child. Remember to return the bag on Friday.
We will continue our study of air and weather. We’ll use a water system and balloons to show how air can move.
Next week we will be identifying a number between two numbers; dividing a solid in half; picturing and combining sets; graphing a picture on a pictograph; and counting from 0 to 23 using a wrap-up.
Remember to do Side B each night Mon.-Thurs. for homework, and bring it back to school the next day.
Each week, our classes will collect an offering to be brought to chapel. All of the money collected will go towards special needs brought to us from our friends at CCLS – Uganda. An envelope will come home on Tuesdays as a reminder that chapel is coming up the next day. Please consider sending an offering with your child each Wednesday. Our friends in Uganda are very appreciative of our support and your child is learning that regular giving is a way to serve others and to share the gifts that he gives us so abundantly.
Remember that your child’s Red Friday Folder will contain our weekly note and other important handouts to read. During the week, please check your child’s Blue Take-Home Folder for homework or other communication that can’t wait for Friday. Help your child bring the folders back to school the following school day.
We have started sending home our special bags. Please enjoy having these at home and completing the different projects or activities. Try to send them back to school ASAP.