Thursday, April 12, 2018

First Grade News   
Mrs. Schmidt’s Class

April 13, 2018



Thank you for your kind words of concern and encouragement about my husband’s surgery.  He is
doing well, adjusting to a few weeks with a very drastic change to his routine.


Religion:
Paul was an intelligent, strong, and determined man while Barnabas was more relaxed
and encouraging.  Together they made a dynamic team as missionaries for Christ. A
man named John Mark was invited to become a part of their first missionary journey.  
At one point, John Mark gave up and went back to Jerusalem - only to rejoin the group
at a later time and continue his service. Our lessons this week will be about
DILIGENCE, second chances, and appreciating the unique qualities of those around us.


Memory Verse:
Encourage one another and build each other up.
             1 Thessalonians 5:11


Spelling:  
Your child’s differentiated Spelling study list will be sent home on Monday  The test
will be on Friday. If you misplace your
child’s list during the week, remember that you can find it on Spelling City.


This week’s spelling rule is:
bossy r (er, ir, ur, ar, or)
Next week’s sentences are:
1.  The baby bird was born in the morning.
2.  You can never use the farm’s water.


Math:
This week, we will be learning the last eight addition facts; identifying geometric solids
(cones and spheres); using bills to pay for items to $20; adding 3 single digit numbers;
and solving word problems with 3 whole numbers.


Reading:
Book bags should be returned to school by Friday. A good idea is to have your child
return the bag to his/her backpack each day after reading the contents at home so that
it is there on Friday for collection - and then refilled on Monday with new stories and
poems for the week.   
Don’t forget the information sheet so that I know the book level to include each time.
Add a little note if you would like to.


Science:  We will begin a fun and hands-on unit entitled, “Sound and Light”.


Social Studies:  We are learning about maps and exploring their uses.


Science Demonstrations:
We are looking forward to Cami’s    experiment on Monday,  Noah’s on Tuesday, and
John’s on Thursday.


Remaining Experiments:
Tuesday, April 24 - Ben
Tuesday, May 1 - Evan
Thursday, May 3 - Lawson
Tuesday, May 8 - Abby
Thursday, May 10 - Elsie


Poetry Cafe:
On Thursday evening, May 10th, from 6:30-7:30 we plan to have a first grade poetry
night where students will read poetry they have written and enjoyed through the year  in
a cafe’ setting (our classroom!). Parents are also encouraged to read a favorite poem
or one they have written themselves. Because we have limited space in our classroom,
only immediate family members will be invited for this event.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day  - Thursday, April 26
It will be a very different morning schedule, but it will be lots of fun. It is so
heartwarming to see the interaction between grandparent and grandchild.  Please let me
know if your child does not have a special guest that will be visiting that day. We will
set something up with a special person here at school to make it an awesome day for
everyone.


Operetta :  “Kids Under Construction” will be performed at 7:00 p.m. in church
on the evening of April 26.
You are invited to an ice cream social following the operetta.


May 3 will be our last library day.
 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

First Grade News   
Mrs. Schmidt’s Class

April 6, 2018



Thanks to all of the parents who were able to join us on our field trip to the Science
Center.


Religion:
In the early church there was much debate as to whether the newly converted Christians
needed to follow the Jewish religious laws.  Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to
help the church leaders to understand that we are all one in Christ and that salvation is a
or all who believe.  Paul and Barnabas understood their RESPONSIBILITY regarding
their mission to spread the Good News to everyone.


Memory Verse:
The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
         Romans 6:23


Spelling:  
Your child’s differentiated Spelling study list will be sent home on Monday  The test
will be on Friday. If you misplace your child’s list during the week, remember that you can find it on Spelling City.


This week’s spelling rule is:
Contractions with not and are.
Next week’s sentences are:
1.  She can’t see us!
2.  You’re very nice to us.


Math:
This week, we will be identifying one half, one third, and one sixth; using comparison
symbols; dividing a set of objects by sharing;  identifying cup, quart, gallon and liter
containers; and estimating the capacity of containers in cups.


Reading:
Book bags should be returned to school by Friday. A good idea is to have your child
return the bag to his/her backpack each day after reading the contents at home so that it
is there on Friday for collection - and then refilled on Monday with new stories and
poems for the week.   
Don’t forget the information sheet so that I know the book level to include each time.


Science:  We will begin a fun and hands-on unit entitled, “Sound and Light”.


Social Studies:  We are learning about maps and exploring their uses.


Science Demonstrations:
We are looking forward to Lucas’    experiment on Tuesday and Hannah Kate’s on
Thursday.


Remaining Experiments:
Tuesday, April 17 - Noah
Thursday, April 19 - John
Tuesday, April 24 - Ben
Tuesday, May 1 - Evan
Thursday, May 3 - Lawson
Tuesday, May 8 - Abby
Thursday, May 10 - Elsie


Your child should be ready to:
1.      State the question
2.      Take guesses from the class
3.      Demonstrate the experiment explaining it step by step.
4.      Draw a conclusion, telling what was the outcome and give a simple explanation of why it occurred.


Poetry Cafe:
On Thursday evening, May 10th, from 6:30-7:30 we plan to have a first grade poetry night where
students will read poetry they have written and enjoyed through the year  in a cafe’ setting (our
classroom!). Parents are also encouraged to read a favorite poem or one they have written themselves. Because we have limited space in our classroom, only immediate family members will be invited for this event.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day  - Thursday, April 26
It will be a very different morning schedule, but it will be lots of fun. It is so
heartwarming to see the interaction between grandparent and grandchild.  Please let
me know if your child does not have a special guest that will be visiting that day. We
will set something up with a special person here at school to make it an awesome day
for everyone.


Operetta :  “Kids Under Construction” will be performed at 7:00 p.m. in church on the
evening of April 26.
You are invited to an ice cream social following the operetta.
 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

First Grade News   
Mrs. Schmidt’s Class

March 29, 2018



Your child has brought home an egg carton with 12 plastic eggs, each containing something to help
them tell about an important event that happened to Jesus during Holy Week.  Please encourage them
to tell the story to you and to others during our Easter break. (FYI: one egg has a nail in it - be careful!)


Religion:
The Bible’s account of the conversion of Saul from a persecutor of Christians into a
strong and courageous missionary for God is one that inspires us throughout  the New
Testament. After his conversion, he became known as Paul. Paul and Barnabas
encountered a lame man and miraculously healed him with God’s power. Paul was
quick to give all credit to God and not to himself.  Our word for the week is
SELF-SACRIFICE, God’s power to give up something to help others.

Memory Verse:
Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
                Ephesians 6:10
Spelling:  
Your child’s differentiated Spelling study list will be sent home on Tuesday since there
is no school on Monday. The test will be on Friday even though we have a field trip
that day. If you misplace your child’s list during the week, remember that you can find
it on Spelling City.


Next week’s spelling rule is:
Contractions with will and is
Next week’s sentences are:
1.  We’ll play the duck game today.
2.  She’ll carry the books and he’ll carry the food.


Math:
Next week, we’ll be working on estimating and measuring distances using feet; adding
9 to a number; and identifying $1, $5, $10, and $20.


Reading:
In Reading we’ll be voting for the winner of the March Madness Book Competition.
We’ll also begin looking at books by our new author of the month ,Eric Carle.


Please return your child’s book bag on Tuesday, April 3rd. We’ll then send it home
Tuesday afternoon with a new set of stories and poems. Please remember to send back
the sheet and the books on Friday. Let me know the level of difficulty that your child
experienced. Thanks for your support!


Science Demonstrations:
Our Science Demonstrations are going great and we are learning so much! The presentations this
coming week are as follows:
Tuesday- Camille
Thursday - Abigail


Science Center Field Trip:
Our field trip to the Science Center will be on the morning of Friday, April 6th.
Parents that are riding the bus should be at school around 9:10. We will leave about
9:20 to head for the Science Center. We will be returning after our lunch time so we will
be eating in the classroom. Students can still order hot lunch, but will need to have a
peanut free lunch if they are bringing a lunch from home.

Parents who have signed up to come are: Glackin, Broge, Ochs, Foristal, Miller,
Schenck, Welton, Donatelli, Gorline, Beshears, Byers


Literacy Night:Don’t forget that Thursday, April 5th CCLS will be hosting its first
Literacy Night! Hope to see you there!


T-Shirts:
Please send in a plain white, yellow, or orange t-shirt for your child to use to create their
costume for the Spring Operetta by Friday, April 6th. The performance will be on
April 26th at 7:00pm.


Poetry Cafe:
On Thursday evening, May 10th, we plan to have a poetry night where students will read poetry
they have written in a cafe’ setting (our classroom!).   Parents are also encouraged to read a favorite
poem or one they have written themselves.


I hope that all of you have a wonderful Easter Weekend! Remember that we will not
have school on March 30th and April 2nd for Easter Break.


Special Thanks!
Thanks to Brittnie and Corey Glackin for supplying us with the specially cut wood that
we used to make our American flags.  I hope you can find a special place for your
child’s hard work on this project.


Also, thanks to Erica Spangler for coming in on her break to have a special art project
with the class this week.

Mrs. Dreessen will be substituting for me on Wednesday and Thursday. My husband is
having knee replacement surgery on Wednesday.







Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Grade News   
Mrs. Ann Schmidt’s Class

March 16, 2018

Our field trip to the Art Museum was great.  Thanks to all of the wonderful parents who came along.  
The docent was very pleased with our quiet, respectful, and interested students.  I hope you get to talk
about it at home!!  


Religion:
Jesus was betrayed by his disciple, Judas, on Thursday and died on Friday.  A criminal
was not usually buried except if he had a close relative. A man named Joseph and
another named Nicodemus asked to bury Jesus.  Both of these men were secret believers
who stepped out in faith to offer this special service of love. Through this act , we
learn the meaning of JUSTICE, “God’s power for You to do the right thing”  On Sunday,
the day we call Easter, Jesus was no longer in the grave! He had Risen! He defeated
death and the devil for us and all believers.


Memory Verse:
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes
in Me will live, even though he dies.”      John 11:25

Spelling:  
Your child’s differentiated Spelling study list will be sent home on Monday. Since it
will be a short week, the test will be on Thursday. If you misplace your child’s list
during the week, remember that you can find it on Spelling City.


This week’s spelling rule is:
Digraphs kn, ph, and ck


1.  I know her phone number.
2.  I hit my knee on the knob!


Math:
This week week, we’ll be working on subtracting 10 from a number, and identifying a
dozen and a half-dozen.


Reading:
In Reading we’ll be voting for books for the March Madness Book Competition.
We’ll also finish looking at books by our March author, Dr. Seuss.


Please return your child’s books bag on Monday, March 26th. We’ll then send it home
Monday afternoon with a new set of stories and poems. Please remember to send back
the sheet that is included each time. Let me know the level of difficulty that your child
experienced. Thanks for your support!


Student of the Week:     Camille


Science Experiments for the week:
Monday - Youssef  3/26
Tuesday - William  3/27
Thursday - Aaron  3/29


For the Demonstration your child should be ready to:
  1. State the question (ex. What will happen if I put a magnet by these paper clips?)
  2. Take guesses from the class
  3. Demonstrate the experiment explaining it step by step
  4. Draw a conclusion, telling what was the outcome and maybe even a simple explanation of why it occurred.


Report Cards:
Third Quarter Report Cards were sent home today. There are no scheduled conferences at this time,
but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns! Please return the signed envelope as
soon as possible.


Science Center Field Trip:
Our field trip to the Science Center will be on the morning of Friday, April 6th. Please
return the form to let us know if you’ll be attending the trip.


Literacy Night:
Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 5th when CCLS will be hosting its first
Literacy Night! Mrs. Leet sent home information this week, and a sign-up link will be
sent the week after Spring Break.


T-Shirts:
Please send in a plain white, yellow, or orange t-shirt for your child to use to create their
costume for the Spring Operetta by April 6th. The performance will be on April 26th at
7:00pm.


Poetry Cafe:
On Thursday evening, May 10, we plan to have a poetry night where students will read
poetry they have written in a cafe’ setting (our classroom!).   We will begin writing our
own poetry after we return from Spring break. Parents are also encouraged to read a
favorite poem or one they have written themselves.  


I hope that all of your have a wonderful Spring Break! Remember that we will not have school from
March 19th-23rd for Spring Break and March 30th and April 2nd for Easter Break.