Happy Memorial Day

It seems like time is really flying by now, where has the week gone!? As the year draws to a close we are doing our best to keep our normal daily routines but making sure we take some time to stop and celebrate all our growth. One way we have done that this week is through the preparation of a special reader’s theater version of La oruga muy hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) that we would like to share with you next week. Each child has their own special part as well as some all group parts and we are eager to share! We had a dress rehearsal today in front of our third grade buddies and thoroughly enjoyed it! We invite you to come see us on Thursday, May 28th at 2:45pm. We will share the story and sing a song or two.

Are you all set for our trip to the Critter Barn or June 2? We are very excited about it and more information will come home Tuesday so you can read through some of the details of this all day celebration.

Here are a few important dates for the end of the year:

  • Thursday, May 28 at 2:45pm – We will present a reader’s theater version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar – join us if you can!
  • Tuesday, June 2 from 8:30am-2:45pm – Our trip to Critter Barn!
  • Friday, June 5 – Last Day of School! 12:10pm dismissal. Ice Cream Social at 11:40. Sign up to bring something here.

 

      Important Dates:

May 25 – No School, Memorial Day

May 28 – Reader’s theater performance, 2:45pm

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

Looking Ahead: 2015-2016 GRCS Calendar

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This week during language arts we have been working on a special reader’s theater of La oruga muy hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). We are working hard on our lines and excited to share this with parents on Thursday, May 28th at 2:45pm.

In Math, we explored measuring weight. We used balances to find objects that were equal to each other and then find the weight of various objects in cubes.

This week in Bible we read more of Jesus’ parables including the Lost Sheep, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector and the Sower and Seeds. We are becoming very good at listening closely and thinking about what Jesus wants us to learn from his stories.

This week we planted some of our own seeds so that we can watch them grow. We also designed an experiment to find out what plants really need to grow. Many children are eager to see if our plant in the dark cupboard will grow or our seeds with water but no dirt will grow. We have made our predictions and eagerly await the results!

A rainy Friday

We had a busy week in kindergarten. On Monday we saw that all of our butterflies had emerged from their chrysalises. We were able to let them free at the very end of the day and wished them luck as they flew away. We also finished all of our hard work on our Farm Animal book and sent it out for publishing. We are really hoping the books arrive before the last day of school!

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As we come closer and closer to the end of the year (can you believe it!?) we are enjoying looking back at all the things we have studied and integrating these skills in many different ways. For the next few weeks you will see us review our sight words and use all of the reading knowledge we have gained, continue to strengthen and practice math skills, fill our writing with everything we have learned about being writers, and remember all we know about Jesus’ story so we can go into the world and share with others. What an amazing feeling for the kindergarteners (and their teacher) to realize all that they have learned this year!

      Important Dates:

May 25 – No School, Memorial Day

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

Looking Ahead: 2015-2016 GRCS Calendar

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This week we reviewed all of the sight words we have learned so far this year. Here are the flashcards if you are interested in having them at home: Lesson 1-10, Lesson 11-15, Lesson 16-20,  Lesson 21-26, Lesson 27-30

In Math, we moved on to measuring surface area. We had a great time comparing the areas of different objects in our classroom. Of course we loved the challenge of finding the area of BIG objects most of all.

This week in Bible we learned about the parables that Jesus shared with his followers. We tried our best to decide what Jesus wanted us to learn about Him through the stories he told. We read about the Good Samaritan, the Great Banquet and the Lost Son.

After letting our butterflies free, we turned our attention to plants and seeds. We will continue studying how plants grow for the next few weeks.

Telling the story

I hope you enjoyed the Spring Program last night. What a wonderful opportunity to worship together as a school community and share with you all that we have been experiencing as a school this year telling the story of Jesus. We love to tell God’s story to people near and far! To help us celebrate Pentecost at our all school chapel, all are invited to wear any special clothing or accessories from a different city, state, or country on Friday, May 15.

 

We have really been enjoying the warm weather! One reminder, as we play outside everyday we notice how important it is that kids have good shoes to play in. Flip-flops and other “strappy” sandals can often get in the way of having fun on the playground. They also have a way of causing lots of distractions in the classroom…thank you for helping with this small detail!

      Important Dates:

May 15 – Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30

May 25 – No School, Memorial Day

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

Looking Ahead: 2015-2016 GRCS Calendar

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This week our sight words were de and llevar. We spent time this week researching different aspects of farm animals and then working on our own special pages in the classroom book we will soon publish. If you have not already, please return the permission/order form. You are NOT obligated to order but I must have the permission part signed so that your child’s work can be included.

In Math, we continued to explore measuring. We realized how important it is that everyone use the same units (unidades) so that we are measuring accurately. We had a lot of fun measuring caterpillars, comparing our names and even measuring our feet!

This week in Bible we continued to share stories of Jesus’ miracles. We talked about the loaves and fishes, the 10 lepers and Jesus walking on water.

We waited patiently all week as the chrysalises lay ready in our tank. On Thursday two Painted Ladies emerged and by Friday we had many more! We will continue to watch them for a few days and look forward to letting them out next week.

Watching our caterpillars

We had a busy week in kindergarten! We wrapped up a math unit and began something brand new, began studying farm animals in anticipation of our year-end trip, and were anxious everyday to see the transformation of our caterpillars into chrysalides. Before we began our new writing unit, we wrapped up our opinion writing by sharing our group posters with the class. You can see the videos of each group below:

GRCS has reinstated the Spanish Immersion Advisory Council (SIAC).  The members are as follows:  Sara Seth, Mark Krommendyk, Ashanti Bryant, Luke Nieuwenhuis, Shari VandenBerg, Holly Windram, Jimmy David, Claire Rose, and  Basti Marquez.  Their first meeting is scheduled for May 14.

    Important Dates:

May 6 – Program Practice at Sunshine Church, 9-11

May 7 – Spring Program at Sunshine Church

May 15 – Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

Looking Ahead: 2015-2016 GRCS Calendar

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This week our sight words were día and mira. The children had the chance to read with Sra. Vance this week to show how much they have learned this year in kindergarten – they did a great job!

4-30-15We began researching farm animals this week during our writing time. Over the next week or so we will each work on a page for a special book that we will publish in hardcover. You can see more information and purchase a copy from the handout in your child’s folder. Even if you do not want to buy a copy, PLEASE return the sheet so your child’s page can go in the book.

In Math, we finished up our unit and took a test showing all we have learned about addition, subtraction and math stories. We have begun now to study measurement and spent some time exploring measuring length this week.

This week in Bible we read stories about some of the miracles Jesus performed. We especially enjoyed reading about how Jesus helped the disciples get a great catch of fish. We spent time thinking about how we could “fish for men” just like the disciples by showing God’s love and sharing His story with others.

All of our caterpillars have now formed their chrysalises and have been moved to a bigger space. We are anxiously awaiting their emergence as we continue to learn about their life cycle and body parts.

A cold week!

Brrrr! What a cold week! It looks like the sun is making an appearance today and hopefully will continue in the coming weeks. We’ve completed another week in kindergarten. And can you believe we only have 6 weeks left? At this point in kindergarten we are able to take on more complicated tasks and this week we especially enjoyed working together in small groups to plan and create posters during escritura. Check out the pictures below and be sure to read about it.

 

  Important Dates:

April 29 – Field Trip to Civic Theatre and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible….

May 7 – Spring Program at Sunshine Church

May 15 – Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

Looking Ahead: 2015-2016 GRCS Calendar

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This week our sight words were abajo and ayudar. We focused on “ll” and “y” syllables – these are hard to tell apart! We also worked hard on using only Spanish. We getting more comfortable every day expressing our needs, asking questions and telling our stories in Spanish.

This week in writing we continued writing about protecting our environment. This inspired several kindergarteners to clean up trash during their recesses! We also worked together in our table groups to focus on one issue and each table created a poster to encourage others to protect the environment. We will display these in the hallway next week.

In Math, we are finishing up a long unit of reinforcement of basic concepts we have learned this year. We have taken a closer look at parts of 10, numbers to 20, teen number patterns, simple addition and subtraction problems and math stories. We will take a short test next week to show all we have learned.

This week in Bible we continued to read about Jesus’ ministry. We heard stories about how Jesus traveled and talked to people, sharing the good news and changing their hearts. We enjoyed the stories of Nicodemus and Zacchaeus who came to believe in Jesus when they heard his message.

We are enjoying some new “pets” in our room – caterpillars! We have already seen them grow bigger and fatter over the week and we are looking forward to seeing them make chrysalises and transform into Painted Lady butterflies.

Enjoying the sun

We’ve had a great week back from Spring Break. We really enjoyed our Adios, Inglés fiesta. Thank you to all the parents who came to celebrate with us. We have been trying our hardest to speak only in Spanish when in the classroom and the kids have done a great job. They know a lot more Spanish than they realize, they just need a little push to realize it! It’s a great challenge and a great way for them to get a feel for what it will be like in first grade and beyond when the Spanish expectations are higher.

Check out more pictures on the Photos page.

 

  Important Dates:

April 21 – On The Border Give Back Day for Spanish Immersion Program

May 7 – Spring Program at Sunshine Church

May 15 – Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

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This week our sight words were tomar and tengo. We are continuing to review tricky syllables and enjoying our literacy time engaged in many different reading activities. The children are enjoying this time more and more as they are able to read many books and feel more and more confident!

This week in writing we turned our attention to writing to help our environment. We are now crafting opinion pieces that ask people to pick up trash, use less water, recycle more, etc. this is an theme that the kids have been excited about and they have many ideas about how they can help our environment and bring about change.

In Math, we have talked about the concept of mayor (more than) and menor (less than). We have also been manipulating groups of objects to make them more, less or equal to each other. As we play with numbers in this way we are building number sense and increasing our understanding of how numbers work and how we can manipulate them.

This week in Bible we read stories about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. We heard about his baptism, choosing his disciples and how Jesus loves and blesses children. These stories are easy for the kindergarteners to relate to and they enjoyed sharing stories about baptisms they have witnessed and ways that they follow Jesus just like the disciples.

Happy Spring Break!

We had a wonderful chance to celebrate Easter as a school community today and worship our God. You may see a sticker on your child’s shirt reminding them of the message of our chapel: Jesús es mi Salvador (Jesus is my Rescuer). I hope you and your family enjoy a happy and blessed Easter together and a restful Spring Break.

After Spring Break we will be saying “Adiós Inglés.” We would like to celebrate this along with Srta. Weingarden’s class with a big fiesta. Please check out our sign-up sheet if you would like to help us with this event.

A big thank you to all of our Mystery Readers in March! This was a huge hit with the kids and they looked forward to guessing who was coming every time.

 

  Important Dates:

April 3-10 – Spring Break

April 14 – Adiós Inglés, 11:45am

May 7 – Spring Program, Save the Date!

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

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This week we spent time reviewing all of our sight words and syllables up to this point. We are becoming great readers and we enjoy our reading time – many children ask if they can pull out their book boxes during other times of the day. This love of reading is wonderful! Please help us continue that momentum at home and take a few minutes to hear your child read.

This week in writing we worked on making our persuasive letters the best they can be by using nice words, giving lots of reasons, telling short stories to make a point and writing in our own fix-it ideas. It is such fun to read through these and see how far the children have come in their writing skills this year.

In Math, we have continued to find the missing part and also have been looking at sets of numbers to determine which is mayor, menor, or igual (more, less, equal).

This week in Bible we focused on the events of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. We had many opportunities to sing praise songs as a class and enjoyed practicing telling the story to each other because we know it so well.