Dear First Grade Families,
I cannot believe that we are almost finished with the third quarter! Report cards will be sent on Friday, April 30. This year has gone so quickly. We've had a great time in first grade, but there is still much to learn and much to do!
In Bible, we will be talking about how Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land. We will then begin talking about the book of Judges.
Our new memory verse is Joshua 24:15:
“Choose this day whom ye will serve…..But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
This will be due on Friday, April 16.
Your child will be taking the IOWA Assessments the week of April 26-30. Please be sure that your child gets plenty of rest each night before school and eats a healthy breakfast. Please do not feel the need to prepare your child for testing in any way; the less we talk about the test ahead of time, the more calm the students will be. In first grade, I do my best to make this a non-stressful event and fill our time with fun activities when we are not testing.
April begins a busy time here at Bethany Christian School. Here is a list of dates to remember:
April 16 - Joshua 24:15 due
April 26-30 - IOWA Assessment Week
April 30 - Report Cards
A Look Ahead:
Friday, May 14 – We will be having the annual Bulldog Run. All students will be participating and families are invited and encouraged to come and cheer for the children as they run. There will also be a live auction of the class baskets. Please plan to join us for this fun family day! Please remember to send in your items for our Disney basket.
If you are attending the race, please plan to sign out your child early in the day and keep him/her with you at all times prior to our race in order to allow him/her to experience all of the fun and exciting activities of the day.
On Friday, June 11, which is our last day of school, I would like to have a picnic to celebrate our year together. In the past, we have gone to Nottingham Park for our picnic and have had a great time. I need 2-3 parents who are willing to take charge of planning the picnic for us. This would not involve planning food; due to Covid restrictions, we will have each child pack a bag lunch for the picnic. If you are interested in helping, please let me know. Thanks!
As the weather begins to warm up, it is important that your child brings a water bottle to school each day. First graders are able to keep water bottles at their desks throughout the day so that we may keep our bodies hydrated. Please be sure that your child has a water bottle every day. Thanks!
Please continue to work with your children at home on flashcards, spelling words, and reading. It really does help them to have that extra few minutes of practice. All students should still be reading at home for 20 minutes at least 3-4 days each week. It is okay if the reading is somewhat challenging; allow your child to work on sounding out the words that may be difficult. April reading calendars will be due on Monday, May 3.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that may arise. Thank you for your active participation in our classroom.