Welcome to our kindergarten and first grade classes at Glenshire Elementary School! Once again our two classes will work together in a variety of thematic and academic adventures. We are very excited to begin a new school year and look forward to developing our new and continuing relationships with you and your child.
What do I do with these Newsletters?
Monthly, you'll receive our newsletter in your child's Friday Folder. It will contain our theme overview, information about: curriculum, important dates, possible schedule changes, special events (field trips and/or assemblies), and any reminders. Please read and review.
Throughout the school year we'll be exploring several different social studies and science themes. Under a specific thematic umbrella, different areas of learning will be addressed. First graders will begin our year with a unit on LIVING AND NON-LIVING the kindergartners will be exploring THE FIVE SENSES. We will be investigating our similarities and differences, our unique gifts, and how we all contribute to creating a stronger group. Together with the students we'll create a classroom contract regarding behavioral and academic expectations.
For language arts, your kindergarten child will start off the year with exploring their NAMES, sounds and letters, handwriting practice, conventions of print (book knowledge), and phonemic awareness (rhymes, beginning sounds, ending sounds, etc.). The first graders will be practicing reading – including whole group shared reading, and small group guided reading, and writing - using their journals and letter/sound knowledge. And as part of our word study, we'll do word sorts, word wall activities and beginning spelling work. Of course, we’ll be practicing our handwriting.
For math, we'll be starting our year with exploring our math materials. The ability to sort, pattern and cannot help children organize information and therefore better understand their world. First graders will be start with Creating Routines with Data. Kindergartners will begin practicing counting and number writing.
For science, we’ll be learning about and using our five senses to discover and make careful observations. We will practice articulating what we find using descriptive language.
Picture Day (K-2)
Thursday, September 4th
If you would like to purchase school photos of your child (which includes a class picture), please send in your order form ASAP. If you misplace it, there are more in the office.
Back-to-School Night (K-2)
Tuesday, September 9th 6:00 p.m.
This is our opportunity to explain our educational programs to you and answer any questions you may have. Please make an effort to attend and thank you for arranging baby-sitting.
District Wide Early Release Day
Wednesday, September 10
All Students will be dismissed at 12:50.
District Wide Teacher In-Service Day
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Monday, September 29
Eagle Walk Fund-Raiser
Friday, October 4
Each fall, GES has a walk-a-thon to raise money for class funds. This is a fun, bonding day for all. Extra parent help will be needed and appreciated. More info will follow.
Some General Reminders
Remember, if your child’s after school plans change, (such as riding a different bus, going to a different bus stop, being picked up instead of riding the bus, being picked up by someone different, etc.) he or she must bring a note explaining the change.
PLEASE CALL 582-7675, EXT. 1 TO REACH THE GENERAL ABSENCE MESSAGE LINE TO REPORT WHEN YOUR CHILD MISSES SCHOOL.
Parent volunteers enrich and support the classroom in so many ways. Seeing the kids in action is exciting for you, and helping us out is beneficial for all. Thank you in advance for all your help. If you are able to volunteer in the classroom, please feel free to sign up right away or when your schedule is set.
We need parent volunteers first thing in the morning (9:00 – 10:30 or so) which works well for the class because that is when we do our book bag reading and hands-on centers. There are opportunities to be an Art Docent, a Harvest of the Month Helper, or be the PTO Representative. If you are able to help in any way, please return the attached Volunteer Schedule with your information.
Book Bags and Homework
We'll begin our book bag program soon for the first graders. Their homework folders will come home the Monday after Labor Day. When the K's have settled in and are ready for this new responsibility, they will be introduced to our nightly reading program.
Snacks and Lunches
Knowing that good nutrition is vital to your child's educational well-being, you are encouraged to send healthy food daily. First grade lunch will be in the cafeteria at 12:00. Hot lunch for first graders may be purchased for $3.25 each and you should purchase them in advance in the cafeteria or online. If your first grader is “buying” lunch, they still need a small snack from home for earlier in the day. Kindergarten students should bring a healthy lunch every day.
“Every Child Learning Every Day”