Monday, March 27, 2017

Last week in March!

How is it already the end of March?!  It has been a wonderful month filled with a lot of learning and fun in our classroom.

Thank you to all the parents who attended and donated items for our BLSEF Sip, Savor, and Support event.  It was a wonderful event which raised a lot of money for our scholarship fund so that more amazing students and families can attend our school.  The event would not be possible without wonderful parents and families like you!  THANK YOU!!

Mark your calendars:  spring break is next week and our Read-In is this Friday.  Many of our students have brought in items for our "Dr. Seuss Soup."  Thank you!  If you haven't sent your item yet, please send it in by Thursday so we can have a successful trail mix snack to go along with our fun day filled with reading.

Today in first grade, we began our day with Christian Studies discussing Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus spent time in prayer and He wants us to spend time in prayer too!  In Math, we worked on solving word problems as a class using tens and ones.  In Reading, we spent time focusing on temporal phrases that help keep our stories moving.  After lunch, we had Spanish and then we put our reading lesson into practice by adding temporal words to our writing.  In the late afternoon, we read "Inside Out" to get us excited about our Read-In coming on Friday.  The end of the day was filled with Social Studies discussing Independence Day and how we make choices by voting.  Then we put our discussion of voting into action by reading a Washington Children's Choice Picture book nominee and voting on our favorite.

Enjoy the sunshine!
-Miss Stueve

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!

Spring is here!  It's hard to believe that we have made it out of winter.  Even with the strange weather today, I am excited for Spring so that we can enjoy some longer days and hopefully some warmer weather soon.

Our Read-In is less than 2 weeks away!  It is March 31st.  Please continue to send in our items for our Dr. Seuss soup by March 30th.  I wanted to send the notes home early so that you would have some time to pick up the items we need to make our "soup."

Last week we had our accreditation site visit and our students were rockstars!  They thoroughly impressed the team with their hard work and respectfulness.

Our annual BLSEF event, "Sip, Savor, and Support" is this Saturday!  This is your last week to get tickets and have the opportunity to purchase our classes auction item at the event Saturday.  See you there!

In first grade today, we began the day by talking about Jesus' ride into Jerusalem.  He was welcomed as a king and honored, but we know that in a short amount of time he would die on the cross for our sins then rise from the dead.  We are so thankful for Jesus being led to the cross to save us from our sins!  In Math, we are continuing our work on figures and today we used pattern blocks to create new figures.  In Reading, we looked at story events in "King Kafu and the Moon."  Ask your child to retell the story to you in order including important details.  In the afternoon we had Spanish and began planning to write a narrative.  Coming up with a plan is the first step in the writing process.  After last recess, we read a story and worked on the calendar.  We are reading the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Nominees and voting on our favorites.  Ask your child to tell you which is their favorite so far.  The day ended with a new Social Studies unit.  We focused on the vocabulary words of our new unit.  The words are flag, country, history, state, president, and law.

Stay dry and happy Spring!
-Miss Stueve

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, March 13

This week we have our accreditation site visit.  There will be a team of people that are wandering around our school, observing, verifying that we are an excellent school, and offering suggestions of areas for growth and improvement.  If you see a few strangers in the building or classrooms this week, don't panic, just say hi and be your friendly selves.

Today in first grade, we started a new Christian Studies unit.  Our focus is on Jesus saves and we are looking at the people that he saved in the Bible and connecting it to our lives.  We are so thankful that Jesus died on the cross to save each of us!  In Math, we are also starting a new unit.  This unit focuses on figures.  Today we went over the key vocabulary and talked about 3-dimensional figures.  In Reading we are wrapping up our unit, so we worked on comparing the two texts that we have been reading this unit ("Life Cycle of an Apple Tree" and "How a Seed Grows").  In Writing, we are working on writing steps to a process and making sure that we are using the writing process to edit our work.  In the afternoon, we had Spanish and Science.  Today in science we talked about rocks and Earth.  The day ended with a special event in the gym.  We were privileged to attend  5th Grade's Dare Graduation and we look forward to completing the Dare program when we are in 5th grade!

Have a wonderful afternoon and stay dry!
-Miss Stueve

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sip, Savor, and Support

Did you get your tickets for our annual BLSEF auction event "Sip, Savor, and Support?"  The event is March 25th at 6pm.

Get your tickets in the school office or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-savor-and-support-tickets-31935624312

Need more information about the event? Go to the S3 Website:  s3blsef.wordpress.com

First Grade has been working hard on our auction item and have created a painting based on Andy Warhol's Mickey Mouse.

First Grade's Auction Item

Andy Warhol's Original Mickey Mouse

Follow this link to see our class hard at work on our auction item: http://www.photosnack.com/LisaStueve/firstgradeauctionitem.html

See you at the event!
-Miss Stueve

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spring is almost here!

We are so thankful for some sunshine and a little warmth.  This warmer weather is getting us more excited about Spring's arrival!

Today in first grade we began the day by discussing Jesus raising Lazarus.  Jesus has the power over death and death is not forever.  Praise Jesus for that!  After Christian Studies, we took a Math quiz to see how we are progressing with our money unit.  Continue to work with your children to identify and count coins.  After recess, we began comparing two informational texts that we have been reading and worked on connecting the ideas in the books.  In the afternoon, we had Spanish and then we worked on providing a sense of closure by writing concluding sentences for our "How To" writing.  The day ended with a Science lesson on the stars and a little time to continue working on our planet research.  We will have more time this week to work on our research and discuss our presentations.  Our presentations will begin next Tuesday and continue on Wednesday.

Enjoy the sunshine!
-Miss Stueve