A-B-C-D-EFirst Grade is the place to be!We do our best every day.Reading, writing; watch us grow.Adding numbers, 1,2,3.It’s our goal to try, try, try.We finish with the letter Z...F-G-H-I-JK-L-M-N-OP-Q-R-S-TU-V-W-X-YSchool is cool, don’t you agree? (author unknown)
We have started another wonderful year at GFS! Fall has officially begun. We are watching the temperatures dip, and leaves turning different colors! It will be the perfect time to observe these seasonal changes, and play outdoors! We have been busy settling into our new school routines, going to Meeting for Worship, All- School Gathering, specials, and learning more about classmates with the help of the theme of “All about Me”. Students enjoyed decorating “Fabulous Me” posters, writing down important facts about themselves, and shared an “All about Me Bag” project in class. They enjoyed a personalized self-portrait snack as well!
We will study three countries this year: Ireland, Thailand, and Puerto Rico (U.S. Territory) (K/1 focus country: Ireland). The students have begun building classroom community, have discussed their hopes and dreams for the new school year together, read many books and dove into the math topic of understanding addition. We have also begun to count to 100 days of first grade!
First Grade celebrated the September “International Day of Peace” (21st) by decorating a “Peace Rock”. The projects were then placed on the playground during a short ceremony. Thanks to Tr. Chris for the guitar and peace songs!
We also participated in our first Community Cares Morning and learned about the Chester County Food Bank and its many programs to combat hunger in Chester County. We made reminder magnets in support of the "Backpack"” (student supplemental food) program. Next month we will visit the facility and pack food boxes!
A bit of Philosophy...
GFS provides its first grade students with developmentally appropriate opportunities to explore their world; make choices, and express themselves. In a child-centered environment, students are encouraged to take risks and are allowed to make mistakes, thus enabling them to become creative and critical thinkers. Additionally, children learn that they are valuable both as individuals and as members of a group. They are encouraged to explore their strengths and share them with their classmates and teachers. The program builds on the excitement and curiosity that our children bring from their first school experiences. An emphasis on community, rooted in Quaker beliefs, is demonstrated through:
A Look Ahead...
October brings a new month-long unit on “Animal Habitats”, lots of reading and writing, a performance at All-School Gathering, the math topic of subtraction, our first field trip, and a holiday party!
Reading Tip of the Month: Don't leave home without it! Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor's office. Always try to fit in reading!
Dates to Remember:Friendship Day with FDCS 3rd GFS Hayride 5th No School 10th & 13th All-School Gathering 16th First Grade Field Trip GVNC 20th Halloween LS Parade 31st 1:00 pm Halloween Havoc 31st 1:30 pm
"What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship." (Terry Tempest Williams, Pieces of White Shell)
We embrace stewardship of the environment and community service.