“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn!...” (Rainbow Rowell, Attachments)
Welcome to 1st A look back at the highlights of October, 2013...
It’s been a great October at GFS! I was very excited to begin our second month in first grade. This was a busy month starting with the fun-filled Harvest Fair! Thanks to all the special parents and volunteers who work so hard to make it a great day!
Our special science theme for October was “Animal Habitats”. Students learned about what animals must have to survive, chose an animal to study, wrote a short report on their animal, and created a 3D representation of that habitat. We will display them for viewing. This month we also took a field trip to the Great Valley Nature Center for an animal habitat program. Thank you to our parent drivers!
The month of October also has a special holiday that children particularly enjoy-Halloween! The costume parade is an opportunity to capture many wonderful photos and memories. The students enjoy dressing up and showing off to their friends and family.
In math we have worked on addition and subtraction stories, word problems, and math facts. We have learned about “Trick Words”, short vowels, and digraphs. We look for these while reading!
A Look Ahead...
November is a month filled with special explorations centered around the social studies theme of “Colonial Days”, and the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a lovely time of family and thankfulness before the bustle of December! We will learn more about what it was like to live in Colonial times. This month we will also discuss the fall harvest and breads and grains. Other exciting events this month include an early field trip to the Chester County Food Bank for Community Cares. The Lower School will spend part of the morning there volunteering. We are proud to support the mission of the CCFB and its many fine programs!
The First grade will travel to the “Colonial Plantation” on the 17th to view a home site from long ago and participate in daily chores. In school we will focus on our awareness of the many people and things for which we are thankful. Toward the end of the month, families will be invited to share a special Family Meeting for Worship with us.
Respect, friendship, kindness, responsibility, and gratitude continue to be social themes in our classroom. We work daily on building healthy relationships and positive attitudes about friends and life inside and outside of the classroom.
I’m looking forward to meeting with my families during LS conferences. Please come with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss.
Happy Fall!! In Friendship, Tr. Michele
Reminder: It seems like cold weather is creeping in, so please remember to send your child dressed in warmer clothes (as needed) as we will go out for recess as much as possible. Raincoats with hoods are also helpful. I enforce the use of outerwear, especially for our early morning recess!
Upcoming November dates to remember:
All School Gathering, 5th. 10 am. All are welcome. LS Conferences 6th LS Conferences 7th (No School) Field Trip- CCFB 10th Field Trip- Colonial Plantation 17th Family Meeting for Worship 24th No school 26-28th (Thanksgiving holiday)
Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving
1 cup of Friendly Words 2 Heaping cups of Understanding 4 Full Tablespoons of Time and Patience Pinch of Warm Personality Dash of Humor
Measure words carefully. Add heaping cups of understanding; use generous amounts of time and patience. Cook low~ don't boil. Add humor and warm personality. Season to taste with spice of life! Serve in individual molds.
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