It was wonderful to meet so many grandparents and relatives on Wednesday. I can clearly see how loved these children are when I watch their interactions! I continue to pray for your families that God continues to bless you as you share special experiences together.

The class did a wonderful job on last week’s memory verse and really wowed the grandparents! This week we will be making sure we have memorized the Pledge to the Christian Flag.

Penn Dixie trip next week. Please return permission slips and indicate if you can drive. Please remember that we need booster seats and bagged lunches!

Math: Topic 2

Social Studies: Being a good citizen

Science: Observation and learning about data collecting/research
This week we were Panda scientists. Check out the zoocams at different zoos around our nation! We used the Panda cam at the National Zoo!

Class News 1&2 10.6

Please see the permission slip and important information concerning Penn Dixie field trip on 10/20. If your family is interested, Penn Dixie has a special event tomorrow, 10/7. This 9-4 FREE earth science event is a terrific way for your family to explore Penn Dixie and check out our field trip site! Please use our field trip guideline recommendations to help keep your family safe and to enjoy the experience! Hope to see you there!

Our Spelling list for next week will focus on beginning and end blends: flip, slip, chip, ship, flop, slop, plop, drop, drip, trip, and Bonus word: clap

Memory Work for 10/11: Matthew 6:8 Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
We will recite this on Wednesday for Grandparents/guests. Please help us memorize this using the sign language worksheet.

Class News 1&2 9.29

Memory Work: The Trinity Pledge

ELA:
As a class, we are reading the book, Freckle Juice by Judy Blume. We will finish this funny adventure next week.
Grade 2 read, Not Norman
Grade 1 read, We live here
Handwriting-we are working hard on the zaner-bloser style of handwriting.
Spelling-We had a successful spelling week and everyone mastered the short a sound. Next week we will concentrate on the short e sounds: bed, red, shed, fed, led, fell, tell, shell, yes, sell, and bonus word-mess

Science:
Next Friday during Science investigation, we will learn about soap science and be working with bubbles. Please send in a hand towel to help clean up our suds.

This week we learned about eating a rainbow and about healthy choices during meals.

Penn Dixie Trip 10/20 9 am -2 pm

Class News 1&2 9.22

This week we celebrated Mrs. Schmidt’s birthday! Mrs. Schmidt teaches our Preschool 3yr. old program, assists with the Preschool 4yr. program, and teaches ELA to Grade 2. This SUPER TEACHER is a blessing to our school and class! She thanks all of our friends for celebrating her day by making cards.

Next week we will start using our Weekly Assignment sheet. On the back, you will see the weekly spelling words, memory work verse, and room for you to communicate with me, if needed. Students should keep this in their take home folder for daily reference.

Memory Work Verse: The Trinity Pledge
We, as children of God,promise by His grace, to do our best to love and respect, encourage each other, work diligently, and strive to glorify God in all we do, each and every day.

Spelling: short a
man, can, cat, hat, sat, nap, tap, had, bad, has and bonus word wag
Note: the second grade students will find this list easy/ They will be using this list to practice plurals,create new words using prefixes/suffixes, and learning to sort words in alphabetical order.

Did you know this year our school is undergoing accreditation? Our faculty and staff are working hard to bring you a quality program overflowing with God’s love. If you are interested in serving on a small group committee to assist with components, please see Ms. Harris. We would welcome the addition input.

A working copy of our schedule can be found in your child’s folder. This will give you a glimpse of what we are working on daily.

Math-I will grade and send home the Topic 1 lessons as a packet next week. Please remember that the Topic is the focus and the curriculum is designed to introduce your child to several approaches to gain mastery of each Topic. Additionally, I introduce manipulatives within our math learning centers that can help your child gain further understanding and practice their skills.

Dance Troupe-2nd grade girls interested in praising God through dance and worship can meet Ms. Harris afterschool on Wednesday, 9/27 from 3-4pm.

Our first field trip is confirmed and we will be carpooling to Penn Dixie on Friday, October 20th. Students will learn much about fossils before our actual trip. Each child is asked to bring in several tools that will assist us with this dig. A reminder flyer will be sent home next week to assist with packing for this fun field trip! (cinch sack, large plastic sand bucket with handle, small hammer, 3 gallon-sized Ziploc bags, garden trowel, and a clipboard) Permission forms will not be sent home until the first week in October however, I just wanted to give you advanced notice for your work schedules. It is $5 per child and $9 for an adult chaperone.

Sign Language: Ask your child to show you the following signs:
STOP, GO, yes, no, pay attention, talk, love, mom, dad, play, friends, talk, bathroom (toilet), help

Thank you for helping your child record their reading experiences on the monthly reading record. Reading Records are due next Friday.

Class News 1&2 9.15

Dear friends,
I hope your student is reporting great things about our class! I am continually impressed at how much the children absorb and reflect on the world around them. One of my favorite times is at the end of our day when we gather in prayer and discuss our prayer requests. We have some profound thinkers! I wanted to encourage you if you don’t have a set prayer time to make one with your child; they will really surprise you! At Trinity, a child’s spiritual growth is very important. I want to encourage you and thank you for sharing your precious child with me! Here are some of the prayers we pray regularly in our classroom:

Before snack: Our hands we fold, our heads we bow, for food and drink we thank thee now. AMEN

Before lunch: (Superman tune) Thank you God for giving us food. Thank you God for giving us food. For the food that we eat…and the food that we need… Thank you God, for giving us food. (And all God’s Super kids say: AMEN)

Before we leave: Before we go away, we bow our heads and pray, that God will safely keep us, until another day. AMEN

Pledge to the Christian Flag: I pledge allegiance to the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ, and to the faith for which it stands, one Savior; King eternal, with mercy and grace for all.

Trinity Christian School Pledge: We, as children of God, promise by HIS grace, to do our best to love and respect each other, encourage each other, work diligently, and strive to glorify God in all we do each and every day.

Religion: We started the booklet, Jesus Speaks to the People. When complete in approximately two weeks, this will be sent home for your review.

Science: We read the classic story: Germs make me Sick and completed a science experiment about germs using white bread. These results are recorded on a data sheet which we will place in our leaning portfolio when completed next week.

Math: Topic 1 Grade 1= Understanding Addition
Topic 1 Grade 2= Understanding Addition and Subtraction
In the take home folder is a review of addition and subtraction facts. Please review daily as it will greatly assist us with our speed and accuracy when completing our daily lessons.

Scholastic Book Orders were placed this week. I will notify you when they are in. Thank you for supporting our class literacy program!

If you have not done so, please return the classroom rules contract to be placed in the learning portfolio.

We hope to see you tonight at Trinity’s annual campout. We also hope you will consider joining us this Sunday at 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran were the children will offer their voices in praise as they sing, MY Lighthouse. Afterwards, there will be an ice cream social. Don’t forget your backpacks as there will also be a special backpack blessing during the service!

Class News 1&2 9.8

Welcome to Trinity Christian School’s First and Second grade! Through our website, I will update you weekly and give you the highlights of our week. You can also find important Memory Work verses, Spelling list words, and other pertinent information that your child will need for the following week. It is packed with information and I don’t want you to miss out so please take your time reading through it weekly. Often I will post a dress down day or something I need students to bring into the class for discovery and discussion. Please make sure you are continuing to receive these electronic communications and report any problems retrieving them.

Your child’s academic experience and their continuing growth are very important to me. I treasure the precious time we have together and look forward to assisting them with their spiritual growth, academic needs, and socialization skills. I know your child will feel successful this year!

I want to remain in great communication with you. Please feel free to contact me in the following ways:
email- charris@thinktrinitychristian.com

School phone- (716) 674-5353 [7:30am-4:00pm]

Home phone- (716)822-0984 [evenings after 5:30pm]

This week we worked on getting to know our classroom rules, procedures, and more about the Super Kids inside! We created a bulletin board about kindness and decorated our classroom door with special shirt tags. We discovered the essential tools that will help us this year like our math bags, learning portfolio, and stations.

Mrs Schmidt worked with the Second grade class in ELA reading a story about friendship and kindness. They are off to a terrific start!

Mrs. Anderson had our friends learning in PE on Thursday and Spanish and Music on Friday.

A finalized schedule will be sent home next week. Stay tuned for more news from our SUPER class!

Please remember that our classroom is peanut/tree nut free. A letter to explain this is in your child’s folder to give you further details.

Each month I will send home a Scholastic Book Order which is an optional opportunity for you to build your home library. The books include tax and shipping. If you are ordering books for surprises and rewards for your child’s excellent learning achievements, just send me a note so I don’t place the order in their backpacks to be sent home. I will sneak it to you another way! This September order can be placed online using our classroom code of LBGWD or by sending in cash or a check and I will place it through our classroom order on Wednesday, 9/13. When you order through the book club I earn bonus points which I use for your child’s birthday, Christmas gifts, and other class rewards. Thanks for your support with this!

Class News 1&2 6.9

WAIT…..WHAT?????? This is our LAST class news sharing time? šŸ™ Wrapping up our school year is NOT my favorite!

I cannot begin to express how proud I am of the student learning that has taken place this year. WOW! God is good! It’s very emotional writing this last letter-I love you all so much!

What terrific weather we had for our annual Camp Pioneer picnic. Thank you for joining us if you were able! We look forward to this special time every year! When we returned we were surprised to see our new playground being put in! It is wonderful! What a terrific blessing!

We celebrated several birthdays recently: Allison, Emma W. and Lilly! We pray that these girls continue to grow in God’s love.

On Friday we were able to witness the PreK graduation! We clapped hard for our special friends, Andrew (brother of Eleanor), and Eli(brother of Ethan). We pray that all our Trinity preschool friends remember that God loves them no matter where their next academic adventure is. We also pray that many of our new friends will consider remaining in our school. Would you please pray that prayer with me. We loved having them here and being able to remind them daily that they are a child of God.

Here are a few reminders for next week:
Monday-Last PE class. Please wear sneakers!

Tuesday Last Art class. Return outstanding library books/DVD’s!
After school is Dance Troupe practice from 3-4 pm. We will practice for Father’s Day performance in Chapel Wednesday and our Graduation performance on Thursday.

Wednesday-Donuts with Dad-We will dine on donuts at 8:30 am, then we will pray around the flagpole at 9am honoring Flag Day, then we will head to Chapel lead by the Anderson family. All are welcome, especially dads, uncles, and grandpas!
When we return from Chapel we will go to our next grade (Moving Up DAY!) We will meet our next teacher and learn about the new learning adventures we will embark on next year!
We will sign yearbooks after lunch. If your child did not purchase a yearbook or is sharing it with other siblings no worry! I will provide autograph pages for your children to participate in this special time.

Thursday-Closing Devotion and Award Chapel. EVERY student in my class will receive an award. Please join us at 8:45am. You may sign your student out immediately after. Then, please return at 6:45pm meeting downstairs in the church basement for our school graduation. Following graduation, head over to our classroom to pick up your report card and summer packet then to the gym for refreshments. Please bring a snack to share!

I hope you have a safe, adventurous, and memory-filled summer. Please consider allowing your child to send me a postcard about one of their adventures! Ms. Harris/51 Briarwood Dr./West Seneca, NY 14424

Thank you for sharing your child with me this school year. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and your family!

Class News 1&2 5.26

No Spelling List or Memory Work next week… read below to discover why…

Monday-No School
Tuesday-Zoo… Wear sunscreen. Bring a bag lunch and an extra drink (water). We will carpool at 9:20am. The zoo opens at 10.
Wednesday-Wear Sunscreen. Chapel (am) Walk-a-thon 12:30pm (after lunch) Please make sure your child has a water bottle.
Thursday-Art/PE
Friday-Field Day… Wear Sunscreen. Bring a bag lunch and an extra drink (water). The bus will leave at 8:30am. Early dismissal when we return at 1:30pm.

This week we finished the book, Night of the New Magicians, by Mary Pope Osborne.

Math-Grade 1 and 2 completed Topic 12 and have started Topic 13.
Gr. 1-Time (Wearing a watch will help us master this skill.)
Gr. 2-Counting Money (Practicing counting coins at home will help us with this skill.)

Science-How weather effects plants and animals, Water Cycle review, and Andy Parker’s weather machine assembly!

Class News 1&2 5.19

Memory Work: John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Spelling list for 5/26:
ply, plant, plaster, plot, plead, pluck, plow, plain, plug, plush, *playground*

Reading: We have started a new novel: The Night of the New Magicians, by Mary Pope Osborne
In this Magic Tree house adventure, Jack and Annie (and our class) will learn about Dr. Louis Pasteur, Mr. Thomas Edison, Mr. Alexander Graham Bell, and Mr. Gustav Eiffel. The class doesn’t know about this yet, so don’t spoil the ending, lol.

Grade 2 Biography book reports are due on Tuesday.
Reading Records for May are due on 5/31.

Science: This week we have been learning much about weather and the water cycle.
Keep charting our moon! I know it’s been hiding a bit….do your best!

We released our fluttery butterfly friends.

Our new study examines Tadpoles! Thank you Anderson family for enriching our life cycle unit!

Walk-A-Thon-Please join us if you are able and make this annual event more fun! We will start walking around 12:30pm on Thursday. Please return your pledge forms.

WE’RE GOING TO THE ZOO! May 30, 2017 Please see permission slip (purple) We will have a picnic lunch so please pack a 100% disposable lunch. I will have coolers for lunches. Please smather your child in sunblock and pack an extra water bottle. We are counting on great weather! We will learn much about animal habitats, ride the carousel, and have a picnic lunch. The cost is $7 for students and $9 for adults. I have free parking passes for any chaperones transporting our students! If you are attending and have a zoo membership, please let me know on your permission form.

Class News 1&2 5.12

Memory Work: Isaiah 40:31 Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Spelling:
fell, well, yell, sell, tell, jello, bells, hello, smell, shell, *trellis **caterpillar

Math-
Gr. 1-Topic 12-Length
Gr. 2-Topic 12-Geometry

Science: Our Caterpillars have emerged! We have 5 Painted Lady butterflies which we will release at the end of next week!

Next Topic: Weather of course!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so excited as Andy Parker makes this unit come alive with his weather machine on Monday, May 22nd. More details to follow! Once again, CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU for helping us vote! Our class voted every day & multiple times and I know you did also!

Don’t forget to record the MOON this month on the moon log. These will become part of your child’s learning portfolio.

Reading:
Grade 2 Book Projects (biography report/masks) are due on Tuesday, 5/23.
Reading Records are due on 5/31.

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for sharing your child with me this year! I love, love, LOVE being their teacher!

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