Friday, 10/8

Posted by Clarke McGibben on 10/11/2021

Hello First Grade Families,



1- Library check-out has changed. We now have our check-out on Friday’s. This is due to a new counselor joining our community and that schedule works closely with the library. Due to their availability, check-out changed. That means your child will bring new books home on Friday and they do not need to be returned until Friday. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility!

2- Special next week is PE. Please be sure your child has an extra pair of shoes for the gym and a water bottle.

3- On Wednesday next week, we will have Dacia Greigo, our Native American Education Specialist, join us for a reading!


This week, we spent time in our ELA and Math block learning about Indian Boarding Schools. Last week, on September 30th, was Orange Shirt Day, a day to remember and honor the indigenous children that were sent away to boarding schools in the US and Canada. We read a range of books including, “When I Was Eight,” and “Not My Girl,” both by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and “Shin-chi’s Canoe,” by Nicola I. Campbell. We collected data on how many schools were in each state and made a giant bar graph in math. We are beginning to discuss the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) of boarding schools and will be adding facts to our bar graph to educate others in our school. If you are interested in the curriculum, please check out and (search Orange Shirt Day). 


Also in ELA we have been working on our “Time to Sleep” unit. “Time to Sleep” is an informational text and we are working on using text to write facts, find information, and compare and contrast different animals. In writing, we’ve been studying short “o” words such as dog, hop, pot, etc. Our letters this week were w, j, r, and k. 


In math, we are studying number bonds. For example 5 + 2 = 7 and so does 2 + 5. Using dominos and connecting cubes are great visuals for this! We are also going back to the basics and are continuing to strengthen our number recognition and writing skills!


Please let me know if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend,

Ms. McGibben