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Friday, June 3rd

This will be our FINAL newsletter of the year.  Lots of fun this week as we had a school wide pep rally/assembly.  We also had our Elementary SLO Assembly this morning led by Ms. Harvey and Ms. AC.  And, the Senior Parade was today!  We had another busy week learning, too, as we wrote our last writing assessment and took our final math assessment.  Overall, Grade 1 did very well on both assessments.  Here’s what happened in the classroom:

Readers Workshop:

– We learned to group our books by lessons.
– As experts who have read hundreds of books this year we learned to make recommendations.  We also gave reasons why others should read the book.
– We reviewed good habits when reading with a partner.

Writers Workshop:

– We took our final Writing Assessments for the year.
– Writers were encouraged to use patterns in their stories.  She likes chicken.  She likes pizza.  She likes _________.
– We made a list of our Writing Super Powers and found evidence in our writing of all the great things we’re doing.
– Writers were challenged to try and do something new in their writing.

Science:

– We have finished with the patterns of day and night, as well as the seasons so we brainstormed some different topics to cover these final 2 weeks.
– Here are a list of ideas the students came up with:
– Unusual animals, different materials, constellations, baking, how we’re born, explosions, trees, buildings, science of making a video game, cars, dogs, turtles, people on Earth, foods, and body parts.
– This week we’ll focus on unusual animals, constellations, and if time permits, baking.

Math:

– We learned more strategies to add a pair of 2 digit numbers.
– We took our final Math Assessments for the year.
– We reviewed coins and learned how to identify coins by image, name, and value.
If you have made it this far and are still here, thank you for all of your support this year!  Much like our students, I am continually trying to find ways to improve as a teacher.  If you have any feedback or constructive criticism you would like to share that you think would be beneficial for all students, please send me a message.

Also, if you would like any materials to help with writing this summer, please let me know and I would be happy to print off a few different papers you could make copies of at home.

Together, Everyone Achieves More and that is something I truly believe we did this year!
T.E.A.M. First

Please remember students should wear their PE clothes and PE appropriate shoes on PE days. Even if PE is on a Friday (which is normally casual dress day) students still need to wear their PE uniform.

Snacktime Reminder

Students perform better when they have good food in their bodies. Please try to send your student with a simple, healthy snack that they can enjoy in the afternoon.  This extra nutrition can help their brains and bodies do their best in the late afternoon and during after school activities.

Picking good fit books

Students will use this strategy for picking good fit books from our classroom library or “Book Nook”. This will ensure that they are reading a book that will challenge them, but not to the point of frustration.

I PICK:

I look over the book inside and out

Purpose – Students should ask themselves why they are reading a book.

Interest- Students should ask themselves whether they are interested in a topic, author, or theme.

Comprehension – Students should ask themselves if they can understand the meaning of the text.

Know – Students should ask themselves if they know MOST (95%+) of the words.

Helpful Resources

Bloomz  is where I will update parents on what’s going on in the classroom.  It’s a great place to see many photos and videos throughout the year so you can get a look inside our classroom.

Raz-Kids is where students will be reading each night. Students can read a story, listen to a story and answer questions about a story. Ideally students should do all 3 for at least one story a night.

Log in information coming soon.

Sumdog is a fun math game site. Students can practice their math skills while playing games, earning points, and competing against friends.

Log in information coming soon.

GoNoodle’s movement videos and games help to keep us moving inside the classroom. It makes it easy to be active, the kid way – silly, energetic, playful, and fun!

Counting by 1’s

Common core standard: Extend the counting sequence (Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120).

Counting down

We’ve been practicing counting down in preparation for subtraction.

Counting by 2’s

Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20 (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

Adding

Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20.

Place Value

Common Core Standard: Understand place value

Phonics

Phonics are the building blocks for literacy so we like to review with these videos.

Common core standard: Phonological Awareness

Sight word playlist

English Language Learners

These videos are for students that are just beginning to learn English.

Emotions

Classroom Vocabulary

Actions Words 1

Action Words 2

House Vocabulary

“T.E.A.M. FIRST”

Greetings Parents and Caregivers, 

I hope you are as excited as I am about the start of school!  I expect this to be a great year, with lots of adventures, success, hard work, fun, a ton of learning, and memories!

First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Justin Cassel.  This will be my second year teaching at BFS and my seventh year in the classroom.  My passion for teaching is found in young learners as I love their enthusiasm and excitement!  I am joined in Busan by my lovely wife Rebecca, and our 2 year old twins, Hana and Everett.  

Here are a few ideas for a smooth transition and to help prepare your child for the first day of school:

  • Watch the BFS safety video 
  • Speak with your child about his/her hopes and learning goals for this year.  What do they hope 1st grade is like?  What are a few things they would like to learn this year?
  • Try to get your child a good night’s sleep so s/he is well rested!
  • Try to have your child wear a mask at home so s/he is prepared for the start of the school year.  

With Covid, there is a lot of uncertainty.  Please know that I am here to support both you and your child whether we are learning in school or virtually!  I look forward to learning together with you and your child this year! As a team, we can do great things! 

 

Together Everyone Achieves More,

Mr. Cassel 

Mr. Cassel’s email: jcassel@bfs.or.kr

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