Elementary 1 Newsletter
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 1st: Tuition Due for some families & 1st month’s tuition for children moving up to the next level*
May 10th: Middle School Transition Night/ Open House**
May 17th: Mother’s Tea, 1 pm basement
May 19th: Spring Fling @ Forrest Park, 1:30-4:30pm
May 23rd: 3rd, 6th, & 8th grade graduations, 1pm
May 28th-31st: Scholastic Book Fair in Middle School
May 27th: No School, Memorial Day
May 30th: Kindergarten Graduation, 6:30 pm
May 31st: Last Day of School, Noon Dismissal (NO Aftercare)
*Tuition and After Care balances are due on Thursday, May 30, upon pickup of your child. If you have a question concerning your balance, feel free to contact the school, and we would be happy to send home an itemized list of dues that need to be settled. Inquiries can be made over the phone or e-mailed to email@example.com.
**Teenagers! First, we want to hug and protect them then we want to throw them out of the house! Living with an adolescent is no walk in the park. If we are going through this turmoil as parents, imagine what they are living. So…
We would like to invite you to Middle School transition night to show you how we meet the developmental needs of teenagers, academically, personally, and socially.
In the Classroom
This month will be very busy as we wrap up another year. There will be the Spring Fling to look forward to as well as our Mother’s Day Tea. Graduation is another special event which honors the 3rd graders in our class before they make the transition to the Elementary 2 class next year. Then, on the last day of school we gather at Cook Creek Park for an end of the year picnic.
Our curriculum highlights will include a study of Australia. The children will learn about its geography, history, and culture through map work, art, and research. They will also do some writing about Australian animals and learn about the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, they will experience a taste of Australia by making damper, a kind of bread eaten in Australia.
The students have planted seeds in the greenhouse in anticipation of transplanting some in the garden. This coincides with our botany curriculum this month as the children review the parts of a plant, their functions and the life cycle of the plant.
The children will also continue writing poetry. They will experiment with writing haiku and shape poems.
End of the Year Items
We will soon be putting together your child’s portfolio for this past year. If your child is new to the classroom you do not need to do anything. We provide the portfolio notebook for your child. However, if your child is a 2nd or 3rd year student who was in the classroom last year, we need you to return their portfolio. The 3rd year students will be given their portfolio at graduation and the rest of the class will receive theirs the last week of school.
The Terra Nova test results are in for the 2nd and 3rd year students. You are welcome to stop in and pick them up. If you would like to discuss anything, please e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) us to schedule a time. In addition, if you would like an end of the year conference, please feel free to contact us as well.
All library books will need to be returned before the end of the year.
We would like to thank all of you for your generous help this year. We appreciate your help with field trips, listening to readers, library, and special events such as Taste of the World. You make our job much easier!
Have a great summer!