First Grade with Jennifer and Matt

Week of February 2, 2018 in Room 20

on February 10, 2018

Dear Families and Friends of 1JM,

We hope you have had a wonderful week.  The students in 1JM have spent the week sharing thoughtful insights and messages about peace, and engaging in meaningful discussions around the School’s Peace Week theme of “seeking refuge”.  We hope these relevant and reflective conversations continue to take place between you and your children.

As you are aware, a number of our students are sick with the flu.  We wish them a very speedy recovery, and we hope the precautions you are continuing to take will serve as effective preventive measures.

Have a very peaceful and happy weekend.

Jennifer and Matt

Important Dates:

Thursday, February 15th and Friday, February 16th — Parent Conferences (No Classes)

Monday, February 19th — Presidents’ Day (No School)

Tuesday, February 20th — Teacher Professional Development Day (No Classes)




Drafting landscape-inspired structures, one step of the culminating activity in the Zaha Hadid unit in the Artist of the Month Curriculum.

Creating clay models of our landscape-inspired structures. This is a space station.


Identifying and color-coding words that follow rules we have learned.


Reviewing digraphs and vowel teams.

Taking dictation on whiteboards.


Monica Math – Odds and Evens game.

Monica reads ROOSTER’S OFF TO SEE THE WORLD, by Eric Carle, as an introduction to the “How Many Feet?” activity.

1JM is working on number bonds.

Playing a “Doubles” game on the SmartBoard.


Paula presents 1JM’s Artist of the Month, Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama KWL Chart: What does 1JM know and want to know about Yayoi Kusama…

…and what will we learn after reading YAYOI KUSAMA: FROM HERE TO INFINITY, by Sarah Suzuki?


Wendy reads IF PEACE IS…, by Jane Baskwell, in honor of Peace Week.

1JM completes the thought, “Peace is…”

We read THE ENEMY: A BOOK ABOUT PEACE, by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch.



Creating stone artwork inspired by the artist Nizar Ali Badr and the School’s Peace Week theme of “seeking refuge”.


“Seeking Refuge: A Mother Carrying Her Baby,” by 1JM


Having snack.

1JM’s Friday afternoon Compliment Circle.

Zoe shares her great-great grandfather’s story of seeking refuge.










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