Friday, September 25, 2015

Week 8 September 28-October 2

September 28, 2015

Dear Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! We have important information on this blog so please check every Monday and read through everything. 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION - Technology nowadays provides all of us with wonderful ways to stay connected and informed, and we appreciate how our parents use technology to stay involved and updated of what goes on in first grade. 
We would like to ask our parents to use individual whatsapp or email messages to communicate with us (Ms. Grace, Ms. Colette and/or Ms. Giselle) if there is a question or comment that needs to be made. The first grade whatsapp group is a support group for parents, and we feel that as teachers we need to use other ways of specific and individual communication. That is why you will probably not see many responses from us in this group.
If we need to send a message to all parents, we will be doing so by email or broadcast in whatsapp.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

TECNOLOGIA Y COMUNICACION -  La tecnología de hoy en día nos ofrece la oportunidad de mantenernos conectados e informados, y estamos agradecidos con nuestros padres de familia por utilizar la tecnología para mantenerse al corriente de las actividades de primer grado.
Quisiéramos solicitarles a nuestros padres que por favor utilicen mensajes individuales de whatsapp o correo electrónico para comunicarse con nosotros (Ms. Grace, Ms. Colette y/o Ms. Giselle) si tienen alguna duda o comentario. El grupo de whatsapp de primer grado es un grupo de apoyo para los padres de familia, y creemos que como maestras podemos utilizar otros canales más específicos e individuales para la comunicación.

Si necesitamos enviar un mensaje para todos ustedes, lo haremos utilizando un correo electrónico, o mensaje por whatsapp. Agradecemos su comprensión en este asunto. 

The October Holidays will be from October 7th to October 9th! Therefore, there will be no school on Oct. 7th, 8th, and 9th; school will resume on October 12th. 

Please make sure to look at the folders (Homework and French), take out any papers (unless indicated otherwise) and keep them at home. Then return the folder the following day.

Starting this week, because the students will be working in their French workbook, the french folders will not be sent home every week. 

Language Arts

Working With Words:  Students will be reviewing all the word wall words we have studied up to this point through various activities and chants. The spelling challenge will be on Friday. 
New words are: many, them, then, these, so

Reading- This week your child will be reading The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin. This will carry over to our writing as well. 

Writing- Your child will be writing an opinion piece regarding The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat and their favorite part. For the opinion piece, they will introduce the topic they are writing about, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

Math- This week, your child will continue and develop their skills in subtraction. There are IXL skills we have added to the bottom of the blog. Your child is NOT required to do them. However, it’s a wonderful way to get some extra practice.

Social StudiesWe will be creating a model of the landforms and bodies of water that they are learning; specific to Honduras or any other actual landforms and bodies of water. 

IXL skills for Ch.2: D.1, D.2, D.4, D.6,D.7, D.8,D.9,D.11, D.15

  • Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in the Reading Log
  • Social Studies-  Cut and Paste Landforms and Bodies of Water 

  • Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in the Reading Log
  • WWW- List 55-60 worksheet 

  • Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in the Reading Log
  • Español- worksheet

  • Reading- read for 10 minutes and fill in the Reading Log
  • WWW- Matching rhyming words worksheet

A)   Movie Morning FunThe DPTO will be showing Hotel Transylvania 2 at Novacentro this Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. The movie will be shown in English! Tickets are very limited! They will be first sold during the General Assembly this Saturday, and the following week. The price of each ticket is Lps. 250 and includes entrance to the movie and your choice of combos of popcorn and drink, hot dog and drink, or nachos and drink. For information email us at

B)    UN Day Preparations- The DPTO has begun preparations for our school UN DAY celebration on Friday, October 30, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. All school families are invited to participate and represent their country of origin. If you have a typical outfit from your country, and would like to participate in the annual showcase, please contact Carolina Villareal or Miriam Salgado

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 – We want to remind our parents that this Friday is an early dismissal day (11:45 a.m.) for our students. We will be following A.M. Schedule.

CHRISTIMAS BAZAAR- LOOKING FOR VENDORS- Discovery’s Helping Hands Club, a community service club that benefits the children of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage will be having a Christmas Bazaar.  Interested vendors should email,

HELPING HANDS- COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB- Sunday, October 4th will be out next visit to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage.  The club is open to all Discovery families and Secondary students.  Secondary students should attend the meeting on Tuesday, September 29th at lunch in Mrs. Agurcia’s Room (Rm. 7).  Anyone else interested in joining us can email Mrs. Agurcia at

CHANGES IN THE OCTOBER HOLIDAYS – We have received official word that a decree was issued in Congress changing the October holidays to October 7, 8, and 9. We will be complying and changing the holidays.
We understand that some families may have purchased tickets for trips at the end of October, and we will be as accommodating as possible in helping our students with missed work. If this is the case, please contact the teachers and/or area coordinator to make the arrangements for makeup work and content.

ADVANCED EXTERNAL REVIEW TEAM VISIT -- The school continues preparing for the AdvancED team visit October 18-22. The team has invited all parents for a meeting on Tuesday, October 20, from 2:15 to 3:15. The Early Childhood and Elementary parents will meet in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, and the Middle and High School Parents will meet in Community Information Center. Please mark your calendars/agendas if you are interested in coming and being a part of this accreditation process.

SCHOOL CAFETERIA – please check out the weekly menus and other delicious news by visiting the school cafeteria blog at

Important Dates Coming Up:

Saturday, October 3           DPTO Movie @ Novacentro “Transylvania 2” @ 10:30 a.m.
October 7, 8, 9                   NO SCHOOL - Government Holiday
Monday, October 12          Narratives Special Teachers Due on the Server by 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13          Narratives Homeroom Teachers Due on the Server by 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14     Grades Special Teachers Due on the Server by 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15        Grades Homeroom Teachers Due on the Server by 3:30 p.m.
October 18 – 22                 ADVANCED  REACCREDITATION  VISIT
October 23                          Student Led Conferences
October 30                          UN Day Celebration; Early Dismissal (11:45 a.m.) P.M. Schedule

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