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“Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” Leviticus 19:2.

Integrated Units: Bears, Nutrition A Closer Look… Jesus Time: Changes In our classroom study of God‟s love, we will be learning about changes. Change can be a good or bad thing, but change is inevitable. We will learn about the changes Jesus makes in people‟s lives, both physically and spiritually. The greatest change He makes in us is from sinner to saint as He takes away our sins and makes us people of God. This change happens by faith in Christ‟s death on the cross and resurrection at Easter, offering us eternal life in Him. Here are a few thoughts that can make a big change in any family: 1. Talk to your child about Jesus! 2. Talk to Jesus about your child! 3. Always remember with confidence that Jesus‟ love for us never changes. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Blessings, Miss Stellwagen Prayers:  Thanksgiving for the friendships that continue to grow at school. May we be reminded of our greatest friend, Jesus, who teaches us the best qualities of friendship: forgiveness and love.

Reading/Literacy Centers Concept question: What is changing in our world? and What do we treasure? Phonics— r-Controlled ar, er, ir, ur Grammar- Adjectives Inflected endings: -ed, -ing Verbs for Now and the Past Contractions „s, „ve, „re Contractions with Not Long a: ai, ay Long e: ea Possessives Comprehension— Cause and Effect Theme Plot Sequence

Writing Editing—editing symbols and their meanings, checking your own work

Handwriting  Correctly using writing lines for tall and short letters.  When completing the Wednesday handwriting homework, make sure your child is forming his/her letters starting from the top and going downward. Also, please make sure your child is taking his/her time doing the pages. They do their best work when they slow down and concentrate!

Mathematics During the next few weeks, our math class will be learning and practicing addition and subtraction facts to 12. Vocabulary addend each of the numbers added in an addition problem related facts addition and subtraction facts that use the same numbers (ex. 7+3=10, 10-3=7) fact family related addition and subtraction facts that use the same numbers (ex. 4+5=9, 5+4=9) QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

*We’ve learned how to play Card Tournament Addition and will be learning Make Ten Slapjack to practice addition facts. If you would like to play these games with your child at home, see if he/she can explain how to play. Otherwise, I’d be happy to show you! (You’ll need a deck of card with the face cards removed, but can leave the aces.)

Science Nutrition Our class will be learning that God gave us our bodies to be instruments for his glory (Romans 6:13). We‟ll be learning how to take care of our bodies, as well as the importance of staying healthy and strong to live energetic lives for the glory of God. We‟ll be going on a behind the scenes nutrition field trip to Trader Joe‟s on Thursday, February 25 th at 9:00AM. A permission slip and drivers request form will be coming to you soon. February is Dental Health Month! A dental hygienist from Dr. Carlson‟s office in Wheaton will be visiting on Wednesday, February 10th to teach us about tooth nutrition, and how to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile! QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

Physical Science States of Matter: Objectives1. To explore Earth‟s three most common states of matter. 2. To explore how matter can change from one state to another. Bonds: Objective1. To explore how the bonds between atoms hold things together.

Bears We‟ll be studying bears in many different ways. Some of the concepts and skills practiced during this unit are listed below: Listening and Comprehension Skills Math Skills: measurement and graphing Science Concepts: eight types of bears and their habitat, science vocabulary Literature: non-fiction and fiction books QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

Teddy Bear Day We‟ll be reading and doing many activities with the classic story Corduroy by Don Freeman. In honor of the story, the 1st graders will be celebrating Teddy Bear Day on Friday, February 26th. Each child needs to bring a teddy bear from home to spend the day with us. We‟ll be making graphs using our teddy bears by sorting them according to size, color, type, etc. We‟ll compare teddy bears and real bears in a Venn diagram, play a teddy graham estimation game, and writing about our Teddy Bear Day. We‟ll learn about Teddy Roosevelt and why teddy bears were named after him. We‟ll also read the book The First Teddy Bear by Helen Kay. There will be a special teddy bear homework assignment as well.

ESSE Center Visit We‟ll be visiting the ESSE Center on February 18th at 10AM. The K/1 class will perform a rhythm band and sing songs with the people there. Permission slips and driving request forms will be coming to you soon. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

Ash Wednesday The Preschool through 2nd Grade children will be gathering in the sanctuary on February 17th at 8:45 AM for a special Ash Wednesday service. Parents are welcome to sit with their children during the service on that day.

100 Day! It‟s hard to believe that the 100th day of school is coming up! We will celebrate the 100 Day on Tuesday, February 9th. This day is much more than another reason to have a celebration, it‟s a valuable learning experience. It‟s very important for children to develop an understanding of 100, beyond it being “a really big number”. We‟ll be doing 100 math problems, flipping coins/rolling dice and collecting the data 100 times, writing 100 words, writing about what we would do if we had 100 dollars, etc. We‟ll even be having 100 Day Olympics during PE and seeing how much exercising is possible in 100 seconds. For our class project and snack, I‟m asking that each child bring in 100 small pieces of food, such as Cheerios, pretzels, crackers, raisins, or anything that can be used in making trail mix. I‟d like for your child to count out the 100 pieces of food at home by counting by ones and skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s (making rows of 2, 5, and 10 before counting aloud). We‟re just learning how to count by 3s, and you are welcome to try that as well. Please remember to wash hands before counting!  We will be taking everyone‟s 100 collection of food and mixing it together for a 100 Day snack. Please bring food on Tuesday, February 10th in a container or Ziplock bag. Thank you!