Newsletter 27: Week of April 15

Week Overview

It was a great week back! We are in the home stretch of our school year! In the spring it is so exciting to think back on how far your kids have come. We have a lot of exciting learning opportunities coming up in the next couple months! Now if we can only get the weather to cooperate. 🙂

Important Dates

April 19: Full-day field trip to Critter Barn (Please see note below.)

May 4: Pen Pal Pizza Party (See note in writing workshop section below)

June 6: Field trip to Farmers Market


  • Critter Barn: This week I sent a letter with some details about our trip. Please see the same details below:What about 1/2 day students? If your child normally leaves before lunch on Thursdays they are welcome to join us for the full day on the 19th. If this is a problem, please let me know and we can make other arrangements.

    What’s the plan for lunch?  We are going to be at the Critter Barn all day, so you will need to pack your child a lunch to eat. To make lunch the easiest we can, it would be helpful if you sent your child’s lunch in a sack that can be thrown away at the Critter Barn. Keeping track of lunch boxes could be tricky. We will have a large cooler or bag to keep the lunches in so please label your child’s lunch. Also, it may be best to pack foods that do not need to be kept cold. Please pack a juice box or plastic water bottle for a drink.

    What should my child wear? The Critter Barn does not cancel for rain so please dress your child appropriately. I would suggest either boots or old shoes and clothes that could get a little dirty. We will spend time both indoors and outdoors.

    What’s the plan in the afternoon? Weather permitting, we will spend some time at Lawrence Street Park right in Zeeland. We will be back to school by 3:15 in time for the bus and pick up.


Bible: We finished our Easter timeline and celebrated Jesus’ resurrection together. Your kids are doing a great job practicing their Bible verse!

“El ángel dijo a las mujeres: -No tengan miedo; sé que ustedes buscan a Jesús, él que fue crucificado. No está aquí, pues ha resucitado, tal como dijo. Vengan a ver el lugar donde lo pusieron.” Mateo 28:5-6

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6

Literacy: This week we talked about the verb estar, to be, and how to use it to describe where someone or something is. We had fun working with a friend to move Beanie Babies around the classroom and try to explain where the animal was.

  • Reading strategy: Inferring
  • Read aloud: El Hallazgo de Franklin
  • Vocabulary words
    • la cámara (camera)
    • el camino (path)
    • la fotografiía (photos)
    • el parque (park)
    • las llaves (keys)
  • Word wall word: hola (hello)
  • Phrase of the week: ¿Hacemos fila?
  • Letter of the week: Hh

Math: We started new spring-themed math centers this week! During math centers time I’m leading small groups of students through our unit 3 test and the kids are doing awesome!

Writing Workshop: We had fun writing small moments stories about our spring break experiences! We also received our first letters from our secret pen pals!

On Friday we wrote our first response to our pen pals. The kids were really excited! Each child is paired with someone in Maestra Zondervan’s class. On May 4 the kids will get to meet their pen pals and we’ll have a special homemade pizza party. Please don’t say anything to your child about who their pen pal is. if you’re interested in helping on our pizza party pen pal day or sending in pizza ingredients, I’d really appreciate it please! This week I’ll send a SignUp Genius with those opportunities.

Exploring God’s World: We finished our classroom book on living things. Each child created two pages of our book- one about a living thing and another about a non-living thing.

Up in Lights: Clara was up in lights this week! She has big dreams of being a school teacher. She brought her chickens to school with her! We also got to celebrate her birthday. Thank you for the yummy brownies, Clara! It was an exciting morning! 

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