Sunday, April 16, 2017




This week we discussed one of the properties of how light interacts with materials:  some materials allow light to pass through them (“transparent,” or see-through), others do not (“opaque”), while others are only “kind of” see-through (translucent). We talked about how glass is an especially important material which enables us to have windows in our homes, windshields on our cars, eyeglasses, and more.  One thing you can do to further encourage your child’s curiosity about this topic is to look together to find examples of translucent and transparent materials in your home. 

The first graders made paper stained glass butterflies or flowers.  We displayed them in our classroom windows.  

The first graders learned about telling time to the half hour.  There will be math homework on Monday and Tuesday.  The 1st graders will take the Unit 8 math test on Thursday.  

The JDRF walk is Saturday, May 13th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  A big THANKS to Luke's mom for giving our class Team Luke t-shirts.  

Check out the link below for more information on the JDRF walk.  

  • Lesson 26 spelling test will be on Friday.
  • The first graders will take lesson 25 reading test on Monday.  
  • Fluency passages and paper books will be sent home on Monday.
  • Monday C Library/Technology, Tuesday A Art/Music, Wednesday B P.E., Thursday C Library/Technology  
  • Puppy Dog Relays are Wednesday, May 17th.  K-2 will be in the morning.  If you would like to volunteer, please let me know.
  • There will be a Destination Imagination Fundraiser  for the 5th grade team that made it to the Global Finals.  They will be going to Knoxville, Tennessee in May.   If you can, stop in the Van Meter Elementary lunchroom on Saturday, April 22nd from 8-10.  Enjoy breakfast comprised of breakfast burritos, fruit and pastries as you shop for Mother’s Day from several vendors, including:
  • Pampered Chef
    Tastefully Simple
    Park Lane
    LuLaRoe
    Young Living Essential Oils
    Thirty-One
    Scentsy
    Arbonne
    Your donations and purchases will go toward the 5th Grade Destination Imagination team as they travel to compete in Global Finals in Tennessee! We appreciate your support!


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