Thank you for attending our first parent evening in first grade! It was good to see everyone again after our long summer break. And congratulations to our newly elected parent representatives Isabel and Amelie on the German side and Nathan and William on the American side and to our class treasurer Alina. Thank you again for volunteering and helping out with our class business!
The JFKS FUN RUN is coming up this Friday. All first grade classes will run at 10:10 for half an hour and will be cheered on by the other grades from elementary school. If you have time, you are welcome to join us at this event! All JFKS students will be outside at our track, running and cheering. It is a fun way of building our school community. We will only have Mother Tongue class for the first period on Friday. The students will stay in their homeroom for the second period, where they will change into their sports clothes and shoes, before we head over to the field at 9:50 for our running event. Also, students can already come to school on Friday in their sports clothes and running shoes / sneakers. Please make sure they have layers in case of colder weather, and a sweat jacket they can run in or they can put back on after their run. I have only received one runner's card back, so please send the others back by Tuesday so they can be collected by the Verein. And remember, the students are very motivated and will run between 5-10 rounds, so don't be fooled by their young age!
Also, we have decided to go to Domäne Dahlem for our potato harvest, which we will do together with Martina's class on October 4th. The bus fare seemed to be horrendous, which is why we decided on the closer venue, which we can reach by BVG. I will look into getting an annual BVG class ticket we can use for all students in our class for the whole school year. I will let you know about the cost of such a ticket, I think it will be around €8 per student. At Domäne Dahlem we will learn about the potato plant, and each student will get the opportunity to harvest their own potatoes. We will bring them back to school and we plan to cook potato soup together in the Hort kitchen as a little project the next day. If you would like to join us for the excursion, please let me know. I will be needing two helpers for the potato harvest excursion and maybe one helper the next day to help out during our cooking event.
Last week we took a closer look at sunflowers, we took apart a big plant, we named the parts of it in both languages, looked at the sunflower seeds, learned what is made from them, had a tasting and learned about other seeds that are also harvested in fall. Also, ask your children why young sunflowers turn to follow the sun. Then the students drew sunflowers in their science Forscherheft and labeled the parts of the plant in both languages. They already have a good time writing words and deciphering them in German and English.
This week we will finish our sunflower unit and start talking about apples; we will have an apple tasting and graph our findings, and since the students loved it so much last year, they will get the opportunity to chop apples and make some homemade apple sauce.
Then I need some supplies for art! Please send in old newspapers (the bigger ones like SZ / Die Zeit / FAZ cover more space) for our art projects; I am also looking for larger Quark or yoghurt containers for our various painting activities. This week, the students will finally get the opportunity to work with their watercolors. Most of them couldn't wait to try them out.
Parent Potluck: We are looking for a volunteer to open their home to host the fall Parent Potluck. Start thinking about whether this is something you are interested in hosting!
Excursion to Domäne Dahlem on Wednesday, October 4th.
Excursion to the Allied Museum tba
Thanksgiving Lunch: We are looking for a volunteer who is willing to host the Thanksgiving Lunch this year. The elected parent reps will help organize the event and you will be supported by other parent volunteers.
Christmas Gingerbread Man Baking: Last year was cookies, this year is gingerbread men! We need your help baking and preparing the dough!
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