|First Grade with Mrs. Arce||
Welcome Butterflies! Last week, our painted lady butterflies emerged from their chrysalises as healthy, adult butterflies. This week, we will be observing these creatures and comparing them to their younger selves. If we are lucky, we will also get to observe butterfly mating behaviors and celebrate the eggs they might leave us before we release them next week. They love eating fresh fruits, feel free to send us a slice of something tasty with your child's snack!
Spring time is a wonderful time to get out of our classroom and explore the world. As a result, we have planned several field trips this spring. If you are interested in chaperoning any or all of these events, please let me know. I will do my best to accommodate as many parents as possible. Thanks!
May 10th- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (all day)
May 14th- Field Day (half day)
May 20th- Spotlight Writing Performance (morning half day)
May 21st- Arlington Heights Historical Museum/Library Visit (all day)
Westgate students will be taking their Spring MAP test during these next two weeks. Our class will take our Reading test on the afternoon of Monday, April 22. We will take our Math test on the morning of Monday, April 29th. Please give your child every opportuntity to excel. Please help them get a good night's sleep, eat a strong breakfast, and bring an afternoon snack. If your child is anxious about these tests, please let me know and I will help them work through their anxiety as much as possible. Contact me with any questions!
Goldstein Class Curriculum Snapshot
Who: All Friends and Family are Welcome.
*Young siblings may find our writing too challenging. Please plan accordingly.
What: Come join our classroom as a student! Be prepared to learn a little more about the art of writing as you experience our Spotlight Writing Program presented by Metropolis Theater. Expect to be treated as a student and participate in our activities. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!
Where: Our classroom, room 165
When: Wednesday, April 24th, from 9:10-10:00 AM
We look forward to seeing you there!
Don't forget to check out our latest classroom newsletter under the Classroom Tidbits tab. It shares details about our upcoming math, science, and writing units as well as highlights key upcoming dates. Enjoy!
A Word About Placement and Parent Information from the Principal…
After reading a few parent placement letters I think it important to share a little about the IS (Integrated Services) program housed at Westgate. The IS program offers a rich and diverse learning environment for all children. It is truly a unique program that is not found in many public school districts. Independent of the IS program, a typical public school environment offers children and families the opportunity to interact with a variety of people, abilities, and values. More importantly, the IS/ Buddy Class relationship offers students an opportunity to strengthen empathy, resilience, and perseverance. The IS program is an integral part of the Westgate community.
Westgate houses the district’s self-contained special education program for grades one through five, and uses an integrated model. Identified special education students are placed in the IS classroom at each grade-level. Students in the IS classroom have IEP (Individual Education Plans) and receive special education services. The IS classroom integrates with a Buddy classroom (a general education classroom) to form a unique community of learners. The IS and Buddy classroom relationship offers inclusive services for students with special needs and the opportunity to provide a diverse learning environment for all students. This classroom configuration also increases the number of teaching professionals within a classroom setting which benefits all students.
The IS program has been a part of the Westgate community for over 10 years. We are fortunate to “house” this unique program that contributes to our diverse learning environment. Students in both the IS and Buddy classrooms learn through activities, situations, and each other. The social components and differentiated instruction benefits students in both the IS Classroom and Buddy Classroom. Parents may not “opt” out of a Buddy Class. However, individual consideration is given to students who previously participated in a Buddy classroom. As a school community, our goal is to support diversity, celebrate the gifts of all children, and nurture diverse learning environments that prepare children for their future.
Please remember that parent information will play a part in the placement process. Similarly, teacher and staff recommendations will play a significant role within the placement process. As in the past, using a variety of information about a child, we will create diverse learning cohorts.
We thank you in advance for your support,