"A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." - George Santayana

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weekly Study Skills - 4.1

We hope you are enjoying a nice long weekend!  This week we will not have a spelling test.  We will spend the week focusing on informative writing and reviewing the skills from last week's story, "Mama's Birthday Present."  We will have a new list of spelling words for next week.  In math this week we will be comparing numbers on a number line, and using the <,  >, and = symbols.  In science we will be talking about soil and dental health.  Looking ahead to next week, remember we have parent teacher conferences on the 28th and 1st.  The 1st is an early out day for students, with no school on the 2nd.  We look forward to meeting with you!  Next week the PTA will also be kicking off our schoolwide read-a-thon, which is always a fun activity. Enjoy the day off today and make sure to ask your child what he/she learned about Washington and Lincoln!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Weekly Update

Remember our class Valentine party tomorrow afternoon! Thanks to our parent volunteers for putting together this fun party.  If your child is bringing valentines please have them write only their name - do not individually address each valentine. This makes them much easier to pass out!  There are 22 students in our class.  Friday the 16th is a teacher workday - no school for students.  Also remember Monday the 19th is a day off in honor of President's Day.  Enjoy the long weekend!  If you have not signed up yet for a parent-teacher conference, please visit the school website to find the link for the online scheduler.  We look forward to visiting with all of you on February 28th or March 1st.  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weekly Study Skills - Unit 3.6

Monday is our 100th day of school!  We will be doing some fun rotations to the other first grade classes to celebrate the day.  In math we will be taking a district-wide cumulative test on Friday.  We also have the Netsmartz assembly this week, to help the students learn some important internet safety tips. We are moving onto a new story and new spelling pattern this week.  Continue to review R-controlled vowels (ar, er, ir, or, ur) with your child since it is often very tricky to distinguish between these similar sounding patterns. Where Are My Animal Friends is a fun story that will introduce our students to Reader's Theater. This is a fun format in which students take turns reading from a "script." A couple of great books that parents can read with their children at home include the You Read To Me I'll Read To You series and Joyful Noise (for our more advanced readers). Check them out at your library or local bookstore! We are also excited to begin passing out our "Super Student Bucks" on Monday.  The students will be able to collect bucks for following directions and making good choices in class.  On Fridays they will be able to use their bucks to purchase fun rewards.  This will be strictly for positive reinforcement and will replace the clip chart.  Students will be given 2 opportunities to follow a teacher directive before a consequence is given.  The consequence will be minutes missed from recess, brain brain boosters, or other activities.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this new system.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Weekly Study Skills - Unit 3.5

Congratulations to our first graders!  They have been working hard and they did well on the benchmark testing last week.  We will go over these scores with you next month at Parent Teacher conferences.  In math this week we will continue to study place value (tens and ones). On Tuesday we are having a fun math enrichment activity with our school Educational Technology specialist!  On Friday we have show and tell (a job or responsibility you have at home) and we will do some fun activities for Groundhog Day.  Next week we will be celebrating our 100th day of school! Looking ahead to Valentine's Day - we will be having a class party, and students may pass out valentines to classmates if they would like.  We have 22 students in our class.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekly Study Skills - Unit 3.4

We hope you enjoyed a nice long weekend!  This week we will be starting Topic 8 in math, where we will focus on understanding place value.  Our winter benchmark testing will be on Thursday the 25th.  There may be changes to the reading intervention groups after the testing is completed.  Please send your child with all the necessary snow gear for recess!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekly Study Skills - Unit 3.3

We have a short week ahead of us!  There will be no school on Monday the 15th and Friday the 19th.  We hope you enjoy the days off.  Make sure to ask your child what he/she has learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Because of the short week the spelling test will be on Thursday.  We are finishing math topic 7 this week.  In science we will talk about ways that animal babies resemble their parents. As always please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weekly Study Skills - Unit 3.2

This week in language arts we will continue the theme of changes.  In math we are still working on Topic 7 - extending the counting sequence.  We have been looking at patterns as we count by tens and ones.  This week we will also continue to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during social studies.  The math computation portion of the winter benchmark testing will be given in class this week.  (The other tests will be given by district proctors on the 25th.  ) We are looking forward to Penguin Day this Friday!  We will be doing some fun activities during the day.  Students are encouraged to wear penguin colors (black, white, orange) if they would like.  Remember there will be no school on Monday, January 15 and Friday, January 19.