Monday, December 3, 2012

Patrica Polacco

Our author study for December will be over Patricia Polacco

December 3rd - 7th
Upcoming Events
12-12-12 Toys for Tots
12-21-12 Early Dismissal
             Holiday Party
        Sing a long

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Presentations

November 25th to 29th
Welcome Back!

Field Trip! We will go on our first field trip this Wednesday. We are going to the Children's Museum. Each class may take 1 chaperon. 

Reading: The children will spend the week reading poetry.We will introduce all types of poetry including traditional poetry, couplets, free verse, concrete poetry (shape), and acrostic poems. Our lessons will include the the importance of reading carefully all the way through the poem. Poems need to be read several times paying special attention to the punctuation at the ends of lines. If there is no punctuation, read through to the next line without stopping. Poems need to be read a loud, is there rhythm to the poem?
Questioning is our reading strategy this week.

Writing: Students will continue topic writing. We are learning to revise and edit our writing. The most important activity the students need to practice is reading what they wrote after they finish writing.Once they start reading their own writing revising and editing will make sense to them. Students will try poetry writing this week after we've consumed many poems.

November 19
Thanksgiving Presentations
Thank you so much for visiting our classrooms last Thursday! The students did a marvelous job presenting their projects. We certainly have very creative and talented students in first grade. The children enjoyed having time to play the games they created with their classmates. Scroll to the bottom to see one classroom playing the games.

We will not have a spelling test or homework this week. Students come to school Monday and Tuesday. We have our Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The first grade teachers hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Please practice counting and skip counting with your child. First graders should be able to skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Some classes play a game called, "Popcorn." Students form a circle and skip count. If a child does not know the number to say when it is his/her turn they sit down. On the next round when it is the turn for the child sitting down he/she yells, "Popcorn" jumps up and says the new number.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Projects This Thursday!

November 12th -16th

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday for the citizens of the United States. During this holiday we talk about how thankful we are that our country believes in freedom. In the United States you have the right to practice any religion. We do not want anyone to  hurt, tease, or force anyone else to follow a particular religion. Doing something like that would be considered bullying. We do not teach Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, we teach Thanksgiving as a freedom we've earned that allows all religious beliefs. 
       The children were given a project sheet the last week of October. An email was sent with a copy of the project sheet for any parent that did not receive the hard copy, or misplaced it. The projects are due this Thursday, November 15th. Everyone is invited to come to the classroom at 8:15 a.m. to watch the presentations. Please make sure your cell phones are off. If you plan to leave after your child presents, please sit in the back near the door so that no one's feelings are hurt when you get up and leave.

On Wednesday the kids will go to the gym and participate in a gallery walk to view all the amazing science fair projects. They will observe the scientific process in action. This is a great time for students to learn about how science is part of our everyday life.  Most importantly the children get to look for their brother, sister, friend, or neighbor's work and say,"Look at what my sister did, isn't it great!"

Our library resource page has many sites for students to use. Students should be using the Thanksgiving sites to help with their research for their project. The library resource page has many more links to explore: Hunters Creek Library

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November News

November Fifth through the Ninth 
The kids did a marvelous job presenting their best disguised  turkeys! Please feel free to stop by and look at the children's creativity!

Field Day
Field day was a huge success thanks to all the parents working the stations and coming to support the kids. The kids had a good time.

Please read the subject area tabs to see what we are doing in reading, writing, social studies, science, and math.

Friday, October 26, 2012

October 29

Skipped Posts
I apologize for the missing posts in October. Please note the site will be updated by Sunday each week starting in November.

October 29 through November 2

November 2 is Field Day
First Grade's time is 8:15 to 9:45
Students will need a sack lunch or they can purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria.
If you are interested in volunteering to help monitor Ms. Martin's class with her please email and let her know. 

November 1
Best Dressed Turkeys are due!
Remember to dress your turkey so that no one will be able to figure out that it is the Thanksgiving dinner turkey.

Thanksgiving Projects
Friday your child will have a sheet with directions for projects to complete and share. Each child only picks 1 project to complete and share with the class by November 15th.

Thank you all for attending our first grade conferences! The kids are doing a marvelous job. We enjoyed talking with everyone about how wonderful the kids in our classes are. Thank you for your time, support,  and hard work.

We would like to create a portfolio that is easier for parents to store. If you would send a 3 ring binder to school, we will organize your child's writing for the year. The binders should be 2.5 or 3  inches wide. The binders should also have a clear pocket on the front for the students to slip in a title page. (Most binders have a clear cover.)
Red Ribbon Week
October 22-25

We have lots of fun activities this week to help the children understand that using drugs and/or alcohol will interfere with reaching their dreams and will also hurt their health.

Monday: Some first graders volunteered to make posters. You are welcome to walk around the school and read the children's thoughts. Students also wore red today and took home pledges for parents to sign.

Tuesday: Your child can wear crazy shoes or socks to school.

Wednesday: Wear your favorite sport team's jersey.

Thursday: Wear camouflage

Friday:  Crazy hair or hat day.

Monday, October 15, 2012

What's Up Next Week?

Up and coming this week:
October 16:
Bosses Day

October 17:
Provine picture retakes

October 18:
First grade planning day:students will have substitutes

October 19
7:00—School Auction
Norris Conference Ctr

This link is fabulous for helping parents  understand what is expected of a first grade student. 
Please let us know if the link is not working.

Our Arthur read a long was a great success. The students read 1,395 books.  

  Our conferences are set for October 25th and 26th. We can't wait to meet with each family.

Monday, October 1, 2012

This Week's Spotlight!

Education Go Get It Week!

This week will we spend a lot of time talking about higher education. Please spend some time talking with your children about your colleges days, or any educational plan you took after high school. Each day this week we will have an activity for every student to participate in.

School is closed Monday, October 8th, in honor of Columbus Day.

Picture retakes will happen on October 17th.

Red Ribbon Week is scheduled for October 22nd. During this time we encourage kids to stay healthy and stay drug free. Clutch will visit our campus this week to excite the students about living healthy.

October 25th and 26th the students will be dismissed at 12 o'clock so that teachers can conference with parents about report cards. We will be sending Sign-up Genius out this week so that you can sign up for a time that best suites your schedule. During conferences we are on a very tight schedule. We must see all 23 or 24 parents on these two afternoons. In order to help our conferences run smoothly please:
            1. Be on time. Someone is scheduled before you and right after you so we  
                will not be able to let you stay past your time.
            2. Please silence your cell phone.
            3. Have questions ready just in case we do not cover everything you want
                 to know about.
October 29th. report cards go home. Please take out all papers in the report card envelope. They are yours and the papers stay at home. Please sign the first line on the envelope and return the report card envelope to school. It will be used every nine weeks.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you for attending our open house last Thursday. It means a lot to the children and teachers when you take time out of your busy schedules to see what the children are doing in class.  We'd also like to thank all the parents that helped out with setting up the liquids for our experiments and for deconstructing our math books. We couldn't do it without our volunteers!

We have a busy week. First we sent home 2 important notices this week. The first notice is about our spelling program, "Words Their Way." Please read the notice carefully. It explains the spelling homework. The only spelling homework that is returned will be the work completed on Wednesday night. Don't hesitate to email, call, or stop by if you have any questions.
The Arthur Read-a-Long was the second notice. Please record your child's reading each night on the read-a-long page. Return the form each Friday so that we can count and turn in the number of books read to Mrs. Moore. Most of the Arthur Books are a level 16 or higher, so read Arthur to your child while they lay back enjoy! 

We started our take home readers this week. The students will bring home 1 or more books to read each and every night. The books are just right books that they have practiced in the classroom and should easily be able to read. Reading homework is probably the most important homework the first graders have. Please make sure you complete the blue reading log each night. The books and blue log must be returned signed to the classroom every day. Thank you!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our Fourth Week!

Monday, September 17, 2012

    We have a very busy week this week: 
Open house is Thursday, September 20th. You can visit classrooms from 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Please remember food and beverages cannot be brought into the classrooms.

Progress reports will be sent home Friday, September 21st.  This will be the first year your child receives numerical grades. Please remember a numerical grade for an S from kindergarten can run from a 74 to an 89. Write down all your questions for our conferences in October.

Spelling is new for our kids this year. We are starting a program called, "Words Their Way." This was a district adoption which incorporates phonics, word study, and word families as a way to increase reading ability and spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory as an assessment. They were then placed into spelling groups according to the spelling patterns they needed to learn. Once a child works through their word lists for a spelling pattern they move to the next generalization they need to learn. This is a very individualized spelling program. Last week the children practiced sorting and writing words. This week they will practice with words that will be on their spelling test next week. This is the hard part for parents. The students will work with 18-to 25 words that fit the spelling pattern. Their spelling test will be on 12 of the words that the teacher chooses from the list. This strategy teaches the child to learn the spelling pattern rather memorizing a word for a test. Memorized words almost  never appear spelled correctly in daily writing. 

Soon we will teach your child how to access Odyssey, a lesson program site the district purchased. Students can assess the site from home. Their sign in is the first five letters of their last name, the first three letters of their first name, then 000 or 001. Their password is their lunch number. (Ex: martiann000) Click on the word Odyssey to access the log in page.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Our third week, September 10 - 14, 2012

This week is Color Week. We will dress in a different color  each day. Please do not buy new clothes for color week, just wear what you have!  This will be a fun way to get kids interested in practicing  handwriting.       

Ms. Martin:            Miss Contreras:          Mrs. Howell:
Monday-Yellow     Monday- Blue             Monday - Orange
Tuesday- Green      Tuesday-Red              Tuesday - Yellow
Wednesday- Blue   Wednesday- Orange   Wednesday - Green
Thursday -Red         Thursday - Yellow      Thursday - Blue
Friday - Orange       Friday - Green            Friday - Red

Picture Day! Wednesday, September 12, at 8:30. Be ready, wear your favorite clothes, brush your hair and show that sensational smile!

Monday starts our first week with homework. The kids are expected to read 15 to 20 minutes each night as one part of their homework. We will be sending level readers home soon. Please continue to read to and with your child for enjoyment, outside of their assigned reading time. The students will have homework in other subject areas, as well as their Monday through Friday reading. Students who are unable to complete their homework the night it is assigned,  will be given extra work time during recess.

                             book-club1  Scholastic Book Club
Book club orders will be sent home on Monday. The completed order forms will be due back on Friday. Make sure your child's name is on each form. Please write ONE check to Scholastic Book Clubs no matter how many of the clubs you order from. We will soon have the online ordering available for parents.

We understand following the new rules at parent drive can be frustrating, but the rules are truly to keep your children safe and the line moving. You have our heart felt thanks for displaying your last name in the window so we can get the correct kids to the cars quickly. Thank you all for not walking over and trying to pick your kids up from the hardtop. 

We look forward to a wonderful year together. Parents and teachers must work together in order for students to be successful. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.