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News for the Week of February 18th

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SHENANIGANS
We  had a fun week last week. We continued our research on either George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and are finishing up our research writing on them. We wrapped up interdependence and started discussing needs and wants. We are continuing our conversations on place value and comparing numbers. Valentine’s Day was a fun treat on Thursday. Thank you to all the parents that came to volunteer and of course our amazing room moms, Shweta Arora and Ricki Ahearn, who helped organize the party for the class. I definitely felt the love from all of you. Thank you for your sweet treats, cards, beautiful flowers and lovely gifts!

 

We had our parent reader on Friday afternoon. Juliette’s dad came and read to us. They really enjoyed The Book With No Pictures.

 

I hope you all enjoy your long weekend. Remember that students do not have school on Monday, February  18th or Tuesday, February 19th. We will see everyone back on Wednesday, February 20th!

 

We enjoyed learning more about our friend Juliette this week while she was the superstar.

Library Spring Reading Incentive
The library Spring Reading Incentive is in full swing! Packets with reading logs have gone home. All reading logs are due February 28 to receive your free theme park tickets. For Six Flags, read 6 hours. For Schlitterbahn, read 10 hours. The same reading can be used for both, but the but the two reading logs need to be filled out individually. You can get another copy of the form HERE or on the LIBRARY WEBSITE.

 

Checking Library Accounts from Home  
Did you know that you your student can check their library accounts from home? All you need is their student ID number (without the “s”) CLICK HERE or THIS PAGEon the library website to learn how!

 

SUPERSTAR:
We will not have a superstar this week since it is a short week of school. We will have our next Superstar the week of February 25th.

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: 
LANGUAGE ARTS:
-Introduce poetry and sensory language
-Create a list of things we can write a poem about
-adding details to stories we write
-Continue building our handwriting skills
MATH:
-Review place value: tens and ones
-Compose and decompose numbers into tens and ones
-Compare numbers using tens and ones
-Add using tens and ones
-Use objects, pictures, expanded and standard form to represent numbers to 120
SOCIAL STUDIES & SCIENCE:
-Discuss goods and services
HOMEWORK: 
Read 10-15 minutes each day.
Record 4 responses for the week.

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb. 18 and 19: Student Holiday/ Teacher Staff Development
Feb. 22: Twin Day
Feb. 22: Parent Reader (Natalie S.’s Family)
Mar. 8: Multicultural Fair @ 5:30 PM

 

News for the Week of February 11th

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SHENANIGANS
What fun we’ve had learning about two memorable presidents…George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!  This past week we’ve looked at a number of nonfiction text selections, watched a few videos about their lives and taken notes on facts that we don’t want to forget.  Hopefully your child has shared some of his/her learning with you at home!

 

We got to learn more about our friend Isha this week while she is the Superstar. It was fun to learn more about her and her family.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY:
In last week’s Tuesday folder your child brought home a class list that he or she could use when addressing valentine cards.  We will be making a special valentine bag to hold all of their valentine cards and goodies that their classmates bring!  Please feel free to send in your child’s valentines any time this week.   I will provide time for your first grader to pass them out before our party on the 14th. Valentines will need to be here no later than Valentine’s Day morning so that we can finish this task before our scheduled party! Many thanks to our wonderful room moms Ricki and Shweta as they are preparing for this fun event!

 

Library Spring Reading Incentive
The library Spring Reading Incentive is in full swing! Packets with reading logs have gone home. All reading logs are due February 28 to receive your free theme park tickets. For Six Flags, read 6 hours. For Schlitterbahn, read 10 hours. The same reading can be used for both, but the but the two reading logs need to be filled out individually. You can get another copy of the form HERE or on the LIBRARY WEBSITE.

 

Checking Library Accounts from Home  
Did you know that you your student can check their library accounts from home? All you need is their student ID number (without the “s”) CLICK HERE or THIS PAGEon the library website to learn how!

 

SUPERSTAR:
This week our Superstar is Juliette! We are excited to learn more about our special classmate!
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: 
LANGUAGE ARTS:
-Discuss the writing process – planning, drafting, revising/editing, publishing
-Continue building our handwriting skills
-Finish researching Abraham Lincoln
-Learn about the long /e/ vowel sound in words with /ee/ and /ea/
-Use a graphic organizer to write about George Washington or Abraham Lincoln
MATH:
-Review place value: tens and ones
-Compose and decompose numbers into tens and ones
-Compare numbers using tens and ones
-Add using tens and ones
-Use objects, pictures, expanded and standard form to represent numbers to 120
SOCIAL STUDIES & SCIENCE:
-Discuss interdependency and things we need in our school and home environments
-Discuss how animals depend on trees
-Name ways families meet our basic needs
-Identify needs vs. wants
HOMEWORK: 
Read 10-15 minutes each day.
Record 4 responses for the week.

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb. 14: Class Valentine’s Day party in the classroom
Feb. 15: Parent Reader (Raiya’s Family)
Feb. 18 and 19: Student Holiday/ Teacher Staff Development

 

Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

News for the week of February 4th

ANNOUNCEMENTS & SHENANIGANS:

100th Day of School!

Our classroom was bursting with cuteness on Friday as we celebrated our 100th Day of First Grade!  This annual milestone always makes me pause and reminisce.  It is so easy to still picture their anxious little faces on the first day of school.  They arrived with kindergarten fun so fresh in their memories but ready to fill the shoes of BIG first graders.

In just a few months, we can measure their growth in so many ways!  They are taller with more windows in their smile.  They have the first grade routines down so well that some days I am not sure if they would even notice my absence!  Their enthusiasm for every new learning experience fills our room to the brim each day.  Seeing them dressed in grown up clothes always makes me excited for their future.  They have so many great things ahead of them.  Happy 100th day!

 
Thank you to all who donated treats for their delicious 100th day snack!!  We appreciate YOU!

 

We started work on place value this week. This a new concept for our first graders. Thinking about numbers in tens and ones can be abstract to them but they did such a great job with tackling this new concept.

We had a parent reader on Friday. Nidheesh’s mom came and read to all our first graders dressed up like 100 year olds!

 

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY:
On Friday, your child brought home a class list that he or she can use when addressing valentine cards.  It is in their backpacks.  This coming week, the first graders will make a special valentine bag to hold all of their valentine cards and goodies that their classmates bring!  Please feel free to send in your child’s valentines any time NEXT week.   I will provide time for your first grader to pass them out before our party on the 14th. Valentines will need to be here no later than Valentine’s Day morning so that we can finish this task before our scheduled party!

 

Many thanks to our wonderful room moms, Ricki and Shweta, for organizing this fun event!  They are busy preparing and will be in touch soon with how you can help!

 

PARENT SURVEY
If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes and do the parent survey. This provides such great feedback to our school and we love to know what you are liking about CCE and suggestions on how we can continue to grow and do the best for all our students. It is quick and easy and greatly appreciated. You can find the parent survey here.

 

Library Spring Reading Incentive
The library Spring Reading Incentive is in full swing! Packets with reading logs went home this week or last. All reading logs are due February 28 to receive your free theme park tickets. For Six Flags, read 6 hours. For Schlitterbahn, read 10 hours. The same reading can be used for both, but the but the two reading logs need to be filled out individually. You can get another copy of the form HERE or on the LIBRARY WEBSITE.

 

Checking Library Accounts from Home  
Did you know that you your student can check their library accounts from home? All you need is their student ID number (without the “s”) CLICK HERE or THIS PAGEon the library website to learn how!

 

SUPERSTAR:
This week our Superstar is Isha! We are excited to learn more about our friend! Last week we learned more about our friend Natalie! We loved getting to know more about her.

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: 
LANGUAGE ARTS:
-Discuss the writing process – planning, drafting, revising/editing, publishing
-Continue building our handwriting skills
-Finish researching George Washington and begin researching Abraham Lincoln
-Discuss “Vowel Teams” and how they work together to make the long vowel sound (e.g., deep, sleep, team, dream, etc.)
MATH:
-Discuss place value: tens and ones
-Compose and decompose numbers into tens and ones.
SOCIAL STUDIES & SCIENCE:
-Continue map skills
-Create a classroom map
-Introduce living and nonliving things.
HOMEWORK: 
Read 10-15 minutes each day.
Record 4 responses for the week.

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb. 8: Parent Reader (Asha’s Family)
Feb. 14: Class Valentine’s Day party in the classroom (more information to follow)
Feb. 18 and 19: Student Holiday/ Teacher Staff Development

 

Have a wonderful week!

News for the Week of January 28th

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SHENANIGANS
It was so great to see you all at our STEAM night. Thank you for supporting not only our first graders but all the amazing things all CCE students are doing! Fun was had by all and I love watching all the families explore together.

We have been working hard in math on addition strategies and this week we put them to great use when we added 3 numbers together. We found partners of 10, doubles, and then used our count on strategy to help us quickly add more than 2 numbers.

We enjoyed a parent reader this week. Swara’s mom came to read to us and we enjoyed all the books she shared with us.

 

100TH DAY OF SCHOOL: 
Can you believe that Friday, February 1st, is already the 100th day of school. We have some fun activities planned. One activity we will do is build a 100 item snack. We would love some help with getting items donated to help make this 100 snack happen. If you would like to donate some items please go to this sign up genius and add your name. All items will need to be brought to school by Wednesday, January 30th. Thank you for your help with this. Another way we will celebrate 100 days of 1st grade learning is dressing up like a 100 year old. No need to buy special costumes or anything. Here are some pictures of last years kiddos for some inspiration. This is a fun and silly way for us to celebrate all the hard work these kids have done so far.

PARENT SURVEY
If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes and do the parent survey. This provides such great feedback to our school and we love to know what you are liking about CCE and suggestions on how we can continue to grow and do the best for all our students. It is quick and easy and greatly appreciated. You can find the parent survey here.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
Now that we are beginning a new semester, please let me know if your child has any after school changes to their transportation (like going to the YMCA) or are participating in any after school programs on our campus such as Robotics, Legos, etc.  If your child is not enrolled in anything right now but will be when classes become available, please notify me at that time as well.  This will help me get your child to the right place each day!

 

HOMEWORK:
Thanks for your continued efforts at home to provide additional reading time for your child.  We know that, as parents, life is very busy, but your consistency and devotion to this routine will pay dividends in your child’s future.  Reading is the access point to all learning and they are working hard to gain proficiency.
 
The reading log this month involves a bit of summarizing the selection.  It is meant to be a brief recount of events.  In an ordering error, 2-sided copies of the reading log were delivered through our district print services.  This week’s planner page will be stapled on the side so that our child can turn it over.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

SUPERSTAR:
This week our Superstar is Natalie P! We are excited to learn more about our friend!

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: 
LANGUAGE ARTS:
-Review compound words
-Discuss using end marks to help our readers (periods, question marks, exclamation marks)
-Discuss the writing process – planning, drafting, revising/editing, publishing
-Discuss adverbs and time order words and how to use them in our writing.
-Continue building our handwriting skills
-Begin researching using historical figures: George Washington
MATH:
-Introduce place value: tens and ones
-Compose and decompose numbers into tens and ones.
-Celebrate the 100th day of school
SCIENCE:
-Continue map skills
-Create a classroom map
-Introduce living and nonliving things.
 HOMEWORK: 
  1. Read 10-15 minutes each day.
  2. Record 4 responses for the week.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb 1.: 100th Day of School: Dress up like a 100 year old.
Feb. 1: Parent Reader (Nidheesh’s Family)
Feb. 14: Class Valentine’s Day party in the classroom (more information to follow)
Feb. 18 and 19: Student Holiday/ Teacher Staff Development

 

Have a wonderful week!

News for the Week of January 21st

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SHENANIGANS

I hope that you and your family enjoy the upcoming 3 day weekend!  We’ve learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how his life and dreams of equality have made a big impact on our country and the way we treat each other.  Hopefully your child can share a few things they’ve learned!

We have jumped back into our writing stories and with that we are talking about the writing process. We created a heart map this week to help us when we can’t think of an idea.

This week in the library Mrs. Bamford led our class in creating land forms and displayed them in the library. They turned out really cute!!!

Our school-wide STEAM night is coming up this week on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00-7:00.  Every grade level will have an interactive exhibit displayed in and around the cafeteria.  Save the date because we hope to see you there!
***Please note that parents will need to accompany their children to this event!
We have been working hard on getting ready for our STEAM night. We are featuring weather and objects in the sky. We started our projects for STEAM night this week. We can’t wait to share them all with you next week.
This week our Superstar was Raiya. We really enjoyed getting to know her better. Since this next week is a short week we will not have a superstar. Our pineapple friend will go home with a new friend for the week of January 28th.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
Now that we are beginning a new semester, please let me know if your child has any after school changes to their transportation (like going to the YMCA) or are participating in any after school programs on our campus such as Robotics, Legos, etc.  If your child is not enrolled in anything right now but will be when classes become available, please notify me at that time as well.  This will help me get your child to the right place each day!

REPORT CARDS:

Report cards went home last week in the Tuesday folder.  If you have not already returned the envelope with your signature on it, please return it in a timely manner so we have it for the next grading period.

HOMEWORK:

Thanks for your continued efforts at home to provide additional reading time for your child.  We know that, as parents, life is very busy, but your consistency and devotion to this routine will pay dividends in your child’s future.  Reading is the access point to all learning and they are working hard to gain proficiency.

The reading log this month involves a bit of summarizing the selection.  It is meant to be a brief recount of events.  In an ordering error, 2-sided copies of the reading log were delivered through our district print services.  This week’s planner page will be stapled on the side so that our child can turn it over.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:   

LANGUAGE ARTS:
-Introduce compound words
-Discuss the writing process – planning, drafting, revising/editing, publishing
-Continue building our handwriting skills
-Use ending punctuation, which adds voice and rhythm to writing
-Discuss our upcoming research unit
-Understand how a dictionary works
MATH:
-Explore number relationships through properties of addition and subtraction
-Add 3 numbers together
SCIENCE:
-Complete display for STEAM Night
-Introduce maps and globes
 HOMEWORK: 
  1. Read 10-15 minutes each day.
  2. Record 3 responses for the week.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Jan. 21: No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Jan. 24: STEAM Night 6:00-7:00
Jan. 25: Parent Reader (Swara’s Family)
Feb. 14: Class Valentine’s Day party in the classroom (more information to follow)
Feb. 18 and 19: Student Holiday/ Teacher Staff Development

Have a wonderful week!

Happy New Year! News for the Week of January 14th

ANNOUNCEMENTS & SHENANIGANS

What a great first week back. We shared a lot of good things this week and it sounds like  you all had a wonderful winter break. We were all happy to be back in the classroom surrounded by our friends.

We had some visitors this week! Mrs. Hougham came for her monthly lesson. This week she talked to us about being helpful. This is a great word to start off the new year and I have already been able to give out some of our helpful stickers. we are really talking about helpfulness along with expectations since we are now seeing 2nd grade in sight.

We had our first parent reader of 2019! Blake’s mom came to read to us which of course we love our parent reader time each week.

I hope that you and your family are enjoying this beautiful weekend!

Our school-wide STEAM night is coming up this month on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00-7:00.  Every grade level will have an interactive exhibit displayed in and around the cafeteria.  Save the date because we hope to see you there!

REPORT CARD:

On Tuesday, report cards will be coming home for the 2nd quarter!  I am very proud of the students’ hard work as they prepare for 2nd grade!  I know that our second semester will also be packed with learning and fun!  After looking over your child’s academic progress, please return the envelope in a timely manner so that we may have these on file for the next nine week grading period.

Please keep in mind that a 2 indicated on the report card is exactly were the children should be for most of the skills in January.  It means they are moving along as expected as we cover multifaceted skills that progress across the grade level.  If a concept has been taught to mastery, you will see the change to a 3.  If a concept is still needing a lot of teacher guidance, you will see a 1 indicated.  Those would be great areas of focus for you to boost at home.

STAR OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to our special star this week, Raiya!  We look forward to learning more about our classmate!

HOMEWORK:

Thanks for your continued efforts at home to provide additional reading time for your child.  We know that, as parents, life is very busy, but your consistency and devotion to this routine will pay dividends in your child’s future.  Reading is the access point to all learning and they are working hard to gain proficiency.

The reading log this month involves a bit of summarizing the selection.  It is meant to be a brief recount of events.  In an ordering error, 2-sided copies of the reading log were delivered through our district print services.  This week’s planner page will be stapled on the side so that our child can turn it over.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

HEADPHONES AND SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS:

I am still missing a few headphones and/or spiral notebooks for the students to use this semester.  If you are not sure that you sent some in for your child, please email me and I can let you know. Please get them to me this week, if you have not. Thanks!

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Language Arts:
-Discuss patterns in writing where the vowel in a word changes to a long sound – e.g., cake, late, date, make, etc.
-Discuss the writing process – planning, drafting, revising/editing, publishing
-Continue building our handwriting skills
-Introduce literary nonfiction through the discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr.
-Use nouns and verbs in sentences
-Review our current reading strategy of focus: making inferences
MATH:
– Review the part-part-whole model as a way to connect addition with subtraction
-Review how the equals signs balances the equation
-Problem solve and then explaining our mathematical thinking
-Use the ten-frame to help the students construct mental images of quantities when decomposing and composing numbers to solve
SCIENCE:
– Complete our learning about objects in the sky and weather
-Students will select one area to report their understanding
HOMEWORK:
  1. Read 10-15 minutes each day.
  2. Record 4 responses for the week.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Jan. 18: Parent Reader (Luke’s Family)
Jan. 21: No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Jan. 24: STEAM Night
Feb. 14: Class Valentine’s Day party in the classroom (more information to follow)
Feb. 18 and 19: Student Holiday/ Teacher Staff Development

Have a wonderful week!

Hello 2019!!! News for the week of January 7th

ANNOUNCEMENTS & SHENANIGANS
Wow! It’s hard to believe that we have finished half of 1st grade! We still have so much more to learn and explore in the second half of the school year but each child has already accomplished so much! I am so proud of each and everyone of them and I can’t wait to see how much more they continue to grow as 1st graders.
Thank you for a wonderful winter party today! I appreciate our room moms that got everything ready and all the volunteers and visitors who made our party go smoothly! We had a lot of fun!!!!
Thank you for all the wonderful cards, sweet and treats. and gifts. I am so blessed to teach your kids everyday and appreciate you sharing them with me! They make each day fun and exciting! Your generosity and kindness is truly appreciated. I hope you all have a wonderful winter break!!!!

 

We had a lot of fun during this short week. We still had some learning to do. We wrapped up our learning on time to the hour and half hour as well as fractions. Continue to practice time with your kiddos. They love being helpful and reminding me of the time throughout the day. We also started learning about objects in the sky and weather. We are excited to continue this learning when we return in January. We have some exciting this planned to show our learning that will be shown off during our STEAM night at the end of January!

 

We had our final German class this week. We loved getting to explore the German language each Wednesday!

We also had our school sing-a-long today before our winter party. This is always a fun tradition for our kids and Mrs. Martin does an amazing job teaching each grade level a song to sing for the school. She also has the teachers in on the fun as well. Be sure to ask your kiddos about the teachers performance at the sing-a-long. Here is a video of the 1st graders singing “We Will Jingle!” They voted as a group for this song! So cute!
 

Coach Barnard was also a great sport and was our Santa Claus when the teachers sang Must Be Santa Claus for the kids.

 

HEADPHONES AND NEW SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS:
We would like to have each child in first grade have their own set of headphones. They will be helpful as we continue to use iPads and integrate laptops into our classrooms. Too many noises coming from various computers can pose a problem, so having their own headphones is necessary. You can find inexpensive ones at places like Target or Five Below. Please send a pair of headphones with your child’s name on them in a Ziploc baggie.  The headphones are needed when they return from the Winter Break. In addition to the headphones, we are asking that children bring a new spiral notebook to school after the Winter Break to be used during our Math Workshop time. We have been documenting our learning and have gone through much of our fall spiral notebook already. Thank you for your help with these needed supplies.

 

Calling All Glue sticks!
We have worked really hard the first part of the year and you can tell by looking at our sad glue stick drawer. We use glue sticks daily for math workshop, gluing into journals, and so much more. We would love a refresh of our glue sticks when we come back. It would be greatly appreciated!

 

WINTER BREAK READING:
Over the Winter Break, the first grade teachers are asking that the students read a total of 12 times between the dates of December 17th – January 7th.  We will glue in new reading logs on December 17th and then your child will keep their planners with them until we return in January.  Reading over the break will help ensure that your child is ready to pick up where we left off.  Thank you for continuing this reading routine!

 

COOLER WEATHER AND JACKETS:
Now that we have enjoyed a few cooler days, we are seeing more jackets and sweaters on our students.  We are also finding these items left in various areas around the school without names on them.  Please label your child’s coats, jackets, and sweaters with their names.  (Also include lunch boxes and water bottles, too!)  This will prevent our lost and found from filling up.  Thank you!

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Dec. 20-Jan 7: Winter Holiday, No School
Jan 8: Students return to school
Jan 11: Parent Reader (Blake’s Family)
Jan. 21: MLK Holiday, No School
Jan. 24: STEAM Night
Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Party
Feb. 18-19: Student Holiday

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE…
READING:
– Revising our social contract
– Review reading workshop expectations
– Making inferences
– Introducing silent e in words (ex: like, bike, etc.)
WRITING:
– Using nouns and verbs in sentences
– Developing ideas for stories
– Continue to work on our handwriting
MATH:
– Introduce the make ten strategy for addition
– Understand that the equal sign means a balanced equation
SCIENCE:
– Observe and record the weather
– Learn about objects in the sky like the sun, stars, moon, clouds
– Prepare for STEAM Night
HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK:
  1. Read 10-15 minutes each night.
  2. Record responses on reading logs.
 I hope you all have a wonderful winter break!  Hopefully it is filled with fun, family, rest, and joy! Happy Holidays and I’ll see you in the New Year…2019!!!

News for the Week of December 17th

ANNOUNCEMENTS & SHENANIGANS
It’s hard to believe that we are about halfway through our first grade year together!  The children have worked so hard and have made tremendous academic progress since August! I love each and every one of your children.  They bring such happiness into this classroom and are the reason I love my job!
This week was as busy as it gets. With all the learning we still needed to do, we managed to get a special gift ready for our parents, saw the 3rd graders holiday performance, and even had holiday story time.

 

We started diving into time to the half hour this week. This is a hard concept to grasp since the hour hand sits in between 2 numbers when it is half past the hour. It takes some time to train them about what hour we are in. This is a great thing to practice when looking at an analog clock. We made a clock during our small group time and had lots of discussion about it.

 

This week, Asha was our last superstar of 2018! It was great learning more about her. Our superstar will pick back up when we return in January! Our pineapple friend will be taking a restful winter break too!

Nidheesh’s mom came and read to us on Friday. She read some great nonfiction stories all! The kids loved it. We will not have a parent reader this next week since it is a short week. We look forward to more parent visitors in January!

WINTER PARTY
Our winter holiday party will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19th from 2:00-2:50 and will be a very exciting time for the first graders.  We encourage you to come and be a part of the fun that day and spend some special time with your child.  Our wonderful room moms, Ricki and Shweta, have put a lot of time into planning this party and making sure that it’s a memorable one for our kids!
Thank you to those parents who have already signed up to help with the party.  Please make sure to complete the necessary district background check before the party.  It takes about 72 hours to process and is requirement before volunteering in the classroom.  It must be completed each school year.
Here is the link for easy access: https://partners.roundrockisd.org/volunteer/

 

HEADPHONES AND NEW SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS:
We would like to have each child in first grade have their own set of headphones. They will be helpful as we continue to use iPads and integrate laptops into our classrooms. Too many noises coming from various computers can pose a problem, so having their own headphones is necessary. You can find inexpensive ones at places like Target or Five Below. Please send a pair of headphones with your child’s name on them in a Ziploc baggie.  The headphones are needed when they return from the Winter Break. In addition to the headphones, we are asking that children bring a new spiral notebook to school after the Winter Break to be used during our Math Workshop time. We have been documenting our learning and have gone through much of our fall spiral notebook already. Thank you for your help with these needed supplies.

 

WINTER BREAK READING:
Over the Winter Break, the first grade teachers are asking that the students read a total of 12 times between the dates of December 17th – January 7th.  We will glue in new reading logs on December 17th and then your child will keep their planners with them until we return in January.  Reading over the break will help ensure that your child is ready to pick up where we left off.  Thank you for continuing this reading routine!

COOLER WEATHER AND JACKETS:
Now that we have enjoyed a few cooler days, we are seeing more jackets and sweaters on our students.  We are also finding these items left in various areas around the school without names on them.  Please label your child’s coats, jackets, and sweaters with their names.  (Also include lunch boxes and water bottles, too!)  This will prevent our lost and found from filling up.  Thank you!

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Dec. 19: Winter Party
Dec. 20-Jan 7: Winter Holiday, No School
Jan 8: Students return to school
Jan. 21: MLK Holiday, No School

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE…
READING:
– Review elements of a fictional story
– Read & respond in writing to literature
– Share favorite winter activities
MATH:
– Discuss time to the hour and half hour
SCIENCE:
– Observe and record the weather
– Demonstrate that air is all around us and observe that wind is moving air
– Learn about objects in the sky like the sun
HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK:
  1. Read 10-15 minutes each night.
  2. Record responses on reading logs.
If your family is traveling over the winter break, be safe and enjoy your destination!  I wish you all the best this holiday season…may your break consist of fun, family, friends and some much needed relaxation!
Happy Holidays and I’ll see you in the New Year…2019!!!

News for the Week of Dec. 10th

ANNOUNCEMENTS & SHENANIGANS:
It’s hard to believe that we are about halfway through our first grade year together!  The children have worked so hard and have made tremendous academic progress since August!  I just love watching their confidence blossom!

 

We had a special treat at school on Thursday when the Grisham band, orchestra, and choir came and put on a holiday concert for us.

We also had a guest reader this Friday. Blake’s dad came by and read to us. We love having parent readers. They always look forward to seeing their families in the classroom.

We loved learning about our friend Ethan this week while he was the superstar.

 

WINTER PARTY
Our winter holiday party will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19th from 2:00-2:45 and will be a very exciting time for the first graders.  We encourage you to come and be a part of the fun that day and spend some special time with your child.  Our wonderful room moms, Ricki and Shweta, have put a lot of time into planning this party and making sure that it’s a memorable one for our kids!
 Thank you to those parents who have already signed up to help with the party.  Please make sure to complete the necessary district background check before the party.  It takes about 72 hours to process and is requirement before volunteering in the classroom.  It must be completed each school year. Click here to fill out the volunteer application. 

 

HEADPHONES AND NEW SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS:
We would like to have each child in first grade have their own set of headphones. They will be helpful as we continue to use iPads and integrate laptops into our classrooms. Too many noises coming from various computers can pose a problem, so having their own headphones is necessary. You can find inexpensive ones at places like Target or Five Below. Please send a pair of headphones with your child’s name on them in a Ziploc baggie.  The headphones are needed when they return from the Winter Break. In addition to the headphones, we are asking that children bring a new spiral notebook to school after the Winter Break to be used during our Math Workshop time. We have been documenting our learning and have gone through much of the notebook already. Thank you for your help with these needed supplies.

 

SUPERSTAR: Our Superstar this week is Asha! We are really excited to learn more about our special friend. She will be our last superstar of 2018! We are excited to learn about more friends in 2019!

 

This past week,we spent an hour learning computer code under the guidance of our Instructional Technology Specialist, Donna Owen.  She gave great insight into the world of computer science and explained the computer language of coding.  The students were fully engaged in the process and persevered through some really fun challenges.  What smart, tech-savvy students!!

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Dec. 14: Parent Reader (Nidheesh’s Family)
Dec. 19: Winter Party
Dec. 20-Jan 7: Winter Holiday, No School
Jan 8: Students return to school
Jan. 21: MLK Holiday, No School

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE…
READING:
– Review features of traditional literature: fables, folktales, and fairy tales
– Read & respond in writing to literature
WRITING:
– Continue to write brief stories of interest
MATH:
– Partition 2D figures to make equal parts
– Read and understand fractions that represent halves and fourths
– Discuss time to the hour and half hour
SOCIAL STUDIES:
– Continue our study of holidays and celebrations
HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK:
  1. Read 10-15 minutes each night.
  2. Record 4 reading responses a week (Mon-Thurs.).

News for the week of December 3rd

ANNOUNCEMENTS & SHENANIGANS:

We had a great week back from Thanksgiving break. Everyone was excited to see each other and we jumped right back into our learning. We were lucky enough to start our week of with one of Mrs. Hougham’s lessons. It’s always a joy to have Mrs. Hougham come teach us a lesson on kindness.

We learned how to navigate Google Classroom this week as well. Mrs. Owen came and helped us activate our Google Classroom and she also showed us how to practice our math skills with a pixel picture activity.

In math, we have started Geometry and we have really enjoyed exploring shapes and then seeing how we can use shapes to create other shapes.

Finally, we ended this week with our parent reader, Luke’s mom. Of course Luke picked some funny books and we loved getting to have his mom read to us. We also got to learn a lot about Aaron this week while he was our Superstar.

HEADPHONES AND NEW SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS:
We would like to have each child in first grade have their own set of headphones. They will be helpful as we continue to use iPads and integrate laptops into our classrooms. Too many noises coming from various computers can pose a problem so having their own headphones is necessary. You can find inexpensive ones at places like Target or Five Below. Please send a pair of headphones with your child’s name on them in a Ziploc baggie when they return from the Winter Break. In addition to the headphones, we are asking that children bring a new spiral notebook to school after the Winter Break as well to be used during our Math Workshop time. We have been documenting our learning and have gone through much of the notebook already. Thank you for sending another spiral notebook with your child after the Winter Break so we can continue to show all that we know during the second half of our year!

 

LUNCH:
Just a few reminders regarding lunch as we are getting to the middle of the year. Please make sure that your child knows their lunch plans before coming to school. Talk about if they are buying, bringing a lunch box, or if you will be dropping off their lunchbox on the red cart for them to pick up. If you are sending in lunch money, please send it with your child so we can get it to the cafeteria first thing in the morning. That way the line can run smoothly during the rush of lunch time. If you are bringing  your child’s lunch, please make sure to have it here on time. Our lunch starts at 11:14 and ends at 11:44. Lastly, the cafeteria only makes enough for what has been ordered in the morning. If you are coming to have lunch with your child, please bring your lunch and any siblings’ lunches with you. Thanks!

 

TAG REFERRAL WINDOW NOW OPEN:
The TAG Referral Window is now open and all paperwork is due back to Mrs. Henrichs and Mrs. Hamilton by December 7th.

 

COOLER WEATHER AND JACKETS:
Now that we have enjoyed a few cooler mornings, we are seeing more jackets and sweaters on our students.  We are also finding these items left in various areas of the school, but there are no names on them.  Please label your child’s coats, jackets, and sweaters with names.  (Also include lunch boxes and water bottles, too!)  This will prevent our lost and found from filling up.  Thank you!

 

SUPERSTAR: Our Superstar this week is Ethan and we are really excited to learn more about our special friend.

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Dec. 7: Parent Reader (Blake’s Family)
Dec. 19: Winter Party
Dec. 20-Jan 7: Winter Holiday, No School
Jan 8: Students return to school

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE:
LANGUAGE ARTS:
  • Respond to literature
  • Practice reading/writing words with digraphs (ch, sh, th)
  • Continue exploring fables, fairy tales and folktales
MATH:
  • Analyze attributes of 2 dimensional shapes and 3 dimensional solids to develop an understanding of their properties
  • Introduce fractions: halves and fourths
SCIENCE: 
  • Discuss customs and traditions that shape our community

Have a great weekend!

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