Newsletter

May 23, 2014

Reminders and Special Dates

 

Friday, May 22 –                    Spring Fling 5:00 – 7:30

Monday, May 26 –             NO SCHOOL

Thursday, May 29 –        K-4 Awards Assembly

Friday, May 30 –                    Last day of School

11:00 a.m. dismissal

 

We will send progress reports home on Thursday, May 29th. Lunch balances must be paid to receive your child’s progress report. If your child will not be here, please let us know in advance so that we may send their belongings home with them on their last day.  We encourage attendance through the last day of school.

 

Have a great weekend!

1st Grade Team


Newsletter

May 16, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 5-16-14

 

News and Information

*Starting May 19th until the end of the year, the cafeteria will only be serving sack lunches at lunchtime and cold cereal for breakfast.  Thanks for your understanding as the school begins construction in this area of the building.

*Wednesday, May 21st we will have a reading celebration for our achievement in reading growth for the year and NWEA.  We encourage your child to bring their beach towel, sunglasses, and a few of his/her favorite books from home.

Language Workshop

We used the mentor text, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Sheila Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes.  We continued with our focus on the concept of commas in a series and tested today.

Math Workshop

This week we finished Topic 14, “Using Data to Answer Questions”.  We learned how to use a tally chart to make picture and bar graphs.  We continued to work on how to read and answer questions using information from the graphs we made.   

Reader’s Workshop

We spent this week working on our final reading assessments for the year. We also extended our independent reading time to help us prepare for second grade.

Writer’s Workshop

In Writing, we began a new writing project.  Students are choosing different writing projects to complete using the three types of writing we have learned about this year:  Narrative, Informational, and Opinion. 

 

Next Week

 Next week will begin to work on our First Grade Memory Books.  In math, we will learn about shapes and fractions.  We will also celebrate our reading accomplishments on Wednesday!

Important Dates

May 19- Sack Lunches/Cereal Breakfasts

May 23- Reading Challenge Reward Day (K-4)

May 23-Spring Fling (5:00-7:30p.m.)

May 26-Memorial Day (No School)

May 29-Award Assembly/Field Day (K-4)

May 30- Last Day of School dismiss at 11:00

Vocabulary Connection

Remember, these are not words that have to be studied or assessed on.  However, I would like to encourage you to use them and have your child use them as often as possible. Using these words in different contexts will help build your child’s vocabulary and make him/her a better reader and writer.     

Pupils- the small black part of your eye

           -students in a class

jaunty-lively

unique-not like any other

encyclopedia-books of information listed alphabetically

 


Announcement

May 15, 2014

We are happy to announce that construction on the new FEMA shelter and cafeteria is entering the final phases.  We are so excited about adding that building to our campus and can’t wait to be in there next year.  Thanks again for your support of that project.  We will be moving equipment from our current kitchen to the new building, and as a result there will be changes in our breakfast and lunch offerings beginning May 19th.

Breakfast offerings in the cafeteria will be limited to cereal only and lunch offerings will be limited to sandwiches, fruits and vegetables.  As always, milk will be available for all students during breakfast and lunch.

Just a reminder—there is no school on May 26th.  In addition, breakfast and lunch will NOT be served on our last day which is May 30th

 


Newsletter

May 9, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 5-9-14

 

News and Information

*Don’t forget!! “Mustache” pages for the Reading Challenge are due May 15th.

*We had our summer school kick off today.  If your child is planning to come to summer school, please return enrollments forms and field trip money by May 16th.

*Starting May 19th until the end of the year, the cafeteria will only be serving sack lunches at lunchtime and cold cereal for breakfast.  Thanks for your understanding as the school begins construction in this area of the building.

*When we went to pay for our field trip on Thursday, we were only charged $6 (we were originally told the cost would be $6.50).  We are going to use the extra money to buy popsicles for a reading activity that we have planned for next week. 

Language Workshop

We used the mentor text, A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes to focus on the concept of commas in a series. We practiced finding and writing sentences that used commas in a series.

Math Workshop

This week we started Topic 14, “Using Data to Answer Questions”.  We are learning how to read and answer questions using information from a picture graph and a bar graph.   

Reader’s Workshop

In Reader’s Workshop we reinforced some of the skills we have been learning about by looking for them in our reading.  I also started independent reading assessment. I am amazed at how much progress the students have made this year.

Writer’s Workshop

In Writing, we continue to use the writing process to produce published pieces of work.  Students also practiced writing words correctly in sentences.  For example: dessert and desert. 

 

Next Week

 Next week will be the sight word review test.  Students will be bringing home a list of the last 20 words we have worked on.  Please practice reading these words with your child.  We will continue Topic 14 in math on using data to answer questions. We will also continue our author study on Kevin Henkes.

Important Dates

May 15- Reading Challenge Ends

May 16-Spring Fling (5:00-7:30 p.m.)

May 19- Sack Lunches/Cereal Breakfasts

May 23- Reading Challenge Reward Day (K-4)

May 26-Memorial Day (No School)

May 29-Award Assembly/Field Day (K-4)

May 30- Last Day of School

Vocabulary Connection

Remember, these are not words that have to be studied or assessed on.  However, I would like to encourage you to use them and have your child use them as often as possible. Using these words in different contexts will help build your child’s vocabulary and make him/her a better reader and writer.     

patient-person or animal being seen by the doctor.

           -to wait without complaining

dessert-sweets eaten after dinner

desert-a hot sunny place with little rain

relative-a family member

 

 


Newsletter

May 2, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 5-2-14

 

News and Information

WOW! We have officially entered the last month of school! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. We have our FIELD TRIP next Thursday. If you signed up to send a sack lunch with your child, please don’t forget to send it that day. We also ask that you send your child in tennis shoes since we will be taking a nature walk at the caverns and we will be playing at the park.

Language Workshop

We used the mentor text, Julius the Baby of the World and Bailey Goes Camp both by Kevin Henkes to focus on the concept of prefixes. We practiced taking words from the text and determining the meaning of those words based on prefixes. We have now covered these affixes and their meanings:

Prefixes un-not           Suffixes: ful-full of

              re-again                        ly-in a ___way

                                                   less-without

 

Math Workshop

We continued Topic 13 this week. Topic 13 is telling time to the hour and half hour. Students learned how to tell time on an analog and a digital clock. The students practiced drawing hands on a clock and using a schedule. We finished up Topic 13 and had our assessment on Thursday.

Reader’s Workshop

In Reader’s Workshop this week, we did several activities to reinforce the understanding of affixes. We looked for them in our books, we added them to words to change the meaning of those words, and we practiced defining words with them in it. We also reviewed story elements. 

Writer’s Workshop

In Writing, students used what they learned last week about narratives and time order words to write their own narratives. I have been impressed with the writing pieces being produced. The students have been working very hard.   

 

Next Week

We will not be sending home a word study list for next week. We are going to work on words in the –all family all week. By then end of the week your child should be able to spell any word in that word family. We will start Topic 14 in math on using data to answer questions. We will also continue our author study on Kevin Henkes.

Important Dates

May 8-First Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

May 16- Reading Challenge Ends

May 16-Spring Fling (5:00-7:30 p.m.)

May 19- Sack Lunches/Cereal Breakfasts

May 23- Reading Challenge Reward Day (K-4)

May 26-Memorial Day (No School)

May 29-Award Assembly/Field Day (K-4)

May 30- Last Day of School

Vocabulary Connection

Remember, these are not words that have to be studied or assessed on.  However, I would like to encourage you to use them and have your child use them as often as possible. Using these words in different contexts will help build your child’s vocabulary and make him/her a better reader and writer.           prefix: letters added to the beginning of a word to change its meaning                     

unfair: not fair             admire: to look up to something or someone           fair: to be equal

exuberance: overflowing with enthusiasm                               fair: a carnival      

 

 

 

 

 


Newsletter

April 25, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-25-14

News and Information

  • REMINDER – 1st Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns is Thursday, May 8th. I still have students that need to turn in permission slips and money. Please have those to me by Thursday, May 1st.
  • Class pictures are in. If you would like one, please send $2 to school.

 

Language Workshop

We continued our author study on Kevin Henkes.  We read his book Chrysanthemum and responded in our reading logs to the question, “I wonder why the children changed their minds about Chrysanthemum’s name?” Ask your first grader that question to check their comprehension of the book.  We also began a study on suffixes with this book. We learned about the suffixes –ly, -ful, and –less. Your child should be able to tell you the meanings of these suffixes and provide you with words that use them.

 

Math Workshop

We started Topic 13 on telling time to the hour and half hour this week.  We discussed analog and digital clocks.  Ask your child the difference between these two clocks. We learned the difference between the hour hand and minute hand and practiced telling time to the hour and half hour. Most of the students did a great job telling time to the hour! Many still need practice telling time to the half hour and drawing the hands on the clock. Students must be able to show that the minute hand is longer than the hour hand.

Reader’s Workshop

Our focus this week was on story elements. Ask your child to tell you the four story elements (setting, characters, problem, and solution) we have studied. Then, have your child give you the four elements about the next book he/she reads to you.  Don’t forget about our new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache! You may turn them in as you finish, but the due date is May 15th.

Writer’s Workshop

This week the students started their own narrative writing using the Writers’ Workshop process.  We talked about bold beginnings and exciting endings.  We also talked about using time order words in our writing (first, then, next, last, finally).  We hope to finish this writing next week.

 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be splash, trash, pack, crack, snack, shack.  We will continue our author study on Kevin Henkes. We will use the mentor text, Julius, Baby of the World, to work on story elements and prefixes.  We will finish Topic 13 on telling time with an assessment on Thursday.  In writing, we will continue our own narrative writing.

Important Dates

May 1Cox Care Mobile

May 8:  1st Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

May 26:  NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

May 29:  9:00 am Awards Assembly

 1:00 pm Field Day

May 30:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

 

Vocabulary Connection

possession:  something that belongs to you

scrawny:  very thin

Parcheesi:  a board game

suffix:  a word ending that changes the meaning of the root word

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter

April 17, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-17-14

News and Information

  • REMINDER – NO SCHOOL tomorrow, April 18 and Monday, April 21st.  We will see everyone back on Tuesday.
  • The Spring Book Fair will be next week, Tuesday the 22nd – Friday the 25th.  We will be visiting the Book Fair during our regularly scheduled library time if you would like to send money with your first grader.
  • Class pictures are in. If you would like one, please send $2 to school.
  • Our class won the Penny War, so we will be having a Pizza Party in the near future. Thank you to all that made this possible!

Language Workshop

We started a new author study on Kevin Henkes this week.  We read his book Owen and responded in our reading logs to the question, “I wonder why Mrs. Tweezers didn’t say anything about the handkerchief?” Ask your first grader that question to check their comprehension of the book.  We talked about story elements and identified the characters, setting, problem, and solution in our mentor text as well as some of their own books.

 

Math Workshop

We wrapped up Topic 12 this week with a test.  We will begin Topic 13 next week which will cover analog and digital clocks.  If you would like to help your child get a head start on this topic, you can start asking them to tell time at home.

Reader’s Workshop

Since our focus this week was narrative writing, we found bold beginnings, excellent endings, and time order words in the books in our reading baskets.  Don’t forget about our new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache!

Writer’s Workshop

This week we introduced narrative writing.  We talked about bold beginnings and exciting endings.  We also talked about using time order words in our writing (first, then, next, last, finally).  Many students worked on individual writing projects during Writer’s Workshop time.

 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be bait, wait, gate, slate, state, plate.  We will continue our author study on Kevin Henkes. We will use the mentor text Chrysanthemum.  We will start on Topic 13 with telling time.  In writing, we will begin our own narrative writing.

Important Dates

April 18 & 21:  No School (Easter Break)

May 8:  1st Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

 

 

Vocabulary Connection

Essential:  absolutelynecessary, important.

Vinegar:  a strong, sour smelling liquid

Plunger:  a tool used to unclog pipes

 

 

 

 


Newsletter

April 11, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-11-14

News and Information

  • Thanks to all who came to Parent/Teacher Conferences this week. 
  • Kindergarten screening will be held on May 1st and 2nd.  To qualify for enrollment, eligible children must be 5 years of age prior to August 1st.  You may call the office at 743-4810 for more information or to set up an appointment.

Language Workshop

This week we learned about poetry.  For mentor texts, we used the poems I Love to do the Laundry and I Raised My Hand in Class by Kenn Nesbitt. We learned about pronouns and how they can take the place of nouns.  We practiced writing sentences and replacing the nouns with pronouns.

 

Math Workshop

We started Topic 12 on length this week.  We learned how to put objects in order from longest to shortest and what it means to estimate.  We also practiced measuring things around our classroom using cubes.   Ask your child what it means to estimate. 

Reader’s Workshop

Since our focus this week was on pronouns, we practiced finding pronouns in our poetry and in our reading books.  We also talked about how authors use pronouns in their writing.  Don’t forget about our   new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache!

Writer’s Workshop

This week we practiced writing our own sentences using pronouns.   Some of us finished up our informational writing projects while others followed the writer’s workshop process to produce a new published piece of writing. 

 

Next Week

Next week’s words will be saw, straw, yawn, pause, because, and August.  We will begin an author study on Kevin Henkes. We will start with the mentor text Owen.  We will finish up Topic 12 over length and test on Wednesday.  In writing, we will learn about narratives.

Important Dates

April 18 & 21:  No School (Easter Break)

May 8:  1st Grade Field Trip to Fantastic Caverns

 

Vocabulary Connection

Poetry:  A collection of words that express an emotion or idea.

Stanza:  A certain number of lines of words that form a part of a poem.

Poet:  Someone who writes poetry.

Pronoun:  A word that can replace a noun.

Strategy:  A Detailed plan of action.

Clench:  To hold something very tight.


Newsletter

April 4, 2014

Our Weekly  Learning  

Date 4-4-14

News and Information

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are next week. I am sending home a reminder of the date and time you have signed up for.  If you need to make any changes, please let me know.
  • The PTA Penny Drive starts Monday and ends Friday.  Pennies count as a positive and silver change and dollars count as a negative. All money raised will go toward technology.
  • Kindergarten screening will be held on May 1st and 2nd.  To qualify for enrollment, eligible children must be 5 years of age prior to August 1st.  You may call the office at 743-4810 for more information or to set up an appointment.
  • Spring picture packets are coming home today.  If you would like to purchase them, please return the payment to school by Friday, April 11.  If you do not want to purchase the pictures, please return the entire packet to school by this date.

 

Language Workshop

This week we learned about poetry.  For mentor texts, we used the poems My Lunch and Mashed Potatoes on the Ceiling by Kenn Nesbitt.  We learned what a poem is, that poems can be funny or serious, and that poems don’t have to rhyme.  We even practiced being poets and wrote our own poetry.  We also learned about singular and plural nouns.

 

Math Workshop

We finished up Topic 11 this week. Topic 11 is subtracting with tens and ones. We have covered the concepts of subtracting groups of 10, subtracting tens from two-digit numbers, and using mental math to subtract tens.  We took our test on Friday.

Reader’s Workshop

Our focus this week was on singular and plural nouns.  We learned to make a noun plural, you add an “s” to the end.  If the noun ends with x, s, z, ch or sh, add an “es” to the end.  We practiced finding these words in our poetry and in our reading books.  Also, we talked about our new reading challenge: “I mustache you to read”.  Be sure to read at home and fill in your mustache!

Writer’s Workshop

This week, we continued to work on our informational writing projects.  Students are doing a great job following the writer’s workshop process to produce a published piece of writing.  They are super excited to share what they have learned about extreme weather conditions.

 

Next Week

Next week we will be doing a sight word review.  There will not be a new list of words.  We will continue our unit of study on poetry.  We will start working on Topic 12 in math.  In writing, we will finish up our research writing on weather and spend the rest of the week using the writer’s workshop process.

Important Dates

April 4: Art Night

April 7-11: Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 7-11:  PTA Penny Drive

April 18 & 21:  No School (Easter Break)

Vocabulary Connection

Poetry:  A collection of words that express an emotion or idea.

Stanza:  A certain number of lines of words that form a part of a poem.

Poet:  Someone who writes poetry.


Important! Art Night

April 1, 2014

Parents, 

Art night is Friday.   Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Russell are in need of volunteers to help make this night a sucess.  Please contact them if you can help for an hour!  Thank you

 

 

 

dani