Thursday, May 17, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 8

Last weekly blog of the school year...

Dear First Grade Families,  

Message about Yearbooks: Coming Home TOMORROW!
If parents have questions or concerns, please email: sommeryearbook@gmail.com

Extra yearbooks will be sold at school in the morning until they are gone.  There are only a few extras available so it is a first come, first serve. (Please email the yearbook directly if you have questions.  The email is provided above.)

Thank you!
The Sommer Yearbook Team
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We have worked super hard all year and now it’s time to celebrate the students’ hard work.  Each day next week we will have a different celebratory event. Students may bring items from home that pertain to the activities occurring throughout each of the days.  Students may bring additional snacks to eat throughout the days if they wish. The days are as follows...
Student Appreciation Week
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Game Day
Students may bring board games, card games or puzzles. Please label with student names.

NO ELECTRONICS, please!
Arts
and
Craft Day
Students will
get to use art supplies
to create different
pieces of art. Students may bring any extra supplies from home.  
Electronic Day
Students may bring their individual electronics to play during the afternoon.  

Please have all devices charged and ready for use
End of the Year PARTY!!!
Please remind your child to wear their black class t-shirt (one last time)!
Autograph Day (In the Morning)
Student will be given a “Memories Book” for their friends to sign.  They may also bring their yearbook. (Please be sure your child’s name is inside, on the front cover.)
Read In
and
Movie Day
Students may bring their favorite books,
small blankets and a flashlight. This needs to fit in their backpack. They may wear pajamas if they wish.

Summer Birthdays
If your child has a summer birthday and would like to bring in a small treat to celebrate with the class in the coming weeks, please email me as soon as possible with the date so we can ensure we don’t have multiple birthdays on the same day.  .

I wish everyone a great last few days of school and a wonderful summer!

Until next time,
Sarah
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Important Dates

  • May 23: 1st Grade Awards Assembly @ 9:00am
    • All students will be recognized with an individual award unique to them
  • May 24: EOY Grade Level Party @ 11:30
    • This is just a time for classes to celebrate and will be held outside.  
  • May 28: NO School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last Day of School

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 7

Dear First Grade Families,  

I hope this finds everyone doing well and I am sorry I missed sending a blog home last week.  Time is quickly getting away from me and it seems like there is more that needs to get done than there is time in a day.  Below you will find a lot of information and updated dates that will carry us through the end of the school year. (That is crazy to think!)  As always, please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the information included.

This Thursday:
“An Aesop Adventure!” - Performance: 8:00am in the Cafeteria
  • We want the kids to have fun making their costumes.  The costumes can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to and have the time to make. If your child has a speaking role it would be great if they were able to dress as their assigned part, unless they are a narrator then they just need to wear their class t-shirt.  These costumes must be simple enough that your child is able to take them on and off without any assistance. If your child did not get a speaking part they will need to wear our black class t-shirt.  

Homework for the EOY
  • This is the last week I am sending books home with students for homework.  The books that are sent home need to be retuned for inventory so they are ready to go for the start of next school year.  Please continue nightly reading with RAZKids and books from home. Just enjoy reading!
  • Enrichment Homework will continue to be sent home for the next couple of weeks.  My reason for doing this is to keep things as “normal” as possible as we near the end of the school year.

EOY Student Growth Form
On Thursday I will be sending home your child’s Spring (End of the Year) Student Growth Form.  The information provided on the form will include your child’s reading, writing, and math grade levels along with areas of growth for behaviors.  There will also be actions steps/suggestions that can be completed over the summer. After reviewing, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Please sign and return the WHITE copy as soon as possible. The COLORED copy is yours to keep. On the last day of school report cards, data binders, and summer enrichment packets will come home with your child.  

Summer Birthdays
If your child has a summer birthday and would like to bring in a small treat to celebrate with the class in the coming weeks, please email me as soon as possible with the date so we can ensure we don’t have multiple birthdays on the same day.  .

Until next week,
Sarah
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4th Quarter - Week 7
Math:  The students will be extending place value knowledge beyond 100. They will compare whole numbers, generate a number that is greater than or less than a given number and order whole numbers up to 130. They will also be writing these numbers in expanded form.

Science/Social Studies: This week, we will continue our unit on Plant Parts. In this unit, students will be given opportunities to identify and compare the parts from different plants as well as different parts of the same plant.

Reading: This week our first graders are finishing their journey through Aesop’s Fables.  They will be finishing reading the remainder of the fables that will be performed by the individual classes.  Students will, once again, be using their comprehension strategies to help create a deeper meaning and understanding of these stories.

Writing:  Students are going to continue writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairy tales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.  We will also be spending time revising and editing.

4th Quarter - Week 8
Math:  This week will be a review week over math strategies and concepts such as Doubles, Making Tens, Subtraction, Time and Money. We will be reviewing these concepts with interactive activities and Math games.

Science:
This will be the last week of our unit on Plant Parts. Students will continue to explore the different parts of plants and will compare and contrast parts of different plants..

Reading: Students are going to have an opportunity to review and practice different comprehension strategies that have been taught throughout the school year.  They will be introduced to a “Reading Menu” that contains various way of responding to the different texts that they have read. Once each of the strategies (ways of responding to  a text) are explained, students will be given work time to practice responding to their readings.

Writing:  Students are going to have the opportunity to write a variety of stories using skills they have learned throughout the year.  Students will work their way through a writing menu, giving them choice from All Abouts, comics, small moments, How Tos, etc. They will also be using their editing and revising skills getting their stories to final draft form.  This is going to give students a chance to put everything their have learned throughout the year into final writing pieces for their first grade year!
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Important Dates
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance (Time 8:00am)
  • May 10: EOY Conference Forms Go Home
    • Please sign and return the white copy.
  • May 11: Last All School Morning Assembly for the Year
  • May 14 - 16: STAAR Testing (Campus Closed to All Visitors)
  • May 14: ALL Library Books Due!
  • May 23: 1st Grade Awards Assembly @ 9:00am
    • All students will be recognized with an individual award unique to them
  • May 24: EOY Grade Level Party @ 11:30
    • This is just a time for classes to celebrate and will be held outside.  
  • May 28: NO School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last Day of School
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
  • PE: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Thursday, April 19, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 4

Dear First Grade Families,  

What a great week!  We has been a while since we have had a day of celebration for all our hard work.  SO… tomorrow is the day!! Kids are allowed to bring any games and/or an electronic device to play with friends.  We have some things to take care of in the morning but on and off throughout the day kids will have some chill time to just be with friends and play.  Each child has worked hard and this is a well earned day!

This coming week our class will begin practicing our class’s Aesop’s Fable play.  We will be doing “Too Little, Too Late: The Grasshopper and The Ants”. If your child is interested to auditioning for a speaking role (a narrator, the grasshopper, or the ant) they need to be memorizing the first stanza of that role.  (I will pass out copies of our play to each child tomorrow, in class.)

We will be having auditions in our class Thursday, April 26 where they will speak the stanza, from memory, for the class.  Once auditions are complete I will select students and let them know their part(s) that will need to be memorized for our performance for parents on May 10th.   If your child does not have a speaking part they will still be a part of the performance. As we get closer to our performance date more details will be will be given regarding costumes and what each child should wear on the “showtime” day.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions regarding anything that is happening as this time of the year tends to get a little crazy with it nearing the end of the school year.

Message from Yearbook:
Hello Parents,
The arrival of our school yearbooks near the end of May is one of the most exciting days of the year for Sommer students.   

Only 11 of Mrs. Stephen's students have bought their yearbook.  We have about 120 books left to sell as of today. Don't miss the chance to have 1st grade and Sommer memories!

All yearbooks must be pre-purchased at www.balfour.com

​If you have any questions or aren't sure if you bought a book or not, ask us!!​

Until next week,
Sarah
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3rd Quarter - Week 5
Math: This week we will be reviewing graphing and how to make a graph after collecting data. We will also be using our addition and subtraction skills by answering questions such as How many more? with the graphing data.

Science: Students will continue to add to their understanding of animal characteristics this week through lessons and learning experiences. Students will learn about how animals’ claws, fur, eyes, etc can help them to survive in their environment. Students will have a test on Friday over animal characteristics and life cycles.

Reading:  Let’s go on a journey!  This week begins our 3 week journey through Aesop’s Fables.  Each week classes will be taking a close look at multiple fables and pulling out the literary elements of them to help make meaning.  Students will also determine the theme/moral of each fable hopefully being able to apply it to their own lives in some manner. The individual fables include: Bad Company:“The Farmer and The Stork”, Sour Grapes: “The Fox and The Grapes”, “Small Acts of Kindness: The Lion and The Mouse”, “Too Little, Too Late: The Grasshopper and The Ants”, “Wolf! Wolf!: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, “One Step At A Time: The Tortoise and The Hare”, “Simple Pleasures: The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse” and “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: The Crow and The Pitcher”.

Writing:  The next three weeks students will be writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairytales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.
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Important Dates
  • TOMORROW: Stallion Assembly in the morning
  • TOMORROW: School’s Spring Carnival (4:30 to 7:30)
    • Wristband information has been sent home.  
    • There is also a silent auction which can be found on the school’s website.
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance (Time 8:00am)
  • May 14: ALL Library Books Due!
  • May 24: EOY Grade Level Party
  • May 28: NO School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last Day of School
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Reading Homework: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Enrichment Homework!
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
  • Wednesday: Library

Friday, April 13, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 3

Dear First Grade Families,  


What a great week of work putting the finishing touches on our PBL.  We cannot wait to show off our work this afternoon.


Wishing everyone a blessed weekend.
Until next week,
Sarah
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3rd Quarter - Week 4
Math: Students will be diving deeper into comparison subtraction.  They will continue to discuss what they can learn about a number by comparing them.  They will be applying their knowledge of comparison subtraction to measurement.


Science: Students will continue to add to their understanding of animal characteristics this week through lessons and learning experiences. Students will learn about how animals’ claws, fur, eyes, etc can help them to survive in their environment.


Reading:  Students will explore.  We will be exploring. This week students will be introduced to the genres of nonfiction and fantasy, as well as, fairy tales, legends, folktales, fables.  We will be exploring books in all genres and what makes each genre unique, fun, and interesting.  We will also be discussing characteristics of each and how they play an important role in our world of literature.  This is a segway into our three week study of Aesop’s Fables that will be starting next week.


Writing:  Piggybacking off what students will be learning about in reading, students will get a change to write their own fairy tales, folktales, fables, and legends.  When writing their own the focus will be on making sure elements that are unique to each genre are included in their stories like: “Once upon a time…”, “...happily ever after”, the number 3, animals that talk, princess and princes, etc.  It will be neat to see each child’s imagination come alive when creating their own stories.
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Important Dates
  • April 20: Stallion Assembly in the morning
  • April 20: School’s Spring Carnival (4:30 to 7:30)
    • Wristband information has been sent home.  
    • There is also a silent auction which can be found on the school’s website.
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance (Time 8:00am)
  • May 14: ALL Library Books Due!
  • May 24: EOY Grade Level Party
  • May 28: NO School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last Day of School
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Reading Homework: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Enrichment Homework!
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
  • Wednesday: Library