Thursday, January 18, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 2

Dear First Grade Families,

It’s been another great week of learning!  

REPORT CARD:
Your child is coming home, today, with their 2nd quarter report cards and data binders.  Please sign the envelope and return it to school along with your kiddo's data binder, and all its contents.  When the school year ends, the data binder and all the material in it will be yours to keep.  You can keep the copy of the report card.

THINKERY FIELD TRIP INFORMATION:
Our field trip is this coming Thursday.  We will be leaving school at 10:15 and returning at 2:00.  We will be eating lunch is the classroom before we leave and having a snack upon returning.  (If you ordered a lunch from school for this day their order has been placed.)  If you have volunteered to go with us please plan on meeting us at The Thinkery.  I will have your volunteer badges for you once we meet up, along with a group of kids assigned to you.  (There will be 5 students to each parent.)  I am asking that all students please wear their black class t-shirts this day.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I am greatly looking forward to this exciting adventure with our kids!

NOTES FROM SCHOOL/DISTRICT:
- Please take a few moments to participate in the 2018 Parent Climate Survey today.  Each day staff, students and volunteers at Sommer work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meet the needs of all children.  You are a critical part of our success!

The survey will only be available for a short time, please participate today.

- Apex Fun Run: Our 2018 fundraiser, is coming in February! This is a 2 week program that develops leadership through quick class lessons & positive messages.  It is all run by the Apex team and ends in a run run that is a school fundraiser! 10% of what your class raises goes directly back to your classroom. Stay tuned for more information!  (Please see attached flyer in email.)

Until next week,
Sarah
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3rd Quarter - Week 2
Math:  Students will work on making ten and be able to compose and decompose numbers into tens. This will help them better manipulate numbers mentally. We will continue to review Place Value and Expanded form throughout the week.

Science: Students will continue to learn about objects in the sky and day and night. We will be using technology and hands on activities to explore and learn more about the moon, stars, and sun. A test for this unit and for Patterns of Movement will be on Friday.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Students will continue to think like a geographer by reading and discussing Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney and then create a flipbook that shows where our community, Texas and the United States are located on a map and globe.   After reading and discussing Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy, students will end the week by working in groups to construct a map of the classroom.

Writing: Students will continue working on their state research projects using various resources and tools.  They will be introduced to Google Slides and taught the ins and outs of how to put together a presentation.  Student will begin assembling a mini slides (Powerpoint) presentation.  Their slides will include researched information about their state along with pictures.  
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Important Dates
  • January 25: Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • January 26: Key Stallion Assembly
  • January 29: Author Visit at 8:00 to 8:55
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance (Time 8:00am)
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library

Friday, January 12, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks: Week 1

Dear First Grade Families,

One word describes our first week back from Christmas Break… AWESOME!  Each child has fallen back nicely into the swing of things.  They are doing an outstanding job with each of their school tasks and having fun in the process.  

As we embark on the third quarter here are a few reminders:
  1. Your child has reading homework Monday through Thursday.  Responses to nightly readings need to be completed Monday through Wednesday.  Please remember to sign your child’s reading log that is in their purple folder.  Completing homework and a signed reading log are easy ways for your child to earn Stallion Stars.
  2. Please check your child’s green daily folders everyday.  This is where you can see how your child’s day went and where important papers from the school (and me) are placed.  Your initials on your child’s calendar (for each day) are an easy way from me to see that you have seen their green folders.  This is another way that they are earn Stallion Stars.
  3. Enrichment homework comes home every Monday and can be turned in whenever it is completed.  Completing these homework packets is a great review of skills that have been covered here at school and another great way for your child to earn more Stallion Stars.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your continued support.  Here’s to a great rest of the school year! :)

Happy New Year,
Sarah
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3rd Quarter - Week 2
Math:  Students will continue to deepen their understanding of place value up to 99 through expanded form.  We will be using games and hands on activities to reinforce place value skills. There will be a test over place value and expanded form on Friday.
Science: This week we will be beginning our unit on Objects in the Sky, Day, and Night. We will be learning about the differences between Day and Night and will be talking about the appearance of the Moon and stars.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  For the next few weeks we will learn about being a geographer by using maps, learning about the physical characteristics of our environment and the importance of natural resources. This week students will focus on locating places using the 4 cardinal directions.  Students will learn that a map has a title, cardinal directions and a legend/key with symbols.

Writing: This week students will be embark on a three week journey of research.  Each student will be researching a state of their choosing.  (Texas will not be available for students to research.  Classroom teachers will be using Texas as a guide throughout the research unit.)  Students will be learning what makes resources useful and reliable along with putting learning information into their own words.  They will also be taking what they learn about their state a putting the information into a Google Slide presentation so that they become more familiar with the technology that is available to them.  Students will be taught the basics of Google Slides and learn how to insert text (state information) and pictures.   Each student will be presenting their Google Slide presentation to their class at the end of the three week research unit.
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Important Dates
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • January 25: Field Trip to The Thinkery
  • January 26: Key Stallion Assembly
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance (Time 8:00am)
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library

Monday, January 8, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 8

Dear First Grade Families,

Wow!  The first semester is over.  Crazy!  We ended out on such a great and positive note that I cannot wait to see what the New Year and new semester brings.   

Thank you so much to all the wonderful parents who made our Christmas party a huge success and a great time for our kiddos.  They LOVED it!

I know there are many families that do Christmas cards to send out to family and friends.  If you have an extra one and would like to share it with our class that would be great!  I display them in our classroom for the rest of the school year and the kiddos love to see each other’s families.

Although there is no assigned homework over break, please continue to have your child read daily.  This would also be a great time to catch-up on past enrichment homework.  If your child completes any past enrichment homework over the break please have them bring them back to school when break is over for Stallion Stars!

As always, if you have any questions please let me know.  I wish each of you a fun, safe break with family and friends.  

Until next year,
Sarah
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3rd Quarter - Week 1 (The week back from Christmas Break)
Math:  Students will be deepening their understanding of place value up to 99 through the use of manipulatives.  We will be using games and hands on activities to reinforce place value skills taught at the beginning of the year.  Students will be reviewing measurement and time to the hour as a review.

Science: This week, we will be doing a short unit on Movement. Through several activities, students will explore different patterns of movement, such as up and down, back and forth, round and round, fast and slow, zig zag, and straight lines.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Classes will spend this week reviewing expectations of Reader’s Workshop.  This will include what it looks and sounds like, how to select “just right” books, and how readers should act.  The week will come to an end with a Scholastic News for Kids.

Writing: This week will be spent reviewing expectations of Writer’s Workshop.  This, again, includes what it looks like and sounds like.  Students will also be reviewing compound words and how two separate words (with different meanings) are put together to create a whole new word with a whole new meaning.  They will also continue working on pages in their handwriting, practicing on correct letter formation.
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Important Dates
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018 - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • January 25: Thinkery Field Trip
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 7

Dear First Grade Families,

What a week!  We have been so busy with a lot of exciting stuff and have had a blast in doing it all.  It is crazy to think that we only have 5 more days until our two week break and we welcome in a New Year.  

With the crazy Texas winter weather and the chillier mornings please send a warm jacket to school with your child.  Since we have recess in the morning it doesn’t allow for much time for the temperature to rise.  It is still often very chilly when we go outside.  (For example, when we went outside this morning it was still only 41 degrees.  And it was a chilly 41 with no sun out yet.)

PLEASE help in reminding your child to bring a snack everyday.  I am quickly running out of what I have to provide and our day is too long for them to go without a little pick me up in the afternoon.  Thanks.  Upon returning from Christmas Break I will no longer be providing backup snack.

I have decided to NOT send home reading homework this next week.  I know a lot of families have a lot going on during this time and it is more important to me that this time is cherished with family than an extra week of reading homework.  I still encourage the reading of books at home but please enjoy the time together the most.  (I know I will with my family as time seems to be flying by and watching my own kiddo turn 5 this past week has put a lot back into perspective for me.)  
So, NO reading homework next week but I will still send home enrichment homework that can be turned in whenever it is completed.   

Please let  me know if you have any questions regarding anything that is happening in class.  Have a blessed rest of your week and a great weekend.

Until next week,
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Coming Up in 2nd Quarter - Week 8
This week is going to look a little different.  We will be catching-up on things from past weeks making sure we leave for Christmas Break with a clean slate.  Each day will be a different winter themed day with Polar Express Day happening on Thursday.  On this day students will be able to wear their PJs as we will be watching the movie, enjoying our last day together before the break.
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Important Dates
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018 - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 6

Dear First Grade Families,
It’s been a busy week once again with reading testing and starting new units in math and science.  The kids have done a great job throughout all aspects of our day and I am looking forward to what the next couple of weeks have in store.
I have a favor to ask.  I am in need of some big buttons for a Christmas/holiday project I am planning on doing with the class.  The buttons I need need to be similar in size to that of a half dollar coin.  (And color does not matter but they need to be flat.)  I will need about 25 of them to make us project a success.  If you are willing to contribute it would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.  
 
Until next week,
Sarah
P.S.  Here is a picture of what I am looking for in terms of the buttons.  (If I could get at least one of each that would be wonderful!)

Crystallove 4 Holes Mixed Color Environmental Buttons 30mm in Bulk for Sewing Fasteners Scrapbooking and DIY Craft (1.2", 30pcs)

Crystallove Bulk 2 Holes 30mm Flower Buttons Mixed for Sewing Scrapbooking and DIY Craft (1.2" 30pcs)
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Coming Up in 2nd Quarter - Week 7
Math:  This week we will be reviewing Time to the Half Hour.  All week we will review matching analog clocks to their digital clocks. We will also practice drawing hands on the clock with times to the half hour.  Afterwards the students will be playing different Time Math Games for practice.

Science: This week in Science, we will be finishing our unit on Weather and Air. We will be continuing to learn about weather and will start to explore the air around us. Test for this unit will be on Friday.

Reading & Integrated Social Studies:  Students will explore the genres of nonfiction and fantasy.  We will be exploring books in both genres and what makes each genre unique, fun, and interesting. We will also learn about the origins of customs, holidays, and celebrations of the community, state, and nation and see how they are celebrated in our own homes through the presentations of our at-home Holiday timeline projects.

Writing: This week students will be putting the finishing touches on their All About Books.  The focus will be on creating a meaningful cover and revising/editing, making sure it’s ready for final draft publication.  We will have an author’s share out on Friday where students will get a chance to share their All About Book with friends.
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Important Dates
  • December 20: 1st Grade Class Parties
  • December 22: NO School for kids
  • December 25 to January 8: Christmas (Holiday) Break!
  • January 9: Happy 2018! - Kids Back to School
  • January 15: NO School - MLK,Jr. Day
  • March 9: Field Day!
    • More details to come!
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Classroom Reminders

  • Green Daily Folders initial daily and returned
  • Enrichment Homework!
    • Sent home every Monday and can be turned in when complete.  This is a great way to spiral review concepts that have been taught in class.  Thank you to those whom have taken the time to complete it.  I love seeing the progress made and light bulbs turn-on.  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: PE
    • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear tennis shoes.
  • Wednesday: Library