Math Test Friday -- + and - story problems using the 4 square method ( ask your child to explain this to you), they need to show combinations of how to make 10, do addition and subtraction problems up to 15, count backwards from 30 writing the numbers correctly, skip counting by 5's writing the numbers correctly to 100, and counting the total sum of a group of coins.
Reading -- assessments are being done-- keep up that nightly reading to make sure they have good fluency and comprehension when retelling.
Science -- learning about natural resources and conservation
Prize box items are very low. Please think about going through the old toy box and see if you have small items to donate.
HAND SANITIZER needed please consider donating.
THANK YOU for all of you who helped to make teacher appreciation feel so special last week. I enjoyed all the cards and special treats that came my way! It is so nice that you notice all the extra that I do to make your child's first grade year a memorable one.
May 1st School/Arbor Day clean up..info coming after spring break
May 3rd Evening Knights of the Museum
MAY 20TH- PTO 5K Fun Run
MAY 26th- First Grade Field Trip to Silver Lake
MAY 29th- No School Memorial Day
June 9th – First Grade Picnic
June 15th- Last Day of School (1/2 Day)
April 17 No school
April 18 return from spring break
April 20th Kindergarten Registration 1-7
April 21st School of Excellence Celebration @ 2:00pm
In preparation for Career day on Friday:
Wednesday, April 26th: Dress for Success Day (students are encouraged to dress up like they would for a job interview.)
Thursday, April 27th: College Shirt Day (or college colors if you don't have a shirt)
Friday, April 28th: Dress as your favorite job
April 28th Career Day Day ZERO
April 28th Arbor Day Contest due (Info coming after spring break)
April 29th Spring Fling
Celebrating Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss' birthday couldn't be any better! Keep the celebration going all month long by reading a good book every night with your child. Then you can put your initials on your child's March Reading Log to earn them Dr. Seuss stickers.
Math : We are using various objects to practice measuring length with nonstandard units. We have some fun centers planed for the kids to practice measurement! They have loved using the baby feet, giant feet, Popsicle sticks, tiles, and cubes to measure thus far. You can help your child by using items of the same size such as cheerios or paperclips to measure at home. In this unit they are also responsible for understanding the calendar, telling time to the hour and half hour, estimating capacities, and weighing objects using a balance scale.
Science: Animal Unit of study---I have encouraged the children to talk to you about out animals they are curious about and for you to help them on the internet to find information. A great resource is to use www.PebbleGo.com -- Username is glenkirk and the password is school. We have reviewed what living things need. This week we are discussing animal coverings and do a feely flip book with examples of the animal coverings. This unit is sure to be a class favorite.
Reading: 3rd quarter sight words are coming home in binders for you to practice 10 words a week at home. These are words that are in everyday books that they are reading at the first grade level. I am so pleased by the success rate of our class in learning these words!!
Feb 14-- I hope your child has told you about our goal of making paper hearts touch the floor in order to earn a pizza party lunch on Valentines Day!
Our next fantastic celebration at school is what we like to call "Friendship Day".Tuesday, Feb. 14th students will be exchanging Valentine cards. They may attach a treat to the valentine cards if they wish. Each student is asked to make a creative Valentine box to bring in on that day (not before please). In the past I have loved seeing robots, cars, poodles, sparkly hearts, and so many more really awesome HAND- Made containers -- made with a loving parent. You can use anything from shoe boxes or milk cartons, buckets or paper-Mache balloons.
Kids are so proud to show what they have made and everyone enjoys hearing the stories behind them. Please have their name on the container where it can be seen.
The student’s do not need to put names on the Valentines cards because everyone will get one and it makes the whole process much quicker, but they must have one for everyone 25 plus the teacher of course ; )
Jan 26-- This Thursday-- Subtraction Math test - There will also be word problems using the four square method.
January 27th- Half Day Parent Teacher Conferences
January 30th- Teacher Work Day No School
Refresher of the basic things to keep in mind when Coming back to school after a long break :
* Please label !! Coats, gloves, hats, water bottles; lunchboxes. If it is lost this is the best way to ensure it is returned to you.
*After a long break from routine it is a great time for parents to sit down and talk to your child about the following class rules and your expectations and consequences. Good behavior and good listening skills are very important parts to getting a great education.
* Every Monday refresh your child's memories about what they did over the weekend to help them when they write in their Weekend Journal. They are now using a main idea and transition words ( first, next, then; last). They can practice using this retelling stories to you at home.
* Please respond in the parent journal each weekend by using large PRINT with a few simple sentences for your child to read.
* Remember to have a water bottle with a spout top for your child. Spills will ruin books easily. They also need a healthy snack each day--- Nut and Peanut free- and free of a cheesy powder (dairy allergy)
* Our class is always in need of treasure chest items to use as incentives when they earn their "Kubancik Cash" -- All donations are appreciated! Small used toys are great.
* First grade homework 7 days a week is to read to an adult 15 min -- It is also great to use Raz-Kids and Dreambox programs provided by our school.
Dec. 5th ------red stocking/ gift bag and 25 small treats due
Dec. 6th -------TPAC & PTO meeting
Dec. 7th------- Science Center Field Trip
Dec. 13-15---- Glenkirk Holiday Store
Dec. 22nd -Jan 2nd -------- Winter Break
Jan. 3rd---------School Reopens
We are all getting excited to do some great STEM experiments during our field trip at the Science Center! Dec. 7 is right around the corner. We will be leaving by 9:15 and we will return by 1:00. We will eat lunch in the classroom when we return and then going to encore. Don't forget to send your child with an easy to eat snack that we can have at the Science Center. It needs to be in disposable packaging. Please have your child also bring a packed lunch to be eaten in the classroom when we return.
Reading --Students are engaged in learning centers while guided reading groups are working hard to build their fluency and comprehension. We have also been working on making predictions when reading. We read several picture books and discussed how good readers make predictions before, during, and after reading. The Night Tree by Eve Bunting will be read aloud and we will complete a story map. The students will use this book as inspiration to create their own whimsical night tree and then write about it. It is expected the second quarter that the students are able to write 4 clear sentences on a given topic with proper capitalization and periods.
Math-- basic faction labeling and identification, identifying equal shares, telling time to the hour and half hour are all in this unit.
Science-- They have worked hard making scientific discoveries this past week. Everyone really liked the candy cane experiment and they were able to see if their hypothesis was correct. Now, we are starting a unit on force and motion. They will push, pull, roll, bounce, and slide everyday objects to see how they react of force.
Our kids were very happy today to bring in their little treats to share and red stockings for the hall. We are starting to make our school look very festive. Later this month we are going to expose the children to the way 8 countries celebrate winter holidays. There will be more information about holidays around the world as the time gets closer.
November News------- Happy Veterans Day!
I have really enjoyed talking to each of you one to one to discuss your child's progress in school. If you have not had a conference yet with me due to being out of town please contact me to set up a date to do so as soon as possible.
Reading = We have been learning the "Chunkie Monkey" strategy to find the root word to decode it. Our literacy focus is on story elements. Raz-Kids is a great way to practice reading in addition to the guided reading book. When you are listening to your child read please ask them questions about characters, setting, problem, and solution. We are now on our 2nd nine weeks 100 sight words. I am so proud of the class! They have been very successful learning them with your help by doing 10 flash cards a week at home.
Math= Geometry and patterns will be on our test next week. They need to know the names of the basic shapes and the number of sides and vertices of each. We have learning about repeating patterns and to identify the core. Don't forget about allowing the children to type their own login for Dreambox so that they can have the practice for the times when we are in the computer lab. They should know how to go to the Glenkirk website and find --> student--> student web links--> Dreambox and login. They can do it -- because they are awesome!
Social studies=is about unit about diversity in Virginia. we will discuss voting, diversity in our community, and Virginians contributing to their communities.
Enjoy your long weekend and I look forward to seeing all the kids on Monday! Keep them reading!
Our class reached many of the goals they set for class incentives. I am so proud of all of them. Today after the fun run, we had "shoes off day" and "movie day" watching old fashioned Chip & Dale cartoons that kept them laughing. Next week, we will be having more fun--
Oct 26-- Wednesday = Hat Day/ Silly Sock Day-- along with Dance Party time
Oct 27 --Thursday = Extra Recess --- and The Firefighter is coming in the morning
Oct 28---Friday = STEM Pumpkin Projects for our Party (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)---- the SCA has also said that students may dress like a story book character on this day if they wish.
At the party on Friday we will be using the money that has been collected by our room moms for the "craft/party fund" to pay for several things to make our STEM day possible. This also means none of you will have to run to the store to bring in items on our list. Thanks to all of you who have made a donation and a big thank you to Karen and Alison for doing all that they do for our class.
Allergy alert: Party Food: one of the nice things we will be doing is graphing and predicting what type of pie is a favorite in our class. We will be eating a sample of pumpkin pie and apple pie from Costco. We are also preparing small goodie bags for the kids with candy treats, animal crackers, and bubbles. They will be told to take this home to enjoy with a parent. If you have a child who has allergies to these types of items please send me an e-mail and feel free to send in a treat that your child should eat instead of the pie or candy.
Thank you again for your support!
allergy alert---- We have a couple of students with severe allergies to dairy products in our classroom. Recently, I was informed that the fine powdery cheese flavor that is on Cheese-Its, cheese puffs, and Doritos can be dangerous for these children to come in contact with. Please make note to not send these items to school for snack. If they pack it in their lunches they must wash their hands before coming into our classroom to do centers. As always, fruits and veggies are a preferred healthy snack and water is the only beverage allowed in the class. Lastly, please read labels on granola bars to make sure they are nut free. Thank you for helping to keep our kids safe.
Picture day: Oct. 6
Computer: I have been checking the usage for Dreambox and I am so happy to see most students are using this great math program at home.
Reading: Reading groups have started and the decoding strategy we are working on is one I like to call "Eagle Eye". I want the kids to look closely at the pictures for clues that will help them to figure out an unknown word. We have also spent a long time working on main ideas. An activity sheet went home today that is optional so that you can discuss this with your child.
Behavior Charts: Please look at them regularly and initial in the box if there is a number in it so I can be sure you have seen it. Continue to talk to your child about following school rules, practicing patience, building tolerance for others, and keeping their voices down low in the classroom.
Math: Today I sent home a poster about using 6 different addition strategies. Try some out at home, I think you will be impressed. It would be a great investment to get addition and subtraction flash cards. It is something they can use all year long.
Sept. 26 MONDAY -Back to School Night -K-2 6:00-7:00 Grades 3-5 7:30-8:30
Sept. 26th Volunteer Training 7:00-7:30 and 8:30-8:50
Sept. 30th Book Fairs last day
Things to keep in mind:
* Every Monday refresh your child's memories about what they did over the weekend to help them when they write in their Weekend Journal.
* Please respond in the parent journal each weekend by PRINTING a few simple sentences for your child to read in large print.
* Remember to have a water bottle with a spout top for your child and a healthy snack each day--- Nut and Peanut free
* Our class is in need of treasure chest items to use as incentives when they earn their "Kubancik Cash" -- All donations are appreciated!
* First grade homework 7 days a week is to read to an adult 10 min or more
Welcome to First Grade
Our Class Mission:
I will work every day to make the leader in me shine through.