Thursday, February 7, 2019

Monday the 11th is our 100th day of school!!  
The children do not need to bring in anything
for this special day.  I will have all we need
here to celebrate 100 days of learning and fun!

Thursday the 14th is Valentine’s Day.  
We will have a little classroom celebration
at the end of the day.  I sent home lists
of names today.

Friday the 15th is our first field trip.
 We have our 5 classroom chaperones all
lined up and we are ready to go.  Please send in
Mc Donald’s order form and money by the 12th.  
Kiddos are so excited about this :)

February 18th is the start
of February vacation…..ENJOY!

Friday, January 4, 2019

January News From First Grade
Important Dates

*January 8th K-4 assembly theme is inside out
….so students can wear some clothing inside out
           *No School on Monday January 21st
                * January 29th early dismissal
In Reading we will be focusing on the comprehension skills of…
compare and contrast, making generalizations, cause and effect,
and summarizing.  We will continue to work on building fluency.
Our spelling strategies will be short e, short u, and digraphs
sh and ch.  In grammar we will work on telling, asking
and exclamation sentences and using I or me
correctly in sentences.

Our unit on teaching chapter books will be wrapping
up soon.  In our next writing unit the focus is opinion writing.
We will be using the vocabulary words persuade/persuasion
LOTS. They will be given the opportunity to “debate”
on certain topics.  

In Math we are extending the counting sequence.  
We will be counting to 120 by tens and ones, reading
and writing numbers to 120.  We will also need to represent
a number of objects with a written numeral. Counting by
tens and ones builds an understanding of place value.  
Once we finish topic 7 our topic 8 will focus on place value.

Our Science topic is seasonal patterns.  We will discuss how
the amount of daylight changes at different times of the year.  

Just a reminder to have a pair of shoes for inside
the classroom, and to have appropriate winter clothing
for outside recess….if we can get out there :)

Happy New Year & may 2019 be a year full of fun
and learning for all first graders!

Friday, November 30, 2018

First Grade News

Important December Dates to Remember
December 6th -  PJ Day for assembly
December 7th - PTG Kids Shop
December 7th - Report cards sent home
December 13th - Book Day Celebration
December 20th - K-4 Holiday Concert - 1:00 p.m.
December 21st - Classroom Christmas party
December 21 - Early release and start of Christmas Break
January 2, 2019 - Back to School! - Happy New Year!

    The month of December is going to be a busy one!
The children are going to be learning so much!
In our reading program we will be working on
drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting,
and sequencing events. We are also going to be
working on reading, writing and spelling words
with r clusters, l clusters, and s clusters. We
will continue to add more words to our Word
as the month of December goes on. Our short
vowels will continue to be a focus, too.

    In our Lucy Calkins writing program the
children will continue to write teaching books,
choosing topics they are experts in to teach
others. Soon they will begin writing chapter
books, learning how to make a table of contents
to introduce each of the topics in their chapter
book. The children will learn how to write
introductions and conclusions for their
chapter books, finding ways to keep their
readers engaged and interested.

In Math we will continue to work
with addition and subtraction
equations in topic 5.  We will begin
topic 6 this month. In this unit we will
collect, organize, and represent data.
 We will talk about surveys, tally marks,
different types of graphs, and comparing data.

    In December the first graders will
be doing a  ‘Christmas Around the World’
unit in social studies. The children will
learn about the Christmas traditions in
6 different countries - England, Australia,
Scandinavia, Wales, Russia, and Italy.
They will also make a project that shows
the Christmas tradition of each country.
It will give the children the opportunity
to learn how children around the world
celebrate at this special time of the year.

     We want to wish everyone a safe and happy
holiday season. Enjoy this very special time of
the year with your child. Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year!

**Just a reminder...please bring/wear
appropriate clothing to play outside in at recess time**

Friday, November 9, 2018

                                       Thank you

I wanted to quickly thank you for your ability to meet with me to discuss your child.  Collaborating between school and home is a vital relationship that ensures a successful year. So, thank you for coming to Parent Teacher Conferences.  If for any reason you have questions or concerns throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Friday, October 26, 2018

November Newsletter
It is very hard to believe that we are entering the month
of November already.  Our first grade friends have been
super busy learning.

Just a reminder (if you have not signed up already)
have parent teacher conferences coming up.  
The link to sign up is

As we enter the new month we will also be starting
our theme 3 reading unit.  In this unit our reading
strategies are phonics and decoding words, evaluating
as we read, predicting/inferring, and questioning.
 For comprehension we focus on main idea and details.
This leads into summarizing what we have read.
We work on reading fluency daily, and have seen
much improvement. For grammar we are focusing
on what is a sentence, and the naming part of the
sentence or the who, and the action part of the sentence.  
We begin Spelling words and tests in this unit.
Be on the lookout for a spelling list to come home.
The first graders will also bring home a Spelling
Contract each week. They will be responsible for
choosing 5 different activities to help them practice
the words on their spelling list. The children are very
excited to start having spelling tests…….just like the big kids!

We are beginning Topic 4 in Math…..Subtraction facts to 20.
 In this topic the students are introduced to several key
strategies for solving subtraction facts.  These strategies
include counting to subtract, making 10 to subtract, and
using addition to subtract. Please continue to practice
those basic addition and subtraction facts:)
Ask your child what a small moment story means to them.
The finishing touches (editing and revisions) are being made
to their favorite small moment story as these blossoming writers
are becoming published authors.  Information writing is coming
up next. The students will be writing to teach about topics
that they are “experts” about.

In Science we will explore sound.  The key learning
that sound is caused by vibrations.   For Social Studies
we will discuss and read about the pilgrims and how life was then.  We will also compare it to life now.

**As the weather begins to cool down please dress
appropriately for recess.**


Book Fair October 29th - November 9th
Parent Teacher Conferences  November 8th Noon Dismissal
Parent Teacher Conferences November 9th  No School
Veteran’s Day November 12th No School

Thanksgiving Break November 21st to 23rd