Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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)
we 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
is 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  October 28th to November 8th
Parent Teacher Conferences  November 7th Noon Dismissal
Parent Teacher Conferences November 8th  No School
Veteran’s Day November 11th No School

Thanksgiving Break November 27th to 29th

Monday, October 28, 2019

On October 31st we will have PJ day.  We are not able
to wear costumes, so please do not come to school
with your Halloween costume on….save it for that night:)

If you would like to send in a treat to share with the
class you may do so. There are 17 students in our
room. Please do not feel you have to send in anything
for this day. We will have a normal day of learning with
a little bit of fun in the afternoon.  

Thank you

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Picture forms are going home today. 😊
Picture day is on Tuesday, October 22nd.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

We had some visitors today. The first graders have some news to share.....

"They taught us about stop drop and roll and if there
 is a fire we do not hide we get out.  We learned to stay
low.  We also have  to check smoke detector batteries
 every 6 months.  We know that we need to check door
handles to see if they are hot or cold.  If the door feels hot
 we need to find another way out.  It was fun!"

Monday, October 7, 2019

Students will be bringing home "Bag of Books" today. 
Each bag has the student's name on it, some books
inside, and a letter explaining this program.  Please
 take the time to read and reread these books throughout
 the week.  Send the bag and books back by Monday,
so your student can get some new books for the following week.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Dates to remember
*October 11th full day teacher inservice
*October 14th Columbus Day
*October 22nd Picture Day

We will be continuing to review consonant sounds
and short vowel sounds.  Through reading texts
we will be comparing and contrasting, and working
with cause and effect.  Our reading genres will be
fantasy, realism and realistic fiction. A main focus
will be on story structure and elements.  Reviewing
and working on high frequency words will be done.
Students will continue to read just right books daily.

We are still working on small moments.  We are working
on ways to bring our stories to life, make our characters
talk, move, feel, and think.  We are working on telling
our stories in steps. After we complete our narrative
unit, each student will publish their favorite small moment story.

We are currently working on adding and subtracting
within ten.  One of the goals in first grade is to have
them become fluent with these facts.  So, any fact practice
at home would be really helpful. When we move into topic
3 we will be using strategies to add to 20.  

Our second unit is Communication.  We will discuss how
people can communicate with people who are nearby and
far away.  Our discussions will be centered around how we
communicate with others. The students will practice communicating
using light and Morse Code.  They will also create a
telephone using cups and string. They will need to
build, test, and explain their creation. It is always
amazing to see how many “phones” do work!

Please continue to check communication folders daily.  
It is getting cooler, so please send a light jacket or
sweatshirt for recess time.

The year has started wonderfully and the first
graders are awesome!