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Announcements

Week of 2/20  

*Announcements*

2/21: Progress Reports come home

2/23: Spelling and Reading tests. I will be out all day Friday, so papers will not come home until Monday. I will be in Tuscaloosa attending a conference. Please do NOT email me any transportation changes.

2/26-3/2: Read Across America week

3/5-3/9: Space Week

3/12-3/16: Spring Break

Read Across America will be happening the last week of February (2/26- 3/2). To celebrate, here are a few things we will be doing:

Monday 2/26: Wear camping clothes! 

Tuesday 2/27: Bring a flashlight and read a good mystery! (I have a class set of flashlights if needed)

Wednesday 2/28: Word Day: "wear" your favorite word!

Thursday 3/1: Dress like your favorite character!

Friday 3/2: "Camp out" and read all of your Seuss favorites at your classroom READ IN! Wear your PJs! On this Friday, please send in Seuss books marked with your child's name so we can share and read a variety of his books. I will send them back home with your child on Friday afternoon.

Reading:  Story: ”Animals in Winter”; Phonics: long o sound (vowel teams: oa, ow, and oe); Grammar: using go and do; Spelling words: low, boat, no, row, oat, toe, we, keep, over, more; High frequency words: find, food, more, over, start, warm; Comprehension focus skill: main idea and key details; Structural Analysis: open syllables.

Math: We will be studying addition and subtraction to 20 using a variety of strategies, such as break numbers into 10s.

Spelling: Week of Feb. 23

 


Week of 2/12  

*Announcements*

2/9-2/13: Candy Grams sold at lunch

2/12: Multicultural Night @ 6 p.m.

2/13: Dental Health lesson

2/14: Valentine's Day Exchange/Spring Pictures (I sent home a blue piece of paper with our class list on Friday. Please send Valentine's in a labeled plastic bag)

2/15: Spelling and Reading Test

2/16: Half Day of school, 11:00 dismissal - NO Extended Day

2/19: No School - President's Day

2/21: Progress Reports go home

Reading: Story: ”Animals Working Together”; Phonics: Long e Vowel Teams (ee, ea); Grammar: has-vs-have; High frequency words: because, blue, into, or, other, small, danger, partner; Comprehension focus skill: main idea and key details; Structural Analysis: Prefixes re-, un-, and pre; Vocabulary Strategy: using the sentence to figure out the meaning of the word (context clues)

Math: Identifying coins and their value.

Spelling: Feb. 15th 


Week of 2/5  

*Announcements*

2/7: Class pictures/Book Fair. Our class will visit the Book Fair from 1:15-1:45. You are welcome to join your child during this time!

2/9: Spelling and Reading test - this is the 1st time the students will read the test on their own.

2/12: Multicultural night @ 6pm

2/13: Dental health lesson
2/14: Individual Spring pictures/Valentines exchange. Be on the lookout for an email with class list as well as a class list in your child's Daily Folder
2/16: Half day of school (no extended day)
2/19: No School - President's Day.
Please know that this week's test will be the first test your child reads on their own. I will send home your child's test for you to read over, sign, and return. Last week, we had at least two students absent daily with the flu. Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. Donations of tissue, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and Lysol spray would be so appreciated!! 
Reading: Informational text: "A Tale of a Tail"; Phonics: long a using "ai" and "ay" (sail, say); Grammar: was/were; Structural Analysis: multiple meaning words; Comprehension skill: sequencing; Sight words: animals, carry, about, our, give.
Math: Telling time to the hour and half hour/coin identification and value
Spelling: February 9th; Spelling words are in your child's Practice Folder.

Week of 1/29  

*Announcements*

1/29: 100th Day of School

2/1: Spelling and Reading Test

2/2: Whole school field trip to BJHS to see CES Drama Club's Alice in Wonderland (no chaperones needed)

2/7: Book Fair visit at 1:15

2/12: Multicultural Night

Due to our school-wide field trip on Friday, Spelling and Reading tests will be taken on Thursday. This will be the Unit 3 test. This test is the last one I will read to your child. They will begin reading all tests independently starting with Unit 4 Week 1.

Reading: Story - "From Farm to Table"; Phonics - 2 sounds of the "oo" vowel combination; Structural Analysis: contractions made with not; High frequency words: word, give, see; Comprehension focus skill: gathering information from an informational text; Structural Analysis - adding ing and ed to a word with a short vowel sound (ex: tag to tagged).

Math: Telling time to the hour and half hour

Spelling: Spelling words are in the Practice Folder. Referring to the list: During the week of Feb. 2nd, we will practice the words from the week of Jan. 19th and have a review test for all 15 words on Thursday, Feb. 1st.

 


1/18, 1/19, and Week of 1/22  

*Announcements*

 1/19 Spelling and Reading Test 

1/22 Back to School Breakfast with the Principal/PTA Meeting at 8 a.m. 

1/24 Donuts with Dads 7:05-7:35-Library 

1/22-1/26 Inside Out Ministries Food Drive 

1/26 Spelling and Reading Test 

1/29 100th Day of School - students may come dressed as if they are 100 years old. This is optional.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as well as the snow days! I'm excited to get back into our normal classroom routine. A few dates have changed due to the days we have missed. Please look at the announcements carefully for dates. Field Trip forms will be coming home for our CES Drama Club performance of Alice in Wonderland. Please promptly complete and return the field trip form as well as the $1.00 fee. Since it is a school wide event, no chaperones and no parents meeting us there. If you are interested in seeing the show, tickets are available to purchase for the Friday or Saturday show times.

Reading: Story - "The Last Train"; Phonics - scary "e" with "o", "u", and "e"; Grammar - when to use "is" and "are"; Sight words - ago, boy, girl, how, old, people; Comprehension skill - compare and contrast; Structural analysis - counting syllables with scary "e"; 

Math: Telling time to the hour and half hour.

Spelling: Spelling words are in your child's Practice Folder. Referring to the list, we will test on the words dated Jan. 12th on Friday, Jan. 19th. We will test on the words dated Jan. 26th on Jan. 26th. During the week of Feb. 2nd, we will practice the words from the week of Jan. 19th and have a Review Test for all words 15 words on Friday, Feb. 2nd. 

 

 

 

 


Week of 1/8  

Happy New Year and welcome back! I'm excited to start this semester of learning!

*Announcements* 

1/4/18 Students Return 

1/10 2nd Quarter Report Cards come home 

1/12 Spelling and Reading Test 

1/15 No School 

 

Reading: Folktale: "Interrupting Chicken"; Phonics- soft c (cent) and soft g (gem); English Language Conventions- adding ing and ed to words with scary "e" (drop the e and add ing); Comprehension skill- cause and effect; sight words- any, so, animal

MathCollecting and recording data in various ways. Place Value: 10 more, 10 less and Hundreds Chart Activities. 

SpellingSpelling Words are in the Practice Folder. We will have our next Spelling Test on Jan. 12th 

 

 


Week of 12/11  

*Announcements*

12/11 - PTA Meeting at 6:00

12/14 - Spelling Test (all 15 words)

12/15 - Field Trip to Burritt

12/19 - Class Holiday Party (12:30-1:45)

12/20 - Half Day of school; please let me know of transportation changes!!

12/21-1/3 - Winter Holidays

1/4/18 - Students return

We will continue with our Reading lessons when students return from winter break. I will be sending home winter scores from your child's STAR Reading/Math and DIBELS. I'm so impressed with how far they have come already!!!

We will be taking our Spelling Test on Thursday due to our field trip on Friday. Please remember this test has all 15 words from the past three weeks. Your child's spelling words are located in their Practice Folder.


Week of 12/4  

*Announcements*

12/5 - STAR Reading

12/6 - Field Trip form and $10.50 is due; STAR Math

12/7 - DIBELS test

12/11- PTA Meeting at 6 p.m.

12/15 Field Trip to Burritt (only chaperones may attend)

12/18 - AR Celebration

12/19 - Class Holiday Party

12/20 - Half Day of school

12/21-1/3 - Winter Holiday

1/4/18 - Students Return

I had a wonderful time in Memphis running the St. Jude half marathon. The kids were excited to see the medal, and enjoyed hearing about the children who were able to cheer on the runners. Thank you again to all who donated!!!

Reading:  Phonics: long "i" sound with the sneaky "e" (ex: kite); Grammar: present tense verbs; English Language Conventions: plurals; Comprehension Skill: Make and confirm predictions; Sight words: together, should, water, need; Main topic and key details.

Math: Addition with doubles

Spelling: Please remember your child's spelling words are in their Practice Folder. We practice them in the room, but extra practice at home can really help!!!

 


Week of 11/27  

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break!! :)

*Announcements*

11/29 - 2nd Quarter Progress Reports come home

12/1 - Reading and Spelling test

12/11 - PTA Meeting at 6:00p.m.

12/15 - Field Trip to Burritt (only chaperones may attend)

12/19 - Class Holiday party (more info to come)

Please remember I will not be here on Friday, December 1st. I will be in Memphis for the St. Jude half marathon. All tests will be returned on Monday, December 4th. Please send in any important information in your child's Daily Folder. Do NOT email me transportation changes.

Reading: Phonics: long "a" sound with the sneaky "e"; Grammar: verbs; English language conventions: contractions made with not; Comprehension skill: making and confirming predictions; Sight Words: away, way, why

Math: We are finishing up with identifying and describing 2D/3D shapes. We will begin with addition: doubles and doubles +1

Spelling: Our next spelling test will be on Friday, December 1st. Please remember these words are in your child's Practice Folder. 

 


Week of 11/20  

*Announcements*

11/20: Spirit Night at Taco Mama

11/21: Pajama Day

11/22-11/24: Thanksgiving Break

 

Thank you for helping our school surpass our fundraising goal for St. Jude!! As a celebration, we will have a pajama day on Tuesday, November 21st. I am so excited to be running the St. Jude half marathon in a couple of weeks!! Our class will have a sub on Friday, December 1st while I am in Memphis for the race.

We will begin Unit 3 when we return to school on Monday, November 27th. 


Week of 11/13  

*Announcements*

11/14: Fire Safety

11/16: Thanksgiving Lunch

11/17: Reading/Spelling Test

11/22-11/24: Thanksgiving Break

11/29: Second Quarter Progress Reports come home

12/15: Class field trip to Burritt - only chaperones may attend

12/19: Class holiday party, more info to come

Reading: Unit 2, Week 6 Review week: review sh, th, ng, ch, tch, wh, ph digraphs; short u and e sounds; consonant blends nd, nk, nt, st, sk, mp; singular, regular, and irregular plural nouns; common, proper, and possessive nouns; endings: es, s, ing, ed; contractions; closed syllables; character, setting, and events; main topic and key details.

Math: Shapes: I can identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes

 

 


Week of 11/6  

*Announcements*

11/9: Spirit Night at Uncle Maddio's from 4-8

11/9: Reading Test/ Half Day of School

11/10: No School in observance of Veteran's Day

I placed your child's ORF passages in their Practice Folder on Friday, November 3rd. Please read the directions carefully and complete one reading once a week. Your child's Practice Folder should come to school with them every Friday. It is especially important now so that I can check their weekly passages. 

*St. Jude Fundraiser Info*

Our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser is happening now through November 9th. Our class goal is $125.00. We are currently at $75.00. PLEASE consider making a donation. No amount is too small!!! If you choose to make payments online, you must specify who should receive the credit; please include the student and the teacher's name in the comment section. If you do not want to make your donation online, you can send a cash or check donation in an envelope in your child's Daily Folder. Label the envelope with your child's name, my name and "St. Jude Donation". You can help make a difference!!!

http://heroes.stjude.org/jhill

Reading: Phonics: digraphs ch, wh, ph, and -tch; Grammar: Irregular plural nouns (man - men); Structural Analysis Skill: inflectional ending -es (patch - patches); Sight Words: around, by, many; Comprehension Skill: Main idea and key details.

Math: 2D and 3D shapes

 


Week of 10/30  

*Announcements*

10/31: Students may wear costumes. No masks or violent themes.

11/9: Spirit Night at Uncle Maddio's from 4-8

11/9: Reading Test/Half day of school

11/10: Veteran's Day - No School

Our system wide fundraiser for St. Jude's has begun!! I am part of the team that will run for the St. Jude Race in December. Please consider donating to this great cause. Columbia's goal is $5,000 with a 1st grade goal of $750. You can donate online by following the links below. Make sure to enter your child's name and my name in the comments section so our class can receive credit.

http://heroes.stjude.org/jhill

http://heroes.stjude.org/CES_lgrice

Reading: Phonics - digraphs sh, th, wh, ph, -ng; Grammar - common and proper nouns; Structural Analysis Skill - closed syllables. This is a tough skill. The steps that we use are: (1.) divide the word into the syllables (2.) label the vowels and consonants (3.) circle the closed syllables (ex: fo/cus = "fo" open syllable and "cus" a closed syllable; Sight words - all, called, want; Comprehension Skills - main idea and key details

Math: Place Value

Spelling: Spelling Words are in the Practice Folder. We will have our next Spelling Test on Nov. 3rd. It is a review week for Spelling Words. This is a review of all 15 words learned over the past 3 weeks.

 

 


Week of 10/23  

*Announcements*

10/23: Trail of Treats at 6:00pm, start of Red Ribbon Week

10/24: Wear red to kick off Red Ribbon Week

10/25: Our future is too bright for drugs - wear neon colors

10/26: Sock it to drugs - wear crazy socks

10/27: Apple Annie day 

10/28: Fall Festival from 10:00-4:00 in the back of the school; come see me in teacher jail!!

Reading: Phonics - end blends (nest, sand, mask); Grammar - Possessive nouns; Structural Analysis Skill - inflectional ending -ing (bending, spelling, jumping); Sight Words - no, under, who; Comprehension Skill - rereading to understand and main topic/key details.

Math: Measurement


Week of 10/16  

I hope you all had a wonderful Fall Break!! Thank you for the many well wishes I received. I'm looking forward to seeing smiling faces on Tuesday!!! Please remember I will not be at school on Monday, 10/16. Include any transportation changes in your child's Daily Folder or call the front office.

*Announcements*

10/18: First Quarter Report Cards come home

10/19: Reading and Spelling Test

10/20: Field Trip to the Birmingham Zoo

10/23: Trail of Treats at 6:00p.m. and Red Ribbon Week

10/28: Fall Festival

**If you have not yet signed up for a Fall Conference and would like to meet, please click on the link below and sign up.**

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Reading: Phonics - short "u" sounds (duck, hug, stuff); Grammar - plural and singular nouns; Structural Analysis Skill - contractions with s (is and us); Sight Words - could, then, & three; Comprehension Skill - characters, events, settings, and comparing texts.

 

Math: Measurement


Week of 10/2  

I'm so happy to be back in the room! Hopefully everyone is feeling well this week :)

*Announcements*

10/4: Field Trip Form/Fee Due; Spirit night at Domino's Pizza from 4-8

10/6: Spelling Test 1

10/9-10/13: Fall Break **I will be out of town 10/5, 10/6, and 10/16. Please do NOT email transportation changes; call the front office or place any changes in your child's Daily Folder**

10/18: First Quarter Report Cards come home 

10/20: Field Trip to the Birmingham Zoo

Reading: Phonics - short "e" sounds; grammar - identifying nouns; structual analysis skill - ending "ed" and past tense; sight words - again, help, new; comprehension skills - make and confirm predictions and identifying characters, setting, and events.

Math: We will finish subtraction within 10 and move on to measurement. 

 


Week of 9/25  

*Announcements*

9/28: Monthly Guidance Class

10/4: Spirit Night - Domino's Pizza 4:00-8:00

10/9-10/13: Fall Break. **I will be out of town 10/5, 10/6, and 10/16. Please do NOT email transportation changes; call the front office or place any changes in your child's Daily Folder.

 

10/18: Report Cards come home

10/20: Field Trip to the Birmingham Zoo

 

Reading: Comprehension, key details, ABC order, plural nouns, possessive nouns, identifying which sentence is a statement (a sentence that ends with a period), question or exclamation and identifying words with short o, short i, l blends, s blends, and r blends, and double final consonants. *We will being our Unit 1 Test mid-week; it includes 30 questions as opposed to the usual weekly test that has 15 questions.*

Math: Subtraction up to 10-This is one of our 1st grade Power Standards. Your child must be able to answer the fact within 3 seconds, without fingers, to be considered fluent. We will work with a variety of strategies. 

 


Week of 9/18  

*Announcements*

9/18: PTA Meeting at 6:00pm. The Book Fair will be open this evening.

9/19: Our class visits the Book Fair from 12:45-1:15

9/20: The Report of Learning folder will come home with your child's Progress Report. Please sign the document (Progress Report or Report Card), place it back in the folder, and return to school (keeping all contents in the folder.

IMPACT Aid form will also come home - sign and return. Must have 100% returned.

9/21: Handwashing Class

10/4: Spirit night at Domino's Pizza from 4:00-8:00.

10/9-10/13: Fall Break - **I will be out of town 10/5, 10/6, and 10/16. Please do NOT email transportation changes; call the front office or place any changes in your child's Daily Folder.

 

Reading: Comprehension - Key details (naming details from a story); Phonics - r and s blends; Sight words - little, two; Word Work - possessive s ('s); Writing - when writing, we need to make sure each sentence makes sense and it has the following: starts with a capital letter, spacing between words, and an ending mark.

Math: Subtraction up to 10-This is one of our 1st grade Power Standards. Your child must be able to answer the fact within 3 seconds, without fingers, to be considered fluent. We will work with a variety of strategies. 

 

 

 

 


Week of 9/11  

**Please consider donating to the PTA No Hassle Fundraiser. All money raised is used to help our school and donations are tax deductible. In the past, they have helped purchase new technology as well as equipment for the playground. Goal: $40.00 each or $80.00 per family - the fundraiser has been extended to September 15th.**

Reading: comprehension - after reading/listening to a story, your child should be able to ask and answer questions; phonics skill - short /o/; sight words - make, too, like; word work - ABC order; writing target - when writing, we need to make sure each sentence makes sense and it has the following: starts with a capital letter, spacing between words, and an ending mark.

Math: Subtraction up to 10-This is one of our 1st grade Power Standards. Your child must be able to answer the fact within 3 seconds, without fingers, to be considered fluent. We will work with a variety of strategies. 

 

 


Week of 9/5  

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, and had a fun Labor Day!! I was so happy to see smiling faces this morning!!

9/6: Buster the Bus – Bus Safety Lesson

Grandparents are welcome to join us at lunch-Visitor Lunch Fee $4.55

9/8: PTA Fundraiser Due Date

9/13: Spirit Night at Panera Bread 4-8

9/18: PTA meeting at 6:00pm. The Book Fair will open on this evening.

9/19: Our class will visit the Book Fair from 12:45-1:15

 

Practice Folders will come home on Tuesday, September 5th. It includes Sight Words, Spelling Words for the year, and Practice Calendars. Please send Practice Folders to school each Friday. Please make it a point to master our 1st grade words sooner rather than later. Remember: they begin taking Reading Tests independently the first week of of February.

Reading: being able to recall what happened first, next, and last; working with l-blends (ex: glass, flag, plate); sight words: be, come, good, pull; plural nouns (-s): We add -s to many naming words to say more than one (ex: cats); when writing, we need to make sure each sentence makes sense and has the following: capital letter, spacing between words, and an ending mark.

Spelling: Spelling begins the week of October 2nd.

Math: Subtraction up to 10 - this is one of our 1st grade Power Standards. Your child must be able to answer the fact within 3 seconds, without fingers, to be considered fluent. We will work with a variety of strategies.


Week of 8/28  

We had a pep rally on Friday for our Character Building Fundraiser! This will be our main fundraiser this year. Our school goal is $30,000. Every grade level has been assigned a character trait, First Grade is MISSION! We will compete throughout the year to “earn” points by demonstrating character. Information was sent home on Friday in your child’s folder. All the money raised is used to help our school and donations are tax deductible. In the past, they have helped purchase new technology as well as equipment for the playground. Donations are due by September 8th. Thank you for your help and supporting our school!!!

 

*9/1 - Scholastic Book Orders and Scholastic News fee of $6.50 due

*9/1 - HALF DAY, dismissal at 11:00

*9/4 - Labor Day, no school

 

Reading: Realistic fiction and looking for key details. Phonics and spelling: short "i" sound. Sight words: down, very, and out. Structural analysis skill: words that end in double consonants (ex: hill). Comprehension skill: visualizing.

Math: Addition up to 10-This is one of our 1st grade Power Standards. Your child must be able to answer the fact within 3 seconds, without fingers, to be considered fluent. We will work with a variety of strategies. 

Spelling will begin the week of October 2nd.

 

 


Week of 8/21  

Important Dates/Information

*8/22 - STAR Reading

*8/23 - Picture Day

*8/24 - Spirit Night at Panda Express

*9/1 - Scholastic book orders and Scholastic News money ($6.50) due

*9/1 - Half day of school - dismissal at 11:00

*9/4 - No School - Labor Day Holiday

**If your child was absent on Monday, 8/21, please send a written note within 3 days. Emails will not be considered an excused absence.**

Scholastic News fee of $6.50 is due soon - Thank you if you have already returned the fee!!

 

Reading : 

-Realistic Fiction Story: finding key details in a story

-Grammar: subject verb agreement

-Phonics and spelling: short "a" sound, adding "s" to a verb

Unit 1 Week 1 Test on Friday

 

 

Math:

Addition up to 10-This is one of our 1st grade Power Standards. Your child must be able to answer the fact within 3 seconds, without fingers, to be considered fluent. We will work with a variety of strategies. 


Week 0f 8/14  

A look at this week:

  • ELA (English Language Arts)-I will introduce Literacy Stations throughout the week.  
  • Math- Working with numbers 1-10 in a variety of ways.  I will introduce Math Stations.
  • Theme- Watermelon Study

 

A few reminders:

  • Students will have tickets starting on Monday, August 14th.  
  • Parent Night is Tuesday, August 15th at 5:00 in the Library. Please plan for at least one parent per family to attend.  
  • WatchDOGS Pizza Night August 17th at 6:00.  
  • Monday, August 21st is a 1/2 day of school-we will dismiss at 11:00. NO extended day. Please let me know of any transportation changes no later than Friday, August 18th.
  • We have snack daily at 9:30. Please pack your child a healthy snack and water only.

Parent Emails  

Parents,

you have to love "open house brain". On the form I had you all fill out, there was NO spot for parent emails. Oops. If you don't mind, please send me a small email with your child's name so I have an email for you. If we have communicated through email already, I have yours saved :) 

Thanks!!


Welcome!  

Welcome to First Grade!!

I am excited to spend the upcoming school year with you and your child! First grade is such an exciting time, and I'm grateful to be able to watch your child grow. I look forward to meeting everyone during our Open House on Thursday, August 3rd. Please consider filling out the Google form before Open House. This will allow more time for your child to see their new classroom.

https://goo.gl/forms/tz9thgz7T2aXjmFx2

 

2017-2018 School Supplies List:

 

Please put your child's name on the * items

 

4 glue sticks
1 large pink chunk eraser
1 supply box *
3 boxes of 24 crayons *
5 composition notebooks *
4 plastic folders *
1 4-pack of expo markers
2 eight packs of markers *
36 yellow sharpened pencils
1 pair of scissors *
1 box of 10 think page protectors
1 pack of post it notes
1 set of headphones *