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Announcements

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 *