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Week of 10/1 - 10/5

Literacy: We read a photo essay called, “Animal Park” and focused on the short u sound and final blends. The comprehension skill of the week was “cause and effect.” We also practiced writing questions correctly.

Math: We took our Chapter 2 test on subtraction and started Chapter 3: Addition Strategies.

Core Knowledge: We have been hearing famous folktales from around the world. The children have been comparing and contrasting similar stories written from different lands. The folktales we have heard are Cinderella, The Girl with the Red Slippers, Little Red Riding Hood, and Lon Po Po.

R.A.K./Core Virtues: We watched some inspiring videos from “The Kid President” about ways to show kindness and “words we should say more often” (how to use our manners).

Spooky S.T.E.M.: The children worked in small groups to construct a “spider web bridge.” The challenge was to see how many blocks your spider web could hold.

Communication:

-Next week is very busy with fun activities for the children!

-Tuesday is our field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion which relates to our upcoming unit about animals and habitiats. Children are required to wear a red polo with our school logo on it. Remember to pack your child a sack lunch! If your child ordered hot lunch on Tuesday, the school will provide a sack lunch. Field trip is from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

-Wednesday is Field Day! Our class color is orange. Children should wear an orange shirt, athletic bottoms, and athletic shoes. We will be spending a majority of the day outside so sunscreen is recommended. Children will need to reapply their own sunscreen if they bring it. Don’t forget a water bottle!

-Thursday is an early release day (12:00) and there is no school on Friday.

-As always, thank you to the parent volunteers this week!!! Have a wonderful weekend!


Week of 9/24 - 9/28

Reading: This week we read a realistic story called, "Get the Egg" and focused on the short e sound and initial blends. We also practiced handwriting and word endings such as -s and -ing.

Math: We continued Chapter 2 which focuses on subtraction.

Science: We continued learning about the human body. We learned about the Nervous System, Muscular System, Circulatory System, and the 5 keys to taking care of your body.

Core Virtues/RAK: We reviewed the "golden rule," wrote the meaning of the rule, and drew pictures of how to exhibit kindness to others.

Vision and Hearing Screening: The children participated in a vision and hearing screening on Thursday. You will be notified if there were any concerns regarding your son or daughters vision or hearing.

Grading Scale: Just in case you are not familiar with the elementary grading scale used at RMAE:
4=Advanced, 3=Proficient, 2=Partially Proficient, 1=Unsatisfactory

Communication:

-Thank you to everyone who has signed up for parent/teacher conferences. Here is the link if you haven't signed up yet. Remember that children are required to attend the conference as well.

Conference Sign-Up

-You should find a paper in the Friday Folder with a code for you to sign up for Class Dojo. Class Dojo is a website that we started using in the classroom this week. It is a way for me to give positive praise to students for being on task, participating, helping others, etc. If you download the app, you will be notified when your child is exhibiting good behavior in class. It is also a way for me to share pictures with you. Let me know if you have any questions.

-The first graders have filled up the "Star Jar" for the first time and voted to have a pajama and stuffie day. They are allowed to wear pajamas and bring a small stuffed animal. The stuffie must be smaller than a basketball so it can sit on their desk so they will be able to complete their schoolwork. We will celebrate on Wednesday, October 3rd.

-Thank you to everyone who volunteered in and out of the classroom this week!

Have a nice weekend!


Week of 9/17 - 9/21:


Literacy:
This week we read a nonfiction story called, "A Fox and a Kit." We focused on the inflected -s and -ing endings. We also reviewed short o and plurals. Sight words were: eat, her, this, and too. For writing, we focused on correct word order.

Math: We started Chapter 2: Subtraction Concepts.

Core Virtues/CK Sayings: We learned the saying, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and read a story called, "The Grouchy Ladybug" to go along with it.

Science: The first graders learned about the human body and made models of the skeletal and digestive systems.

Communication:

-Thank you to the parent volunteers!

-A sign-up sheet for parent/teacher conferences will be sent out next week . Please make to bring you child to the conference to share about their own learning.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Week of 9/10 - 9/14


Literacy:
We read, "The Big Blue Ox" and focused on the short o and final s sounds. We also practiced identifying naming parts in sentences.

Math: We completed Chapter 1: Addition Concepts and will begin chapter 2 which is focused on subtraction next week.

STEM: The students built houses out of marshmallows and toothpicks. The challenge was to build a house that could not be blow over by the "big bad wolf" (the teacher).

R.A.K./Social: We discussed and role played how to appropriately handle a situation when someone is doing something that we do not like. We also listened to the traditional folktale, "Peter Rabbit" and some other poems and short stories related to respect and responsibility.

Core Knowledge: We finished reading the first grade fables for Core Knowledge and learned the saying, "Sour Grapes."

Communication:

-Thank you to everyone who donated something for the Giving Apple program!


Week of 9/4 - 9/7

Literacy: This week we focused on the short i and final x sound. The story was called "Pig in a Wig" and we learned about verbs. We also practiced writing complete sentences with verbs.

Math: We continued Chapter 1: Addition Concepts and will take our first chapter assessment next week.

Core Knowledge: We read fables and discussed the lesson and moral.

RAK/Core Virtues: We continued playing "Hot Seat" where we took turns giving each other compliments.

Core Knowledge Stories: We watched a classic story, Winnie the Pooh.

Communication:

-Thank you to everyone who showed up for Back to School night on Tuesday!

Hope you have a great weekend!


Week of 8/27 - 8/31

Literacy: We focused on the short a and final ck sounds. We also practiced identifying and writing complete sentences.

Math: We began Chapter 1 which focuses on addition.

Social Studies: The unit was geography including topics such as the 7 continents, oceans, maps, globes, hemispheres, and more.

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness): We did an activity called "Hot Seat" where one student is in the "hot seat" and calls on other students to say nice things about them.

S.T.E.M.: The first graders built boats out of straws and tape. Then we tested the designs in a bucket of water to see how many pennies the boats could hold before sinking.

Communication:

-Homework will begin next week on Tuesday. Homework is sent home the first day of the week and due on Fridays. First graders are expected to spend 15-30 minutes on homework each night including reading, writing, and math.

-I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:00.

Have a nice weekend!


Week of 8/20 - 8/24


Dear First Grade Families,

It was a good first week in first grade! It's been a pleasure getting to know your children! Last week we did a lot of activities to get to know each other, discussed my expectations for first grade behavior and effort, and learned rules and procedures. The first graders also got a chance to tell me what they want and expect from me as their teacher.

Assessments:
We took the Beginning of the Year Math Diagnostic and will be taking our NWEA MAP Assessment for reading and math on Monday and Wednesday morning this upcoming week. I will also begin the Beginning of the Year Dibels Assessment for reading and DRA reading assessment for new students. These results will help me differentiate to best meet the various needs in the classroom and the results will be shared with you during conferences in October.

Dress Code Reminders:
-Sweaters/Vests/Cardigans/Sweatshirts may be navy, white, Khaki, hunter green or red solid colors. Spirit Wear Sweatshirts must be in these exact colors to be worn on non-spirit days.
-Colors for socks and tights are red, white, khaki, hunter green and navy blue. All socks and tights must be plain with no emblems, designs or embellishment. Pantyhose may be flesh colored, beige, white, hunter green, or navy blue.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Thank you to the parents who helped me pull workbook pages this week. There is more to be done if you are looking for volunteer hours. Also, thank you to Julie Edmonds for being the First Grade Classroom Coordinator! A calendar will be shared soon with in-class volunteer opportunities.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Thanks,

Jaye Scheid
First Grade Teacher
Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen



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