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2018-2019 School Year

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


Week of 5/21 - 5/24

Happy Summer Vacation!! This week was filled with many fun things such as yearbook signing, memory books, slideshows, our Mexican themed End of Year Celebration, and the zoo field trip.

As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, there were lots of belongings, assignments, crafts, and school supplies sent home. On Thursday I sent home report cards and end of year assessment results. You will find Dibel and DRA scores, which are both reading assessments. You will also find the results from the NWEA MAP. The MAP test is both reading and math. Here is a reminder on how to interpret/use these results:

Dibels:

-Blue: Advanced

-Green: Proficient

-Yellow: Partially Proficient

-Red: Unsatisfactory or in need of intensive support

DRA: DRA benchmarks vary slightly depending on the source. DRA scores go by up by increments of 2 then increments of 4 after a score of 20. According to The Colorado Department of Education, these are the end of year benchmarks:

-Kindergarten: 3

-First Grade: 16

-Second Grade: 28

You can use your child’s DRA score and this website to find appropriate books at your child’s level.

DRA

NWEA: You will see your child’s score in comparison to how other children taking this test have scored. You can find their percentile rank on the right side of the document. You will also find your child’s Lexile Score (another way of measuring reading proficiency) at the bottom of the document. You can use the Lexile Score and this website to find appropriate books at your child’s level.

Lexile

It’s been such a pleasure getting to know all of your children and watching each one of them grow in so many different ways this year! I am so proud of all of them! Also, thanks again to all of the parent volunteers this year! Have a wonderful summer!!



Week of 5/14 - 5/18

Reading:
We read the stories, “Alexander Graham Bell” and “Ben Frankilin and His First Kite.” We focused on the sounds ea, aw, and au. We also learned about prefixes and word families. Sight words were: built, early, learn, science, through, answered, brothers, carry, different, and poor. We also discussed inventions that changed our world.

Writing: We reviewed verbs, nouns, verbs that add –s, comparative verbs, special titles, writing sentences correctly, and pronouns. The children have also been working diligently on memory books from the year.

Math: We have been learning about coins and practicing counting them.
Core Virtues/RAK: A group of eighth graders discussed our core virtue, joy, with the class. We also shared the Core Virtues tickets that the children wrote for each other.

S.T.E.M.: The children used blocks and other materials to build a roller coaster. The challenge was to make a marble roll all the way down their roller coaster.
   
Communication:

-You are invited to join us for our Mexican themed End of the Year Party on Wednesday, May 23rd from 12:30 to 2:00! The children may wear Mexican themed clothing to school and we will be watching a slideshow of pictures from the year. 

-Please send your children with their backpacks every day next week so they can take all their belongings home.


Week of 5/7 - 5/11


Reading:
We read a nonfiction story called, “Simple Machines.” We focused on suffixes and the “oy/oi” sound. Sight words were: goes, kinds, heavy, against, and toward.

Writing: We reviewed how to write sentences and special titles correctly.

Math: We finished up our unit about 2D shapes.

Social Studies: The first graders learned about Mexico this week including topics such as geography, culture, holidays, and traditions. The children enjoyed making their own piñatas!

Core Virtues: We read a story and discussed the core virtue of the month, Joy. The children shared what brings them joy.

Communication:

-Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Field Day a success! It was a great time!

-Our End of Year Party has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd at 12:30 until 2:00 PM. The party will be a Mexican Fiesta and will include a slideshow of pictures from the year. The children may wear Mexican themed clothing that day. Thanks to Candace Mc Lain, Amanda Leonard, and Bre Boyle for helping with the party!

-Let me know if you would like to join us at the zoo on Monday, May 21st.

-Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers!




Week of 4/30 - 5/4


Reading:
The story of the week was called, “Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery.” We focused on the sounds of “oo” and spelling rules for inflected endings. The sight words were: among, another, instead, and none.

Writing: We reviewed how to write sentences correctly.

Math: We continued our unit about 2-D shapes and will finish it up next week.
Science: The electrical circuits turned out great! Thank you for your help at home!

Core Knowledge Poetry: We finished reading all of our Core Knowledge Poetry for first grade this week. Afterwards, the children wrote and shared their own poems.

Core Virtues/RAK: We read the story Pinocchio and discussed different core virtues exhibited throughout the story.

Communication:

-Next Friday is Field Day. Ms. Best is looking for more parent volunteers to help the day run smoothly. Click this link to sign up. First Grade will wear orange shirts.

-Please upload any photos of the children to www.snapfish.com.

-Let me know if you would like to join us on our field trip to the zoo and if I can give you a small group of children to chaperone.


Week of 4/23 - 4/26

Reading: We read, “Mole and the Baby Bird” and learned the “ou sound.” The sight words were: door, loved, should, and wood. Our theme is “being a good citizen.”

Writing: We learned how to identify and write exclamations.

Math: We continued learning about 2D shapes.

Science: We continued learning about electricity and the inventions of Thomas Edison. The children had a great time putting together electrical circuits in class!

Community Service Day: The first graders learned about air quality index and appropriate activities for each level. Then we learned about ways we can help make our air cleaner at home and made all natural air fresheners for every family in the school. We also replaced and planted new trees around our school grounds including a class tree! Thank you to the parents who helped plan and execute the day!

Communication:

-Please remember to turn in your zoo permission slip if you haven’t already. If you are interested in joining us and chaperoning a group of children on the field trip, please let me know!

-Circuit Projects are due Thursday, May 3rd. Let me know if you have any questions! Science Innovation Day is Friday, May 4th.

-Ms. Jacobson is looking for parent volunteers to help with the K-2 Music Performance on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00.

-Field Day is Friday, May 11th.


Week of 4/16 - 4/20:

Reading: This week we read the story, “Tippy-Toe Chick Go!” and focused on the “ow” sound and words that end with “-le.” We learned “amazing words” such as: predicament, intend, clever, and wise. The sight words were: behind, along, pulling, toward, never, and eyes.

Writing: We focused on commands this week.

Math: The students have been using 2-D shape manipulatives to make other 2-D shapes. We have also learned and practiced using vocabulary such as vertices, curved, and sides.

Science: We began our unit on electricity and will continue into next week. This week the students explored static electricity with balloons, water, aluminum cans, styrofoam, and their own hair!

S.T.E.M.: This week the kids used their creativity to build anything of their choice with K’nex.

R.A.K./Core Virtues: We played “Hot Seat” and wrote about and shared ways we can show courteousness in our journals.

Testing: We will begin our end of year reading assessments next week. I will begin the DRA and Dibels assessment next week to measure reading growth. Please encourage your children to try their best and congratulate them for all their growth and hard-work this year!

Communication:

-Next week we have Community Service Day on Thursday, April 26th. Thank you so much to Amanda Leonard, Megan Fuse, and the Sailors for helping plan this great day for our kids!

-Please post any pictures that you have of our class on www.snapfish.com. I will use the pictures as an end of the year slideshow for the kids! Log in as jscheid@rmae.org with the password: firstgrade. Please make sure you add the pictures to the album labeled, "2017-2018 First Grade."

-Carnival Tickets: Tickets were sent home TODAY in Friday Folders. The tickets can be used to play the games at the carnival tonight. Additional tickets may be purchased at the event. I hope to see a lot of you there!

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers this week! I appreciate you so much!




Week of 4/9 - 4/13


Reading:
We read a “Henry and Mudge” story and focused on the different spellings for ‘oo’ (ew, ui, ue, and oo). We also practiced reading words with the endings –ly and –ful. The sight words were: told, because, across, only, shoes, dance, and opened.

Writing: We worked on writing with comparative adjectives with endings such as –er and –est.

Math: We finished our chapter about 3-D shapes.

Social Studies: We learned about the characteristics of fairy tales and listened to some of the classics.

R.A.K.: We read a story about being kind and showing good manners. The children enjoyed sharing ways they show kindess and manners. We also played a game called, “Hot Seat” where the students take turns saying kind things about one another.

Communication:

-The children are SO excited about the carnival on Friday, April 20th. Please see the sign-up sheet for how you can help make the carnival a huge success for our kids!

1st GRADE
Ms. Scheid's class is excited to host a Softball Toss Game and we need your help! Please sign up to donate items and/or for a 20 minute volunteer shift during the carnival - you and your student(s) can assist Ms. Scheid to run the game. Note: At least ONE PARENT must be present with the student volunteer(s).

Sign Up to volunteer and Donate Items via the Google Doc:

-We will be going to the zoo the last week of school on Monday, May 21st. Permission slips will be sent home in HW folders on Monday. Thanks!

-I am sending home some old math and reading assessments in the Friday Folders this week.

-Thank you to all the parent volunteers this week!

Have a great weekend!

Week of 4/2 - 4/6


Reading:
We read a story called, "Peter's Chair" and focused on compound words and the spellings for 'oo' (ui, ue, oo). Comprehension skills were character, setting, and plot.

Writing: The children worked on their Young Writer Book illustrations. We also continued learning about adjectives.

Math: We finished our chapter about data and graphs and will move on to learning about 3-D shapes next week.

Social Studies: This week we learned about symbols of the United States such as the flag, the seal of the United States, the eagle, and the Liberty Bell. We also familiarized ourselves with our current president.

R.A.K.: We discussed and wrote about ways we help our siblings. We made text-to self comparisons from a story we read in class.

Communication:

-We will be taking our class picture on Monday morning.

-Thank you to all of the parent volunteers!!

Have a great weekend!

Week of 3/19 - 3/22


Reading:
We read a story about a celebration in China called, “The Lady in the Moon.” We focused on the “long I” sound and 3-letter blends. We also discussed the difference between realism and fantasy.

Writing: We continued to practice writing with adjectives. The children will finish their nonfiction animal books after break.

Math: We have been learning how to read and interpret data using picture graphs (pictographs), bar graphs, and tally charts.

Social Studies: The first graders learned about Westward Expansion including important explorers like Daniel Boone who helped build the Wilderness Road across the Appalachian Mountains. We also learned about The Louisiana Purchase and other famous explorers such as William Clark and Meriwether Lewis.

Communication:

-Today is the last day to sign up to attend the Young Writers’ Conference! This is a great opportunity for your child to read their own stories to other children from the mountain area! Please see the attached flyer for a link to sign up and further information.

YWC Flyer

-I hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break! The only homework is reading everyday for 20 minutes.


Week of 3/12 - 3/16


Reading:
We read a biography called, “Mister Bones” and focused on the “long o” sound and 3 letter blends. The sight words were: found, mouth, once, took , and wild. Our comprehension skill was "author's purpose."

Writing: We continued to practice using adjectives in our writing.

Math: We finished Chapter 9: Measurement.

Social Studies: We learned about important people including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Betsy Ross. Next week we will learn about how our country expanded westward.

S.T.E.M.: The kids measured and mixed a variety of ingredients to make St. Patrick’s Day Slime! We also made leprechaun traps today and even had a special visitor!

Core Virtues: The first graders discussed how a character from the book, The Luckiest Leprechaun, showed loyalty and faithfulness.

Communication:

-The children may wear pajamas and bring a small stuffie on Thursday, March 22nd to celebrate filling up our Star Jar again! That is our last day of school before Spring Break.

-Report cards were sent home in Friday Folders today.

-Have a nice weekend!


Week of 3/5 - 3/9


Reading:
This week we read a realistic fiction story called, “The Dot.” We focused on the sound “ea” and inflected endings. The sight words were: colors, drew, over, draw, great, show, and sign.

Writing: We practiced writing with adjectives for color and shape. We also continued working on our Young Writer books about animals.

Math: This week we practiced measuring items in the classroom with tiles and paper clips. We also learned how to tell time to the hour and half hour.

Social Studies: We learned about the start of our country including events such as The Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride! We also learned about the Redcoats and Minutemen. We will continue learning about the events that led up to the United States becoming a free country next week.

S.T.E.M.: The children used Play-Doh and pipe cleaners to make a rainbow bridge for a pot of gold!

Core Virtues/R.A.K.: We read the book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee and discussed how the animals showed faithfulness in the story.

Communication:

-Every year mountain area kids K-5 have the opportunity to participate in the Mountain Area Young Writers Conference. It is being held at Marshdale Elementary on Thursday, April 19th from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM.

The YWC is a wonderful opportunity for your child to present their book in a "peer" group setting (5-7 kids in a group) while you (the parent) get to attend one of our wonderful presenter workshops. I am on the YWC for the mountain area and I am saying that you don't want to miss this opportunity...and it's FREE. Even though it is free, you still have to register your child. Please see the attachment for additional information as well as to register your child. There is a deadline. Please feel free to contact me with questions!

YWC Flyer 2018

-Thank you to all the parent volunteers in class and at home!



Week of 2/26 - 3/2

Reading:
We read a story called, “Mama’s Birthday Present” and learned about celebration traditions from Mexico and other countries around the world. We focused on the long a sound (‘ay’ and ‘ai’). The sight words were: about, gives, enjoy, surprise, would, and worry.

Writing: We learned about adjectives this week.

Math: We took our Chapter 8 test and started Chapter 9: Measurement. We will learn how to measure length and time.

Social Studies: We reviewed early explorers such as Columbus and learned about the first colonies of our country. We learned about The Lost Colony, Jamestown, and Plymouth.

Core Virtues/R.A.K.: Some 8th graders visited our class to introduce the core virtue of March which is faithfulness. We discussed the meaning and shared examples. We also read our CV tickets to each other and shared nice comments about one another. Furthermore, we read a story about bullying and practiced/acted out using "I feel" statements.

Other: We celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by having 4th and 5th graders read us books written by Dr. Seuss. We also played a Dr. Seuss game, worked on a Cat in the Hat puzzle, and stacked cups as high as we could to represent the Cat’s hats.

Communication:

-I would like to welcome our new student, Joey and his family to our school! We are so happy to have you here at RMAE!

-Enjoy the warm weather this weekend!


Week of 2/19 - 2/23

Reading: We have been reviewing sight words and skills previously taught this year.

Writing: The children have been diligently working to finish their rough drafts and editing their nonfiction books.

Math: We continued Chapter 8: Two-digit addition and subtraction.

Social Studies: We learned more about the Aztecs and the Incas. We also learned about the Spanish Conquistadors and reasons why they won against the native groups of people.

R.A.K.: We made Valentines for a fourth grader whose Valentines were either lost or stolen last week. We hope she feels better!

Core Virtues: We read the story, The Giving Tree and discussed how the tree showed loyalty to the boy in the story.

Communication:

-Thank you to all the parents who met with me for a parent/teacher conference last week!

-The kids had a great time at The Arvada Center on Tuesday! They were also very creative when making their corn husk dolls just like the Pioneers of our country.

-Please make sure your child is bringing their Friday Folder back to school every Monday. Let me know if you have misplaced yours and need a new one.

-Have a wonderful weekend!


Week of 2/12 - 2/15


Reading:
We took our Unit 3 Assessment this week.

Writing:
We began our rough drafts for our Young Writer Books. Next week we will finish our rough drafts and edit them.

Math: We continued Chapter 8: Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction. We also did some sorting and graphing with candy hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Social Studies: We learned more about the Aztecs including the legend of Tenochtitlan and a story about one of their leaders, Moctezuma.

R.A.K.: The students wrote Valentine cards for friends, family, teachers, etc.

Communication:

-There is no school tomorrow or Monday.


-I want to give another HUGE thank you to Tiffani Packer for planning and executing a wonderful Valentine’s Day party! The kids had a great time!

Have a wonderful long weekend!


 

Week of 2/5 - 2/9

Reading:
The story this week was called, “Where Are My Animal Friends?” It is a play with animal characters. We focused on the “dge,” adding –er and –est to verbs, and contractions. The sight words were: does, oh, right, won’t, before, and good-bye. We will be taking our Unit 3 Assessment on Monday and Tuesday.

Writing: We practiced writing contractions with not. Next week we will begin writing our animal books.

Math: We began Chapter 8: Two Digit Addition and Subtraction.

Social Studies: We learned about the Bering Strait Land Bridge, the Aztecs, the Mayans, and the Incas. We heard the legend of Lake Texcoco and colored Mayan Jaguar masks and Aztec calendars.

Core Virtues: A group of eighth grade girls visited our classroom this week to teach the kids about Loyalty and Honesty. They asked the kids discussion questions and we played a game. We also watched a music video about two loyal friends (a dog and a cat) and read some poems related to our core virtues.

S.T.E.M.: The children used paper and glue to make candy containers for their candy hearts.

Communication:

-I am looking forward to meeting with all of you next week for conferences! Thursday is an early release day and there is no school Friday or Monday.


-Please join us for the Valentine’s Day Party in class on Wednesday at 12:30 until 2:00. We have 16 children in our class. Attached is a list of names if your child would like to personalize his or her valentines.

Have a good weekend!


Week of 1/29 - 2/2


Reading:
We read, “I’m a Caterpillar” and learned about insects and life cycles. We also practiced r-controlled vowel sounds such as “ir,” “er,” and “ur.” The sight words were: done, wait, visit, know, and push.

Writing: We practiced writing with verbs such as: am, is, are, was, and were.

Math: We finished up Chapter 7: Compare Numbers and will begin Chapter 8: Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction next week.

Science: We finished up our unit about animals and habitats. We learned about a scientist and writer named Rachel Carson who wrote books about the effects of pesticides. We also learned about rainforest clearing and extinct animals. We also read a book called, Oliver and the Oil Spill, that is about an otter family that was affected by an oil spill. The book was written and illustrated by a child!

S.T.E.M.: Since Friday was our 100th day of school, we did four different S.T.E.M. centers related that that. The kids built with 100 pencils, 100 pattern blocks, 100 linking cubes, and 100 cups.

Core Virtues: We read poems about courage and shared examples of times that we have showed bravery/courage.

Communication:

-Please sign up for a parent/teacher conference time if you haven’t already.

Conference Sign-Up

-I hope you can join us for our Valentine’s Day class party on Wednesday, February 14th from 12:30 to 2:00. Thank you to Tiffani Packer for planning the event! Children can wear Valentine’s colors to school on that day.

-Make sure that you are correcting your child’s homework to ensure they are completing everything, reading ALL of the directions carefully, and fixing any mistakes. 

-The animal research homework is due on Monday! Please make sure to complete it with your child so we can begin the rough drafts of our nonfiction books!

Week of 1/22 - 1/26


Reading:
We read “Frog and Toad Together” and focused on the “ar” sound and word endings. Sight words were: few, how, afraid, read, soon, and again.

Writing: We practiced writing with present and past tense verbs.

Math: We took our Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers assessment and began Chapter 7: Compare Numbers.

Science: This week we have been learning about the ocean habitat. We learned about the diversity of animals and plants, the landscape of the ocean floor, and the many dangers to oceans such as overfishing and oil spills.

Core Virtues/R.A.K.: The children shared their Core Virtue tickets they wrote for one another and we had a chance to say kind things about each other.

S.T.E.M.: We put various “pollutants” into water and pretended that it was the ocean. Then we put feathers in the water to represent birds and used sponges, paint brushes, and soap to clean the feathers. We discussed the importance of keeping our oceans clean for the animals that live there.

Communication:

-Thank you for assisting your children in researching an animal of their choice for their nonfiction books! Please return the research to school by Monday, February 5th.

-First grade is still in need of a parent to be our Community Service Day Coordinator. The event is on Thursday, April 26th and the theme is “The Environment.” Please let me know if you are willing and able to help plan the event.

-Parent teacher conferences are the week of February 12th. A sign-up sheet will be available soon.

-We will be having a class party for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th from 12:30 to 2:00. Thank you to Tiffani Packer for planning the party!

-Thank you to my parent volunteers this week and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Week of 1/15 - 1/19

Reading:
We read “Jan’s New Home” and learned the r-controlled or and ore sound. We also learned the rule for adding –es to make a word plural. Sight words were: away, car, friends, house, our, school, and very.

Writing: We practiced adding –s and –es to verbs.

Math: We will be taking our Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers next week.

Core Knowledge Sayings: “Like a Fish out of Water”

Science:
We learned about carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores; underground animals; food chains; and the different types of water habitats.

S.T.E.M.: The children used marshmallows, sugar cubes, and toothpicks to build bear dens.

Communication:

-Field trip forms and money are due Monday.

-Parent/Teacer conferences are coming up during the middle of February. I will let you know when a sign-up sheet is available.

-Enjoy your weekend!


 

Week of 1/8 - 1/12

Reading:
We read “Ruby in her Own Time.” We also practiced reading compound words and words that end with “ng” and “nk.” Sight words were: own, any, were, ever, enough, every, and sure.

Writing: We practiced writing with verbs that end with –s.

Math: We continued Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers.

Science: We began our unit of study about animals and habitats. We read stories and did paintings/crafts related to the Temperate Deciduous Forest, the Rain Forest, and the Desert. We also discussed how certain animals have adapted to certain climates; what omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores eat; and how nocturnal animals are awake at night.

S.T.E.M.: The children collected sticks, pine needles, pine cones, and grass from outside to build bird nests. They also used craft feathers, cotton balls, and yarn.

Core Virtues: We read the book, “Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf” and discussed the importance of being honest.
Communication:

-We will going to the Arvada Center to see the play, “Suessical” and participate in an interactive class. Permission slips will be sent home on Monday in homework folders.

-Report cards were sent home in Friday Folders today.

-Enjoy the 3 day weekend!




Week of 12/11 - 12/15


Reading:
We read, “An Egg is an Egg” and focused on the sounds of ‘y’ (long e or long i). The sight words were: become, day, everything, stays, things, nothing, and always.

Writing: We practiced identifying verbs in sentences.

Math: We began Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers.

Social Studies: We learned about Christianity and Judaism. Thank you so much to Mrs. Goin, Mrs. Leonard, and Mrs. Mclain-Tait for sharing their knowledge about Christianity with the students!!

S.T.E.M.: The kids used a variety of materials to build parachutes for Santa to land safely from his sleigh.

Communication:

-The field trip is on Tuesday. Children will need to wear a red polo and bring a sack lunch. Children who purchased hot lunch will receive a sack lunch from the school.

-Please join us for the Holiday Party on Wednesday at 12:30 until 2:00. The kids may wear pajamas to school because we will be watching The Polar Express in the morning.

-Have a nice weekend!



 

Week of 12/4 - 12/8

Reading:
This week we reviewed sounds and sight words previously learned. We also took the Unit 2 Assessment for Reading Street.

Math: We completed Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction Relationships.
Science/Social Studies: We learned about rocks and minerals including the 3 different types of rocks and how they are formed. We observed many different types of rocks and learned about how we use them. We also began our unit about the 3 major world religions starting with Judaism. We will learn about Christianity and Islam next week.

Core Virtues: The students read their Core Virtue tickets that they wrote for their peers. The children showed a lot of gratitude and kindness toward each other!

Testing: I’m very proud of the first graders for their growth they are showing on their Middle of the Year Assessments! Every student showed growth on both their reading and math MAP Test! You should make sure to congratulate your children for their hard work! I will continue the Dibels Reading Assessment next week with the kids.

S.T.E.M.: The kids used play-dough and craft sticks to build the tallest shelf for an elf!

Social Studies: We have been learning about the 3 major world religions:  Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Communication:

-Our field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science is Tuesday, December 19th. Children will need to wear a red polo and bring a sack lunch. I sent home an extra permission slip in Friday Folders who children who still need to turn in permission slips and money. Please return them on Monday.

-I hope you can join us for our classroom Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 20th from 12:30 to 2:00. That morning we will watch The Polar Express and the kids may wear their pajamas to school.

-Free Dress coupons will be sent home in Friday Folders from Ms. Jacobson for attending the caroling at the Holiday Walk. Thanks for coming! It was a great turnout and a lot of fun to see the children singing!

-Please make sure you holding your children accountable for completing their homework every week and checking to make sure they are completing it correctly. Homework is due every Friday.

Have a lovely weekend!




Week of 11/27 - 12/1


Reading:
We finished up Unit 2 with the story, “Honey Bees.” We focused on the “long e” sound and reviewed contractions and syllables. The sight words were: their, other, new, also, some, and family.

Writing: We reviewed nouns and identified them in sentences.

Math: We continued Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction Relationships.

Science: We learned about the 3 types of matter, the layers of the earth, and landforms such as volcanoes and geysers. Also, Mrs. Fuse provided materials for the children to make their own planet using balloons and rice. Each student made a planet then they put the planets in order with a group. Thank you Mrs. Fuse!

S.T.E.M.: The kids used K’nex to build a contraption that could propel itself using gravity.

Testing: It’s that time of year again when the children will be taking their Middle of the Year Assessments to make sure they are showing growth. We took the NWEA MAP Math Test this week and will take the NWEA MAP Reading Test next week. We will also be doing the Dibel Reading Testing next week and the Unit 2 Reading Test. Results for the testing will be shared during the next round of Parent/Teacher conferences in February.

Communication:

-Permission slips for the upcoming field trip were sent home in Friday Folders today. The price includes a Space Planetarium movie, an IMAX movie related to our upcoming Animals and Habitats unit, and the bus which will be shared with 3rd grade. We will also be exploring the exhibits related to Ancient Egypt, the Human Body, Rocks and Minerals, and Space. Please return the signed permission slip and money as soon as possible.

-I’m looking for a copy of the DVD, “The Polar Express” to watch on December 20th. Please let me know if you have one I can borrow. Our class Holiday Party will also be on Wednesday, December 20th from 12:30 to 2:00. A sign-up sheet for materials and food will be shared soon. Thank you again to Mrs. Fuse for planning the party!

-We will begin learning about the 3 major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam next week. If you practice one of these 3 religions and would like to come in to talk about holidays and your family traditions, please let me know!

-We have started using a new individual behavior system in class. Everyone starts on Green-Ready to learn. From there children can move up to Purple-Great Job or move down to Yellow-Stop and Think, then Orange-Teacher’s Choice, and finally Red-Parent Contact.

Have a wonderful weekend!


 

​Week of 11/13 - 11/17

Reading:
We read a nonfiction story called, “Life in the Forest,” and focused on the “long u” sound, the sounds of “ed” (ed, d, t), and contractions. The sight words were: water, under, food, find, around, and grow.

Writing: We practiced writing plural nouns.

Math:
We continued Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction Relationships. We have been focusing on related facts also known as fact families.

Science:
We continued our unit of study about space! We learned about stars, constellations, and astronauts. We also focused on our planet, Earth. We learned about our place in the solar system, why we’re the only planet that we know of with life, sunrise and sunset, and what a day and a year are.

Core Knowledge:
We read the Native American legend, “Why the Owl Has Big Eyes” and the poem titled, “Thanksgiving Day” by Lidia Maria Child.

Random Acts of Kindness: Mrs. Fuse donated the supplies and helped the children make planet or galaxy ornaments for senior citizens. Thank you Mrs. Fuse! The kids had a great time!

Communication:


-I'm still looking for one more parent to join us on our field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science on Tuesday, December 19th. Please let me know if you are able to or if your child will not be attending the field trip. Permission slips will be sent home after break. Thanks!

-Homework is due every Friday! Thank you for supporting your children at home with their academics! Also, make sure your children are reading to you for at least 15 minutes every night. Sight word practice can be counted as your 15 minutes of reading.

-I hope everyone has a relaxing break! Happy Thanksgiving!!




Week of 11/6 - 11/10

Reading:
We read a nonfiction story about dinosaurs called, “The Big Circle.” We focused on the “long o sound” and contractions. Sight words were: down, inside, now, there, and together.

Writing: We practiced writing days, months, and holidays correctly.

Math: We finished Chapter 4: Subtraction Strategies and took our assessment on Friday.

Science: We began our unit on space! We learned about the different planets in our solar system, discovered how the sun causes night/day and seasons, and learned about the moon and moon phases.

Core Knowledge Sayings: We learned that to be in the “Land of Nod” means to be asleep.

STEM: We recalled what we learned from our visit from the Fire Department recently to build shelters that were prepared for a fire. The kids used different types of blocks, Kinex, and pennies to represent fire detectors.

Communication:

-We will be going to the Museum of Nature and Science Museum on Tuesday, December 19th. I will need 2 official chaperones to ride the bus, be in charge of a small group of children, and be included in the admission to Planetarium/IMAX movies. A permission slip will be coming home soon. Also, please let me know if your child will not be attending because of holiday plans or leaving out of town.




Week of 10/30 - 11/3


Reading: We read “Who Works Here?” and discussed community helpers. The sounds for the week were “long I,” “wh,” and “ch.” The sight words were: live, out, people, who, and work.

Writing: We practiced writing special titles correctly such as Mrs. Brown and Dr. Soto.

Math: We started Chapter 4: Subtraction Strategies and played math games such as “How Many Am I Hiding?,” “Boo Bump,” and “5 in a Row Subtraction.”

Social Studies: We continued our unit of study about Ancient Egypt. We learned about the mystery of King Tut’s tomb, the woman pharaoh named Hatshepsut,and more!

CK Sayings/Core Virtues: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

Communication:

-Thank you to all of the parents who donated supplies and their time to help out with the Halloween and Egypt parties this week! Both events were a big success!

-I‘m looking for a parent to help plan a Community Random Acts of Kindness Day for our class in April. Please let me know if you’re interested and I will give you more details.

-Please remember to send two snacks with your children every day. It's helpful if they are in a bag labeled with their name.


 

 


 

Week of 10/23 - 10/27:

Reading:
We read the story, “The Farmer in the Hat.” We also focused on the long a sound, and the digraphs sh and th. The sight words were: be, could, horse, old, paper.

Writing: Proper Nouns

Math: We completed Chapter 3: Addition Strategies and will begin Chapter 4: Subtraction Strategies next week.

Social Studies: We took our Mesopotamia assessment on Monday then began our unit of Ancient Egypt. So far we have learned about the geography and flag of Egypt, the importance of the Nile River, the pyramids and the Sphinx, mummies, and animal gods.

STEM: The kids mummified apples using salt and baking soda. We will see how the apples have changed in 7 days.

CK Sayings
: “Practice Makes Perfect”

Communication:

-The children may wear their Halloween costumes to school on Tuesday. No make-up, masks, or weapons are allowed. Our Halloween Party starts at 12:45 in the classroom and the school parade is at 2:30. Please check out the sign-up for how you can help out with the party!

Halloween Sign-Up

-We will have our Ancient Egypt Class party at 12:30 in the classroom on Friday. The children may dress up as an Ancient Egyptian for the day (white, long dresses/skirts, gold jewelry, jewels, strappy sandals, etc.)

-The kids had a great time learning about fire safety and going inside an ambulance and fire truck this week! There is an activity packet in their Friday Folders for you to do with them if you would like.

-Report Cards were sent home in Friday Folders this week.

-Thank you to my parent helpers this week!




Week of 10/16 - 10/20


Reading: We read the story, “A Big Fish for Max” and learned the digraphs sh and th. We also learned about that ‘a’ can make the ‘o’ sound especially when followed by ‘l.’ Sight words were" catch, good, no, put, want.

Writing: Nouns

Math: We continued Chapter 3: Addition Strategies and played games such as Doubles Bump, 5 in a Row Addition, Near Doubles Bump, and Salute.

Social Studies: We learned all about the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia including the inventions of the people, the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the first ever written language called Cuneiform, temples called Ziggurats, and the first ever set of laws written by King Hammurabi.

CK Sayings: “Sour Grapes.”

STEM: The kids worked in groups to build towers made out of candy and toothpicks.

Communication:

-We will be having a visit from the local fire department on Thursday, October 26th to learn about fire safety.

-The Halloween Party will be in our classroom on Tuesday, October 31st. The children can wear their costumes to school but may not wear make-up or bring any type of fake weapon to school.

-We will celebrate our study of Ancient Egypt in the classroom on Friday, November 3rd.
The children may dress up like an ancient Egyptian for the day.

-Report Cards will be sent home next Friday, October 27th.




Week of 10/9 - 10/12


Reading: We took our Unit 1 Assessment and reviewed skills previously taught such as final and initial blends, sight words, vowel sounds, etc.

 

Writing: We reviewed how to identify and write questions and sentences.

Math: We continued Chapter 3: Addition Strategies.

Social Studies: We finished up our unit called, “Different Lands, Similar Stories.”  We compared and contrasted the stories, “Cinderella” from France and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” from Africa. 

CK Sayings: We learned the meaning of calling someone, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing” and wrote about an example. 

Core Virtues: We read the story, “The Boy at the Dike” and discussed how the boy showed self-discipline in order to save the town from the flood. 

Communication:

-We will be having a class Halloween party on Tuesday, October 31st at 12:45.  There will be a school parade at 2:30.  Stay tuned for a sign-up sheet for food and craft supplies!

-It was nice meeting with all of you for parent/teacher conferences and thank you to my parent volunteers this week!

-Enjoy your long weekend!




Week of 10/2 - 10/6:


Reading:
We read the last story for unit 1 called, “Animal Park.”  We focused on final blends and the “short u” sound.  The sight words were: home, many, into, and them.  We will take our Unit 1 Assessment next week and review skills taught so far this year. 

 

Writing: We identified and wrote questions.

Math: We took our Chapter 2: Subtraction Concepts test and started Chapter 3: Addition Strategies. 

Social Studies: We read popular folktales from all over the world and compared and contrasted them.  We compared “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hu Gu Po.”  We also compared “Thumbelina” and “Issun Boshi: One Inch Boy.”

STEM: The children had fun doing a “Spooky STEM Project.” They collaborated to build spider webs with yarn, tape, scissors, and Dixie cups.  The challenge was to see how many connecting cubes their web could hold.

Communication:

-Thank you to everyone who has signed up for parent/teacher conferences.  Please sign up for a time if you haven’t already. 

Conference Sign-Up

 -We have an early release day on Thursday and no school Friday next week due to conferences.

 -Follow the directions to log into GoMath! for extra practice at home.  Directions were sent home in Friday Folders.  Please let me know if you have questions.  I recommend clicking on the “Student Interactive Edition” and doing the “Personal Math Trainer” questions found at the end of the slides. 

 -For a list of the sight words for every unit from last year and this year please refer to this link. 

Sight Word Practice

-Thank you to everyone who purchased a gift certificate for the book fair for me!  I picked out some great books that I think the kids will be very excited about!

-Thank you to my parent volunteers this week!


 

Week of 9/25-9/29:

Reading:
 We read the story, “Get the Egg” and discussed the meaning of realistic fiction.  We focused on word endings and the “short e” sound.  The sight words were: your, small, tree, saw.


Writing: We identified and wrote “telling sentences.”


Math: We continued Chapter 2: Subtraction Concepts.


CK Sayings and Poetry: The saying was “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” and we read the poem “Table Manners:  The Goops.”


Science: We finished up learning about the human body.  We learned about the Nervous System, the Muscular System, and vaccinations.  We also learned about two famous scientists:  Edward Jenner who invented vaccinations and Louis Pasteur who invented pasteurization. 


S.T.E.M.: The students worked in groups to build houses made out of toothpicks and marshmallows that could withstand a blow from the big bad wolf (me)!


Communication:

-Monday is our field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion from 9:00 to 2:00.  Please send a sack lunch.  A lunch will be provided for children who paid for hot lunch on Monday.  All children need to wear a red polo.


-Starting next week, every Friday will be Spirit Day.  Children may wear any RMAE clothing with dress code bottoms.  Please remember to send a dress code appropriate sweater/sweatshirt for Monday-Thursday.


-Please sign up for a conference time on the following Google Doc. 

Conference Sign-Up

-Please remember to pack a morning and afternoon snack every day.


-Thank you SOOO much to everyone who purchased items for our classroom!  We (the students and I) are so grateful!!!


-Stay tuned for directions for logging into GoMath! online!  Each child will have a login and password for extra practice at home.  I am experiencing a glitch in the system but will let you know when I have it solved.  


-As always, thank you to my parent volunteers and have a wonderful weekend!!


Week of 9/18-9/22:

Reading: This week we read, “A Fox and a Kit” and focused on the “short i” sound. We also learned about suffixes such as –s and –ing. Sight words were: eat, her, this, and too.

Writing: We practiced writing sentences with correct word order.

Science:
We continued our unit on the human body including lessons about the skeletal system, circulatory system, and digestive system.

Math: We continued Chapter 2: Subtraction Concepts.

Core Virtues:
A group of eighth graders visited the class to introduce our new school wide way of recognizing students who exhibit the Core Virtues. Now the students will be the ones writing Core Virtue Tickets for their peers and placing them in our newly decorated First Grade Core Virtue Box.

STEM: The students used eggs as a way to symbolize our skull and brain. In groups they had to come up with a way to protect the skull when dropped from about 6 feet. They used tissue paper, straws, tape, craft sticks, cotton, and plastic bags. After the activity we discussed the importance of our skull and the importance of protecting it such as wearing a helmet when riding a bike.

Communication:

-Thank you to the parent volunteers for our upcoming field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion! Some of you received your permission slips back in Friday Folders. Please sign the highlighted area and return. Children will need to wear a red polo for the trip on Monday, October 2nd.

-Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up in the middle of October. A sign-up with a variety of times will be available soon.

-Thank you to the parent volunteers this week!

Enjoy your weekend!



Week of 9/11-9/18:


Reading: We read “The Big Blue Ox” and focused on the “short o” sound and adding –s to plural nouns. The sight words were: get, help, and use. We also identified action parts in sentences.

Math: We took our Chapter 1 Assessment and have moved on to Chapter 2: Subtraction Concepts.

Core Knowledge:
We finished reading Aesop’s fables and started our unit on the human body.

STEM: The students used playdoh, straws, and rulers to determine the importance of our skeleton.

Poetry/Stories: “Soloman Grundy” and “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”

Communication:

- Uniform Reminders: Socks and tights should be red, white, khaki, hunter green and navy blue. All socks and tights must be plain with no emblems, designs or embellishment. Also, 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.

- Wear Orange Day is on Friday, September 22nd. Children may wear orange if they bring $1 for hunger awareness.

- We will be going to the Butterfly Pavilion on Monday, October 2nd to go along with our upcoming “Living Things and their Habitats” unit. A permission slip will be sent home soon.

- Be sure to check out the great online spelling games on Spelling City. We are reading “Fox and a Kit” next week. You can find Spelling City on my “Resources” tab on my website.

- I will be sending my weekly updates as an email as well as posting them to my website to accommodate for everyone. -

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

 


Week of 9/5 - 9/8:

Reading: We read the story, "Pig in a Wig." We focused on the "short i" and "final x" sounds.

Writing: We identified naming parts in sentences and practiced writing our own sentences.

Core Knowledge: We read the fables, "Fox and the Grapes," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Maid and the Milk Pail." We discussed characteristics of fables and made predictions before we read them.

Math:
We finished up Chapter 1: Addition Concepts.

Core Virtues: We read 2 stories related to Respect and Responsibility.

Sayings: "Hit the Nail on the Head"

STEM: The children worked collaboratively to build boats out of straws, tape, and paper that could hold the weight of 10 pennies.

Communication:

-Next week we will begin homework. It will be given out on Mondays and due on Fridays.

-Thank you to the parent volunteers in and out of the classroom this week!

Have a wonderful weekend!
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