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Week of 4/15 - 4/19

Literacy:
We read an animal fantasy story called, "Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!" We focused on the ow/ou sound and words that end with a consonant+le. For writing, we focused on commands. 


Math: We continued our unit about measurement and will take the chapter test on Monday.

Social Studies: We continued to learn about Lewis and Clark's expedition through the Louisiana Territory.

S.T.E.M.: The children worked in small groups to build forts like Lewis and Clark in the winter months out of blocks.

Communication:

-Community Service Day is next Friday, April 26th. First graders will be joining 5th graders on a field trip to a local Landfill and Compost to go along with our Green School Investigations that we have been working on this year. Children will need to wear a red polo with our school logo, closed toe shoes, and bring a jacket just in case. Please keep lunches simple for that day and use reusable or recyclable materials to pack in.  


-The Elementary Music Program is Thursday, May 2nd. Please see the following details about the event from Ms. Jacobson:

Both performances will take place in the RMAE cafeteria.
Students are required to attend the performance for their respective grade levels unless otherwise arranged with Miss Jacobson.
Students are to arrive at 5:30pm the night of the performance and dress in black and white with (optional) blue accents.
Please contact Susanna Jacobson at sjacobson@rmae.org with any questions/concerns or if you are interested in volunteering. We look forward to sharing an evening of music with you! :)

-We will be starting our science unit about electricity soon. For the First Grade Science Innovation Project, students will be completing an electrical circuit project at home that will be shared during Science Innovation Day on Monday, May 13th. More details about the project will be shared later.

-Make sure to order a Yearbook! Flyers were sent home in Friday Folders today. There will not be any available after the deadline.

-Our end of the year Zoo Field Trip is on Monday, May 20th. Please make sure to fill out the permission slip.

I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! 🙂



Week of 4/8 - 4/12

Literacy: This week we read “Henry and Mudge” and focused on the “oo sound” and the -ly and -ful suffixes. For writing, we identified adjectives used to compare two or more nouns (-er and -est endings) and practiced writing sentences with them.

Math: We continued learning about measurement. We measured items in the classroom using paperclip chains and learned how to tell time to the hour and half hour.

Social Studies: The children learned more about Westward Expansion and why our president, Thomas Jefferson, wanted Lewis and Clark to explore the Louisiana Territory.

Core Virtues/R.A.K.: We discussed the meaning of gentleness and humility. The children also listened to a book about showing respect to others and shared examples of how they have exhibited these core virtues.

S.T.E.M.: The children used newspaper, pipe cleaners, and tape to build teepees like the Native Americans that Lewis and Clark met along their adventure.

Communication:

-Most of the Young Writer books were sent home with children today. The children will be very excited to share their animal books with you!

-As always, thank you to my parent volunteers this weekend!


Week of 4/1 - 4/5


Literacy: We read a realistic fiction story called, "Peter's Chair." We focused on the ue/ui/ew sound and compound words. The sight words for this were were: picture, thought, remember, room, and stood.

Math: We started chapter 9: Measurement.

Social Studies: We are learning about Westward Expansion of the United States. So far we have learned about Frontier Explorers, The Wilderness Trail , Daniel Bioone, and what life was like for Pioneers and Pioneer children.

Communication:

-The kids have been working very hard on their nonfiction animal books and are very proud of how they are turning out. The Young Writer Conference is next week on Thursday, April 11th.

-Community Service Day is coming up on Friday, April 26th. Thank you so much to Michelle Lewis for planning a fun, education day for the students! We will be partnering with our 5th grade buddies and the theme is Waste and Recycling. We will have a representative from EAS+Y (Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability present to the children in the morning. Then we will be going to the East Regional Land Fill to get a tour of the landfill and compost.

-Thank you so much to the parent volunteers this week!



Week of 3/18 - 3/21

Literacy: We reviewed the long i, kn, and wr sounds. We also practiced sight words using various games. The children also began the rough draft of their nonfiction animal book.

Math: We finished Chapter 8: Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

Social Studies: We continued our unit about the history of the United States becoming an independent nation. We learned more about some of the Founding Fathers such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. The children finished their pocket projects and made American windsocks.

Core Virtues/R.A.K.: We had a discussion about the meaning of Mercy: showing kindness to those who have not been kind to us. The kids shared stories and we watched some short clips from The Grinch. We talked about how Cindy Lou helped the Grinch be happier even though he wasn't kind to Cindy Lou or any of the other Whos.

Communication:

-See the YWC flyer to sign up. The children will be very proud of their animal books when they are finished and it's a great opportunity for them to share them with other children around the area.

YWC Flyer

-Have a great spring break! 😎

Week of 3/11 - 3/15


Literacy: We read a realistic fiction story about a festival called, "The Lady in the Moon." We focused on the long i sound (ie, igh), kn, wr, and adjectives in writing.

Math: Chapter 8: Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

Social Studies: We continued to learn about the events leading up to the United States becoming an independent nation. The kids have been working on pockets including important events and people from this time.

S.T.E.M.: The children worked with partners to build leprechaun traps out of bins, yarn, blocks, and tape. They baited the leprechauns with pieces of gold and were surprised to come back from lunch and find all the gold missing! Lucky the Leprechaun tricked us!

R.A.K./Core Virtues: Hugo's family donated the materials for a St. Patrick's Day craft for his birthday treat to everyone. The kids wrote things down that they are lucky to have on shamrocks. Thank you to the Corrin family for a cute craft that the kids enjoyed making!

Communication:

-There is no school next Friday, March 22nd or the whole next week for Spring Break.

-See the link below to sign-up for the Young Writers' Conference.

Young Writers' Conference Sign-Up

-Thank you to my parent volunteers this week!

-I hope everyone had restful and safe snow days this week! We are almost to Spring Break! Enjoy your weekend!

Week of 2/25 - 3/1


Reading:
This week we read a realistic fiction story called, "The Dot" and focused on the "long e" sound and inflected endings.

Math: We completed Chapter 7: Compare Numbers

Core Knowledge Sayings/Poetry: "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," "Fish out of Water," and "I Know All the Sounds that Animals Make" by Jack Prelutsky

Core Virtues/R.A.K.: We read a story related to honesty called, "Don't Tell Lies Lucy!" We also discussed appropriate ways to handle our anger. We also practiced some yoga and talked about how it is a great way to calm our bodies down.

Science/S.T.E.M.: We finished the unit about animals and habitats this week. For STEM, the children practiced cleaning feathers after they had been in "polluted water." The purpose of the activity was to show them the significance of oil spills and how they affect birds and other ocean animals.

Young Writers' Conference: Today the students heard a local author, Teresa Howell, speak to all of elementary about the process of writing and publishing books. She also got the children excited about the upcoming Young Writers' Conference in April. Please click on the link below to see the flyer containing more information about the event.

Communication:

-Children who return their reading log filled out and signed by a parent will get to pick out a prize from the treasure box! Remember that children should be reading every night for 10-15 minutes. If they are below grade level, they should be reading for 20 minutes every night. If you need help finding books at your child's level, do not hesitate to reach out.

-Thank you to my parent volunteers this week!

Have a great weekend!


Week of 2/18 - 2/22


Literacy:
We focused on the long a sound (ai and ay spellings) and possessives ('s and s'). We read a story about a Mexican party called, "Mama's Birthday Present," wrote about a time we gave someone a surprise, and played sight word games. For grammar we focused on contractions with not.

Math: We continued Chapter 7: Count and Model Numbers and learned a new board game practicing tens and ones.

Core Virtues: We discussed the meaning of honesty and listened to a read aloud called, "Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf" which is a spin-off of "The Three Little Pigs."

Science: We finished our unit about animals and habitats. The children learned about the saltwater habitat and about habitat destruction including things like wildfires, deforestation, and oil spills. Next week we will do a S.T.E.M. activity related to the effects of oil spills on birds.

Communication:

-Please make sure your children have appropriate clothing for the weather. We have P.E. every Wednesday and Friday which is outdoors unless the weather does not allow for it.

-Thank you to my classroom volunteers this week!


Week of 2/11 - 2/14


It was a very busy and fun week in first grade! The kids enjoyed their field trip on Tuesday to the Arvada Center where they drew and painted "Fairy Tale Self Portraits" and watched the play, "Ella Enchanted."

Everyone had fun at the Valentine's Day Party today playing games, making "stained-glass" window crafts, and sharing cards with their classmates. Thank you so much to Julie Gregory who helped plan the party and all the other parents who helped run the stations!

We also took our chapter 6 math test and played math games, reviewed literacy skills, and continued our science unit about animals and habitats.

I enjoyed meeting with many of you for parent/teacher conferences this week! Thank you for your commitment and involvement in your child's education. Please do not hesitate to ever reach out if you have questions or concerns.

I hope everyone has a restful 4-day weekend! I will see you back at school on Tuesday.


Week of 2/4 - 2/8

Reading: We read a play this week called, "Where are my Animal Friends?" and focused on the -dge sound and the spelling rule for adding -er and -est endings.

Math: We finished up Chapter 6 and will take our test on Monday.

Science: We learned about the weather, plants, and animals of the Savannah and Temperate Deciduous Forest habitats this week. The children enjoyed using watercolors to paint a Savannah landscape and working with a partner to make a poster about a habitat of their choice.

Makerspace: The children loved using recycled materials in the Makerspace Lab to create the animal that matched their plan that they started last week. I was very impressed with their creativity!

100th Day STEM: On the 100th day of school this week, students worked in small groups to collaborate and problem solves ways to build different creating with 100 objects.

Communication:

-Thank you to everyone who has signed up for parent/teacher conferences. Please sign up using this link if you haven't done so yet.

Conference Schedule

-Make sure to fill out the R.M.A.E. Intent to Enroll Form using the following link to ensure your child's spot for second grade. First Choice Enrollment ends today and Second Choice Enrollment begins Saturday at noon.

Jeffco Enroll

-Tuesday is our field trip to the Arvada Center to watch the play, "Ella Enchanted." Children must wear a red polo and bring a sack lunch. Lunches will be provided to those who order hot lunch that day.

-Wednesday is early release due to parent/teacher conferences.

-Thursday is our Valentine's Day Party from 12:30 to 2:00. Children may wear Valentine's Day clothing or colors if they would like. Thank you to Julie Gregory for helping plan the party! Please click the following link to see how you can help out with the party.

Valentine's Day Party

-No school next Friday or Monday due to conferences and President's Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

-As always, thank you to the parent volunteers in and out of the classroom!


Week of 1/28 - 2/1


Literacy: We read a nonfiction story called, "I'm a Caterpillar" and learned about life cycles. We focused on the er, ir, and ur spellings and contractions. We also practiced writing with the past tense ending, -ed.

Math: Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers

Science: We started our unit about animals and habitats. So far we learned about the desert and arctic habitats. We also started a 2-day Makerspace project with Mr. Dunbar. The children design their own animals and will build them next week.

Core Virtues/RAK: We read a Core Knowledge story called, "The Boy and the Dike" and discussed how the boy showed courage and kindness to save the people in his town.

Communication:

-Please sign up for parent/teacher conferences on the following Google Doc.

Conference Sign-up Sheet

-February 4th is the last day to bring in soup cans for ECHO. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

-Our field trip to the Arvada Center is Tuesday, February 12th.

-Thank you to the parent volunteers! Hope you're having a great weekend!


Week of 1/21 - 1/24

Literacy: We read an animal fantasy story called, "Frog and Toad Together" and focused on the inflected endings -ed and -ing. The sight words were: afraid, again, few, how, read, and soon.

Math: Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers

Social Studies: Thank you again to everyone who helped out with the Egyptian Party! I think the kids had a very good time!

Communication:

-We are still collecting soup cans for ECHO until February 4th. Please help first grade win the special surprise for donating the most items!

-The Valentine's Day Party will be on Thursday, February 14th. Children may bring a Valentine for each classmate. There are 21 students in the class.

Have a nice weekend!


Week of 1/14 - 1/18


Literacy:
We read a realistic fiction story called, "Jan's New Home" and practiced plural words with -es endings and learned the -r-controlled or sound. For writing, we practiced writing with verbs that do no add -s.

Math: Chapter 6: Count and Model Numbers

Social Studies: We have been learning about Ancient Egypt this week. We have learned that the Ancient Egyptians believed in a polytheistic religion (many gods/goddesses), about the importance of the Nile River for farming, Egyptian writing, and how and why the Egyptians would transform a body into a mummy.

Core Virtues/RAK: We discussed the meaning of courage, shared stories, and listened to 2 songs about courage. The students also made a list of 9 ways they can be kind in 2019. We also discussed how MLK showed courage when he was alive by sticking up for what he believed in.

Communication:

-Please make sure to sign the permission slip for our upcoming field trip to the Arvada Center. Let me know if you need me to send the link again. Students will need to wear a red polo and bring a sack lunch. Anyone who orders hot lunch that day will receive a lunch through the school.

-RMAE is collecting canned foods to donate to ECHO Jan. 22 to Feb. 4. First grade has been assigned to collect soup cans.

-Our Egypt Party is next Friday 12:30 to 2:00. Students may wear Ancient Egyptian costumes for the day.  

-The class Valentine's Day Party will be the same week of Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, February 14th 12:30 to 2:00.

-No school on Monday for MLK Day. Have a nice weekend!


Week of 1/7 - 1/11


Literacy:
We read a fiction story called, “Ruby in Her Own Time” and focused on the sounds -ng and -nk. We also focused on compound words and verbs that end with -s for writing.

Math: We finished Chapter 5 and will take our test on Monday

Social Studies: We started learning about the ancient land of Mesopotamia (present day Iraq). We learned that Mesopotamians believed in a polytheistic religion (belief in many gods and goddesses), their form of writing called cuneiform, why the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers were important to the Babylonians, etc.


Other:


-Report cards were sent home today in Friday Folders.

-Our unit about Ancient Egypt is coming up. We will be celebrating with a class party the afternoon of Friday, January 25th. Children may wear Ancient Egyptian costumes to school that day. More details will be shared at a later date. Thank you to Michelle Lewis for helping plan the party!

-We will be visiting the Arvada Center in February to watch the play, Ella Enchanted, and participate in a hands-on art class. The play relates to our upcoming Fairy Tales unit. I am looking for 2 parent chaperones to join us for the trip. Please respond if you are interested and I will choose the first 2 parents who have not had a chance to chaperone yet. Thanks in advance!  

-Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up in the middle of February. A Google Doc Sign-up sheet will be sent out soon.


Week of 12/17 - 12/19


Literacy:
We reviewed plural nouns, practiced handwriting, and wrote about cold weather. We also read Scholastic News magazines.

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

Testing: I sent home Middle of Year Dibels Scores (Reading Assessment) in Friday Folders today. The test consisted of NWF (Nonsense Word Fluency- “assesses knowledge of basic letter-sound correspondences and ability to blend letter sounds”) and DORF (Dibels Oral Reading Fluency- “measure of advanced word attack skills, accurate and fluent reading of connected text, and reading comprehension). The levels are indicated with the following colors:

Blue-Advanced

Green- Proficient

Yellow- Partially Proficient

Red- In need of Intensive Support

Other:

-Thank you to everyone who donated bare necessity supplies for the Family Homestead!

-Thank you to everyone who made food, donated supplies/food, and volunteered their time to help at the Holiday Party! The children enjoyed themselves and everything ran smoothly. A very large thank you goes out to Marti Kennedy for planning the party again!

-Report Cards will be sent home in Friday Folders on January 11th.

-THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who chipped in for the very generous Amazon gift card! Amazon is my favorite! Also, thank you to everyone who brought individual gifts. I feel very grateful to know all of your children and to have the opportunity to watch them grow over the year!

-I hope everyone has a restful, fun, and safe holiday break!


Week of 12/10 - 12/14


Literacy:
We read the story, "An Egg is an Egg" and focused on syllables and the vowel sounds of y (long e and long i). Sight words were: always, become, day, everything, nothing, stays, and things.

Math: We continued Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction Relationships and played various addition and subtraction math games on Friday.

Social Studies: We learned about symbols, holidays, customs, etc. for the 3 major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The children enjoyed making Christmas cards and playing Dreidel.

S.T.E.M.: The children made shelves for elves using blocks, play-doh, and popsicle sticks.

Other:

-The Holiday Music Concert K-2 is on Monday, December 17th at 2:15. The children may wear holiday accessories (headbands, hats, etc.) for the concert only.

-The Holiday Class party is Tuesday, December 18th. The students may wear Holiday Attire all day if they would like.  

-We will be watching The Polar Express on Wednesday, December 19th. Children may wear pajamas for the day.

-No school on Thursday, December 20th - Teacher in-service day.

-There will not be homework next week or over break. It is very important that children continue to read for at least 10 minutes per night.

Have a great weekend!

Week of 12/3 - 12/7

Literacy: We read a nonfiction story called, "Honey Bees." We focused on the long e sound and syllables. For writing, we focused on nouns.

Math: We continued Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction Relationships. We also learned a new math game called, "How many am I hiding?"

Science: We concluded our unit about the history of the earth including topics such as fossils and dinosaurs.

Sayings: "The more the merrier" and "Land of Nod"

Core Virtues/RAK: The first graders learned the meaning of "service" and watched a couple short videos showing examples of community service.

Other:

-The class holiday party will be on Tuesday, December 18th from 12:30 to 2:00. A huge thank you to Marti Kennedy for planning another class party!!

-We will be watching The Polar Express on Wednesday, December 19th. Does anyone have a copy of the DVD that I can borrow?

-As a RAK project, we will be collecting items for people less fortunate than us and donating them to the Family Homestead in Denver. They would like the following "bare necessity" items:
Toilet Paper
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Combs
Brushes
Shampoo
Conditioner
Deodorant (male, female or unisex)
Razors

Have a great time at the Holiday Walk if you're going!


Week of 11/26 - 11/30

Literacy: We read a nonfiction story called, "Life in the Forest" and focused on the long u sound, the 3 sounds of the -ed ending, and contractions. The sight words were: around, find, food, grow, under, and water. We also discussed "author's purpose."

Math: We began Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction relationships.

Science: We continued learning about the inside of the earth. We also learned about the 3 types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The children observed different types of rocks and described them in their journals. We also learned about volcanoes and geysers.

S.T.E.M.: The students had a great time making volcanoes for S.T.E.M.  

Testing: Almost everyone in our class has completed the Winter NWEA MAP test. The test results were sent home in Friday Folders today. Please celebrate the growth that your children have made so far this year! They have been working very hard! Make-ups will be completed next week for children who were absent. We will begin Winter Dibels (reading assessment) on December 5th.

Other:

-Thank you to my in-class volunteers this week!

-Details for the Class Holiday Party will be shared soon.

-I am still in need of a Library Helper on Fridays from 11:05 to 11:35 to assist the children with picking out books and helping check the books out for the children. Thanks in advance!

Have a great weekend!


Week of 11/12 - 11/16


Math: We finished Chapter 4: Subtraction Strategies and will begin Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction Relationships after break.

Reading: This week we read a story about dinosaurs called, "The Big Circle." We focused on long o, contractions, and sequencing. The sight words were: down, inside, there, and together.

Science: We finished our unit about space and began the next unit about the history of the earth. We learned about the layers inside the earth and discussed the many different uses for rocks. We also wrote a journal entry about what can be found on the layer of earth that we live on, the crust.

RAK: It was National Kindness Day on Tuesday. We participated by brainstorming ways to show kindness, watching some short videos about kindness, and drawing ourselves doing an act of kindness for someone.

Testing: We will be taking the Winter NWEA MAP for math and reading on Monday and Wednesday morning the week after break. This test focuses on personal growth and provides me with information to best meet the needs of the students.

S.T.E.M.: The first graders made Gravity Rollers out of K'nex. The challenge was to build a contraption that could propel itself using gravity.

Other:

-We get to visit the library for the first time next week on Friday! Please let me know if you are willing to be our ongoing library volunteer to assist with picking out books and getting them checked out.

-We will be visiting the Book Fair on Tuesday morning to give the kids a chance to check out what is available. Below are the Book Fair Hours if you would like to come back with your child to purchase anything:

RMAE 2018 Book Fair Hours

Monday, November 27th

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Tuesday, November 28th

7:30am - 8:30am

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 29th

7:30am - 8:30am

2:45pm - 4:00pm


-Thank you to my volunteers this week! Have a great holiday break!!


Week of 11/5 - 11/9

Literacy:
This week we discussed the different types of workers in the community and read the nonfiction story called, "Who Works Here?" The sounds we practiced were long i and digraphs (ch, tch, and wh). The sight words were: live, out, people, who, and work. We also learned how to write special titles correctly.

Math: We took our Chapter 3: Addition Strategies test and began Chapter 4: Subtraction Strategies.

Science: We continued our unit about Space. We learned about the history of space exploration, The Space Race, and a little bit about each planet. The children participated in some hands-on centers while pretending to be on the International Space Station.

RAK/Core Virtues: The students played "Hot Seat" where they took turns saying kind things to one another. We read a story about making good judgements and how to ask yourself questions before you make a choice. We also watched a short video from Class Dojo related to mindfulness and how to use breathing to calm yourself down.

Environmental: We met with our Project Learning Tree buddies in fifth grade to listen to the story, "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" and relate events in the story to the impact of trash on our earth and we discussed ways we can help out. We are hoping to go around and pick up trash with our buddies next week.

Other:

-Thank you to the volunteers this week!

Have a great weekend! One more week until Thanksgiving break!


Week of 10/29 - 11/1


Literacy:
We reviewed verbs, nouns, sight words, digraphs, and wrote spooky sentences.

Math: We finished Chapter 3: Addition Strategies. We will review and take the test next week.

Science: We learned about the moon and constellations.

Other: The children had a great time at the Fall Party and on the field trip! Thanks again to all the parents who helped make both events run smoothly!

Communication:

-Two more full weeks of school until Thanksgiving Break!

Have a wonderful, long weekend



Week of 10/22 - 10/26


Literacy:
This week we read, “The Farmer in the Hat” and focused on the “long a,” “soft c,” and “soft g” sounds. The sight words were: be, could, horse, old, and paper. For writing, we learned about proper nouns.

Math: We continued Chapter 3: Addition Strategies.

Science: We started learning about astronomy and covered topics such as what causes night and day, stars, “shooting stars,” and more.

Communication:

-Children may dress up on Wednesday for Halloween. Please make sure to follow the school rules regarding costumes. Let me know if you have questions. Our class party will be from 1:00 to 2:15. Thank you to everyone who is donating supplies or helping out with a station! Thanks again to Marti Kennedy for planning the fun activities for the kids! The parade will begin at 2:30 around the buildings and continue in the outdoor circle around 2:40.

-Thank you to all the parent volunteers this week! Have a nice weekend!


Week of 10/15 - 10/19

Literacy: We focused on digraphs this week (sh and th). We also learned that 'a' can make the 'o' sound when followed by 'l' in a word. The sight words were: catch, good, no, put, and want. We also learned about nouns.

Math: We have been learning and practicing different strategies for addition such as doubles, doubles +1, doubles - 1, count on, and make a ten. We also learned a new game called Doubles Bump.

Sayings/Core Virtues: We learned the saying, "Practice Makes Perfect" and related it to our core virtue, perseverance.

RAK: We heard a story called, "Quit Calling Me a Monster" and learned the meaning of empathy.

Core Knowledge: We finished our unit called, "Different Lands, Similar Stories."

Communication:

-Thank you to everyone who volunteered this week!

-Our Fall Party will be on Wednesday, October 31st in the afternoon. More details will be shared soon.

Have a nice weekend!


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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