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Welcome to 1st grade! I am so excited to share in your child's educational journey! First grade is such a wonderful year – reading, writing, making friends, math, spelling tests, art -- and so much more! Together, we will enjoy your child’s successes; this will be a year of wonderful growth in all areas, including responsibility and independence! Do share in all of your child’s wonderment and joy, it will be a fun year!
 

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Our week, Sept. 13th-17th

Good evening all!
 
This week in reading we will be working on the short o.  The kiddos did a great job this past week in their phonics work books remembering the routines and rules for finding and identifying short vowels.  We'll continue using the rules to identify short o this week.  Our Engaging Reader this week is "Mean Jean Recess Queen."  We will use this book to talk about making predictions while we read, how to retell a story, discuss how the character changes, make inferences and write our own opinions.  This week's poetry song is called, "Goodbye Summer."  In math we will be working on subtraction strategies all week.
 
We get to go to the school garden on Monday afternoon!  We will get one lesson a month with our garden leader, Mrs. Alonso.  Yes, she took on the garden this year, along with the library!  Not sure what our lesson is about, but it's sure to be fun to be out in the fresh air learning!  
 
Remember to work on your reading log during the week so you can turn them in on Fridays.  I have a new one ready to go in their homework folders for Monday.  
 
Library books are due by Wednesday!
 
I know parent conferences are just around the corner, so I'm working on figuring out my own kiddos schedules with cross country meets and soccer for that week and will send out a sign up genius soon for Zoom parent conferences.  Thanks for understanding!
 
I keep forgetting to take pictures of the art we have been doing and send it your way!  So here you go!  A collage of our Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom trees, our watercolor self portraits, Eric Carle chameleons, and dot pictures inspired by our book study last week, "The Dot."
 
Have a great Sunday!
--Heather
 
Looking ahead:
9/13:  Garden 
10/1: Jog-a-thon
10/4-10/8:  Minimum days for Parent Conferences
10/5: PTC Meeting
10/13: School picture make-up day
10/18-10/22:  Fall Break
10/31: Halloween

Our week, Sept. 6th-10th

Good afternoon everyone! 
 
I hope you are all getting a change to relax and recharge this weekend after a busy few weeks back at school.  I know my own crew is grateful for an extra day of downtime.
 
This week in reading we will be working on the short i.  We will be looking at the phonics pattern for short vowels and will practice spelling words with the short i. This week's poetry poem/song is going to be about school lunch.  Did your kiddo sing the lost pencil poem from last week?  I know I came home singing it!  Our Engaging Reader this week is "The Dot."  We will use this book to talk about visualizing while we read, how to retell a story, discuss how the character changes, and make connections to our own lives.  
 
In math we will be starting our next chapter on subtraction!  We took our first math test on Friday and the kids all did a really good job!  They have been impressing me with how strong they are with their math facts!  
 
I will be starting our weekly reading log this week.  The reading log will come home in the homework folders on Mondays (Tuesday this week) and are due back on Fridays.  We ask that the kids spend 10-15 minutes reading everyday.  In the beginning this will most likely be them practicing the paper books, phonics pattern words and sight words I send home, along with books you read to them.  As the year goes on, we expect the kids to do the majority of the reading.  Each week there will be at least one paper book coming home, a half sheet of phonics words with the sound we are working on for the week and a half sheet of sight words from the week to continue practicing.
 
We have Art Docent with Mrs. Yoho on Tuesday afternoon!
 
There is a PTC meeting on Tuesday at 6pm!  If you'd like to get involved, you can go to the meeting in person or join in via Zoom.  I join in via Zoom, so just let me know if you'd like me to forward you the link.  We are lucky to have the PTC president as a parent in our class, so we are well connected!  
 
School pictures are Wednesday!  We are scheduled for 9am, so we'll get them in before recess.  Remind your kiddos to bring their smiles!
 
Remember to send back the practice library paper book by Wednesday morning, so that the kiddos can check out their first real library book on Wednesday! 
 
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
 Heather
 
Looking ahead:
9/6:  Labor Day, No School
9/7: Art Docent with Mrs. Yoho
       PTC Meeting @6pm
9/8:  School picture [email protected]
10/1: Jog-a-thon
10/4-10/8:  Minimum days for Parent Conferences
10/18-10/22:  Fall Break
10/31: Halloween

Our week, Aug 30th-Sept 3rd

Good morning everyone!
 
It was so nice to "see" so many of you at Back to School night on Thursday!  I know the 20 minutes went quickly, I talked too fast and probably forgot something, but please know you can always reach out with any questions.  Just send me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.  :)
 
This week in reading we are going to be working on the short a.  We will be looking at the phonics pattern for short vowels and will practice spelling words with the short a.  I'm going to start a poetry book this week, where we will do one poem a week that we can learn in song form.  We will have the poems as little paper readers and in our own poetry notebooks that we will use to find different parts of speech and sentence structure (ie. capitals, periods).  Our Engaging Reader this week is "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon."  We will use this book to talk about visualizing while we read, retelling a story, making inferences and making connections.  In math we will be finishing up our 1st math chapter already! So lots of addition this week!
 
We are off to a great start returning the homework folders and completing the math! I am going to hold off on adding reading for one more week.
 
We will be starting our weekly library visits on Wednesday! 
 
Enjoy your afternoon!
 Heather
 
Looking ahead:
9/6:  Labor Day, No School
9/7: PTC Meeting @6pm
9/8:  School picture day
10/1: Jog-a-thon
10/4-10/8:  Minimum days for Parent Conferences
10/18-10/22:  Fall Break
10/31: Halloween