Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly News

*Please make sure to check your child’s take-home folder every night and discuss what we are working on in school.  You may keep the completed work that comes home.  Promptly return any paperwork. Also make sure to read and sign your child’s planner nightly.  Please jot down what your child did for homework on the right side (i.e. math facts, www, & read would be sufficient instead of writing down addition facts, word wall word flashcards, and the title of the book).
*Be sure to send a healthy snack and bottle of water each day for snack time. 
*Classroom wish list:
-Barbie clothes for recess
-refill glue sticks for glue gun
-colored and white cardstock paper
*Please, please, please consider this…We are in need of one more parent volunteer for reading groups.  The volunteer will meet with a small group of children every Friday from 10:45-11:15am starting in September.  Are you interested and available?
*A few things for 1st graders to start practicing at home: tying shoes, memorizing home address, and memorizing home and/or parent cell number(s). 
*School breakfast has been a bit of an issue for many students in our class this year.  Unlike past years, buses are dropping students off at school closer and closer to 7:50am – the start of the school day.  The cafeteria sells breakfast from 7:30-7:45am.  Children who arrive past 7:35am are struggling to get through the breakfast line, eat their food in the cafeteria, and get to class before the bell rings at 7:50am.  If this affects your child, please feel free to send in a box of breakfast bars.  I’m happy to store them in our classroom for days that he/she doesn’t have time for breakfast at home.  We have snack between 9-9:30am and that’s a long time for these little guys to wait to eat if they haven’t had breakfast at home.  Thanks for your help with this!

Important Dates
September 14th – Picture Day
September 28th - Pack Activity (please wear GREEN – your 1st grade shirt is perfect for this!)
October 3rd - Early Release Day (students dismiss at 12:25pm)
October 5th - Field Trip (please wear sneakers and your 1st grade t-shirt and bring a sack lunch)
October 12th – Harmony Harvest

What are we learning?
Word Work
This is week 4 on Spelling City.  Our new 1st grade word wall words are five, under, has.  We are reviewing these kindergarten words:  for, on, his.  We are also studying initial consonant blends.
We will learn more about parts of speech including nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  We will also work on adding details to our writing pieces.
We are moving on to unit 2 (Should I add or subtract?).  This week, we are learning about symbols in addition and subtraction problems.  We will solve number stories with missing numbers and use units to label our answers.  We will also explore tools that help with solving these problems – the number grid and number line. 
In reading, we will work on decoding strategies that can help us figure out tricky words in our reading.  This week’s strategies include look at the picture, get your mouth ready, look for chunks, and reread.
Social Studies
Mrs. Hammons will also visit our class this week and discuss the difference between a small and a big problem.

Related Arts
Monday " Wednesday – PE
Thursday " Friday - Art