Weekly updates for 04/16/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 6 with lessons 3-7.  Module 6 will be a review of everything we have learned this year in 1st grade to get us ready for the end of the year benchmark test.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our unit on lifecycles.  We will be studying the lifecycles of:  plants, frogs, chickens and butterflies.  We have some great activities planned for each of these lifecycles including seeds we have planted that we will watch go through their lifecycle from start to finish.  We will also have caterpillars that we will be watching go through their lifecycle from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly.  Lastly, we will have actual chick eggs that we will be incubating and watching hatch.  The chicks will be staying in our classroom until the end of the school year. 
6)  We are still in need of a few classroom items.  I asked everyone during conferences if they would like to donate things to the classroom and many of you signed up.  Thank you to everyone who has sent supplies in!  We are still in need of the following items:   baby wipes, magic erasers, crayons.  If you are able to donate any of these items please send them in as soon as possible.

 

 

FYI:
1)  Don’t forget to remind your child to turn in his/her un-homework tickets Monday to be put into the prize drawing.  We have only been getting 5-6 students every week who are turning in their tickets.  I would love to see every student get at least 1-2 tickets in each week.  
 
2)  Carnival Punch Cards Available:  Come into the office and purchase your $5.00 punch card for our carnival that will be Saturday May 19th.
 
3)  If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, the office has sent out several different links to sign up to help with special activities coming up.  They are looking for help with the School Carnival, Field Day donations and Field Day volunteers.  Contact the front office for more information.
4)  April volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it when we return to school on Monday.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 
5)  We will be doing an awesome activity on Friday April 20th.  It is called Science Live!  This is when all of the first grade classes from all 3 campuses come together via a live webcast to do a hands on science lesson.  It will include learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly, setting up our classroom butterfly habitat, doing an amazing hands on craft showing all 4 stages of the butterfly lifecycle, AND enjoying a tasty snack covering all 4 stages of the butterfly lifecycle.  We will be doing this with our classes at our campus while the other classes will be doing the same thing at the same time at their campuses.  We are really excited to try this new technology and style of teaching.  I have sent home a food in the classroom permission slip last week to cover the snack we will be having.  Thank you to everyone who has already turned theirs in.  If your child has not turned one in yet, please send it in as soon as possible.

 

 

 

6)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
7)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
8) March reading calendars were due Friday, March 30th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The April reading calendars will be sent home when we return Monday.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Science Live!

Science Live is a brand new opportunity for our 1st grade classes to connect to the 1st grade classes at our other campuses.  We will be doing a whole lesson on the butterfly lifecycle with ALL of the 1st grade students in our network!  We will be doing a hands on craft as well as a fun snack to extend our learning of lifecycles.  I am sending home a pink food in the classroom permission slip Monday, but if you would like to get a jump start on signing the form or if the pink form doesn’t make it home you can click on the link below and sign and return this one!  We are very excited for this wonderful activity.

Science Live!

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Weekly updates for 04/09/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 5 lessons 12-13, taking the end of Mod. 5 test and then beginning Module 6 with lessons 1-2.  These lessons discuss time to the hour and half-hour.  Module 6 will begin our review of everything we have learned this year in 1st grade to get us ready for the end of the year benchmark test.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will finish our unit on habitats.  We will be focusing on the 6 basic habitats (grassland, rainforest, arctic, ocean, forest and desert).  We will be doing lots of fun hands on activities to help us learn more about habitats.  We are going to wrap up this unit with a habitat diorama show on Friday April 13th from 11:20-12:20.  We will be inviting other grades to come look at the habitat dioramas.  This will be a project done at home.  The students have picked the habitat they would like to do their diorama on, and I have sent home detailed instructions on what the expectations are for this project.  If you have not received this paper, please look for it on our blog.  If you have any questions or concerns please call/text or email me any time.  The students will need a shoe box for their diorama.  I do have 3 boxes in the room if anyone needs one for their student.  Please let me know.  Students need to bring their habitats to school by Thursday April 12th so we can get ready for the show on the 13th.
6)  We are in need of a few classroom items.  I asked everyone during conferences if they would like to donate things to the classroom and many of you signed up.  Thank you to everyone who has sent supplies in!  We are still in need of the following items:   baby wipes, magic erasers, crayons.  If you are able to donate any of these items please send them in as soon as possible.

FYI:
1)  Due to my son needing to be in surgery on Wednesday April 11th and having to prep him the day before, I will be out for Tuesday and Wednesday.  I will be talking to the students on Monday about my expectations of them when I have a sub, but change is always hard.  Please remind your child about my absence and talk to them about your expectations of him/her when there is a substitute teacher at school.
2)  Chef Dave will be coming into our room again to do another awesome lesson about nutrition.  The students will be making chicken pot pies.  I sent home a food in the classroom permission slip last Monday before break along with the diorama instructions.  Thank you to everyone who got those turned back in before break.  If your child has not turned one in yet, I will need it before he/she can participate in the activity on Thursday.
3)  Don’t forget to remind your child to turn in his/her un-homework tickets Monday to be put into the prize drawing.  We have only been getting 5-6 students every week who are turning in their tickets.  I would love to see every student get at least 1-2 tickets in each week.
4)  April volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it when we return to school on Monday.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 
5)  We will be doing an awesome activity on Friday April 20th.  It is called Science Live!  This is when all of the first grade classes from all 3 campuses come together via a live webcast to do a hands on science lesson.  It will include learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly, setting up our classroom butterfly habitat, doing an amazing hands on craft showing all 4 stages of the butterfly lifecycle, AND enjoying a tasty snack covering all 4 stages of the butterfly lifecycle.  We will be doing this with our classes at our campus while the other classes will be doing the same thing at the same time at their campuses.  We are really excited to try this new technology and style of teaching.  I will be sending home a food in the classroom permission slip on Monday to cover the snack  we will be having.  Please look for this coming home with your child’s spelling packet.

6)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
7)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
8) March reading calendars were due Friday, March 30th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The April reading calendars will be sent home when we return Monday.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 03/26/18

I wanted to make sure you all understood the homework assignment from Friday.  The students were asked to build a structure out of household items that fall into the 3-D shape categories.  Once the structure is built they can either draw a picture of it and staple it to the homework page, or have you take a picture of it and email it to me.  We will be showing the pictures tomorrow morning at the beginning of math.  Also, we begin our 4th quarter tomorrow which means we are switching jobs and seats.  Your student was involved in picking their seat and job this time so they already know it is coming, but please remind them just in case they forgot!  I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  Please take a few minutes to read through this email.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call/text me (616) 638-9617 or email me any time!
1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 5 lessons 7-11.  These lessons discuss 2D and 3D shapes as well as putting parts of shapes together to make whole shapes and we will be learning about time to the hour and half-hour.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our unit on habitats.  We will be focusing on the 6 basic habitats (grassland, rainforest, arctic, ocean, forest and desert).  We will be doing lots of fun hands on activities to help us learn more about habitats.  We are going to wrap up this unit with a habitat diorama show on Friday April 13th from 11:20-12:20.  We will be inviting other grades to come look at the habitat dioramas.  This will be a project done at home.  The students will be picking the habitat they would like to do their diorama on and I will be sending home detailed instructions on what the expectations are for this project.  Please look for that paper to come home tomorrow.  If you have any questions or concerns please call/text or email me any time.  The students will need a shoe box for their diorama.  I do have 4 boxes in the room if anyone needs one for their student.  Please let me know.
6)  We are in need of a few classroom items.  I asked everyone during conferences if they would like to donate things to the classroom and many of you signed up.  Thank you to everyone who has sent supplies in!  We are still in need of the following items:  copy paper, baby wipes, magic erasers, crayons
If you are able to donate any of these items please send them in as soon as possible.

 

 

FYI:
1)  Chef Dave will be coming into our room again to do another awesome lesson about nutrition.  The students will be making chicken pot pies.  I will be sending home a food in the classroom permission slip on Monday along with the diorama instructions.
2)  Don’t forget to remind your child to turn in his/her un-homework tickets tomorrow to be put into the prize drawing.  We have only been getting 5-6 students every week who are turning in their tickets.  I would love to see every student get at least 1-2 tickets in each week.
3)  April volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on Friday.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 

 

 

 

4)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
5)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
6) March reading calendars are due Friday, March 30th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The April reading calendars will be sent home friday.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
7)  On Tuesday, March 26th, it is Zupas Spirit Night from 5 pm – 9 pm.
8)   Spring Break is Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th. Enjoy the week off! I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing break. 🙂
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Living Things report

The living things report is due tomorrow Tuesday March 20th.  If your child has lost or misplaced the report outline you can click on the link below to print out a new one.

living things report

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03/19/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 5 lessons 2-6.  These lessons discuss 2D and 3D shapes.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue learning about living and non-living things with a lesson on Spring at the end of the unit.  I have asked every student to complete a “living things” report at home that is due Tuesday March 20th.  Instructions for the report have been sent home with the spelling homework last week.  The students just need to choose ANY living thing (plant, tree, monkey, dog, fish etc) and do some research to answer the questions on the presentation paper, and then print or draw a picture of that living thing on the back of the paper.  This project will be worth 10 points in our science grades.

FYI:
1)  Don’t forget to remind your child to turn in his/her un-homework tickets tomorrow to be put into the prize drawing.  We have only been getting 5-6 students every week who are turning in their tickets.  I would love to see every student get at least 1-2 tickets in each week.
2)  March volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it last week.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 

3)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
4)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
5) February reading calendars were due Friday, March 2nd.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The March reading calendars were sent home last week with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
6)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
7) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 03/12/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  IMPORTANT:  I have made some changes to our spelling groups due to the results from the last few spelling tests.  The “revised” groups are listed on the blog and the students will be getting their sorts according to the changes I have made.  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 4 lessons 26-29 as well as taking our end of module test and begin Module 5 with lesson 1.   These lessons discuss word problems using numbers larger than 10 and adding/subtracting.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies on Monday we will be painting our volcanos and then on Wednesday when we return from the field trip we will be exploding them in the courtyard between first and second grade.  Then, we will be learning about living and non-living things for the next 2 weeks with a lesson on Spring at the end of the unit.  I am having every student complete a “living things” report at home that will be due Tuesday March 20th.  Instructions for the report will be sent home with the spelling homework on Monday.  The students just need to choose ANY living thing (plant, tree, monkey, dog, fish etc) and do some research to answer the questions on the presentation paper and then print or draw a picture of that living thing on the back of the paper.  This project will be worth 10 points in our science grades.

FYI:
1)  Don’t forget to remind your child to turn in his/her un-homework tickets tomorrow to be put into the prize drawing.  We have only been getting 6-7 students every week who are turning in their tickets.  I would love to see every student get at least 1-2 tickets in each week.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday March 14th.  We will be going to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.  Students need to be in full uniform, with comfortable shoes and a jacket.  If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please send it in a brown lunch sack or plastic bag so it can just be thrown away.  We don’t want to have to worry about lost lunch boxes or how to carry a lunch box during the trip.  We will be leaving the school at 9:15 and returning by 2:30.  If we return in time, we will be exploding our volcanoes in the courtyard between the first and second grade buildings.
3)  We will be celebrating St. Patricks day this Friday with lots of special activities including the graphing of Lucky Charms marshmallows.  Thank you for getting the food in the classroom permission slips returned so quickly!  
4)  We have finally reached the first goal of 375 boxtops!  Since we have reached our goal, we have received a free dress down day!  I have scheduled our free dress day for this Friday March 16th.  Since we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on that day, I thought it might be fun to encourage the kids to dress in lots of green, but students are welcome to wear anything of their choosing.  They will receive their free dress bracelets at school that morning, so just send them in free dress.
5)  March volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it last week.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 

6)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
7)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
8) February reading calendars were due Friday, March 2nd.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The March reading calendars were sent home last week with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly update for 03/05/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 4 lessons 20-25.   These lessons discuss word problems using numbers larger than 10 and adding/subtracting.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will be learning about rocks.  We will be discuss the 3 different types of rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous).  We will be exploring each of these types with hands on activities as well as making our very own sedimentary and metamorphic rocks out of fruit by the foot and nerds.  We will also be learning about volcanos and we will be making a volcano that we will be erupting next week.  We are in need of empty cereal boxes for the volcanoes.  Please send one in with your child as soon as possible.  If you have any extras and are willing to send them in as well, that would be fantastic!  Also, in order to participate in the rock making activity, a signed permission slip must be brought in.  Thank you to everyone who has already sent it back.  It was sent home last Monday with the spelling homework.

FYI:
1)  This Thursday March 8th is our spring picture day.  ALL students will be allowed to free dress on this day, even if pictures are not being taken.  Only students who are purchasing pictures will be getting them taken this time.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday March 14th.  We will be going to the Museum of Natural History.  Keep an eye out for the field trip permission slip to come home Monday.  It needs to be signed and returned with the $4.00 donation no later than Friday March 9th.  I am also in need of 5 chaperons for this trip.  If you have had your background check done and would like to join us, please let me know as soon as possible.
3)  I will be sending home a food in the classroom permission slip for a math activity we will be doing next Friday, March 16th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Please sign it and return it as soon as possible.  I know that I have sent home several things that need to be signed and returned.  If you are unsure if your child has turned his/her slips in, just email or call/text me and I can let you know.
4)  March volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it last week.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 

5)  WE WILL NOT HAVE LIBRARY THIS WEEK, SO STUDENTS CAN KEEP THEIR BOOKS FOR ONE MORE WEEK!  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7) February reading calendars were due Friday, March 2nd.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The March reading calendars were sent home last week with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
8)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10)  We have finally reached the first goal of 375 boxtops!  Since we have reached our goal, we will be receiving a free dress down day this month.  I will let you know when that is scheduled.
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 02/26/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 4 lessons 15-19.   These lessons discuss word problems using numbers larger than 10 and adding/subtracting.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will be learning about matter.  We will discuss how everything is made up of matter.  We will learn the 3 different types of matter (solid, liquid, gas) and have many hands on experiences testing out the different types of matter.

 

 

FYI:
1)  We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday March 2nd.  Due to this and clusters we won’t have time for spelling tests so I will be giving them on Thursday during Literacy Centers.  Please take some extra time during the week to practice the spelling words so your child is ready for the test a day earlier.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday March 14th.  We will be going to the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi.  Keep an eye out for the field trip permission slip to come home Monday.  It needs to be signed and returned with the $4.00 donation no later than Friday March 9th.  I am also in need of 5 chaperons for this trip.  If you have had your background check done and would like to join us, please let me know as soon as possible.
3)  Our next unit is on Rocks, minerals and soil and we will be doing a really fun, hands-on activity using nerds and fruit by the foot.  I will be sending home a food in the classroom permission slip on Monday along with the field trip permission slip and the un-homework packet.
4)  March volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on Monday.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 

 

 

 

5)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7) February reading calendars were due Friday, March 2nd.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The March reading calendars will be sent home Monday with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
8)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10)  We have finally reached the first goal of 375 boxtops!  Since we have reached our goal, we will be receiving a free dress down day this month.  I will let you know when that is scheduled.
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 02-20-18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Due to the short week, I sent home the spelling packet Friday so students could get a start on the homework.  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math this week we will be working on  Module 4 lessons 11-14.   These lessons discuss numbers above 10, place value (tens and ones) and greater than and less than.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
 5)  In Science/Social Studies we will be learning about motion and how things move.  We will do experiments with all the different forms of movement such as: circular, up and down, zig zag, rolling, spinning, straight, fast and slow and up and down.

FYI:
1)  Thank you to everyone who came in for conferences.  I really enjoyed talking to all of you and sharing the wonderful progress your child has made so far.  I am really excited for what the rest of the year brings!
2)   Thank you to the wonderful parents who came and helped with the Class party.  Having you all there helped make great memories for the kiddos!
3)  February volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 

4)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
5)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
6) January reading calendars were due Friday, February 2nd.  Thank you to all the students who made sure to turn it in.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The February reading calendars was sent home Monday with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
 7)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
8)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
9)  We are really close to the first goal of 375 boxtops!  When we reach the first goal, our class will earn a free dress day.  Please keep collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
10)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
11) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 02/05/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math this week we will be taking our End of Module test on Monday and than begin Tuesday  Module 4 lessons 1-4.   These lessons discuss numbers above 10, place value (tens and ones) and greater than and less than.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue our 3 week unit on Ancient Egypt.  We will be learning about many different things such as the river nile, King Tut, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs, mummies, and pyramids.  We will be making lots of different projects, a research report, and we will actually make a mummy!  We are in need of some supplies for this unit:  barbie-type dolls that can have their hair cut (nothing that cost more than a dollar or two), muslin-type cloth to cut into strips, flour, small jewels, lego blocks and craft sand.  If you are able to donate any of these things let me know.  You can start sending them in any time but I need them no later than Friday.

FYI:
 
1) We will be making mummies Thursday February 8th starting at 1:45.  I have 2 wonderful parents who have volunteered but we still need lots of help.  If you are available and would like to join us for this awesomely messy project please let me know.  The more hands we have the better the project goes.  I need at least 4 volunteers, but more is always better.
 
2)  February volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on Monday.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 
 
3)  It is that time of year again to sign up for parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to talking with all of my wonderful families, and sharing with you how much your child has grown and progressed this year.  Please click on the link below and put your name next to the time/day that works best for your family.  I hope to see everyone there!  The book fair will also be set up again during the week of conferences.
4)   Our last class party is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14th.  This is a short day because of parent/teacher conferences so the activities are being split before/after lunch.  Please click on the link and sign up for whatever you are available to help with.  The more help we have, the smoother the party goes.  Food permission slips for the party will be sent home Monday.

 

5)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7) January reading calendars were due Friday, February 2nd.  Thank you to the 12 students who made sure to turn it in on time.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The February reading calendars was sent home Monday with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
8)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
10)  We are really close to the first goal of 375 boxtops!  When we reach the first goal, our class will earn a free dress day.  Please keep collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 01/29/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

 4)  In Math this week we will continue with Module 3 lessons 8-13.   These lessons discuss measurement and the rules of measuring as well as data collection and reading.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
 5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue our 3 week unit on Ancient Egypt.  We will be learning about many different things such as the river nile, King Tut, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs, mummies, and pyramids.  We will be making lots of different projects, a research report, and we will actually make a mummy!  We are in need of some supplies for this unit:  barbie-type dolls that can have their hair cut (nothing that cost more than a dollar or two), muslin-type cloth to cut into strips, flour, small jewels, lego blocks and craft sand.  If you are able to donate any of these things let me know.  You can start sending them in any time but I need them no later than Friday.

FYI:
 
1) We will be making mummies Thursday February 8th starting at 1:45 and need lots of help.  If you are available and would like to join us for this awesomely messy project please let me know.  The more hands we have the better the project goes.  I need at least 4 volunteers, but more is always better.
 
2)  February volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on Monday.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can. 
 
3)  It is that time of year again to sign up for parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to talking with all of my wonderful families, and sharing with you how much your child has grown and progressed this year.  Please click on the link below and put your name next to the time/day that works best for your family.  I hope to see everyone there!  
4)  New Student Check Out Policy – when you or your emergency contacts come to check out your student(s) you and/or your emergency contact will need to provide us with their Identification even if the office has already gotten to know who you are.

5)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.

6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7) January reading calendars are due Friday, February 2nd.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The February reading calendars will be sent home Monday with the spelling homework.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
8)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
9)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
 10)  We are really close to the first goal of 375 boxtops!  When we reach the first goal, our class will earn a free dress day.  Please keep collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  I still have several students who have never turned in their blue folder to get another book.  Students don’t progress through the program without practice and turning their folders in.  Remember:

1)   Your child will come home with a book that has been assigned to him/her at their individual reading level.

2)   Your child needs to read this book AT LEAST 3 times and should make no more than 2 mistakes on the third read.

3)   If there are questions at the bottom of the pages ask your child the questions and discuss the story to check for comprehension.

4)   Once your child is fluently reading the story (reading quickly without pausing or making mistakes) and has read through it at least 3 times, have your child color the picture that is circled on the tracking sheet.

5)   Please have your child return the book/folder to school to get a new book.  The student needs to be fluent with the book BEFORE returning it to school.

***Books will not always come home in number sequence order, but the book number should match the circled picture**

 

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Weekly updates for 01/22/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  The students did pretty well on Friday’s spelling test!  Remember to study throughout the week so you are prepared for the test on Friday.  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math this week we will continue with Module 3 lessons 3-7.   These lessons discuss measurement and the rules of measuring.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our 3 week unit on Ancient Egypt.  We will be learning about many different things such as the river nile, King Tut, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs, mummies, and pyramids.  We will be making lots of different projects, a research report and we will actually make a mummy!  We are in need of some supplies for this unit:  barbie-type dolls that can have their hair cut (nothing that cost more than a dollar or two), sugar cubes, muslin-type cloth to cut into strips, flour, small jewels, lego blocks and craft sand.  If you are able to donate any of these things let me know.  You can start sending them in any time but I need them no later than Friday.

FYI:
 
1) We will be making mummies Thursday February 8th starting at 1:45 and need lots of help.  If you are available and would like to join us for this awesomely messy project please let me know.  The more hands we have the better the project goes.
 
2)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
 
3)  Term 3 begins Monday.  With a new term comes new class jobs and new seats.  I talked to the class about the change on Friday, but it might help those who don’t do well with change, to be reminded again before coming to class Monday.  We are also cleaning out our tool boxes Monday and the students could use some new supplies.  Please send in a new box of crayons and a new pack of colored pencils, so we can start the new term with fresh supplies.  If you are able to donate a few extras that would be wonderful too!

4)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
5)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
6)  December reading calendars were due Friday, January 5th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The January reading calendars were sent home last week.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
7)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
8)  January volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can.  
9)  We are really close to the first goal of 375 boxtops!  When we reach the first goal, our class will earn a free dress day.  Please keep collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
10)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
11) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 01/16/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  I have organized students into new groups for spelling. This week is a ‘trial run.’ I want to make sure that the groups I am putting students in aren’t too hard for their specific spelling level.  So, this week I will NOT be grading spelling into Aspire. I will grade it as usual, but I will just send it home. I just want to make sure that I am fair and everyone is in the correct group for them.  Please look for Un-Homework/Spelling coming home on Tuesday.  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math this week we will be taking the End of Module test on Tuesday.  Please complete the math review before we take our test on Tuesday. Remember this is not graded and is optional. However, it is a great tool for your student to use to practice before the test, and any student who brings it back signed on Tuesday will receive a special pencil. If your child was absent or has misplaced the review, I have attached a copy of it to this email, so you can print it out if you would like.  We will also start Module 3 lessons 1 and 2.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue our unit on the American Revolution.  We will be studying King George, the 13 colonies, Paul Revere, the Boston Tea Party, The Shot Heard Around The World as well as many of the people important to this time.

FYI:
 
1) We are still doing mid-term assessments this week, please make sure your student gets enough rest, and eats enough breakfast before class.  This Thursday we will be doing a Read-A-Thon the last part of the day to help wrap up testing.  Students are allowed to bring 1 blanket, 1 pillow and 1 stuffed animal (it is easiest if they are sent to school in a large bag such as a garbage bag).  The read-a-thon will begin right after specials at 1:20.
 
2)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
 
3)  Last Friday I sent home a math review for our end of module test that is on Tuesday, January 16th. Like in the past, the review is optional, but is a fantastic tool for students, and they usually score better when they complete a review. We also do a small review in class. If students bring back the signed review, they get a cool new pencil. 🙂
4)  The end of the term is January 19th. Please check Aspire and see if your child is missing any work. January 19th is the last day I will accept reading calendars and math homework. I will also be doing spelling test make up’s this week.

5)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7)  December reading calendars were due Friday, January 5th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The January reading calendars were sent home last week.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
8)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
9)  January volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can.  
10)  We are really close to the first goal of 375 boxtops!  When we reach the first goal, our class will earn a free dress day.  Please keep collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 01/08/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  I have given the Middle of the Year spelling inventory, so I will be moving the students around according to how well they did on the test.  For THIS WEEK the students will receive the next word sort from the level they are currently on.  Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 26-29.  I will also be giving the Mid-Year Math benchmark.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our unit on the American Revolution.  We will be studying King George, the 13 colonies, Paul Revere, the Boston Tea Party, The Shot Heard Around The World as well as many of the people important to this time.

FYI:
 
1) We will starting mid-term assessments on Monday, please make sure your student gets enough rest, and eats enough breakfast before class.
 
2)  If your student memorizes the Ascent Academies mission statement he/she can earn a free dress down day.
 
3)  This Friday I will be sending home a math review for our end of module test that is on Tuesday, January 16th. Like in the past, the review is optional, but is a fantastic tool for students, and they usually score better when they complete a review. We also do a small review in class. If students bring back the signed review, they get a cool new pencil. 🙂
4)  On Thursday, January 11th, there are elementary talent show auditions in the gym from 3:00 – 4:00pm. If your student has a talent they would like to showcase, please encourage them to try out!
 

5)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7)  December reading calendars were due Friday, January 5th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  These calendars ARE NOT optional and will be scored a zero in aspire if not turned in.  The January reading calendars were sent home last week.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.
8)   The end of term 2 is Friday January 19th.  Any missing homework assignments are due NO LATER than Wednesday January 17th.  Any assignments not turned in by then will become a zero in aspire and bring your child’s grades down.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
9)  January volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment, and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can.  
10)  We are really close to the first goal of 375 boxtops!  When we reach the first goal, our class will earn a free dress day.  Please keep collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 01/03/18

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Due to the short school week, we will NOT have any spelling homework this week!  Students receive their  word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 23-25.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will be doing a unit on symbols.  We will study our Country’s symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, the American Flag, the Bald Eagle and other symbols of freedom and justice.  We will be studying the state symbols such as the state bird, tree, flower and we will be learning the state song.  After the state symbols we will be looking at our school symbols such as the mission statement and our school mascot.  We will end the unit with a project highlighting symbols of us.  We will make a collage of pictures of things that we like or are interested in.

FYI:
 
1)  Thank you for the wonderful and thoughtful Christmas gifts.  They are greatly appreciated and made my heart warm and fuzzy to receive them!
 
2)  The holiday activities were a HUGE success!  Thank you to all of our wonderful parent volunteers who gave up their time to help make memories with our kiddos.  I especially want to thank Ashley Olsen for stepping in and taking charge in my absence.  I can’t thank her enough for all the time and energy she put into making the last 2 days of school before break smooth and fun for all of the students.
 
3)  Students had the opportunity to choose their next cluster session class.  I will post the final cluster assignments as soon as I get them.  Clusters will begin next Friday January 8th.
 

4)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
 
5)  Due to the short week, there will be no tutoring this week.  Regular tutoring sessions will start back up Monday January 8th.  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
6)  December reading calendars are due Friday, January 5th.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  The January reading calendars will be sent home tomorrow.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.  All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
7)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
8)  January volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it.  Due to some changes in our volunteers’ schedules our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  Please take a look at your schedules and see if there is a way you could come in even for 1 day a month to help with math or language arts centers.  I love teaching in a center-based environment and the students do so much better focusing and staying engaged with centers, but I need help to make them work.  Centers are not nearly as effective if I have to run them by myself everyday.  I would love to get as many of the OPEN spaces on our schedule filled as we possibly can.  
9)  We are now collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
10)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
11) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Here is just a quick overview of the events for the week of 12/18/17:

1) Our gingerbread men are coming home Wednesday.  If any other family/friends would like to email a sighting please ask them to do it by Monday.
2)  We are going to Kingsbury Hall to see the Redux-Nutcracker on Monday December 18th.  The students are encouraged to “dress up” in fancy clothes.  If your child chooses not to dress up, full uniform must be worn.  Don’t forget to send a brown bag lunch with your child if a lunch was not ordered through the school.  We will be walking to the Union after the show for lunch so the students will need a warm jacket and comfortable shoes.
3)  Our class party is Tuesday December 19th.  We will need LOTS of extra help.  A sign up google doc was sent out so you can sign up to donate supplies or sign up to help during the party or both!  Students should be in Christmas pajamas and bring their costumes to school that day (if they have one).
4)  Mrs. Self, one of our wonderful reading aids have offered to do face painting for our program.  I sent an email last night with a slideshow showing examples of the face painting.  Please take a minute to look at the examples and let me know if you or your child does not want to have a face painting done.  If I don’t hear from you, I will leave it up to your child to decide.
5)  We could use some extra help on Wednesday the 20th from 8:30-10:30.  We are doing lots of fun activities including decorating the gingerbread men, and the more help we have, the better it will go.
6)  There will be no tutoring this week.
 
7)  November reading calendars were due Friday, December 1st.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  The December reading calendars were sent home with the homework packets last week.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.  All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
8)  We are now collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
**Just an FYI, my family has been given the opportunity to travel back to Michigan to be with family for the holidays.  However, due to travel issues I will not be in school Tuesday the 19th OR Wednesday the 20th.  My last day with the students until after break will be Monday.  I hope everyone has a fabulous  winter break and gets the chance to spend quality time with friends and family and gets some good rest as well.  Thank you for all of your continued support and I will see everyone January 3rd when we come back to school.  I will have access to my email and will check it often, especially Tuesday and Wednesday.  If you have any questions or concerns please call or email and I will do my best to help.**
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Weekly updates 12/11/17

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2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their  word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 19-22.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we are continuing our unit on Holidays around the world.  We will be focusing on the countries of Germany, Africa, Italy, Mexico, Holland and Israel. We will also be doing many activities based on the traditions of the United States.

FYI:
1) Our gingerbread men are having such adventures!  We have had 20 sightings already including sightings in:  Canada, California, Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Vermont, Massachusetts, and even Australia!  Please remember if you have family members or friends that live far away to ask them to send in postcards or emails so we can track where our gingerbread men have travelled to.
2)  I still have not received everyone’s permission slips.  The all inclusive permission slips that came home are on red paper,  and a food in the classroom permission slip for a snack we will be providing the students before our field trip as well as the food we will be offering at our class party on green paper, and the field trip permission slip for the nutcracker are on white paper.  They were stapled to the weekly spelling homework packet.  Please sign them both and get them back to me ASAP.  If they have gotten lost, you can reprint them off of my blog.
3)  Our free dress day for winning the penny wars got moved to Wednesday December 13th.  Send your child to school in free dress that day and they will receive their hand stamp when they get to school.
4)  Thursday December 14th we will be going to Santa’s Secret Shop from 10:00-10:30.  I sent home details and an envelope you can use for your child.  I strongly recommend you fill out the envelope with who your child is supposed to be buying for, and how much he/she should spend on each person.  This makes helping the students SOOOOO much easier.  Please do not send the money before the 14th.  Parents are welcome to come in at this time to help their children but it isn’t required.  I will be there to assist and there will be many middle school students there to help as well.
5)  We are going to Kingsbury Hall to see the Redux-Nutcracker on Monday December 18th.  The students are encouraged to “dress up” in fancy clothes.  If your child chooses not to dress up, full uniform must be worn.  If you would like to chaperon this trip please let me know as soon as possible.
6)  Our class party is Tuesday December 19th.  We will need LOTS of extra help.  A sign up google doc will be sent out tomorrow afternoon so you can sign up to donate supplies or sign up to help during the party or both!  Students should be in Christmas pajamas and bring their costumes to school that day (if they have one).

7)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.

8)  Don’t forget to send in the UN-homework tickets on Monday.  Tickets that come in after Monday will not count for the drawing.  They should be filled out, cut out, and put into a baggie or small envelope, or can be put in the clear pocket in the planner.  Remind your child to turn them in as soon as he/she comes into class.

9)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
10)  November reading calendars were due Friday, December 1st.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  The December reading calendars were sent home with the homework packets last week.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.  All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
11)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
12)  December volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it.  Our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it.  If you haven’t turned in your volunteer form and would like to be put on the schedule please send the form back as soon as possible.
13)  We are now collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
14)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
15) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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