Weekly update for 05/22/17

2)  We are finishing up our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way: NO MORE SPELLING!!!   We will be taking the end of the year spelling inventory and doing lots of writing practice.
4)  NO MORE MATH HOMEWORK.  We will be taking our final math benchmark on Monday, then we will be reviewing what we have learned through math centers the rest of the week.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will finish our final unit which is on Community Helpers.  We will be discussing what a community is, what jobs people do in our community, what tools people use to do these jobs, what we want to be when we grow up and why it is important for us to have jobs in our community.  We will end the unit Friday with a community helper day that will highlight just a few of the fun jobs in the community.
FYI:
1)  On May 24th we will be having an awards ceremony and dessert social. If you’re able to bring an item to this dessert social, please click on this link to sign up:

2)  Caterpillar update:  3 of the cocoons have hatched and we have 3 beautiful butterflies.  We are still waiting on the last 2 cocoons to hatch.  With their late arrival we may not get to take them to the park to release them, but we may wait until the last day of school to release them.  It is better to let them stay in their butterfly house for 5-7 days after hatching before letting them go.  This way they are strong enough to survive in nature.  Blackout, Sunshine and Star are getting so big!  They even have some of their feathers coming in.  We have harvested our plants for next year’s 1st graders. The students have LOVED this learning experience and I hope that you have heard a lot about it.  You are welcome to come in before or after school and visit with our precious new visitors.

3)  NO MORE Math/Reading tutoring.  It will start up again in the fall.
4)  March was the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars was due last week and the May reading calendar was sent home last week as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

 
5)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Any missing homework assignments that your child wants credit for need to be turned in NO LATER than Friday May 26th.
6) May’s volunteer schedule was sent home Friday and is posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  We have a lot of activities this month where we will need extra helpers for an hour or two.  I would love to have extra help for these activities. 

 
7)  Boxtops!  If you have any boxtops that will be expiring before October 2017 please consider sending them in before the end of the school year so we can get credit for them before they expire.
8)  Friday IS an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

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Weekly updates for 05/15/17

2)  We are finishing up our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
3)  Word Study Their Way: NO MORE SPELLING!!!   We will be taking the end of the year spelling inventory and doing lots of writing practice.
4)  In Math we will be working on addition and subtraction with numbers larger than 10 as well as reviewing money.  This week we will cover Module 6 with lessons 24-27 and take our module 6 end of mod test on Friday.  THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF MATH HOMEWORK.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 final unit which is on Community Helpers.  We will be discussing what a community is, what jobs people do in our community, what tools people use to do these jobs, what we want to be when we grow up and why it is important for us to have jobs in our community.  We will end the unit next Friday with a community helper day that will highlight just a few of the fun jobs in the community.
FYI:
1)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th.  We will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  Permission slips were sent home last week along with the new reading calendar, the May volunteer calendar and the May lunch menu.
2)  On May 24th we will be having an awards ceremony and dessert social. If you’re able to bring an item to this dessert social, please click on this link to sign up:
3)  Chicks update:  3 of the eggs have hatched an are doing really well.  The class has named them:  Blackout, Sunshine and Star.  The students have LOVED this learning experience and I hope that you have heard a lot about it.  You are welcome to come in before or after school and visit with our precious new visitors.   Our caterpillars are now all in their cocoons!  We will be moving them to their butterfly house tomorrow and they should be hatching from their cocoons by Monday May 24th.  With their late arrival we may not get to take them to the park to release them, but we may wait until the last day of school to release them.  It is better to let them stay in their butterfly house for 5-7 days after hatching before letting them go.  This way they are strong enough to survive in nature.  Our plants are on their final stage of their life cycle and we are getting ready to harvest the seeds.  What will happen is, the students will write a letter to the “future 1st graders” who will be planting these seeds and then putting some of the seeds into the envelope with the letter.  Then they will be donating some seeds to the other 1st grade class who’s plants didn’t do very well to make sure all of the students next year will have something to plant, and then the rest of the seeds will be sent home with the students.
4)  NO MORE Math/Reading tutoring.  It will start up again in the fall.
5)  March was the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars was due last week and the May reading calendar was sent home last week as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

6)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Any missing homework assignments that your child wants credit for need to be turned in NO LATER than Friday May 26th.

 7)  All library books are now due back to the library.  If your child has a book out, you will receive an email from me this week with the title and the cost to replace it (if it is lost).  All library fines must be paid before yearbooks can be passed out.
 
8) May’s volunteer schedule was sent home Friday and is posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  We have a lot of activities this month where we will need extra helpers for an hour or two.  I would love to have extra help for these activities. 
 
9)  Boxtops!  It isn’t too late to earn one more free dress day before the end of the year.  Send in your boxtops as soon as possible so we can end the year in first place!
10)  Friday IS NOT an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00.

 

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Weekly updates for 05/08/17

***I will be sending an all inclusive permission slip home Monday for all of the end of the year activities that have been planned for 1st grade.  Please read it carefully, sign it and get it back to me as soon as possible***
Please take a few minutes to read through this email and write down any upcoming events so no-one misses out on any fun activities.  I am giving you a lot of information and I don’t want anyone to miss anything.  Stay informed and check your email at least once a week.
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2)  We are finishing up our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
3)  Word Study Their Way: THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF SPELLING HOMEWORK! Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on addition and subtraction with numbers larger than 10 as well as reviewing money.  This week we will cover Module 6 with lessons 19-23 and take our module 6 mid-mod test.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 economy.  We will be discussing money, how to save it, why we spend it, what wants/needs are, and how we can earn money.  We are also having a visitor from US Bank come in and talk to the class about why banks are important.
FYI:
1)  Our last cluster fair is scheduled for this Thursday from 7:20-8:20.  The fair gives the students a chance to show off what they have been doing in clusters for the last 8 weeks.  Please come in and support these wonderful children and their hard work.  I would love to hear what you think about having the cluster fair in the morning as apposed to having it in the evening where you have to come back to the school.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th.  We will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  Permission slips were sent home last week along with the new reading calendar, the May volunteer calendar and the May lunch menu.
3)  Chicks update:  2 of the eggs have pipped but have yet to zip through the egg shell and come out.  I am keeping a very close eye on them over the weekend in hopes of having many healthy chicks really soon!  I will post some pictures on the blog under the This is Fun… tab.  Our caterpillars have grown 3-4 times their original size and are getting ready to get into their cocoons!
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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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)  March was the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars was due last week and the May reading calendar was sent home last week as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
 
6)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every Friday.  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.
 
7)  All library books are now due back to the library.  If your child has a book out, you will receive an email from me this week with the title and the cost to replace it (if it is lost).  All library fines must be paid before yearbooks can be passed out.
 
8) May’s volunteer schedule was sent home Friday and is posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  We have a lot of activities this month where we will need extra helpers for an hour or two.  I would love to have extra help for these activities. 

 
9)  Boxtops!  It isn’t too late to earn one more free dress day before the end of the year.  Send in your boxtops as soon as possible so we can end the year in first place!
 
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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
11)  Friday IS an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

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Weekly updates for 05/01/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on addition and subtraction with numbers larger than 10.  This week we will cover Module 6 with lessons 12-18 .  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 lifecycles!  This is one of my favorite science units we do.  We began with the plant lifecycle, then the frog lifecycle, and we learned all about the chicken lifecycle while watching our little chicks grow.  This week we will end our unit with a week of the butterfly lifecycle.  Our caterpillars have arrived, so now we can watch the miracle of metamorphosis and see our caterpillars turn into butterflies.
FYI:
1)  I am STILL in need of a helper for every other Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 for computers.  I will need someone starting THIS Wednesday.  Please let me know if you are willing to jump in and help on these days so I can add you to the calendar.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th.  We will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  Permission slips were sent home Friday along with the new reading calendar, the May volunteer calendar and the May lunch menu.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  March was the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars are due 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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
 
5)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every Friday.  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.
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) May’s volunteer schedule was sent home Friday and is posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find  a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  It isn’t too late to earn one more free dress day before the end of the year.  Send in your boxtops as soon as possible so we can end the year in first place!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  Friday IS NOT an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00.

 

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Weekly updates for 04/24/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on time to the hour and half hour.  This week we will cover Module 6 with lessons 7-11 .  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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!  This is one of my favorite science units we do.  We will begin with the plant lifecycle, then the frog lifecycle.  We will learn all about the chicken lifecycle while watching our little chicks grow, and then we will end our unit with a week of the butterfly lifecycle.  We will have our caterpillars next week so we can watch the miracle of metamorphosis and see our caterpillars turn into butterflies.
FYI:
1)  I am STILL in need of a helper for every other Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 for computers.  I will need someone starting THIS Wednesday.  Please let me know if you are willing to jump in and help on these days so I can add you to the calendar.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th.  We will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  Permission slips will be sent home next Monday.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  March is the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars are due 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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-March.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
 
5)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every Friday.  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.
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) May’s volunteer schedule will be sent home Friday and will be posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  It isn’t too late to earn one more free dress day before the end of the year.  Send in your boxtops as soon as possible so we can end the year in first place!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  Friday IS an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

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Weekly updates 04/18/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on time to the hour and half hour.  This week we will cover Module 6 with lessons 3-6 .  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 5 basic habitats (desert, ocean, forest, rain forest and arctic).  We will be discussing their differences, animals found in each habitat and why each habitat is important to earth.  There will be an end of unit diorama project due at the end of the unit (Thursday, April 20th).  More information about the project was be sent home before break.  This project will be worth 10 points.
FYI:
1)  I am in need of a helper for every other Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 for computers.  I will need someone starting THIS Wednesday.  Please let me know if you are willing to jump in and help on these days so I can add you to the calendar.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th.  We will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  More information will be coming soon.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  March reading calendars were due before.  March is the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars was sent home last week as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-March.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
5)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every Friday.  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.
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 

7) April’s volunteer schedule was sent home before break and is posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  We have earned another free dress down day.  We will be doing our free dress day THIS Wednesday April 19th.  Have your child dress down and I will give out the bracelets that morning when the students get to school.
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  Friday IS NOT an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00.  Also, there is NO SCHOOL Monday.  School will resume Tuesday April 18th.

 

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Weekly update for 04/03/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on time to the hour and half hour.  This week we will cover Module 5 with lessons 11-13, End of Module 5 test and begin Module 6 .  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 5 basic habitats (desert, ocean, forest, rain forest and arctic).  We will be discussing their differences, animals found in each habitat and why each habitat is important to earth.  There will be an end of unit diorama project due at the end of the unit (Thursday, April 20th).  More information about the project will be sent home Monday.  This project will be worth 10 points.
FYI:
1)  I am in need of a helper for every other Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 for computers.  I will need someone starting THIS Wednesday.  Please let me know if you are willing to jump in and help on these days so I can add you to the calendar.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th.  We will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  More information will be coming soon.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  March reading calendars were due last Friday, March 31st.  March is the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  The April reading calendars was sent home Friday as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-March.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

 
5)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every Friday.  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.
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) April’s volunteer schedule will be sent home Monday and is posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  We have collected 916 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 84 more by the end of April we will earn a free dress down day for May.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place and collect, collect, collect!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  Friday IS NOT an early out day.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00.  Also, Spring break is April 10th-April 17th.  School will resume Tuesday April 18th.

 

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Weekly updates for 03/27/17

1)  Please subscribe to my blog.  I am adding posts and pages to the blog every week  and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:

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2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on 2D and 3D shapes and recognizing side, vertices and other attributes that we can classify them with.  This week we will cover Module 5 with lessons 6-10.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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  Living and Non-Living things.  We will be discussing what changes happen in spring.  We will also be talking about the needs of living things and the differences between living and non-living things.  We will be ending our unit with a living things oral report that the students will work on and prepare at home as well as a “pet parade” where students will be invited to bring their pet to share with the 1st grade.  More information will be coming home about both of these fun activities next week.
FYI:
1)  Our living things reports are due tomorrow.  We will be presenting them from 1:45-2:45.  They are going to be worth 5 points not 10, but there needs to be a picture of the chosen thing on the back of the report.  We will be having a pet show on Friday from 11:15-12:20.  This is not just a “bring your pet to school” activity, but students will have to fill out a small report about the pet (it is the same paper as the living things report), so that they can introduce their pet to the rest of the class.  I am sending home the paper for the pet show in the homework packet, but it is OPTIONAL to bring a pet.  This will not be graded, and students who don’t bring a pet won’t lose points.  However, if a student chooses to bring a pet, the paper needs to be filled out.  I will be sending out a sign up google doc for anyone who would like to bring their pet and what time to bring it.
 
2)  I am in need of a helper for every other Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 for computers.  I will need someone starting NEXT Wednesday.  Please let me know if you are willing to jump in and help on these days so I can add you to the calendar.
3)  Our field trip was a great success!  Thank you to our chaperons who volunteered their time to help make the trip such a success.
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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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)  March reading calendars are due this Friday, March 31st.  March is the last month for the bookit program.  The students who have turned in all 6 months of reading calendars will receive a special superstar-reader medal at the end of the year awards ceremony.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-March.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

 
6)   Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.  Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every Friday.  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.
 
7)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
8) April’s volunteer schedule will be sent home Friday and will also be posted on the blog Friday.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
9)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of March we will earn a free dress down day for April.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place 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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  

 

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Weekly updates for 03/20/17

***We are in need of white copy paper and quart-sized baggies.  If you are able to donate any of these items, please send them in as soon as possible.***
Please take a few minutes to read through this email and write down any upcoming events so no-one misses out on any fun activities.  I am giving you a lot of information and I don’t want anyone to miss anything.  Stay informed and check your email at least once a week.
1)  Please subscribe to my blog.  I am adding posts and pages to the blog every week  and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:

http://blogs.ascentutah.org/lr oundhouse/

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on 2D and 3D shapes and recognizing side, vertices and other attributes that we can classify them with.  This week we will cover Module 5 with lessons 2-5.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 Spring as well as Living and Non-Living things.  We will be discussing what changes happen in spring.  We will also be talking about the needs of living things and the differences between living and non-living things.  We will be ending our unit with a living things oral report that the students will work on and prepare at home as well as a “pet parade” where students will be invited to bring their pet to share with the 1st grade.  More information will be coming home about both of these fun activities next week.
FYI:
1)  SPIRIT WEEK is this week!  I have attached a flyer that gives specific details about what special activity is going on each day.  WE WILL NOT be participating in the $2 dress down day on Friday due to the field trip.  All students need to be in full uniform.  This means that they will not be able to spirit dress on this day either.
2)  I am in need of a helper for every other Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 for computers.  I will need someone starting THIS Wednesday.  Please let me know if you are willing to jump in and help on these days so I can add you to the calendar.
3)  We have several students who have LONG overdue books from the library.  I will send an email this week giving specific information on what book(s) are overdue and how much it will cost if it needs to be replaced.  If you have any questions or concerns about lost or misplaced books please contact Mrs. Rutherford (the librarian).
4)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Friday March 24th.  We are going to the aquarium.  Permission slips were sent home last week.  Please get the donation and permission slip turned in no later that Wednesday the 22nd.  Our 5 chaperons for this trip will be: Heather Earl, Erin Shipley, Stephanie Thatcher, Derrick Peyton and Jennifer Overby.
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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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)  February reading calendars were due Wednesday, March 1st.  I have collected 23/28 calendars for February so far.  The March reading calendars were sent home last Wednesday.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
 
7)  The end of term 3 is this Wednesday March 22nd.  All missing homework assignments are due no later than Tuesday March 21st.  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.  
 
8)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
9) March’s volunteer schedule has been sent home and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
10)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of March we will earn a free dress down day for April.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place 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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  

 

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weekly updates 03-13-17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on place value tens and ones and adding two digit numbers.  This week we will cover Module 4 with lessons 24-29 and our end of the module test.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 rocks.  We will be learning about the layers of the earth, the 3 types of rocks (sedimentary, Metamorphic and igneous),  how rocks change, and why and how volcanos form.  We will end the unit by making volcanos.  We will need an empty cereal box for each child.  Please send it in no later than Wednesday afternoon.  If you have any extras you would be willing to send in that would be great too!  We are also in need of lots of newspaper.  If you would like to come in and help with this project we will be doing it Thursday from 1:45-2:45.
FYI:
1)  We will be painting our volcanos tomorrow morning (Monday) and then we will be exploding them (hopefully) tomorrow afternoon 1:45-2:00.  If you are in the area and would like to come watch the “explosion”  we would love to have you.
 2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Friday March 24th.  We are going to the aquarium.  Permission slips were sent home last week.  Please get the donation and permission slip turned in no later that Wednesday the 22nd.  If you have done your background check and would like to join us, we will need 5 chaperons for this trip.  Please let me know if you are interested in going so I can add you to the list.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  February reading calendars were due last Wednesday, March 1st.  I have collected 23/28 calendars for February so far.  The March reading calendars were sent home last Wednesday.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

 
5)  The end of term 3 is Wednesday March 22nd.  All missing homework assignments are due no later than Tuesday March 21st.  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.  
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) March’s volunteer schedule has been sent home and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of March we will earn a free dress down day for April.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place and collect, collect, collect!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

 

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Weekly updates for 03/06/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on place value tens and ones and adding two digit numbers.  This week we will cover Module 4 with lessons 20-23.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 rocks.  We will be learning about the layers of the earth, the 3 types of rocks (sedimentary, Metamorphic and igneous),  how rocks change, and why and how volcanos form.  We will end the unit by making volcanos.  We will need an empty cereal box for each child.  Please send it in no later than Wednesday afternoon.  If you have any extras you would be willing to send in that would be great too!  We are also in need of lots of newspaper.  If you would like to come in and help with this project we will be doing it Thursday from 1:45-2:45.
FYI:
1) This Thursday is spring picture day.  Watch for an email from either myself or the office with more details.  I believe that spring pictures are usually done OUT of uniform, but I will double check that and let you know as soon as possible.
2)  Our next field trip is scheduled for Friday March 24th.  We are going to the aquarium.  Permission slips will be sent home tomorrow (Monday).  Please get the donation and permission slip turned in no later that Wednesday the 22nd.  If you have done your background check and would like to join us, we will need 5 chaperons for this trip.  Please let me know if you are interested in going so I can add you to the list.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  February reading calendars were due last Wednesday, March 1st.  I have collected 21/28 calendars for February so far.  The March reading calendars were sent home last Wednesday.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

 
5)  The end of term 3 is Wednesday March 22nd.  All missing homework assignments are due no later than Tuesday March 21st.  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.  
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) March’s volunteer schedule has been sent home and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of March we will earn a free dress down day for April.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place and collect, collect, collect!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

 
11)  Friday IS NOT an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00. 

 

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Weekly updates for 02/27/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on place value tens and ones and adding two digit numbers.  This week we will cover Module 4 with lessons 15-19.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 matter.  We will learn about atoms, solids, liquids and gases.  We will explore many different forms of matter with art, language, science and writing in different centers.
FYI:
1) Thursday we will be celebrating Dr. Seusss birthday with a fun activity rotation with the other 1st grade classes from 1:30-3:00.
2)  This Friday we are honored to have an author come and read to the whole first grade.  After the reading, he will give each student a book to take home.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  February calendars are due Wednesday, March 1st.  I collected 26/28 calendars for January.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
 
5)  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.  
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) February’s volunteer schedule has been sent home and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of February we will earn a free dress down day for March.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place and collect, collect, collect!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.
 
11)  Friday IS an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30. 

 

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Weekly update for 02/21/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on measurement.  This week we will cover Module 4 with lessons 11-13 as well as a mid-module assessment.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 motion.  We will learn about force, motion, gravity and movement.  We will explore many different movements with art, language, science and writing in different centers.
FYI:
1)  The Valentine’s Day party was wonderful!  The students had so much fun.  Thank you to our awesome volunteers who came in to help make it such a success.
 
2)  I loved being able to meet with so many of our wonderful families during conferences.  Thank you to everyone who was able to make it!
3)  There will be NO MATH K-2 tutoring this WEDNESDAY.  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  February calendars are due Wednesday, March 1st.  I collected 26/28 calendars for January.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
 
5)  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.  
 
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
 
7) February’s volunteer schedule has been sent home and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

 
8)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of February we will earn a free dress down day for March.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place and collect, collect, collect!
 
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.  
10)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.
 
11)  Friday IS an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30. 

 

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Weekly updates for 02/13/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on measurement.  This week we will cover Module 4 with lessons 6-11.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning 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 quick unit on Presidents to celebrate Presidents Day and the amazing leaders of our country.  We will be focusing on Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and T. Roosevelt.  We will also be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.
FYI:
1)  The mummies were a huge success!  Thank you so much to the wonderful moms who came in to get really messy with us.  I could not have done it without you all!  
2)  Our final class party is scheduled for Tuesday February 14th from 1:15-3:00.  It is a valentine’s day/presidents day themed party.  We need lots of help as well as lots of supplies donated.  If you are interested in volunteering your time or some supplies, please click on the link below and sign up for what works best for you:
3)  Its that time again!  We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences February 15-17, please click on the link below and sign up for a day/time that works best for you and your family.
***There will also be a book fair open in the Library during conferences.  Go check out the great deals they have to offer!***
4)  There will be NO MATH K-2 tutoring this week due to Parent/Teacher conferences.  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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 calendars have been sent home.  I collected 22/28 calendars for January.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

6)  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.
7)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.

8) February’s volunteer schedule has been sent home and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

9)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of February we will earn a free dress down day for march.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place 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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.
11)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

12) Wednesday, Thursday AND Friday are all early out due to parent/teacher conferences.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

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Weekly updates for 02/05/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on measurement.  This week we will cover Module 4 with lessons 1-5.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will finish up studying Ancient Egypt.  We will learn about The Nile, The Pyramids, The Kings and leaders, Egyptian writing, and we will end the unit with mummies.
FYI:
1)  THIS FRIDAY we will mummify Barbie-type dolls.  I am in need of lots of extra help for this project.  I am looking for at least 4 helpers.  If you are available and would like to come get a little messy, please let me know as soon as possible.  If your child has not brought in a doll to use for this project, we need them by Wednesday February 8th.   If you are unable to get one, or can’t find a cheap one, please let me know.  I do have a few extras.   
2)  Our final class party is scheduled for Tuesday February 14th from 1:00-3:00.  It is a valentine’s day/presidents day themed party.  We need lots of help as well as lots of supplies donated.  If you are interested in volunteering your time or some supplies, please click on the link below and sign up for what works best for you:
3)  Its that time again!  We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences February 15-17, please click on the link below and sign up for a day/time that works best for you and your family.
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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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)  January reading calendars were due last week.  I collected 20/28 calendars for January.   February calendars were sent home last week as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

6)  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.
7)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.

8) February’s volunteer schedule was sent home last week and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

9)  Boxtops!  We have collected 851 boxtops so far and are currently in 2nd place for the boxtops contest.  If we turn in 149 more by the end of February we will earn a free dress down day for march.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 2nd place 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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.
11)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

12) Friday IS  NOT an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00.

 

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Weekly update for 01/30/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on measurement.  This week we will cover Module 3 with lessons 9-13 and our end of module test.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue studying Ancient Egypt.  We will learn about The Nile, The Pyramids, The Kings and leaders, Egyptian writing, and we will end the unit with mummies.
FYI:

1)  During our Egypt unit, we will mummify Barbie-type dolls.  These dolls will be destroyed.  We cut the hair, draw on it, put oil on it  and wrap it in fabric.  Every student will need to have a doll to mummify.  Please don’t spend a lot of money on a doll.  You can find one at DI, the dollar store, or the dollar isle at Wal-Mart.  You could even use an old barbie doll your child doesn’t want or play with anymore.  If you are unable to get one, or can’t find a cheap one, please let me know.  I do have a few extras.  We need these dolls by Wednesday February 1st.  I am also in need of lots of extra help for this project.  I will email a sign up link when it gets closer to the day of the project.  I am looking for at least 4 helpers.

2)  Its that time again!  We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences February 15-17, watch for the sign-up sheet.
3)  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.

4)  January reading calendars are due Wednesday February 1st.  I collected 20/28 calendars for December.   February calendars will be sent home that day as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

5)  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.

7) February’s volunteer schedule will be sent home next week and will also be posted on the blog next weekend.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

8)  Boxtops!  We reached our 1st goal and earned a free dress day!!!!    If we turn in 500 more boxtops our class will earn a free dress day for February.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 1st place and collect, collect, collect!
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.
10)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

11) Friday IS  an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

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Weekly Update for 01/23/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.

3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on measurement.  This week we will cover Module 3 with lessons 4-8.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue studying Ancient Egypt.  We will learn about The Nile, The Pyramids, The Kings and leaders, Egyptian writing, and we will end the unit with mummies.
FYI:

1)  During our Egypt unit, we will mummify Barbie-type dolls.  These dolls will be destroyed.  We cut the hair, draw on it, put oil on it  and wrap it in fabric.  Every student will need to have a doll to mummify.  Please don’t spend a lot of money on a doll.  You can find one at DI, the dollar store, or the dollar isle at Wal-Mart.  You could even use an old barbie doll your child doesn’t want or play with anymore.  If you are unable to get one, or can’t find a cheap one, please let me know.  I do have a few extras.  We need these dolls by Wednesday February 1st.  I am also in need of lots of extra help for this project.  I will email a sign up link when it gets closer to the day of the project.  I am looking for at least 4 helpers.

2)  Its that time again!  We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences February 15-17, watch for the sign-up sheet.
3)  THERE WILL BE NO MATH K-2 TUTORING MONDAY SINCE I WILL BE ABSENT.  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.
4)  January reading calendars are due Wednesday February 1st.  I collected 20/28 calendars for December.   February calendars will be sent home that day as well.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.
5)  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.
6)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.

7) February’s volunteer schedule will be sent home next week and will also be posted on the blog next weekend.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

8)  Boxtops!  We reached our 1st goal and earned a free dress day!!!!    If we turn in 500 more boxtops our class will earn a free dress day for February.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 1st place and collect, collect, collect!
9)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.
10)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

11) Friday IS NOT an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 3:00.

 

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weekly updates for 01/17/17

2)  We are working in our handwriting books.  We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting.   This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are:  Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
3)  Word Study Their Way:  Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both 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 a 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 be working on story problems with subtraction sentences.  This week we will cover Our second Math Benchmark and begin Module 3 with lessons 1-3.  Just as a reminder,  your child will bring home a math packet each day.  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.  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 turning in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue studying The American Revolution.  We will learn about the great leaders that helped to form our country.  We will learn about the beginning of the American Flag, minutemen, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere and the Shot Heard around the world.  I can’t wait to hear about all of the things these students will come home teaching you all!
FYI:
1)  This week I will be absent due to my son having his tonsils out.  I have already spoken with the students about my absence and what I expect of them while I am gone.  I have offered them a movie/bring your own snack party for Friday January 27th if they ALL stay on green every day that I am gone.  Please help me out and talk to your child about what you expect of him/her when there is a sub in the classroom and remind them of our deal for the movie/snack party.  With your help, I am certain that all will go well this week.  Also, if you have any free time and would like to get an hour or two of your volunteer hours done, come on in and help our sub out.  We really need some extra hands Tuesday 8:50-9:50 to help give the second math benchmark as well as Wednesday from 12:40-1:20 to help with computers.  Our regular helper mom is out of town this week and we don’t have anyone scheduled to take over this time.
2)  THERE WILL BE NO MATH K-2 TUTORING THIS WEEK SINCE I WILL BE ABSENT ALL WEEK.  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 grades 1-3 math tutoring. Mrs. Kohl in Room 117 will be conducting grades 1-3 reading tutoring.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  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.

3)  December reading calendars were due Tuesday January 3rd.  I collected 20/28 calendars for December.  If your child hasn’t turned in a reading calendar for December please send it in Tuesday.  January calendars have been sent home.  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 reads 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 on time will earn a prize.  October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days).  Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.  This will go from October-April.  All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program.  I have  sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me.   Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  Remember 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.

4)  The end of term 2 is THIS Wednesday, January 18th.  I will be coming in on Wednesday to correct and grade all homework turned in Tuesday and Wednesday.  Any work still missing after Wednesday will receive a zero in aspire.  Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments.  Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in.  I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments.  Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog.  Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly.  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 completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday .  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.
5)  TUESDAYS are our library day.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
6) January’s Volunteer schedule was sent home Tuesday and is also posted on the blog.  If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer.  There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar.  If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible.  Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.   

7)  Boxtops!  We reached our 1st goal and earned a free dress day!!!!    If we turn in 500 more boxtops our class will earn a free dress day for February.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Lets see if we can stay the class in 1st place and collect, collect, collect!
8)  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.  A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.
9)  As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts.  These undershirts must be solid white.  It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts.  Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs.  Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom.  This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.

10) Friday IS  an early out.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.

 

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