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2) This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters. We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement). We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes. This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3) Students receive their word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday. This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics. This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork. The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on. I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday. Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our spelling tests on Fridays. Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program. The students who made it into the 100% club this week have been posted on our blog! They are all doing a great job with their spelling tests.
4) In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions. This week we will be covering Module 1 lessons 18-21. Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class. Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework. This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class. The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out. Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed. Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in. We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5) In Science/Social Studies we will be discussing seasons with an emphasis on the Fall season. We will talk about the changes in the trees, animals, as well as the changes we face, such as the clothing we wear and the activities we do.
1) This Monday, is school picture day. Students should come in regular school uniform and will be getting their pictures taken even if you are not purchasing any prints. These pictures will be going into the school yearbook. The order forms were sent home on Friday with all of the online information to order them online, or you can fill out the form and send a check into the school that day.
2) Our field trip to the aquarium is Tuesday. Please make sure your child is in full uniform with comfortable shoes and a jacket as we will be eating lunch at the park. Please make sure he/she brings a brown bag lunch (no lunch boxes). We will not be bringing back leftover food. If your child ordered a school lunch, it will be ready for the trip that morning and we will pick them up for the students. The chaperons for this trip are going to be: Kari Domm, Joyce Hawpe, Elaine Meadows, Michelle Morgan and Ashley Olsen.
3) Don’t forget to send in the UN-homework tickets tomorrow. Tickets that come in after tomorrow will not count for the drawing. They should be filled out, cut out, and put into a baggie or small envelope, or can be put in the clear pocket in the planner. Remind your child to turn them in as soon as he/she comes into class.
4) If you would like to help with our classroom Halloween activities from 1:45 – 3:00pm on Tuesday October 31st, please email me so that our room moms and I can start planning our activities.
5) Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on October 11th, 12th and 13th. I will be sending a conference sign-up google doc out soon. Please notice that all 3 of those days will be early out dismissal at 12:35pm to make time for conferences.
6) I would like to put together a classroom directory with your child’s contact information that I can send home with each student. I have found that it makes it easier on parents to have this information so that you can set up birthday parties or playdates with other students without having to go through me to get the information. This directory will include your child’s name, parents names, address, phone number and one contact email address. If you do not want your child’s information included in this directory, please let me know as soon as possible. I would like to send these home by the end of this week.
7) Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with. The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students. M/W math and T/TH reading. Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing. Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring. Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m. These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
8) September reading calendars are due this Friday. I will be sending out the October calendars on Friday along with details about the bookit program we will be starting. Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more. This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month. All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
9) I still haven’t received everyone’s All About Me page that I gave out at the back to school night or sent home in the docket. We will be using these pages as part of our Star Student spotlight time every day, so I need everyone’s back as soon as possible so no one misses out on being a star student.
10) We had a few parents come to the room parent meeting and they are very excited to get started planning this years activities. They will be needing lots of extra help with the parties and will be sending out sign up sheets. They can’t have a successful activity without lots of help, so when the sign up sheets come out, please consider helping out by volunteering your time or signing up to send in supplies that they ask for.
11) Homework has started coming home every day now. I have several students who are already missing points for homework assignments. Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework. I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned, but can be turned in as soon as it is completed. The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page. The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing. Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test. Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading. If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it. Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home. I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned. These papers can stay at home. If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes. You can label one folder “homework”, one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school. Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes. This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized. I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
12) October volunteer schedule will be posted on the blog Friday. I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it. Our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it. If you haven’t turned in your volunteer form and would like to be put on the schedule please send the form back as soon as possible.
13) We are now collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education. Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward. Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
14) If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday. This is called spirit dress. Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt. Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
15) Read, Read, Read- My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week. All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward. Please note that reading can be ANY of the following: being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.