Weekly updates for 01/22/18

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

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

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

 

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Weekly updates for 01/16/18

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

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

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

 

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Weekly updates for 01/08/18

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

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

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

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

 

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Weekly updates for 01/03/18

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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December Activities forms

All inclusive permission slip/Food in the classroom:

all inclusive

Redux Nutcracker field trip permission slip:

The nutcracker permission slip

 

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weekly updates for 12/04/17

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

4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 14-18.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we are starting our unit on Holidays around the world.  We will be focusing on the countries of Germany, Africa, Italy, Mexico, Holland and Israel. We will also be doing many activities based on the traditions of the United States.

FYI:
1) Our gingerbread men have run away! Please remember if you have family members or friends that live far away to ask them to send in postcards or emails so we can track where our gingerbread men have travelled to.
2)  Tomorrow look for an all inclusive permission slip coming home on green paper and a food in the classroom permission slip for a snack we will be providing the students before our field trip as well as the food we will be offering at our class party on red paper. They are stapled to the weekly spelling homework packet.  Please sign them both and get them back to me ASAP.
3)  We are going to Kingsbury Hall to see the Redux-Nutcracker on Monday December 18th.  The students are encouraged to “dress up” in fancy clothes.  If your child chooses not to dress up, full uniform must be worn.  The field trip permission slip will also be coming home tomorrow in the same packet as the other 2.  If you would like to chaperon this trip please let me know as soon as possible.
4)  We have started an awesome new take-home book reading program on November 1st. I am very excited about this program because it is going to help SO much with student reading achievement! Please make sure to read through the letter that is attached to the inside of your child’s blue folder.

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

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

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)  November reading calendars were due Friday, December 1st.  All calendars turned in will receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  The December reading calendars were sent home with the homework packets last week.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.  All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
9)   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.
10)  December volunteer schedule will be posted on the blog this week.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on this week.  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.
11)  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!
12)  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.
13) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 11/27/17

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

4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 11-13 and we will be taking our Mid-Module test on Wednesday.  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 talking about the Winter season, how living things prepare for the change in weather, as well as activities we do during the winter season.  We will also be doing a short lesson on the Gingerbread Man to begin our Secret Gingerbread Mission.  Please look for an email to explain the mission in full details.

FYI:
1) Our first class party was a HUGE success thanks to everyone who helped with supplies as well as coming in to help with the party and feast.  The kids all had lots of fun at the party.
2)  We have started an awesome new take-home book reading program on November 1st. I am very excited about this program because it is going to help SO much with student reading achievement! Please make sure to read through the letter that is attached to the inside of your child’s blue folder. We have already had 8 students pass to the next book.

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

4)  Because there was no homework during the break we won’t have any tickets to turn in this week.  Don’t forget to send in the UN-homework tickets on Monday.  Tickets that come in after Monday will not count for the drawing.  They should be filled out, cut out, and put into a baggie or small envelope, or can be put in the clear pocket in the planner.  Remind your child to turn them in as soon as he/she comes into class.

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

 

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Weekly updates for 11/20/17

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  THERE WILL BE NO SPELLING UN-HOMEWORK THIS WEEK.  Students receive their  word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.

4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 9 and 10.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our unit on early explorers and the first Thanksgiving.  We will finish this unit with our first class party!  Please look for the yellow food in the classroom permission slip to come home attached to this week’s spelling un-homework.  I need that slip signed and returned as soon as possible so your child can participate in the class party.

FYI:
1) Our first class party is scheduled for Tuesday November 21st from 1:00-3:00.  We need lots of help with the party.  So far we have 3 wonderful parents signed up to help, but we need at least 2 more.  If you can help please click on the link below and sign up where you can!
2)  We have started an awesome new take-home book reading program on November 1st. I am very excited about this program because it is going to help SO much with student reading achievement! Please make sure to read through the letter that is attached to the inside of your child’s blue folder. We have already had 8 students pass to the next book.

3)  THERE WILL BE NO LIBRARY THIS WEEK DUE TO OUR CLASS PARTY!  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.

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

5)  THERE WILL BE NO TUTORING THIS WEEK DUE TO THE SHORT 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 the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
6)  October reading calendars were due November 1st.  It isn’t too late to get it turned in to receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.  All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
7)   Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way, or spelling (weekly) as part of the un-homework.  I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned,  but can be turned in as soon as it is completed.  The spelling work is choosing a task, completing it and then having a parent sign one of the tickets on the bottom of the page.  The tickets will all come back on Monday for a special drawing.  Un-homework is a choice and will not be graded, but is designed to help your child learn his/her spelling words for the week and be successful on Friday’s spelling test.  Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading.  If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned so your child gets credit for it.  Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home.  I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned.  These papers can stay at home.  If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes.  You can label one folder “homework”,  one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school.  Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes.  This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.   I will also spend some time reviewing with the students the way we turn in completed work and how we pack up the dockets and keep them neat and organized.
8)  November volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on last week.  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.
9)  We are now collecting boxtops and campbell’s labels for education.  Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward.  Let’s see if we can be the first class to reach the first goal and collect, collect, collect!
10)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
11) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates 11/13/17

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their  word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
  
4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 2 lessons 4-8.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our unit on early explorers and the first Thanksgiving.  We will finish this unit with our first class party!  Please look for the yellow food in the classroom permission slip to come home attached to this week’s spelling un-homework.  I need that slip signed and returned as soon as possible so your child can participate in the class party.
FYI:
1) Our first class party is scheduled for Tuesday November 21st from 1:00-3:00.  We need lots of help with supplies as well as volunteer help in the classroom.  If you can help please click on the link below and sign up where you can!
2)  PENNY WARS          Let the Penny War Begin!!          Starting Monday November 13th – Friday November 17th!!

100% of the penny war proceeds will go to support the Veterans!

1. Grades against Grades, except 6th Grade will be combined with JR High and they will be competing Boys against Girls.

2. PENNIES are what you want. Each PENNY equals 1 point.

3. Any other coin of dollar amount are negative points.

        • Nickels = 5 points, Dimes = 10 points, Quarters = 25 points, $1.00 = 100 points , $5.00 = 500 points, etc.
4. Make sure your jug has the most PENNIES.

5. Put the “BAD” coins in the other grades jugs.

6. Each night the jugs will be counted and the amounts will be posted on our Facebook Page as well as announced each morning.

7. The top three grades with the most Pennies will win a Free Dress Down Day!

8. Good Luck!!

3)  We have started an awesome new take-home book reading program on November 1st. I am very excited about this program because it is going to help SO much with student reading achievement! Please make sure to read through the letter that is attached to the inside of your child’s blue folder. We have already had 8 students pass to the next book.
4)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
5)  Don’t forget to send in the UN-homework tickets on Monday.  Tickets that come in after Monday will not count for the drawing.  They should be filled out, cut out, and put into a baggie or small envelope, or can be put in the clear pocket in the planner.  Remind your child to turn them in as soon as he/she comes into class.
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)  October reading calendars were due November 1st.  It isn’t too late to get it turned in to receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  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)   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.
10)  November volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on last week.  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.
11)  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!
12)  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.
13) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.
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Weekly updates for 11/06/17

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

4)  In Math 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 lesson 39, taking our end of Module 1 test and beginning Module 2 lessons 1-3.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will finish our unit on the Human Body.  We will be focusing on the skeletal system, the muscular system, the digestive system and the nervous system.  Take a few minutes each day and have your child “teach” you what he/she has learned about the human body.

FYI:
1) Thank you to all that helped with the halloween activity.  It was a huge success!  The kids had a blast and I hope you enjoyed your time with us.
2)  I will be sending home a yellow “test review” tomorrow to get the students ready for our test on Tuesday.  Please go over this with your child so he/she can be prepared for the test.  This is NOT for a grade and does not need to be returned.  It is just another tool the students can use to prepare themselves for the test.
3)  We have started an awesome new take-home book reading program on November 1st. I am very excited about this program because it is going to help SO much with student reading achievement! Please make sure to read through the letter that is attached to the inside of your child’s blue folder. We have already had 8 students pass to the next book.

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

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

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)  October reading calendars are due Friday to receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  I will be sending home the November reading calendar Tuesday.  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)   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.
10)  November volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on last week.  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.
11)  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!
12)  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.
13) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 10/30/17

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:

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2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their  word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 1 lessons 34-38.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue our unit on the Human Body.  We will be focusing on the skeletal system, the musculature system, the digestive system and the nervous system.  Take a few minutes each day and have your child “teach” you what he/she has learned about the human body.
FYI:
1) Halloween is on Tuesday! Your student may come to school dressed in their costume.  However no masks, no blood or gore, or weapons. There will not be any Halloween Parades that day, however we will be having some super fun Halloween activities from 1:30 – 3:00pm. (A special thank you to Ashley Olsen and Chelsea Dong, our room moms, for organizing the activities and the volunteers coming in to help us have a great time!) We will do our morning routine as usual, math, centers and writing, but with a bit of a Halloween fun mixed in. Please remember there is NO food or candy to be given out on Halloween at school.
2)  If you would like to help with our classroom Halloween activities from 1:30 – 3:00pm on Tuesday October 31st, please email me so that our room moms and I can be ready for our activities.  If you would like to donate some supplies for the activities please click on the link below and put your name next to what you would like to donate: 
3)  We are starting an awesome new take home book reading program on November 1st. I am very excited about this program because it is going to help SO much with student reading achievement! Look for a separate email coming soon about that!
4)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
5)  Don’t forget to send in the UN-homework tickets on Monday.  Tickets that come in after Monday will not count for the drawing.  They should be filled out, cut out, and put into a baggie or small envelope, or can be put in the clear pocket in the planner.  Remind your child to turn them in as soon as he/she comes into class.
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)  October reading calendars are due Friday to receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  I will be sending home the November reading calendar Tuesday.  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)   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.
10)  November volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on last week.  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.
11)  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!
12)  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.
13) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly Updates for 10/23/17

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:

http://blogs.ascentutah.org/lroundhouse/

2)  This week we will continue practicing WRITING our uppercase and lowercase letters.  We will also be practicing using the lines correctly to form the letters (making sure capital and tall letters are touching the top line and hang down letters are hanging below the basement).  We will also be practicing writing with correct letter sizes.  This means starting names and sentences with a capital letter and all the rest of the letters are lower case.
3)  Students receive their  word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way every Monday.  This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics.  This is something that will be both un-homework and classwork.  The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on.  I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with an un-homework coversheet each Monday.  Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our  spelling tests on Fridays.  Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program.
4)  In Math we will continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers with the use of number bonds and number expressions.  This week we will be covering Module 1 lessons 30-34.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will begin our unit on the Human Body.  We will be focusing on the skeletal system, the circulatory system, the digestive system and the nervous system.  Take a few minutes each day and have your child “teach” you what he/she has learned about the human body.
FYI:
1)  Anti-Bullying week this week:
Monday: color day!  1st grade can wear any ORANGE shirt with uniform bottoms to show support for anti-bullying
Tuesday:  Red ribbon day!  Wear red ribbons in your hair, as a necklace, as a bracelet, around our ankles, anywhere to show your support for anti-bullying/drug-free kids
Wednesday:  Unity day!  The whole school can wear any ORANGE top with uniform bottoms (there is also an optional $2.00 dress down on Wednesday if your child would like to participate in that)
Thursday:  Name Tag Day!  Regular Uniform Dress
Friday:  Show your spirit for anti-bullying!  Regular spirit dress day.  There will also be an ALL SCHOOL dance Friday from 12:35-1:30.  Please make sure to pick up your child right at 1:30 because the teachers have a meeting at 1:45.
2)  If you would like to help with our classroom Halloween activities from 1:30 – 3:00pm on Tuesday October 31st, please email me so that our room moms and I can start planning our activities.
3)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
4)  Don’t forget to send in the UN-homework tickets on Monday.  Tickets that come in after Monday will not count for the drawing.  They should be filled out, cut out, and put into a baggie or small envelope, or can be put in the clear pocket in the planner.  Remind your child to turn them in as soon as he/she comes into class.
5)  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.
6)  Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with.  The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7)  October reading calendars are due Friday to receive a pizza hut coupon and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  I will be sending home the November reading calendar Tuesday.  Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more.  This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month.  All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.
8)   I have several students who are 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.
9)  November volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on Monday.  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.
10)  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!
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly Updates for 10/09/17

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:

http://blogs.ascentutah.org/lroundhouse/

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 25-29.  Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class.  Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework.  This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class.  The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out.  Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed.  Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in.  We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5)  In Science/Social Studies we will continue discussing our 5 senses.  We will be focusing on the senses of taste, touch, smell, sound and sight.  We will do many different experiments including a blind walk, a smell stations rotation, a touch stations rotation and a name that sound game.  We will be wrapping up the unit Tuesday with a taste test activity and then Friday we will be doing a popcorn activity with the whole grade.  I sent home a food in the classroom permission slip.  Thank you to everyone who got them in on time.  I am still missing a few. All students must have a signed permission slip turned into me before next Friday to be allowed to participate.  I will also need lots of extra hands that day.  If you are available and would like to help with this activity next Friday from 11:15-12:15 please let me know.
FYI:
1)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
2)  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.
3)  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. 
4)  Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on October 11th, 12th and 13th.  Please click on the link below to sign up for a day/time that works best for you.  Please notice that all 3 of those days will be early out dismissal at 12:35pm to make time for conferences.
5)  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.
6)  There is NO tutoring or homework club this week due to 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 the tutoring for the first grade students.  M/W math and T/TH reading.  Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing.  Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring.  Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m.  These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.
 
7)  September reading calendars were due last week to receive a small prize and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  I sent out the October calendars last Monday 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.
8)  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.
9)  October volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on last week.  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.
10)  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!
11)  If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday.  This is called spirit dress.  Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt.  Regular uniform must be worn otherwise.
12) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 10/02/17

1)  Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog.  I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out.  You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:

http://blogs.ascentutah.org/lroundhouse/

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 21-24 with our first mid-module test on friday.  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 our 5 senses.  We will be focusing on the senses of taste, touch, smell, sound and sight.  We will do many different experiments including a blind walk, a smell stations rotation, a touch stations rotation and a name that sound game.  We will be wrapping up the unit NEXT Tuesday with a taste test activity and then Friday we will be doing a popcorn activity with the whole grade.  I will be sending home a food in the classroom permission slip on Monday.  All students must have a signed permission slip turned into me before next Friday to be allowed to participate.  I will also need lots of extra hands that day.  If you are available and would like to help with this activity next Friday from 11:15-12:15 please let me know.
FYI:
1)  Spirit Week starts Monday: As part of Anti-Bullying month, we have a Spirit Week this week (October 2-6)! Here’s the schedule-

Monday: crazy hair day

Tuesday: any shirt that is one of the school colors (navy blue, white or kelly green) with dress code bottoms.  The shirt can have pictures, or writing but needs to be clean and free of rips or holes.

Wednesday: crazy socks

Thursday: favorite team jersey/shirt with dress code bottoms

Friday: spirit dress day!  With a pep rally assembly at 8:30.

2)  Tuesday is our class library day.  I need all students to return their books every week.  Please help your child make sure he/she puts the library book back in his/her backpack Monday night so it is ready to be returned Tuesday.  I will be sending home a weekly email about those students who forgot to return his/her book.
3)  Our field trip to the aquarium was a great success!  Thank you so much to Kari Domm, Joyce Hawpe, Elaine Meadows, Michelle Morgan and Ashley Olsen for being wonderful chaperones and willing to join us for the fun!
4)  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.
5)  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. 
6)  Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on October 11th, 12th and 13th.  Please click on the link below to sign up for a day/time that works best for you.  Please notice that all 3 of those days will be early out dismissal at 12:35pm to make time for conferences.
7)  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.
8)  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.
 
9)  September reading calendars are due Monday to receive a small prize and the 20 points in aspire for reading each month.  I will be sending out the October calendars on Monday 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.
10)  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.
11)  October volunteer schedule is posted on the blog.  I will also send home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it on Monday.  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.
12)  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!
13)  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.
14) Read, Read, Read-  My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week.  All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward.  Please note that reading can be ANY of the following:  being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

 

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Weekly updates for 09/25/17

1) Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog. I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out. You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
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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.

FYI:

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.

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Weekly updates for 09/18/17

1) Please stay informed and subscribe to my blog. I add posts and pages to the blog all the time, and I don’t want anyone to miss out. You can simply click this link and follow the subscribe instructions:
http://blogs.ascentutah.org/lroundhouse/

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 13-17. Your child should be bringing home a math packet each day, unless it is finished in class. Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework. This is the only page that needs to be completed at home if it does not get finished in class. The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out. Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed. Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in. We will practice how to turn in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.

5) In Science/Social Studies we will continue discussing geography. We will be reviewing the 7 continents, oceans, animals indigenous to each continent and the directions on a compass rose. This week will we be using the map skills we have learned to make a book called Me On A Map.

FYI:
1) On Friday the permission slip for our field trip to the aquarium was due. I still have not received permission slips for 5 students. I will be sending an email directly to these families this weekend so we can make sure to get them turned in by Monday. The chaperons for this trip are going to be: Kari Domm, Joyce Hawpe, Elaine Meadows, Michelle Morgan and Ashley Olsen. If you did not get a chance to go on this trip, we will be going on several more and would love to have you join us on one of those trips. I will be sending a more detailed email to the chaperons next week. Please don’t forget that we are asking for a $4.00 donation be paid for students as well as chaperons.

2) Next Monday September 25th, 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.

3) I sent home a letter last week with all of the login information for all of the computer programs we will be using in and out of the classroom this year so you can have the information all in one place. Please put it in a safe place so your child can use it throughout the year.

4) 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.

5) Monday-Thursday – Math/Reading tutoring. Students will work on concepts they are having trouble with. The time will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mrs. Roundhouse in Room 106 will be conducting the tutoring for the first grade students. M/W math and T/TH reading. Students may come every day, one day, two days, three days but should be consistent with the timing. Please send me an email or come talk to me if you feel that your child might benefit from some after school tutoring. Homework club is also an alternative Monday-Thursday 3:00-3:30 p.m. These are all wonderful tools to consider for your child’s achievement.

6) I have sent home the September reading calendar. Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she read 20 minutes or more. This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month. All students who bring the completed calendar back will earn a prize.

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) September’s volunteer schedule is posted on the blog. I have also sent home a hard copy of the schedule to everyone who is on it. Our schedule has a lot of open spaces on it. If you haven’t turned in your volunteer form and would like to be put on the schedule please send the form back as soon as possible.

11) 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!

12) 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.

13) Read, Read, Read- My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week. All you need to do is have your child color a circle on the september reading calendar each time that he/she reads 20 minutes and at the end of the month I will collect them and all students that have read at least 20 days for that month will receive a special reward. Please note that reading can be ANY of the following: being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.

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