Career Day on Friday!

What a fun and busy week we have ahead!

On Monday we will have a Young Scientist lesson on animal homes and habitats.

Spring Picture day will be on Wednesday.  This is the day that you can purchase class pictures.  Information will come home on Monday in your child’s Cub Folder.

Career Day will be on Friday!  Thanks in advance to all the parents who volunteer on this very special day!

Special thanks to Morgan’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week!  She is so great that she checks our sign up list and if we do not have a Mystery Reader she makes time in her schedule to be there for our class.  Thanks so much Mrs. Bethea!!!!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: Making inferences when we read, words with -ow sound, expanding our sentences to include adjectives

Math: Counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters)

Science: Natural Resources

Dates to Remember:
  • Monday, March 9 – Young Scientists
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Spring Pictures (Everyone will be in the class picture)
  • Friday, March 13 – Career Day
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Dr. Seuss Week at CTES!

There will be no school on Tuesday, March 3.

This week we will honor Dr Seuss.  See information below:

Celebrate Dr. Seuss at CTES!

Monday, March 2nd – The Cat in the Hat

Wear a hat to school. The sillier the better!

Wednesday, March 4th – Wacky Wednesday!

  • Wear wacky clothes (mismatched, backwards…) in honor of the book, Wacky Wednesday!

Thursday, March 5th – Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  • Wear a souvenir shirt from some place you’ve visited or would like to visit.

Friday, March 6th– Dr. Seuss Dress Up!

  • Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character.

 Friday March 27 is the last day for the Go Nuts for Reading bookmarks!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: ask questions and gather facts when reading, -all word family,

Math: We will begin a unit on money, counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters

Social Studies: Famous African Americans (Maggie Walker)

Science:  Natural Resources

Dates to remember:

Tuesday, March 3 – No School

March 9 – Young Scientist Lesson

March 11 – Spring Picture Day!

March 13 – Career Day

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Heritage Night on Thursday!

We are all very excited for our performance at Heritage Night this Thursday!  We have been practicing very hard and I am sure you will be proud of the first graders!  Please dress your child in their turquoise field trip t-shirt.  They will need to arrive at school at 5:45pm. to prepare for the performance.

The PTA needs your help with this event! If you are able to help please Check out this link

If you were able to attend the Student Led Conferences please take a few minutes to  fill out this short survey  here .

Special thanks to Linden’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: Plot vs. Theme, bossy r sound spelled /or/ as in for and more, sentence fluency

Math:  Time to the hour and half hour

Social Studies:  Famous Americans:  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Arthur Ashe and Maggie Walker

Important Dates:

Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs) *wear your turquoise field trip shirt!

Tuesday, March 3 – Student Holiday

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President’s Day On Monday

Monday will be a half day for students.  Dismissal will begin at 11:35.

Special loving thanks for all the wonderful Valentine’s gifts and cards!

We had a fun filled week last week.  It all started with our map projects:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/a5AYXMiv43LwDneJ9

Then the celebration of 100 days of school.  See link below for pictures of the class with their shirts with numbers.  So very creative!  There are also pictures of our 100th day center rotations.  Congratulations to Kathleen and Akshaya for creating the tallest tower out of 100 Keva Planks!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hneK3YDfZSL9jwz5A

Thursday we had our first Student-Led Conferences.  What a great job everyone did sharing their work with their parents.  I was so very proud of the children.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to the conferences.

Friday was Valentine’s Day!  We started with a dental health lesson for Dental Health month.  See link for pictures!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6B3omw5Cew32583b7

Special thanks to Arjun’s mother for being our Mystery Reader on Friday.

At the end of the day, we played “Minute to Win It” games!  Thank you so much to Morgan’s mom for coming in and helping with our games!  see link below for pictures of our fun activities!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/zFhEi1VwX7G4UYKU8

This week we will learn about the following;

Language:  Asking and Answering questions when we read, long o sound spelled with /oa/ like in the words toad and goat, sight words, proper nouns and ending punctuation

Math:  Word problems, time to the hour and half hour

Social Studies:  President’s Day and the contributions of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson

Dates to remember:

Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night.  First Grade will be performing 2 songs.   Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link

 

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100th Day on Wednesday and Valentine’s Day on Friday!

What an exciting week we have planned for this week!

Monday report cards will come home.  Please sign and return the manila envelope.

After School Enrichment begins on Monday.   Remember to send in an extra snack if your child is registered for a class!

Wednesday is the 100th day of school.  Please have your child dress in a shirt with a number on it.

On Thursday we will hold our first Student Led Conferences.   Students are very excited to show their parents what we have been learning!  We will be practice this week and finalize our presentations.

Friday will be Valentine’s Day.  We will be exchanging valentines at the end of the day. Please remember no food!

Heritage Night is coming up on Thursday, February 27th.  First grade students will be performing 2 songs on stage!  A permission slip came home on Friday.  Please sign it and return it on Monday.  Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link

Flying Squirrel book marks went home this past week! If your child reads just 8 books, they can color in the book mark and fill out the back completely with their first, last name, my name, and your signature, they get a FREE ticket to a squirrel game! They will even have the opportunity to parade on the field prior to the game! It’s a fun way to celebrate readers!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: review character/setting, sight words, /ay/ sound in words, punctuation review

Math: Fractions and equal shares (1/4, 1/2, and whole) of a set

Science: Matter and changing states of matter

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Wednesday, February 12 – 100th Day of School *please see handout for 100th day T-shirt ideas
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences. Please sign up for ONE time slot!
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)
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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Great first week of new homework!  Everyone did a wonderful job choosing 3 activities or more and completing them in their notebooks.  Please remember to use a pencil for your homework and to list the activity you have done each night including on-line activities!  This week we will have a full 5 day week so students will need to complete 4 or more activities!

Special thanks to Morgan’s mom for being our Mystery Reader!

  • We will be having a valentine exchange on Friday, February 14th. I will be sending home a list of names this week. Please do not send in candy, thank you!

This week we will learn about:

Reading: Character traits, Plot of a story

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ar, ir, ur

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: Fractions and equal shares (1/4, 1/2, and whole)

Science: Solid, liquid, and gas

  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Wednesday, February 12 – 100th Day of School *please see handout for 100th day T-shirt ideas
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)
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New Homework Routine Starting This Week!

 

The second nine week grading period has ended.  As we begin the third nine weeks, we will have a new homework routine.  Students will bring home a homework choice board and a homework notebook on the first day of the week. We will be using a notebook we have recycled from class as our homework notebooks.  Students will be expected to choose one assignment each night and complete it in the homework notebook.  If they choose to do a computer assignment (Raz-Kids, Reflex Math or Zearn) they are to list the name of the program and the date in their notebook.  Notebooks are to be returned on Friday.

  • Third grade is still collecting change/coins to donate to help the devastation of the Wild Fires in Australia. If you’d like to donate, we will have a container for coins in our room. The collection will run until this Friday.  Thank you!
  • After School Enrichment (ASE) is back! A green packet went home with your child. There are a lot of really great options! This is a great fundraiser for our PTA. You must sign up online. The directions are on the last page of the green packet. (or you can find more information HERE.
  • Many thanks to Officer Sheehan for being a surprise mystery readers last week! We loved learning about community helpers and all the interesting equipment a police officer has to wear.We had our 1st pep rally of the school year and 3 of our classmates were recognized! Congratulations to Kathleen, Keshav and Morgan!

I feel very blessed to have such wonderful giving families in our room.  Thanks to all those families who have contributed to our updated class wish list!

Special thanks to Kathleen’s parents for being out Mystery Reader’s on Friday!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Character traits, using an excellent ending in our writing, phonics and sight words (New sight word list for the 3rd nine weeks will come home on Tuesday)

Math:  estimation, word problems, equality

Social Studies:  Matter (solid, liquid, gas)

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to follow from Mrs. Reece)
  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences (more information to follow)
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day

 

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

I hope everyone enjoyed this holiday that honors the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He had a dream that everyone would be treated equally.  We have learned that Dr. King worked toward his goal peacefully.  We will continue to learn about the many accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week.

Friday will be the end of the 2nd marking period.  We will begin a new homework routing next nine weeks.  Students will be responsible for completing homework in a homework notebook to be returned on Fridays.  More information to come!

Third grade is collecting change/coins to donate to help the devastation of the Wild Fires in Australia. If you’d like to donate, we will have a container for money in our room. Thank you!

After School Enrichment (ASE) is back! A green packet went home with your child on Friday. There are a lot of really great options! This is a great fundraiser for our PTA. You must sign up online. The directions are on the last page of the green packet. (or you can find more information HERE.)

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  review long vowel sounds made with the silent e (lake, time), making text-to-self connections when we read, using an excellent ending in our writing

Math:  Equality and estimation

Social Studies:  map skills, reading a map, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dates to remember:

Monday, January 20 – No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday

Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to come from Mrs. Reece

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Happy New Year!

We had a great first week of 2020!  We all enjoyed sharing all the exciting things we did on our Winter Break.  I was so glad to see everyone on Monday!

This week we: reviewed rules; learned about using context clues when reading; using transition words when writing; using doubles and near doubles to help us add and subtract; fact families and how numbers are related; concluded a unit on winter and started a unit on maps!

On Tuesday your child will bring home a bag to fill with items for our unit on estimation.  Please help them fill the bag with all the same items and fold a piece of paper with the total number of items listed on it.  They can return the bag any day this week.  The final day will be Friday.

Special thanks to Ari’s mom for being our Mystery Reader on Friday.

We are in need of a few things in our room and would appreciate any donations:

Clorox Wipes (to clean desks), black dry erase markers (many of ours have dried out), colored card stock

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: how to add details to our writing, making connections with text when reading

Math:  fact families and estimation

Social Studies: Maps, parts of a map and how to use a map

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 20 – No School MLK Day
  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to follow from Mrs. Reece)

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important information such as how YOU can help our PTA just buy purchasing thing on Amazon! Register your account with CTES!

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the First Grade Team!!!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/n5LxQRARm1ppwfDP6

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.  Please enjoy your family time together and share some great books! 🙂

Huge thanks to all the parent volunteers who came in to help with our Winter Party!  Special thanks to Colin’s mother, Joanna, for coordinating all the centers!!!  See some highlights below!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ggjnYgfHvbwg3Vw47

This past week we had so many wonderful learning experiences!  We had our first Reader’s Theater.  Thanks to Colin’s mother for writing and coordinating it!  The children were so excited and they did an outstanding job.  We were joined by Mr. Shatz and Mrs. Hartman too!  All friends in our class will get to participate in a Reader’s Theater this year!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/83wVEnTZfCtAtSum9

Thanks to Mr. Price, we were able to have our first coding lesson!  You can continue the lesson at home on Clever.  Ari was able to show everyone how easy it is at home!  Thanks Ari!  This link should also work:

https://studio.code.org/sections/THGTQZ

Also want to thank Ari and his family for adding to our wonderful class collection of Magnetic Tiles started by Kathleen’s family!

Mrs. Franklin also came in and taught the children about Socratic Seminars and showed them how to participate using “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.  A Socratic Seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.  The class was very cooperative and positive throughout the lesson.  They are learning to respectfully agree or disagree with the thoughts of others and explain their thoughts.  Thanks Corbin!

Dates to remember:

December 23- January 3 – Winter Break!  School will reopen on January 6.

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