First Grade News

Mrs. Work/Mrs. Baker, Room 22

Highlights from Week 30: April 4-8

Hello Families!

I enjoyed meeting so many of you during conferences this past week. Although I haven't been teaching your kids for very many weeks yet, I think that making the family connection will help me work more effectively with your kids. Thank you for taking time during the scheduled hours to visit our classroom.

Mike was chosen to be Top Dog last week but he only had 2 days to enjoy the privilege. He will continue on with his leadership role during the first half of this upcoming week.

Writing lessons this week focused on "creature features" as we studied a lesson in our National Geographic books about how animals are alike and different. This gave us a chance to model the concept drawing a Venn diagram.

Reading groups will continue to work hard this week, although we won't be meeting for small reading groups or math groups while we have our writing residency expert on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday.

Never a dull moment in our spring science unit on insects! We received Painted Lady butterfly larva on March 31 and are getting close to hanging the chrysalis' in the butterfly cage. Our waxworms have just arrived so we'll be creating their habitat and observing them this week.

In math we took the Chapter 9 test on Measurement. Achievement was excellent!! This week's homework assignments are focused on review concepts.

We'll be starting Chapter 10 this week on representing data with various types of tables and graphs.

We're also continuing to work hard on fluency and memorization with addition and subtraction facts. Practice at home is so helpful to students as they work at memorizing those basic facts. The instant recall of basic facts will be beneficial to them as the math processes get more complex in the near future.

I'm introducing a Sharing time for the students this week. Each student will be assigned one day a week when they can bring in something special to share with their classmates. We'll be doing this during the lunch time. Students may choose to share or not; it is completely up to each student. (Please no electronics or electronic toys for sharing.)

As always check out our classroom updates below and thanks for making me feel welcome.

Happy Spring!

Mrs. Work

Caterpillars to butterflies... but not quite yet!

Lots of changes to observe. We've written about and drawn detailed observations.
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Cleaning Coyotes!

These amazing workers gave up one of their recesses by choice so they could help me clean up the classroom on Wednesday. They did a great job!
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Class Basket, April 22

Hi All,

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has given so generously to help support the Oak Creek PTA with their biggest fundraiser of the year. We very much appreciate your support!

Just a reminder that we need to have all donations for the fundraiser by tomorrow (April 11). If you were unable to pick up an item to donate, we'd be happy to take a cash donation (any amount helps). Thanks so much!

If you have any questions, please email, call or text shannon at 669 900 3721


It's time to sign up to voluteer for the remainder of the year!

Sign-up here if you are interested:

Music Informance

Dear Parents,

Oak Creek First and Second graders invite you to an “informance,” a performance to showcase our learning in the music room. The theme is: Exploring World Cultures Through Songs and Games. Mrs. Baker’s class informance date is Friday, April 15, 2016 from 2:50- 3:10 pm. In the music room. Siblings are welcome. We hope you can come!

Barbara McQuillen
Music Specialist

Upcoming Events

  • Book Fair April 4-11, Oak Creek Library
  • Artist in residence, 4/12, 13, 15, Anne Rutherford, writing/storytelling
  • April 14: Spirit Day - Pajama Day; Early release- 1:20
  • April 15: Art Lit: 9:10-10:00, Music Informance: 2:50-3:15
  • April 22: Spring Fundraiser, Oak Creek Olympics, 5:30-8:00pm
  • April 28: Early release- 1:20