Monday Message

First Grade Newsletter, December 15, 2014


If your child does not have working headphones at school, please send a pair for him/her to leave at school for use with his/her iPad. RAZ-Kids, iStation, and various other apps have sound that is necessary but distracting to others. Your child will thank you!

Holiday Donation Project

A huge thank you to everyone that helped with our Financial Literacy PBL. Through your support, we were able to grant Christmas wishes for four adopted angels! With the funds raised, we purchased two skateboards and helmets, a tea set and dress-up clothes (two princess dresses, a wand and shoes), and two Friends Lego sets! This provided a great learning opportunity for our students. Thank you to all of you who encouraged your children to donate! Their hearts were so full!

Homework Update

There will be no homework this week! Enjoy reading holiday books, watching a holiday movie, looking at Christmas lights, baking, shopping, wrapping, or whatever it is you want to do together this week. We know you are busy! Have fun!!!

Instead of sending a book home with your child over the winter break, we would like for you to use the Raz-Kids reading program. You can access this from your computer or iPad. The books that your child can access are set to his/her reading level, and it offers multiple books that can be read for practice. Your child's teacher will re-send the instructions for using the Raz-Kids program if necessary. If you do not have access to a computer or iPad, please let us know, and we will be happy to send a basal reader for reading practice over the break. We appreciate your help and support! It is very important that your child continue to practice reading over the winter break.

This Week's Topics

Language Arts: Sentence Writing, Poetry

Spelling: Review Short Vowel Words, No Test

Reading: Using Textual Evidence & Our Experiences to Make Inferences, Fluency

Math: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes & Quarters, 9 Week Review

Social Studies: Needs & Wants, Financial Literacy, Holidays

Science: Seasons

Dates to Remember

December 19th: Pajama Day, Winter Parties 10:30 - 11:30, Early Release 11:45

December 22 - January 5th: Winter Break

January 6: School Resumes

January 9: FAST

January 13: Class Picture Day

January 16: Student Spirit Day, FAST

January 19: MLK, Jr. Day, School Holiday

January 23: College Colors Day, FAST

January 30: Bank, FAST

February 23: Six Flags Read to Succeed Form Due to Library

"Penny You're The One" Penny Counting Song (Money Math)
"Nickelish" Coin-Counting Nickel Song (Counting by 5s)
Coin-Counting Song: Dime and Dime Again
Quarterrific: A Coin-Counting Song
coin song.wmv