First Grade Diaries
All the news and happenings in First Grade March 2015
Mark Your Calendars
TUESDAY MARCH 3 - Picture Day
FRIDAY MARCH 13 - Report Cards, Track Out
MONDAY APRIL 6 - Track In
SCIENCE - Earth Systems, Structures and Processes
The first graders will summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils, and water that make them useful in different ways. They will also compare the properties of soil samples from different places relating their capacity to retain water and to nourish and support the growth of certain plants.
HISTORY - Geography and Environmental Literacy
1.G.2 Understand how humans and the environment interact within the local community.
This quarter the boys and girls will explain how and why neighborhoods and communities
change over time. They will also explain ways people change the environment (planting trees, recycling, cutting down trees, building homes, building streets, etc.). They will explain how people use natural resources in the community and explain how the environment impacts where people live (urban, rural, weather, transportation, etc.).
HEALTH - Nutrition
1.NPA.2 Understand the importance of consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages in moderation.
The first graders will select a variety of foods based on My Plate. They will also be able to contrast more nutrient dense foods from those that are less nutrient dense.
Students will be able to classify the sources of a variety of foods. They will also learn how to select healthy alternatives to foods and beverages that are high in sugar.
CARTER: Clorox wipes, spoons, and plates
CROSLAND: treasure box items, gallon and sandwich sized zip lock bags
LEWIS: Lysol wipes and chalk for the blacktop
STEINMILLER: baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and treasure box items
- review the first grade supply list and be sure your first grader has all of the supplies they need. We encourage you to help your child check their pencil pouch every weekend. Pencils, crayons, pens, erasers, etc. have a tendency to go MIA and as a reminder, students who do not have the supplies they need will lose two points for being unprepared.
- check RenWeb regularly to view homework assignments, project due dates, and grades. We are continuing to work on developing responsibility and making our students 100% accountable. First graders may not always have enough time to write their assignments in their Agenda, and/or may not always write assignments correctly. This organizational skill continues to be a work in progress.
- remember to empty and return the yellow Friday folder every week. The materials in the Friday folder include completed and graded classwork/tests, important school information, and community news.
- look through your child's green Homework Folder every night. Students are still learning where to place items (Keep vs. Return) and may not always have their homework completed/returned if it was misplaced. As a reminder, students check most homework in class. Once homework has been checked (look for little red dots :) it should be placed on the "Keep" side of the folder.
- remove items from the homework folder that have been checked and placed on the "Keep" side. Our first graders are struggling to keep up with their assignments and materials with so much in their folders.
Notes From the Office
Please help to support learning time by having your child at school on time. School begins at 8:00 and doors open at 7:35. Students who arrive after carpool has ended will be counted tardy, and will need to be signed in by a parent.
In order to prevent the spread of illnesses, please keep children home if they are sick. Students must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
With cooler weather approaching, please check to be sure your child has a sweater or jacket for outdoor recess or PE. It is helpful to label all outerwear items with first and last names.
Please have FA carpool tags visible during afternoon dismissal. This will help speed up the carpool line and dismiss students more efficiently
Check out FA on FACEBOOK! Visit the FA Facebook page to find out about great things going on at all FA campuses! https://m.facebook.com/FranklinAcademyNC
Make Up Work: Work for students that are absent may be picked up at the end of the school day (3:15). This gives teachers time to collect work from all classes and send to the office. Please understand that work will not be ready for pick up until this time.
FA has many upcoming field trips that students are looking forward to attending. We certainly appreciate all parent volunteers, since our school depends on parents to assist with transportation to and from these events. In order to avoid confusion and ensure safety for all students/teachers, please review the items below and attached field trip guidelines.
- Please check with your child's teacher to ensure you have a current background check before chaperoning.
- All drivers need to have a copy of their driver's license and insurance card on file in the office.
- We ask that you allow teachers to make group assignments for drivers and chaperones. Please do not make plans for your child to ride with specific drivers.
- Please notify your child's teacher immediately if you find you are unable to drive so they can make alternate arrangements.
Second Quarter AR Goals
We encourage all students to take AR quizzes and work to reach their goal. Parents can really help by checking to make sure the book your child is reading is an AR title. We also ask that you write down the QUIZ NUMBER in your child's agenda. It is much easier for students to type in the number correctly than the title of the book.
If your child's READING teacher is:
Bardes/Jenkins - 3.0 points
Carter - 3.0 points
Crosland - 3.5 points
Lewis - 4.0 points
Steinmiller - 4.5 points
Current Lunch Parents: If you need immediate assistance contact the building office by picking up the phone and dialing one of the following extensions:
FA1- Sharon McDaniel- ext. 113
FA2-Samantha Williams- ext. 202
FA2-Tara Davis- ext. 201
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR VOLUNTEERING!!