1st Grade Newsletter

September 28 - October 2, 2015


Math--Addition and Subtraction to 10

*Understanding 3 + 4 = 7 is the same as 4 + 3 = 7 (we call these turn around facts)

*How can knowing 6 + 6 = 12 help me to solve 12 - 6 = ____ ?

*Missing Addends... 4 + ___ = 10


Problem Solving--Make up a math problem as you are making dinner...There are 4 people in our family. I only have one plate out so far. How many more plates do I need to set out? Ask your child to do the following to solve the problem...draw a picture, write a number sentence, explain how you solved out loud.

Reading--Author Study, Kevin Henkes

Check out his website


Writing--Writing complete sentences: start with a capital letter, end with punctuation, finger space between all the words

Science--Predict, experience, and identify changes in water caused by heat.


Boil a pot of water on the stove. Talk about the changes that are happening.

Set a few ice cubes on the sidewalk. Talk about the changes that are happening.

Spelling--Review Week

No spelling homework or spelling test this week.

We will review previously learned spelling patterns in class.

APEX Fun Run this Thursday!

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Dear Parents,

We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating again in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser! The Apex program will be with our students from September 21st to October 2nd teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school. Please look in your child’s folder and for e-mails that will be sent to you from your teachers as the fun run gets nearer.

Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness. This year's character theme is Apex Dream Team, where students will join Johnny Dreamer and the Apex team in an exciting journey to learn what it means to become a Dream Team Leader:

o Dive In!

o Resourceful!

o Elevate Others!

o Attitude Check!

o Make A Difference!

During the Apex Fun Run, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day to help our school. Students will run for 30 minutes and will run an average 26-36 laps, with the maximum amount of laps being 36 (each lap is 1/16th of a mile). Sponsors can pledge $1/lap, $2/lap, $5/lap, or any other amount for students. All students will receive their own pledge kit with an individual access code that allows you to enter pledges online. All students will receive Apex wrist bands, Apex race-day jerseys, and team awards. We will need your help in the following four ways:

· Help connect your child to potential sponsors and help them acquire pledges from family, friends and contacts.

· Ask your child about the “Apex Dream Team” character lessons, and download the FREE “Apex Fun Run” App!

· Come to the Apex Fun Run and don’t forget to invite others to attend our fun-filled community event.

· Help volunteer for the race! We need a few parents to help cheer on students and mark laps. If you would like to volunteer for your student’s race, please contact Lianne Rice at slrice14@gmail.com

Thank you again for your continued support of Ridgeview Elementary and we are excited to begin this journey with you!


Becky Wilder, Principal

and Ridgeview PTA

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept. 29th @ 6:00pm--Watch DOGS Kickoff and Pizza

Thursday, Oct. 1st--APEX Fun Run, 1st grade will run at 1:50

Friday, Oct. 2nd--Early Release at 12:00, end of 1st Six Weeks

Tuesday, Oct. 6th--Fall Picture Day

Monday, Oct. 12th--Student Holiday, No School

1st Grade Teachers

Mrs. Wright, Ms. Gage, Ms. Cook, Mrs. Norwood, Mrs. King, Mrs. Dossey, Mrs. Stanford (from left to right)

Conference time: 1:45 - 2:45