Shine Like a Star!

Mrs. Grimmett's Class News

WELCOME TO FIRST GRADE!

I will be trying to send out this newsletter every week. There may be times that it does not get sent out, but I will do my best to get it out weekly.


In this newsletter, you will find an update on what we are working on in class, pictures of what we have done the past week, and upcoming events. I will try to keep the upcoming events updated so that you will be able to make plans as needed for school events. Make sure you also check your e-mails from Mrs. Flowers with school-wide information. Sometimes you may find information on it that I do not include in this newsletter as well as more details.

Important Dates

September

7 - NO SCHOOL

8 - Scholastic Orders Due

9 - Personal Timeline Due

10 - PTO Meeting

11 - Grandparents Breakfast (7:15-8:00)

14 - Fundraiser Begins

16 - Fall Pictures

29 - Fundraiser Ends


October

1 - College Spirit Day! Wear your college t-shirts!

8 - PTO Meeting

12 - NO SCHOOL

15 - Open House

21 - Early Dismissal

23-30 - Red Ribbon/Bully Prevention Week

30 - Great Day of Reading


November

2 - College Spirit Day! Wear your college t-shirts!

4 - Picture Retakes


I will try to make dates available for 2 months. If there are any changes, I will update them as well.

Specials

Specials will be slightly different this year. Our kids will be going to PE 3 times a week and spending the other two days at either art, music, or the library. The class will not all be in the same location this year. Each student is assigned a letter and number and will go to their specials location based on that number. Please make certain that your child has shoes with them that they can wear for PE every day (put them in their backpack if you need to). Some children may be going to PE two days in a row.

Writing

This past week we added reference pages to our Writer's Workshop folder to help us think of things to write about. We also learned the procedure for creating our very own books! Our first book is a personal narrative. The students have been asked to write books about themselves. I have loved getting to read some of their stories and learn a bit more about them! I cannot wait to read the rest of the stories!


This next week we will be discussing ways to make our stories better. We will talk about adding detail to our pictures, writing to match the pictures we draw, capitalizing sentences, and starting our stories with a hook (interesting beginning).

Reading

This past week we discussed schema and used our background knowledge to make connections to books we read.


This week we will be learning to make personal connections to the text , making connections to another text, and making connections to the world as we read books.


As we practice each of our routines, I will also be pulling students for beginning of year testing. Once I have finished testing all of our students, we will be able to set up our small groups!

Science

Last week in science we discussed safety in science and experienced fun science experiments as we learned how scientists make observations!


This week we will begin our weather unit! This a long unit where we will be discussing types of weather, temperature, clouds, precipitation and season. For this week, we will focus on types of weather and temperature. We will observe the weather around us and will see how thermometers work!

Math

Last week we continued discussing graphs. The students had to come up with their own questions, collect data, and make their own graphs!


This week we will begin our unit on numbers. We will be talking about different ways to represent numbers, Making a class 10 Black Dots book, and playing games using numbers.


We will also start introducing our math station routines.

Social Studies

Last week we discussed the roles and responsibilities of people in our homes, school, and community. We took a class tour of the school to help point out authority figures in our school and what their responsibilities are. We began discussing public officials in our community, state, and nation.


This week we will finish discussing our public officials. We will also talk about past, present, and future and learn what a timeline is. We will be sharing the timelines that the students created at home.

Notes and Reminders

Please check and sign your child's communication folder each and every day.


School starts at 8:00, tardy slips are now being given at 8:01.


School ends at 3:25


All car riders need to remember their car rider color and number for dismissal. If you still need a car rider tag, please stop by the office to be issued one.


First Grade is able to have visitors for lunch on Wednesdays!


Please practice lunch numbers and car rider numbers with your child.


Don't get tripped up at school! Practice tying those shoe laces! Safety first! :)