Shine Like a Star!

Mrs. Grimmett's Class News

NEW SCHOOL CALENDAR

The district school board recently approved a new calendar. Please note that our early dismissal days are now FULL days. Also, we will be getting out of school in May instead of June. Visit http://goo.gl/atwWSe to see the explanation and find a link to the new calendar.

Important Dates

September

29 - Fundraiser Ends


October

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

8 - PTO Meeting

12 - NO SCHOOL

15 - Open House

21 - FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

23-30 - Red Ribbon/Bully Prevention Week

24 - Watch D.O.G.S. launch party (note coming home soon)

25 - Hats On Day (note coming home soon - donate to participate)

30 - Great Day of Reading


November

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

4 - Picture Retakes

10 - PTO Meeting


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 letter/number combination. 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. This is the PE rotation. Your kid should know what letter they are at this point.

Writing

This past week we discussed our morning routines and writing about them. We learned the importance of transitional words such as first, next, then, and last in our writing.


This week, we are learning how to use prewriting to record ideas that we can then put in order and help us to create better stories.

Reading

Last week we learned to sequence a story as we retell it. We took the classic story of The Three Little Pigs and placed the events of the story in order to retell it in order. We used transitional words such as first, next, then, and last as we retold our events.


This week, we are discussing problem and solution within a story. We will be using Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and other stories to demonstrate finding the problem and solution.


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 we temperature and precipitation. This week we are focusing on clouds and wind.


This a long unit that will continue for a few weeks.

Math

Last week we learned to compare whole numbers and continued to work on proper number formation.


This week we are beginning our unit on addition and subtraction. We are not just memorizing facts, but learning the actual concept and how to determine when to add or subtract. This unit will last several weeks.

Social Studies

Last week we discussed patriotism and our Constitution. We are working on a class constitution with Mrs. Cheney (Advanced Academic Specialist) during her push in time. The students worked in group to decide what they felt should be part of our class constitution. This week, they will come together as a class and talk about why they chose what they did as we agree what should go on the final constitution. If you would like to be super generous and donate to our class for this project let me know. We were hoping to purchase some large paper that looks similar to the constitution for the students to write our final constitution on. Here is a link so that you can see what it would be like http://parchmentsheets.com/hear_ye_-_our_parchment_paper_catalog. And if you can find the large poster size anywhere cheaper let me know!


This week, we are studying the national symbols. We will be discussing the Pledge of Allegiance, the Star-Spangled Banner, the U.S. Flag, the Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty.

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! :)