Mrs. Gibson's Class

Week 9: October 12-16

Conferences are next week!

Don't forget...This year we will be conducting Student Led Conferences. These conferences allow your child to be a part of the conference where he/she can showcase what they have been learning and together we can celebrate accomplishments and discuss future goals. If needed at the end of the conference, parents may request a few moments to speak to the teacher without the child present. Each conference is scheduled for 15 minutes which will go quickly. If you have more questions, please feel free to get in touch with me.

***IMPORTANT: If you have signed up for an after-school conference after 4:30, you are welcome to meet me at door 13 which is the first grade pod door. This will save time from having to walk to and from the front office. If you have signed up for a morning conference, you can come in the front doors and walk to the classroom. Your child will need to leave with you at the end of the conference.

Liger Mile

The 2015 Liger XC Mile will take place on

Thursday, October 15th at Hamilton

Southeastern HS!! This race/run/walk is for

ALL K- 6th grade students in the Hamilton

Southeastern School District. School team

scores will be kept for intermediate and elementary


*Sign up before Monday so you get the t-shirt!

iPads coming home on Monday!

We are so excited for our classroom iPads to come home with us on Monday. Because this iPad is set to my apple id, parents and students can NOT add or delete apps to the iPad. I will be the only one adding/deleting apps. There is a restriction code set by me on each iPad as well. If you find that you need more restrictions, please let me know and I can change the restrictions for the iPad. There are some websites that might be restricted because of the settings I have the iPads on. If you have a website that you would like for your child to access, just send me an email, and I can make that adjustment the following school day.

***I would suggest getting into the habit each night of having your child charge their iPad in a centrally located place (not your child's bedroom). A parents' bedroom or kitchen is a great location for charging!

Here are a few ways that the iPads can be used at home for our 1st grade homework...


-read ebooks from our TCE library

-research about topics students are interested in (ex. geodes)


-practice writing spelling words on the Show Me app

Math: practice math facts

- (needs internet for this to work)

- Rocket Math (the free version only goes to level L)

A Letter from our Cadet Teacher

Hello parents!

My name is Amy Leatherman and I am the cadet teacher for your child’s first grade class this year. Cadet teaching is a program for high school seniors to venture out to another classroom and experience a little bit of what teaching is like. I had to go through the process of applying, getting teacher recommendations, and having an interview to be able to get into this program.

I am a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School and I first started working with kids at my church on Sundays and Wednesdays. This made me strongly consider becoming an elementary school teacher. That’s why I decided to be in this program. I want to see what it’s like to actually be an elementary school teacher before I decide to major in it in college next year.

I’m so excited to be a part of Mrs. Gibson’s class this year!


Amy Leatherman

Lost and Found

The lost and found in our school cafeteria is overflowing! Please tell your child to ask me to go check there if they have lost anything at school. Anything left over fall break will be donated.

Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser has started! A blue information sheet came home with your child earlier this week. This is a no-sell fundraiser in which all proceeds go directly to TCE. The fundraiser will continue thru October 31st. Every child who raises $10 or more will bring home a prize and every family who donates $50 or more will be entered in a raffle to win an iPod Touch! Thank you for all of your support!

Upcoming Curriculum

Reading - We will continue our character study a few different characters and their traits.

Writing - We will continue to learn and write personal narratives.

Grammar - We will continue to learn about nouns and plural nouns.

Math - We will continue working on place value.

Science/Social Studies - We will discuss school life past and present.

Spelling Sight Words - what, then, an, your, it's

*Spelling Test: Friday, October 30th.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Author Study

For the Global Read Aloud project taking place over a 6-week period, we have connected with a 1st grade class in Steamboat Springs, CO. For the first week of the book study, we read Chopsticks and compared it to Spoon, another of Rosenthal's books. We even tried to use chopsticks to eat our snack!!! Our discussion was about why it's important to stick together and why it's also important to be able to stand alone. Next week we will read Duck! Rabbit! and learn about optical illusions. We will Skype with another 1st grade class to hear their thoughts on the books we've read so far.
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Related Arts Schedule

Monday - PE

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Art

Thursday - PE

Friday - Music & Library

Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, October 9th - 1st grading period ends

Friday, October 16th - Movie Night 6:15-8:30 pm

Tuesday, October 20th - Study Trip to Ritchey Woods

Thurs., Oct. 22 & Fri., Oct. 23rd - Fall Break...NO SCHOOL

Thurs., Nov. 5th - International Festival Study Trip