First Grade at O.C.T.

December 14-18

Highlight of the Week

The week of Dec. 7-11 your child participated in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement. It is an introduction to computer science. It reaches millions of students in over 180 countries. This last week hour of code was bigger than ever in first grade!!!! Students learned to code with Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flappy Bird and The Foos along with many others.

Instead of doing the featured app this week, here is a link to the hour of code activities.

This is a fun activity for you and your child to explore over the winter break.

Shhhh…It’s a Secret!

On Monday, December 7th, you received your child’s letter to Santa Claus in an envelope in his/her folder. These were written in class and copies will be displayed at school. The students have been told that the originals were mailed to Santa. Please type a response to your child from Santa, print on the stationary paper provided and send it back to me in the envelope provided (NOT folded) ASAP. We ask that you use size 14 Comic Sans MS font and your response must be only one page. The letters will be delivered and passed out during our class holiday party on December 17th. This activity always tends to create great excitement and happiness during the party. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a magical memory for your child!


Our holiday class party is Thursday December 17th at 12:45. We will be having goldfish and decorating sugar cookies with vanilla icing from Celebrity Bakery. If your child has a food allergy and can not eat the snack provided please send in an alternate snack. Also, don't forget to send in your child's wrapped book by December 15th.

Friendly Reminder:

No siblings are allowed at class parties. This is a school policy.

Hope to see you there.

Holiday Program

Our holiday program is Tuesday, December 15th. We encourage all students to dress in their favorite holiday colors/attire that day. First Graders will perform for OCT students

& teachers at 2:00 pm and then perform for parents/family members at 6:30 pm. that evening. Please have your child meet Mrs. Vencill in the music room no later than 6:15 pm. We look forward to seeing you that evening!


This Friday is an early dismissal day for students. Please discuss your lunch plans with your child prior to Friday. If your child is purchasing a sack lunch from the cafeteria on Friday, please contact your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday. All teachers must submit the number of sack lunches needed before Friday. Please also send a heavy snack on Friday, if your child is not eating lunch until after 11:45.

A Gift for Your Child

During the class holiday party on Thursday, December 17th, students will be receiving a small gift from me. I thought it would also be nice if each student received a book from his/her parents. Please provide your child with a book to open at our party. Wrap the book in one package, label with your child’s name and send it to school by December 15th.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Dec. 15 First Grade Sing a Long at 6:30 pm

Dec. 17 Holiday Class Parties (1st grade parties begin at 12:45)

Dec. 16 We will be collecting all homework readers. Please continue to read books from home and the library over the winter break.

Dec. 18 K-5 Early Dismissal at 11:45

Jan. 5 Students return from the winter break

What we are learning this week...

Math- I can classify and sort 2 dimensional shapes. I can explain how I sorted them.

Reading-I can identify and use clues in the text to explain my inferences.

Writing- I can proofread before sharing my writing.

Science- I can identify the different forms of energy and and how we use the different forms of energy in everyday life.

Social Studies- I can distinguish between basic wants and needs. I can identify examples of people wanting more than they can have.

First Grade Schedule

7:45 - 8:00 Morning Show, Circle up

8:00 - 9:00 Math

9:00-11:00 Reading/Language Arts/Humanities

11:00-11:30 Lunch

11:30-12:00 Recess

12:00-12:50 Tiger Time

12:50-1:55 Science

1:55-2:45 Specials-PE, Music, Art, Spanish

2:45 Dismissal from Specials

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