Tumbleweed Times Week 31

News from Ranch 25 - April 29, 2016

First Grade Happenings

We continued module 5 this week in math: Identifying, Composing, and Partitioning Shapes. We worked on telling time to the hour and half hour. You can read more about these lessons by going to the following webpage: Math News: Grade 1, Module 5, Topic D. One way to help your child learn to tell time is to hang analog clocks (see an example to the right) around your house. In addition, it is important to cover up all the digital clocks. This provides your child lots of at home, practical practice.


You will notice that our Friday Folders are a bit lighter this week. Because this was a review and assessment week, we did not meet for reading groups. So there are no reading books to practice with this week. This is a good week to catch up on some fun reading and log those titles into the Gold Medal Reading website to earn prizes.

First Grade Musical Performance

The children did such a great job on their musical performance on Wednesday. I am so proud of them! If you took pictures, please upload them to our Shutterfly account so other parents can see them, and maybe download them for themselves. You can also purchase a video of the show. Check the plastic wall boxes by Judy's desk for the order form.

Earth Day Celebration

A great big THANK YOU to our Room Moms, Michelle, Jessica, and Karen for planning a great Earth Day Party. We planted flowers, painted little lady bugs, played Earth Day Bingo, and learned about recycling. But the most fun thing of all was releasing live ladybugs on the bushes at school. Thanks also to the parents who answered our call for help this morning: Wei Chen, Lihi Spirer, Yongsuk Ro, Thor Hougen, and Billy Thomas.

Summer Enrichment Program

One last time . . . Please check out the district website if you are interested in enrolling your child in a summer enrichment class. There are some amazing classes offered at both Skyline Elementary and Carmel Creek Elementary. Some classes are academic so your child won't have the "Summer Slide," and some classes are just for fun. Check out what's offered online at Summer Enrichment Program.

Next Week's Curriculum Focus

6.1 Reading Theme: Let's Go Out


Essential Question: What details of the story help you to determine if it is fantasy or reality? (This is a good question to ask when reading at home.)


Comprehension Skill: Fantasy and Reality

High Frequency Words: always, father, four, love, mother

Phonemic Awareness: variant vowel oo

Vocabulary Words: adventurous, anxious, inquisitive, insignificant, route, firm, supposed


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

always, father, four, love, mother, book, look, cook, took, hood, wood, cookie

I love my mother and father.

They like to cook dinner.


Writing Genre: Opinion

Math: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 100

Social Studies: All About People

Science: Patterns and Motions of Objects in the Sky

Important Dates

  • Last Day to Pre-Order Yearbook - Sunday, May 1st
  • Screen Free Week - May 2-6
  • All School Assembly - Friday, May 6, 8:35 AM
  • Family Dinner Night - California Pizza Kitchen - May 10
  • MAP's Testing (Language Arts) - Wednesday, May 18, 8:35-9:45
  • Pancake Breakfast - Friday May 20, 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Last Day of Gold Medal Reading - Friday, May 20
  • MAP's Testing (Math) - Tuesday, May 24, 12:50-1:50
  • Open House - Thursday, May 26, 5:30-6:30 PM (All family members welcome)
  • No School - Memorial Day - Monday, May 30

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net