Mrs. Miskelley's Dream Team News

February 1, 2016

For Your Information…

*Don’t forget to read the weekly homework assignments in your child’s reading folder. Be sure to sign the reading log nightly. Now is the time to help your child push and challenge himself. We only have 4 more months in first grade, and we still have lots to learn. Thanks for supporting what we do in school by working with your child at home!

* Our Valentine Party is Thursday the 11th- I will not be at school on the 12th so we will do our party a day early. Don’t forget to send in a Valentine for every student. Also, you need to send in a medium-sized plain gift bag (pink, red, white, or silver) for your child to use to collect Valentines.

*The Twitter account of @TCSElprincipal will give you up to minute information from our elementary school. We hope this helps in our efforts to communicate with you in a timely manner.

*Super Bowl Thursday- We are celebrating the Super Bowl this Thursday. We will be doing some really cool math activities related to football. The students are welcome to dress up in jerseys or their favorite team colors.

Important Dates

February 9 - Field Trip to Alabama Theater

Please make sure your child wears his/her class field trip shirt. We will return to school before 12:00 so there will be no need to make any special arrangements for lunch.

February 11 - Valentine's Class Party


1) Homework folders are due on Friday.

2) Your child should be bringing home a just right book on most nights that can be used for homework.

3) Homework should never take more than 20 minutes. The fluency passage and phonics sheet should approx. 3 minutes each.

Good Citizen

Our MVP this week is

Brooklyn Davis! I am proud

to say that Brooklyn loves school,

and she works so hard every day to

learn all that she can. Keep up the great

work Brooklyn!

Weekly Learning

Reading: The students have been finding examples of specific features of nonfiction books. This week they will learn to use the table of contents, the index, and the glossary. I’m trying to help the class understand that all of these features are “tools” that non-fiction authors use to help us figure out what’s important when reading their books. (RI 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6)

Writing: We are right in the middle of some awesome expository writing. This week each student will be researching birds. The students will use the features of non-fiction to help decide what’s important to include in their research. (RI 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, W. 1.2, 1.7, 1.8)

Math: We will continue to use the strategy of counting up in order to subtract. For example, the students should be able to subtract 9-7 by finding the number that makes 9 when added to 7. So…. Your child should count up from 7 to 9 to find the answer of 2. This strategy will be used in word problems, adding to 20, and math fluency practice. (1.OA. A.2, B.3, B.4, C.5, C.6)

Trussville City Schools- Mission Statement

The mission of Trussville City Schools is to educate all students using high standards in a safe,nurturing environment fostering academic and career competencies that prepare them to be productive citizens.

Our vision is to help students move forward on a positive path toward college and career readiness.