Bardes Bulletin

News, events, and celebrations from our room to yours!

APRIL 6, 2015

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This week our spotlight is on our friend Reid. Here are some fun and interesting things about him.


Reid's birthday is on May 15. Reid's favorite color is every color . . . except pink. His favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti. When he is not in school Reid enjoys playing Minecraft. Reid's best friends are Gabe and Raymond. His favorite class in school is homeroom, his favorite special is PE, and his favorite part of the school day is recess. Recess has been Reid's favorite part of first grade so far. When he grows up Reid wants to be Flash, because he likes superheroes. Some of his friends describe Reid as "quiet", "kind", and "considerate". We are so lucky to have Reid in our class!

1.E.1 Recognize the features and patterns of the earth/moon/sun system as observed from Earth.

This week the first graders will
Recognize differences in the features of the day and night sky. 1.E.1.1

*Remember to review worksheets as they come home so that your first grader is prepared for tests as they come up.

TEST Wednesday

For the test on Wednesday, the first graders need to know:
1. How the sky and the sun appears at different times.
  • when they wake up the sky is getting bright and the sun is rising
  • at recess (12:30) the sky is blue, bright, and sunny and the sun is high in the sky
  • at dinner time the sky is bright and the sun is setting
  • at nighttime the sky is dark and starry and there is no sun

2. What objects can be seen in the sky.

  • sun
  • moon
  • stars
  • Big Dipper

3. That the sun:

  • is a star that can be seen at daytime only
  • it makes it's own light
  • it makes it's own heat
  • it is the closest star to Earth

4. That the moon:

  • is the brightest object in the night sky
  • can be seen some days and some nights
  • it does NOT make it's own light (the sun shines on it)
  • it does NOT make it's own heat

5. That stars:

  • can be seen on clear, dark nights
  • are very far from Earth

6. The sun looks so much bigger and brighter in the sky than other stars because it is closest to Earth.

7. We would not see the moon if the the sun stopped shining. We only see the moon because the sun shines on it.
8. There are too many stars to count.
9. The stars are scattered all over the sky; there is no pattern to where the stars are in the sky.
10. Not all stars are the same; some are bright, some are dim.
11. The North Star (Polaris) appears to stay in one spot during the night, while the other stars appear to move.


Thank you in advance for sending in items we need for the classroom.
  1. pencil top erasers
  2. treasure box items


  • If you have not yet returned picture money and/or pictures please remember to do so. If you are paying online please send in the envelope with the confirmation number filled in. Thank you so much!
  • Please help your first grader to remember to turn in their Falcon Mall "job application" if they have not yet done so. Our Falcon Mall is scheduled for IOWA week, May 18-22. As a reminder, this activity culminates our History unit on Economics where the boys and girls will be studying concepts like goods/services, wants/needs, and division of labor. After studying this material, the classroom will become a "Mall" where the students will apply the economic skills they have learned. They will work in one of four departments (Men's, Women's Accessories, or Toys) to produce different items, earn "Bardes Bucks" for their hard work, and then use their money at the end of the week to purchase the items created.
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Congratulations AR Award Winners


March 2015

Hard to believe this wasn't that long ago!

The Survey Says . . .

Calendar of Upcoming Events

See below for all of the upcoming events this quarter.

Spring Book Fair

Friday, April 10th, 8am to Thursday, April 16th, 3pm

FA II Multipurpose Room

Preview Days: Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13
Dad and Donuts: Tuesday, April 14 7:35 am - 8:00 am
Open Shopping: Tuesday, April 14 - Thursday, April 16

Our Preview Day: Monday, April 13 from 2:10 - 2:30
Our Shopping Day: Wednesday, April 15 from 2:30 - 2:50

Beautification Day

Saturday, April 11th, 9am-12pm

FA l & ll

More details will be sent home closer to the date.

Great community service opportunity for families & students ( Elementary- High School)

Questions? Contact Mrs. Roberts

Show Off Night

Thursday, April 23rd, 6-7pm

FA l & ll

Time for students to shine! Please join us for Show Off Night! This is a chance for students to show parents all that they have been learning this year and demonstrate how Direct Instruction works. Students will participate in a sample reading and math lesson for parents to see. The schedule for the evening will be as follows.

Students and parents will report to the following classes during the times listed below:
  1. Report to your child’s reading class- 6:00-6:25
  2. Report to your child’s math class- 6:30-6:50
  3. Visit your child’s specials classes to see what they are doing in art, music, P.E, character club and Spanish- 6:50-7:00

*Please try to be prompt so we can follow the schedule above.