1.1 Classroom News!!!!

From Ms. Jordan week of 2-17-14

News and Announcements

*There is a POD assembly this coming Tuesday, February 18th at 1:45. Your children need to wear their POD colors to school. If you are unsure of what POD your child is in, please email me! I have a master list in my classroom.

*There will be a change in the procedure of celebrating birthdays in class. You may still come in, bring treats, and have us sing to your child but the ONLY time it can happen is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 11:40-12:05. There will be no exceptions to this new policy.

*We have been doing a Fairy Tale Unit! We have been reading, writing, and thinking Fairy tales for 4 weeks now! At the end of this 6 week unit we will have a Fairy Tale Ball! It will be on Friday, February 28th from 1:30-2:30. We will need parent volunteers to help and parents are welcome to attend. There will be more specifics and a volunteer sign up sheet going home in the next week.

*Again, just a heads up that Spirit Week will be coming the last week before Carnival. There will be many different activities going on and your child will be able to wear different things. I will send home more information when I receive it from the Spirit Committee.

*There is no swimming this quarter. Therefore, your children will no longer need to wear their swimsuits under their clothes, bring their swim bag, towel, goggles, and swim caps. They will be back to regular PE classes.

*Please send a healthy snack with your child every day.

*Homework packets are being completed and turned in to me! That is AWESOME! I have received almost all of them for 1-20 and ALL of them for 1-27. Please make sure to have your child do their homework even if you need to take more time on it than 1 week. I am not worried about the due date, instead I want your child to be getting the extra practice. If the homework is WAY too hard for your child, please email me and let me know. Together we can come up with a solution so that they are still able to get the extra practice. Homework should be something your child should be able to complete with a large amount of independence. Again, please let me know if that is not the case.

*Please make sure your child brings their library books back to school by Friday of each week or they WILL NOT be able to check out a new library book on Friday.

*Also, make sure your child bring back their take home books each day. If they forget, no problem! Have them return the book to my classroom library the following day.

*If you are having a birthday party and you are not inviting ALL the girls or ALL the boys in the class then the invitations may not be passed out at school or by me. You need to contact the people you are inviting by bringing the invitation to their apartment or by contacting them by phone or electronically. Otherwise not everyone in the class feels included and there are hurt feelings. Please make sure to follow this school policy.

*LAST REMINDER! If your child is taking a different bus than usual or you are picking your child up, please contact the elementary office. I CANNOT send your child to a different location without a note from the office. THANK YOU!

Targets for Next Week (Our Goals):

These goals are based on the Common Core Standards, and have been

written in 1st grade friendly language. The expectation is that each student

will reach the following goals by the end of the unit.

Literacy: Around the World with a Glass Slipper

Oral Language/Listening Skills

I can use adjectives.


I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

I can retell a story including key details.

I can describe characters, setting, and major events in a story using

key details.

I can compare and contrast two different texts and make text to text



I can write a narrative with a correct sequence of events.

I can use adjectives to describe characters and setting.

Math: Unit 6

I can recognize patterns with sums of numbers.

I can understand how to use a facts table.

I can understand that there are different ways to represent numbers.

I can understand that fact families show the relationship between

addition and subtraction.

Social Studies: Geography

I can read a map key.

I can identify different landforms and their corresponding map

I can understand the relationship between people and their


Words, Words, Words, Oh My!


These are the words your child will be learning in school this week. Any additional

exposure to these words at home will help your child have a better understanding of

Students should be familiar with these words, but they are not for the spelling test.

Social Studies
















facts table


name-collection box

fact family

fact triangle






compare and contrast

ending statement

action steps

Popcorn Words:

The popcorn words this week are a review. The students have learned 200 words!!!!! That is AMAZING!!!! Please review the flashcards you have kept at home this week.

Spelling Rule:

This week and next we are focusing on more long vowel patterns.

We will focus specifically on:

long a long e long o

ay ee ow

Here are some examples:

play street snow

maybe feel glow

Please have your child find words with these patterns. The patterns ee, and ay words with two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. However, ow says "oh".

Home Fun!!!

I don't really have any videos for this coming week since we watched quite a few last week. The kids LOVE the doubles song. Feel free to go back and watch it. In fact, and I will put the link into this newsletter as well. It was great to see some of you at the BBQ last weekend!

Again, if you have ANY questions feel free to email me. My email is jrjordan@isp.edu.pa. Have a wonderful weekend!


Julie Jordan

Adding Doubles Rap
I Can Add Doubles