First Grade Monday Message

October 12-16, 2015

Spelling Words for the Week

Our spelling pattern is the short o CVC pattern. The test will be this Friday on October 16. Use the word lists below to help you practice.


Short o Words: (All students study these words)


got, box, mom, job, hop, dog, pot, log (Short o words)


your, from (High Frequency words)


bag, big (Review of words already studied)


Challenge Words: (These words are optional)


October, often, rocket, problem, solve


2 Additional Challenge Words: Choose 2 other words you'd like to learn that follow the pattern.

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, October 12 - Student Holiday/ Teacher Professional Development Day


Friday, October 16 - GES Bank

PTA Glow Dance 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Wednesday, October 21 - Unity Day-Wear Orange. Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.


Friday, October 23 - College Colors Day (Wear your favorite college shirt)


Monday, October 26 - Red Ribbon Week (Monday through Friday)

GES Book Fair in the Library (Monday through Friday)


Friday, October 30 - GES Book Character Parade


Saturday, November 7- GES Fall Carnival (More details coming soon!)

GES Book Character Parade

Each year GES students participate in a Book Character Parade. The students may dress up like a favorite book character in the parade. Your child may choose his/her character but will need to bring the book that has the character in it to carry in the parade. Simple costumes like animal headbands, homemade masks, etc. may be worn. Do not feel like this has to be an elaborate costume. It can be something your child already has at home. The parade is through the GES halls and begins right after the morning announcements. Please send additional clothes for your child in his/her backpack in case he/she wants to change once the parade is over. Once your drop your child off at school that morning, feel free to stay a few minutes and enjoy the book parade!

Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts: Literacy Groups - strategies good readers use, fluency practice, handwriting, Spelling - short " o " (CVC) words, developing story writing with details and publishing a finished product


Math: Identifying numbers that are 10 more or 10 less than a given number, review and End of Unit test on Number Sense


Science: Water as a natural resource


Social Studies: Maps - creating maps of the classroom, school, home, neighborhood, etc. symbols on a map, map keys, directions and compass rose

Classroom Wish Lists

Are you looking for a way to support your child's classroom? Check out some of the needs on the classroom wish lists below. Feel free to donate any of the items to the classroom. (This is totally optional but truly appreciated.)


Ms. Fowler's Class:

  • Hand Sanitizer (unscented)
  • Lysol Type Wipes (Yellow/Lemon or Unscented) Dollar Tree has an inexpensive version called Good and Clean
  • Sandwich sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Plastic Circle Shaped lids of all sizes from the tops of oatmeal canisters, coffee canisters, etc.
  • Children's Songs CDs or Instrumental CDs (These do not need to be new - if you have some at home you're no longer using, please feel free to share.)


Mrs. Helms' Class:

  • Gallon sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Quart sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Sandwich or Snack sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Clothespins


Mrs. Killebrew's Class:

  • Thick colored sharpie markers for charts
  • 24 Dice
  • Paper clips
  • Colored sticky labels
  • Colored sticky dots (nickel sized)


Mrs. Moore's Class:


  • Index Cards - 3x5 or 4x6
  • Post It Notes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wiggle/Google Eyes - any size
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Mr. Sketch Scented Markers


Mrs. VanHook's Class:

  • Gallon sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Quart sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Sandwich or Snack sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Clothespins
  • Wiggle/Google type eyes - any size
  • Clorox type wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

Scholastic News Magazines - Last Call

Thanks to all of you who have sent in your check to GES for $5.50 to cover the cost of your child's yearly subscription to the Scholastic News Magazines. If you have not paid yet, please send in a check to your child's teacher this week so we can get the account paid for the year. If you are unable to pay or need extended time, please let your child's teacher know and she will be able to work with you. Thanks for your help!
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