First Grade Monday Message

September 14-18, 2015

Spelling Test on Friday

We will have our first spelling test this Friday, September 18th. All students will be given the on level words. They will have the option of taking the challenge words test as well. The words are listed below so your child can practice at home as well as at school.

Short a Words: (All students study these words)

had, pat, cap, jam, lab, rat, sad, bag, map, cat

High Frequency Words: are, of

Challenge Words (These words are optional)

chat, fast, splat, happiness, graph

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

Scholastic News Magazines

GES will be using the Scholastic News Magazines again this year. This is a subscription program and your child will receive a 4 page magazine each week. The topics cover many Science and Social Studies subjects as well as holidays, friendship skills and much more. Your child will get to keep these magazines at the end of first grade. The cost is $5.50 per child. The collection window is from Sept. 21-25, 2015. Please send in a check or money order made out to GES to cover your child's subscription. According to district policy, cash can not be accepted. Thanks for your support of this great resource for your child.

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, September 17 - PTA Meeting and Spaghetti Dinner 6:30-7:30

Friday, September 25 - GES Bank Day

College Colors Day (wear your favorite college shirt)

Friday, October 2 - Picture Day

Wednesday, October 7 - Walk and Roll to School Today

Early Release at 11:45

Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon (more information will be coming from your child's teacher soon)

Thursday, October 8 - Early Release at 11:45

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 9 - GES Spirit Day (Wear your GES Spirit Shirts to school today)

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

Our Learning Topics for the Week

Parents-you can use this section of the newsletter to stay informed about the curriculum we are covering in class during this week. This will help you have conversations at home about what your child is learning at school.

Reading/Language Arts: Reading and writing strategies, handwriting, Spelling - short "a" (CVC) words

Math: Number Sense to 50 (Building Numbers using Tens and Ones Place Value, Representing Numbers using standard and expanded form)

Science: Identify Objects in the Day and Night Sky

Social Studies: Patriotism and Constitution Day

Healthy Snacks

Each day we have a designated snack time in our classrooms. There are Federal Guidelines that must be followed for classroom snacks because of the Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value Act. Only 3 times per year are the students allowed to have sugary snacks in the classroom, and those are reserved for our 2 party days and field day. The nurse sent out a list of healthy snacks for the classroom. Some of the items are as follows: pretzels, goldfish, dry cereal, carrots, cheese sticks, and fruit. We have several students with severe nut allergies, so please make sure what you send for snack does not contain nuts. Nut products are not allowed in the classrooms at snack time. Also, the only drink that can be consumed in the classroom during the day is water. Thanks for your help in keeping everyone safe in our classrooms!

First PTA Meeting and Spaghetti Dinner

The first PTA meeting of the year is this Thursday, September 17th from 6:30-7:30. It will begin with a Spaghetti Dinner and conclude with the PTA meeting. The order form was sent home in your child's STAR folder. If you have not ordered your tickets yet, please do so by Monday, Sept. 14th. You can use the copy of the flyer below if needed.
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Coach Basil wants to remind you to make sure your child comes prepared for learning by wearing the correct shoes on PE days.