Mrs. Jansen's First Grade Class

Weekly Newsletter: December 14, 2015

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We are Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

A Festive Finish to 2015 in class!

Our week was such a success exploring the world-wide Hour of Code. The kids did a great job of tinkering, creating and coding during our array of coding experiences. The time spent in computer sciences was such awesome (learning) fun that the children decided and voted for our Friday morning meetings to now become Friday coding experiences. Each week, I'll plan to provide further practice opportunities in coding for the little ones to develop their knowledge and awareness in this area. Included to the side, is a Pic-Collage sharing their work that was enjoyed during this past week.

As we finish off our last week of December, we are celebrating Desmond as our Leader of the Week! Desmond is one of our sweetest friends in class and loves to read and share his learning with others. Great job Des! Also, congratulations to our two students of the week, Ryan and Sarah. Both continue to do a terrific job of demonstrating all elements of our Keysor Pride by:
  • Following all adult directions the first time
  • Taking care of Keysor by cleaning and putting all things away
  • Keeping their hands, feet and bodies safe
  • Solving problems peacefully

Special Classes/Activities Schedule:


Monday, Dec. 14th: E Day - Art with Mrs. Lang; wear comfy clothes/PJ's for the day (please wear tennis shoes as well); KSD School Board Presentation of budget recommendations at 7:00 p.m. at North Kirkwood Middle School Cafeteria.
Tuesday, Dec. 15th: A Day - P.E. with Coach Widamen & SKATING. Please be sure to send your child to school with their helmet, to be kept at school all week. The helmet will be sent back home this Friday; Fun Hat day too!
Wednesday, Dec. 16th: B Day - Music with Dr. St. Clair; Wellness Wednesday for walking, running or riding your bikes to school! Don't forget to wear your favorite holiday colors (and that's for ANY holiday)
Thursday, Dec. 17th: C Day - Wellness with Mrs. Ehrlich: SKATING; Wear your favorite festive sweater or sweatshirt.; Family Skate Night
Friday, Dec. 18th: D Day - Library with Mrs. Ems; Winter Celebration beginning at 2:30 in our classroom!

Sight Word Review

With the end of the quarter, we are completing a review this week of all sight words acquired, including:
find, part, about, word, may, not, write, way, after, has, or, her, friend, day, which, other, now, more, than, look, each, when, your, them, make, see, many, first, been, time

Writing Workshop: Publishing and Winter Writing

Publishing of our All About books began at the end of last week, and is continuing during the first part of this week. The children are choosing to publish their stories through Notability, Keynote or a traditional hard cover book. The option they choose, will be a new one compared to their publishing choice during our previous workshop. Additionally, we'll finish off the week with a fun winter 'snow globe' writing.

Continuing with Assessments and Fractions

The children have been awesome learners as they have enjoyed creating 1/2's and 1/4's during this past week. Additionally, they have done a nice job sharing their review knowledge of adding and subtracting two digit numbers. As we finish the week together, the children will be completing a final assessment of their shape knowledge and showing their understanding of fractions.

Mapping Skills and Community Design

What wonderful 'flip' books the kids are creating, showing their place in the world. This week we will finish the books and begin designing our own communities. There will also be a connection piece sent home this week in your child's red folder, providing for a map creation experience with either your child's bedroom, home, neighborhood or city. Feel free to get creative with it, through use of symbols, etc. The homework assignment will need to returned after Winter Break.

Hour of Code: Home extensions (BONUS WEEK) & Makerspace

As shared above, the kids loved their experiences in coding. I wanted to share once again, the home extensions that could occur with your family's digital devices...

Coding Introduction (via Star Wars):

Infinity Playlab:

Flappy Bird:

Angry Birds & Plant vs. Zombie:

Elsa & Anna:

Coding Apps for home digital devices:
The Foos, Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Scratch Jr., Tynker, Cargo Bot, Light Bot One Hour Coding

Additionally, we will be heading for our first visit to the Makerspace at Keysor on Wednesday this week. The kids are really excited and I can't wait to see what their minds create, design or tinker with!