Mrs. Jansen's First Grade Class

Weekly Newsletter: October 12, 2015

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We are Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

Ending an Amazing First Quarter!

It is so hard to believe, but so wonderful to celebrate this amazing quarter that is coming to an end this Friday! The children have grown SO much in just these past nine weeks together and I CAN NOT wait to see where the next three quarters will take us! Our classroom family continues to grow stronger, as this past week we began using 'Pride Paws' for table groups and our class family, to celebrate friends caught being great listeners by following directions the first time given. You'll see the Pride Paws that are received by our friends, to the side. Last week our class earned many! We're planning for even more this week!

Congratulations also to our newest Leader of the Week: Sarah! Sarah continues to be a great role model in class, as she always perseveres in her lessons to create wonderful stories and use accurate strategies when reading through her work or solving math problems. She is always a kind friend to have in class too! Also, way to go for our Students of the Week: Liam and Simone. Liam has been an awesome participant in our classroom discussions, while Simone really demonstrates wonderful attention to her peer work in both math games and reading partners. Great job friends!

Special Classes/Activities Schedule:

Monday, Oct. 12th: B Day - Music with Dr. St. Clair
Tuesday, Oct. 13th: C Day - Wellness with Mrs. Ehrlich; Keysor Night at Amigo's! Proceeds from both lunch & dinner will be donated to Keysor!
Wednesday, Oct. 14th: D Day - Library with Mrs. Ems, books are due; Wellness Wednesday (Trail Trotters) PLEASE NOTE: every child that either walks/rides their bikes to school and/or participates in Trail Trotters, counts towards our class 'foot' on the Wellness board.
Thursday, Oct. 15th: E Day - Art with Mrs. Lang; 2:30 & 7:00 p.m. MADCO performance in gym; All families welcome
Friday, Oct. 16th: A Day - P.E. with Coach Widaman

Sound and Sight Word Review

This week and next, we will be reviewing our sight word that have been introduced thus far: can, do, play, like, had, use, an, there, want, how, will, said, but, come, made, went, some, not, what, into, were, then, saw, give, one, here, because, would, two, him. Additionally, the children will have some further explorations with the short vowel sounds of a, e, i, o, and u. Please continue to review these words and sounds with your child each evening.

Writing Workshop & Assessment

As the final week of the quarter is here, I will be completing our final writing assessments with classmates. All quarter the children have been developing their writing expertise through journaling, free writes and focused workshops. Together, all of these pieces along with dictation and writing samples will be used in assessing the children's progress for the first quarter. We will also be continuing in our Story Workshop, as shared above. Our class has become incredible authors and will continue to grow even more as the journey in writing continues through the year.

Thinking about Subtraction and Completing Assessments

The children have done a wonderful job of combining numbers through 20 and sharing their strategies for solving equations, during our daily Math Congress' together. This week, we will move into further subtraction practice along with some end of the quarter skill assessments, that will occur each day. Thank you again for your continued support at home with Dreambox. The children are really enjoying their time with the program and practicing their strategies acquired during this quarter.

Civics: Exploring the Symbols of our Community, State and Nation

Last week, the children learned many facts about our national symbols of the bald eagle and the American flag. This week, our explorations will move into finding out about the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. Please look for a fun art and reflection piece regarding our national symbols to come home on Friday the 16th, that may be completed during this long upcoming weekend together.