Stanley Class News

First Grade 2016-2017

A Brand New School Year!

Well, we made it through one (almost) whole week, TAH DAH!, and what a wonderful week it was!

We were busy learning procedures, rules and practicing friendship skills. This coming week we will continue to build a foundation of respect and caring in our delightful classroom.

Northwood School practices PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), teaching students kindness and respect for others, along with responsibility for your actions.

This week we learned:

  • "What To Do When You Come In"
  • "What To Do Before We Leave"
  • and some of our "I-Care" rules

Last week we began learning the rules:

  • We listen to each other
  • Hands are for helping, not hurting

We will continue to learn our daily routines which will provide structure and continuity for our classroom from day to day.

To that end, if your child will be ordering a school-provided lunch from time to time, it's super helpful if you will review the lunch menu with your child and send it in with the dates/items your child will be ordering.

I know I already mentioned this but... some kids are still unsure on days when "highly desirable" items are being offered, ie: french toast or Bosco breadsticks!

ELA (English Language Arts)

We will begin our Reader's and Writer's Workshops next week, but for now, we are using immersion in children's literature to begin learning good listening and partnership expectations.

We have begun to assess for our Word Sort study groups and will be working in teams with our 1st grade partners to more effectively meet the individual needs of our 1st grade students.

Social Studies

Our first social studies unit is called "What is a Family?" In this foundational unit we are expanding beyond our focus on ourselves to the social units of family and school.

We will learn many concepts such as rules, responsibilities, basic needs and wants and change and diversity.


Royal Oak Schools adopted the Math Expressions math series for elementary students 2 years ago. It is probably a lot different than the math you grew up learning!

The 1st grade teachers have put together some helpful videos that may assist you in understanding what your child is learning in math this year, and give you strategies to use at home with your son or daughter.

Your child will have a math homework assignment nearly every day, building a foundation for what s/he is learning in class.

The "Homework Buddy" note that you signed and sent back last week says that your child will have a partner at home to look over his/her homework and provide support with the concepts if necessary.

Math Expressions has a wonderful online resource called Think Central; on this website you may access the student activity book your child uses in class to get an idea of what's coming up in math.

There are also games/activities which support the concepts we are working on in class.

Many parents have found this helpful to see what we are learning in class, as well as being able to locate Homework and Remembering pages that have somehow gotten lost on the way home!

I will send your child's username and password in a separate email.

Introduction and How To Organize Your First Grade Math Materials at Home


This year the first graders will learn about science processes, developing an understanding that scientific inquiry and reasoning involves observing, questioning, investigating, recording and developing solutions to problems.

We have 3 science units in 1st grade and the first one is the study of Life Science, specifically: Insects.

The science kits will arrive in early October... your children are going to LOVE this unit!!!

Sneezes, Runny Noses and Coughs...yep, Fevers too

With the change in the season, come coughs and colds, of course. We are doing our part to keep our desktops and surfaces clean with wipes.

I am reminding children to wash hands frequently using Soap and Water, and use hand sanitizer when S&W is not available.

Please remind your child that hand washing before eating snacks or lunch (and after picking a nose... EWW!) really does make a difference!

Together with my constant mantra, ("...remember to wash your hands!") maybe the concept will become routine, and your child can avoid getting sick!

Also remember... a child with a fever should not come to school until s/he has been fever-free without medication for 24 hours. Thank you!

Dates to Remember

9/12 - New Parent Volunteer Training @ 6:15 - 7:00 PM

9/12 - PTA Meeting (w/babysitting!) @ 7:00 - 8:30 PM

9/13 - New Parent Volunteer Training @ 8:30 - 9:15 AM

9/14 - Late Start @ 9:25 AM

9/15 - Curriculum Night @ 6:30 - 7:15 PM for 1st Grade (Upper grades are 7:30 - 8:15)

9/16 - Family Picnic @ 6:30 - 8:00 PM

9/20 - School Picture Day

9/21 - Late Start @ 9:25 AM

9/28 - Late Start @ 9:25 AM

Please join the PTA and remember to check the PTA website for more information!

Thank You

I just want to say in closing, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kind words, generous contributions to our supplies, (including supplementing the cost of our Scholastic Reader magazine) and for being a wonderful community of caring parents. All of us at Northwood are grateful for all you do for your children and "our" school!