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September 28, 2015

Greetings from First Grade!

We are looking forward to a full five day week in First Grade. It will be nice for our students to experience a full week of work and specials. Hopefully we've built up enough stamina to stay strong all week long.

Popcorn Tuesdays

Popcorn is now available for 50 cents every Tuesday (unless otherwise noted by the PTG)

during lunch.

PHONICs: Fundations

We are beginning Unit 2 of Fundations. Students have done a fine job working on letter formation and sounds. It is now time to begin building words and committing sight words to memory. Homework for phonics will come home on Mondays and should be returned on Friday. I ask and encourage you to have your child only complete the day's work instead of zipping through the whole packet at one time. We will introduce and review the day's skills which will be reinforced on the nightly homework. Often times students rush through the week's work and don't retain what has been taught as easily. Thank you for your cooperation.

coa assembly

Students will enjoy a COA assembly called STOMP! Be ready for some exciting tales and new moves on Wednesday evening. It's unbelieveable how music can be made from everyday household items. I've heard the performance is amazing and absolutely energetic!

BOOK IT! reading program

On October 1st, your child will be coming home with his/her monthly reading log. Students are expected to read/be read to at least 20 minutes every night. This log/calendar will help track the number of minutes during the month. I ask that you record the minutes and initial each day if possible. At the end of the month, any child reaching the classroom minutes goal will receive a Pizza Hut coupon! Talk about an incentive!
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Be on the lookout in this week's mail for your child's IXL MATH user name and password. Meadowbrook has purchased licenses for every student on this website to practice and perfect math skills and strategies. It is presented in an exciting game format where players earn points and prizes for the amount of problems they practice and levels they complete. It is not a competitive program, but one that encourages each child to reach his/her mathematical best. Students enjoy the game format and educators love that they are playing and learning. Best of both worlds indeed!

We will be working with Mrs. Lynch during tech time to set up our accounts and get things rolling. Students will have opportunities throughout the week to explore and learn on IXL on our school chromebooks. I ask that you do not change your child's username or password. It saves a great deal of time and sanity! Thanks in advance!