First Grade Monday Message

October 5-9, 2015

Spelling Words for the Week

Our spelling pattern is the short o CVC pattern. The test will be next Friday on October 16. Use the word lists below to help you practice.

Short o Words: (All students study these words)

got, box, mom, job, hop, dog, pot, log (Short o words)

your, from (High Frequency words)

bag, big (Review of words already studied)

Challenge Words: (These words are optional)

October, often, rocket, problem, solve

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

Beginning of the Year Conferences On Wednesday and Thursday

October 7-8 will be Early Dismissal Days for students at 11:45. Your child's teacher will be holding beginning of the year conferences in the afternoon to share your child's assessment results and goals for the year. You will not need to bring your child to these conferences but you can bring him/her if you'd like. The conferences will be around 15-20 minutes and will be held in your child's classroom. If you can't attend the conference in person, your child's teacher can work out a phone conference time with you. We look forward to seeing you!

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, October 5 - Stomp Out Bullying-Wear Blue & Your Favorite Pair of Boots.

Wednesday, October 7 - Walk and Roll to School Today

Early Release at 11:45

Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon

Thursday, October 8 - Early Release at 11:45

Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon

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

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

Friday, October 16 - GES Bank

PTA Glow Dance 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 21 - Unity Day-Wear Orange. Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Friday, October 23 - College Colors Day (Wear your favorite college shirt)

Monday, October 26 - Red Ribbon Week (Monday through Friday)

GES Book Fair in the Library (Monday through Friday)

Friday, October 30 - GES Book Character Parade

A Special Request from the First Grade Team Regarding Dismissal

We are committed to getting your child out of the building and back to you safely each day. With that in mind, we ask that if you have any changes to your regular dismissal arrangements, please email or notify us BEFORE 2 pm on the day of the change. We seldom have time to check our emails near the end of the school day. If there is an emergency regarding dismissal that arises after 2 pm, please call the front office and let them know. They will get the message to us immediately! Thank you for helping us make dismissal a smooth and safe process!

Math Songs

We are working on counting like coins of pennies and nickels in math. Click the links below for some songs about counting pennies and nickels.
"Penny You're The One" Penny Counting Song (Money Math)
"Nickelish" Coin-Counting Nickel Song (Skip Counting by 5s)

GES Book Character Parade

Each year GES students participate in a Book Character Parade. The students may dress up like a favorite book character in the parade. Your child may choose his/her character but will need to bring the book that has the character in it to carry in the parade. Simple costumes like animal headbands, homemade masks, etc. may be worn. Do not feel like this has to be an elaborate costume. It can be something your child already has at home. The parade is through the GES halls and begins right after the morning announcements. Please send additional clothes for your child in his/her backpack in case he/she wants to change once the parade is over. Once your drop your child off at school that morning, feel free to stay a few minutes and enjoy the book parade!

Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts: Literacy Groups - strategies good readers use, fluency practice, handwriting, Spelling - short " o " (CVC) words

Math: Number Sense to 50 - counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, counting like coins (all nickels or all pennies)

Science: Water as a natural resource

Social Studies: How citizens work together to help the community.

Math App - Line 'em up

We are busy learning about comparing numbers in first grade. One app we have been using is called Line 'em up. The students can use a number line or ten frame to arrange numbers in order. If they click on the settings wheel, the students can differentiate their learning by selecting more challenging numbers. This is a fun and quick way to practice ordering numbers.

Math App - Number Pieces (Pieces Basic)

Here's another great math app. It's called Number Pieces or Pieces Basic. Your child can use manipulative to build and record numbers.