1E Newsletter: Week of February 21

What's going on in 1st grade!

This Week...

Sunday: World Language, Library, **wear your favorite outfit to school**

Monday: MSArabic/Explore Time, PE, Music, **bring your favorite stuffed animal to school**

Tuesday: Art, 2nd Grade Music Concert

Wednesday: PE, World Language, Guidance

Thursday: Art, Music

Special Events This Week

As a launch to our new writing unit on opinions we are doing some launch activities:

Sunday: Wear your favorite outfit

  • wear your favorite outfit or an outfit you really like
  • students will be talking about why they like their outfit and providing reasons

Monday: Bring your favorite stuffed animal

  • bring a stuffed animal to school on Monday
  • students will be talking about why they like the stuffed animal and providing reasons


This week we are switching our focus from plants to animals. By the end of this week, students will have been pre-assessed and reviewed their knowledge and understandings of the function of a variety of animal parts. Students will search for and sort information about what animals eat and how they obtain their food.

Upcoming Principals' Coffee

Our next Lower Elementary Principals’ Coffee is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 at 8:05am in the Elementary School Presentation room. Our Elementary Math Coordinator Mrs. Carol Little will be hosting a session to talk to parents about Math resources that can be used at home to reinforce classroom learning. Parents are encouraged to bring their laptops / iPads to access the resources being presented.

In the second half of this session we will hold our Parent Forum. If you have topics, feedback or questions that you would like to put forth for agenda consideration please e-mail Mrs. Ibrahim our Parent Forum representative at asdelementaryparentforum@gmail.com by 9:00am on February 28. Please specify in your communication, which division your child is in, as Mrs. Ibrahim represents both Lower and Upper Elementary.

Lower Elementary Math Drop In

Our Math Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Little will be holding a Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Mrs. Little will be available at this time every week to assist parents who need further information about our Math program or who would like help / suggestions with how to support their children at home. It will be held in Ms. Mindy Martin’s office.

Collecting Cardboard for Explore Time

We are still collecting cardboard boxes such as cereal boxes/pasta boxes/etc. and toilet paper/paper towel rolls. The students love to build and create things with them during explore time and we are going through them pretty fast. A big Thank You to everyone who has sent items in-- we are still looking for more! Please send in your unwanted cardboard packaging so we can create with it in class!

Upcoming Dates

February 23- 2nd Grade Concert

February 26- Friendship Festival

March 10- Trimester 2 Ends

March 17- Report Cards sent home electronically

March 17- St. Patrick’s Day and Shamrock Shamble

March 25-April 4- Spring Break

April- Poetry Month

April 5- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

April 8- ASD Fun Day

April 21- Arabic Concert, 7:30pm

April 26-28- Used Book Sale

April 27-28- Student-Led Conferences- Portfolio Day

May 1-17- PK-12 Art Show

May 3- PTA Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch

May 8- 1st Grade Writer’s Café

May 12- 5th Grade Play

May 17- KG Music Concert

May 19- Volunteer Breakfast

May 22- No School for Students, Teacher Professional Development

May 24- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

May 26- Assistant Appreciation Lunch

June 5- Step-Up Day

June 7- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

June 9- Last Day Assembly

June 9- Last Day of School, Report Cards go home