Team Reed Classroom Connection

March 25, 2015

Things to know...

School-Wide Fundraiser Ending Soon!!!

Before Spring Break, students were given a packet with information regarding our World's Finest Chocolate fundraiser. Our school earns 40% of the profit from these sales, that will be used for student enrichment programs, educational materials, and student activities. On March 13, students went to an assemble to find out all about how to safely sell the chocolates, as well as the prizes that can be earned! All of the information is included in your students fundraiser envelope that came home before Spring Break.

The original due date is listed as Wednesday, March 25th, but has been extended to no later than Friday, March 27th. So, you have a few more days to sell and earn top prizes!

*Special note: please record orders on the carbon-paper sheet, not on the back of the product flyer. This will ensure that all products get to the correct student/classroom quickly and easily. Also, money is to be collected at the time of ordering.

Bring Technology to Your Home

Yesterday your students brought home a paper about bringing technology home. This paper was to RSVP to a training session about RRISD's new Laptops @ Home program. Students who can benefit from this program are those who currently do not have a computer at home, and have at least one child enrolled in an RRISD school. If you would like to take advantage of this program, please send the RSVP slip back to school with your student tomorrow.

The training is tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

If you can not attend tomorrow, it will be available one more time in April, based on availability.

PTA Movie Night

The Voigt PTA will be hosting a Movie Night in the cafeteria on Friday, March 27th. Doors will open at 5:30pm. This week, we will be viewing Big Hero 6!! Concessions will be available; tickets will be $1.00 each. We will be selling hot dogs, frito pies, nachos, pickles, candy, and popcorn for 1 ticket each.

The movie starts promptly at 6pm. We hope to see you there!!

Upcoming Events:

  • 3/25/15 - Eggs delivered!!! (see below!)
  • 3/27/15 - PTA Movie Night: Big Hero 6 @ 5:30pm
  • 3/28/15 - Voigt Elementary Barnes & Nobel Book Fair
  • 4/1/15 - Report Cards come home (3rd 9-weeks)
  • 4/2/15 - Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist visit in the library
  • 4/3/15 - No School (Good Friday)
  • 4/9/15 - Home Laptop Program distribution (see flyer sent home)

Evidence of Learning

What We're Learning

In class this week:

Writing: This week we are finishing up our Poetry Unit. I am so proud of all of the poets that have emerged in our classroom! I have heard a rumor that some students have even begun writing poems at home! How exciting!

Reading: As our poetry unit comes to a close, we are learning about music and rhythm in poetry. Some ways to learn this easily is with "jump rope songs" and "patty cake/clapping" songs. Do you remember any from when you were young that you could share with your child? We'd love to learn them!

Math: Tick-tock! We're working with the clock! We've already learned to tell time on the hour, and now we are discovering the half-hour. You can help at home by having your child tell you what time an analog clock says on hours and half-hours, or have them show you on the paper clock sent home before the semester break!

Science: It is a first-grade teacher's most favorite time of year! Our science units will be revolving around living/nonliving, basic needs, animal characteristics, interdependence, and life cycles. We tie ALL of these units together while studying...CHICKS! Yes, that's right! This week, we received 15 fertilized chick eggs. We will study in-depth the life cycle of a chicken and observe our eggs until they hatch. Then we will keep the chicks in our classroom for a few weeks and continue to observe them as they grow. We are SO excited! If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact me.