First Grade Newsletter

September 26-30, 2016

Spelling - Test this Friday

There is a test this Friday, September 30 on the short i words. Don't forget to practice!

On Level Words:

did, hit, kit, sit, wig, fix, him

Review words: they, was, can, dad

Challenge Words:

finish, bring, think, addition, interesting +2 self selected words

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, September 30 - GES Bank 7:15 - 7:35 am

Student of the Month Recognition 7:30-8:00 am

Monday, October 3 - Picture Day

Tuesday, October 4 - GT Lead Parent Information Night 6:30-7:30 pm Learning Commons (Library)

Friday, October 7 - Spirit Day (Wear your GES Spirit Shirt)

Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts/Social Studies (Humanities) -

  • Writer's Workshop - Writing small moments stories, using mentor texts to help in writing our own stories, choosing/spelling more challenging words, editing writing (spacing, capitalization, punctuation)
  • Reading - Developing good reading habits - looking at all the parts of a word to help figure out the word, rereading or double checking my words, trying different strategies to figure out a word if the first strategy didn't work
  • Spelling - CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) short i words
  • Social Studies -Using all we've learned about good citizens to create a product (book, digital project, etc.) that tells how a first grader can be a good citizen

Math - Number Sense - Ordering numbers from largest to smallest/smallest to largest, Comparing groups/sets/numbers using words like greater than, less than, more, less, bigger, smaller, equal, the same, etc.

Science - Learning about CERs (Claim, Evidence and Reasoning) and how to use them to work with our science labs/projects

Teacher Wishlists

Teacher's have completed stars that are hanging on a bulletin board in the front lobby. These stars list wishes/needs for our classrooms. You can also view our wishes below. If you would like to donate any of the items below to our classrooms, we would appreciate it.


Ms. Fowler's Class

  • several rolls of clear packing tape
  • paper towels
  • rubber bands
  • unscented hand sanitizer

Mrs. Helms' Class

  • several rolls of clear packing tape
  • paper towels
  • Office Depot Letter Sized Laminating Pouches

Mrs. Moore's Class

  • Stickers
  • Small treasure chest prizes
  • hand soap
  • Mr. Sketch markers

Mrs. VanHook's Class

  • Gallon Sized Ziploc bags
  • Chlorox Wipes
  • Google Eyes
  • Stickers

Technology Connections

We love spelling in first grade. We have the Spelling City app downloaded on our iPads. Your child can access Spelling City on a computer or digital device. Look under the teacher JFowler and you will find all of the first grade lists. There are several games and activities that your child can use to practice his/her spelling words at home in addition to practicing the words with you. Both the challenge and on level words lists are available.