1E Newsletter- Week of April 26

What's going on in first grade!

This Week...

Sunday: World Language, Library

Monday: MSArabic/Explore Time, PE, Music, Pajama Day, Math Parent Workshop

Tuesday: Art, Guest Reader (any volunteers?)

Wednesday: PE, World Language, Tech, CONFERENCES


Pajama Day TOMORROW- Monday

Tomorrow is Pajama Day! Students are invited to wear clean pajamas to school. They may also bring in one additional item: blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, slippers, etc. The item must fit in their backpack and it cannot be a distraction from learning. Please remember tomorrow is also PE, so please have students wear their sports shoes with their pajamas.

Student Led Conferences: Wednesday and Thursday

Today you should have received a pink piece of paper confirming your conference time and the slot that you will be meeting with me. Since there are up to four families in the classroom we need to stick to a schedule in order to get 15 minutes for each family. Thank you for being on time for your slots.

This is a Student-Led Conference, which means students will be in charge. Students will be picking activities to show you what they've learned. They also have a portfolio and reflections to share with you. Student chose pieces for their portfolios and also made their own reflections. While we will be practicing the conferences, students can be shy during the event. Thank you for being encouraging during the process.

Looking forward to conferences this week and taking a look the learning that's taking place in first grade!

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Sign-up for the Parent Math Workshop with the ES Math Coach TOMORROW

**Remember to sign-up for the Parent Workshop in Math

click here to sign-up

Monday, April 27th

time: 8:10am-9:00am

Dear Parents,

We're excited to offer you a great opportunity to learn and practice how your child is learning math.

Please respond with this form if you are interested in attending.


Carol Little (Math Co-ordinator) and the Grade First Team


We are wrapping up our final unit in Science-- What's the Matter?

  • Final experiment-- changing of states in matter: Butter Experiment
  • Post assessment
  • Reviewing what we've learned

Reading Unit 7 Parent Letter

Unit Six: Walking in our Characters’ Footsteps

“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Dear Parents,

In this unit on dramatizing characters, children step into the shoes of the characters they meet in books and aim to bring those characters to life. Ultimately, the goal of this unit is to help readers envision as they read, to use this capacity to envision to help them read with increasing fluency and richer comprehension - and to share this new understanding with other people. During this unit, your child will be immersed in mini-lessons that focus on: making predictions, envisioning (making a movie in our mind), retelling, fluency, compare and contrast, summarizing, predicting, inferring, interpretation, monitoring for meaning, cross-checking, and collaborative listening and speaking skills.

The following standards are being addressed in this unit of study:

  • Standard 1 Students will read fluently using the skills and strategies of the reading process.
  • Standard 2 Students will comprehend, respond to and analyze a wide variety of literary and informational texts including fiction and non-fiction.
  • Standard 7 Students will use speaking and listening skills to communicate effectively.

Parent Teaching Tips:

  • Discuss how readers get to know characters by paying close attention to their actions. Go on a ‘character trait’ treasure hunt in your book!
  • Act like directors, discussing how characters might think and feel, and act the way they do. Take turns directing and acting out parts of the book. Use text references and specific words to guide your actions.
  • Model reading and re-reading challenging texts.


Grade 1 Team

Math Unit 6 Parent Letter

Dear Grade 1 Families,

We are beginning our last math unit of the year, “Revisiting Operations” this week. In this unit, students will extend their thinking about numbers, addition, subtraction and review concepts they have been learning in Grade 1. Developing number sense and the concept of place value will prepare students for Grade 2. Our young mathematicians will be adding and subtracting larger numbers with the help of a, 100s chart, and/or manipulatives. Strategies for problem solving will also be a focus as students work on how to solve story problems that may have more than 1 step or more than 1 answer. Students will also practice how to show their thinking with pictures, numbers, and words.

In the summer, help your child notice how math is all around us. Math matters! Thank you for your continued support of our young mathematicians!


The First Grade Teachers


2-Digit Numbers – In base 10, numbers from 10 – 99 that have two digits each.

3-Digit Numbers – In base 10, numbers from 100 – 999 that have three digits each.

Combine – Putting together sets of items or numbers, joining sets, adding.

Compare– Describing how sets relate to each other using terms like more, less, or equal.

Difference – The answer to a subtraction sentence.

Estimate – Begin to predict an approximate number for a sum or difference by looking at the 10’s place.

Place Value: In our standard base-10 system for writing numbers, each place has a value 10 times that of the place to its right, and 1 tenth the value of the place to its left. For example, in the number 54, the 5 represents “5 tens or 50” and the 4 represents “4 ones.”

Number Sentence or Equation: Numbers and mathematical symbols that model a number story: 4 + 5 = 9

Quantity – The amount of objects.

Separating – Taking away a quantity, removing a quantity, subtracting.

Sum – The answer to an addition number sentence.


To work with your child on concepts taught in this unit, try these interesting and rewarding activities:

1. Continue to work on addition and subtraction facts to a sum of 10 in preparation for Grade 2.

2. Say a 2-digit number and ask your child to identify the ones place and the tens place.

3. Tell addition and subtraction story problems to your child. Have your child solve the problem using

various household objects, and then record the answers in number models.

4. Encourage your child to make up his/her own story problems and solve them with different strategies.

5. Begin with a number, such as 20 and ask your child to represent the number in at least 5 different ways.

For example, 1 + 19 = 20, 10 + 10 = 20, 21 - 1 = 20, 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 20, and twenty.

6. Continue to practice telling time to the hour and half hour by using digital and analog clocks.

7. Continue to play math games to increase number sense and develop strategy thinking.

8. Practice counting by tens starting from any number (Ex: 12, 22, 32, 42, 52)

Thank You for Your Donations

We would like to thank you for all your generosity in the stuffed animal toy drive. The donation time frame wrapped up, Thursday, April 23rd. Your compassion during this drive has been outstanding. Thanks once again.