Mrs. Cohen's First Grade News

May 2015

It is hard to believe that as I write to believe that as I write this newsletter, there are only 25 days of school left! Over the next few weeks, we will be extremely busy here at school. Please refer to some important dates listed below to help guide you through May.


Field Trip to Milky Way Farms 5/8

Field Day 5/19

Student Council Spirit Day TBD 5/20

Book Orders DUE 5/21 - orders will be sent home shortly

NO SCHOOL 5/22 and 5/25


There is an important date in June that I would like to make you aware of. On Thursday, June 4th, our class will be celebrating our writing with an Author's Tea. The children will be sharing their Animal Research Projects during the day from 9:30-10:30 AM. I will be sending an invitation home shortly, but wanted to pass along the date.

ELA Update

We are half-way through our last anthology of the year! We will be finishing up by the end of May. We will spend some "free time" working on a special chapter book and project.

I will be sending the final book orders of the year home by the end of the week/beginning of next. Please think about ordering some books for your child to read throughout the summer. Many of the books are leveled so that your child can continue reading where he/she left off with me. If you look at the book description, it usually says GRL:__ - that is the Guided Reading Level and it is equivalent to my leveling system. It is STRONGLY encouraged that your child continue to read ALL SUMMER LONG!

Math Update

We are finishing up Unit 9 and will begin our Unit 10 Review Chapter after Mother's Day. The children continue to improve with their addition and subtraction facts. Please remember that I am more concerned with the accuracy portion of the assessment as opposed to the speed, although both are equally weighted for the report card. Also, as a reminder, for this marking period, we are working on facts through 20, so it is a bit more challenging.

science and social studies update

We have been learning about the day and night sky and took a trip over to the Planetarium for a fun-filled interactive experience. We will be learning about butterflies this month also. Finally, we continue to work on our animal research projects.

MIscellaneous

PLEASE be sure to have your child bring in a water bottle daily. Your child should ONLY have water in it. We have had an ant issue and with all of the spills that we have each day, juices would only worsen the pest problem.
Also - please remember that we are a NUT-FREE classroom. Please do not pack nut items for snack time. Children can have nut products in the cafeteria, as children with nut allergies have special placemats to use to avoid cross-contamination.
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