First Grade Diaries

All the news and happenings in First Grade May 2015

What's the Buzz???

The Buzz Word this month is . . . PERSEVERANCE

To not give up if something is difficult. To "hang in there" and keep trying, even if you make mistakes.

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First Grade Birthdays

Happy Birthday Wishes to our MAY birthday friends:
1st Landen Cummings
6th Lillian Gillett
8th Sidney Anderson
9th Hannah Pegram
9th Zoe Gimber
13th Gabe Privette
15th Reid Joslin
16th Carson Jones
22nd Emma Phillips
22nd Skylar Mosley
25th Kristine Carroll
29th Jessi Morris
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Mark Your Calendars

MONDAY, MAY 4 - FRIDAY, MAY 8 - Teacher Appreciation Week
FRIDAY, MAY 8 - Progress Reports will be emailed
MONDAY, MAY 18 - FRIDAY, MAY 22 - IOWA testing
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 - Coffee with the Administrator 8:15-9:00 FA 2 Library and First Grade Field Trip to Oak View Historic Park
FRIDAY, MAY 29 - Field Day (8:45 - 12:00)
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 - First Grade Talent Show/Last Day of School
THURSDAY, JULY 9 - Open House for 2015/16 School Year

First Grade Talent Show

Friday, June 5th, 8:45am

FA 2 Multi Purpose Room


We are beginning preparations for our annual First Grade Talent Show! This year’s talent show will be on Friday, June 5th at 8:45 am.

If your child has a talent (singing, dancing, comedy, karate, jump roping, playing an instrument, hula hooping, reciting a poem, etc.) please ask them if they’d like to perform in the show.


We are in need of a microphone/karaoke machine. Please email Mrs. Bardes or Mrs. Carter if you have one.


· Keep each act 1-2 minutes in length so all students wishing to participate can.

· Your child will need to provide any equipment or music needed for their act (We will have a keyboard and CD player available.

· We will have 2 rehearsals at school; however, the complete act should be organized and practiced at home PRIOR TO REHERSAL.

We are looking forward to this fun event!

ALL registration forms are due to your homeroom teacher by Friday, May 15th.

Classroom Needs


gallon sized zip lock bags, treasure box items
CARTER: Airwick Clean Linen Scent Plug-In refills, treasure box items
CROSLAND: pencil top erasers, hand SOAP
LEWIS: none at this time
STEINMILLER: prize box items, tissue, baby wipes
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Notes From the Office

Important Reminders:

  • In the event medication needs to be kept in the office for your child, it is extremely important parents hand deliver medications to the front office and complete a medical form. For safety reasons, medication may NOT be sent in with a child.

  • Please return all overdue library books. There is a drop basket located in the front of each building and FA2 library.

  • We kindly ask that parents refrain from parking across the street during morning and afternoon carpool. Thank you for supporting our safety procedures during this time.

  • Families who are moving and not returning to FA for the 2015-16 school year, should contact Mrs. Williams in the front office for information on paperwork that will need to be completed.

  • There will be a Wednesday after school Lego Club held for the second half of 4th quarter.
  • NC State is offering an online summer reading program to help children improve reading fluency and comprehension. Please use the link to see their flyer for more information on how to participate.
  • Please use the following link to view the 2015-16 school calendar when planning events and vacations for next year.

  • Please help to support learning time by having your child at school on time. School begins at 8:00 and doors open at 7:35. Students who arrive after carpool has ended will be counted tardy, and will need to be signed in by a parent.

  • In order to prevent the spread of illnesses, please keep children home if they are sick. Students must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Please have FA carpool tags visible during afternoon dismissal. This will help speed up the carpool line and dismiss students more efficiently

  • Check out FA on FACEBOOK! Visit the FA Facebook page to find out about great things going on at all FA campuses!

  • Make Up Work: Work for students that are absent may be picked up at the end of the school day (3:15). This gives teachers time to collect work from all classes and send to the office. Please understand that work will not be ready for pick up until this time.

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Fourth Quarter AR Goals

We are in the planning stages for our 4th quarter AR celebration and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!
Please see below for fourth quarter goals.

We encourage all students to take AR quizzes and work to reach their goal. Parents can really help by checking to make sure the book your child is reading is an AR title. We also ask that you write down the QUIZ NUMBER in your child's agenda. It is much easier for students to type in the number correctly than the title of the book.

If your child's READING teacher is:
Bardes/Jenkins - 4.0 points
Carter - 4.0 points
Crosland - 4.5 points
Lewis - 5.0 points
Steinmiller - 5.5 points


Parents, please don't forget to check AND sign/initial your child's agenda at the end of each day. Also, as a reminder: a behavior point system chart has been placed in the inside pouch of your child’s agenda. Please refer to this chart if your child has lost any points during the day. Teachers will identify the infraction and the class in which the behavior occurred. The students current point total will also be indicated. At the end of the day the teacher/student will write the point total for the day. Each day is a new day, all students begin each day with 100 points.
Several teachers still have openings for lunch parent help. Please consider volunteering if you are able.

Current Lunch Parents: If you need immediate assistance contact the building office by picking up the phone and dialing one of the following extensions:

FA1- Sharon McDaniel- ext. 113

FA2-Samantha Williams- ext. 202

FA2-Tara Davis- ext. 201


The First Grade Team

Franklin Academy I and II (Grades K-2)

604 South Franklin Street

Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587
Phone: (919) 554-4911
Fax: (919) 554-2340