Bardes Bulletin

News, events, and celebrations from our room to yours!

APRIL 20, 2015

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This week our spotlight is on our friend Siri. Here are some fun and interesting things about her.


Siri's birthday is on March 10. She has one brother and two sisters. Siri's favorite color is yellow. Her favorite food is bananas. Siri enjoys playing outside when she is not in school. Siri's best friend is Ava. Her favorite subject in school is Language Arts, her favorite specials are Art and Technology, and lunch is her favorite part of the school day. Getting a new classroom has been Siri's favorite part of first grade so far. When she grows up Siri wants to be a teacher because she gets to teach children. Some of her friends describe Siri as "quiet", "nice", and "friendly". We are so lucky to have Siri in our class!

1.E.1 Recognize the features and patterns of the earth/moon/sun system as observed from Earth.

This week the first graders will
1.E.1.2 Recognize patterns of observable changes in the Moon’s appearance from day to day.

TEST Tuesday

For the test on Tuesday, the first graders need to know:

The Moon:

The shape of the moon seems to change (it doesn’t actually change, it just looks like it does).

Phases: how the moon looks to the Earth (examples: full moon, quarter moon, crescent moon).

We see the part of the moon that the sun is shining on.

The moon’s surface:

Crater: a dent in the surface of the moon from rocks in space smashing into it.

It is very rocky and dusty, with high mountains and flat areas.

There is NO water, NO plants, NO animals on the moon—living things cannot make a home on the moon.

The moon seems to move slowly across the sky. It seems to rise and set like the sun.

The moon looks larger when it is low in the sky

Telescope: a tool to make objects in the sky look bigger and closer.

*You can observe the moon, stars, and objects in space through a telescope.

*You can only observe the sun through a special telescope that can be used during the day.

What objects look small but are actually big? The moon, stars, sun, planets

When can you see the moon? At night or sometimes during the day


Thank you in advance for sending in items we need for the classroom.
  1. pencil top erasers
  2. treasure box items


  • If you have not yet returned picture money and/or pictures please remember to do so. If you are paying online please send in the envelope with the confirmation number filled in. Thank you so much!
  • Please help your first grader to remember to turn in their Falcon Mall "job application" if they have not yet done so. Our Falcon Mall is scheduled for IOWA week, May 18-22. As a reminder, this activity culminates our History unit on Economics where the boys and girls will be studying concepts like goods/services, wants/needs, and division of labor. After studying this material, the classroom will become a "Mall" where the students will apply the economic skills they have learned. They will work in one of four departments (Men's, Women's Accessories, or Toys) to produce different items, earn "Bardes Bucks" for their hard work, and then use their money at the end of the week to purchase the items created.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

See below for all of the upcoming events this quarter.

Show Off Night

Thursday, April 23rd, 6-7pm

FA l & ll

Time for students to shine! Please join us for Show Off Night! This is a chance for students to show parents all that they have been learning this year and demonstrate how Direct Instruction works. Students will participate in a sample reading and math lesson for parents to see. The schedule for the evening will be as follows.

Students and parents will report to the following classes during the times listed below:
  1. Report to your child’s reading class- 6:00-6:25
  2. Report to your child’s math class- 6:30-6:50
  3. Visit your child’s specials classes to see what they are doing in art, music, P.E, character club and Spanish- 6:50-7:00

*Please try to be prompt so we can follow the schedule above.

Field Trip

Friday, April 24th, 8:45am

10600 Common Oaks Drive

Raleigh, NC

Yearbook Ordering Deadline

Thursday, April 30th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Yearbook sales will be online ONLY from
October 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014.
NO cash or checks will be taken at school.

Progress Reports

Friday, May 8th, 3pm

This is an online event.

IOWA testing

Monday, May 18th, 8pm to Friday, May 22nd, 11am

FA l & ll

Please be sure all first graders have a hearty breakfast and are to school on time. Testing will begin after carpool.

Field Day

Friday, May 29th, 8:15am-12pm

FA l & ll campus

Last Day of School

Friday, June 5th, 3pm

Room 215

Stay tuned for information on our First Grade Talent Show and Classroom End of Year Awards Ceremony.