Mrs. Platz's Class Newsletter

February 5th, 2016

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Looking Ahead

  • Fri. 2/5/16 Data notebooks coming home
  • Mon. 2/8/16 Return data notebooks/Character Warms the Heart Week - wear fleece or flannel/PTA meeting 6pm
  • Tues. 2/9/16 Wear your favorite sweatshirt!
  • Wed. 2/10/16 Wear your crazy socks!
  • Thurs. 2/11/16 Wear red!/PTA Pirate Princess Ball 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Fri. 2/12/16 No School - District In-Service
  • Sat. 2/13/16 PTA Mercury Gymnastics Night 6:30pm

Next Week

Monday - E - Art

Tuesday - A- PE

Wednesday - B - Library

Thursday - C - Music

Friday - No School

Your First Grader Has Been Working On...

  • activating prior knowledge.
  • learning about nonfiction text features and how they help the reader (bold print, diagrams, glossary, index, table of content, captions, photographs). Ask your student to find a nonfiction text feature in a book you may have in your home!
  • learning about the folklore around groundhog's day.
  • investigating light and shadows. Ask your student to share what it means if an object is transparent, translucent, and opaque!
  • writing and reading words with vowel teams: ai/ay.
  • adding 2 multiples of ten.
  • using mental math to add tens to two-digit numbers.
  • using a hundred chart to add tens and ones.
  • using a number line to solve addition problems.
  • learning about our Star of the Week, BaoTrinh!
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Spelling Words

Next week's spelling words are:

eat, sea, each, team, please, dream, treat, beach, clean, lean, of, said, off, was, with


You can practice these words at SpellingCity.com:


https://www.spellingcity.com/view-spelling-list.html?listId=31070202


Our spelling test will be on Thursday, February 11th!


Homework packets are coming home on Monday. They will be due the following Tuesday, February 16th. The packets may be turned in earlier, if needed. All students completing work, earn pirate coins and Dojo points for their table!


Students have a written assignment in their packet this week. Please work on having your child write neatly and add a picture to the top.


Please continue to have your student write down books on their 100+ book log. Book logs are checked on Fridays. Students who do not have books written on their logs will be reading during their morning work time on Friday. For our morning work on Friday, students have the opportunity to have some free time working on various activities (pattern blocks, puzzles, building sets, play dough, drawing). These activities are only available if the student has written new books on their book log. Students should have at least 4 or more books/chapters written down each week. Remember, if your child is reading a book for Reading Improvement homework, these books can be written down on their book log!

Data Notebooks

Your student will be bringing home their Data Notebooks on Friday, the 5th. We ask that you return the notebook the following Monday, February 8th. Have your student share with you their goal for the quarter and how they are doing with reaching that goal. A reflection sheet will be in the notebook to direct you to certain areas of your child's notebook. It will also ask you to share ways you and your child can work together to reach their goals for each quarter. Please make sure to keep all work in your child's notebook. We will continue to add content to it through out the rest of the year.
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Valentine Friendship Celebration

We will be celebrating Valentine's day on Thursday, Feb. 11th. A class list was sent with the weekly newsletter email. We are currently at 21 students, 10 girls, 11 boys. Students may bring valentine cards, if they choose. If bringing cards, they must have a card for every student. Students may also decorate a box to bring and collect all their cards. Students not bringing a box will make a bag for collecting their cards.
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Click the link below to sign up for our student showcase on February 24th, from 5:30-7:30. Our student showcase is a time for your child to take the lead and be a guide on sharing things that we have been working on in our classroom. Please check your calendars and pick a time that works for your family. If your child is currently in a Reading Improvement Group, I will be contacting you to set up an individual conference time. These conferences will happen on the same date from 2:30-5:30. This sign-up will be sent in a separate email to those parents.
Poetry Partner Reading!

Mrs. Platz

Have a great weekend!

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