1B Family Update

May 26, 2017

Dear Families

Below is an update from the last two weeks. Enjoy and have a great holiday weekend!

Seeking Materials: If you have any shoe boxes (adult size) that you could donate for a project, please send them in with your child! Thank you in advance!

Summer Birthday Celebration

We emailed all families of students with June/July/August birthdays. If your child has a birthday during these months and you did not receive the email, please let us know! There were a lot of families to include.

Message from administration:

  • Our trip to Mexico City is in just one week! We need some help with installation on Thursday night as well as photographers and tour guides throughout the day on Friday. Please check out the sign up below to volunteer. We look forward to working with you - we can not do it without you!
  • Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44afa72ba0f85-volunteer3


In math we wrapped up our last unit on place value and addition and subtract up to 100 by solving word problems. When solving a word problem, we first need to think about what the story is asking us. For example: Mr. Saunders had 64 and gave 29 to 1B. How many books are left for 1A? Students need to realize that the problem is asking how many are left? They then solved by using manipulatives or drawing base-10 blocks and taking away 29. The students did so well with this unit! For the rest of the year, we will review all the concepts from 1st grade and continue to challenge them with some above grade-level work. :)

Reading & Writing

We are big fans of poetry, particularly rhyming and acrostic poems! We have read and created a 5 senses, rhyming and acrostic poem. The Rock Stars practiced visualizing the mental image that is created by the author through the use of their words. We read the poems with partners and then drew the picture we visualized in our minds. A way to support your child's deeper understanding. Read some poems with your child and ask them:

  • What do you think the topic is?
  • Did the author paint a picture in your mind of the topic?
  • What type of poem is this? How could you tell?

Amy Czaja and Kendra Thomas

Author Visit

Before the year is out, we have one more author visit! Annie Silvestro will be visiting on Tuesday, June 13th to share her book Bunny's Book Club where Bunny, a book-loving rabbit, goes to great lengths to make sure she can read books. A pre-order form will be sent home at the end of next week and due back to us by Monday, June 12th.

Link to picture: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61aeRsua9rL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Communicator Student of the Week #1: Israel

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Israel has worked hard to be a communicator this year! Communicators share and receive ideas and information in more than one way. Israel showed how he is working on being a communicator:

  • "Now Israel talks not with his hands, with his mouth."
  • "Now Israel says nice things and says sorry when he hurts someone."
  • "Israel is a communicator by saying excuse me."
  • "You are being a communicator because you use your words to speak up for your self"
  • "Israel is a communicator because he tells the truth."

Communicator Student of the Week #2: Gracie

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Gracie also exemplified being a communicator this month. Here are examples from her friends of how she is a communicator:

  • Every time I see Gracie, she's tapping me when I'm talking and putting the quiet signal up and telling me to pass around.
  • Gracie is a communicator by always participating and likes to add on to other people's ideas.
  • When the teacher asks a question, Gracie is participating and she writes a lot and draws a lot too. She's always kind and respectful of other people and their feelings.
  • Gracie shows other people the quiet signal.
  • Gracie is usually listening and adding onto someone or making a connection.
  • She's always participating. When we turn and talk, she always asks "Do you want to go first?"

Classroom Photos

City Growers Field Trip: Honeybee Workshop

2017-18 Academic Calendar

The academic calendar for the 2017-2018 school year can be found on on our website by clicking on the link below.


Mexico City: Friday, June 2nd —400 BCE. Just 3 weeks away!


Please be sure your student reads thirty-one pages a day—including Saturday and Sunday! Everyone is excited to join us on our next trip — 2500 years back in time!!

Thank you.

UPDATE: Mexico in 400 BCE

On Friday, June 2nd students may wear brightly colored clothes inspired by traditional Mexican fabrics, flora, fruits, etc. — along with a school shirt! Please be sensitive to not stereotype the Mexican culture. No sombreros.

K and Third Grade parents are welcome to visit Mexico on June 2nd. First and Second Grade parents are invited to visit the following week. We return to the present June 9th at 4PM. Thank you for making this trip Magical!

Specials Update

México + Chocolate = ESPAÑOL con Maestra Rosado

We are getting ready for our last Anytime Anywhere trip: Mexico City. In Spanish Class, First Grade is studying the History of Chocolate in Mesoamérica with the Olmec, Aztec and Maya civilizations. We are becoming Chocolate Experts. Choco-choco, la-la, choco,choco, te-te. Choco-la , choco-te, chocolate. 1B researched various aspects of chocolate: Where it comes from? How do you make chocolate? Where the cacao comes from? Please continue to support your student by practicing our Spanish games and songs at home.

Ps, Enjoy this flashback of our trip to Kyoto and see you at our next destination — el viernes, 2 de junio de 2017. ¡México Lindo! ANYTIME ANYWHERE!
Canciones Infantiles - Chocolate (Choco-choco-la-la Choco-choco te-te) ♪♪