Mrs. Dectis's Winter Newsletter

Dear First Grade Families,

I apologize for the delay in getting this newsletter to you. I hope it helps to fill you in on all we have been up to lately and what is coming up in first grade! Thank you for attending your child’s conference in November. I enjoyed getting to know all of you better and discussing your child’s progress in first grade. I hope that everyone had a great winter break. It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already here!

Let's have a great start to the new year!

Amy Dectis

Important Dates

Book Orders Due: 1/15

Mother/Son Home and School Event: 1/16

School Closed: 1/19

Student Council Spirit Day: 1/21

2nd Marking Period Ends: 1/23

Gingerbread Houses!

Happy Birthday!

Birthday wishes go out to the following students:

Faith – December 17th

Nicole – December 26th

Ben - January 14th

Troy - January 15th

Alexa - January 21st

ELA Update

Theme 3 wrapped up in December, before the holiday break. Next week marks the half-way point in Theme 4. We will have a Mid-Theme test on Friday, January 23rd. Please make sure that you are reviewing the high frequency words with your child. These are words that your child should be able to read independently and will help greatly with his/her reading.

Math Update

We finished Unit 4 in December and are working our way through Unit 5. Please refer to the Family Home Link for important vocabulary, homework help, etc. Also, feel free to have your child go onto the Everyday Math website at any time to receive extra practice with the skills we are learning at school! Don't forget, math facts will be assessed starting with the 3rd marking period, so have your child practice his/her facts at home, in addition to what we have been doing at school. They can do this with flash cards, fact triangles (more information on these is coming home soon), on, or any other math website!

Science and Social Studies Update

We spent the month of December by focusing on gaining a better understanding of the holidays that are celebrated in December. We learned about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

This month we will be looking at the holidays we celebrate in January. This includes the New Year and Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fight for freedom during Social Studies. We will also look at animals, including polar bears, penguins, and more!


If your child cannot tie his/her shoes independently, please have him/her practice this task. This holds true for zippering jackets as well. Knowing both of these life skills will help us get to recess and dismiss at the end of the day much faster.

Please also have your child bring in two new glue sticks. We have been doing a lot of crafts lately and I only have a limited number that I can distribute. You may also want to check with your child to see how his/her crayons are holding up. Thanks!

Please remind your child about the importance of keeping his/her hands to themselves and using polite words. At this time, we encourage the children to use the strategies we’ve talked about here at school (Stop, Walk, Talk). Hitting, pushing, and name-calling are never accepted at Worcester.