First Grade Update

March 24, 2016

Dates to Remember:

  • Each Friday: Homework Due March 18th
  • Mar. 25: Weather Day-- No school
  • Mar. 29-31: STAAR testing days-- NO VISITORS allowed in the building, please!
  • April 1: Report Cards Coming Home
  • April 1: Spirit Rally/Pink Hearts Ponytail Drive
  • April 12: 1st Grade Field Trip to Seussical Jr. Play

Weekly Happenings

This week, we learned how to find small moments from a big topic and turn those small moments into stories. Each learner received his/her own "notebook" in which to scribe small moments. We learned how authors choose their words wisely, reread their work many times, and are constantly perfecting their craft. As a result, we worked to emulate those concepts in our writing.

We also discussed common Easter traditions.

In spelling, we talked about words with the long i sound spelled with i-e and igh (as in pie and tight).

In social studies, we began our PBL "Change for a Cure" in which we are partnering with Leukemia Texas to collect coins and write letters for patients.

In math, we began a graphing unit, focusing on bar, pictograph, and tally charts.

In science, we continued our unit on solids and liquids. The learners participated in hands-on investigations to determine what materials solids are made up of and how to describe their properties.

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As a part of first grade’s service learning initiative, our learners are partnering with the non-profit organization, Leukemia Texas. Our learners have been charged with the task of collecting coins to donate to Leukemia patients. First graders will be in charge of sharing our collection drive with the school, gathering the coins as they’re donated, and counting coins. Learners will also write letters and draw pictures of encouragement to patients. The donations will take place March 24-April 22nd and we hope to beat last year's generous donation amount of $1000!

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NO VOLUNTEERS/VISITORS on March 29th, 30th, & 31st!

Please note that next Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (March 29-31) there will be NO VISITORS allowed throughout the building due to state testing mandates. Therefore, all volunteers, lunch dates with children, etc. will be cancelled.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration of our Lakeside learners.

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Pink Heart Funds Ponytail Club!!!

Lakeside’s 7th Annual PHF Ponytail Donation Day will be held at our school-wide Spirit Rally on Friday, April 1st!

Who: Anyone wishing to donate their ponytails

  • At least 10" long
  • Can be one length or layered
  • Must be clean and dry (damp donations will not be used)
  • Secured by rubber band or braid
  • May be colored or permed (not over processed or bleached)
  • Grey is acceptable

What: Pink Heart Funds, a non-profit 501(c)3, was founded to help children, women, and men with limited funds or no insurance receive free wigs if they have medically induced hair loss or hair loss due to burns or Alopecia Areata.

Where/When: Lakeside during our April 1st Spirit Rally

If you know you would like to participate, please sign up using the link below!

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April 12th Field Trip!!

Thanks to the generous PTO, 1st grade will be going to Casa Manana in Fort Worth to see the play “Seussical” on Tuesday, April 12th.

Learners will need to…

  • Wear a red Lakeside shirt or a red t-shirt
  • Bring a completely disposable lunch, including a disposable water bottle

Quotes of the Month

“As we look ahead to the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss