Rushton's Crew

First Grade News May 6, 2016

What have we been up to this week?

- In reading. we reviewed fiction vs. nonfiction, and we practiced identifying the main idea and key details of a text.


- In writing, students pretended to be a raindrop and wrote a diary entry. They followed the writing process (brainstorm, draft, edit, and publish).


(Remember that I do not have all of my homeroom kids in math.

Be sure to ask your child what he/she is doing in math class!)

Library/AR Goals

Next week, the library will be closing for the year. It takes time to get the 1000s of books in order, and we are so thankful that Mrs. Noblitt works so hard to get this BIG job done for us!


However, this means that students will not be able to check out books at the school library next week. Students will need to read books from home or the public library. About half of our class is still working to meet their AR goals, and these students have until May 20th to meet their goals! Students will have a variety of books to read at school, but they will need to find books to read at home!

Flat Stanley

We have had so much fun learning about Flat Stanley's adventures! However, only 7 have returned to Southside. You may consider sending a friendly reminder to whoever is hosting your child's Flat Stanley to let them know that we need him back no later than May 20th in order to read about his adventure before we leave on summer break!


Below: Sabrina's Flat Stanley came back this week! He went to Austin and Houston, Texas! He went to a dog show, rodeo, and German festival!

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Cinco de Mayo

Maximo took over the class for a little while on Thursday to teach us about Cinco de Mayo!
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Brown County State Park Field Trip

Friday, May 20th, 9am-2:15pm

1810 State Road 46 East

Nashville, IN

We will be traveling to Brown County State Park to learn about plants and animals, explore the nature center, go for a hike, and enjoy a picnic lunch! Parents are welcome to join us, however you will need to have a criminal history check on file, and you will need to drive separate. (Please note that each car going into the park is charged a $7.00 entrance fee. << This number has been updated since our last newsletter! The prices were raised this year!)


On the day of the trip, students should wear comfortable walking shoes and have clothing on that is appropriate for the temperature as most of our day will be outdoors. If your child does not order a school lunch, you will also need to send a disposable sack lunch that does not require refrigeration and a drink (not soda!). Do not forget to label your child's lunch with his/her name!


>>Permission slips and money ($8.00) are due on May 13th!<<

Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force Literacy Festival

Saturday, May 14th, 12-3pm

725 7th Street

Columbus, IN

Come out to Central Middle school for:

-free gently used books

- a book character costume contest

- food, music, and games

- 50+ literacy-themed activities

- Chinese dancers

- Mexican folk dancers

- Balloon creations


If you come, be sure to stop by the Southside booth! I will be at the booth during the event!

(See the flier sent home in your child's VIP folder for more details!)

Mark Your Calendar

May 6: May Scholastic Orders Due

May 12: Book Fair Open 2:30-6:00pm

May 13: Class Trip to Book Fair during school day, Brown County Field Trip Permission Slips Due

May 14: Literacy Festival at Central Middle School

May 20: Brown County Field Trip

May 25: Report Cards Go Home/Last Day of School!

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