Where smiles happen every day!

January 11, 2016

Greetings from First Grade!

Happy New Year to all of you.

Wishing you and your families a year filled with peace, happiness and many smiles!

We are grooving back into our first grade routine and settling into the new year in Room 17.

Read Aloud Schedule

We are off to an amazing start! Our Read Alouds began last week. The students are eager to share their reading skills and success with classmates. It takes a great deal of practice and courage to read in front of a group of friends. Our friends are very supportive of each other and share helpful and positive compliments with one another. It is an amazing opportunity for our young readers to practice public speaking at a young age. We are hoping to help them practice both their speaking and listening skills through this classroom activity. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

BOOK IT! Calendars

Students are expected to read for 15-20 minutes each night as part of their nightly homework. Please encourage your child to continue to do so. Thank you to those students who have already brought in their reading log calendars. If your child has not shared his/her December log with me, I encourage him to bring it in as soon as possible so I may award her a pizza certificate. Students should currently have a January calendar in their folders. If your first grader does not have one, please let me know.

Thank you to our parent and grandparent volunteers who helped us celebrate Holidays Around the World.

We traveled the world and learned a great deal about many different celebrations and customs!

Thank you France! Mr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth (Claudia's parents)

Thank you Sweden! Ms. Ducker and Mrs. Orsino (Harry's friend and grandma)

Thank you China! Mrs. Robert (Aubrey's mom)

and a special thank you to Mrs. Poore (Julia's grandmother)for her extra set of helping hands in each of the countries!

I hope you all were not too jet lagged to enjoy your holidays with your families. It was a bit of a whirlwind adventure!

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100th Day of School!

We will celebrate the 100th day of school on February 8th...that is if we continue with this glorious weather. In the event of a snow day, we will need to shuffle dates around. As it stands now, we would love for a few parents to come in and help with a few center based activities in the classroom. We would need your help from 11-12:15. If you are interested and have a current BCI, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help!

star testing will be happening during this friday's tech time. please make sure your child has a healthy breakfast and a good night's rest. this is all they need to prepare and do well.

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A Cry For Glue Sticks!

We are in desperate need of glue sticks. Our busy artists go through them quite quickly. Our supply has been exhausted. Any glue sticks you can send in would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Think Outside the Box!

About once a week, during reading group rotations, students are given a creative challenge. They are to take a random shape on a page and turn it into a unique masterpiece. Students are invited to hold the paper however they would like. This affords our children to "think outside the box" and search their creativeness. We are now including detail writing to go along with our masterpieces. I am sure you will be as amazed and impressed as I have been. Keep up the glowing work! Here are just a few examples...

Thank you and have a happy week!