Irving Elementary News
Month of September
First Grade Happenings in September
First grade has been very busy learning and practicing procedures and routines, reviewing letters and numbers, creating a social contract for their classrooms, and team building. This year’s class will also continue to have Spanish class twice a week with Mr. Conover to continue to practice their skills. Also, they have been excited to be reunited with old friends, while enjoying making new friends.
Something else that has been exciting for them, has been to see all the changes in Irving’s Outdoor classroom! They were amazed to see how much their vegetables, flowers, and herbs flourished over the summer, and were happy to start helping with our first grade flower bed by watering, pulling weeds, and observing the tomatoes and zinnias that survived the summer heat. The first graders are looking forward to planting more in the future!
Mrs. Nihart's Class
Mrs. Wall's Class
Mrs. Orr's Class
By Sarah Bowman, LMSW
School Social Worker
Being kind or doing something kind for others makes them feel good and makes us feel happy. It can also help encourage others to do something kind if they see you do something kind for someone. True acts of kindness are doing things to make others feel good without expecting anything in return.
Random acts of kindness may sound simple but it requires courage, honesty, and thinking outside the box to achieve. Irving is not in short supply of kind acts. Students immediately feel welcomed by our Irving door greeters, who start each student's day with a warm smile and friendly greeting. Irving utilizes our Capturing Kids Hearts model to explore how students can affirm each other. Students write kind words of affirmations for classmates and multiple classroom’s start the day by celebrating good things. Irving creates opportunities for students to affirm each other and school staff members both publicly and privately. Irving staff model kindness by being mindful of body language, tone, and mindset. Kindness is learned by example!
Irving works towards creating a school culture that makes kindness, empathy, inclusion, and acceptance an everyday thing, but we know that kindness also happens at home. Here are some ideas to help inspire your family on how to show kindness to family, friends, and communities. As a family you could hand-draw birthday or holiday cards for nursing home residents, donate last year’s winter-weather gear to children in need, walk dogs at the animal shelter, help clean up your local park or compliment someone. The list is endless. The most important thing to remember is that kindness matters.
Spelling Bee Winners
Top Four Winners: (right to left) 1st place-Amelia Crewse, 2nd place-Cassie Insaly, 3rd place-Charlie McKinzie, 4th place-Harrison Barclay
Alternate Spellers are Maggie Jones-1st alternate and Kendyl Higdon-2nd alternate
Book Fair Week A Success!
Fun Things Happening in Speech!
The Speech-Language department kicked off the new school year with many fun activities.
A favorite activity was our Big Mouth paper bag puppets. Our kiddos loved creating, playing with, and manipulating the mouth puppets to show how different sounds are made in the mouth. This helps them better understand how they can manipulate and shape their own mouths to facilitate clearer speech.
“The act of speaking occurs by air coming from the lungs, through the vocal folds, and out of the mouth. We shape sounds using our tongue (tip, blade, front, back), upper and lower lips, upper and lower teeth, and the roof of the mouth (alveolar ridge, palate, velum) in order to say specific sounds and words. Speech sounds differ by voice, place—where sounds are made in the mouth—and manner—the type of sound” -Fernando Trujillo
If you have a student in Speech please be sure to stop by during Fall Conferences. Our Speech room is located behind the Library. We would love to show you what we have been working on and how we work to create carryover into the classroom and outside of school.
Fun Week Celebrating Homecoming!
October 5th-No Classes-Conferences 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
October 10th-No School- District Refresh Day
October 10th-14th-Fire Prevention Week
October 11th-Fall Picture Day
October 12th-Late Start Day
October 13th-Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day
October 19th-Cross Country for 3rd, 4th, 5th graders at Sports Complex on Broadway
October 20th- No School-District Elevate Conference
October 21st-No School Teacher Report/Record Day
October 24th-28th-Red Ribbon Week
October 31st-Halloween Parade at 8:15 a.m.