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Week of January 19th-23rd, Issue 19

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Fantastic First Graders

Jonah Clark, Cooper Anderson, Harrison Hicks, Shyla Dadwal and Nathan Gestner

21 Day Challenge

Register for the 21 Day Challenge HERE by January 23rd


The next two weeks are a wonderful time to purchase your 2014-2015 Nichols yearbook if you have not done so already. After January 16th there will be limited quantities available. The price of the yearbook is now $25.00. There WILL NOT be a wait list for yearbooks this year, so be sure to purchase one now if you are interested.

Below you will find the link to order a yearbook for your child. You will not need to input a customer number. You will need to select the state, city and the school name to begin ordering. After purchasing you will receive an email notification confirming your purchase. Please save this for your records. Yearbooks will not be distributed until the end of the school year. Thank you for ordering a Nichols yearbook!


Third Nine Weeks Spelling

Spelling test grading will look slightly different this 9 weeks. The students have had the second nine weeks to practice the editing “test”. Now, students can earn additional points with their editing test. Each sentence is worth 4 points (total of 8). Therefore, if your child gets all 10 spelling words correct (10 points each), both challenge words correct (1 point each), and both sentences correct (4 points each), your child can receive a grand total of 110. During our grammar lessons thus far, we’ve continuously focused on starting sentences with uppercase letters, proper spacing between each word, correct spelling, and correct punctuation (period, question mark, or exclamation point). The editing test allows your child to apply their learning without additional support or reminders. We’ll continue to focus on those grammar concepts as well as additional concepts this school year.

Guided Reading and Mid-year Assessments

First Grade has started their mid-year literacy assessments. This will last until January 23rd. Therefore, our Guided Reading groups will look a little different. We will be using poetry and readers theater to work with your child on their fluency skill. Please continue to read books from home, practice spelling, and do math homework using the ideas page in your child’s homework journal. Thank you for all of your continued support and dedication to the students!
January Coffee with the Counselor

Click here for information about the January 20th Coffee with the Counselor meeting.


Please remember to put your child's name on all jackets. The lost and found is growing daily, if your child is missing something please remind them to check the lost and found.
First Grade Website

For information regarding volunteering, schedules, contact information and much much more check out our First Grade Website.

Nichols WatchDOGS

Attention DADS! Have you signed up for WatchD.O.G.S. duty recently?

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Practice Counting Coins

Using real coins, please have your child identify, write the value of each coin and count like and mixed coins, up to $1.00. Because we use plastic coins at school, any practice at home using real coins would be beneficial.

Karate Belt Math

We have been working on using various strategies to solve addition math facts. The blue belt flash cards are addition facts with a sum up to 20. Below you will find the Blue Belt cards so you can practice at home.

I hope you enjoy helping your student prepare for this at home. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Cluster 3 Problem Solving- Homework Option

See the link below for the types of problems we are solving in the classroom. Feel free to print them and work on them with your child.
Cluster 3 Problem Solving

Use the login your child's teacher sent home to work on their math skills.


Use this link to access istation using the username and password sent home with your child.

Important Dates

January 19th- NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22nd- Report Card come home

January 23rd- Good Morning Nichols

February 3rd- PTA Meeting

February 6th- Good Morning Nichols

February 13th- Valentines Day Party

February 16th- No School (Staff Development)

February 20th- Good Morning Nichols

Nichols Website

School wide information

Curriculum News

Math: Solve & generate subtraction problems where the start is unknown
Writing: Add details to hook my reader
Reading: Fairy Tale elements

Social Studies: Contributions that Martin Luther King Jr. made

Spelling: thing, bring, ring, say, stay, day, for, that, their, as, *spring, *daytime

Grammar: Capital letters for names, I and the beginning of sentences

Science: Ways young resemble their parents