First Grade Forest

Ms. Briggs' Class

Winter Holiday Meal Friday!

Winter Concert moved to the 17th at 6pm

Up Coming Events

Thursday, Dec. 10 Storytelling Festival

Friday, Dec. 11- Claxton Holiday Meal with Families

Wednesday, Dec. 16 Holiday Shoppe

Thursday, Dec. 17- Winter Concert


Friday, Dec. 18- Last day of school before break

Monday, Jan. 4- Back from winter break

Claxton Go Local Cards $17 each

Support Claxton and Asheville with the Go Local Cards coming soon!


Payment Information

  • $17.00 exact cash
  • $17.00 check made payable to Claxton Elementary School
  • See Nicole Siegel, Interim Office Manager, to purchase a card.
  • Cards will be on sale during the Winter Holiday meal in the lobby

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Fun Run Update

Our Fundraising at the Claxton Fun Run earned our classroom $141.00! Great Job and Thank You ALLL!!!
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Our Trip around the World.

Quick overview of what are we learning

Fundations: Unit 6 (plural and singular) test next Wednesday!


Writing: How to brush our teeth, wash our hands and make a PB&J sandwich.


Daily 5: Our Daily 5 this week has been amazing! Almost our whole class does their best during each daily 5 round! Ask your child what it means to give a 1,2, or 3 effort in daily 5 and which level they usually give. We have made a cool decoding strategies craft (making our own bookmarks), written comprehension, fiction and nonfiction text (ask your kid the difference? , and fluency with both Ms. Briggs and Mrs. Wells!


Math: addition strategies and new centers!


New homework assignment

In January we will begin our middle of the year testing (MOY). First graders will be assessed on their nonsense word fluency (phonics/Fundations skills), Dibles Reading Fluency, Text TRC (text reading and comprehension) and Written Response to Reading.


The format of the DORF is often the most difficult part. Students often get overwhelmed by the amount of words on one page and are unable to read the text. Therefore, I want to get them used to this format now so that they are prepared when the assessment window opens. We will be practicing in class, but I also want them to begin practicing at home.


Another area that is always difficult for this age group is responding to comprehension questions through writing. We will begin some written comprehension work to compliment our reading homework. This will begin next week.

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Share with us!

Any holiday tradition you have that you could share with the whole class. This could include a special dish your child loves, a treat, a craft or song. Feel free to schedule a time to come share, send in with your child or email me the information. As we learn about holidays around the world and learn to appreciate the diversity of our globe, we would also like to enjoy the diversity in our classroom as well!


Snacks for next week! Your Favorite Holiday Treats are a fun and festive way to spice up snack!


We will also take items like your favorite ginger bread house supplies!


We also still need more Coffee Filters Please! Thank you!