Gideon First Grade Newsletter!
January and February Edition
Welcome to 2018!
Hopefully this edition will help you keep organized with all this season brings. In this newsletter, you will find some of the themes your first graders will be studying. This will help give you as parents/guardians a topic for discussion when you want to know what your child is doing in school! Also included will be important events and other important reminders. At the bottom of this newsletter you will find a quick introduction to all the teachers on the 1st grade team. Included in their introduction, will be a link to access their personal information page as well as their e-mail address. Their personal page will contain information that is relevant to their specific classroom. As always, please contact your child's teacher should you have any questions or concerns!
The First Grade Team
Gideon Elementary School
Important 1st Grade Information!
Please read all the way through as some new information has been added and some information might have changed.
- Supplies: This is the point of the year we typically re-stock and give fresh supplies to the kiddos, if you brought all of the supplies at the beginning of the year. You may want to check with your child to see if they need any new fresh supplies to make sure!
-Mid- Year Testing: We have begun doing my mid- year assessments and you will be receiving a mid- year summary with the results in a few weeks. This will give you a good picture of how your child is progressing at this point in the year. Your child's personal teacher will get with you if a conference is needed as we complete this process.
- Open House: Open house is on January 30th from 5:30-7:30PM. Mark your calendars now and look for further information in the coming weeks!
- 100th Day of School: February 1st is the 100th day of school! Start thinking about unique ways to help your child dress to celebrate this milestone. Some suggestions are; dressing like you are 100 years old or wearing a shirt with 100 things on it.
- Students will bring home a "Take-Home Folder" daily. This needs to be checked for notes or comments, and signed nightly as it also serves as their behavior chart. This is also where you will put anything, notes, money, etc., that needs to be given to the teacher. Please also use this to note if there is a change in transportation!
- The "Take-Home Folder" will also include a "Weekly Reading Log". The expectation is that each student is to be reading 100 minutes per week. This log needs to be kept in the folder and signed by the parent/guardian. Please remember, all forms of reading are acceptable; shared reading with a parent, sibling etc., reading to self, parent reading. The reading log is considered the reading homework for the week.
-Mandatory homework due back to your child’s teacher – Reading Log with 100 minutes read.
Weekly reading Log: Your child is expected to read 100 minutes per week. They will log minutes nightly in their folder. Any form of reading counts: parent reading to child, child reading to someone, listening to an audiobook on tape, or tablet, etc.
-Homework Suggestions: Spelling – a word list will be sent home weekly with suggestions on how to practice words. As a reminder, 5 words will come from this list of suggested words and 5 words will be "mystery" words that follow the spelling/phonics pattern for the week. All students will need to know the sight words for the week. Nothing is due back to your child’s teacher for spelling. The intention of spelling is to help students master the spelling skill to aid them in both reading and writing, especially as they learn to decode new words. Math suggestions – practice addition and subtraction facts.
- Spelling tests are on Fridays, unless noted by the teacher.
Lunch: 1st grade lunch is at 11:10AM
Conference: 1st grade conference time is from 10:05-11:05, daily. We have team planning on Tuesdays, so if at all possible we try not to schedule conferences on those days.
What are we currently learning?
This is just a glimpse of a day in the life of your Gideon Gator, hopefully you will find this information helpful and insightful as you talk with your child about their day at school!
Phonics: digraphs, decode/vowel digraph, vowel diagraphs/diphthongs
Vocabulary: compound words, alphabetize words
Expository: write on a topic of interest, respond to texts
Conventions: prepositional phrases
Plan, topics, sources, gather info, text features, record info, Synthesize, Organize
Ongoing-Graphs, Time, Money
The Natural World and Water
Rocks, soil, and water forms
History – US Historical Figures *George Washington *Abraham Lincoln *Martin Luther King *Eleanor Roosevelt *Francis Scott Key
Geography – US Landforms, Water, Natural Resources, Weather
Citizenship – US Symbols, Flags, Voting, Patriotic Customs
January 15th- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
January 26th- 1st Club Day of the 2nd semester
January 30th- Open House from 5:30-7:30PM
February 1st: 100th Day of School
Early February: Be on the lookout for the mid-year testing summary