News from 1C

March 17, 2016

A Note from Mrs. Thexton

Dear Parents,

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We have had a fantastic week of learning in 1C! This week, we completed our Math Measurement and Data unit, our Science Plants and Animals, Forms and Functions unit and Opinion Writing! Wow! You will likely see some awesome opinion letters being delivered to you or your child's friends tonight!

Next week, we will launch Geometry in Math, Matter in Science, and Poetry in Writing! New Reading unit begins after Spring Break.

Reports cards will be sent electronically to you today. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I will be happy to schedule a time for us to meet. Green folders contain reports if your child goes to either Miss Brooke or Miss Kristin for World Language. Please sign those reports and return the signature page next week.


Field Trip

On Monday, March 21, 1C will take a Field Trip to the Museum of Islamic Art. There will be a math (geometry), technology (concept mapping), and art (using basic art concepts when observing) focus. We will depart school at 8:30 and return by 1:00. Snack, lunch, and recess will be held either the museum or the MIA park. If you are interested in attending and helping chaperone students, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can plan accordingly. We have room for 3 parents on the bus, so let me know if that is your preference. Otherwise, you can follow in your car. Please see attached letter for more information regarding the field trip.

Your child will need:

· Water bottle

· Packed snack

· Packed lunch

· Comfortable close-toed athletic shoes

· Hat

· Wear sunscreen


Dragonband Update

Dear Parents,
Over the past few months, we have been keeping track of the amount of Dragon Wristbands that are coming back to us, broken. We have also been looking closely at the normal wear and tear of the wristbands and the actual damage that is occurring.

Closer inspection of the broken wristbands and observation in the classroom has revealed that a high amount of wristbands are being intentionally damaged. This happens when a student has been playing with it, chewing/biting it, picking at the back of the wristband where the magnetic disk is and removing it, cutting it with the clasp part of a lanier, cutting it with scissors, picking the top part of the wristband so that the magnetic disk pops out, stretching it until it snaps, continually snapping it or pulling it, playing with it with friends – a ‘tug of war’ type of scenario, etc.

With the sheer amount coming back to us damaged in this way, we have come to the decision to start charging QR 50.00 to the student’s Dragon Wristband account for a replacement. Of course, we will pre-inspect all bands prior to issuance to verify no faulty or material design flaw is present that has contributed to the wristband being torn or broken. And of course, if a wristband has simply stopped working, the wristband will be replaced at no charge.

The Dragon Wristband needs to be regarded and treated as school property – the same as a library book or school-issued computer/camera, etc. Students have been issued a first wristband at no charge and are expected to treat it with the same care as a library book or classroom property. We would like to ask you, as parents, to have a conversation with your child about the importance of taking care of their Dragon Wristband.


Thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding with this matter.


New Math Resources

-Today in the home folder, you will find a copy of the unit letter for you to post at home. This letter contains the strategies we will be using in our Geometry unit, which begins next week.

Our Math Coordinator, Carol Little, has been working to develop a site to house parent resources for math. In particular, it has the videos, parent packet, and parent packet answers for the parent sessions she has been hosting. She also has posted parent strategy letters for the individual units and a packet of Common Core aligned fluency games.


This is a new site and definitely is a work in progress. Mrs. Little started the site in January and is working forward with the units as we complete them. Therefore, materials from Units 1 and 2 may not be available until later this year. In addition, videos can be a little tricky to upload and may or may not always work! Here is the link to that site.


Homework

There will NO HOMEWORK the week before or after Spring Break!

Over the last few weeks, IXL has not been put on the homework. It is still an option for students to login for additional math practice. HOWEVER - students should spend only 10 -15 minutes on IXL rather than working to mastering a section. Students are also welcome to read online using Raz-Kids or Myon at anytime during the week. Please make sure your child is returning their homework sheet either on Thursday or Sunday each week. Thanks!


Important Dates

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

March 25 April 4- Spring Break

April 5 Tuesday Full Day of School – Sunday Schedule
April 11 AMA Bake Sale

Coming up next week in 1C

Kelli Thexton

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.