First Grade Newsletter

September 22nd- 26th

Homework

Dear Parents,
Monday we will send home our first homework packet. In this packet you will find a letter addressing Origo, our new Math program, with details about what your child will be learning in our first module. Attached your child will be bringing home two sheets of Math. Each sheet is front and back. Your child is responsible for doing a sheet a day or your preferred preference. They will also be receiving a MWC reading log as well as a leveled reader in their plastic book pocket of their "Take Home Folder," to be filled out each night. Your child will need to read every night and record their books.

All Math and leveled reading books are due back to the classroom every Friday morning. Your child's reading log will stay inside of their take home folder from week to week. All first grade teachers will be checking the log weekly and recording the number of books they read.

If your child reads 50 books and fills up their log, please contact your child's teacher for acquiring a new log. Please see the MWC section of this newsletter to find out about how recording books works!

Curriculum Night

Tuesday September 23, 2014 Beck will be hosting Curriculum Night from 5:30-6:30 p.m! This night is a time to learn about our curriculum, strategies students are learning and what to expect in your child's grade level.

The following sessions will be offered for our grade level:
Session 1: First grade 101
- Parents will learn the logistics of First grade.

Session 2: Stepping into Math
- Parents will learn how students will recognize groups, subitize and effectively learn place value.

Session 3: Just Right Reading
- You will learn how to help your child pick "just right" books, increase comprehension and help your child reinforce reading strategies at home.

Our hope is that you will be able to attend this wonderful night of learning. It will help reinforce the wonderful strategies taking place at school.

Learning Targets

A Learning Target is the desired goal of each task in which your child will actively be involved. In addition, it engages your child in reflective evaluation of their own performance.


Readers Workshop:

Your child will learn how to make connections such as a text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world through literature. We call this schema!


Writers Workshop:

Students will be learning how to conference with the teacher as well as self-conference to set goals. They will be learning how to employ writing skills and strategies to "grab" the audience's attention. Students will learn the strategy of rereading their work in order to make sure their thoughts are complete. Last, they will learn to understand the purpose of their writing so that it can become meaningful.


Social Studies:

Your child will learn how to be responsible citizens at home and in school. They will listen to stories of characters who display responsibility through their struggles. Students will apply these stories to their own lives making connections.


Math Workshop:

Students will learn to compare numbers in the teens. They will also learn the attributes of place value.


Science:

Your child learn what matter is and it's properties!

Standards Based Bulletin Boards

Our new standards based bulletin boards are up for the next six weeks. Our standards boards are a window to the daily challenges in our classroom. Please stop by to see the amazing work students have done these first 4 weeks of school.

We would like to thank our room moms and parent volunteers for decorating our boards. Your work is very appreciated and we continue to look forward working with you and your many talents!

Million Word Challenge

Reading Log Information

Each day students will record the books they read on their log. Re-readings of the same book will not count. Any library books or books read at home do count towards the challenge. Supporting your child's reading goal will make this experience even bigger and better. Let's share the excitement and get those books logged in!

Upcoming Events

September 23rd: Curriculum Night from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
September 30th: Boosterthon begins!

Teacher Contact Information

Brytnei Rocha: brocha@nisdtx.org
Stefanie Dailey: sdailey@nisdtx.org
Dan Flank: dflank@nisdtx.org
Alyssa Stas: astas@nistx.org
Amy Harding: aharding@nisdtx.org
Breanne Goeke: bgoeke@nisdtx.org
Kristin Beaty: kbeaty@nisdtx.org

Transportation Changes

To ensure your child's transportation changes are met each day, please contact the front office or email Beckelem@nisdtx.org and CC your child's teacher with the changes. It would be best to notify us as early in the day as possible.

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