First Grade News

February 1-5

100th Day of School

Please help us celebrate the 100th day of school this Thursday, February 4th!!!

*Please send your child to school dressed as an 100 year old man/woman.

*Please send a bag of "O" shaped cereal to string onto a necklace (Cheerios, Fruit loops, etc) THANKS!

Early Dismissal Days ~ 2/17 & 2/18

Please send a sack lunch or snack with your child on these days unless you pre ordered a sack lunch from the cafeteria. THANKS!

Spelling Words for the Week

We are focused on digraph words . Digraph words are words with sh, ch, th or wh. The test will be given on Friday, February 5th.

On Level Digraph: shot, dish, much, chip, that, math, when, whip, think, thing

High Frequency/Review Words: pass, hill

Challenge Words: thoughtful, challenge, should, whistle, through

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, February 4 - 100th day of School!!

Friday, February 5 - Wear RED for American Heart Association

Friday,February 12- Valentine's Day Party (more information coming soon)

Monday, February 15 - No School ~ President's Day

Tuesday, February 16 - Timeline Due ~ Please see note sent home with directions for this at home project.

Wednesday, February 17 - Early Release Day 11:45

Thursday, February 18 - Early Release Day 11:45

PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm ~ Media Madness

Learning Topics for the Week

Reading/Language Arts: Literacy Groups - strategies good readers use, fluency practice, handwriting, Spelling - digraph words, students will continue writing about their opinions with reasons to support their opinions

Math: 10more/10 less, put numbers in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest, order numbers on a number line

Science: Record weather information and identify characteristics of winter

Social Studies: Compare customs, holidays, and celebrations from past and present

Student Led Conferences

*Please make sure you have a time set up with your child's teacher for this conference!

What are student-led conferences? Student-led conferences are preplanned meetings that are run by students and are held in their homeroom classrooms. During this meeting students share their learning goals, share work samples and discuss their academic progress and areas of need with their parents. The purpose of student-led conferences is to establish highly interactive communications systems that foster dialogue about their learning. Students are empowered through the implementation of student-led conferences. They are made to feel like partners in their learning and they are held accountable for their learning goals. During student-led parent conferences, parents get to hear from their child about what they are learning, what their strengths are and what areas they feel they need additional support. Students may have the opportunity to collaborate with their parents during a short goal-setting session at the end of the conference. Student led conferences also serve as a conversational tool that can be used to spark meaningful discussions about a child’s progress outside of the school setting.

What are the benefits of student-led conferences?

  • Students have increased ownership of their own learning.

  • Parents and students have open communication about school, after-school activities and other important decisions in life.

  • Teachers establish a stronger working relationship with parents and students.

How are student-led conferences different from traditional conferences?

  • Students participate in all stages of the conference. They prepare and organize work samples, use checklists to demonstrate new learning, and plan next steps.

  • Students lead the conversation to show what they have learned. They receive feedback from their parents and teachers about strengths and goals for improvement.

  • Teachers actively monitor the conference, but do not lead the conversations.

Valentine's Day Party

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12th. Homeroom parents will be sending party details soon. Students will make their Valentine card holder in class. Please have your child bring a Valentine card for every student in the class. Your teacher will be sending you a class list so that you know how many girls/boys and total number of students. You may begin bringing your cards any day next week. THANKS!!!