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January 30, 2016

Greetings from First Grade!

Can you believe January has already flown by?

It's up to Punxsutawney Phil in PA to let us know whether this warm weather will be sticking around or whether we're looking at some major snow. Here's hoping he gets it right!

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Read Aloud Schedule

Our Read Alouds have been absolutely magnificent so far. Students are in agreement that the job of reading aloud in front of the class first seems a bit scary...but all agree that once they have gotten into it, the job is both rewarding and fun.

During our second round of read alouds, we invite families to come in and share in the fun! If you have not had a chance to let me know which days of the week work best for you, or if there is a particular day/date that absolutely doesn't work...please take a moment to send me an email this week if possible. I am hoping to get the schedule ironed out this week. I appreciate you letting me know what works on your end. Thank you.

BOOK IT! Calendars

Students are expected to read for 15-20 minutes each night as part of their nightly homework. Please encourage your child to continue to do so. Thank you to those students who have already brought in their reading log calendars. If your child has not shared his/her January log with me, I encourage him to bring it in as soon as possible so I may award her a pizza certificate. Students will receive their February calendars in their folders tomorrow. If your first grader does not bring one home, please let me know. Just so you are aware...March is the final month of Pizza Hut rewards. We will however continue with our reading logs as part of our homework routines.
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100th Day of School!

We plan on celebrating the 100th day of school on February 8th. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to come in and help with crafts. There is still space available if you would like to come in and help with a few center based activities in the classroom. We would need your help from 11-12:15. If you are interested and have a current BCI, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help!

nonfiction writing

You should have found a folder filled with nonfiction writing samples this past week. Some students even took a piece to publication. We shared these pieces orally as a class. It was amazing to see how many teaching experts we have in this room on a wide variety of topics. I hope you enjoy your child's work. Our next genre of writing will be opinion writing...stay tuned.


Ready, set, balance! We have begun our next science unit of study which focuses upon balance and motion. The students have enjoyed learning how to balance a variety of items using counterweights and stable bases. We even balanced a pencil tip on a popsicle stick! Shouts of success could be heard around the classroom with this and other experiments so far. We will be participating in many more hands on investigations throughout this unit. When

OWL Of the week

We have begun an exciting new program in our classroom. It is called Owl of the Week. It stands for Outstanding Wise Learner. Each week, we honor and highlight a member of our class in some very special ways. The Owl of the Week is in charge of decorating a bulletin board with pictures and memories that are special to them. During snack each day, our Owl shares a hilarious joke...

What do sea creatures use to call their friends? Their shell phones... OR Why did the cow eat a chocolate bar? So he could make chocolate milk!

The Owl is also responsible for conducting an estimation activity and letting the students know if their estimates are too high, too low or just right. We also share a letter sent in from home from a family member explaining why our Owl is so special. So sweet to see the children grin ear from ear as they listen to all the amazingly wonderful things shared about them. The week ends with a show and tell 20 questions game. Students try and figure out what the mystery show and tell item is by asking a series of yes and no questions. Overall, the Owl's week is jam packed full of fun! Every child will have a turn to be the's just a matter of being patient.

THank you for the glue sticks! We are very grateful!

Thank you and have a happy week! Please make sure to celebrate your child's success on his/her report card before signing and returning the envelope.