Peek at the Week

January 4-8, 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcome back! I hope you had a restful vacation. We are looking forward to the next month of learning and exploring in first grade. It certainly will be very busy! I wish all families the best as we continue our learning journey together. Please be sure to bring all winter duds back to school. We will go outside unless the windchill is below zero.
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Monday, January 4

  • Music with Janet

Do: Read 15 minutes

*No homework packet this week. Instead, work on your math facts and keep up with your reading log.

Tuesday, January 5

  • Gym with Anne

Do: Read 15 minutes

Wednesday, January 6

  • Art with Holly

Do: 15 minutes of reading

Bring: Library Books

Happy birthday to Zoe!

Thursday, January 7

  • Music with Janet

Bring: STAR folder

Do: Read 15 minutes

Friday, January 8

  • Gym with Anne

Bring: Completed reading log

Happy birthday to Calen!

Artful Learning

We will continue our Artful Learning unit featuring the concept of Responsibility. Students will learn about Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. We will start a new Artful Learning unit at the end of the month.

MLK Day - January 18

We will discuss who Martin Luther King was and why he is so important. We will read Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and we will look at excerpts from Dr. King’s famous speech, "I Have A Dream". Here are some interesting facts:

-Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986.

-After the Civil War, slaves were freed, but they did not have equal rights.

-Blacks were not allowed to vote or attend white schools.

-MLK wanted to change things, but didn’t want to hurt anyone.

-He was a minister.

-He asked people to quit riding the buses after Rosa Parks was arrested.

-He led a march to support the lunch counter sit-in and was put in jail.

-Children joined his marches.

-1963 he led a march to Washington, D.C. where he gave his famous speech.

-250,000 people were there.

-Millions of people began working for equal rights.

-They followed Dr. King’s rule--meet hate with love.

-In 1964 laws were passed promising equal rights to all Americans.

Thank you!

Just a note of appreciation to all you parents/guardians! I know there is a lot of "behind the scenes" work on your part...snacks, lunches, homework, permission slips, etc. We are able to do such engaging, hands-on activities because of YOU! December was busy with the Festival, Polar Express and ice skating. Thank you for supporting the learning in room 101!

Upcoming events:

January 18 - No School (MLK Day) and Adelyn's birthday

January 22 - Mayar's birthday

January 25 - No School - Teacher Workshops

January 29 Rally and Spirit Day: Jersey Day

Online photos

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