Tumbleweed Times Week 6

News from Ranch 25 - October 2, 2015

First Grade Happenings

In math this week, worked on two different skills. The first was the "count on" strategy. When adding two numbers, start with the biggest number in your head, then count on (using fingers) the second number to find the sum. The second skill was understanding the meaning of the equal sign. This is a difficult concept for many first grade students. Please review the work in your child Friday Folder and read the parent letters at these links: Math News: Grade 1, Module 1, Topic D and Math News: Grade 1, Module 1, Topic E.


Next week is the review and assessment week in reading. Students will be reviewing skills learned over the last 5 weeks, and then they will take a reading assessment. I will hang on to these assessments and share them with you at our conference time in November.

Friday Folders and Homework

Some important papers were placed in your child's Friday Folder that require your attention this week.


Homework: In addition to the spelling list, you will see one math page. This is the last page in a packet in which the students practiced solving equivalent equations (i.e. 5 + 4 = 3 + ___ and 4 + ___ = 3 + 3). I told the students that they were to show you how they solved these problems. If your child seems to struggle with these problems, have him/her use objects, such as coins or toothpicks to show how to find the missing number. We are working on balancing the two sides of the equation, with the "equal sign" in the middle. There is no need to send this page back to me. Just email me if you have questions or concerns.


Running Club: If your child is participating in the weekly Running Club, then s/he would have received a small plastic bag with a chain and a charm in the Friday Folder. The chain is to hold all the charms your child will earn. Most students wear their charm necklaces on Running Club day. A new charm is earned after running 5 laps. Your child can also earn gift certificates and a t-shirt. The more they run, the more they get. More information can be found on the school website. Please return the small plastic bag along with the record sheet inside as early in the week as possible. (Don't wait to return them in the Friday Folder.) The Running Club volunteers reuse these plastic bags, and I have to get them back to them right away.


Gold Medal Reading: The Gold Medal Reading program starts on Monday. This program is a way to encourage children to read at home. Students (or parents) log into the website and type in the titles (and page numbers) of the books they read. Students will use their first and last name (no caps and no space) and their 4-numeral password to log in. As they reach certain levels, students will receive special prizes. It's lots of fun! All the directions were sent home in the Friday Folder. Email me if you have questions.


Room Parents: Our fabulous room parents, Michelle Bailey, Jessica Modir, and Karen Sykes sent you a letter listing all the special events they have planned for our class. They have requested a donation of $30 to cover the cost of items needed for these events. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Parent Volunteers

Classroom volunteers will start next week. I have sent an email to the parents currently scheduled to volunteer with a tentative schedule attached. Please read this email and reply letting me know that I have the right information for you, and that the schedule is correct. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to working with you all.


I still need a volunteer on Friday to put together our Friday Folders. This job is usually done on Friday afternoon, anytime after 12:45 and takes 30-40 minutes. You can pick the time that works best for you. Responsibilities include putting student work and important papers in the folders. This is a perfect job for parents who are not comfortable working with students or who have limited English. Please email me and let me know if you would like to help out. Thank you!

Next Week's Curriculum Focus

Reading Theme: Review and Assessment Week


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

very, come, good, jump, have, look, was, with, black, miss, snack, that

Did you see the black clip?

I have a good snack.


Writing Genre: personal narrative

Math: Sums and Differences to 10

Social Studies: Rules and Laws

Science: Family and Family Behavior - Offspring of plants and animals look similar to their parents. Parents have behaviors that help offspring to survive.

Important Dates

  • Volunteers Start - Tuesday, October 6th
  • School Picture Day - Tuesday, October 6th
  • PTA Movie Night - Friday, October 9th from 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Halloween Parade & Party - Friday, October 30th, immediately following the parade
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends - Sunday, November 1st
  • Veteran's Day - No School - Wednesday, November 11th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 16th-20th
  • Thanksgiving Break - No School - November 23rd-27th

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net