Fabulous First Grade in Rm. G3

Weekly News About 1st Grade in Mrs. Takeshita's Class

Jump for Heart Fundraising

Have you ever wanted to be a hero? Well, now you can be! By donating, you can have a part in saving a life today. You will also get a super cute plastic puppy! The money raised will go to the American Heart Association (AHA) and will be used to help doctors prevent and treat heart disease. Check out the flyer sent home last week for more information. All donations must be made on-line. Prize distribution for donors will be held before school on 2/2, 2/5 and 2/9. On February 10th, Room G3 will be jumping rope in the bus loop at 10:15. Make sure your child is wearing sneakers, shorts and their Team 1st grade shirt. Come jump with us!

Retelling "Ropes" (Sentence Strips)

Since comprehension is an important part of what reading is and I have noticed that some students at this age have difficulty retelling a story in order, we will be practicing retelling more frequently. This week, the class will be making Retelling Ropes which will actually be Sentence Strips to keep in their RAH (Read At Home) envelopes. I wish I could say that they will come home on Tuesday, but it will just depend on how long it takes for the class to make their Retelling Ropes! We will practice doing this whole class and then I will send them home so they can practice at home as well. After your child reads, have them pick the book she/he just read to practice retelling the story. Your child will have a sheet in their envelope that explains what each picture stands for (Title, Characters, Setting, Beginning, Middle and Ending) in case she/he forgot what the picture represents. At first, your child may need lots of prompting questions to give details, but hopefully with practice she/he will start to do this more independently. They don't need to do this with every book every night, just pick one book to give them practice. If your child is doing longer books or chapter books for Good Fit books, have them practice retelling a chapter at a time.

Valentine's Day Exchange

We will hold our Valentine's Day Exchange on Friday, February 12 (which is a minimum day because of Professional Growth meeting in the afternoon). My classroom policy is that all students receive the same type of valentines (I don't allow bigger gifts for best friends since that makes it uncomfortable for the rest of the class). Also, if a child brings valentines to pass out, she/he must bring one for all of their classmates. Giving valentines is not mandatory, but it is a kind custom that kids like to do in elementary schools. I am fine with candy, cards or little goody bags. Currently, we have 25 students in our class. The easiest way to address the cards or candy is to leave the To: _____ blank and just fill out the From: _____ line with your child's name. I would recommend that for most of our kiddos. However, if you would like your child to practice writing out the student names, I will be adding a list of the kiddos' names to the HW Calendar for this week and next week as well. We will be decorating bags to hold our goodies in class next week.

Upcoming Dates to Add to your Calendar

Feb. 3 100th Day of School

Feb. 10 Jump for Heart

Feb. 12 Professional Growth HALF DAY (dismissal at 12:30)

Feb. 12 Valentine's Day Exchange

Feb. 15-19 Presidents Week Break

Feb. 22 Science Fair Drop Off of Projects

Feb. 23 Science Fair Viewing (2:30-3:00 and 5:30-7:00)