First Grade Update

January 15, 2016

Dates to Remember:

  • Each Friday: Homework Due
  • Jan.18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Jan.19: Third Grading Period Begins
  • Jan. 22: Report Cards Go Home
  • Jan. 30: Lakeside Carnival
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Lights... Camera... ACTION!

First grade classes will be hosting the morning news for the next few weeks, as follows:
1A: Jan. 19-22
1B: Jan. 25-29
1C: Feb. 1-5

Your child will be assigned a day to help on the school news, and his/her lines will be sent home prior to this day so you can practice.

Please make sure your child does practice his or her lines, and knows to read them smoothly and loudly. Make sure you're on time for school that day, as the show must go on!

You are welcome to come see your child on the news... but you'll need to sign in at the office first! Morning news show begins promptly at 7:50, and you may watch in your child's first grade classroom. Once your child finishes on the news, you can say a quick goodbye and be on your way. The morning news lasts just a few minutes, and you'll be out before 8:00.
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Weekly Happenings

This week, we discussed the difference between fairy tales, folk tales, and fables. We read some old favorites and explored new examples of these types of stories. We talked about words that end in -s, but with special rules (adding -es to a word or changing a Y to an -ies). We also completed our unit of poetry writing and had a special writing celebration. Ask your child about this fun event!

In social studies, we continued our study of long ago and today, and discussed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We learned why we are out of school this coming Monday.

In math, we had a special experience of getting to switch our classes up a little bit for some focused practice and fun games. While we're going to be moving into addition and subtraction in class, we will continue to revisit money counting throughout the year. Please work with this skill consistently at home, too, as it's an important first grade math benchmark!

In science, we moved from talking about soil to discussing rocks. We've washed rocks, looked at them through magnifying glasses, and have compared their characteristics. We'll continue this next week, as well.

Congratulations to our Citizens of Character! Thanks for CARING about others!

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1A: Samuel; 1B: Sutton; 1C: Johann

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Happy Birthday!

Our January Birthdays are:
1A:

Bella S.-Jan. 5
Lauren L.-Jan. 5
Elena P.- Jan. 9

Anna Grace G. - Jan. 28
Beckham B.- Jan. 30

1B:

Lucas O.-Jan. 1

Avery M.-Jan. 21

1C:

None

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School Carnival

Hip, Hip, Hooray!! The Carnival is coming Jan 30!!

Please consider jumping in to work a shift this year!

We need ADULT VOLUNTEERS!!

Lots of different time slots are available for your convenience. :-)

Here is the link below! Don't wait- sign up today!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0949A4AF2BA7FB6-adult2

February Valentine's Day Project

In February, we will be celebrating all of the friendships we have formed in school this year. As a family project, please find a box (approximately shoe size) and decorate it. Get creative... make your box into a car, cake, rocket ship, etc. Please cut an opening in the top for Valentine's Day cards or candy to be placed inside. Also, make sure the box can be easily opened to retrieve the contents. These decorated boxes need to brought to school on February 12th.

We will be giving Valentine's Day cards to classmates at a class party on Feb. 12th. Your child will need to bring a valentine for each of the 23 children in his/her class... class lists will come home in a few weeks, but keep your eyes open when you're in stores and see cards your child likes! :)
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Hats, Scarves, and Gloves

Please label your child's COATS, HAT, SCARVES, AND GLOVES with his/her first and last name. These items tend to be left in the gym, classroom, hallway, or on the playground. If items are labeled, they are less likely to be picked up by others and easier to be returned to their rightful owner if left behind or misplaced. Encourage your child to place their hats, gloves and scarves inside their coat sleeves.

Quotes of the Month

“Wherever there is a Human being,, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” Kevin Heath

“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.” Unknown