First Grade News

May 31 - June 3, 2016


May 31st is Day 2 of the Encore Rotation

Mon. NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Read 10 minutes.

Tues. Read 10 minutes.

Spelling 3x each.

Wed. Read 10 minutes.

Work on Young Author's Day book.

Send in an edible plant for our science lesson tomorrow!

Thurs. Read 10 minutes.

Study for spelling test.

Write the Spelling Words in ABC Order.

Fri. Read 20 minutes.

No Optional Lifework: Work on Young Authors' Day Book.

Spelling List 27 - Final Spelling List













Curriculum Corner

Langauge Arts: Phonics: Sounds of "alk, and ock." Final spelling test June 3rd. Writing: Summer "bucket list." D'Nealian Handwriting letter Zz.

Math: Taking surveys. Creating and interpreting graphs.

Science: Plants. Sorting and categorizing plants: evergreen, flowering, edible, non-edible.

End of Year Test Results

The GATES reading test and End of Year Math Test results will be released when report cards go home on the last day of school. The scores do not affect the report card grades.

Upcoming Dates and Volunteer Opportunities

June Volunteer Opportunities

Get a jump start on next year's parent volunteer hours by volunteering in June. Any hours that you volunteer during June go towards next year's total. You may accrue half of your required volunteer hours before the start of the 2016 - 2017 school year. The other half must be earned during the following school year. June volunteer opportunities include:

June 7th - Picnic: 2 volunteers needed per classroom to help set up the tables on the patio and hand out food to the first graders from 10:15 - 12:15. If you are motivated, you may consider planning a game, craft, or other activity for your child's classroom to do during the picnic. Please let your classroom teacher know if you are available,

June 13th - Career Day: We need 3 or more parent volunteers to come and share their job duties with the three first grade classrooms in three 25 minute shifts from 9:30 - 11:00. We have computers with Smartboards if you would like to share Powerpoints, Youtube videos or other visuals. Please email your classroom teacher of you are available.

June 14th - Field Day: Mr. Robinson will need parents to help run outdoor games and activities. Please email him if you are available.

ALL Library Books Due June 3rd

A Reminder from the Library:

All books are due back in the library by Friday, June 3. Lost or damaged books must also be paid for by that date. Checks payable to Pennington or cash (exact change) are acceptable when settling student accounts. We do not charge fines, only the replacement cost of the book. Please contact Mrs. Lahann if you have questions.

Awards and Picnic June 7th

The first grade classes will have an award ceremony and end of the year picnic on Tuesday, June 7th from 9:30 to 12:15. Every student will be receive at least one award at the 9:30 ceremony. Following awards, we will have a picnic on the patio and playground. Parents are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. We will provide pizza and paper goods. You do NOT need to send in money for pizza. We are asking parents to send in chips, fruits, veggies, and desserts. Mrs. Brandt's class, please send in Chips. Mrs. Buck's class, please send in Fruit and Veggies. Mrs. Moore's class, please send in Desserts.

Please see the Sign Up Genius to send in items for the picnic.

**Parents and siblings should plan on packing their own lunches or eating after you leave. We will feed the students, teachers, and volunteer first. We cannot guarantee that there will be enough pizza for the families who attend.

Career Day June 13

We need parent volunteers for the first grade Career Day on June 13th from 9:30 to 11:00. If you are interested in coming in to discuss your career, please email your child's teacher.

Field Day June 14

Field day is outside on Tuesday, June 14th. The T-shirt money and order form were due on May 26th. First graders are wearing yellow shirts. Please make sure to send in a water bottle, labeled with your child's name. Please email Mr. Robinson, PE teacher, if you would like to volunteer during field day. After field day is over (around 1:00 - 2:00) the students will relax with a movie.

Young Author's Day June 16th

Young Author’s Day is a school-wide event on June 16th. Every first grader will write a book and turn it in on Friday, June 10th.

This week, you and your child(ren) need to start working on the final draft of the book. The story should be an original story based on actual or fictional events. Please help your child add details, revise and edit their story. Please note: all pages must be hand written in neat D'Nealian print and all illustrations must be hand drawn by your child. This will be part of our lifework from May 30th to June 9th. The last few days should be spent practicing reading aloud and doing any “fix-it” work.

We are looking for something written and revised until it is without error. We would like colorful, original illustrations to accompany the story. Each book needs an eye-catching cover with the author and illustrator's first and last name. You should neatly bind the books together with staples, or string. You may even want to get the book bound for a minimal cost at Kinkos or have it laminated (this is NOT required, but it will make the book a keep-sake). This book should represent each student’s very best work! Parents are invited to come hear students read their books on Young Author’s Day. Students will be sharing stories from 1:30 to 2:30 on June 16th.

If you are able to join us for the story sharing, please do not park in the pick up lane because this could block any buses that arrive early to school. Also, if you plan on taking your student home early, you will need to do this in the office before 3:10. After that time, you will have to wait until dismissal.

Show and Tell Students, Numbers 21 - 26

Please bring your special item on Wednesday

Mrs. Brandt - Mila, Aanya, Salma, Eliana, Sienna, Ava

Mrs. Buck - Sedonah, Mason, Sage, Devin, Andrew, Isabella Z.

Mrs. Moore - Eme, Zoe, Trent, Soleil, Izzie, Jasmine

Show and Tell

Since every student has had a chance to be Student of the Week, we would like to end the year giving each child a chance to "Show and Tell" something that is special to them. Show and Tell will be on Wednesdays. Students above should bring in their special items on this day only. No pets please. Please know that the special item must stay in his/her backpack until it is time to share and will return to their backpack after sharing time. The item is the responsiblity of the student.

June Poem

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Who has Seen the Wind?

by Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.