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.
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.
Upcoming Dates and Volunteer Opportunities
June Volunteer Opportunities
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Field Day June 14
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
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.