Mrs. Jansen's First Grade Class

Weekly Newsletter: February 8, 2016

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We are Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

Short Week With Lots of Lovely Fun!

As we began our leap month last week, the kiddos continued to shine in such kind ways. Thank you again to everyone who joined us for February's First Friday Reading! It was great to see some new family member faces too!

We also LOVED celebrating our friends Sawyer and Bella for the wonderful behavior demonstrated last week, as they were recognized as our Students of the Week. We additionally recognized Simone as our Leader of the Week. Simone has been doing an amazing job in being a positive role model not only in her learning, but in great listening choices being made throughout our days! Keep up the great work everyone!

Special Classes/Activities Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 8th: C Day - Wellness with Mrs. Ehrlich; Mrs. Jansen away at a meeting until 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9th: D Day - Library with Mrs. Ems w/ books being due; Speed Stackers meeting @ 8:00 in gym
Wednesday, Feb. 10th: E Day - Art with Mrs. Lang; Wellness Wednesday for walking, running or riding your bikes to school.
Thursday, Feb. 11th: A Day - P.E with Coach Widamen; Chess Club at 8:00 a.m.; *Valentine's Day Celebration beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thank you to all of our party planners!
Friday, Feb. 12th: No School due to KSD Professional Development Day

*In preparation of our upcoming celebration, please have your child bring in a class set (18 students, 2 additional teachers - Miss Feintuch & Mrs. Flesch) of valentines, addressed to their classmates, and signed by themselves. The children will be distributing the valentines within bags that will be decorated during our party, therefore no other decorated "mailboxes" will be needed. Thank you for your support!

Sight Words and Sound Focus

Our sight words this week are: their, light, these, so, number
We will also be beginning our exploration of word ending blends for 'nk' and 'sp' in words like: pink, tank, honk, wasp, crisp
Lastly, the children will be thinking about sorting words by their ending sounds, including endings: -an, -ake, -at, -ay. They will also be playing a class version of concentration, while reviewing their previously learned sight words. This sight word review fun, would be a fun one to play at home as well!

Writing Workshop: Publishing and Writing Kind Sentiments to our Classmates!

Our authors are busy at work, publishing their informational "How-To" books! We had one friend share, and he added his completed story to our Publishing Bookshelf in class. This week, we'll be adding many more pieces. Then, as we conclude the shortened week, the children will become little "cupids" sharing kind sentiments about each other, and delivering them to their peers. Each child will select three or more friends to write about and share these kind thoughts with their classmates in honor of the Valentine's holiday.

Adding Two-Digit Numbers, Through Joining Ones Whose Sum is Greater than 10

Our guided math experiences are off to a great start. This week, we will continue our work with thinking about how to add numbers, and regroup the loose or ones group, when their sum is greater than 10. As you've seen this past week, most papers have come home with a little more practice work needed. Please know, this practice is being provided to further support your child's development and usage of our addition concepts being shared. Thank you, once again, for supporting your child through these practice experiences. It is TRULY showing within our learning experiences each day.

Thinking About Our Culture

As we concluded our work last week with Patterns in the Sky, this week our learning is moving back into the subject of Social Studies, as the children will be thinking about culture. We will spend the first part of the week defining culture and learning about the Chinese culture, through their New Year of the Monkey. Then, the children will move into thinking about their own families and creating a flag representing their traditions. You will also receive a family homework project within Monday's folder, sharing more information.