Rushton's Crew

First Grade News May 13, 2016

What have we been up to this week?

- In reading, we had a BIG project this week. Scroll down for details and photos! Next week, we will NOT have spelling!

- In writing, we finished up some writing projects, focused on doing our personal best during journals, watched the school musical, and started our body project. Can you tell that it is the end of the year?! We have been busy!

(Remember that I do not have all of my homeroom kids in math.

Be sure to ask your child what he/she is doing in math class!)

>> No spelling next week! <<

A Note from the Nurse

Dear Parent,

If your child has brought in any medication to the nurse’s office this past year, please come in to pick it up on Tuesday May 24th or Wednesday May 25th during school hours. Any medication not picked up will be discarded. NO medication will be sent home with a child. If you have any question please contact me at 376-4426. Have a great summer!


Kelly Stephens, LPN

School Nurse

Library/AR Goals

The library is CLOSED for the year. If your child has not met his/her AR goal for the 9 weeks, please help him/her find books at home to read. There are a variety of books in our classroom to read, but students will need to find books to read at home! Students have until May 20th to meet their goals. IF every student meets his/her AR goal, we will have an ice cream sundae party!

IF we meet our class goal, would you be willing to donate ice cream sundae supplies? If so, please email me!

Canva, Seesaw, Graphic Organizers?!

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Has your child come home this week talking about Canva, Seesaw, and graphic organizers?! No worries if they did! They have been using all of these tools to complete a HUGE reading project, and I have been SO proud of them!

This week, students choose 1 fiction book to read and 1 nonfiction book to read. Students then completed 7 graphic organizers that we used this year to show that they can apply the many comprehension skills we learned this year when reading alone. Students completed organizers on the following topics:

- main idea and key details

- sequencing events in a story

- text features

- problem and solution

- asking and answering questions about a text

(4 organizers for fiction and 3 for nonfiction)

The neat part of this was that the kids used an app called Canva to complete most of their organizers. They uploaded the organizers, entered and formatted text, and took screenshots of online books. Some students even recorded audio! Then the students uploaded their finished organizers to a sharing site called Seesaw. Each day we worked on this I was amazed by what the kids were doing!

If you want to see your child's work, you can use the following directions to access Seesaw!

Click on to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds. Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web. If you have more than one child using Seesaw, or have used Seesaw before, sign in and click on your profile icon > + Add Child to add this year's journal.

Also see Instagram or Twitter (links at end of email) for more photos from our week!

Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force Literacy Festival

Saturday, May 14th, 12-3pm

725 7th Street

Columbus, IN

Come out to Central Middle school for:

-free gently used books

- a book character costume contest

- food, music, and games

- 50+ literacy-themed activities

- Chinese dancers

- Mexican folk dancers

- Balloon creations

If you come, be sure to stop by the Southside booth! I will be at the booth for part of the event!

(See the flier sent home in your child's VIP folder for more details!)

Brown County State Park Field Trip

Friday, May 20th, 9am-2:15pm

1810 State Road 46 East

Nashville, IN

We will be traveling to Brown County State Park to learn about plants and animals, explore the nature center, go for a hike, and enjoy a picnic lunch! Parents are welcome to join us, however you will need to have a criminal history check on file, and you will need to drive separate. (Please note that each car going into the park is charged a $7.00 entrance fee. << This number has been updated since our last newsletter! The prices were raised this year!)

On the day of the trip, students should wear comfortable walking shoes and have clothing on that is appropriate for the temperature as most of our day will be outdoors. If your child does not order a school lunch, you will also need to send a disposable sack lunch that does not require refrigeration and a drink (not soda!). Do not forget to label your child's lunch with his/her name!

>>Permission slips and money ($8.00) are due on May 13th!<<

Mark Your Calendar

May 13: Class Trip to Book Fair during school day, Brown County Field Trip Permission Slips Due

May 14: Literacy Festival at Central Middle School 12-3PM

May 20: Brown County Field Trip

May 25: Report Cards Go Home/Last Day of School!

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