First Grade Update

May 20, 2016

Dates to Remember:

  • No More Homework Sheets Sent Home
  • May 30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • June 2: Last Day of School- Early Release @ 12:50 P.M.
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Weekly Happenings

This week, we revisited inferencing as we read, Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day, by Barbara Park. We discussed the importance of effort and good sportsmanship. In writer's workshop, we created stories of our own choosing. We included interesting opening and closing sentences, descriptive details, punctuation, capitalization, and the use of transition words in our writing.

In spelling, we worked with the prefixes un- and re-. We learned that adding a prefix can change the meaning of the base word.

In math, we learned how to tell time to the quarter hour on an analog clock.

In social studies, we started working on our first grade memory books.

In science, we investigated what happens when magnets come close together. We found out that magnetism is a force that can push and pull. The force of magnetism can make things move.

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Exploring Magnetism Using Race Cars

We would like each student to bring one hot wheel race car to school on Tuesday, May 24th for science. If you like to share with a friend, please bring two. The car(s) will be sent home the same day.
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June 2nd Lunch

Don't forget to notify your child's teacher if your child will need a sack lunch on June 2nd. The sack lunch will include: turkey cheese sandwich on a pretzel bun, fruit, and milk. If your child is a vegetarian, PBJ sandwich is available as an option instead of the turkey cheese sandwich. Please include which lunch option you would like to order in your response. Please inform your child's teacher by Monday, May 23rd.

Cafeteria Accounts

Starting Monday, May 23rd your child must have money in his/her lunch account or cash to pay for their breakfasts, lunches, snacks, water, etc. Students may not have a negative balance in their lunch account. Any money left at the end of the year will be here in August. If you have any questions, please contact our cafeteria manager, Robyn Anderson at

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Library Books

All library books will be due back for the summer on Tuesday, May 23.

If your child has lost his or her book, you will be receiving information with the amount you'll owe to replace the book. Report cards will be held at the end of the year until missing library books are returned or replaced.

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Camp Read-Alot

Tuesday, May 31st, will be the annual first grade Camp Read-A-lot. Students will enjoy a full day of reading “camp-style”. Each child may bring a pillow, blanket, flashlight, stuffed animal, snacks, and, most importantly, BOOKS!!! Please be sure that your child can carry everything they bring on their own. Camp Read-A-lot is our way of celebrating how hard the kids have worked on becoming GREAT readers this year!!!!

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Game Day

Wednesday, June 1st, will be Game Day in first grade. Students will be allowed to bring games from home to play at school including board games, card games, and handheld video games. Please be sure that everything they bring is CLEARLY labeled with their name. Also, if your child chooses to bring video games, they must be age appropriate (rated EC or E ONLY).

Quotes of the Month

“Difficulties Mastered are Opportunities Won.” Winston Churchill

“Courtesy is the step ladder to respect.” Unknown