# Week 9!

What a fun Friday!!!  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. (I’m hoping it stays this nice for Trick-or-Treating too!)  The kids LOVED dressing in their costumes, and had a blast making their toilet paper pumpkins, playing Halloween Memory, and eating TONS of yummy food. Thank you so much to the many parents and grandparents that volunteered in our classroom during the party and donated all of our supplies and treats.  We are so thankful for all of you!!!  I have added all of the pictures from our party to our class photo stream – let me know if you need the link to check them out.

# November 4 – Early Release Day

Students are dismissed from school at 12:15.  (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child.  Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch.)

# November 6 – Day Light Savings – Fall Back

Earlier this week, I sent an e-mail with our fall conference schedule.  Please mark this date on your calendar.  If you have not sent me an e-mail to confirm you time, please do!  I am thrilled to be able to meet with you and share some of the amazing growth your first grader has made since the beginning of the year!

This year, we will gradually introduce our students to many different chunks that they can use when decoding a word (vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, etc.).  This week, we focused on  ED endings and H BROTHERS (th, sh, ch, & wh).

# Math Update!

We introduced a new math concept: SUBTRACTION!!!  When we solve stories that involve “taking something away” we use a minus sign (-) to represent what happened.  For example, when given the story:

### There were 5 cookies.  I ate 3.  How many are left?

Our first graders learned to represent this thinking with circle drawing, break-apart stick, and minus sign right through the circles that were taken away:

We also emphasized that a subtraction equation always begins with the total.  Then we show the “minus” partner, which means that our answer is actually a missing partner (rather than a missing total like an addition equation).  Our first graders “trained their brains” to count up the total and write that number first to accurately represent a subtraction story or circle drawing with an equation.

We also learned that we can use addition to help us solve subtraction.  If we know the partners for an addition equation, we can use this understanding to help us find the missing partner in a subtraction equation.

To finish up our unit, we learned how to write equations a whole new way.  Equations can be written side-to-side (horizontal), like we’ve always done… BUT, they can also be written up-and-down (vertical).   We practiced solving addition and subtraction stories and writing our equations both ways.  We also practiced counting on when solving vertical equations with a plus sign and making circle drawing when solving vertical equations with a minus sign.

We took our Unit 2 math assessment which covered everything that we’ve learned about addition and subtraction.  Our first graders did a terrific job!!!  We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to help your child with their math homework!!!

# Week 8!

We had a great first week of our reading super switch.  Our groups worked hard and our transition from room to room was smooth.  We are looking forward to some amazing growth from our readers in the weeks to come.  Thank you for supporting your first grade reader at home with their take home books.  Remember to return these books to school each day, so your child can bring home a new book to read to you!!!

# October 25 – Turkey Trot

If your child would like to participate and you did not sign up already, late registration can be filled out at the race.  The races begin at 5:00.  Gates open at 4:30.

# October 27 – Picture Retake Day

Just send back in your child’s picture folder and I will make sure they head down to smile.

# October 28 – Halloween Party @ 12:45

For more information about our Halloween Party click on this link –> Halloween Party Details

It looks like our temperatures will be a little cooler next week.  As your child begins to bring their cold weather gear to school, don’t forget to label everything.  Hats, gloves, and even boots frequently go missing and we want to make sure all these items get returned to the correct owner.

# Halloween Party Reminder!

Our Halloween party will take place this FridayOctober 28, from 12:45ish-1:30ish.

On Friday, October 28, your child can bring their Halloween costume to school in a bag. Please keep all swords, weapons, makeup, etc… at home for the real Trick-or-Treating.  We will change into our festive gear around 12:30ish. Your child will wear their Halloween costume during the party and change back into their school clothes after the party before we have recess.

Thank you so much to all the parents who are donating supplies and volunteering during the eventPlease send in your party donations by Wednesday, October 26th, so I can double check that we have everything we need.  Food items can be brought in the day of the party.

We are looking forward to lots of fun and I’ll take pictures to share on our photo stream for you to see if you haven’t signed up to volunteer at the party! Please remember, if you plan to attend the party, you need to sign up to help with our craft, game, or snack and complete a background check. I am planning on the following volunteers as of today: Krista Hammersmith, Heather Gaudard, Jamie Detillion, Jamie Rodriguez, Tricia Lozon, Emily Mieras, Krista Hammersmith.

# Social Studies Update!

This week we also discussed what it means to be a good citizen.  Each day we added another attribute to our “Good Citizen” chart.  Here is what we learned:

# A Good Citizen...

1. FOLLOWS RULES.  We discussed reasons that we have rules such as rules help us learn, rules keep us safe, rules help make things fair, etc.

2. RESPECTS AUTHORITY.  We brainstormed a list of people who have power with authority (principal, teachers, bus drivers, moms, dads, etc.) and how they enforce rules. When we listen and respond to those in authority we are being respectful.

3. IS FAIR. We discussed what fairness looks like at school, and learned that fair isn’t always equal – it’s getting what you need in order to be successful.

4. IS RESPONSIBLE.  We learned about ways we can be responsible at school such as making sure that you have all of your tools ready (without being asked).  We are planning to begin classroom jobs next week to practice being responsible.

5. HONORS THE USA.  One way we can do this is to respect and remember symbols of the United States that represent our freedom such as the American Flag, White House, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, and Bald Eagle.

If you notice your “first grade citizen” displaying any of the attributes above be sure to commend him/her on a job well done!

# Math Update!

We spent time studying a new math concept: SUBTRACTION!!!  When we solve stories that involve “taking something away” we use a minus sign (-) to represent what happened.  For example, when given the story:

### There were 5 cookies.  I ate 3.  How many are left?

Our first graders learned to represent this thinking with circle drawing, break-apart stick, and minus sign right through the circles that were taken away:

We also emphasized that a subtraction equation always begins with the total.  Then we show the “minus” partner, which means that our answer is actually a missing partner (rather than a missing total like an addition equation).  Our first graders “trained their brains” to count up the total and write that number first to accurately represent a subtraction story or circle drawing with an equation.

With our introduction to subtraction still very fresh and new, please support your child on their homework pages as they learn to understand the strategies involved with solving and representing subtraction stories!!!!

# Writing Update!

We started a new unit of writing this week, focusing on making our stories easy for other people to read. We spent time focusing on neat handwriting, finger spaces, capital letters in the correct places, and end punctuation. We are seeing some huge growth in handwriting and finger spaces. Adding capital letters and punctuation to the right places is a bit trickier and we’ll keep working on this all year.