Monthly Archives: October 2017

Week 10!

What a fun Friday!!!  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 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.

Oct. 30-Nov. 3 – Be Nice * Be Safe Week

October 30 – Library Day

October 31 – Happy Halloween!!!

November 1 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S Begins

November 3 – 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.  Feel free to send me an e-mail to let me know.)

November 5 – Day Light Savings – Fall Back

Math Update!

This week, we reviewed all the concepts that we covered in Unit 2. Unit 2 covered addition and subtraction strategies and provided the foundation for all of the math learning that will take place for the rest of this year and beyond. Look for the math assessment to come home soon and check over how your child performed. Any areas that are still NOT consistently solid, we will continue to practice in our lesson warm ups and small group intervention.  This week’s homework will be a review of writing addition equations (P + P = T) and subtraction equations (T – P = P).

Reading Update!

This week, we focused on using what we know about word families to help us figure out new, tricky words. The kids noticed word family words that they knew in a snap. When we took a closer look at those words, we noticed that words from the same family all end the same.


We then used that same word ending to help us figure out other, tricky words with the same word family ending.


We also talked about how good readers stop and check when their reading doesn’t look right, sound right, or make sense. This awareness is crucial for beginning readers who sometimes make the mistake of skipping or changing words. If your child does make a mistake, encourage him/her to fix it, by saying, “Something didn’t sound right (or look right) in the sentence/on that page. Can you find it?” After fixing the mistake, make sure your first grader rereads the corrected sentence to ensure comprehension.

Writing Update!

This week, we focused heavily on capital letters. We talked about the three main places that we need to add capital letters: the word I, names of things, & at the beginning of a sentence. We spent time practicing together and they worked hard to add these to their own writing. We are encouraging them to be careful not to add capital letters to all their words (which is common for beginning writers). Understanding what a sentence is and when one starts and ends is a tricky concept that we will continue to build on throughout the year.

Week 9!

It looks like we might be in for some wet and cool weather this 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.

We are excited for some fall fun activities this week!!!

October 23-27 – Be Nice * Be Safe Week

October 23 – Toy Day

Room 104 has done it again!!! 🙂  We’ve reached our 20-star goal and this time around the kids have chosen a Toy Day as their prize.

Toy day will take place on: Monday, October 23, 2017 .  Your child may choose a special toy from home to sit on their desk and play with at special times throughout the day. Please choose something small and no violent toys (guns, swords, etc.) and NO electronic toys (DS, MP3 player, iPad). Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

October 23 – Library Day

October 24 – 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.  If your child signed-up for the race, Turkey Trot t-shirts/goodies will be sent home on Monday.

October 26 – Picture Retakes

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

October 26 – Math Assessment

October 27 – Halloween Party @ 12:45

Click on this link for information about our party –> Halloween Party Details

Our fall parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled!!!  Look for an e-mail on Monday with your designated time.  Please respond to the e-mail to let me know if your time looks good or if we need to reschedule for a different date/time.  Thank you!

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!!!

Halloween Party!

Our Halloween Party will take place this Friday, October 27, from 12:45-1:30.


On FridayOctober 27, 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 (or stay in their costume) after the party before we have recess.

Thank you so much to all the parents who are donating supplies and volunteering during the event. Please send in your party donations by Thursday, 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!!!  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. Please leave younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms. I am planning on the following volunteers as of today: Laurie Tolsma, Jayme Santana, Sarah Bottrell, Lindsey Burns, Stacey Nelson, Tricia Lozon, Heather Dunbar, Meghan Asher, Shannon VanderPloeg, & Jenn VanPernis.*  

*If your name is not on this list and you would like to attend our party, head to our sign up page and add your name to help with our game, snack, or craft.  Also, fill out a background check.

Math Update!

This week, we focused on subtraction equations and stories.  We continued to emphasize that a subtraction equation always begins with the total and worked hard to label all our equations so we knew which numbers to put where.

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.

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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, and spelling our word wall words correctly. We spent time writing a shared writing piece. We chose to write about our first writing celebration and we have been working our way through the steps of writing a good small moment story, focusing on neat handwriting, finger spaces, and word wall words. We are seeing some huge growth in handwriting and finger spaces.

Reading Update!

This past week, we continued to focus on how to decode tricky words while we’re reading. We reviewed the strategies from last week and if we still need help, then when we come to a tricky word, we skip it (Skippy the Frog) and read the rest of the sentence. Once we have read to the end of the sentence, we try it again (Tryin’ Lion) from the beginning of the sentence and make a good guess for the tricky word (using the context clues from the sentence).


The kids have now met: Lips the Fish, Eagle Eye, Chunky Monkey, Stretchy the Snake, Flippy the Dolphin, Skippy the Frog, and Tryin’ Lion.  That is quite a list of strategies.  But, most importantly, when they have tried a strategy and have a good guess of what they think their tricky word is…they NEED to be careful.  Careful Caterpillar checks to make sure that their guess makes sense, looks right, and sounds right.  When the kids guess a tricky word, they need to ask themselves those three questions to self check and make sure that their word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right.  If it does, great! If it doesn’t, then good readers keep trying to figure it out!

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