October 30 – Picture Retakes
Send back in your child’s picture folder, and I will make sure they head down to smile.
October 31 – Halloween Party @ 12:45
Click on this link for information about our party –> Halloween Party Details
November 2 – Library Day
November 2 – 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 4 – Day Light Savings – Fall Back
On Friday, 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 your time, please do! I am excited 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!
Our Halloween Party will take place this Wednesday, October 31, from 12:45-1:30.
On Wednesday, October 31, 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 Tuesday, October 30, so I can double check that we have everything we need. Food items can be sent 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 as a craft, game, or snack helper and complete a background check. Please leave younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms.
We talked about how good readers think about their books as they read. We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think. This week, we focused on making connections to our books as we read. As we read, we stopped to think, ‘Would I feel the same way, if that had happened to me?’ or ‘Do I know of any other characters, from different books, who have felt this way before?’ Connections help us to understand how characters feel and infer why they are acting the way they are acting in different parts of a story. Making these connections will help your child to have a deeper understanding of story events and prepares them to be able to talk about character traits.
We focused on making our stories easy for other people to read, this week. We spent time focusing on neat handwriting, finger spaces, and spelling our word wall words correctly.
We spent time practicing putting capitals in the right places – we focused on making sure to capitalize the letter I when we talk about ourselves. We are encouraging our writers to be careful not to add capital letters to all their words (which is common for beginning writers). We will continue to build on where to add capitals and punctuation throughout the school year.
We are excited to have our parent volunteers begin supporting students with our sight word intervention this week. Thank you also 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!!! I am getting excited to reassess each child’s reading level. I know they have been growing and are getting very excited about many of the series books in our classroom!
October 22-26 – Be Nice * Be Safe Week
October 22 – Holiday Posters Due
October 23 – 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 were sent home on Thursday or Friday.
October 25 – Math Assessment
October 26 – Library Day
Send your child’s book back to school.
October 26 – Popcorn Day
Our first graders have been loving our Word Study portion of the school day! We spend this time of the day studying words, letters, sounds, syllables, etc. To guide us through our lessons, we have a class mascot named Rasheed helping us out.
Rasheed has been helping us build a routine of looking for certain word features every time we look at a new word.
These past two weeks, we’ve paid close attention to vowels and all the sounds a vowel can make. And most recently, we introduced the idea that two letters can blend themselves together (BLENDS = cl, st, dr, etc.) and two letters can work together to create a whole new sound (DIGRAPHS = th, sh, ch, wh, etc.).
This week, we took time to remember all that we’ve learned about small moment narrative stories. We made a chart with the class to list all the things they should be adding to each of their stories to make their story the best small moment story they know how to write.
We challenged the class to see if they could start a new story and add all these things to their story. We collected the story and will send it home to share with you. When you see it come home, have your child read it to you and see if they can point out the different parts of the chart that they added to their own story!
This week, the kids had fun sharing some of the books they’ve been reading on their own. We practiced giving book introductions where the kids share the WHO, WHAT, & WHERE from their stories. This skill helps build our first graders’ ability to summarize, while also giving them a chance to share their excitement over a book with friends in the class.
We also talked about how good readers think about their books as they read. We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think.