We had a great 4.5 days back at school last week despite the slushy and then cold weather outside!!! I was so impressed with the way that everyone in our class was helping each other, sharing with each other, and making mindful choices!!! Here’s to another great week!!!
Welcome back, first grade families!! I hope that everyone had a wonderful break!! I am looking forward to seeing your first grader’s smiling face tomorrow. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I also can’t wait to hear about your favorite adventures over break and share some of the fun that our family had, too. We will be reviewing a lot of routines tomorrow, begin studying nonfiction book, get new partner spots, and start our math switch groups!!! Bring on the learning!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
January 8 – Library Day
January 12 – 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 so I know to order a lunch for your child.
A few reminders:
Library: Our check out day is on Monday. Please help your first grader find his/her library book and make sure that it is returned to school. Right now, our class can check out any books from the picture book section or the nonfiction section of our library. These books are just for fun and can be read with your child.
Snacks: We eat snacks throughout the day. Please send in two healthy snacks so that your child stays fueled for learning. Don’t forget a water bottle too!
Recess: We go outside for a lunchtime recess every day unless it is raining or the “feels like” temperature is below zero degrees. Please send your child to school with boots, hats, gloves, snow pants, and coats every day. Even if there isn’t snow on the ground, spending 30 minutes outside can get really chilly.
Sweatshirts: Our classroom can be on the chilly side so if your child would like to bring a sweatshirt to keep in their locker or on the back of their chair, that would be no problem!
Transportation Changes: If your child will be leaving school a different way than normal or if your child will be leaving early for an appointment, be sure to send a note in his or her blue folder or call the office to let us know of the changes before 3:00 pm.
Take Home Books: Remember to return your child’s take home book back to school each day so he or she can choose a new one to bring home.
What an amazing Holiday Program this past week!!!! The kids sure did sparkle and shine up front. A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Bretz and our first graders who practiced tirelessly to perform our wonderful songs!!!
December 18 – Library Day
December 20 – Writing Assessment (Persuasive Letters)
December 21 – Spelling Assessment
Covering all of our words this year: a, and, the, of, to, in, it, is, you, that, he, for, was, on, are
December 21 – Writing Celebration!!!
December 21-22 – Holiday Fun Activities
We will enjoy crafts, games, snacks, and even a movie throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. Shhhhh!! These activities are a surprise – don’t tell your first grader!!!
No homework packet will be sent home this week.
What a snowy weekend!! I hope your family had lots of fun playing, building, and sledding outside. Thank you for sending in all your child’s winter gear this past week. The kids were experts at putting on their snow clothes. We’ve been trying our best to carefully put everything away in our lockers. If a hat or gloves end up missing, please let me know, and we will make sure to check for them here at school.
December 4-15 – Candy Cane Sale
December 11 – Library Day
December 14 – Dress Rehearsal @ Fair Haven Church
We will ride over to Fair Haven Church on busses in the late morning to practice for our program with all the first graders and second graders that will be performing with our class.
December 14 – Holiday Program @ 6:30
The first graders should arrive @ 6:15. There will be signs showing you were to drop off your child. Please see Mrs. Bretz’s post for more details! Click here –> Holiday Program
December 15 – All School PJ Day!!!
It looks like cold weather (and maybe snow) is coming!!! Remember to send in your child’s boots, snow pants, gloves, hat, scarf, and coat labeled with their name. We can’t wait for some fun, snowy recesses!!!
December 4-15 – Candy Cane Sale
The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!
December 4 – Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe
We will head down to shop in the morning. If your child is going shopping, please send your child’s money enclosed in the Holiday Gift Shop envelope. Make sure to fill out the information about who your child will be shopping for and how much to spend on each person! Thank you!
December 7 – Jet’s Pizza Night
December 8 – Math Assessment
December 8 – Popcorn Day
We will not have library this week due to the holiday gift shop.
Be sure to check out the class photo stream to see photos of our holiday reindeer!
I hope that your Thanksgiving weekend was filled with family, fun, food, and a little relaxation too. I had so much fun with my kiddos and caught up on a bunch of household chores, but I am missing my first graders!!! Get ready – these next four weeks will be jam-packed with holiday fun!!!
November 27 – Library Day
December 1 – 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.)
We have a short, but very fun week ahead with some festive Thanksgiving projects!!! We will also be reading several books to get our brains ready to begin writing persuasive letters.
We had a fun writing celebration on Friday complete with a toast. I kept your child’s celebration story at school, but all their other writing to came home on Friday. You will be amazed at how easy it is to read!!!
November 20 – Library Day
November 21 – Spelling Assessment
Our spelling words are: in, it, is, that, you
November 22-26 – Thanksgiving Break: NO SCHOOL
November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Thank you so much for all your donations for our PE CARES food drive. Our school collected nearly 4,000 items!! Way to go, Georgetown families!!!
You may have noticed that your child came home with their yellow handwriting workbook on Friday. Since the beginning of the school year, we’ve focused on the pages teaching the correct formation of the capital and lowercase letters. There are lots of additional pages that we didn’t complete and we wanted to send the books home for you to use as a resource. Please keep the book handy and pull it out so your first grader can try a page from time to time. We know that PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT, so let’s keep practicing the correct way. Thanks for your support from home!
I found a great opportunity to help supply our classroom with new, inspiring books for the kids to read. We are already half way to our goal toward funding these new books. Any donations made in the next 6 days will be matched up $50 (use the code – LIFTOFF). If you feel the desire to donate, we are so appreciative. But, you all support us in so many ways, so please don’t feel pressured to do this. If you do know anyone in your family or community who would be interested, please spread the word to them to help us reach our goal. Thanks so much for all your support!
It was a pleasure to talk with all of you at conferences last week!!! Thank you so much for all of the support and encouragement that you provide your child at home working on math homework, take-home books, sight words, Raz-Kids and MobyMax. I can’t wait to see how these sweet little ones continue to grow!!! If you have any questions or concerns as the year continues please let me know.
November 1-16 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S.
November 13 – Library Day
November 14 – Vision Screening
November 16 – Parent Club Meeting @ 6:30
November 17 – Popcorn Day
Brrrrr!!!! It has sure been cold outside!!! Just a reminder to send your child to school with their cold weather gear – our lunchtime recess is a long one. Also, don’t forget to label EVERYTHING in case a mitten, hat, or boot goes missing!
Our classroom has been a tad on the chilly side too. Feel free to send your child to school with an extra sweatshirt or sweater to wear in the classroom.
Save the date…
November 22-26 – Thanksgiving Break: No School
December 14 – Holiday Program @ 6:30