Brrrrr!!! The weather is sure starting to feel like fall. 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.
October 19 – Library Day
Please help your first grader return his/her book.
October 22 – Holiday Posters Due
Please feel free to begin sending in any Halloween party donations. I can hold on to these items at school.
It was a cold, rainy day for the Walk-a-thon this past Friday, but we didn’t let the yucky weather get us down. We had a blast walking around the school and dancing some Zumba in the multipurpose room. Thank you so much for sending in your donations in support of our school. Prize winners will be announced later this week once all of the donations have been counted. Pictures from the Walk-a-thon have been posted to our google photo stream – just send me an e-mail if you would like me to re-share the link.
This coming week, we will visit RazKids, a fantastic website full of books at your child’s just-right level, on the computers and iPads. Your child has access to this wonderful website at home too! It is a great resource to use for snow days and during days off from school. To access it, just log onto Clever using the name and password located on your child’s blue folder. Click on the RazKids app. My teacher username is: swoodring. Your child’s password for RazKids is the same password that they use to log in to Clever. Have fun exploring!
October 8 – Homework Packet Due
Thank you so much for helping your child read, practice sight words, and complete their math pages this past week. Remember, new sight words will be sent home when your child moves on to a new level at school. Right now, our first grade parapro and I are meeting with students to practice words. Soon, we will have parent helpers working with our first graders, too. Your child will progress through words more quickly when this support begins! 🙂
October 8 – Walkathon Donations Due
October 11 – Jet’s Pizza Night
October 12 – Library Day
Help your child bring his/her book back to school.
October 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 to let me know if a sack lunch is needed.)
Our Halloween Party is coming together!! Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered materials and your time already!! Remember our party will take place Wednesday, October 31 @ 12:45. If you are planning to attend the party, please sign up to assist with the craft, game, or snack and fill out the background check form: BACKGROUND CHECK.
Go Eagles!!! We had a fun Friday showing off our school spirit and cheering with the super fans. It sounds like the Homecoming Football game was a good one. 🙂 🙂
October 2 – Vision Screening
October 5 – Library Day
October 5 – Walk-a-thon
We are pumped up and excited to walk in support of our school!!! Plan to dress your first grader in 80’s gear and comfy shoes on Friday (or Eagle Pride gear). The first graders will be walking on the track from 9:45-10:30. All parents are welcome to join us outside to walk on the track. Donation envelopes can be sent in on or before Monday, October 8.
This week our first homework packet will be sent home. Please look for this in your child’s blue folder on Monday. Directions are included right on the page. For more information about homework in first grade please check out this link –> HOMEWORK.
This week your child will bring home some important reading homework too! An envelope will come home in your child’s blue folder containing sight words to practice. Plan to keep this envelope in a safe place, so you and your child can practice these sight words quickly every night. New sight words will be sent home when your child moves on to a new set at school. Sometimes this will happen in just a couple of days. Other times it may take a week or two before your child receives a new set. Please save all of your child’s sight words, so you can go back and review some of the older ones periodically. Knowing many words by sight will help to boost your child’s confidence and fluency as a reader. Thank you so much for your support at home!
***Look for an e-mail later this week with details about how to help with our sight words at school. I would love to have some parent/grandparent volunteers come to school to practice with our first graders each week.***
We have had lots of fun using technology in our classroom over the past two weeks. We’ve been getting acquainted with the Doodle Buddy and Teach Me apps on our iPads. We also logged onto our computers for the first time and used a barcode badge to find the Clever page. Look for more information about MobyMax & RazKids, which can be found on Clever, soon! We are hoping to check out these amazing resources for learning at home and at school this week in our classroom.
September 27 – Picture Day
If you are ordering pictures, please send in your child’s picture envelope on or before Thursday.
September 28 – Eagle Spirit Day
Wear your Eagle gear or maize and blue colors.
September 28 – Super Fans – Pep Rally
September 28 – Library Day
Please help your child send his/her book back to school.
September 28 – Popcorn Day!!!
Save the date for our Halloween Party!!! It will take place Wednesday, October 31 from 12:45-1:30. More details about how to sign up to volunteer will be emailed soon.
We had a blast getting to use our iPads for the first time in first grade and in our STEAM special we also got to practice logging into our computers. These first graders are excited to use technology. Make sure to check our class photo stream to see pictures from all of our fun last week and coming up this week too.
September 17 – Constitution Day
September 20 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30
September 21 – Library Day
Don’t forget to send your child’s library book back to school today.
Upcoming Important Dates:
September 27 – School Picture Day
October 5 – Walkathon Day
The cool temperatures this weekend definitely made it feel like fall. It was a nice break from the hot, hot weather we’ve been having. We were able to enjoy some fun outdoor fall activities – I hope your family did too!! Be sure to check out our class photo stream to see a glimpse of readers workshop time and some of the other fun activities/lessons/breaks we’ve enjoyed this week. Just send me an e-mail if you would like me to share the link with your family again. 🙂
September 13 – Jet’s Pizza Night
September 14 – Library Day**
September 14 – Stuffed Animal Day
We have been working very hard to follow our first grade rules and reached out first class goal. On Friday, your child may bring a stuffed animal to school. I will text a reminder Thursday night and share more details later this week!
September 14 – 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.
**The book that your child chooses from the library is a “just for fun” book. Right now, the kids may choose any picture book they would like. (Later in the year, they will be able to choose from nonfiction and chapter books too.) Library books are perfect for you to read aloud to your child as a part of your nightly reading routine. In a couple weeks, your child will begin bringing home a “take home book” at their “just right” reading level. These books will be excellent practice for your child to read aloud to you at home. Please feel free to send your child’s library book back to school as soon as you are finished reading it. We have a bin to collect them in, and I will make sure your child’s book makes it back to the library.**
What an AWESOME first week of school!!! The weather was a little STORMY, but we still packed in a lot of FUN in our classroom and outside. We are beginning to learn our routines for reading, writing, and math and procedures for moving around our classroom and using supplies. I have enjoyed getting to know your sweet children better and am very excited for a GREATyear!!!
September 4 – Labor Day: No School
September 7 – Library Day
We will celebrate out first birthday in the classroom, this week! To learn more about the ways that your child will be honored this year, check out our celebrations note. Remember: If your child would like to share a birthday treat with our class (13 boys, 10 girls), please send in a nonfood item. Here is a link to our birthday celebration policy.
Our class will head to the library each week on Friday afternoons. Look for a book to come home this Friday!
If you have not checked out our google photo stream, please do! I have some very cute pictures from the first week of school that are already posted. Look for an text later today with a link to easily access all the photos.
Now that our first three days of school are complete, you may have some questions about our classroom procedures. I have attached a First Grade Brochure with information to answer common questions that parents have at the beginning of the school year. Please take time to read it over, and also check out all of the links under our FIRST GRADE INFO page at the top of our blog. These two resources will be a helpful place to find answers about first grade throughout year!
We love to incorporate a sense of teamwork into our first grade classrooms and we do that with behavior. This year, will keep track of our class behavior throughout the day on a rainbow chart. When we notice that the class as a whole is being great listeners, making great choices, etc., we will move the clip up. For poor choices, we will move the clip down. If the class clip ends on green (Ready to Learn), the class earns a point/star toward a class reward. If they move beyond green (blue, purple, pink), they will earn bonus points/stars. If they end below green (yellow, orange, red), they will lose stars toward their class goal. As a class, we will vote on a prize to set as our reward when we have reached the goal point/star level.
Individually, we will work hard on life skills this year through our mind up curriculum, character traits lessons, and citizenship unit. As we build on these skills throughout the day, we will give reminders if a student needs to practice one rule or another. If your child needs one of these reminders, they will come home with a small sheet that lists the rule they needed to practice at school. This small note is just a heads up for you to notice and no action is needed. We will do this on the positive end of behavior, as well.
Let’s work on this!
If your child needed more behavior intervention than just a few reminders in a day, we will send a note home that gives you some insight into which rule he or she is struggling with. We ask that you have a discussion with your child about their behavior, then sign and return the note to school.
Area to work on!
If your child is doing well in a certain life skill area, we want you to celebrate his or her success and will send home a note to alert you!
It’s our first week of school!!! Check out the important dates below:
August 28 – First Day of School
Aug. 31- Sept. 3 – Labor Day Break: No School
Every Sunday, I will post the important events, assessments, and more that are coming up later in the week. Plan to check back here for a quick glance at our plans. I will also post curriculum updates weekly, so you can stay in the loop on our learning.
I am so excited for our first day tomorrow. I’ve been busy getting ready for some fun activities to start our day with!!!
Don’t forget to send your child to school with:
his/her blue folder
two snacks (nut free!!)
lunch (or lunch choice)
gym shoes (if you did not bring them to the open house)
paperwork from the office (student profile & school compact)
Look for an e-mail later today with even more details about out first day. 🙂