We are looking forward to some fun activities coming up this week and are hoping for great weather on Friday for the Walk-a-thon!!!
September 17 – Constitution Day
September 18 – Library Day
Don’t forget to send your child’s library book back to school today.
September 21 – Picture Day
If you are ordering pictures, please send in your child’s picture envelope on or before Thursday.
September 20 – Math Assessment
September 22 – Super “G” Walk-A-Thon
We are pumped up and excited to walk in support of our school!!! Plan to dress your first grader in a superhero shirt/cape/costume and comfy shoes on Friday. 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, September 25.
Finally, if you are interested in helping out as a sight word parent volunteer this year and have not already filled out this survey, please do! It is okay for your younger children to come along with you when you help out during our sight word practice. If you are available on a different afternoon send me an e-mail, I would love to have 2-3 parent helpers twice a week! Thank you!
Sight Word Parent Volunteer Survey
The cool temperatures this week definitely made it fell like fall. We loved getting outside to enjoy the sunshine in between a few drops of rain. On indoor recess days, we’ve been enjoying GoNoodle activities and the kids have loved drawing, creating, and reading books from our classroom library. Be sure to check out our class photo stream to see a glimpse of indoor recess and some of the other fun activities/lessons 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 11 – Library Day
This will be our first visit to pick out a library book!
**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.**
September 14 – Jet’s Pizza Night
September 14 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30
September 15 – 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.
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.
What an AWESOME first week of school!!! The weather was PERFECT and we had 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 GREAT year!!!
We were busy, busy, but I did manage to capture a few pictures of our first grade fun. I shared those photos with you through a photo sharing stream that was sent to your e-mail. If you were unable to open the photo stream, I have a website link that you can visit instead (email me for this link). I love taking pictures of your sweeties, and I will continue to add photos to this photo stream throughout the rest of the school year. Bookmark this page and enjoy!!!
September 4 – Labor Day: No School
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 year. Please take the 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 be working hard on life skills this year through our mind up curriculum, character traits lessons, and citizenship unit. 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. If your child is struggling with a rule or life skill, a note will be sent home to encourage you to discuss and practice these life skills at home.
It’s our first week of school!!! Check out the important dates below:
August 29 – First Day of School
September 1-4 – 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, water bottle, lunch (or lunch choice) and gym shoes (if you did not bring them to the open house). We have PE as our special the second day of school.
First Grade Families,
Happy August! I am so, incredibly EXCITED to learn more about my new first graders!!! I’ve spent many summer evenings getting the classroom organized and ready for our new school year to begin.
I would love your help to get ready for this upcoming year too! Below I’ve included a link to a parent survey for you to fill out:
All responses will be kept confidential and will help to prepare myself and our classroom for the first day of school.
Thanks so much & see you soon!
I am so excited to be your child’s teacher next year! I know that back to school sales will be coming soon and if you are as eager as I am to catch all the good deals, check out the list below to see what your first grader will need for this coming year. I will provide most of the essentials, but we need some help!
School Supplies 2017
Our final week of the 2016-2017 school year is here!!! I can still picture each cute little first grader on the first day of school. It is hard to believe that 37 weeks of being nice, working hard, and learning well have passed. In celebration of our amazing journey this year, we will be enjoying fun activities each day this week just like last week. Check out the list below – but don’t share too much with your first grader. Shhhhhh – each special event is a surprise!!!
June 5 – Mo Willem’s Day
June 6 – No Shoes (in the classroom) Day 🙂
June 7 – Movie and Popcorn Day
June 8 – Outdoor Fun Day!!!
Send in beach towels, sunglasses, and don’t forget to apply sun tan lotion before school!! Thank you for all the donations that have been sent in over the past few weeks!!!
June 9 – Last Day of School & 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.)
June 16 – Report Cards Mailed
Report cards will be sent via mail on June 16. Information about your child’s second grade teacher will be on the comments page. Class lists will not be posted due to confidentiality.
It is going to be a great week!!!
Don’t forget to continue to empty and send backpacks and blue folders right up until the last day of school. Lots of goodies are still being sent home. Thank you!!!