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Week 6!

October 10 & 13 – Sight Word Parent Volunteers Begin

October 12 – Library Day

October 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.)

On Monday, your child will bring home his or her first take-home book of the year.  Look for an e-mail tomorrow with more details about this important practice opportunity.

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 Friday, October 28 @ 12:45.  If you are planning to attend the party, please sign up to assist with the craft, game, or snack & fill out the background check form.

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Our Last Week…

What a fun week we’ve been having at school!!  The kids have looked forward to popping the balloons each day to see what our surprise is for the day!!

 Tomorrow we are going to have a bubbles and chalk day outside!!  We are also going to read outside tomorrow.  Please send your child to school with a beach towel and sunglasses!  We will use them during our reading time.  

Ask your child about our fun Minute to Win it games we played today!!  They were so fun!!

Please remember to continue to send your child with a backpack to school, we will keep sending things home all week. 

We’ve Earned Our Star Goal!!

We’ve worked hard and earned our 20 stars!!  Our reward is a fort and stuffed animal day.  The kids voted on what they wanted to work toward, and that is what won!!  Next week Monday, June 2 we will celebrate!!  On Monday, the kids can bring a blanket and stuffed animal to school.  They can practice reading in their fort, snuggling up with their stuffed animal friends!!

After School Safety

Today we had many parents who biked to school and wanted to pick their children up as a last minute surprise.  These pick ups were unplanned resulting in parents trying to get students off busses and/or locating them as they were moving through the bus loop.

Changes in going home transportation cannot be made after 3 pm each day.  When emergencies occur, we do make changes, however as a general safety procedure it is critical that the 3 pm rule be followed.  

It is the staff’s responsibility to get 630 children to the busses, after school care or to the front lobby for parent pickup.  Each teacher sorts their students into groups for this critical end of day procedure — cross checking with parent notes, emails, phone calls.  

The purpose of this email is to remind everyone that a change in going home requires contact with the school no later than 3 pm in the day.  If you are picking up your child, go to the front lobby for pick up.

Contact me if you have any questions.  I want all of the children to get home safely.  

Mrs. Reagan

Zoo Field Trip… two days away!

All parent volunteers will receive a final note about the zoo (complete with a map, a timeline of our trip, and the parents/students in your tour group) on Wednesday.

Please e-mail me with questions you are wondering about.  Here are a couple answers to some frequently questions:

Where should I meet you?

Meet us outside the entrance to the zoo, near the Rose Garden, around 9:35/9:40.

When will the trip be done? 

After our picnic lunch, we will plan to head back to school around 1:15ish.

How much does it cost?

All the first graders are already paid for – thank you for sending in your dollar and thank to the PTC for funding the rest of our trip!  The cost for parents and siblings can be found at this link:John Ball Zoo Rates & Hours


Bubbles and Chalk Day

Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubbles, LARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), popsicles, or sidewalk chalk to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We hold our celebration on the second to the last day of school (June 5), so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day. 

Thanks so much!

WEB Reading

This will be our last week for WEB reading.  Your child will still be bringing home a WEB book this week, but not next week.  A huge thank you to our parent volunteers who have read with all of the kids!  We couldn’t have done it without you!!


In Reader’s Workshop this week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.

We practiced with some of our favorite books like Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Henry and Mudge. Once we got really good at becoming the characters, we read our book to two other friends in our class.
We will continue working on characters with some reader’s theater next week!


This week was a busy week for writing. Thank you so much for all the parents and family who came to JUST WRITE. The kids had a blast showing off all their writing from the year and touring the school to see everyone else writing from the whole school.
We also celebrated our “All About” books. We spent the beginning of week creating a cover to our books and then we read our books to our friends in our classroom.  We had so much fun writing our “All About” book.


We have been studying larger 2-digit numbers.  We noticed that every 2-digit number has a place to show the tens hiding inside, along with a place to show the extra ones.  We also represented these numbers using ten sticks and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Then we worked on adding two 2-digit numbers together and solved it the same way: by drawing ten sticks and circles.

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We checked to see if we had enough circles left over to make a new ten.  If we did, we circled them into a group of ten.  Then we counted all our ten sticks and then our left over ones to find the answer.

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In Reader’s Workshop this week, we have been practicing our fluency and expression! When we are a fluent reader, we sound smooth with very little pauses or stops. When we are an expressive reader, we change how our voice sound to make sense with the words we are reading – just like we do when we talk.

We picked out one of the books in our book boxes and practiced practiced practiced! On Friday, we got to visit Mrs. Ray’s second grade classroom to share our fluent and expressive reading. Our first graders were a little shy at first, but they had a lot of fun sharing their books with a second grade partner. They did an amazing job!


This week in Write’s Workshop we have been preparing for our All About Book writing celebration AND our Just Write celebration! We have been adding more detail and color to our stories… making covers, dedication, and author pages… stapling books together… hanging up stories… we have been busy! 🙂 

We can’t wait for you to join us on Thursday, May 15 at 2:45pm to celebrate our amazing writing. Anyone is welcome to join – we hope you can make it!


This past week our mathematicians studied measurement.  We discussed how in the old days before rulers were invented, people used to use their body parts to measure objects.  This kids couldn’t believe this was true and brought up a very big problem… our feet and fingers are different sizes!  We realized that when we use a common unit – like a paperclip – we all get the same results.  To test this theory, we used paperclips to measure various things in our math book and around the room.

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We also introduced the word length and talked about how to line up measurement tools properly to get the most accurate measurement.  We compared lengths of objects from shortest to longest and longest to shortest (1, 2, 3)

At the end of the week we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!  Next week, we will be back in math switch groups to cover our last big concept… 2-digit addition!


This week we have continued to observe our caterpillars in their habitat. By the beginning of the week, all the caterpillars were in their chrysalis and moved into the butterfly habitat. While were were observing them this week, we looked at other animals and their life cycles. We looked at the life cycle of a snake, penguin and frog. We noticed how each animal started as a egg, then baby, and grew into an adult and started the life cycle all over again.
The next day we focused on the similarities and differences between an adult animal and a baby animal. We looked at how they changed from a young animal to an adult. We noticed that most young animals are born with fur and then as they become an adult, they fur falls out and sometimes turns into feathers.
We also looked at what all animals need. We know that all animals need food, water, air, and shelter (home). We wrapped up our Animal Life unit by looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. We know that there is an egg that turns into a caterpillar that grows bigger and makes a chrysalis and then becomes a butterfly and then the life cycle starts all over again. We have loves watching the changes in our caterpillars as they turn into butterflies!
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