Friday, 22 September 2017

September 25 - 29

Important Information: 
  • Mrs. Fernandez should have sent you a link to our Parent Teacher Conference sign up sheet using a google spreadsheet. Please go online and sign up for a time BEFORE SUNDAY. If you do not sign up before the deadline, we will be assigning you a time and day. 
  •  SEP's are Mon Oct 2 - Thurs Oct 5. School will be dismissing at 2:30 each afternoon during that week (including Friday). 
  •  This is the last week for book orders. If you would like to order any books, please do so before Friday the 29th. 
  •  This is also the last week for September Reading logs. Please remember that your student should be reading 10 minutes each day, Monday-Friday. Reading logs need to be returned Monday October 2nd. 
  •  It is starting to get colder, so please send your child with a coat each day. Unless it is raining or snowing, we will be going outside for recess regardless of the temperature. It is very important that your child has a coat or jacket to wear!
  •  I mentioned this last week, but we are starting to "wean" the kids off of snacks each day. Please make sure that they get a good breakfast (either at home or at the school). 
What we are learning this week:
  • Language Arts: We are starting to learn about sister sounds (/s/ and /z/), continuing with tricky words, sight words, and reading fluency and comprehension. In Domain (Language Arts integrated with Science/Social studies) we have started a unit on the human body. Students will learn about the skeletal system, the respiratory system, and the circulatory system. They are loving learning cool facts about their bodies!
  • Math Reinforcement: We started Chapter 2, which focuses on subtraction or "taking away". 


Homework:


  • READ READ READ!
  • Remember to turn in book in a bag books EVERY DAY!
  • Sight words / Phrase lists should be coming home each week. Please help your student practice!

Friday, 15 September 2017

September 18 - 22

Important Information:
  • Homework:
    • Students are being sent home with sight word lists for them to practice at home. Please help them practice these words until they can read them all quickly & without having to stop to sound out the letters. Simply sign their orange card when they are ready to pass the list off & send them back to school. 
    • Students should have brought home their September reading log (a yellow paper with apples on it). Students should be reading 10 minutes a day, Monday - Friday. At the end of the month, you sign it, and students return their reading log. Students that have 20+ days colored will receive a prize. 
  • Take home book-in-a-bag started last week. Students need to read these books 3 TIMES every night,  and then bring them back the next morning. Students receive a new book every day. 
  • Library books are due back every Tuesday. Students are allowed to have two books checked out at a time. If students finish reading a book, they can visit the library before school starts (8:30-8:55) and exchange them. 
What we are learning this week:
  • Language Arts: Blending and Segmenting words, handwriting skills, digraphs, tricky words, sight word list 3. We also started reading together out of a reader called "Snap Shots". 
  • Language Arts & Social Studies: We will continue learning about different fables from around the world. Students are learning about fiction stories, what a moral is, and about the setting of different stories we read. This week we will focus on the sequence of stories (what happens in the beginning, middle, and end)
  • Math Reinforcement: We will start Chapter 2.  This chapter focuses on subtraction concepts using numbers 1-20. Students will be bringing home their math pages at the end of the week. THIS IS NOT HOMEWORK. 
  • Reading Interventions & groups have started. Students have time to read to self, and do word work activities based off of our "Weekly Words". 
Especially for Parents:

  • PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND BACK THEIR BAGGY BOOKS EVERY DAY 

  • Thank you to all parents who sent snacks for our classes. We really appreciate your donations. We are coming to the end of our supply, so we will begin "weaning" the kids off of snacks. We feel that after being in First Grade for over a month, students should be used to being in school all day. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENT HAS BREAKFAST. Simply put, hungry students cannot learn. If your situation requires/ you would prefer your student to eat breakfast here at the school, we encourage it and will help you set it up if needed. 

Have a great week!

Friday, 8 September 2017

September 11-15

Important Information:
  • Homework:
    • Students are being sent home with sight word lists for them to practice at home. Please help them practice these words until they can read them all quickly & without having to stop to sound out the letters. Simply sign their orange card when they are ready to pass the list off & send them back to school. 
    • Students should have brought home their September reading log (a yellow paper with apples on it). Students should be reading 10 minutes a day, Monday - Friday. At the end of the month, you sign it, and students return their reading log. Students that have 20+ days colored will receive a prize. 
  • Take home book-in-a-bag began. next week. Students need to read these books 3 TIMES every night,  and then bring them back the next morning. Students receive a new book every day. 
  • Library books are due back every Tuesday. Students are allowed to have two books checked out at a time. If students finish reading a book, they can visit the library before school starts (8:30-8:55) and exchange them. 
What we are learning this week:
  • Language Arts: Blending and Segmenting words, handwriting skills, digraphs, tricky words, sight word list 2. We also started reading together out of a reader called "Snap Shots". 
  • Language Arts & Social Studies: We will continue learning about different fables from around the world. Students are learning about fiction stories, what a moral is, and about the setting of different stories we read. 
  • Math Reinforcement: We will continue in Chapter . This chapter focuses on addition concepts using numbers 1-20. Students will be bringing home their math pages at the end of the week. THIS IS NOT HOMEWORK. 
  • Reading Interventions & groups will start on Tuesday. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

September 4 - 8

Important Information:

  • Labor day is Monday the 4th. We do not have school this day. 
  •  Picture day is Friday September 8th. 
  • Today, students will be sent home with sight word lists for them to practice at home. Please help them practice these words until they can read them all quickly & without having to stop to sound out the letters. Simply sign their orange card when they are ready to pass the list off & send them back to school. 
  • Students will also be sent home with their first homework Reading Log. Please read the instructions that were attached to the yellow "September" sheet. 
  • Take home book-in-a-bag will begin next week. Students need to read these books 3 TIMES every night,  and then bring them back the next morning. Students receive a new book every day. 
  • Library books are due back every Tuesday. Students are allowed to have two books checked out at a time. If students finish reading a book, they can visit the library before school starts (8:30-8:55) and exchange them. 
What we are learning this week:
  • Language Arts: Blending and Segmenting words, handwriting skills, digraphs (/ch/, /sh/, /th/), tricky words, sight word list 1. 
  • Language Arts & Social Studies: We will continue learning about different fables from around the world. Students are learning about fiction stories, what a moral is, and about the setting of different stories we read. 
  • Math Reinforcement: We will be starting GoMath reinforcement this week. Chapter 1 focuses on addition concepts using numbers 1-20.

Friday, 25 August 2017

August 28 - September 1

Important Information:

  •   PE and Computers are on Mondays and Fridays
  •  We will start having library on Wednesdays. Students need to return books each week. 
  •  Please remember to empty out homework folders & return them on Mondays and Fridays. 
  •  If you haven't already, please send back the student information sheets that were mailed to you before school starts. 

What we are learning this week:
  • Language Arts: Blending and Segmenting Decodable Words, Letter sounds, Handwriting skills 
  • Domain (Reading Integrated with Social Studies / Science) : Fables & Stories
  • Math Reinforcement: We will begin math this week, and focus on numbers 1-20. 

Homework will begin the first week of September.  Thank you for all your help!

Friday, 18 August 2017

August 21 - 25

Important Information:

  • Red group starts in English this week. 
  •   PE and Computers are on Mondays and Fridays
  •  We will start having library on Wednesdays
  •  Please remember to empty out homework folders & return them on Mondays and Fridays
  •  If you haven't already, please send back the student information sheets that were mailed to you before school starts. 
What we are learning this week:
  • Language Arts: Blending and Segmenting Decodable Words
  • Domain (Reading Integrated with Social Studies / Science) : Fables & Stories
  • Math Reinforcement: We will begin math this week, and focus on numbers 1-20. 
  • First of the Year Procedures: We will continue practicing our first grade procedures! 



We had a great first week! Thank you for all your help!

Monday, 7 August 2017

August 15 - 18

Important Information:

  •   August 15 - First Day of School
  • Friday: PE and Computers Start
  • We will start going to the library every week on Tuesdays. 

What we are learning this week:
  • This week we will learn all about being first graders! We will learn each others names, learn the class rules, explore our school, and more! We will be talking about being good friends, treating our school with respect, and our motto: In First Grade we do our best! 

  • Language Arts: We will begin our CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts) Unit 1 this week. We will be doing a quick review of some of the reading skills we learned in Kindergarten, such as blending sounds to make words, the alphabet, and reviewing our sight words! 

  • Math Reinforcement: Math will start next week!