As the year comes to an end students sometimes feel anxiety about the break in routine.  Please be extra patient with your child as we head toward the vacation.  Let me know if there are any issues at home that may impact their experience at school.

We need snack contributions!

Our days will be jazzed up with the following themes taking us up to the break:
Winter Spirit Days
Tuesday – Pajama & Stuff Animal and Movie (3-3:45) Day
Wednesday – Education T-Shirt Day Wear any school t-shirt or hoodie
Thursday – Ugly/Beautiful Winter Sweater Contest Day (Prizes awarded in class)
Friday – Twin or Jean Day

Stay tuned next week for more fun ideas.

This week students will continue a math unit that includes measurement.  We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction strategies.  Please help your child practice memorizing single digit addition facts in addition to their regular home assignments.

In science we will continue to explore how sound is made.

In reading we have begun to have reading buddies come from Ms. Lemberis’ 5th grade room.  They come every day to listen to first graders read aloud at their own fluency level.   In writing kids are progressing to check each other’s work.  It is an exciting time in first grade!

First grade will participate in the Winter Assembly.  The production is for students only.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: Were. when, there, an, your

Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Wow, as we get closer to the end of the year you should be looking for information about our Gingerbread house (graham cracker/milk carton) celebration.  We will need donations to make that a success.  Also, please continue to contribute snacks…yumm.

This week students will begin a math unit that includes measurement.  We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction strategies.  Please help your child practice memorizing single digit addition facts in addition to their regular home assignments.

In science we will continue to explore how sound is made.

In reading we have begun to have reading buddies come from Ms. Lemberis’ 5th grade room.  They come every day to listen to first graders read aloud at their own fluency level.   In writing kids are progressing to check each other’s work.  It is an exciting time in first grade!

First grade will participate in the Winter Assembly, but I am not sure if this is a production for parents or just for the student body.  I will find out and let you all know.

Home assignments:

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: had, not, but, what, all
Math worksheet & memorize single digit facts practice (Mon – thur)
Fix the sentences worksheet (Mon – Thur)

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

Welcome back from the long weekend.

Regular procedures will  be reviewed and we will resume home assignments (read daily, math practice, word study)

This week’s word list our, today, she, now, her, would

This Friday we are taking another trip.  This time to the Chicago Symphony center.  Seating is limited.  If you did not chaperone on the last trip you will have first crack at this one.  Please note I am only aloud 2 adults for this trip as we purchased seats for each participant, so I may need to turn some of you away.

I lent a book to one family during the parent conferences and still have not had it returned (the very reason I tend never to lend my books)  If you have it please return it asap.

Students will embark on a science exploration about sound.

Students will continue to add detail to their writing and attempt to use punctuation.

In math we are finishing up unit 3 and will take a unit test this Thursday.

Reading Log: (note: please try to read a minimum 10 minutes each day.  An adult reading aloud to a child counts.  If you miss a day simply write 0 on the line)

Monday minutes_____

Tuesday minutes_____

Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____

 

Happy Holidays to everyone.

We will not be assigning homework or sending the folders home again until after the long weekend.  Please ask your child to continue reading every day.

Tuesday we are going to see a genuine Powwow at the Old Town School of Folk Music in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Mrs. Neely has been gracious enough to allow the large lost and found stay up in the main hall through Tuesday.  After Tuesday those items will be disposed of.  Please check for lost items before then.

Thanks to all of you for coming out to parent conferences.  I truly am blessed this year with some wonderful supportive families.

This is a funny week because the kids have no classes on Wednesday the 15th for parent conferences.  Please see last week’s letter to find the link to sign up for a ten minute spot.  If your family will need more than 10 minutes you will need to schedule a separate meeting time for that.

Next week we will be attending the Powwow at Old Town School of Folk Music.  I already have enough chaperones scheduled for this trip and limited seating.  If you had planned to attend and had not yet confirmed with me please understand and try for the next trip.  If you had written me a note I am expecting you already and thank you.

This week we will step up the home assignments a bit.  Students are asked to keep track of the minutes they read each day, the sight words will have a longer worksheet and clear and specific words to memorize, and there will be a daily language arts sheet to practice mechanics.  All assignments are due the following day, reading logs and sight word practice sheets are due FRIDAYS (they are for daily use and must be turned the week they were assigned.)

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several stories that support “Growth Mindset” concepts and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students will continue writing journal entries and will use a class poster to check for quality work.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 3. In this unit we will practice with tools such as number lines and number grids.  We will practice skip counting and adding and subtracting using a variety of diagrams to help us.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be honoring Native American Heritage Month with stories and activities.  We will attend a Native American Powwow celebration on the 21st.  If you have not returned your trip slip[ and money please do so as soon as possible,

Jahkil Jackson/Project I Am and Ray Student Council will collect items during National Homelessness week: 11/13 – 11/18.  The school toiletry item drive will be to create toiletry kits (or what Jahkil calls Blessing Bags) to be donated to shelters throughout the city.

Ray Student Council asks teachers to designate a place in your classroom for students to put donated items. Student Council members will come around next Friday afternoon to collect the donated items. The class with the most donated items will win an extra recess hosted by student council members! Student Council also asks that teachers share information about the toiletry item drive with families via their blogs and newsletters.

Suggested items include:

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

pair of sock

face towel

soap

granola bars

first aid kit OR band-aids

Comb

lotion

Travel size hand sanitizer

Travel size conditioner

Travel size shampoo

Travel size lotion

Wipes

Mints

Gloves / Hats

Pocket tissue

Parents, please sign up for a conference time for November 15 at this link
http://signup.com/go/DPvuMrt

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/DPvuMrt
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several stories that support “Growth Mindset” concepts and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students will be given a new writing journal and the writing they have done thus far will be put into a book and be ready to take home in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in volunteering to help put the books together please let me know.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 3. In this unit we will practice with tools such as number lines and number grids.  We will practice skip counting and adding and subtracting using a variety of diagrams to help us.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be honoring Native American Heritage Month with stories and activities.  We will attend a Native American Powwow celebration on the 21st.  If you have not returned your trip slip[ and money please do so as soon as possible,

 

BIG week!
Our first field trip is Tuesday.  We will all need to dress for cold, cold weather.  Bundle up!!  Be sure to eat a big breakfast because lunch will be later than normal.  Students are welcome to complain about the weather and their hunger throughout the trip.  Sometimes complaining helps, but we will eat at our assigned time and the weather is out of our control.

Wednesday the principal is hosting another coffee in the morning.
There will be no school for students on November 3.  This is a professional development day for teachers.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Waiting for Winter and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students will be given a new writing journal and the writing they have done thus faar will be put into a book and be ready to take home in the coming weeks.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 3. In this unit we will practice with tools such as number lines and number grids.  We will practice skip counting and adding and subtracting using a variety of diagrams to help us.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos We will complete our skeleton artwork

 

 

This week we will prepare for our first field trip together.  Please note that we will go rain or shine.  Dress accordingly.  All parents are welcome on this first trip.  For future trips there may be limited seating.
You will also see a trip slip for a trip in November.  It is very important that you understand we must reserve and pay for seated shows ahead of time.  Do not wait until the trip approaches to return the slips and fees.  If you are able to contribute a bit above and beyond the fee we will put that toward the fee for families who may not be in a position to cover the whole cost.

Tuesday the 24 is PICTURE DAY!  Please send in the envelopes with payment or pay on line.

Last week I put a notice in the folders about an optional Dia de los Muertas project.  So far I have not had any response.  I am ready to complete the project in class.  Please consider offering your child a picture of a loved one that we can honor on our wall.  We will complete the ofrendas in class.  I am excited and delighted to create this healing project with stories from your families.  Remember we will make the ofrendas in class all you need do is send in a copy of a picture.  (Please do not send anything precious or irreplaceable.)

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read The Rain Came Down and Red Rubber Boots Day and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  Some students will be invited to read their work from the author’s chair.  I need a parent volunteer to help put together this quarter’s writing books.  Let me know if you are available.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 2 assessment and begin Unit 3. Students will explore change to more and change to less diagrams and also work with mystery numbers (missing addends) in number stories.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means. We will read a non fiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

 

 

 

Parents of Room 112, If you have questions or concerns about work that you see your child bringing home please feel free to email me.  Our writing assignments are largely being saved in class for a bigger project later.  What you see sent home each Friday is just a sample of smaller assignments.

  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Stella Lunna and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We will begin a brief “author’s chair share” as time allows in which students will read their writing to the group voluntarily.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Happy Indigenous People’s Day!! (What I would like to see us change Columbus Day title to)

A special note for room 112:
I have had a few parents enquire about the samples of work I am sending home on Fridays.  The students are doing daily writing that I am saving to make into a book.  That work is not sent home.  If the work sent has marks on it from me it has been entered as a grade.  If not it is likely a product considered, but not officially graded.  My thinking is that this work should still be seen by the families.  I hope you all are enjoying what the children are saying about their school experiences.  Please let me know if you have questions.

  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

WORD STUDY
all, does, here, me, my, who

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We will begin a brief “author’s chair share” as time allows in which students will read their writing to the group voluntarily.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will discuss family needs and wants and how this varies from family to family with some things in common.

 

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/26 at 6pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • Please consider volunteering in the lunchroom, if you can’t make a weekly commitment.
  • Children are permitted to have “sports lid” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

WORD STUDY
Sight Words: with, his, they, at, be

Children will be assessed monthly on word recognition only. Please have your child practice spelling these words if they can already read the words.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Harry the Dirty Dog and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: chute, furious, dash, scrub

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students are writing to an authentic writing prompts daily (generated by something they bring up in class or associated to something we are covering in class) focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation. We will work on listening to a partner share and also using the ABC chart and word wall for spelling.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will have an exploration day on Wednesday and will play subtraction BINGO, rock, paper, scissors and tally items in the classroom.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. I will also assess what students already know about the phases of the moon

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share what we like to do with our families and where our families live.

Home assignments

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math sheet Sight word sheet read 10 mins Math sheet Sight word sheet read 10 mins Math sheet Sight word sheet read 10 mins

 

Warrior Wednesday!

Math sheet Sight word sheet read 10 mins Friday Letter Notebooks

( Please write back)

Read 10 minutes