Archive for June 2018

In Lieu of the1st Grade Summer Packet- adapted from Betsy Eggart
Please Read! And have a GREAT Summer!

-Teach your child to tie their shoes. Find a fun trick! Watch a video! Give an incentive! Be persistent! Just make sure your child isn’t the one dragging their laces through the bathroom and cafeteria then asking the teacher to tie it.

-Keep bedtime in the routine. It may be a little later and there will be nights that bedtime doesn’t apply. But overall, if we keep our bodies in a routine with sleep, September won’t hit quite so hard.
-Choose a few family members and friends to write a letter to this summer. Ask your child to write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child. Maybe someone will write them back! Include an envelope with return address and stamp to encourage that!

-Sit at the table and eat together. Really watch your child. Is he sitting on his knees, mouth wide open, food everywhere? This is how he looks in the cafeteria. Work on that.

-Encourage kindness. Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile. Deliver cookies, make a card, flowers, chores, a song…something simply for a smile.

-Don’t rush to the rescue. Hear me out. Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve. If your child is in a situation that is frustrating, but not harmful (example: can’t put together a new toy, can’t open a lunchable, can’t decide which color shirt to wear) let them work it out! It saves time and our nerves to just do it! But in the long run, it’s crippling our children of the basic and necessary skill to problem solve and think through an issue…for themselves. Hang back…just a bit. They’ll be ok!

-Read TO your child. I can’t encourage reading enough! Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read- to yourself and to them. Let them hear your silly voices. Let them tell you the best parts and predict how it will end. We tell them all the time they must read, but are we showing them WE read?

-Put down your phone. Spend an hour at the park together without any technology. Leave your phone at home, it will be there when you get back. We must look up from our screens and look at our children. They are growing so incredibly fast. We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard.

-Rest. Be ok with not constantly going somewhere. Society, media, Facebook all have us believing we must seize the day and do it all. Our children have worked hard and they need to rest. If we keep them in perpetual motion through the summer, it will feel like a continuation of the chaos with less homework. Squeeze in the fun, but allow the time to rest. Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store.

-Give a hug – get a hug. Enjoy your family time. See you in the fall!!
Love from Ms. Hall, Ms. Horgan and Ms. Sheridan

This is our final official weekly news letter.  If I have important information for you next week I will post it here and send another note.  Otherwise, have a great summer everyone!!

Please note that as we approach the summer break students often feel anxiety over the unknown of the days ahead.  I strongly recommend you establish a regular routine in which your 7 year old can feel as though they know what is expected of them and can have success each day.  Without this structure in the day you will find an increase in misbehaviors and complications in communicating.

There are no more home assignments.  Summer activity suggestions will be in the folder this week.  Please ask your child to read each day, write in their summer journals and practice incidental math skills such as counting the coins in your pocket or playing a board game.

Be safe and have fun!

I have truly enjoyed your kids this year!  What an amazing group of people we had in first grade!

The CEO of CPS has written a safety plan in which she states all staff will be required to complete periodic background checks.  If you are interested in reading the entire letter please let me know and I will print it for you.  There are also copies in the main office I believe.

Next week (6/13) students in room 112 will preform in “Rockfest” produced by Ms. Walker, the music teacher.  For more details please contact her directly.

If you are planning to leave Ray for next year please alert the main office of any transfer details.

Please contribute snack for the group ( We still need snacks until June 18)

Our class will complete the NWEA assessment this week.

Home assignments:
If your child is not reading daily and practicing single digit addition and subtraction facts they will likely fall behind their peers who do practice daily.

Read daily and keep track of minutes
Sight word practice: ready, anything, upon, kind, places, also, flower, warm

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_____

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Wednesday minutes_____

Thursday minutes____

Friday minutes_____

Saturday minutes_____

Sunday minutes_____