January 3

Spelling:  We will get our new spelling words on Monday. We will have our spelling test next Friday. Starting with this test, students will be given a sentence to write. The sentence will have a few spelling words and sight words. The sentence will be worth 10 points (1 point for each word spelling correctly, 1 point for the capital, 1 point for the punctuation, and 1 point for spaces between words).

Reading: Students have been working hard during their reading groups to learn different strategies to figure out unknown words. Our goal for this time of year is for students to use those strategies independently. We are also focusing on reading in short phrases rather than word by word. One way to practice this at home is to have your child go back and reread the page if they get stuck on a word. This will help them remember the world and also hear themselves reading fluently. Please make sure your child is reading the books in their reading baggies and practicing their karate belts at home.

Mystery Readers:  Are you interested in being a mystery reader? Mystery readers come in and read a book to the class. I will give the students clues to try to guess the reader. Shhh- don’t tell your child when you are planning to come in and be our reader, they’ll love the surprise! You do NOT need to have your clearances in order to be a reader.

We are looking for mystery readers for the following dates:

  • Friday, January 17
  • Friday, January 24 (This is an early dismissal day)
  • Friday, January 31
  • Friday, February 8 (This is an early dismissal day)
  • Thursday, February 13

If Fridays do not work for your schedule, please send me an e-mail and we can find a date that works! Please spread the word to grandparents, older siblings, aunts/uncles. We love having any family member come to read to the class!

Gingerbread Fun!

Our class is very excited to start our Gingerbread Unit on Monday! We will be reading and comparing different versions of the story. Students will get to choose their parts for our Gingerbread Plays and will be bringing their script home. They do not need to memorize the words, but please practice their part with them at home. Please make sure the script stays in their home folders so we can continue to practice at school!

They are already getting excited to perform these plays for their families! We will be perforing the plays on Thursday, December 19th at 1:30. After the plays, all families are invited to help their child decorate a Gingerbread House. Please let me know if someone in your family is unable to make our event, so I can find an older buddy to help your child with their Gingerbead House.

We are looking for donations for all the supplies needed for our houses. If you are able to help, please use the link below to sign up for a donation. Thank you for your help!!


November 22

We had another great week in first grade. We worked with our 5th grade buddies to weave placemats for our Thanksgiving feast. The students loved practicing our spelling words in shaving cream!

Looking Ahead: All parents/grandparents are invited to our classroom on December 19th from 1:30-2:30. We will be performing Gingerbread Plays for you. After the plays, parents are invited back to our classroom to help their child create our own Gingerberad House. December can be a hectic month, so I wanted to give you this date ahead of time.

Holiday Books: Do you have one or two holiday books around your house that we could borrow in December? If you have a holiday book at your house and would be willing to let us borrow it, please send it in to school by next Wednesday. When we get back from Thanksgiving break, we are going to unwrap a different book each day for me to read to the class. I think the students will be excited to find out it was their book or a book from their house that we read! As soon as we read your book, I will send it back home with your child. If you could write your child’s name on the inside cover it will help me make sure all books go back to the correct owners.

November 4th

Book Fair: We will be going to the book fair on Thursday from 10:35-11:05 (this time was wrong on the newsletter). Feel free to join us during that time to help your child go shopping. If you are sending in money with your child, please put it in an envelope or baggy with your child’s name.

Tuesday: The book fair will be open early on Tuesday from 7:30-8:30 for the “Dudes and Donuts” event. Feel free to stop in during that time. It will also be open late on Wednesday night for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are this week! Please let me know right away if you can’t make your scheduled time for our conference.

Food Drive: Students may bring in a box of stuffing for our food drive. They will get a raffle ticket in order to vote for the teacher they want to see get a pie in the face during an assembly!

October 23

Bat Day: On Wednesday we will be turning our classroom into a bat cave. Please bring in a flashlight. We will be using them for different activities.

Math Flash Cards: Students took their second timed test for their addition facts. Students can move on to the next color of flash cards when they earn a 90% or more on the test.  We will work our way from +1s all the way to +10s. Flashcards should come back to school every day in their home folder.

Pajama Day is on Thursday for the whole school. Students may bring in slippers or socks to wear around the classroom. Please have them wear regular shoes to school. 

  • Looking Ahead…Mark your calendars! 
  • *November 1st – No School (Teacher In-Service)
  • *November 4 – November 8 – PTO Book Fair
  • *November 6 – Parent Teacher Conferences and 1:30 Early Dismissal
  • *November 7 – Parent Teacher Conferences and 1:30 Early Dismissal
  • *November 8 – 1:30 Early Dismissal
  • *November 27 – 1:30 Early Dismissal
  • *November 28 – December 2 – Thanksgiving Break

September 27

Reading Baggies: Your child has a reading baggy that goes home and comes back to school every day. They should be reading the books in their bag as part of their 10 minutes of reading homework. It is important for students to reread the same books several times to build up their fluency, accuracy, and sight word recognition.

Karate Belts: Most students got their sight word karate belt this week. They will start on the white belt and work their way to the black belt. There will be a check mark next to the words they know without sounding out. The words that are circled are the words they should practice. Please practice them at home and we will practice them during our reading group time.

We have been focusing on kindness this month. If your child is showing kindness at home please let me know! I would love to give them a shout-out in our classroom for showing kindness at home- especially with siblings!!  🙂

Apple Week: We did a lot of fun apple activities to celebrate Apple Week. We did an apple taste test, made homemade applesauce, made “applecanos” erupt, completed an apple investigation with our 5th grade buddies, and made apple slime. It was a wonderful week with a lot of great hands-on activities.

September 20

We had another great week in first grade!

Math: We are working hard to practice adding numbers to 10. We will have our first math test on Friday.

Spelling: The students are doing fantastic with their spelling words. They will get their new spelling list on Monday. We will have our test on Friday.

Apples: We are looking for apple donations for this upcoming week. We will be doing several different apple experiments to celebrate Apple Week!

Race for Education: Keep finding sponsors for your child! The class with the most sponsors will win a pizza party!! Next week any student who brings back the mailer with a $15 or more donation will receive a coupon for a free scoop at Good Life Ice Cream and Treats.

Mark your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, September 24th- CM School Picture Day
  • Friday, September 27th – 1:30 Early dismissal
  • Thursday, October 3rd-Shine Time
  • Friday, October 4th-Race for Education
  • Friday, October 11-District-wide Pink-Out day
  • Monday, October 14th-No school-Columbus Day

September 13

We had a great first 5-day week of school! The students did a wonderful job on our second spelling test. Thank you for practicing the words at home! The students earned their 10 class points so they voted to have popsicles today. They earn points by getting compliments at specials, in the hallway, or in the classroom. I am so proud of them!

Here are some pictures from our week:

September 6

Spelling: The students did awesome on our practice spelling test today! They will bring home new spelling words on Monday. Please practice these words at home. We will have our spelling test on Friday.

Reading baggies: Starting next week, your child will be bringing home a reading baggy that contains a book we have read together in our small reading group. These books will be based on your child’s reading level. Please have them read these books as part of their 10 minute reading homework.

Kindness: Our school will be focusing on kindness during the month of September. Ask your child about our kindness challenge! I have already seen a difference and our class is going above and beyond to help one another. I am so proud of them!

Race for Education: Last week a few papers went home about Race of Education. The white page is an overall info sheet about the race day, schedule, incentives, the mailer and how to find the students online donation link. To find this go to http://www.race4ed.com/cme there sponsors can search for students by first and last name and make online donations. It’s very simple!  The green paper is the mailer, this can be used to send to a sponsor and have them enclose a check and mail it back. Unlike previous years we will not be mailing these out for families. Instructions on how to use this mailer are on the back of the white sheet. They are a special grade of paper specifically for using through the USPS system so it’s important that families do not just copy the paper if they would like to send out more than 1. There are a pile of extra mailers in the office available at a first come, first serve basis.