aaARgh – It’s pirate week!

You’re going to wish you were a first grader this week as we incorporate some pirate activities into our  learning  about the AR sound!  Before we go on our AR scavenger hunt, the kids will be making their own pirate hooks with our (grand)parent volunteers!  If you would like to send a handkerchief in for your little pirate to wear around their head, feel free to do so!  Please label it with his/her name and send it in by Wednesday.  We may even find a treasure after we hunt for AR words all around our school!

We’ll continue to learn all about writing our opinions this week too!  The kids had some strong opinions against my favorite pizza toppings!  Imagine first graders thinking that onions and green peppers are gross!  They were so funny!

In Math we have been working hard on counting ten more and ten less, and using models and symbols to compare numbers.  This is tough stuff, and the kids have been working hard.  They have been doing their “homework” pages in school with our aide, Mrs. Mayzum, so that we can closely monitor the students who need extra practice.  We’ll take our test after the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday break.

Please look for the Math facts packet that came home in your child’s red folder on Friday.  Our addition and subtraction facts to 20 have been broken down into 26 levels for your child to memorize in manageable chunks.  You will receive one level at a time.   Practice level 1  until you feel your child is ready to take the test.  When your child has demonstrated mastery of this level at school, I will send the next level home.  A certificate will be given to your child after s/he completes each level, and for every 5 levels that are completed, your child will receive a small prize. That made some kids cheer!  “Knows basic math facts” will be graded during marking periods 3 & 4, so it’s time to get down to business!

We’re almost 1/2 way through our first grade year, and my expectations for your child’s behavior are increasing.  This means the class will no longer receive warnings for things such as talking at inappropriate times, touching others, etc…  If you see clip downs for this type of behavior, don’t be alarmed.  I know the kids will be able to live up to these new expectations.  They are growing by leaps and bounds both academically and socially.  I’m so proud of them!

Does anyone in your family have an old fashioned electric typewriter gathering dust in the attic?  The kids type their spelling words on the one I used in college, and there is always a waiting line for this station!  I would love to add another typewriter to this station if we can find one.  Wait, did I just say old fashioned and refer to my college experience in the same paragraph?

A few dates for your calendar:

Friday, January 16 (cycle day 3)  1:30 early dismissal for elementary students

Book orders due

Monday, January 19 – No school K-12

Tuesday, January 20 – Welcome back to school.  Cycle day 6

Spelling test day!

Wednesday, January 21 – Substitute teacher in first grade.  I’ll be in the building testing 🙂

Wednesday, January 28 – Pizza Hut reading logs due

Friday, January 30 – 1:30 early dismissal

We’re trying to stay healthy by washing our hands often.  Thank you for keeping your kiddo at home when s/he is feeling under the weather.  I’d be happy to gather missed school work for you to pick up in the office!


Happy 2015!





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