What's Happening in 1st Grade? Pic: Giants Causeway, White Park Bay, Co. Antrim, Ireland
The spring has crept up on us! April is here and I am just realizing I only have 8 more precious weeks with your children! They have learned so much this year and I am proud of each and every one of them. There isn't much news to report for this month. After spring break we will head into an intense last push for all of our end of the year learning. The only new news I have to report is that we have a new member of our class! Her name is Erika Mazzoucca and she is a student teacher. She is learning to teach just like Ms. O is learning to teach every day! Soon she will be leading our learning as she navigates what it is like to grow young minds. The students have welcomed her and she has already been a big help and a wonderful addition to our class. In other announcements, picture day is rolling around. We will have a class picture taken and an opportunity for another individual picture. Look for order forms in your child's Friday folder. We have one more early release for the year coming up in April. Dates should be listed in your child's green take home folder. As spring rolls around every year our kids at school tend to get a bit of cabin fever. They want to be outside to play and rough house and it can sometimes lead to a rowdy class. I will be implementing more brain breaks and movement opportunities to help with this. However, it would be so helpful to have those conversations with kids about still being in school and finishing strong. As always, thanks for your partnership, and I look forward to the next 8 weeks!
Here is our news for January! I have sent home notes about most of these things but, as always, please feel free to email me if you have questions. 1) School supplies: If your child is in need of replenished crayons, big pink erasers, or headphones for this semester, please follow up with them to see if they are in need.
2) Lexia: all first graders should be through level nine by the end of first grade. Please be working on Lexia at home. It is a great tool and it is mostly self directed. If your child has a red apple at the bottom left of the screen it means they need help, they have been taught to ask for help when this happens. If you have questions about how to log in, please email me and I'll help you out.
3) Winter conferences: I will be holding winter conferences the second week of February. Please sign up on the sheet that I sent home with your child. I'd love to touch base with everyone about their child's growth from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year, and fill you in on how to make sure they hit the end of the year benchmarks!
4) Homework: I know many of your kids may desire to do their homework independently-THAT'S GREAT! However, it is always a good idea to double check their work when they are finished. I am getting an increase in incomplete work from many students and this may be due to rushing. Just a double check to make sure they are right on track :)
5) Field Trip: We will be crossing our fingers that we get enough money for the field trip in February to the Arvada Center, it is a super fun trip and we really want to go! Be sure to pay this week to ensure our chances of going on this fun outing!
As always, I continue to feel blessed to have families that care so much about partnering with me in their child's education and those of you who offer your time and generosity to make our classroom a great place to learn and grow! Your children, and Westgate are SO lucky!!!
Ahhh, November! Chilly, snowy days that make you want to cuddle up by the fire! Wait...that's not a reality in Colorado right now. Oh, well-wishful thinking! It's difficult to believe it is November simply because of this warm weather, but we are almost to Thanksgiving break! So, here are some reminders about this month in Ms. O's first grade class! Our field trip to the zoo is coming up. Sadly, we couldn't get an October date, however it will still be great fun to see all of the animals. If you haven't turned in your $10 and permission slip for your child to be able to attend with us, please do so ASAP.
Outside of our trip to the zoo, we don't have much more news. We have 2 more weeks of school before our much needed Thanksgiving break. We will be having a Turkey Trot run in P.E. with Mrs. Lavigna this month, so cross your fingers for your child to bring home that turkey! We will be having another skate night soon and some of the proceeds will be going to Westgate if your child attends. Report cards will go home on Friday, November 18th, so keep an eye out in your child's green folder for the envelop. After you view your child's report card, please sign the envelop and return it.
Lastly, I want to say thank you so much to any parents who helped out at our Halloween party. I heard the kids had a fantastic time, and I was sad to miss it but I am so grateful for the families that I get to partner with this year. You guys rock! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate the holiday and a much needed restful time with your families and friends. Till December-
I can't believe it is already October! Sadly, this year seems to be flying by. I want to savor every moment I have with your sweet little ones. Before you know it, they will be smarter than you! In math we are currently learning what it means to be an efficient mathematician. We have been answering questions such as-which strategy would be the best, quickest way for me to solve a problem? What makes more sense? We are adding and subtracting through 10 and soon we will move straight into finding unknowns in story problems. In writing we are still learning what it means to write an informative paragraph-topic sentence, three details, and an ending! And in reading we are going to be learning beginning and ending blends, what it means to retell a story in order, and the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Social studies is going to be all about history this month!
We also have a few other things happening at school in October. We will be headed to the zoo for a field trip sometime in October. We also have conferences coming up on the 11th and 13th of October, and the following day, on the 14th we have a day off for our Fall break. Conferences will be held after school from 4:00-8:00 both days. We will be having a Halloween party on Friday, October 28th, and I will have more information sent home on the details of our party soon. Stay up to date with everything happening at school with our monthly blogs! See you next month!
It is September and Fall is almost officially here! September 22 marks the first day of fall and the weather is already starting to make us feel better. As the kids enjoy recess in the nice, cool weather they are also learning so much already in the classroom. We just wrapped up our first unit in math, which included making number partners to ten and adding and subtracting with 1 and 0. We are currently learning all about living things in science and we are exploring the lives of fish, plants, and birds. Students are already displaying their varying levels of reading abilities but we have reviewed all of our letters, sounds, and short vowels. We will be moving into final blends soon and our texts will begin to get more complicated as the year moves along. We have been discussing what good writers do in our writing time and we will shortly begin diving into the genre of informative writing.
This week we had two days of flex testing. Next Thursday we will be enjoying field day (1st grade in the afternoon), and there will be a note going home soon with more information. The following day, on Friday, we will have an early release and students will need a ride home arranged at 1:50. An important detail to note is that we will no longer be having a PTA movie option available on the early release days this year, so please be prepared to have a ride for your child arranged. We will be looking forward to taking a field trip to the zoo soon (most likely in mid-late October). Our vision and hearing screenings are coming up soon, and picture day will be the first week in October. Please enjoy the fall weather with your family by sharpening the saw outside! If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me!
Welcome back to school! August is a short month for us so there isn't much news, but I do have a few reminders. If you did not get a chance to sign up for a flex testing time at open house night, I have a sign up sheet in the classroom available for you to choose one. Flex testing will take place on Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th from 8:30-4:00.
We will be holding a Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 30th from 5:30-7:15. Please come join us to learn more about Westgate and what will be happening in your child's class(es) or grade level(s) this year.
Our specials schedule is a bit different this year. Your child will be switching specials every day instead of every other day. This means that they will need to wear or pack tennis shoes for PE every 3rd day. We go to PE on C days. Your specials schedule will be sent home on Monday with your child's green folder so be sure to check for that to keep up with our schedule. Monday will be our first PE day.
Please help out when sending money for your child's lunch by putting it into a ziplock baggie with their first and last name, grade level, and teacher name. If you do not have baggies at home we can provide them at the school.
Have a great week and thanks so much for visiting!