Sunday, September 22, 2013

Week 8 Setember23rd-27th

September 23, 2013


Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend!

The first graders will be doing their first MAP assessment this Monday, September 23rd. The first test will be the first half of the math test. Please have your child review the various math and reading skills learned in class by using the MAP sites posted under the 'Links' heading. There are also various other games/activities that will help your child in language arts and math found under the 'Links' heading.

No school on Wednesday, September 25th.


Last, the first graders will be examining different cultures in a couple of weeks. We would like to invite parents to come to school to speak to the children about your culture in 2 weeks. We would like you to speak about the customs, beliefs, shelter and language of that culture. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.


This week your child will be inquiring into the following:

Langauge Arts

Working With Words- This week's words some, her, would, make, and like. Your child will be learning these words and reviewing older ones through various chants and activities.

Reading- This week, your child will begin a new book, Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. The students will be inquiring the following reading skills through the book, predicting, creating mental images, setting, character, beginning, middle and end, and identifying the problem. He/she will also be asked to identify the title and author of the book.

Writing- Your child will be learning about subject and verb agreement and why it is important in writing. Your child will also learn how to use a web as a pre-writing strategy.


Math- Your child will be further inquiring into subtraction and learning how to choose the correct operation when doing problem solving questions.

Theme- Your child will create an ALL ABOUT ME poster and share it with the class.

                IXL SKILLS D.4, D.5, D.6, D.7


Reading-read 10 minutes and complete the reading log

Language Arts- Alphabetical order   

 Math-Problem Solving worksheet


Reading-read 10 minutes and complete the reading log

 Language Arts- -ake words word search

Math-Using Numbers to Subtract worksheet


Reading-read 10 minutes and complete the reading log
Math- Practice IXL


Reading-read 10 minutes and complete the reading log

Math-Vertical Subtraction worksheet

Phonics-study for the Word Wall Word Spelling Challenge


No School – Wednesday, September 25th.

Guest Speaker- Please contact me if you are interested to come talk to the students about your culture.


MAP Math

MAP Reading

MAP FALL TESTING SESSION – Our Map testing session begins on Monday, September 23. Parent cooperation in making sure our students are in school on time is greatly appreciated. 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEDNESDAY IN SEPTEMBER – There will be no school for students on Wednesday, September 25. Teachers will receive in-service sessions with Ms. Judi Fenton.
DONATIONS NEEDED: “Ya Tengo Donde Escribir” is an organization aiming to help children from public schools that cannot afford notebooks. In order to help, the organization makes notebooks out of cereal boxes and pages from used notebooks. They are now collecting cereal boxes until November 20th, and we encourage our students and teachers to bring cereal boxes from their homes. At the end of the contest, the grade that brought the most boxes will be awarded a pizza party or ice cream party! Please help us help those in need!
BAKE SALE - The Community Service Club will be hosting a bake sale on Thursday, September 26 to raise funds for the annual Christmas party for the orphans from Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos.  Many delicious treats will be available at break and lunch time!  Thanks, in advance, for your support!
FLU SEASON: The flu season has arrived, and we feel it is important that parents be aware and on the lookout for flu symptoms. We want to give you some suggestions and guidelines for keeping your child and your family healthy.
1.    One of the first ways of controlling exposure to the flu is to avoid crowds and close contact with others.
2.    If your child is sick with flu symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing), please keep your child home until s/he is symptom free for 24 hours.
3.    We have placed antiseptic handwash and Lysol disinfecting spray in each classroom and office. It is advisable for students to also have their own antiseptic handwash and to use it frequently.
4.    Teachers are reminding their students to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs or sneezes, not share drinking bottles, food, straws, etc., and to use the antiseptic handwash.
Flu Symptoms:  Fever, body aches including headache, fatigue, runny nose, cough and congestion.
What to do if your child has these symptoms:  Contact your doctor; keep your child home until s/he has been symptom free (including having no fever) for at least 24 hours.
By following the above precautions, we are hopeful that we can contain and prevent widespread cases of the flu.

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