Wednesday, January 16, 2019

3rd 9 weeks-week 2


Dear Family,
Book orders will be sent home this week.  Please place all orders by Friday January 25, 3 PM.  You may order from ANY of the online magazines by visiting https://clubs.scholastic.com/. My online teacher code is: J6BVC

On Thursday, your child will bring home his/her data binder. It comes home every nine weeks with his/her report card in a gold envelope located in the the inside pocket of the binder.  In the binder, each nine weeks grading period is separated.  Behind each colored divider (yellow for 2nd 9 weeks and red for 3rd 9 weeks) you will find an independent writing sample, math assessments, and science assessments.  Please review and discuss the common assessments with your child, but do not remove any of these work samples. (I will return the entire binder to you at the end of the year.)  If you have any questions about what a 1, 2, 3, or 4 means on the report card, please refer to the grading guidelines tab on the 1st grade blog. At this time of year, several students may have mostly 2’s. This indicates that a child is meeting expectations with minimal guidance and is progressing as expected as a learner.  Kindly return the data binder and signed report card envelope with your child by Monday. The report card is yours to keep.

Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Wednesday, 1/23.
Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.
T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her PURPLE first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.

Next Week…
Math: Students will continue to work with equality and balancing equations. Students will use manipulatives, balance scales, ten frames, equations, etc. to represent equality. Please note: Equality in math can be an incredibly difficult concept for students, therefore, we are continuing this concept from last week.

Science: Students will identify the characteristics of day and night.  They will also observe and record changes in the appearance of the moon, stars, and sun the sky.

Reading/Writing: This week we will begin a research unit on Eric Carle. We will read books by Eric Carle, develop open ended questions, gather information from relevant sources, revise and produce a product to show our class research.

Balanced Literacy: This week in Social Studies the students will continue with their explorations of maps.  They will be creating a flipbook to show their location in space.  In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing letter patterns and CVC patterns in words.

Campus News…
Lost and Found:
Is your child missing a coat, sweater, jacket, water bottle, etc???  The Lost & Found is located by our cafeteria.  Come check it out this week and/or have your child take a second and third look.  ALL items will be donated to the RRISD Clothes Closet after this Friday, Jan. 18.

Campus Climate/Family Survey!!
It's TIME!! We work so hard to not only be the best educational institution in the area, but the most welcoming, fun, educational & innovative school anywhere!  Your participation & active involvement is so very important to us, and what makes us great!  Please take a few moments (Literally 1-3 minutes this year!) to complete this district survey to let us know how we are doing.  The survey has been rewritten to gain maximum feedback from minimum time.  We take your feedback & recommendations seriously!  Our goal this year is no less than 100% participation!  Let us know how we are doing to serve the needs of your child(ren) by clicking on this link:  RRISD Family Survey Link  Please complete one survey per child.  The district goal is 25% participation by campus.  Traditionally, we have about 35-40% with one year (our competitive year with Elsa England at 65%).  Let's make it 100%!  I PROMISE....IT'S EASY!!!

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 17 Report Cards sent home
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
  • Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 25 Scholastic Book Orders Due by 3 PM
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Thursday. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Friday.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

3rd 9 weeks-week 1


Dear Family,
Welcome back!  I hope all of you had a wonderful winter break!

Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Wednesday, 1/23. Chaperones, be on the lookout for a separate email with additional information!
        Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.

·         T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her PURPLE first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.

Next Week…
Math: Students will use numbers and equations to represent equality; where two things have the same value. For example, 5 has the same value as 4 and 1. Students will represent  relationships concretely with a balance and symbolically with the equal sign.
               
Science: Students will identify the characteristics of the seasons of the year (weather/nature, activities, months, and clothing).

Reading: This week, students review previously taught reading skills: retelling, character traits, main idea and details, asking questions and inferring.

Writing:  Students will continue letter writing with an emphasis on persuasive letters. The focus will be stating an opinion and providing compelling and relevant reasons to support it in order to persuade the reader.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be focused on creating and using simple maps. In Phonics, students will be working on identifying syllables and understanding the concept of a sentence.

Campus News…

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 17 Report Cards sent home
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
  • Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Thursday. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Friday.