Daily Archives: November 4, 2018

Important Notes: Week #11

We had a fabulous first writing celebration on Thursday!  The kids were so proud of their writing.  I kept this final piece at school and will be saving it to go in a special book that you will receive at the end of the year.  The rest of your child’s writing was sent home for you to enjoy!  Our next writing unit will focus on writing How-To Directions.  We are excited to get started!

THANK YOU so much to the many parents that volunteered in our classroom during the party and donated all of our supplies and treats. The kids LOVED dressing in their costumes, and had a blast making their toilet paper pumpkins, playing Halloween Memory, and eating TONS of yummy food. We are so thankful for all of you!!!  I will be adding all of the pictures from our party to our class photo stream soon – let me know if you need the link to check them out.

November 2 – 16 – P.E. C.A.R.E.S. Food Drive

Send in your nonperishable food items.

November 5 & 7 – Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 5 – Book Fair Preview Day

We will head down to the book fair so your child can make a wish list of the books he or she would like to get.  You do not have to purchase these books.  This experience gets the kids excited about new books to read or look at!!

November 7 – Book Fair Buy Day

Today our class has the opportunity to visit the book fair to purchase books.  If your child would like to buy a book, please send his/her money to school on Wednesday in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and the phrase “Book Fair Money”.

November 8 – Jet’s Pizza Night

November 9 – Spelling Assessment

*We will not have our normal library time this week due to the Book Fair.*

Learning Update!!!

Reading:

When we read with our first graders, there are three areas that we look for growth throughout the year: comprehension, accuracy, and fluency.  This week, we introduced a tool to aid the students in strengthening their reading comprehension.

This tool helps guide the students in retelling the events of a story in order.  When we use this tool, we start by reading a story.  When we finish reading, before moving on to another story, we see if we can remember the events of the story.  The kids practiced retelling the events across their fingers.

Writing:

This past week we spent most of our writing time preparing a special story to share at our writing celebration! First, we picked out a story that we are very proud of to revise on our own and to check for all the parts of a good small moment story. Then, we edited our stories by making sure they were easy to read.  After that, we got a chance to use colored pencils to add some color to our stories. Finally, on Thursday, we celebrated!

During our celebration time, we had a chance to add a cover to our story and share a favorite part of our story with the whole class. I am so proud of how far these first graders have come as writers since the beginning of the year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week Monday and Wednesday.  I look forward to meeting with all of you to share some of the AMAZING growth your child has made since the beginning of the year!!

I’ve posted the revised conference schedule below.  We have a lot of wonderful things to talk about in just 15 minutes.  Please remember to be prompt and I will do my best to stay right on schedule too!

Thank you!!  Report cards will be sent home with everyone on Monday, November 5. Check your child’s folder.