Way to go Turkey Trot participants!!! It was so much fun to cheer you on last week at the event. We have some very fast runners in our class. Let’s keep the fall fun going – we are excited for some fun Halloween/Harvest activities this week!!!
October 29 – Library Day
October 30 – Picture Retakes
Send back in your child’s picture folder, and I will make sure they head down to smile.
October 31 – Halloween Party @ 12:45
Click on this link for information about our party –> Halloween Party Details
November 2 – Early Release Day
Students are dismissed from school at 12:15. (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child. Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch. Feel free to send me an e-mail to let me know.) We will not have parent volunteers for sight words this week due to the half day!
November 4 – Day Light Savings – Fall Back
Today, I sent an e-mail with our fall conference schedule. Please mark this date on your calendar. If you have not sent me an e-mail to confirm your time, please do! I am excited to be able to meet with you and share some of the amazing growth your first grader has made since the beginning of the year!
Our Halloween Party will take place this Wednesday, October 31, from 12:45-1:30.
On Wednesday, October 31, your child can bring their Halloween costume to school in a bag. Please keep all swords, weapons, makeup, etc… at home for the real Trick-or-Treating. We will change into our festive gear around 12:30ish. Your child will wear their Halloween costume during the party and change back into their school clothes (or stay in their costume) after the party before we have recess.
Thank you so much to all the parents who are donating supplies and volunteering during the event. Please send in your party donations by Tuesday, October 30, so I can double check that we have everything we need. Food items can be brought in the day of the party.
We are looking forward to lots of fun!!! I’ll take pictures to share on our photo stream for you to see if you haven’t signed up to volunteer at the party! Please remember, if you plan to attend the party, you need to sign up to help with our craft, game, or snack and complete a background check. Please leave younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms.
We focused on making our stories easy for other people to read, this week. We spent time focusing on neat handwriting, finger spaces, and spelling our word wall words correctly.
We spent time practicing putting capitals in the right places – we focused on making sure to capitalize the letter I when we talk about ourselves. We are encouraging our writers to be careful not to add capital letters to all their words (which is common for beginning writers). We will continue to build on where to add capitals and punctuation throughout the school year.
This week, we reviewed all the concepts that we covered in Unit 2. Unit 2 covered addition and subtraction strategies and provided the foundation for all of the math learning that will take place for the rest of this year and beyond. Look for the math assessment to come home soon and check over how your child performed. Any areas that are still NOT consistently solid, we will continue to practice in our lesson warm ups and small group intervention. This week’s homework will be a review of writing addition equations (P + P = T) and subtraction equations (T – P = P).
We talked about how good readers think about their books as they read. We focused on how when they finish reading one book, before moving on to their next book, they can stop and think. This week, we focused on making connections to our books as we read. As we read, we stopped to think, ‘Would I feel the same way, if that had happened to me?’ or ‘Do I know of any other characters, from different books, who have felt this way before?’ Connections help us to understand how characters feel and infer why they are acting the way they are acting in different parts of a story. Making these connections will help your child to have a deeper understanding of story events and prepares them to be able to talk about character traits.