Week…Whatever it was… :)

We continue with the craziness that is 2020! I hope today went well for you and that your family survived the day in whatever ways you needed to.  There are now a lot of assignments in the Google Classroom as OPTIONAL Thanksgiving Week Work. Use or refuse.  I added one where students can post pictures with their little Mrs. Cooley’s (Bingo).  You are also welcome to email me pictures if they make a Macy’s balloon float. I will send a video tomorrow with an explanation of all you now have at home, how to access and use Google Classroom, and a list of what will need to be returned when we come back to school.  I hope you and your family are able to spend some quiet and fun time together over the next week. I am thankful for all of you and your amazing kids! – Victoria

Google Classroom Reminder :

Please help your student log into their email account.  You can find the login info on the back of their take-home folder under computer log-in. Go to Gmail and then log in using their username@hpsstudents.net and then type the password. They can go to the waffle and click on Google Classroom after they are in their email and/or assignments should be coming as emails to them. They know how to navigate it a little so you can always ask them for help. 🙂

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday/Tuesday, Nov. 23/24-

  • Thanksgiving Packet work, OPTIONAL Google Classroom Work

Nov. 25-29 NO SCHOOL

Nov. 30- Virtual Live Lessons Begin

 

 


Scholastic Book Orders  

I will still place orders on November 30th and can drop off orders or meet you at school.  Also, there is an option to have it shipped to your house. As soon as you create/pay your “send to my house order” it will finalize and ship to you.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 11/30/2020


Mystery Reader-

On hold for the moment. We will likely resume in January.


On Monday we “caught” a Turkey after leaving a trap out over the weekend! Our How-to-Steps worked!! We enjoyed eating the feathers!

On Tuesday we were able to squeeze some Thanksgiving celebrations into the craziness!!

Week 12 highlights

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, November 16- Art, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, November 17- Library, Book Fair Preview Day, STEAM
Wednesday, November 18- Music, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 19- Book Fair Shopping Day, PE
Friday, November 20- Art

THANKSGIVING BREAK-
Now one week- Nov. 21-29, at-home packets will be sent Friday the 20th for work on Monday, 23rd-/Tuesday 24th.

  • The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive began on November 4. We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles, and please do not break apart packaged food) The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lane. (If allowed this year) This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

Scholastic Book Orders  

December flyers came home this week. Book fair will be at school this upcoming week.

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 11/30/2020


Mystery Reader-

Evert’s mom, Mrs. Klomp, was our Mystery Reader this week. She read us Peppa Gives Thanks  Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. We’d also love to invite you (a sibling, a grandparent, aunt, uncle) to send in a video of you doing a read-aloud if you can’t make our mystery reader time.  We also have flexibility in doing it at a different time if you aren’t available at 3:00.  Please let me know.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week- Emmie, Anastasia, Kennedy, and Riley.  We had fun seeing their show and tell items.  

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Evert.  He is a great helper in our class and always does the right thing!

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Happy Birthday, Evert!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing –  This week we continued with our how-to writing.  We finished up writing our How to Play Spider Tag and drafted How to Catch a Turkey.  We had so much fun Friday bringing our writing to life and creating our turkey traps! 

Word Study – We continued to look at silent e turning letters into long vowel sounds.  We also investigated that there are very few long e words with silent e (here, these, Pete).  We looked at how most often long e is made with ee or ea.  We created an advertisement to let the school know that we are now word detectives and we even had some fifth graders come down to ask us a question about the word cape!! 🙂 We were very proud that we could help a fifth grader read. 

Reading– This week the detectives focused on using snap words we know. We practiced reading the ones we already know in a snap, we thought about if we could guess the word based on the context clues, we saw if the words reminded us of a snap word we already knew and we worked on having a word turn into a snap word. It was exciting because we got our own Word Detective Badges. We also started book clubs this week. This will be a great opportunity for us to get more practice and instruction with accuracy and comprehension.

Math- We took our unit 2 test.  You should have seen this come home Thursday.  The kids did great and I’m excited to talk more about it with you at conferences. 

Social-Emotional –We started a new unit and read the story Little Penguin Calms down. We are working on ways to calm ourselves when we get frustrated or mad. 



Soaking up the last of the warm weather!!!

 


We learned about the holiday some people celebrate called Diwali.  We created paper lanterns and colored mandalas.

Week 11 Highlights

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, November 9- Art
Tuesday, November 10- Library, STEAM
Wednesday, November 11- Music
Thursday, November 12- PE
Friday, November 13- Early Release, Recess only

  • How-To Catch a Turkey Day- Friday, for early release, we will be reading the book How to Catch a Turkey. Students are welcome to wear their best “trapping gear” (cameo, all black, etc.). We will then plan, design, and create our own turkey traps.  I have started to collect boxes but if you have anything (shoe boxes, Amazon boxes, string, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, sticks, etc.) please feel free to send that along with your student.  I’ll be explaining the project earlier in the week so they can bring in something specific if they’d like.
  • Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences- We are using Calendly as a sign up for Zoom Conferences on November 16 and 18. Here is the link to sign up. https://calendly.com/vcooley1/fallptconf.  Looking forward to seeing you and celebrating your child!
  • The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive began on November 4. We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles, and please do not break apart packaged food) The food drive will continue until Nov. 18.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in.  The class with the most items brought in by NOON on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lane. (If allowed this year) This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kids compassion and love for others.  Thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.

Scholastic Book Orders  

Flyers were sent home last week.  There will also be a book fair at school next week during conferences

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 11/30/2020


Mystery Reader-

Xander’s grandma, Grandma Lynn, was our Mystery Reader this week. She read us Max Cleans Up and The Wolf’s Chicken Stew.   Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. We’d also love to invite you (a sibling, a grandparent, aunt, uncle) to send in a video of you doing a read-aloud if you can’t make our mystery reader time.  We also have flexibility in doing it at a different time if you aren’t available at 3:00.  Please let me know.


Celebrations-

Fancy Friday was a huge hit! We had so much fun and looked good doing it!

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Maddy, Brayden, Hazel, Ruby, Emmie. Each got to bring Show and Tell!

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Norah. She is such a kind girl with a loving heart and a big smile. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time. Just Norah celebrated her birthday this week. 


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We continued to focus on writing How-To’s.  Our class has been loving playing Spider Tag at recess so we worked on writing directions for how to play Spider Tag. 

Word Study – We continued the case of the silent ‘E’ and worked to see what words follow the rule and what words are exceptions.  We started looking at vowel a and are now looking at other vowels. 

Reading– We continued to work to be word detectives and we used everything we know and also practiced doing a slow check to solve tricky words.  I have read with all but four students this week and have adjusted levels as necessary. The kids continue to make great progress and I’m excited to celebrate this with you at conferences. 

Math– We looked at how subtraction and addition are related and are wrapping up our subtraction unit. We also started looking at addition and subtraction equations vertically.  Our Unit 2 test will be Wednesday (11/11) or Thursday (11/12).

Social-Emotional – We continued to find ways to use positive self-talk and also started giving affirmations to our peers.  We can do hard things!


Emmie and Palmer did a twin’s day!

Week 10, Back at it again!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, November 2- PE
Tuesday, November 3- Library, Art, Picture Retake Day
Wednesday, November 4- STEAM
Thursday, November 5- Music
Friday, November 6- PE

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences- We are using Calendly as a sign up for Zoom Conferences on November 16 and 18. Here is the link to sign up. https://calendly.com/vcooley1/fallptconf. I will send a reminder email along with a pre-conference survey later next week.  This will help to ensure we make the most of our time. Looking forward to seeing you and celebrating your child!


Scholastic Book Orders 

I placed our class order Thursday last week.  Books should take about 2 weeks to come in.  November/December flyers will come home soon if you’d like to order for the holidays.  Thanks so much for supporting this.  We have gotten so many free books for our class!


Mystery Reader-

Connor and Palmer’s Grandma,  Gramma Ginger, was our Mystery Reader this week. She read us- Fiona Flamingo by Rachael Urrutia Chu.   Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. We’d also love to invite you (a sibling, a grandparent, aunt, uncle) to send in a video of you doing a read-aloud if you can’t make our mystery reader time.  We also have flexibility in doing it at a different time if you aren’t available at 3:00.  Please let me know.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Four new friends were Star of the Day this week, Ella, Evert, Jason, and Norah.  They enjoyed sharing a Show and Tell with the class. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Abbey. She is always working hard, never gives up, and is a great helper in our class.

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week.  It was a quiet week on the club joining in our room. 


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We began our second writing unit, “How-To Writing.” We brainstormed how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich this week! 

Word Study –This week we began our second word study unit, all about the mystery of the silent e. We worked on sorting words with the vowel ‘a’ that did and did not have an e at the end of the word. In words without an ‘e’ at the end, the ‘a’ said its short vowel sound. In words with an ‘e’ at the end, the ‘a’ said its long vowel sound.

Reading– This week we began our second unit of reading which is all about being word detectives. The Super Secret Detective Agency (SSDA) delivered us a top-secret envelope with 5 missions for our class to complete. This week we completed two missions and received magnifying glasses to help us “look closely” while we read. 

Math-We continued solving subtraction equations with circle drawings this week. Our class did great on this week’s quiz! It’s in mailboxes to come home Monday. 

Social-Emotional – We worked on the Power of Yet.  We thought of all the things we have learned and can now do and a few things we can’t do….YET!! Mrs. Stauffer, our PBIS coach, also came in and taught us about the Zones of Regulation and how we can help our body to move into the green zone to be ready to learn and play at school.


Fall Party Fun and other pictures-

Thank you so much for supporting our party from afar.  We appreciate everything that was sent in and the kids had a great day! We also earned an extra recess on the 4/5 playground and enjoyed some time outside by ourselves.  Our class has created Spider Tag and many of them play it together every recess.  It is so special to watch them become a class family.

 

Week 9, We were Feeling Fine!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Schedule for the Week
Monday, October 26- No School
Tuesday, October 27- Library, PE
Wednesday, October 28- Art
Thursday- October 29- STEAM
Friday- October 30- Music, Fall Party Click here for our Fall Celebration Sign Up
We still need a popcorn snack and 6 full rolls of TP made to look like ghosts.

*Picture Retake Day will be Tuesday, Nov 3.  If your child was absent or you would like a retake, simply send in the picture form with your child on retake day. If you wish to order online, you can go to geskusphoto.com/fallorders and use code 264BFISDGVNHA

*Costumes-

Children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?  Can they fit in their seat at their desk? Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?  Can they wear their mask?  Please save bulky (i.e blowup costumes), or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.

*Please make sure you have signed your child up for our Special’s Google Classrooms:

Log into your child’s email account or our class google classroom.  You can find the login info on the back of their take-home folder under computer log-in. Go to Gmail and then log in using their username@hpsstudents.net and then type the password Here are the Google Classroom codes for specials:
Art -:  g6zggka
STEAM- vpcx5uq
Music- l2n6kkn
PE-ggalmj4
*Parks Bingo event Check out this free Ottawa Country Parks Event.

Scholastic Book Orders  (DUE NEXT WEEK)

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child
Class Order Due Date: 10/28/2020


Mystery Reader-

Skyler’s Grandma,  Mrs. Boersen, was our Mystery Reader this week. She read us- Peppa Goes Apple Picking.   Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. We’d also love to invite you (a sibling, a grandparent, aunt, uncle) to send in a video of you doing a read-aloud if you can’t make our mystery reader time.  We also have flexibility in doing it at a different time if you aren’t available at 3:00.  Please let me know.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Xander, Connor, Palmer, Jack, and Rasheed (our phonics Lion). We enjoyed seeing their show and tell items. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Xander.  He believed in himself during writing this week and was able to produce a great story. 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We spent the week fixing and fancying our final small moment narrative story.  Students will be bringing home pieces they have been working on these first nine weeks of school to share with you. I’ll save a few here at school too.  Next, we’ll be starting, How-To books. 

Word Study – We had a review week for word study this week and helped to solidify blends and digraphs. 

Reading– We celebrated all our great habits this week in reading and set goals for ourselves from this unit that we’d like to carry over. The next unit we’ll start is Word Detectives. 

Math– We started subtraction this week.  We are using proof circle drawings to see the total, cross out the amount we are subtracting, and circling what is left. 

Social-Emotional – We continued to work on our growth mindset and positive self-talk this week.  We had a reader’s theater with Little Penguin and helped him talk positively to himself when he makes a mistake. We also did a partner match up to find growth mindset phrases. 


Pictures of the Week

 

(these are going up in the hall and will come home… (not sideways 🙂 )

Week 8; It was Great!!!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, October 19- PE

Tuesday 20- Library,  Art

Wednesday, October 21- STEAM

Thursday, October 22- Music

Friday, October 23 Early Release, Music

No School Monday, October 26

Fall Celebration-October 30

Click here for our Fall Celebration Sign Up


Scholastic Book Orders 

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child:  https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=667327
Class Order Due Date: 10/28/2020


Mystery Reader-

Mrs. Ferreira, Carmel’s Mom, was our Mystery Reader this week. She read us- Only You Can Be You: What Makes You Different Makes You Great by Nathan and Sally Clarkson.  Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. Next week is still open. We’d also love to invite you (a sibling, a grandparent, aunt, uncle) to send in a video of you doing a read-aloud if you can’t make our mystery reader time.  We also have flexibility in doing it at a different time if you aren’t available at 3:00.  Please let me know.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Skyler, Ryan, Carmel, Cambry, and Lucy.

We had Show and Tell with something fun they brought! 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Ella! (she went home early so she missed the big reveal! Congrats, Ella.

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Our class didn’t have any this week! 

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week we finished trying out and copying Author’s Craft Moves and we worked on revising and editing.  We are excited to fix and fancy a final piece to publish next week as we wrap up this narrative unit. 

Word Study – We graduated from Unit 1 and are now super Phonics Professors!  We continued to apply all we have learned about blends, digraphs, vowels, syllables, and keep practicing using, spelling, reading, and saying out snap words. 

Reading– We also wrapped up Unit 1 for reading and will celebrate next week.  We have built a lot of good habits during this unit and have learned how to be a cheerleader for our reading partner(s). 

Math- We practiced learning new strategies like scoop up and count on for addition equations this week. This has helped us to solve equations much faster. 

Social Emotional – We had our PBIS kick-off to help us focus on SOARing at school.  We got to talk to detective Stauffer and Detective Waldie to find clues and discuss ways we can SOAR in our class and at GES. We also spent some time talking about Growth Mindset and talked about what a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset is. 


Week 7 highlights

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

Monday, Oct. 12 – Music, PBIS rescheduled kick-off
Tuesday, Oct. 13- Library, PE
Wednesday, Oct. 14- Art
Thursday, Oct. 15- STEAM
Friday, Oct 16- Music

Breakfast

If your child plans to take breakfast at school if you could send me a quick email (it doesn’t need to be daily, just once) and let me know you are okay with me sending them down, I’ll add them to my list.  I have a few friends that are eating breakfast at home but want to go for second cereal breakfast as a treat and others who want to go to avoid morning work.  Thanks for your help!

Fall Celebration

This year for our Fall Celebrations we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, much like years past.  This year will be slightly different, in a couple of ways.

  1. Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
  2. Snacks can be sent in, but need to be store-bought and individually packaged.
  3. Games, crafts, and snacks need to be sent in 24 hours in advance (or more). 

Next week I’ll send up a sign-up link with all the things we’ll need.

Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?  Can they fit in their seat at their desk? Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?  Can they wear their mask?  Please save bulky, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well. 

We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.  


Mystery Reader- 

This week, Mr. Boersen, Skyler’s Dad was our virtual VIP reader.  He read us The Gruffalo.  Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. October 21 is still open. We’d also love to invite you (a sibling, a grandparent, aunt, uncle) to send in a video of you doing a read-aloud if you can’t make our mystery reader time.  We also have flexibility in doing it at a different time if you aren’t available at 3:00.  Please let me know.


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Hector, Ruby, Anastasia, Hazel, Emmie.

Each got to be the line leader and sit at the teacher desk! Next week, we’ll start over and the star student will be allowed to bring in something for a quick show and tell.  Next week will be Skyler, Ryan, Cambry, and Lucy. 

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Violet.  She is a strong girl and she knows who she is! 

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

OUR LEARNING:

Writing – We’ve been studying the writing of author, George McClements (Night of the Veggie Monster) and trying to imitate what he has done in his writing. It has been fun to look for these elements in other books too. We have found a lot of ellipses this week. 

Word Study – We have studied a lot of snap words and added them to our class word wall.  Our work is so amazing that a reporter even came in to question us about all how we are using everything we have learned.

Reading– We have been working on strategies to solve tricky words.  It’s been fun to watch the kids coach each other and work alongside each other during partner reading time.

Math- This week we started unit 2.  We have been looking at addition equations and story problems.  We are talking about the parts of an equation (partners and total). We’ve been creating equations- using our bodies (acting out) and circle drawings to represent story problems.

Social Emotional – We started Unit 2- Little Penguin Learns to Fly. We will be studying Growth Mindset strategies in this unit.


Week 6 is done; it was lots of fun!

UPCOMING DATES AND REMINDERS-

Monday, Oct. 5- Steam, PBIS kick-off
Tuesday, Oct. 6- Library, Music
Wednesday, Oct. 7- PE
Thursday, Oct. 8- Art, Jet’s Pizza Night
Friday, Oct. 9-Steam


MYSTERY READER-

Virtual VIP Readers stared this week.  Jack’s dad, Nate Hoekstkra was our first virtual reader.  He read us The Little Red Pen. It was so fun to “invite” someone into our room.  We miss having you here! We have one October spot left and plenty after that! Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link.


CELEBRATIONS-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Cambry, Carmel, Jack, Riley, and Evert. Each got to be the line leader and sit at the teacher desk!

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Hector.  He is a good friend and always has a smile on his face.

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Carmel joined the shoe-tying club as well!!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week we worked on bringing our stories to life.  We worked to unfreeze our people, tell our stories bit by bit, and show our people’s thoughts and feelings.  I am amazed at the details the kids are adding and how they are connecting writing into word study.

Word Study – We started snap words (sight words) this week. We reviewed many of the Kindergarten words and continued to look at patterns words shared- vowels, syllables, blends, digraphs, beginning sounds, and end sounds.

Reading– We continued to grow our good reading habits. We worked on rereading and looking at the pictures as a sneak peek to help us with the words.  We also talked about our good habits and made sure we aren’t picking up bad ones along the way.

Math- We wrapped up Unit One this week and reviewed and tested. I’ll get those graded ASAP and get those home to you.  Unit 2 will continue with addition.

Social-Emotional – We continued to work on recognizing emotion and how to appropriately express our emotions.


Photos from the week:

Friday Cozy Writing!

Week Five- We were ready to jive!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders-

9/28  Monday, Art
9/29 Tuesday, Library and Steam
9/30 Wednesday, Music, Book Orders due
10/1 Thursday, Gym
10/2 Friday, Art

Baggie books started coming home this week. I hope you and your child have set up a routine at home that works for you.  They are doing a good job here changing them out.  A few friends need reminders to return the books but are doing great for the most part. Please let me know if you need support with this. We’ll be changing levels again soon as kiddos are growing fast!  A few parents asked about EPIC and our class account is set up and you can tailor it to your child’s reading preferences. Click here. Class Code- cer5070

Thank you so much to all those who donated to Walkathon. We’re up to 16th place! 🙂  Donations will be collected through Thursday.  Our school is so blessed by such a giving community! I am blown away by your generosity!


Mystery Readers-

Mrs. Spoors, our school’s speech teacher, was our Mystery Reader this week.  She helped us hunt for “h brothers” digraphs in Clark the SHark!  Virtual VIP Readers start next week. We still have plenty of spots! Sign up for a “Virtual Mystery Reader” slot by clicking this link. Thank you for supporting our little readers.


Scholastic Book Orders DUE THIS WEEK

Connect to Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/QQJNN
Class Code: QQJNN
Shop the flyers with your child: https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=667327
Class Order Due Date: 09/30/2020


Celebrations-

Star of the Day – Five new friends were Star of the Day this week- Xander, Palmer, Kennedy, Jason, and Norah. Each got to be the line leader and sit at the teacher desk!

Quote of the Week –  This week’s quote went to Hazel.  She always tries her best and works hard at all she does!

First Grade Family Time –  At the assembly, we celebrated our learning, gave awards for the quote of the week, along with awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, & birthdays from the week. Here are our “award-winning” first-graders from today’s family time.

Carmel and Syker joined the shoe-tying club this week!


OUR LEARNING:

Writing – This week, we worked together as a class to create a shared writing piece about reading with a buddy.  We learned about watermelon and seed stories and enjoyed some watermelon as a treat!  We want to focus our writing in on the little seed and write about one small moment, not a whole event (Watermelon). We also practiced revising as we write and saying our sounds as we write.

Word Study – Rasheed got into a lot of mischief this week. He colored the vowels in our alphabet chart, cut blends and digraphs out of students’ name tags, and used a red marker to circle blend and digraph words around our room.

Reading– We continued to work on building our good reading habits.  I am proud of how well the students are doing with read to self and partner time. They are also getting into the routines of changing out their books each week from our class library.

Math –  We continued to work on identifying number partners (pairs) for numbers 1-10. We played fun games to help us solidify these concepts.  We did a Guess my Number math talk and even used gummy worms and skittles as manipulatives to help us make the pairs. You should have seen a quick quiz come home.  Next week will be the test.

Social & Emotional – We did two activities with Little Penguin this week and worked on recognizing and labeling emotions.


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