Sept. 27, 2010 Newsletter


’s Newsletter

September 27, 2010

Hi everyone,

A big thank you to everyone who came to curriculum night. It is a huge deal to your kids to have a letter on their desk from you. They also took a lot of time writing their letter to you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to learn more about what your child will be doing in first grade.



Please see the attached conference times. Please be on time. I do tend to go over a few minutes, so please be patient with me! Thank you so much. I look forward talking about your child with you over the next few weeks!

**If you have not yet signed up for conferences, please email me a couple of times that you see open and I will confirm. Thank you

Reading Strategies

Attached is a list of reading strategies that your child has been using and will continue to use throughout this school year. Please keep it in a safe place (desk, on the refrigerator, etc.) and get it out when your child is reading their home reading books. This is what I want you and them using for words they do not know versus telling them. Of course, sometimes they need to be taught a spelling rule (ex.: ea). We can talk more about this at conferences too!



Every Monday we write about our weekend. Please talk with your child on Monday mornings to help him/her remember what they did over the weekend. It would be great if you could help them organize it by what happened first (beginning), what happened in the middle and what did they think about it (ending). This will help with our writing process!



If you have not yet paid for your child’s fieldtrips for the year, please do so! I will also need a signed permission slip that was sent home last week and/or was on your child’s desk at curriculum night. Thank you so much!



We are learning about different mediums to paint with. We have used tempera to paint our “clouds” and watercolors to paint sunflowers. We looked at pieces of artwork by Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh to get inspired for our sunflower art .Be on the lookout for our art in the school hallways!



Yes! I have one! I would love to go paperless and put the newsletter on my blog only. Check it out on the school website under my name, which is under “staff”.

Upcoming Dates:

Wed. Sept. 29: Picture day!

Sept. 27-Oct. 6: Conferences.

Monday, Oct. 11: First day of parent helpers!

Fri., Oct. 15: Fieldtrip to Lee’s Farm. A separate note asking for volunteers will come home next week.


Angie Wise

Newsletter Sept. 20, 2010

Wise’s Newsletter

September 20, 2010

Hi Everyone!

            Curriculum night is Thursday!  The entire school meets in the gym at 6:45 and then you come to my class at 7:20.  I will begin promptly!  Please be on time (or early), as I want you to write a letter to your child so that they have it on their desk Fri. morning.  I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow evening!

Bus Journals

Each child received a bus journal Friday.  This stays in your child’s backpack to write and draw in when they are on the bus!


We talked about checking out books that are “JUST RIGHT” today.  That means the book is one that the child knows how to read, they understand what they are reading, 2-4 mistakes are ok, and it is a Reader’s Workshop book.  The “Too Easy” books are excellent to read as well.  This is a “vacation book”.  It is a book that the child reads for enjoyment or maybe they have read before, and they may make 0-1 mistakes. Books that are “Too Hard” are headache books, challenge books, books that are difficult to comprehend when the child is asked questions about.  If a child is making 5 or more mistakes, the book is too hard.  Over the next few weeks, the children will begin taking books that are “just right” or “too easy”.  Please encourage them to read with expression and to read the book more than once.  Here are some helpful guidelines for reading at home with your child:

Reading at Home

                Children should read at least 10 minutes every night.

When a books is easy for the child, that’s great! It is a good time to practice reading smoothly and with expression. Re-reading books leads to fluency and greater comprehension.

                Some books will have words that require children to use their decoding strategies. ‘Sounding it out’ may work, but not all words are spelled phonetically! Too much sounding out can take focus away from the meaning of the selection. Here are some helpful cues that parents can give as a child is reading:

  • Be sure the child is pointing at the words!
  • Look at the picture.
  • Look at the beginning sound.
  • Say the beginning sound for the child.
  • Try to sound out the word letter by letter.
  • Re-read the first part of the sentence to the child or have child re-read.
  • Point out the book’s pattern.
  • Give the word if child is stumped or looking at all frustrated.
  • Take turns reading lines or pages or just read the book to the child, if it turns out to be too hard. Reading is not supposed to be painful for anyone!



Please read and fill out the permission slip for our fieldtrips for the year.  It is attached!

Parent Helpers

Please fill out and return the parent helper sign up form if you would like to volunteer this year!


Snacks in our classroom must be peanut free as we have peanut allergies in the room.  Thank you!



Angie Wise

Newsletter Sept. 13, 2010

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