Newsletter Oct. 25, 2010

Wise’s Newsletter

October 25, 2010

 

Reading and Parent Volunteers

Thank you, thank you to all the parent volunteers who have helped make our “At Home Reading Program” a success!  The parents help the children select a book Monday through Thursday  and the kids read to them after they have read it the night before.  So, they are all getting a double dose of reading, as well as a third dose with me!  I also want to thank all the parents who help out with math games and with clerical work.  It gives me time to do the “real thing” of teaching!  You are awesome!

 

Word Wall Words

Please remember to write these words on the portable word wall that was sent home with each child 3 weeks ago.  Please have your child look at the word wall when they are writing in their home journals at least two times a week. Every word wall word should be spelled correctly!

 

I                      in

by                     mom

dad

 

 

Writing and Daily Five

One of our five centers during Reading Time and Daily 5 is “Writing”.  One of the papers the children may choose to write on is in letter format.  They write letters to each other and perhaps to you too.  They then put it in an envelope and “deliver” it to that person.  Well, we are out of envelopes.  It would be great if you could donate some for our classroom writing center.  Thank you!

Art

We did observational drawings of our pumpkins from the pumpkin patch last Friday after our fieldtrip.  Your kids are becoming fantatic artists!  Remember, if you would like to help with art literacy on wed. we start at 9:20, right after recess.

Halloween Party

At Stafford, the children may bring their costumes to school where we will change and have a parade through the Kindergarten and first grade rooms.  We then have a party, which our parent helpers are planning.  Our party on the 29th will be from 9:30-10:45.  The Parade is 9:30-9:45.

Upcoming Dates

Oct. 28:    Tree walk with Bob Carlson from CREST center at Stafford.

Oct. 29:  Halloween Party 9:15-10:45.  Kids bring costumes to change into!

Nov. 2:  Fieldtrip to Magness Memorial Tree Farm.  It will just be our class going that day, so if you want to come, just be here by 8:20!  We will be back by 11:00 AM.  Kids do need to bring a lunch that day, as we will have to eat in the classroom.

Nov. 11 and 12:  No school.

Nov. 22-26 No School

Needed:

½ gallon milk cartons are needed for a Thanksgiving project.  Please wash and dry them well before sending them in to school.  Thank you!

Warning

Yes, the first case of head lice has been found in first grade.  Please, please check your child’s head.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Angie Wise

 

Newsletter Oct. 18, 2010

Wise’s Newsletter

October 18, 2010

Hi Parents!

Thank you all very much for coming in to conferences.  They were very successful and we have made some really good goals together.  It will be neat to review these goals in March with your child and see how many they have made!

 

Home Reading with Parent Helpers

We’ve had a great start to our parent helpers!  Thank you to all you helped last week and I look forward to my new helpers this week!  The kids are loving reading thanks to your help!

Art Lit

Our first Art Literacy project is coming up on Wednesday, October 27th 9:20 am- 10:45 am. We will be doing art in the style of Wassily Kandinsky. The project will be using pastels on black sand paper.

These Art Literacy projects are so much fun! If you haven’t seen this PTSA sponsored program in action in the classroom, I highly recommend it :)

I will do the presentation. I will need help with getting the supplies out to the students, answering questions while they are creating, spraying the finished product with fixative (outside) and then putting them up on the bulletin board outside the classroom.
Let me know if you can help out with this project or with others in the future.

Thanks!

Anne Zoormajian (Michael’s mom)

anne.zoormajian@gmail.com

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading)

Remember to write the words on your “Portable word wall”, which is at your house.  The kids should be writing  at least 2 times a week in their journal at home about something they did at school or that is special to them.  Make sure that they have their word wall out when they are writing!

it      be     she

do      of

Science

We’ve started our Tree Unit.  We are learning the life cycle of trees, as well as talking about the cycle of seasons in the year.  Please bring in any beautiful fall leaves that you find around your home to share.  We are also learning about the two main kinds of trees:  deciduous and evergreens.  Talk to your children about the trees in your yard, the park, and as you drive.  Do you know the difference?  Do you know the names of the trees?  We are lucky to have a special guest, Barb Anderson, come in and share lots of actual parts of trees.  This Wed., Barb will be making paper with our class.  We have also begun our lessons with Savina Darzes, our science in residence.  The first lesson was last week on trees and the different parts of trees.  Ask your children to tell you about trees!

Upcoming Dates

Oct. 28:    Tree walk with Bob Carlson from CREST center at Stafford.

Oct. 29:  Halloween Party 9:15-10:45.  Kids bring costumes to change into!

Nov. 2:  Fieldtrip to Magness Memorial Tree Farm.  A separate note asking for volunteers will come home next week.

Newsletter Oct. 11 ,2010

Wise’s Newsletter

Oct. 11, 2010

Hi Parents!

Thank you all very much for coming in to conferences.  They were very successful and we have made some really good goals together.  It will be neat to review these goals in March with your child and see how many they have made!

 

Home Reading with Parent Helpers

Today was our very first day of the Home Reading program.  Each child chose a “just right” (or nearly just right) book out of a specific tub.  The child then talked a bit about the book with a parent helper who gave them their new “home reading” folder.  This is to be read to you and/or with you.  It should be one that your child can mostly read on his/her own.  Your child will continue to check topic books out of my personal library as well.  You may write down only the book on the reading list that is in their reading folder from my personal library….so, do NOT write down the Home Reading book!   Starting tonight, reading has just been doubled!  It IS a priority in first grade and the most important homework your child will get this year!

Writing

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!

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading)

Today was our very first day of word wall work.  Each child brought home their very own “At home word wall”.  This stays in a safe place where the students can refer to it when writing and reading….I suggest their very own desk or perhaps on the refrigerator in the kitchen!  We will be adding words to this word wall once a week, so do NOT LOSE IT!  It will be a vital part of your child’s homework this year in first grade.  Parents, I want YOU to write the word wall down so that it is spelled correctly using lowercase letters.  Once the word is on the word wall, it should never be misspelled because they can look at it and copy it!  There are tons of ideas to practice learning these “sight” words on the back and front.  Here are this week’s word wall words:

at      is      me

the    to

Upcoming Dates

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

Fri., Oct. 15:  Fieldtrip to Lee’s Farm. 

Oct. 28:    Tree walk with Bob Carlson from CREST center at Stafford.

Nov. 2:  Fieldtrip to Magness Memorial Tree Farm.  A separate note asking for volunteers will come home next week.

Sincerely,

Angie Wise