Newsletter Nov. 29, 2009

Wise’s Newsletter

Nov. 29, 2010

Hi all!

Please, please, start reading my newsletters on my blog!  You can save it under “favorites” at the top of your page and go to it every Monday to get all the news.  You will need to write down the 5 new word wall words every week on your child’s “at home word wall” too!

Put my blog on your computer!

1. Type my blog site directly into your browser:

http://blogs.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/staff/wisea/

2. Get to it through the school website by going to:

www.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us    

then Academics, then classrooms, then find my name under 1st Grade.

Word Wall Words

Remember to write these words down on your child’s “At home word wall”!  Thank you!

 

like                   his

too                   way

or

Reading

I am so proud of all the children!  Their reading has improved sooo much since the beginning of the year!  I do want to remind all of you to please read every night, especially with our 15 furlough days this year.  You can always reread and practice fluency and expression. 

Scholastic Book Orders

I will no longer be sending home the paper Scholastic book orders.  They are all on-line now.  If you forgot how to log in, there is an explanation on the back of this newsletter.  The due date I this week, so get your orders in!

Art

We have been learning about Pablo Picasso and his style of art called Cubism.  It has gone along great with our geometry and shapes math unit!  Ask your kids about who Picasso is and what we did at school!  You will have to come in to school to view this fabulous art!

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 17:  Last day of school before Winter Break!

Jan. 4:  First day back in 2011

Thanks so much!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

 

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Reading

On the back of this newsletter is a wonderful piece of writing about reading for meaning.  It gives you ideas on reading with your child before actually opening the book and after the book is read.  Keep on reading everyone!

 

Fine Motor Skills and Homework

Drawing, writing, painting and tying shoes all help with your child’s fine motor skills and dexterity.  The kids are doing a nice job with proper pencil grip, but I do need your help with tying shoes!  This is a fine motor skill as well.  Please make tying shoes part of your daily homework routine until your child can do it on his/her own.  Thank you!

First Grade Field Trip Funds

            At the beginning of the year we collected $25 from each child to pay for our field trips. Our wonderful secretary, Judy Woodruff, has informed us that we did not collect enough to cover the trips and the buses.

            At this time, we need to collect another $7 from each child. We are sorry for the inconvenience!

            Please send in $7 with the attached form as soon as you can, preferably by November 19th.

Thank you!

The First Grade Teaching Team

First Grade Field Trip Funds

Name _________________________

Writing:  Published books

In writing workshop, we are writing stories.  Most of the stories are narratives, which are true stories about the kids themselves.  I help them edit and revise, then we publish the best stories.  The kids then illustrate their stories and read it to the class.  It becomes a “classroom book” that goes on our shelf in the classroom.  I do let the kids take the book home to share with you, and then they need to bring it back so that others can read it during reading time.  All books will come home with your child at the end of the year.  We love reading each other’s writing!

 

Needed!

We are making something for your Thanksgiving table….a centerpiece!  We do need some items from your house for this…we need:

Apples:  everyone needs to send in at least two.  You may send in more if you wish!  Also, thank you for the juice boxes!  We have enough.

Word Wall Words

Remember to write these words down on your child’s “At home word wall”!  Thank you!

 

an                     day

he                     two

did

Upcoming Dates:

Nov. 22-26 No School.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec. 18-Jan. 3:  Winter Break

Thanks so much!

Fondly,

 

Newsletter Nov. 8, 2010

Wise’s Newsletter

November 8, 2010

 

 

Word Wall Words

Please remember to write these words on the portable word wall at your house.  Use them in your daily reading and writing.

 

will                           no

was                           yes

go

 

At Home Reading and Volunteers

I just want to remind parents that the “at home reading folder” only comes home when we have parent helpers at school.  There have been a lot of cancellations due to illnesses, which happens, but then the kids do not get to take a second book home.  (They will always take a book from my classroom) Parents, please try and find a substitute if you know you are going to be out.  Thank you!  It’s for the kids!

Newsletter on blog

I will not be sending home hard copies of newsletters very soon.  Please find my newsletter on the blog.  Here’s how to find it:

  1. Type my blog site directly into your browser:
  1. Get to it through the school website by going to:

Scholastic Book Orders

You can now order books on-line! Please read the back of this newsletter to see how.  Please keep the “class activation code” somewhere safe so that you can order books online throughout the year!

Math:  Doubles

Helping children learn the basic facts by highlighting the relationships between easily learned combinations, such as doubles, to more difficult combinations, such as neighbors is very helpful to children when they are learning to develop strategies for themselves. (3+3, 4+4, 5+5, etc.) If they know their doubles, they will more easily be able to figure out their neighbors!  You can practice your doubles while driving, eating, or make flashcards at home.  Have the kids make the cards and see their math skills improve!

 

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 11 and 12:  No school.

Nov. 22-26 No School

Needed:

½ gallon cardboard milk and/or juice cartons are needed for a Thanksgiving project.  If you have any, please send them in.  Please wash and dry them well before sending them in to school.  Thank you!

Health

Head lice is still in our first grade.  Please, please, check your child’s head daily.  Talk to your child about hanging up their coat.  Talk to them about not playing with their friends’ hair.  Talk to them about not sharing combs, brushes, or hats.  And please, keep them at home if your family has a case of head lice until you are lice free!  Thank you!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

 

Newsletter Nov. 1, 2010

Wise’s Newsletter

November 1, 2010

Parent Volunteers

The November parent volunteer calendar is on the back of this newsletter.  For those of you that are helping every other week, it is literally, every other week…it is not necessarily every 1st and 3rd or 2nd and 4th, because then, you would not help as much and those months with almost 5 weeks in it would get weird.   November is a perfect example.  There is not school the week of Nov. 22-26, so of course, the parents that would help that week, are volunteering the next week.  Make sense?  Basically, if you came in one week, skip the next and come in two weeks  later.  Do not worry about which weeks it is!

Fieldtrip to Magness Memorial Farm

This is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 1.  We leave at 8:30 promptly and will be home by 11:00 AM.  Every child needs to bring a packed lunch, as we will be eating in the classroom and missing our lunchtime in the cafeteria.  Dress appropriately and remember any parents can come!

 

Word Wall Words

Please remember to write these words on the portable word wall at your house.  Use them in your daily reading and writing.

 

my                    love

we                    on

you

 

At Home Reading

Just a reminder that the at home reading books are mostly for practicing fluency and reading with expression.  So many first graders read word for word, forgetting to stop at the end of sentences.  These books are to practice looking toward the end of the sentence to see if it ends with a period, question or exclamation mark.  The next step is to teach the first grader how to read with expression, using that punctuation mark as a clue.  Help them understand this.  Read the book several times.  Parent helpers, it is OK if the book is TOO EASY!  That is the POINT of the at home reading books!  If a child says it is too easy, say “great” and remind them what they are supposed to be doing…reading with expression and fluency! 

Newsletter on blog

I will not be sending home hard copies of newsletters very soon.  Please find my newsletter on the blog.  Here’s how to find it:

  1. Type my blog site directly into your browser:
  1. Get to it through the school website by going to:

 

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 2:  Fieldtrip to Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

Nov. 11 and 12:  No school.

Nov. 22-26 No School

Needed:

½ gallon cardboard milk cartons are needed for a Thanksgiving project.  If you have any, please send them in.  Please wash and dry them well before sending them in to school. 

Thank you!

Fondly,

Angie