Newsletter April 25, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

April 25, 2011

Drama

First grade has an amazing artist in residence!  Bernie Duffy, a teacher and an actor, was here 3 days last week and is here 3 days this week…teaching us about storytelling and acting skills.  Ask your child about the stories and games they learned last week and today.

 

Science Habitat Diorama due May 19

For your background, you may paint it, color it neatly, or use construction paper.  Just make sure it is not shoebox color!  Maybe you will be creative and use some special shiny paper for water (blue cellophane) or real sand for the desert.  Your animals maybe shaped out of clay or play dough, cut from paper, out of magazines, or little plastic ones.  This is your time to be creative and have fun!

 

Habitat Research and Homework

Remember to get your homework in from last week!  Here it is again:

For homework this week, please help your child find an article on the web and a color picture about their animal of study.  Please print the article and the picture and send in to school by Friday, April 21.  To help your child research at home we have some great websites on habitats and animals. To access them, go to Stafford’s home page (http://www.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/). Underneath the library tab, click on “Mrs. Buchanan’s Blog.” On “Mrs. Buchanan’s Blog,” you will see a tab on the right hand side that says “habitats.” Click on this and you will find some great habitat resources.

 

Math Homework

Homework is attached to this newsletter.  It is a game that we are playing at school about adding and subtracting.  You can do the game at home, using any manipulative.  Please change the number around to practice different combinations.  It should make sense!

 

Music “Informance”

Next week, Tuesday, May 3, our class will be performing in music class with Mrs. Kagan.  Mrs. Kagan is inviting you and your family in to see what the first graders have been learning this year.  It will be during our music time at 12:25 to 12:55 in the music room.  Come if you can!

 

Tryon Creek Fieldtrip

When:  Thursday, April 28

Time:  8:30-12

What to bring and wear:  Packed lunch and clothes and shoes for muddy, rainy weather.

Parent Helpers:  Tara Brown, Bryan Goode, Shelly Ellett, and Nikki Retzlaff.

We have one more field trip on June 1 where there is no limit on the parent helpers!

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”. 
Our new word wall words are:

 

friend                              more

now                       ran

some

Upcoming Dates

April 28:  Tryon Creek Park Fieldtrip

May 3:  Music performance at 12:25.

May 19: Habitat Dioramas due.

May 26:  Habitat Museum for parents.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM.  Plan on eating lunch with your child at school today!

May 27:  No school.  Furlough day.

 

May 30: Memorial Day.  No School

June 1:  Field trip to CREST center

June 10  Last day of school.  Dismissal is at 10:40.

 

April 18, 2011 Newsletter

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April 18, 2011

 

Science Habitat Diorama

I hope your dioramas are coming along well.  Please take your time and really think about the background.  Remember, this is not due until May 19th, so you should have plenty of time to add a little bit each week.  Please email me if you have any questions!

wisea@wlwv.k12.or.us

 

Habitat Research and Homework

                                                 is studying the                                                habitat.  He/She will also complete a research project at school about      ______________. For homework this week, please help your child find an article on the web and a color picture about their animal of study.  Please read the letter on the back of this newsletter! Please print the article and the picture and send in to school by Friday, April 22.  To help your child research at home we have some great websites on habitats and animals. To access them, go to Stafford’s home page (http://www.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/). Underneath the library tab, click on “Mrs. Buchanan’s Blog.” On “Mrs. Buchanan’s Blog,” you will see a tab on the right hand side that says “habitats.” Click on this and you will find some great habitat resources.

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”. 

fly                    don’t

last                   one

went

Upcoming Dates

April 28  Tryon Creek Park Fieldtrip

May 12: Habitat Dioramas due.

May 26:  Habitat Museum for parents.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. 

May 27:  No school.  Furlough day.

 

May 30: Memorial Day.  No School

June 1:  Field trip to CREST center

June 10  Last day of school.  Dismissal is at 10:40.

 

Fieldtrip Top Tryon Creek Park

            We will be taking a Field Trip to Tryon Creek next week to learn more about the forest habitat.  Ms. Wise’s class will go on the fieldtrip on Thursday, April 28.  All of the first grade classes will be leaving at 8:30 AM. Parents who are helping should be here at least 10 minutes early.  We will take 5 parents per class, on a first come, first serve basis.   This is the limit of parents that Tryon creek allows.

Your child already has a signed permission slip and has paid.  We did this in the beginning of the school year.

            We will be eating lunch at Tryon Creek, so bring a packed lunch and dress for rain!

I would like to chaperone on the Field Trip to the Tryon Creek Park.

Parent_____________________________

Child______________________________

April 4, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

April 4, 2011

 

Science Habitat Project!

I sent home a homework assignment titled: “At Home Habitat Diorama”.   Your child has the next 5 weeks to work on this.  Please do not send it in until the due date of May 12.  It can be a family project.  Make it unique and as detailed as you can!  As part of our habitat study, each child will learn more about one habitat and become the “expert” on that biome.  They will be teaching their peers about their habitat.  This is due May 12th and we will invite parents in for a Habitat museum on May 26th at 10:00 AM.

Reading

I know there are a lot of spring sports and activities, so…just read for 10 minutes a day.  Bookmark the book and keep it until you are done.  Both books!  Don’t worry about sending it back the next day if you did not finish!

Book Orders Attached

There will only be 2 more book orders this year.  Please remember to make all checks payable to Scholastic.  They will not take cash!  Thank you.

 

 

April Homework

Attached is the April homework.  Please do as many items as you can this month!  Please make the math numbers higher if these are too easy! 

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”.  Please play the games that are listed on the front and back.of the folder so that your child becomes a great speller!
Our new word wall words are:

 

I’ll                   have

up                    want

saw

Upcoming Dates

May 12: Habitat Dioramas due.

May 26:  Habitat Museum for parents.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. 

May 27:  No school.  Furlough day.

 

May 30: Memorial Day.  No School

June 1:  Field trip to CREST center

June 10  Last day of school.  Dismissal is at 10:40.

­­­­­Fondly,

Angie Wise

Newsletter April 11, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

April 11, 2011

 

Science Habitat Project!

I hope your dioramas are coming along well.  Please take your time and really think about the background.  Remember, this is not due until May 12th, so you should have plenty of time to add a little bit each week.

To help your child research at home we have some great websites on habitats and animals. To access them, go to Stafford’s home page (http://www.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/). Underneath the library tab, click on “Mrs. Buchanan’s Blog.” On “Mrs. Buchanan’s Blog,” you will see a tab on the right hand side that says “habitats.” Click on this and you will find some great habitat resources.

Reading

Since we are studying habitats and the animals and plants that live there, we are reading non-fiction books and articles on the computer.  This IS difficult reading for a first grader!  How can you help make it easier? 

1.  Help remind the children to look at the pictures.  The pictures will help the kids tremendously.  Also, there are usually some words by the pictures that describe the picture. (Captions) Perhaps they can pick out the word that is the picture (example: elephant). 

2.  Teach them about bold faced words and how they are important to the text.

3.  Skip the word.  Yes…this is a reading strategy!  It is OK to skip a big word and to figure out the meaning through context.  That is what we do as adults when we come to a word that we do not know!

4.  Sticky Notes.  Give your child some sticky notes and have them write down words they don’t know as they read.  At the end of the page or chapter, your child can then come to you and you two can talk about the meaning of the words 

Math Homework

Please keep the family story problems at home and do in a notebook at home.  Make sure and and change the numbers to make the problem harder if you need too!

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”.  Please play the games that are listed on the front and back of the folder so that your child becomes a great speller!
Our new word wall words are:

 

get                           five

but                           they

with

 

Upcoming Dates

April 28  Tryon Creek Park Fieldtrip

May 12: Habitat Dioramas due.

May 26:  Habitat Museum for parents.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. 

May 27:  No school.  Furlough day.

 

May 30: Memorial Day.  No School

June 1:  Field trip to CREST center

June 10  Last day of school.  Dismissal is at 10:40.

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