Newsletter Jan. 30, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

January 30, 2012

 

Health

We do have a virus going around our school.  We had a huge throw up in the classroom today with projectile vomit hitting shoes, sweaters, papers and books (all parents were called whose clothing had vomit on it).  The room was cleaned thoroughly by our custodian, but we still eat at the same tables where sneezes and coughs are done.  As much as we wash our hands, they do get dirty with germs.  Please have a discussion with your child about them covering their mouth when they cough and sneeze. Also, we discussed the issue of cleanliness when we eat.  We do wipe the tables before and after we eat, but again, it is the same tables as where we work throughout the day.  Please send in a cloth napkin to put your child’s food on.  I am sure you do not want it sitting on the tables where we work!  This is a safety issue, so please, please discuss all of the above with your kids.  Thank you.

 

Math and homework

Attached is a math assessment we did in class.  Please look at it with your child and go over it.  The first part is a pattern assessment.  The children all did what would come next.  Look to see if they got it right.  If they did not, talk about it with them and work on patterning.  I would like for you to have your child do the 5th pattern:  what would come next?  How about the sixth pattern?  If your child gets the sixth pattern easily, let them do a 7th and 8th.  Look at the counting by 5’s and 10’s at the bottom.  Did they do it?  How far did they get?  Have them write by 5’s and 10’s to 100 on a scrap piece of paper.  Look at the back of the paper where there is a story problem.  Did they write an equation?  Did they draw a picture?  Was it too easy?  Write a different problem using more difficult numbers and send this in by Friday.  Just reuse a scrap piece of paper or the back of this newsletter.

 

Word Work Homework

Make sure and write the word wall words on your at home word wall.  Practice spelling all of your word wall words off of your “at home spelling” folder, as your child is spelling them with parent helpers!

 

boy                                          as

 

good                                        I’m

 

made

 

Needed:

Please send in your old shoeboxes! We need them for a Valentine day project!  Also, there is a list of everyone’s name on the back of this newsletter.  If you are making valentines, everyone needs one.  Just send them in when you are finished making them.  We will pass them out on Monday, Feb. 13 and open them on Feb. 14th during our party.  Thank you!

 

Upcoming Dates

Wed., Feb. 1:  Fieldtrip to Portland to see the play “The Magic School Bus”.

 

Wed. Feb. 8:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14:  Valentine’s Day Party.  9:15-10:30. 

 

Friday, Feb. 17:  No school.  Teacher In-service Day.

 

Monday, Feb. 20:  No School.  Holiday.  President’s day.

 

Thursday and Fri., March 1 and 2: 

No School.  Conferences. 

 

March 16:  Fieldtrip to the Zoo

 

March 24-April 1Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Jan. 23, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

January 23, 2012

 

Science Fair

Bob Carlson from CREST came and talked with the kids about the science fair.  If your child was interested in doing an experiment, they brought home a green sheet on Friday.  This info is on the Stafford website too.  We did our own experiment in class discussing the water temperature off of Antarctica where penguins live and comparing it to the water off of Oregon.

 

Scientific Experiment:  Ice and Temperature

We did a scientific experiment last week and this is what we learned!

 

Question:  How can we change water temperature?

 

Research:  We have been learning about penguins in class.  We know that the water in Antarctica, where lots of penguins live, is around 30 degrees right now and the water at the coast of Oregon is 50 degrees.

 

Hypothesis:   Here is what some of the children said:                          

We could mix water and ice.                                      

Put a little bit of cold water, ice and hot water together.                                   

Take cold and hot water and put a cube or two of ice in it.                                      

Mix the two waters together.                           

Mix lots of cold water and one cube of ice and a little bit of hot water.                                      

Add a little bit of ice and cold water.                            

Put in lots of hot and a few cubes of ice.                                                 

 

Experiment:  We had a tub with a cup of hot tap water, a cup of regular tap water, and a cup of ice in it.  We had a thermometer to measure the temperature.  The regular tap water was our “constant”.  We added cold water and ice to make the temperature drop from 70 degrees to 60, 50, then finally 30 degrees.  (The Pacific ocean January water temperature is 50 degrees and the January water temperature in Antarctica is 30 degrees.)  If time, we made other temperatures of water from around the globe, using our penguin booklets as a guide.

 

Conclusion:  The temperature of water can be changed by adding ice and by adding hot water.  With time we can also change the temperature of water using other methods.

 

Scholastic News

Scholastic book orders are due Jan. 26. If you wish to order books, please send a check in made out to Scholastic.

 

Word Work Homework

Make sure and write the word wall words on your at home word wall.  Practice spelling all of your word wall words off of your “at home spelling” folder, as your child is spelling them with parent helpers!

 

bug                   what

 

come                        six

 

has

 

Needed:

Please send in your old shoeboxes! We need them for a Valentine day project!  Also, there is a list of everyone’s name on the back of this newsletter.  If you are making valentines, everyone needs one.  Just send them in when you are finished making them.  We will pass them out on Monday, Feb. 13 and open them on Feb. 14th during our party.  Thank you!

 

Upcoming Dates

Wed., Feb. 1:  Fieldtrip to Portland to see the play “The Magic School Bus”.

 

Wed. Feb. 8:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14:  Valentine’s Day Party.  9:15-10:30. 

 

Friday, Feb. 17:  No school.  Teacher In-service Day.

 

Monday, Feb. 20:  No School.  Holiday.  President’s day.

 

Thursday and Fri., March 1 and 2: 

No School.  Conferences. 

 

March 16:  Fieldtrip to the Zoo

 

March 24-April 1Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Jan. 17, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

January 17, 2012

Hi there!

I hope all of you had a great 3 day weekend!  We’ve been talking and reading books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and why we were out of school yesterday.  Please have a conversation about fairness, equality, treating all people with kindness and respect no matter what they look like.  We want our kids to have great character traits and be the best they can be!

Thank you!

 

Math and Science

In math and science we are learning about measuring by studying penguins!  We are learning about the height and weight and comparing and contrasting them to different types of penguins.  We are learning about Antarctica and how it is extremely cold, it is summer there now, and light all day long in the Winter!  Talk to your child about the differences between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.  Also, quiz them on some penguin facts.  So far, we have learned about the Rockhopper penguin last week and will learn about the King penguin this week:

           Rockhopper        King

Height:      18 in.                    36 in.

Weight       6 pounds            30 pounds

 

For homework this week, please measure the height of people in your family and compare.  Just write the height on a scrap piece of paper.  Compare the tallest and shortest.  How much taller is the taller person?  How much shorter is the shorter person? This would also be a great time to go on-line and do some Penguin Research together!  It is on the Library Website and on my blog!

 

Play

We are going to see “The Magic School Bus” on Feb. 1.  The parents who are going are:  Molly Hemsley, Jessica Young,

Nathalie Poche, Kelsey Staats, Tiffany Edmondson, and Holly Hunsucker. Please send in your check for $7.75 made out to Stafford Primary School as soon as you can!  Thank you.

 

Word Work Homework

 

big                    when

 

girl                    keep

 

old

 

Helper Schedule

On the back!

 

Upcoming Dates

 

Wed., Feb. 1:  Fieldtrip to Portland to see the play “The Magic School Bus”.

 

Wed. Feb. 8:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Friday, Feb. 17:  No school.  Teacher Inservice Day.

 

Monday, Feb. 20:  No School.  Holiday.  President’s day.

 

Thursday and Fri., March 1 and 2: 

No School.  Conferences. 

 

March 16:  Fieldtrip to the Zoo

 

March 24-April 1Spring Break

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Jan. 17, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

January 17, 2012

Hi there!

I hope all of you had a great 3 day weekend!  We’ve been talking and reading books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and why we were out of school yesterday.  Please have a conversation about fairness, equality, treating all people with kindness and respect no matter what they look like.  We want our kids to have great character traits and be the best they can be!

Thank you!

 

Math and Science

In math and science we are learning about measuring by studying penguins!  We are learning about the height and weight and comparing and contrasting them to different types of penguins.  We are learning about Antarctica and how it is extremely cold, it is summer there now, and light all day long in the Winter!  Talk to your child about the differences between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.  Also, quiz them on some penguin facts.  So far, we have learned about the Rockhopper penguin last week and will learn about the King penguin this week:

           Rockhopper        King

Height:      18 in.                    36 in.

Weight       6 pounds            30 pounds

 

For homework this week, please measure the height of people in your family and compare.  Just write the height on a scrap piece of paper.  Compare the tallest and shortest.  How much taller is the taller person?  How much shorter is the shorter person? This would also be a great time to go on-line and do some Penguin Research together!  It is on the Library Website and on my blog!

 

Play

We are going to see “The Magic School Bus” on Feb. 1.  The parents who are going are:  Molly Hemsley, Jessica Young,

Nathalie Poche, Kelsey Staats, Tiffany Edmondson, and Holly Hunsucker. Please send in your check for $7.75 made out to Stafford Primary School as soon as you can!  Thank you.

 

Word Work Homework

 

big                    when

 

girl                    keep

 

old

 

 

Upcoming Dates

 

 

Wed., Feb. 1:  Fieldtrip to Portland to see the play “The Magic School Bus”.

 

Wed. Feb. 8:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Friday, Feb. 17:  No school.  Teacher Inservice Day.

 

Monday, Feb. 20:  No School.  Holiday.  President’s day.

 

Thursday and Fri., March 1 and 2: 

No School.  Conferences. 

 

March 16:  Fieldtrip to the Zoo

 

March 24-April 1Spring Break

 

 

 

 

Newsletter January 9, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

January 9, 2012

 

Spelling and reading helpers

We have begun a new program where the parents are giving the children a spelling test on word wall words.  It is OK if you only get to a few children at a time.  If there are two parent helpers, one can read while the other is doing spelling with the kids.  If there is only one helper, then of course, do reading first and spelling if there is time.  Some days, you may only get to a few kids on spelling.  That is fine!  Thank you again for all of your help!

 

Math and Science

In math and science we are learning about measuring by studying penguins!  We weighed and measured ourselves last week.  Throughout the next few weeks, we will be learning about the height and weight of penguins.  We will compare and contrast our weight and height with penguins…yes…some penguins are the same height as the kids!  We also made measuring strips in class. We are measuring things around the room.  Later this week, the measuring strips will come home along with a homework paper for your child to measure some items at home.  You may keep the measuring strip at home and use it to measure things around your house!

During our study of penguins, we are going to learn aboutAntarctica, the weather and the animals that live there. We will learn that it is summer inAntarcticanow, and light all day long!  Talk with your child about the differences between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.  This would be a great time to go on-line and do some Penguin Research together!

 

Fieldtrip

We are going to see the play “Magic School Bus” on Wed. Feb. 1.  Please read the info. on the back of this sheet.  If you would like to attend, please send in the sheet.  Of course, those that have not attended a fieldtrip get first dibs.  Please let me know if you have not attended a fieldtrip…just write it on the actual from on the back.  Please, do not send any money until I let you know who is going.  Thank you.

 

Scholastic Book Orders

Book orders were sent home last week.  They are due Wed.  What a great, inexpensive way to order Just Right books for your child!

 

 

Word Wall Words

Please begin to quiz your child on how to spell these words, as they will begin to get tested on them by the parent helpers!

 

big                     when

 

girl                     keep

 

old

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Wed., Jan. 11:  Early release day.  12:10 release.  Book orders due

 

Monday, Jan. 16:  No school.  Holiday.  MLK day.

 

Wed., Feb. 1:  Fieldtrip to Portland to see play “ Magic School Bus”.

 

Wed. Feb. 8:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Friday, Feb. 17:  No school.  Teacher Inservice Day.

 

Monday, Feb. 20:  No School.  Holiday.  President’s day.

 

Thursday and Fri., March 1 and 2: 

No School.  Conferences. 

 

Wed. March 14:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Jan. 3, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

January 3, 2012

 

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you had a wonderful break!  I know it was nice to energize and get ready for the New Year.  I love January-on in first grade.  I can’t wait until conferences to show you how much your child has learned.  They are like sponges! 

 

Spelling

This week, we will be starting a spelling program with our word wall words.  The students will be asked to read and spell words after they finish reading with the parent home reading helpers.  If you are a home reading helper, I have a sheet explaining the system.  Please read over it and ask if you have any questions.  The goal is to do this with each child after reading, everyday.  I will send home a current word wall list next week for you to practice at home.

 

Homework

January Homework is on the back of this newsletter.  Do as many as you can and send in at the end of the month.  Please change the numbers around to make it meet the level of your child.  For example, if the math problems are too easy, add a 1 or a 2 in front to make it more difficult.  You get the idea!

 

 

Word Wall Words

Please begin to quiz your child on how to spell these words, as they will begin to get tested on them by the parent helpers!

 

see                     that

 

 

fun                     so

 

 

very

 

Needed:

Please send in your old magazines or clothing advertisements!  We have a project that we need them for!

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Monday, Jan. 16:  No school.  Holiday.  MLK day.

 

Wed., Jan. 11:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Wed. Feb. 8:  Early release day.  12:10 release.

 

Friday, Feb. 17:  No school.  Teacher Inservice Day.

 

Monday, Feb. 20:  No School.  Holiday.  President’s day.

 

Monday, Feb. 27:  Fieldtrip to Portland to see play “ Mother Nature’s Garden.”

 

Thursday and Fri., March 1 and 2: 

No School.  Conferences. 

 

Wed. March 14:  Early release day.  12:10 release.