Newsletter April 30, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

April 30, 2012

 

Music performance

Our “Music Informance” is this Thursday, May 3 at 12:55 pm in the music room.  Meet us in the music room to hear some amazing first graders play the marimbas!

 

Spelling/Word Wall Words and Homework for this week!

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”.  For practice, write each word in a sentence on the back of this newsletter and send in by Friday.  Thank you to all who sent in their homework last week.  They were recognized and got in the prize box for doing their homework!

 

run                   child

 

nice                  them

 

said

 

 

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 29th, 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

I sent home a letter last Thursday with each of your children.  It said which animal they are going to research a bit further from the habitat they are making their diorama out of.   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, May 4.  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/, under my blog.

 

 

Dates to Remember

 

May 3 (Thursday)  12:55 Music performance in music room

 

May 23 (Wed.)  12:10  Early Release day

 

May 28 (Monday) No school.  Memorial Day

 

May 29 (Tues.)  Habitat Dioramas due

 

June 1 (Fri.)  Habitat  Presentation  10:00  AM to 10:40 AM

 

June 8 (Fri. )  No school for kids.  Report card prep. Day.

 

June 13 (Wed.)  Field day.  We need volunteers!  Please let Deb Lassell know if you can help!

 

June 15 (Fri.)  Last day of school

 

 

 

Fondly,

 

 

 

 

Angie Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter April 16, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

April 16, 2012

 

Fieldtrip to Tryon Creek Park

The parents that are going with us on Wed., April 18 are Dayna Dague, Mica Pulaski, Holly Hunsucker, and Deena Westerby.  We still could use one more parents if anyone wants to go!  Let me know by tomorrow please!  Please be here by 8:15.  We will be on the busses by 8:30.  We will be eating lunch there, so everyone needs to bring a packed lunch in a plastic or brown sack bag with your name on it!  Please bring items that are easy to eat and easy to drink.  Dress for the rain!  We will be back by 12:15.

 

Reading

Please help me to teach your kids to use sticky notes as they read! 

  1.  Whenever your child comes to a word they don’t know, have them write it down.  Then you can have a discussion about the meaning of it together.
  2. Write down any questions they may have about the story.  The discussion you have will help with comprehension and meaning.

 

 

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”.  For practice, write down words that are spelled like the words below.  For example, if you can spell pet, you can spell set, wet, net, etc.    

 

school                       pet

 

first                         under

 

new

 

Science Habitat Diorama

I hope your dioramas are coming along well.  Please take your time and really think about the background.  Use paper, paint, etc. on the inside of your shoebox.  If you do this soon, I have a feeling your child will begin to make animals and plants to add to it!  Buy some clay or playdough for them to start molding animals out of!  Remember, this is not due until May 29th, 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

 

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.

 

OMSI

I’ve read that OMSI has a wonderful movie now about the Arctic habitat.  It features a mother polar bear and her cub.  This would be great to take your child to one rainy afternoon!

 

Scholastic Haiku Contest

On the back of the newsletter is an explanation about a haiku contest.  If your child would like to write one, then please, go ahead and send it in!

 

 

Angie Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter April 9, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

April 9, 2012

 

Science Habitat Project!

Please read the attached letter about the “At Home Habitat Diorama” your child will be making the over the next several weeks.  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 29th and we will invite parents in for a Habitat museum on June 1, around 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!

 

 

Fieldtrip to Tryon Creek Park

We have a fieldtrip to Tryon Creek Park next Wednesday (see back of this newsletter).  We will be studying and learning about the forest habitat and the animals, plants, and special features.  I can take 5 parents only.  Parents who have not gone on any fieldtrips at all get first dibs.  The times are 8:30 to 12:00.  If you can come, please fill out the form and return it as soon as possible.  Thank you! 

 

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”.  For practice, write down words that are spelled like the words below.  For example, if you can spell up, you can spell cup, pup, etc.    

 

I’ll                    four

 

down                 over

 

up

 

Math Homework

Please go onto my blog and find the habitat games and research.  Play around and do some experimenting with the games and research.  Find out about the 6 different habitats:  pond, desert, savanna, ocean, forest and polar (north). 

 

MAPS Program

Last week, envelopes were sent home for our MAPS program which helps support our music and art programs here at Stafford.  Volunteers for MAPS is asking every family to donate a $1.00 if possible.  If you can donate more, that would be great too!  If you have lost the envelope, just send it in a plan envelope from home with your name and MAPS written on the front.  Thank you for your support of our art and music here at Stafford!

 

 

 

­­­­­Fondly,

 

 

 

Angie Wise

Newsletter April 2, 2012

Wise’s Newsletter

April 2, 2012

 

Hello!

I hope you had a great spring break!  I know I did!  It is nice to “have a break” before our last few months together.  We are working on being a community, caring for each other, being honest, fair and compassionate human beings.  We are of course, learning tons! Just wait and see!

 

Weather

The week prior to spring break, we learned about clouds and condensation with our science teacher, Ms. Darzas.  Your child brought home a paper about the experiment they did with her.  Take the time to look at the clouds this spring and talk to your child about what the weather is like and will be like the next day.  Talk to them about what it was like over dinner.  Just talk about the weather!

 

 

Science:  Habitat Unit

We are beginning a new unit in our grade about Habitats.  We will be focusing on 6 main habitats:  polar, forest, ocean, pond, desert, and savanna.  We will learn about the animals, plants and special features in each habitat.  The children will have a homework project that I will go into detail about next week to go along with our unit of study.  Each child will also be researching one animal from the habitat of their choice as well.  This will be done in school, but you will hear all about it once we begin our research! 

 

 

Spelling/Word Wall Words

Please write down the new word wall words on your child’s “At Home Word Wall”.  For practice, write down words that are spelled like the words below.  For example, if you can spell red, you can spell, bed, Ned, Ted, etc. 

 

red                   have

 

eat                   green

 

more

 

Art

We are in the process of doing an art project based on the Cubism sytle.  We are studying Pablo Picasso’s art to learn more about this type of art.  Research at home about Picasso and cubism!

Scholastic Book Orders

April scholastic book orders are in your child’s home folder today.  I encourage you to look over the books with your child and see if there are any that interest him/her.  We want them to pick up a book on their own in their free time!  By finding books that are “just right” and interesting to them, they will!

 

 

Math Homework

Please do the penguin problems on the back of this newsletter.  Send in by Friday.  Thank you.

 

 

­­­­­Fondly,

 

 

 

Angie Wise