Hi Team 108 Families! The month of January seemed to fly by and now with February here, we are packed with activities right up until Winter Break!
Next Tuesday, February 14th, first grade will have Valentine rotations (or as I like to call it.."Pal"-entine rotations!). Each rotation will involve creating and decorating cards and gifts to give to the senior citizens at White Rock Hill, as they are having a special dinner at their dining hall and have said they would like our special gifts.
In our own classrooms, we will exchange valentines with each other. Last week each student should have brought home a list of class names written out by your child. I will add names below so you can double check in case you missed seeing the list come home. Children are encouraged to make valentines. Remember homemade ones are the best so feel free to be creative! We will be making large envelopes to hold our valentines so you may attach treats if you would like but please do not feel like it is necessary.
Our team would LOVE to have some special snacks on Palentine's Day if you would like to donate. Please keep in mind, we do need to be NUT FREE! Please email me if you would like to sign up donate. The following items would be nice to have:
17 Holiday plates/ napkins
17 flavored water/juice boxes
17 Valentine Treat
17 Valentine Treat
This week is a busy one as we are teaching our Space Systems Unit for science. First grade classes will participate in a science lesson learning about the seasons, the sun, moon and earth and how they are all related, day and night and constellations. As a culmination to this unit we will have a real planetarium come visit our school this Friday!!!!! This was generously provided by the P.T.O. Today our class learned about the earth, moon and sun. Ask your child to show you his/her craft and what special facts s/he could tell you about them.
On Thursday we will have two special events! It is actually the 100th day of school so Mrs. Rader has some exciting events planned for the day! We also will visit the Invention Convention and our own Sam will present as one of the inventors! So proud of you Sam!
We will be eating lunch in our classroom that day so please make sure it is a NUT FREE lunch on Thursday!
Our phonics program Fundations has given us some important rules and words to learn over the past month. Recently we have added the -ang, -ing, -ong, and -ung chunk to our letter boards. These are called GLUED sounds (if you hear the term from your child). Today we added the -ank, -ink,-onk,-unk to our letter boards. We also have learned about base words and the suffix -s. Plus some very tricky sight words; where, there, here, were, do, does, why, by, my, try and tomorrow we are adding two and put!!! WOW! This program sure does move quick but I have to say I am loving what I am seeing my first graders do and how they notice all these rules while reading during guided reading groups.
In math last week we had fun learning our doubles facts (if you heard the song "Doubles, Doubles, I can name Doubles"....then you are welcome!!! I couldn't get it out of my head either!!!). We also practiced doubles plus one. We talked about the importance of needing to know our fast facts in first grade to be ready for more challenging math next year!
So proud of my kiddos last week for how they handled our "secure campus" situation on Thursday. Our team was great at listening and did just what they were supposed to do. It is a scary thing to our young learners (and our big adults!!!!) but following our procedures in place is essential when these sort of things happen.
Finally the date went out this year but I want to make sure everyone is aware of the First Grade Concert on March 23rd at the High School. Our kiddos are working very hard to learn all the songs, including our state song (ask your child to sing it for you tonight!). Mark your calendars!
Lots of sickness going around B.E.S. right now, especially in our classroom. We will be in need of some soft tissues soon for sure! We are trying hard to remember to cough in our elbow and keep the hand washing with soap going throughout the day! Lots of Clorox wiping and opening our window up to get some fresh air during the day. Here's hoping spring comes sooner than later!
Have a good night!