I am really excited for the opportunity to meet with all of you during parent teacher conferences over the next two weeks and show you all of your children’s work! Please remember that these next two weeks are early release days, and the students will get out each day at 1:55pm. If you need to double-check your conference time, you can click on the sign up genius for the specifics:
First Field Trip: I am excited to announce that our first field trip is coming up! On Friday, November 30th from 9am – 1:30pm we will be going to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. Their exhibits provide the perfect opportunity for our kids to have fun and be immersed in the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math. We will be exploring the museum and attending the planetarium show as a culmination of our unit on the cycles of the moon. The green permission slip will be in your child’s Wednesday folder today. Please fill out the entire form and return to school as soon as possible. There will be an early bird special of 2 Stewie bucks for anyone who turns their form in my Friday J. We will also need parent drivers for this trip. If you are able to drive, please indicate so on the form.
Technology: There are some great apps and websites on which kids can practice math skills, reading, memory, problem solving, etc. through games that I wanted to share with all of you. Some of these are:
· Gamequarium, http://www.gamequarium.com (this site has some “ads by google” listed at the top, the actual games are below that box)
· Starfall: http://www.starfall.com
· Aracademic Skill builders:
The I pad apps we have been using in the classroom and ones that have yet to be introduced are:
· Handwriting without Tears -Wet Dry Try - which is wonderful for practicing handwriting
· Addition and Subtraction Facts: Hungry Fish, Flash to Pass, Speedo Math, Math Bingo, Splash Math
· 10 Frame Fill, which provides children practice with fact families up to 10.
· Teach Me First Grade – All subject areas
I hope this is helpful. I will have plenty more websites to share as time goes on.
FRIENDSHIP FEAST: During the month of November, we will be discussing the history of Thanksgiving and reading many different versions of Stone Soup, a fable in which everyone contributes a small part to a meal and it comes together to be an amazing feast. On the Friday before Thanksgiving, we will have a special Friendship Feast. Each child will contribute something to the feast and we will set a big long table in our classroom with tablecloths, flowers, homemade placemats and napkin rings and our special feast. Please look for the sign-up genius today and try to contribute something that feels manageable to you. Hopefully everyone will be able to make a small contribution but altogether it will be a delicious feast!
Kimochis: We have had a wonderful six sessions of Kimochis lessons in all First Grade classes. Miss Jen, our amazing school counselor has come into our classroom once a week for the last 6 weeks to do these special lessons with the students. The Kimochis are a Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) program used in the district to support Character Education goals for students. The students have loved every minute of her lessons.
KIDDO!: Your contributions to Kiddo! bring so many important programs to our school. Because of your donations, our students are given regular instruction in art, music, dance, drama, poetry, and P.E. This year, my students and I get help from Kiddo!-funded classroom aides, library aides, and our district-wide technology coach. Please know that your voluntary donations to Kiddo! every year – in any amount – help keep great programs and people in place at our school. Thanks in advance for helping Kiddo! help our schools. Please visit www.kiddo.org to learn more. Kids need Kiddo! and Kiddo! needs you! Thank you for your support!
READING: We are practicing fluency and reading smoothly by picking up more words rather than one word at a time and using expression as we read. Students will be learning and recognizing blends and digraphs this week and next week in language arts. We are mainly focusing on: sh, ch, th and wh.
MATH: We are continuing our unit on subtraction and its relationship to addition. The kids are doing such a great job explaining their thinking and we will dive a bit deeper into this concept this week too.
Keep Room 6 Healthy: The flu season is upon us, and we want to keep everyone in Room 6 healthy. At school we are working hard to remember to wash our hands frequently, cough into our elbows and to blow our noses into kleenex (not wipe our noses with our sleeves). As it becomes colder, students will need long sleeves when they are out on the playground. Please be sure that your child comes to school appropriately dressed for the weather. Also, please keep your children at home if they are not feeling well. In addition – keep checking for lice too! THANK YOU!
· There is no school this Monday, November 12th.
· Monday-Friday 11/19 -23rd NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
· The Book Faire is coming – December 3rd – 7th!