Classroom Newsletter

First Grade Happenings

Friday, September 22, 2017

Reading:  This week in reading we focused on fluency (reading smoothly) by scooping up more than one word at a time with our eyes.  We also talked about some strategies to help us figure out tricky words instead of asking an adult for help or just skipping it.  For example, we practiced using our pictures clues with a beginning sound to help us with a word.  We also learned it is important to look at all the parts of the word including the middle and end when we are reading.  Our sight words this week were: all, are, as, ball, and be.  Can your child use these words in a sentence?       


Writing:  This week we worked hard to zoom in on a small moment and use lots of details to tell our stories.  We also continued to practice writing complete sentences and using capital letters and punctuation.      


Math:  We finished our first unit in math this week by working with partners of ten.  You should have seen your child’s math test come home earlier this week.  Please take time to celebrate with your child all he/she has learned already this year!  If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thank you for signing and returning your child’s test. 


Science/Social Studies:  This week we continued with our first unit in social studies.  We talked about our school and all of the adults that are here to help us.  We also started to talk about all of our families.  We are focusing on the fact that we all have families, but that everyone’s family may consist of different people and that is ok.      


Next Week:  Next week we will be working with addition in math and working hard to tell detailed stories in writing.  We are looking forward to our School Forest trip on Monday as well! 


Star Students: Marlen: for being a great reading partner!

                        Aaliyah: for taking time to stretch out words and write down all the sounds she hears!


Reminders:  Our School Forest Field Trip will be Monday, September 25thPlease make sure your child is dressed for the weather because we spend most of the day outside.  Please also put sunscreen and bug spray on your child before he/she comes to school. 


The next Spirit Stick Sale will be Wednesday, September 27th during lunch.  Spirit sticks are $1 each if you would like your child to purchase any.  This is not required. 


Franklin will be marching in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 29thPlease drop your child off at 5:00 by Ron Rubick field.  You can pick him/her up at JFK by Lincoln.  There will also be food, music, and fireworkds at JFK after the parade.


Wednesday, October 4th is Picture Day.  Students will bring home a proof sheet this day for you to order from. 


McTeacher Night at McDonald’s will be on Monday, October 9th from 4-6.  Eat at McDonald’s and part of the sales will go to help our PTA do great things for our school! 


Saturday, October 14th is the Forest Festival at the School Forest from 1:00-4:00.  Come and enjoy many family activities. 


No School Friday, October 27th due to teacher in-service. 


As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning!  If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me. J