Classroom Newsletter

First Grade Happenings

Friday, May 19, 2017


Reading:  We enjoyed switching back to a nonfiction focus this week.  We worked hard on identifying main ideas and then giving supporting details.  We also worked on asking and answering questions.  Asking questions is an easy skill to have your child practice at home.  Can he/she ask you a question about the book they read to you?  We ended our week comparing and contrasting books on the same nonfiction topic.          


Writing:  In writing this week we also switched back to nonfiction.  We started the week practicing taking notes from books onto an organizer.  Then, we created a table of contents and started writing our chapters from the notes we took about ants. 


Math:  We continued our math groups this week.  Students are working on graphing, story problems, or learning to count money which is a second grade skill.  We are also continuing our fact fluency practice this week. 


Science/Social Studies:  We learned more about insects this week.  We know they have 3 body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), 6 legs, and 2 antennas.  We also learned the life cycle of an insect.  Can your child tell you the lifecycle?  We also really enjoyed watching the upper grade students perform their spring concert this week. 


Next Week:  Next week we are looking forward to go to the school forest to study insects.  We will be continuing to work on writing our book about ants.  We will be doing one last week of math groups and will be doing some end of the year assessments. 


Reminders:  Our field trip to the School Forest will be Tuesday, May 23rdWe will be outside most of the day.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately in layers for the weather.  Please make sure they are wearing pants and long socks!  Please have bug spray and sunscreen applied to your child before he/she comes to school. 


There is school on Friday, May 26thThat is a snow make-up day. 


No School on Monday, May 29th due to Memorial Day. 


The school carnival will be on Thursday, May 1stWe will be outside from 1:00-3:00.  You may want to apply or send sunscreen with your child for that day.  Parents are welcome to join us from 2:30-3:00.  All students must come back to the classroom before leaving with a parent at the end of the day. 


Our buddy reader picnic at Schuette Park will be on Monday, June 5th from 11:30-3:00


Wednesday, June 7th will be our activity day.  We will be spending half of the day at the Aquatic Center and the other half doing field activities at school.  Look for more information to come home soon. 


Thursday, June 8th is the last day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30 this day. 


Summer school will be from June 19-23, 26-30 and July 10-14 and 17-21.  We have almost everyone from our class signed up!  If you haven’t signed your child up yet, please do so.  I feel all students would benefit from attending these fun four weeks!


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