Classroom Newsletter

First Grade Happenings

Friday, September 20, 2019 

Reading:  This week in reading, we focused on rereading for two reasons.  The first one is that we read more fluently the more that we practice.  We are working to make our voices smooth and to read with expression.  Secondly, we learn more and have a better understanding of what we are reading if we reread.  I was able to complete student reading assessments this week.  Please note that the assessment we are using has changed and places a much bigger emphasis on comprehension.  You will see your child bringing home leveled books to read as homework soon.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Please note that I reassess reading levels frequently and these will be changing when your child is ready to move to a new level. 


Writing:  Our focus in writing this week was on writing complete sentences and telling our stories using lots of details.  We are also working hard to sound out words and write all the sounds that we hear. 


Math:  Math this week was focused on partners of 8, 9, and 10.  We also spent time working on fact strategies.  Thank you for practicing your child’s math facts with him/her.  Your child should be able to do each of the math facts in the bag sent home in under 3 seconds.  At the end of the week, we worked on story problems. 


Science/Social Studies:  This week we learned about the calming corner in our classroom.  We also started talking about similarities and differences between each other and our families.  We are learning that it is okay to not all be the same.    


Next week:  Next week we will work on strategies for figuring out tricky words.  We will finish our first unit in math and start our second unit.  We will also continue to work on adding details in our writing. 


Star Students: Esmeralda: for doing her best work and getting it done on time!

 E’miyah:  for always having a smile on her face and positive attitude at school!


Reminders:  Wednesday, September 25th from 4:30-7:30 is Franklin’s Culver’s Night.  A portion of the night’s sales goes to our awesome PTA.  Hope to see you there!


Spirit Sticks will be sold at lunch on Wednesday, September 25th


Sunday, September 29th from 12:00-2:00 will be the Franklin PTA Tailgate Party!  Bring your family and enjoy lots of fun activities and good food.  This is a potluck. 


The Lincoln Homecoming Parade is on Friday, October 4th at 5:00.  Look for more information to come home about participating in this event. 


Spirit Sticks will be sold before and after school on Tuesday, October 8th


Monday, October 14th is McTeacher Night.  Support our school by eating at McDonald’s tonight.  Hope to see you there!



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