WEEKLY nOTE: Feb. 21
Woah. Where did February go? Last week was crazy, glad to be back into routine. Hope everyone had a great Monday off.
We're continuing with $. Counting pennies, nickels and dimes. Students will be assessed on coutning groups of only those coins. Being able to count by quarters is not required but it's great if they can. I'm going to make a packet full of random math skills that the students have learned throughout the year. Please feel free to have your kiddo pace them-self and work on it whenever at home. I'm sure you've noticed how I feel about sending home extra work... ha, they're just 6 and 7...there's plenty of life for them to have HW, but at this point in the year it's always nice to have some review work for you at home to see how they are thinking and processing these skills that I see on the daily.
We are continuing our research on famous people. As your kiddo who they have chosen and please feel free to research them at home. We are getting ready for our open house projects! SO MUCH TO DO, so little time!
Bingo night is on Thursday. If you win, split it with me? :)
Library this week will be Thursday!
That's it from me.
Can't believe we're about to be in February!? Cannot wait! It's my most favorite month!
Just a reminder: if you have any concerns about your kiddo and ever want to conference-you know how to reach me and Mrs. Ford. We have an open door policy and happy to conference you some time before or after school!
Our whole group phonics pattern is continued glued sounds. A glued sound is 3 letters that are "glued" together and said as one..like bANK, pINK, hONK, jUNK.
The -onk and -unk are tricky! So i encourage you to quiz your kiddo during dinner or on the way to school!
In Language Arts we will begin introducing biographies! Eventually we will attempt to research and write our own! Key word: attempt! Ha!
Nothing super important this week-both Mrs. Ford and I will be gone Wednesday, but the kids will hold down the fort! Ordering scholastic orders by tomorrow. If you miss this round of orders-they won't be ordered until end of February.
Every once and a while something will happen in our classroom that I just have to share with y'all.
Last week was a heavy week for many reasons- 2nd week back, MLK day (we always have some quite intense conversations regarding him and what he taught us) and then of course the inauguration Friday (which we did not discuss in our classroom) but regardless, there were just a lot of "feels" as you might say amongst the BPE community in general.
On Thursday, we had music and I went to pick the kids up and was running a few minutes late, but to my surprise I rounded the corner to find our kids marching hand-in-hand singing "we will overcome" (our patriotic song of the month) you guys. I couldn't handle it-the innocence, the love, the acceptance, the honesty. It was one of the many moments I experience during the day that I wish I could bottle up and send home to each of you. When i first started teaching I would have NEVER allowed my students to sing and march back to our classroom because that would have portrayed "disorder or dis-respectfulness" but there we were....marching hand in hand and singing our way back to class, united. Okay, okay I'll really stop. Does anyone even read this thing? :)
We are working on standard and expanded form in math.
standard form: 23
expanded form: 20+3=23
reading/writing: reading contractions, introducing biographies
Science: starting moon next week
whole group phonics pattern is: welded sounds-ang, ing, ong, ung
Thanks :) CG
I hope everyone enjoyed Monday off! It's a very normal week in here. We'll pick back up with reading groups and daily 3. Ask your kiddo what they are working on in Word Work time. You may have noticed that less papers come home on Thursdays-the reason being is we do a lot of work in our journals and so those are all kept together to track growth and goals! You will be able to see all of that during open house in February (more details to come)
We'll be having our V-day party on Friday February 10th-instead of on actual Valentine's. I know, I know-it's weird BUT Mrs. Ford and I will both be in Houston for a conference with Mrs. Meek on Valentines Day, so we thought it best that we celebrate when we can both be here! We DON'T want to miss out on all the fun! ....More info. to come but we request just basic cards and no trinkets! During our class party they will be making scrapbooks and so they'll be gluing their cards and decorating their scrapbook, so extra trinkets aren't necessary! Less is more :)
BUT there will still be something special on V-day because since our class won the EEF participation pizza party-they will be throwing our party on V-day, so the kids will still have something to look forward to!
Back at it! Last week was incredible-I have never transitioned so smoothly back into a year. These kids spoil us! We are kicking up expectations within our daily 3 rounds. Differentiated word work that requires a lot of effort and thought. We will begin tomorrow and see how it goes!
In math, we are working on solving 2-step word problems. However, for now we are just practicing with manipulatives rather than independently reading the problem and solving. My best advice to you is that at home just help your kiddo continue to practice fact fluency-the quicker they learn to recall their facts the better. Adding and subtracting numbers up to 20.
Also, if you see any NM (not met) grades on their report card, continue to practice those skills at home. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to either Mrs. Ford or I. We are very proud of ALL of our kiddos growth from Q2!
Sounds like everyone's elves at home are up to no good...my response to the kids that ask if we have a classroom elf is...."I am the elf." ha! Hang in there folks!
We're still going strong in math practicing subtraction strategies with word problems. The kids are doing well but continue to practice that fact fluency at home or on the way to school!
This week we're starting our "holidays around the world" unit! There are so many fun ways that people all over the globe celebrate differnt holidays so we'll be spending some time reading books and doing crafts that relate to various cultures' traditions!
Be on the look out for an email about our service project. Our classroom Holiday party will be December 16 at 8:30-9:30. We'll be having breakfast (donuts, breakfast tacos and fruit!) and making bags for the homeless. It will be a group effort to gather all that's needed but it's such a great way to have kids thinking about those in need!
Hope everyone is staying warm!
What a blessing it was to share a meal with all of you a few weeks ago! It was obviously a room filled with love. We so appreciate each of you and the support you show us throughout the year. We want to wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving filled with food, friends, and family. We are all so lucky to be able to celebrate in such an abundant manner!
We have hit the ground running this week with an introduction to adjective (words that describe nouns). We will continue to explore strategies used for subtraction and how to use subtraction to solve word problems. In Social Studies we will be taking about wants and needs, very appropriate for this time of year. As always, we will be working hard on reading and writing. Thanks for using the reading bags. We can tell a difference. Please send your child's bag back if they have not recently had their books swapped out! Thanks!
There will be an early release (12:55) on Thursday, December 1st. These few weeks before Winter Break will be a little scattered with events scattered throughout. Keep you posted on details about our Holiday party.
Feast on Friday at 12-the kids got to pick whether they wanted to be a Native American or pilgrim, so ask your child what they chose and feel free to have them dress up for fun! They will already have either boy pilgrim hats/girl bonnets or a feather headband.
Please invite any of your loved ones-it's a time to celebrate all the kids hard work and all of our blessings :)
I'll make this short and sweet so you don't have to read through all my extra thoughts ;)
1. voting at school tomorrow, there will be extra security in the building and expect traffic to be a little heavier tomorrow on your way here. Godspeed.
2. Field trip tomorrow is happening, rain or shine. Please pack your kiddo a sack lunch and put them in shoes you don't mind getting muddy-maybe even a raincoat please! *Anyone is welcome! Just meet us at the Nature Center!
3. feast practice lines were sent home last week-please continue to practice that with your kiddo. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, ask them and then let me know if I need to send home an extra copy of their lines! (their responsibility to have given you the note/paper!) :)
4. Feel free to start sending book bags with your notes back whenever!
5. Your child is coming home with a FIT ticket today letting you know which teacher's class they are in during FIT. We only switch for 30 minutes M-Th. There is more info under the "what are we learning tab" on the weebly.
Thanks y'all- I really appreciate your patience and kind emails this past week. I had a lovely time with my family this past weekend but I am glad to be back and focused on your kiddos :)
Halloween on a Monday-what a way to start the week, ha! Ask your kiddo what Mrs. Ford and I were :)
This week, semi-normal. We'll continue to learn about our new phonics pattern "ch" which is what you call a digraph. Be on the lookout for any digraph when you're reading with your kiddo...remind them that a digraph is "2 consonants that make 1 new sound together!"
We are starting to learn about doubles facts in math. They have learned a cute little mnemonic song to use as a strategy to memorize those facts! Please continue to count and work on addition at home! We introduced word problems last week and that went smoothly! We'll just keep at it :)
I'll be out this week Tuesday and Friday, so if you send me emails make sure to CC' Mrs. Ford so that nothing is lost. Keep reading those book bags and don't let those 1st graders give you any sass!
Sherri and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with each of you and getting to share praise on your kiddo! So proud of each and every one of them!
We've got a nice and normal week , doesn't that sound great?
On Nov 8th, 1st grade will be venturing off to the Austin Nature Center to wrap up our unit on bats! Please send $ 4.00 in cash, by Friday, October 28th.
Any number of parents are welcome to attend. If you would like to join us, please meet us at the front gates of Austin Nature Center at 9:45 (located on the opposite side of Lady Bird Wildflower Gardens). Due to limited seating, parents will not be able to ride the bus with us.
And it's already Wednesday..don't ya love that about 3-day weekends? We're going to go ahead and just tell you everything about the next 2 weeks....
Nothing exciting about this week except that it's the week before conferences and all through the school, all the teacher's were assessing... ok, I won't even try to finish that poem! Conferences begin next week-Sherri and I are SO looking forward to having some 1-1 time with YOU all! Please feel free to bring some questions or observations that you'd like to discuss!
Art days begin next Wednesday on the 19th and then we'll have half-days until Friday. It's going to be a little crazy for us up here preparing for each individualized conference so please start thinking ahead about packed lunches and transportation changes :) y'all are the best!
We started our unit on bats and it's so much fun! Every year I learn something new about those freaky winged animals! Continue to practice number sense like counting by 2's, 5's and 10's up to 120!
After conferences we will begin some more intense reading-Sherri and I will be explaining their book bags to y'all in more depth! Let the games begin :)
Hello fall!!! How amazing is this weather? I better get this ACL weather next weekend or I'm going to be upset! haha
Well it's one of those weeks......a crazy week. There's a lot going on and I'm sure you all have full after school schedules. So lets get to it!
Wedesnday- No Hassel Picnic @ 5:30 on the field- 1st graders wear orange!
Thursday- Send packed lunch to school. We will picnic in our classrooms before leaving for Zach Scott Theatre. We're seeing Charlotte's web
Friday- Early Release at 12:50- This is one of those days where it would be helpful to send a packed lunch. 5th grade begins lunch 5 minutes after we do. Also if there is a change of transportation please send yellow note!
Homework- I know how busy most of you are after school. Should you have a crazy night filled with ballet, baseball, or art class, feel free to save homework for the following night. I completely understand :)
Whew! Ok enjoy these last relaxing moments of the weekend.
That's all we've got!
CG + SF
Thank you, thank you, thank you ;) y'all sure know how to make a girl feel special on her birthday! The kids were adorable as I walked into Morning Assembly holding their flowers-we had a great day and I am feeling so loved!
As for learning this week... in math-we'll be focusing on skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's and counting backwards by 1's from 120! **you can definitely be practicing this at home!
We'll be reviewing short o and u this week and practicing our application of those sounds into c-v-c words!
A few science experiments are also in the works...but you'll have to wait to find out what those look like :)
CG and SF
This will be a week of exciting learning! In math we will be working on recognizing number patterns and place value. It is so foundational to really dig in deep and for our kiddos to understand WHY numbers are ordered by ones, tens and hundreds. We’ll be using vocabulary like: digit, ones, tens, and hundreds place. You can practice with your kiddo by counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 120!
We will be reviewing the short vowel sounds of o and u in cvc words as well as working on f, m, and n. Our sight words this week are that, on and got. We will also be talking about Author’s purpose of stories we read. Sometime they are just for entertainment but we also get information about topics. We will also continue to review that nouns are a person, place, thing, or idea. We know that proper nouns start with capital letters and that we start sentences with capital letters and end them with periods.
We will begin talking about science and safe procedures when we are conducting investigations. After this we will begin talking about matter, bats and weather.
CG + SF
1. picture day-forms are coming home today-please send them back in OR you can order online!! PICTURE DAY IS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th!
our picture id is JD176009Y0
2. early release tomorrow-Tuesday is our first Early Release Day of the year. Please remember that school will end 2 hours earlier than usual at 12:55. Students WILL eat lunch at school. However, I would highly recommend having your child bring a packed lunch from home on Tuesday, instead of buying from the cafeteria. Although our lunch period will be the same amount of time, we will only have 10 minutes to ourselves before another grade level will be joining us on the other side of the cafeteria. Meaning that the lunch line will be longer than usual. Packing your child's lunch will ensure that they will have plenty of time to eat and they won't have to wait in a long line.
3. Flu shot forms due by this Friday!! Stay healthy!
***4. friendly reminder that all transport changes need to be sent in the form of a yellow slip!!! OR called to office! THANK YOU :)
Thank you to all who have ordered scholastic order-I'll be placing the order Friday! So order up! :)
CG and SF
Happy Monday to you all! An extra day to recharge always seems magical- haha! I hope you all are having a fun extra day together! Thanks again to everyone who stopped in last Monday-sorry for the overload :) but y'all were GREAT listeners!
The weebly has been updated with our agenda for the week, so feel free to check that out.
Next week (Sept 13th) we will have our first "Early Release Day". Basically same as last years "Late Start" but we will dismiss 2 hours early (12:50) Below are a few reminders.
>order scholastic! Order link is on top right of "the skimm"
>be sure to sign THURSDAY calendar spot to show me you saw all your kiddo's work!
Be Looking for:
>Lifetouch Picture forms
> Math Homework: Wed and Thurs
> After school program book- details on all the different classes we offer after school. Please email me if you sign your child up for any!
That's all we've got! Thanks so much!
CG + SF
1. back to school morning is tomorrow! if you can join usit will be worth your while, we promise!! We will be going through ALL YOU NEED to know for the year-things like; lingo, expectations, how to use the weebly...etc!
2. field trip money-we are collecting $16 CASH for upcoming field trips...we need the cash by Sept. 1st! PLEASE PLEASE send this in a baggy labeled with your kiddos name on it ASAP!!
3. send in labeled headphones for your kiddo to use for their ipad. I recommend headphones that cover their entire ears as opposed to the kind that are earbuds (they break easily and get tangled!)
We had a great first week! I am blown away by their skills and kindness. It has been a total joy learning about each and everyone of them and it's only week 2!
There have many moments that have left me with my jaw wide open but I think the one that stands out the most is when we met on the carpet on Friday for 30 Second News. I shared that I was wearing a head scarf as a way to show support for Mrs. Iles, Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Wright (all teachers at BPE) whom are all fighting cancer. All of their questions and comments reflected such beautiful child-like wonder, empathy and simplicity. I even saw several kids throughout the day hug Mrs. Iles and ask her how she was feeling. I mean, come on, tear jerker.
This year is going to be full of community building and learning how to embrace our differences (for better or for worse)! We can't wait to meet all of you again at back to school! Come ready to learn all about 1st grade!
CG and SF
Welcome to our class! You are in for a treat this year! We are very excited to meet you all on Friday!
A few things to help jumping back into reality be as smooth as possible...
School supplies- some of you have ordered supplies through the school, if so, thumbs up! if NOT, no big deal but here is the link of what 1st grade needs... it would be easiest if you brought those Friday but no pressure!
Bus- at Bobcat Welcome I will have you fill out a transportation sheet for our 1st week of school and then regular transportation schedule because some students have a different schedule plan for that first week back... if you do not know your child's bus you can contact: email@example.com
Snack- for Monday pack your kiddo a healthy snack OR let your kiddo pack their own snack :) we love responsibility in 1st grade!
Ms. Gunter and Mrs. Ford
1.bingo night thursday
2. library is on thursday too
2. read for at least 15 min.
3. practice fact fluency
February 20-President's Day NO SCHOOL
February 23-Bingo Night
March 28-Early Release
March- Kite Days (more details to come)
1st Grade Schedule 2015-2016
7:50 - 8:00 Assembly
8:00-8:30 Thoughts and Jots/30 Second News
9:25 - 9:45 Morning Recess
9:45 - 10:30 FIT (Focused Instructional Time)
10:30 - 11:45 Language Arts
11:40-12 Fitness/ 12-12:15 Recess/ 12:15-12:40 Lunch
12:40 - 1:25 Science/Social Studies
1:30 - 2:20 Specials
2:15 - 2:45 Science/Social Studies
A Day Art with Mrs. Smith
B Day Music with Ms. Hatch
C Day P.E. with Mrs. Dean
Library every Monday from 10:30 -11:00