Monday, October 24, 2011

Bats, Spiders, and Pumpkins, oh my!

Hello & Happy Marvelous Monday!,

Can you believe we are almost to the end of October?! Time is just flying by! We have another great week in store for us! Here is a sneak peek of what we are learning this week:

Theme: Singing & Dancing
Story of the Week: The Fun Kids' Band
Spelling Pattern: Short /u/ words (-un, -ut- ,-ug)
Math: Addition to 18
Science: Moon & Stars
Social Studies: Fall/Halloween activities (bats, spiders, pumpkins)

*Report cards go home on Tuesday!! Please sign the envelope and return the envelope back to school the following day! :)

On Friday, we have our annual "Pumpkin Investigations" day! We will complete various pumpkin themed activities, such as making pumpkin butter, investigating whether a pumpkin will sink or float, measuring the circumference of a pumpkin, taste testing pumpkin products (pumpkin pudding, pumpkin pie, etc), and estimating the number of seeds in a pumpkin. It will be a very educational, yet fun experience!!

This week is Red Ribbon Week. There is a schedule of events that we will follow to celebrate:
Tuesday- "Follow Your Dreams. Don't Do Drugs"- Wear your pajamas to school
Wednesday- I'm a "Jean"-ius and I'm Ready to Take a Stand"- Wear your jeans and a red shirt to school.
Thursday- "Sock it to Drugs"- Wear your mismatched, crazy socks to school
Friday- "Team Up to Drugs"- Wear your team jerseys.

Our annual 50th Day of School celebration will be on Wednesday November 2nd. We are asking for students to dress up in "50s attire". We will have a sock hop in the morning and coke floats on Friday. Last week, I sent home a list requesting a certain item needed for the celebration. Please send your item in by Wednesday October 26th so everything is accounted for. I appreciate all your help & contributions.

That's all for now! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Fall...


Another week is here!! We have quite a bit of severe weather headed our way so please stay safe. I'm don't know about you, but I am sure looking forward to the cool weather coming in behind the bad weather! :) Here are some things to update you on this week:
Theme: Animals and their Homes
Story of the Week: A Prairie Dog Home
Spelling Pattern: Words with /sh/ and /th/
Math: Subtracting from 12
Science: Objects in the Sky
Social Studies: Fall/Pumpkin activities
Writing: Stories/Animal Homes

Our annual Storybook Festival has arrived. It will take place on Friday October 21st from 5:00-8:00 pm. You may purchase tickets beforehand (25 for $5) or the night of (20 for $5). There are many fun booths to participate in. Come dressed as your favorite storybook character. Hope to see you there!

On Friday October 28th at 9:30, our class will have our annual "Pumpkin Investigations". We will do many scientific based centers where we will investigate pumpkins. I will be in need of 5 volunteers to help with those centers. I am also in need of pumpkins, if you are willing to donate one to our classroom. There will be a sign up coming home shortly. I appreciate any help you can give.

Our annual 50th day of school celebration will be on Wednesday November 2nd from 8:45-10:00. Please have your child dress in clothing from the 1950s (girls- poodle skirts, sheer scarves, blouses. Boys- white button down shirts, jeans, hair slicked back). We will have an old fashioned sock hop in the morning. We also need volunteers to help us with that. Please let me know if you are interested in helping. In addition to that, we will make Coke Floats on Friday November 4th at 1:00 (due to Early Release on the 50th day). Please let me know if you can help with that also. Thank you so much for everything. :)

Whew! That was a lot! Have a fantastic week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Week of October 10-14, 2011

Ahoy Mateys!,

This week brings another busy week! We also only have 4 days to finish everything also! Here are the skills that we will be learning this week:

Theme: Helping Out
Spelling Word Pattern: Short e
Story of the Week: Little Red Hen
Math: Addition to 12 and learning various strategies on how to add.
Science: Continuing investigations
Social Studies: Columbus Day and Fire Safety Week
Writing: Completing our 1st 9 weeks district writing prompt

On Wednesday morning, the Deltona Fire Department will be coming to visit 1st grade! They will talk to our students about Fire Safety and show us around the fire truck. We welcome them to our classroom! :)

Homework will be due on Thursday this week. There will not be school on Friday. It is a teacher duty day!

Class pictures will be on October 20th so dress your best!!

Please continue to read and practice sight words nightly. From here on out, your child will have 5+ sight words to learn every week. This makes it so important that your child has a good grasp on the sight words every week, because we are picking up the pace!

Have a wonderful week!,